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Support during a difficult time

March 23, 2015 Not long ago I read a piece about a little boy whose dad had recently passed away unexpectedly. more »»

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

March 20, 2015 Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. more »»

Understanding your right to know

March 18, 2015 This is Sunshine Week, a week when many news organizations and First Amendment advocates will talk and write about open government. more »»

Iowa House bills advance

March 18, 2015 Last week, we completed funnel week. more »»

Wishing for wisteria

March 17, 2015 Wisteria. Even its very name sounds mysterious. more »»

Last ice-fishing trip for now

March 17, 2015 I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year. We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesot. more »»

Morale: it had better be good

March 16, 2015 In the 14 months since I retired I have had time to reflect on my 40-plus year career. I was fortunate. In spite of some rough spots in my career, I always enjoyed the work I was hired to do. more »»

On the hunt for ‘Frozen’ delights

March 13, 2015 My little granddaughter Ariel — like just about every little girl her age — is absolutely crazy about all things “Froze. more »»

Spring break week at the library

March 13, 2015 When I was a kid, finances were often tight. One of the realities of growing up in a one-income household with six kids was that vacations were rare luxuries. more »»

Time for spring garden chores

March 10, 2015 Are you ready to be out digging in the dirt again? I certainly am. Being outside is one of the things most people love about gardening. And a successful garden year begins with spring chore. more »»

Ice-fishing buffet

March 10, 2015 I went ice-fishing last week and had a wonderful time on two levels. First of all, we caught lots of fish, big and small, and of several different species. more »»

An inheritance more precious than rubies

March 9, 2015 Six decades ago college degrees were rare in the family and community in which I was raised. Yet, as a child I was exposed to an abundance of wisdom. more »»

Names both common and misspelled

March 9, 2015 A few weeks back, my fellow columnist commented about his unusual name. more »»

Shamrocks an ode to the Irish

March 3, 2015 A symbol of St. Patrick's Day, shamrock plants are found in nurseries and stores around this time of year. You certainly don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this plant in your home. more »»

Time to start planning for open water fishing

March 3, 2015 In some areas of the Midwest, open water fishing is still several weeks away. more »»

More things learned while looking for something else

March 2, 2015 Curiosity killed the cat, they say. That must be why I have never owned a cat. I have long been a very curious individual. more »»

Coming together for a common goal

March 2, 2015 I wasn’t even on the basketball team, yet I still remember how very big Veterans Auditorium felt when my school’s girls’ basketball team played in the state tournament there. more »»

Remembering Sgt. Philbrook and Webster City’s Company E

February 27, 2015 For Hamilton County and Webster City, the end of an era has come with the passing of Webster City resident Art Philbrook on Dec. 27, 2014. more »»

Learn another language through Kendall Young Library

February 27, 2015 The other night my sister and I were chatting, and the familiar topic of dream vacations came u. more »»

Forcing flowering branches

February 24, 2015 Spring. Are you counting down the days? Why not bring a breath of spring indoors by forcing flowering branches. more »»



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