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Fact or folklore?

April 7, 2015 Whenever an ISU Extension specialist gives information or advice, we are dedicated to provide only scientific, researched-based recommendations, as supported by state universities, such as Iowa... more »»

Early season northern pike

April 7, 2015 When anglers gather and the talk turns to early season fishing, walleyes are a popular topic in many areas. more »»

Thoughts from a trip to Arizona (and back)

April 6, 2015 A road trip to Arizona last month gave us an opportunity to get acquainted with a new grandson. Julie’s daughter gave birth less than 20 hours after we arrived. more »»

Heading off to high school

April 6, 2015 I’m happy to tell you that after nine years in middle school, I have finally made it to high school. It’s been a very long time comin. more »»

The perfect exercise partners

April 3, 2015 Ah, spring. The long, flabby months of inactivity and hibernation have passed and the season of rebirth and rejuvenation is her. more »»

Landscape design elements

March 31, 2015 When planning a landscape design, there are eight elements of design to be taken into consideration. more »»

Early spring walleye in Midwest rivers

March 31, 2015 Across the Midwest, walleye anglers are getting into boats and waders and are chasing walleyes. Jigging is perhaps the most popular way to catch walleyes this time of year. more »»

The Good Friday cross and the Easter cross

March 30, 2015 On Good Friday a couple of years ago I was unpleasantly surprised by the tone of a Facebook “conversation” about the cross. more »»

The life of a farm dog

March 30, 2015 I wonder if farm dogs aren’t becoming an extinct bree. more »»

Film champions second chances

March 27, 2015 I’ve always been amazed by the people who say there is just nothing to do in Webster City. I find that there are so many activities going on that sometimes it’s difficult to choose which to attend. more »»

DIY your yard with the library

March 27, 2015 Last week at the library’s Reference Desk, I observed a stressed-out woman walk into the library. With no hesitation, she hotfooted it straight to the Reference Desk. more »»

Severe weather requires planning

March 25, 2015 The unpredictability of weather seems to just a fact of life in the midwes. more »»

House passes binding arbitration changes for school districts and AEAs

March 25, 2015 This week, the House of Representatives dealt with the Public Employees bargaining process,better known as Chapter 20. more »»

Planning for open water fishing

March 24, 2015 My ice-fishing is officially done until ice returns next fall. Now it’s time to start thinking about open water fishing. Every new year brings new things to add or consider adding to my fishing. more »»

Clues on clematis

March 24, 2015 Did you know that there are three different types of clematis? Whether you pronounce this plant’s name as (cli-MAT-is) or (CLEM-a-tis); this popular plant has special pruning needs depending on... more »»

Car tunes – now they’re coming from space

March 23, 2015 One of the automotive advancements of the past decade that I really enjoy is satellite radio. more »»

Support during a difficult time

March 23, 2015 Not long ago I read a piece about a little boy whose dad had recently passed away unexpectedly. more »»

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

March 20, 2015 Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. more »»

Understanding your right to know

March 18, 2015 This is Sunshine Week, a week when many news organizations and First Amendment advocates will talk and write about open government. more »»

Iowa House bills advance

March 18, 2015 Last week, we completed funnel week. more »»



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