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Clear Lake success

May 19, 2015 Too much of the time we hear about bodies of water or fish species that are experiencing problems, and it’s good that we learn about those problems because if we don’t know about them, we can’t fix... more »»

A gift to the graduates: Gradvice

May 18, 2015 For many folks the big deal in May is high school graduatio. more »»

Schooled on scripture

May 18, 2015 I recently got to put together a little program for a wedding shower. The scripture I used was the fruit of the spirit. more »»

Ready to volunteer?

May 15, 2015 I signed up last week to be a volunteer for the RAGBRAI pass-through coming on July 21. It only took a minute to fill out the form and tell the organizers how I could help. more »»

Into a firefighter’s shoes

May 13, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Empty Nesters” by Toro Y Moi I’ve attended several firefighter training sessions during my time with The Daily Freeman-Journal. more »»

Transplanting time is here

May 12, 2015 May planting time has finally arrived. The safe date for transplanting most plants here in northern Iowa is considered to be May 15, as chances for a late frost are slim to none. more »»

In the shade of the old apple tree

May 11, 2015 The year I was 12-years-old my family moved from town to a farm. Some distance south of the house, along a farm lane, an apple tree grew in the fence lin. more »»

The colors of the rainbow

May 11, 2015 I am fortunate that I get to travel rural roads on my daily round-trip commute to my job. more »»

Grateful for opportunities

May 8, 2015 My eighth-grade son just returned from a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. He was part of the annual WC2DC trip which takes students to the nation’s capital to visit historical and educational sites. more »»

Vacation Planning: How the library can help

May 8, 2015 One of my favorite ways to view my growing-up years is through the lens of my family’s numerous - and often hilarious - vacations. more »»

Vinyl gets a new spin

May 6, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Color Her Sunshine” by Ta-ku Vinyl record sales have been seeing a revival as of late. more »»

House debates five budget bills

May 6, 2015 The Iowa House of Representatives continued our progress on passing a budget that lives within ongoing state revenue at a time when national indicators point to an economic slowdown. more »»

Tips to catch the biters

May 5, 2015 As we enter a new open water fishing season, it’s good to get some thoughts together regarding changes in fishing techniques and fishing ideas. more »»

Sneaky snakes

May 5, 2015 Do you have snakes in your yard or garden? Lately, I have received many calls at the Extension Office from folks wanting to know how to get rid of these scary, slithering snakes in the grass. more »»

My parsimonious friend, Eb Griper

May 4, 2015 After a nearly an hour of coffee, breakfast and conversation with my cantankerous old buddy, Eb Griper, it was time to g. more »»

A favorite sign of spring

May 4, 2015 What is your favorite sign of spring? How do you know this lovely season has finally arrived? Maybe it’s the green grass that’s been mowed most everywhere, or the beautiful crab apple trees that... more »»

A legacy of caring

May 1, 2015 I feel fortunate to have known Myra Maxon. She was a one-woman tour-de-force when it came to serving the community. I first met Myra when she was getting ready to marry Max Maxon. more »»

Walking along the wildflowers

April 29, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Heel Turn 2” by The Mountain Goats Spring always sneaks up on me. By March, I’m worn out of hoping that a few days of warmer weather will stick. Then, April showers push me indoors. more »»

Hardening off plants – be tough

April 28, 2015 Spring has arrived, and so have plants and flowers in garden centers and nurseries. Folks are excited to purchase these gorgeous new plants and hurry plant them in the garden or display pots. more »»

Spring fishing suggestions

April 28, 2015 As the days get warmer and longer, more anglers are making it to the lake or river or pond in search of a fish that wants to get caugh. more »»



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