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Opinion

Is this economic development?

Local Columns

I met this group of old guys in Akron, Iowa. They have coffee every morning between 6 am and 9 am. The mayor thought I would like their story. The coffee wasn't bad either. They call themselves the Old Geezers Club. Several of the fellows brought their woodworking tools to outfit a shared ...

Don’t get locked in

Local Columns

A new fishing season is under way. Now is a good time to remember what fishing techniques have worked in the past, but we should also remind ourselves to revise those techniques when the fish aren’t responding to them. Here’s what I mean. Trolling with crankbaits has become a popular ...

It’s not perfect, but it is a treasure

Local Columns

The United States Postal Service and I go back a longways. My first memories of U.S. Mail are from 1951. I was three-years-old and we lived on a farm on the south side of the gravel road that was the Iowa-Minnesota state line. Though we lived in Iowa our mailing address was Frost, Minnesota, ...

Supports Timmons for sheriff

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: One of us has worked with Sheriff Timmons as an elected official for a year and half theother for three and half years. We have yet to question his professionalism, integrity,concern for all the residents of Hamilton County or the well being of his staff. We meet with him ...

Says Timmons has demonstrated dedication, integrity

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: As a citizen of Hamilton County and a 9 year Board Member of Hamilton County Crimestoppers, I am endorsing Sheriff Doug Timmons for Hamilton County Sheriff and supporting his reelection efforts. I have known Sheriff Timmons most closely through our joint work with Hamilton ...

Are men dumb or just confused?

Local Columns

Several years ago a list of jokes about “dumb men” made the rounds via e-mail. This was before Facebook became a joke-sharing medium. As I recall, most men laughed at the “dumb men” jokes, just as many blondes did when the “dumb blond” jokes made the rounds. Having worked with ...

Former supervisor urges support for Timmons re-election

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I am asking for your support to re-elect Sheriff Doug Timmons. I saw first hand how he organized and coordinated with the fire fighters, ambulance services and law enforcement agencies of Hamilton County to get the new radio system for all emergency personnel up and ...

Supports Timmons for sheriff

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: We are very fortunate to have a young sheriff in our community. Doug Timmons is an asset to our community for law enforcement. He knows the needs of the people here. He is honest, dependable and has Hamilton County’s interests at heart. We enjoy his exposure in the ...

Teen: Timmons supports youth organizations

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I am writing this letter to express my support for Sheriff Doug Timmons' re-election as Hamilton County Sheriff. Sheriff Timmons has done an excellent job as sheriff, and has proven that he is a very strong leader in Hamilton County. He has gone beyond his duties as sheriff to ...

Dealing with tightwads

Local Columns

You may call me frugal, if you wish. You may even call me thrifty. Just don’t call me a cheapskate. Growing up in a large low-income can teach money management skills difficult to learn under other circumstances. My childhood circumstances led me to a life of frugality. My mother could ...

Says Hicok will be proactive if elected sheriff

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I may not be a resident of Hamilton County but I feel as though I need to write this letter to the editor. I have known Rod Hicok for approximately 30 years. I actually worked side by side with Rod while working as a Deputy in Webster County. Rod truly has the dedication, ...

Building resiliency to bounce back from anything

Local Columns

Resiliency has been a buzz word over the last few years in relation to trauma. How to build resiliency in ourselves and in our children, however, is not discussed as much as the effects of what happens to people who are not as resilient as others. It is inevitable that a person will have to ...

Adjust for early season fishing success

Local Columns

The early part of the fishing season is a great time to be on the water: It just feels good, and the fishing can be good also. Knowing a little bit about how fish go about their reproductive ritual can help us catch even more fish. Most of the fish that live in Midwest waters spawn in the ...

Supports Timmons in primary race for county sheriff

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Sheriff Doug Timmons' reelection as Hamilton County Sheriff. Sheriff Timmons is a very active member of the Stratford community and has been an excellent partner working with the school. He visits the school regularly doing "High Five ...

Confessions of a WAHM

Local Columns

Editor’s Note: Carrie Olson Tagg is a graduate of Webster City High School and a former Daily Freeman-Journal reporter. Today, she lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania. When the quarantine started, it was recommended by a couple people that I write a blog post on my ...

Support our restaurants, small businesses

Editorials

The decision by many to shelter in place during this pandemic has been wise, but it’s been hard on many. Our local small businesses, who depend on our money to stay open, have been especially hard hit. Some restaurants have attempted to adapt by switching to carryout and delivery only, but ...

Practicing self care in times of uncertainty

Local Columns

During these uncertain times, many people are experiencing higher levels of mental health challenges. It is important to do what we can to help not only ourselves, but also others around us. One of the most important things one can do at this time is to take care of ourselves and encourage ...

Good for business, good for the community

Editorials

The Webster City City Council approved a small business loan program Monday night in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The council set aside $250,000 for the loans, to be issued in increments of $2500 and $5000. Businesses with gross annual revenues of less than $500,000 with 20 employees or ...

Looking forward to another time

Local Columns

Several weeks into the Great Quarantine of 2020 one of the topics I am seeing discussed on Facebook is hugs and how much people miss them. People are missing the physical contact denied by social distancing. For the most part, I grew up in a non-hugging family. We are of northern European ...

Getting ready for open water

Local Columns

I think my ice-fishing season is over for now. I didn’t get to go ice-fishing as much as I would have liked, but that’s the way it is most years. Today I started sorting through my open water fishing tackle boxes to see what I needed to start the open water season. One thought kept going ...