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Final Harvest

The time for sowing had long since passed. Spring rains had faded into summer sun. In its turn, autumn had arrived and turned the colors of nature from green to gold. It was time to reap, time to harvest, one last crop for a family with deep roots in the rich black soil of this Hamilton County ...

Sewers are a vital part of our wastewater system

Sanitary sewers were used across the ancient world from Babylon to Rome to China. In Colonial America, sewers made of hollowed-out logs were built to capture rainwater, mainly to put out fires. Cesspools and outhouses were standard “comfort facilities” until the 1850s when the nation’s ...

Thank you for your service

Editor’s note: Richard Stroner, American Legion Post 191 commander, addressed the audience at Webster City schools on Veterans Day. This is the text of the speech he delivered at Webster City High School. Ladies, Gentlemen, Students, Staff, and Veterans, Welcome to today’s ceremony and ...

Iowa memories: A magnificent barn welcomed a POW home.

Some memories live forever. Old barns have been used to house livestock, store hay and grain, provide a playground for kids in the haymow, and for many grown-up farm kids, they are also a storehouse of memories. Al Yungclas still remembers the night nearly 70 years ago when his parents ...

Veterans Day

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Why? The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. ...

Trail cam sighting of mountain lion near KY Park is confirmed

The image of a mountain lion caught by a private trail camera on property near Kendall Young Park has been confirmed. It has not been disclosed on whose property the image was taken. If you are visiting the park, which is in the northern outskirts of Webster City, and you encounter a ...