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Me against mice

July 28, 2014 Believe me, it is not a good way to be welcomed home from a trip to find that a varmint has left a mess in your bread door after hanging out there for some tim. more »»

Ginger snaps and memories

July 25, 2014 Next week would have been my grandmother's birthday. She's gone now, but lived to the ripe old age of 103. more »»

Fun times at the county fair

July 23, 2014 Jam of the Week: “All In” by Flying Lotus Whether in Hamilton County or back home in Illinois, I always get excited for the county fair. The sights, the smells, the excitement always get me. more »»

Question: How does the City determine which streets will be repaired?

July 23, 2014 Each year City engineering staff and the City’s engineering firm inspect every street as to the type/volume of traffic, and surface condition and score it accordingly. more »»

Diagnosing yellow leaves – a rainbow of reasons

July 22, 2014 Why are the leaves on my plant turning yellow? This is question commonly heard at ISU Extension Offices. more »»

Fish for fish than want to eat

July 22, 2014 When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish. In fact, they want to catch lots of fish. more »»


July 21, 2014 Everywhere you turn these days we see advertisements for products that promise to improve our health. They’re on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines, on the internet… everywhere. more »»

Marginal minutes

July 21, 2014 When you think of it, in our lives there are many little things that happen practically as an afterthought that often stay with us and have an impact on our live. more »»

Getting ready for the fair

July 18, 2014 There’s an odd collection of things on my kitchen table this week and I fear it will only get worse in the coming week. more »»

Find a new hobby at your library

July 18, 2014 Looking for something new in your life? The library is a great resource for learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby, whether it is brewing beer or finally learning how to knit. more »»

Two years going strong

July 16, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Lately” by Memoryhouse About two years ago, I was the new face in the office of The Daily Freeman-Journal. more »»

Troubleshooting tomatoes

July 15, 2014 Tomatoes not setting fruit this year? With the number inquires received lately at local ISU Extension Offices, this is a problem being experienced by many folks in our area. more »»

A few summer suggestions

July 15, 2014 It’s this time of year every year when I re-remember some things. If you keep some of these things in mind, you may be more successful and enjoy your time on the water even more. more »»

Eb Griper’s political frustrations

July 14, 2014 It was a rainy day and I had a strong thirst for a cup of coffee. I pulled into the coffee shop parking lot and parked next to a familiar vehicle – Eb Griper’s old Studebaker pick-up. more »»

Saved by a stranger

July 14, 2014 So there I was one day last week, zipping north down a county blacktop road about noon, minding my own business as I marveled at the beauty of the summer day around me. more »»

Grabbing a meal at the park

July 11, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Through the Night” by Grum The more I’ve been cooking, the more new things I’ve tried. However, most of those things have been picked up at the grocery store. more »»

Great beach reads

July 9, 2014 While our temps have been cooler than usual lately, we are bound to get some hot summer weather eventually, right? Or maybe you and your family will be will be headed out on a family vacation. more »»

Japanese beetle – Squish, squash, soak

July 8, 2014 OK folks – the unwanted Japanese beetle has arrived to local gardens. more »»

Fishing for those mid-summer largemouth bass

July 8, 2014 In the Midwest, the walleye is the favorite fish of many anglers, and for good reason. more »»

The farmer wave

July 7, 2014 One of the things I enjoy about being back home in rural Iowa is the farmer wave. more »»



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