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A fond farewell

July 1, 2016 Hey Ruth” may be the most commonly used phrase thrown around here at the Daily Freeman-Journal. Ruth, our business office manager, is retiring after 21 years of service. more »»

Haman joins the team at First State Bank

July 1, 2016 Melody Haman joined the First State Bank staff in Webster City in April of 2016 as the Human Resources Assistan. more »»

Trodding the boards again

June 29, 2016 If you’ve never been involved in a community theater production, you don’t know what you’re missing. more »»

Mid-summer fishing reminders

June 28, 2016 July is nearly here. Time goes by faster every year. We had an early ice-out this year, but the weather stayed cool and the water didn’t warm up as quickly as we thought it woul. more »»


June 28, 2016 No old-fashioned cottage type flower bed is complete without hollyhocks. more »»

Reaching the milestone of retirement

June 27, 2016 Some years back I did a story with a long-time teacher as she retired one spring. more »»

What do you want to be when you grow up?

June 27, 2016 If you want to strike up a conversation with a kindergartener just ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most 5 and 6-year-olds will slip their imaginations into high gear and lead you on... more »»

Unleash your inner crafter

June 24, 2016 In January of 2015 I made a rather crazy resolution: I decided to stop saying “no” to things, particularly if the only thing holding me back was fear. more »»

Be aware and take care

June 24, 2016 Summer is officially here. The sun keeps shining and temperatures keep rising. And are they rising. These past two weeks we have seen temperatures well above 90 degrees. more »»

A night to enjoy the music

June 22, 2016 Summer is here in all her glory. I’ve enjoyed the warm days and cool breezes at night. Summer is without a doubt, my favorite season. more »»

Fish where the fish are

June 21, 2016 We’re into the summer season, and in the summer fishing changes a bit. more »»

Mower musings

June 20, 2016 As I write this, the date is 6-16-16. I do love such symmetry in all things, especially in numbers. Such are the thoughts that trail through my mind as I mow the lawn at my acreage. more »»

Summertime ... and Bible-school Kool Aide

June 20, 2016 When the first assignment of the new school year called for a report on “What I Did Last Summer,” the Huisman boys could always count on one experience to write about ? Vacation Bible School. more »»

Thanks for everything pops

June 17, 2016 Papa. Dad. Ayah. Bapak. Baba. Cha. Pa. These are just a sampling of how people say “dad” all around the world. more »»

In My Opinion

June 17, 2016 more »»

Rhubarb review

June 14, 2016 One of the most traditional garden plants is rhubarb. more »»

Fishing simple is better ... sometimes

June 14, 2016 I remember when I first went fishing more than fifty years ago. more »»

Living a long and healthy live

June 13, 2016 Last month I attended a very interesting lecture with the title of “Healthy Longevity. more »»

A tiny town with a big heart

June 13, 2016 Two years ago this widower married a widow who lived in the small town of Blairsburg, about a half hour north of Ames on U.S. Highway 6. more »»

Mulch ado about gardening

June 10, 2016 I was born with the standard two thumbs. Unfortunately for me, neither of them are green. more »»



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