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Bur oak blight

November 3, 2015 With deciduous trees now shedding their leaves, one might wonder why the topic of bur oak blight would be a timely subjec. more »»

Time to make plans for winter

November 3, 2015 There was snow in the air last week. Not much, but enough to remind me of something that I didn’t need to be reminded of: Winter is getting closer. more »»

My legacy

November 2, 2015 “What You Leave Behind” was the title of a song I heard recently, and—probably as it was supposed to do—the lyrics got me thinking about what the legacy is that I will leave. more »»

The Middle Junction traffic report

November 2, 2015 When I lived in the Des Moines area I listened carefully to radio traffic reports each day. I would drive 10 miles out of my way to avoid sitting in a “parking lot” on the freeway. more »»

Get creative at the library

October 30, 2015 In one of our old family photo albums (for you younger readers, a throwback to the days before digital devices and digital photo-sharing), there’s a great photo of me in a giant Halloween zebra... more »»

Getting mentally prepared for winter

October 28, 2015 According to one television report I heard yesterday, northern parts of the state could see some snow later this week. Yikes, I’m not sure I’m ready for that. more »»

Houseplant acclimation

October 27, 2015 Lately, many questions have been received on houseplants brought back into the home after spending a summer vacation outsid. more »»

Northern Pike on Walleye gear

October 27, 2015 It happened again recently. We had a great plan for catching fish and the fish just didn’t get with the program that we were presenting. more »»

Extra time leads to extra work

October 26, 2015 On Friday morning I got up earlier than usual. I was awake and enjoying my nice cozy warm bed when I finally decided I should just get up. more »»

Are you smarter than technology?

October 26, 2015 During the 1980s my job required sales trips to regional cities. In addition to road trips to other cities, I flew to the Twin Cities, Green Bay and Chicago. more »»

Pressing impressions

October 23, 2015 This past week I witnessed an unnecessary amount of disrespect. Disregard for feelings, unnecessary rudeness and the ever popular “my phone is more important than the person two feet in front of me”. more »»

Support your local businesses

October 21, 2015 I came to Webster City in March of 2013. Driving to my interview I counted 14 empty buildings. more »»

What could possibly go wrong?

October 21, 2015 They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. more »»

Frost — affects and effects

October 20, 2015 Now that we here in central Iowa have received several evening frosts, our annual plants are weeping. more »»

Short Takes

October 20, 2015 Speaker to give talk on PEO convention The Hamilton County Reciprocity P.E.O. Committee invites all chapter members to a meeting Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster Cit. more »»

Fall river walleyes

October 20, 2015 Across the Midwest many anglers are putting their open water fishing gear away. Some are going hunting, others are getting ready to go ice-fishin. more »»

The lost art of cursive writing

October 19, 2015 One of the current issues in the news, I see, is the flap over teaching cursive writing in the schools. more »»

An interview with Pastor Herman

October 19, 2015 (Author’s note: The following is written with a smile and with deepest appreciation to the men and women who serve God and humankind as pastors. more »»

October fun for everyone

October 16, 2015 One of the more amusing conversations I’ve had recently was with a teen during the library’s regular after-school progra. more »»

Weddings and whimsy

October 16, 2015 Whimsy is defined as an odd sense of humor or “playfully unusual”. I inherited a peculiar type of whimsy from my parents. Sarcasm was the norm in my house growing up. more »»



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