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The farmer wave

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

The slings of summer storms

July 7, 2014 I know I’m not the only gardener in Hamilton County feeling sad about Monday’s storm, but, oh, my garden was looking so good before that mean storm hit a week ago. more »»

Happy birthday, America

July 2, 2014 Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. more »»

Nip garden pests before they nip you

July 1, 2014 July is a great month for garden tours and showing off your garden. Unfortunately, it is also a great time of year for garden pests as well. more »»

Enjoy your fishing more this summer

July 1, 2014 Lots of anglers refer to this time of year as the “Dog-Days of Summer. more »»

Ik heff een dicke buuk!

June 30, 2014 My first lessons in anatomy were in Low German. more »»

Heading back to camp

June 30, 2014 On my trip north last week, I found out that you can go home again. Like some of the best lessons, it is something I guess I already knew. But it never hurts to be reminded once more. more »»

Summer in July with the Chamber

June 27, 2014 July is a great time to live and work in Webster City! It's even busier than June was and we had a great time at Summer Nights in Jun. more »»

New state law is designed to reduce underage drinking

June 25, 2014 Beginning July 1, every police and sheriff’s department in Iowa will have an additional tool to help reduce underage drinking: a social host law. more »»

A crash course at Camp Dodge

June 25, 2014 Jam of the Week: “La Ritournelle” by Sébastien Tellier Last week, Daily Freeman-Journal readers got just a sneak peek into the training facilities at Camp Dodge in Johnston. more »»

Summer action over and around the weeds

June 24, 2014 As summer progresses, the various vegetation in the lakes becomes a big factor in our fishing. The different types of vegetation that live in the lakes will be home to a variety of fish species. more »»

Provide support for your plants

June 24, 2014 With the recent heavy rain storms in our area, did your trumpet lily topple, snapdragons snap, or tomatoes take a tumble? Don’t abandon your plants to the element. more »»

Not all of America’s got talent

June 23, 2014 If I were to find a magic lamp and were a genie to pop out of it and offer me three wishes, I know what I would choose. My first wish would be for the ability to sing. more »»

A constant companion

June 23, 2014 I used to think I knew something about cats. But then that was when they were all outside cat. more »»

An athlete with heart and spirit

June 20, 2014 This has been a very special week for my stepson, Jonathan — or Jon as he likes to be called. more »»

Science in the library

June 18, 2014 You may have heard about an educational push for integrating more STEM or STEAM content in school. more »»

Keeping bunnies at bay and critters away

June 17, 2014 Has your flowerbed turned into a smorgasbord for wildlife? Pesky critters enjoying your garden crops before you do? Grandpa may have gotten out the . more »»

Catching pressured walleyes

June 17, 2014 I was in central Minnesota last week fishing with my friend Mike Frisch. Mike is an outstanding angler for a variety of fish, but on this trip we were after walleye. more »»

The customer is not always right

June 16, 2014 I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the phrase, “The customer is always righ. more »»



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