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Buying tomato plants – Is bigger better?

May 13, 2014 Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden plants grown – over 85 percent of all gardens include tomatoes. more »»

An open letter to the Class of 2014

May 12, 2014 Dear Graduate: It doesn’t seem fair, does it? You put in 13 years of hard time and before they spring you have to wear a long, hot gown and a funny square hat with strings hanging from it. more »»

Kids plan for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014 If there’s a holiday that’s more of a Hallmark moment than Mother’s Day, I sure don’t know what it is. more »»

The boundless energy of toddlers

May 9, 2014 I’m learning more and more about this whole grandparenting thing. Every time I see my three little kiddos, I discover something that I hadn’t known before. more »»

Honoring veterans on Memorial Day

May 9, 2014 Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and there will be many events and programs in the area for the public to attend and honor our veterans. This holiday is a time of reflection and remembrance. more »»

A fishy way to start the day

May 7, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Fade White” by Baths While my cooking escapades have produced many great lunch and dinner dishes, my breakfasts have still been pretty basic. more »»

We only have one truck

May 7, 2014 Back in February, we may remember that month as the one with some snow and tornado like winds. People's favorite expression then was “I can't remember when we have had a winter like this. more »»

Browning of evergreens – To prune or not to prune?

May 6, 2014 When driving around town this spring, you may have noticed many evergreens with brown needles, brown needle tips or branches. more »»

Still curious after all these years

May 5, 2014 Children go through a stage when they can ask questions non-stop for hours. more »»

From repetition into memory

May 5, 2014 One of my tasks in my other life on the job is to serve breakfast to the students in middle school. Just imagine how cheerful most of them are at 7:30 a.m. more »»

A few simple changes

May 2, 2014 So how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? A few of my acquaintances have followed through but most people have long forgotten those vows from Jan. 1. more »»

April showers bring May flowers

May 2, 2014 What a busy April we had — Open House at Stein, Money Smart Week, Disney Institute, Home Based Business growth — and May looks to be just as much fun. more »»

A cold weather combo

April 30, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Beep Street” by Squarepusher Last week, I wrote that I was rushing to make chili as the weather was likely to make a good turn soon. more »»

Downy Mildew of Impatiens – Buyer be aware

April 29, 2014 A “new” disease is on the horizon — and attacks one of the most popular annual plants sold for shade areas — the Impatiens. more »»

Getting over “hugophobia”

April 28, 2014 Most of us have a phobia or two. While I don’t mind flying in airplanes or going to the tops of tall buildings, I hate working on a roof or walking near the edge of a cliff. more »»

Remembering what was memorized

April 28, 2014 We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure th... more »»

A slithery situation

April 25, 2014 Wasn’t the warm weather great last weekend??I opened up the windows of the house and let the breeze blow through. It felt good to get the stale winter air out and get some fresh air in. more »»

Who Was Kendall Young?

April 25, 2014 Kendall Young’s name is familiar to most Webster City residents. An early resident and settler of town, Kendall Young left a lasting legacy in Webster City through his gift of the public library. more »»

Cool weather, comforting chili

April 23, 2014 Jam of the Week: “4AM” by Antemasque My road to becoming a competent cook has been a bit slower this week as spring looks to have finally come to Iowa. more »»

The Easter Lily – what to do when the flowers are gone?

April 22, 2014 Receiving a potted Easter Lily is a holiday tradition for many families, and judging by the numbers sold in retail stores and greenhouses – a great many homes have an Easter Lily this year. more »»



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