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From the page to the screen

August 15, 2014 I recently had a conversation with a young woman at the library’s check-out desk. She was asking for a copy of John Green’s young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. more »»

Community health centers provide critical services for Iowa families

August 15, 2014 August 10, marked the beginning of National Health Center Week, a time to recognize the vital role of community health centers in America. more »»

Who are Master Gardeners?

August 13, 2014 "So what's the ‘big deal’ about being a Master Gardener? I've been gardening for years; I know all I need to know about gardening. more »»

A brief look to the past

August 13, 2014 Jam of the Week: “New York Kiss” by Spoon Trying to remember the good times is a common sentiment, but one that I think myself and others often overloo. more »»

Keep it simple for more fish

August 12, 2014 Fishing is different things to different people. more »»

Things I learned while looking for something else

August 11, 2014 When I was a young guy I enjoyed sitting in the reference section of a library reading encyclopedias, almanacs and atlases. I was (and remain) a nerd. more »»

A successful garage sale season

August 11, 2014 You know that going to garage sales is one of my favorite summer past times, and I’ve had a good season so far. Oh, I don’t go every weekend; just often enough. more »»

Back to the routine of school

August 8, 2014 School in Webster City starts in just 11 days. Between the county fair, a week of church camp, theater camp and other activities, my son has kept fairly busy most of the summer. more »»

Turf Wars: preventing fungal attack

August 5, 2014 Walking through the yard and your shoes become covered with an orange dust? Patches of orange powder found in the lawn? Rover turning red with residue? These are some of the recent calls receive... more »»

Another trip to Lake Kabetogama

August 5, 2014 I just returned from my most recent trip to Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota. Kab is a 25,000 acre lake that has lots of island. more »»

No back-to-school sentimentalities

August 4, 2014 In a few weeks children across America will be returning to the classroom. Meanwhile, Back to School sales abound on Main Street and in shopping malls. more »»

Naming garden enemies

August 4, 2014 There are any number of questions I wish I could still ask my dad, who has been gone for four years already now. One thing I’d like to know more about is his World War II Navy experiences. more »»

Time to simplify your life

August 1, 2014 Did you know the first week in August was National Simplify your Life Week? Neither did we. more »»

Tales of tomatoes

July 30, 2014 Jam of the Week: “New Generation” by Damu The Fudgemunk As August nears, my internal clock compels me to eat BLT sandwiche. more »»

Flower color change

July 29, 2014 Perhaps you have heard people say – My Asiatic lilies changed from pink to orange this year to. Or maybe this - Grandma's rose bush always had yellow blooms, but now, her roses have turned red. more »»

Planer boards: Not just for walleye

July 29, 2014 Planer boards have been a part of many walleye anglers arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. more »»

Back home where I belong

July 28, 2014 Nearly four months have passed since I left suburban Des Moines to move back to my home county in north central Iowa. more »»

Me against mice

July 28, 2014 Believe me, it is not a good way to be welcomed home from a trip to find that a varmint has left a mess in your bread door after hanging out there for some tim. more »»

Ginger snaps and memories

July 25, 2014 Next week would have been my grandmother's birthday. She's gone now, but lived to the ripe old age of 103. more »»

Fun times at the county fair

July 23, 2014 Jam of the Week: “All In” by Flying Lotus Whether in Hamilton County or back home in Illinois, I always get excited for the county fair. The sights, the smells, the excitement always get me. more »»

 
 
 

 

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