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Opinion

Catch more fish by trolling this summer

Local Columns

Across the Midwest, most fish have set up their summer homes. They’ve completed the spawning ritual and now those fish are hungry. If you put a bait near a fish, it will probably bite that bait. The key is to show your bait to as many fish as possible and trolling is a good way to do that. ...

Frequently asked fishing questions

Local Columns

Since the 1980’s, I’ve done lots of fishing seminars at sport shows and for outdoor clubs and fishing tackle retailers. It’s been way over a year since I did my last fishing seminar. Gatherings like those got shut down in early 2020 and haven’t really started up again yet. I ...

Warmer weather fishing

Local Columns

Warmer weather is here. It took a while this year, but as it always does, or at least always has done so far, the inconsistent weather of spring has been or will soon be replaced by the warmer weather of early and mid-summer. It’s going to be warm and even hot in the following weeks and ...

Rural hospitals are vital care providers and economic engines

Local Columns

The nearly 1 in 5 Americans who live in rural areas rely on local hospitals and health systems as a critical – and often the only – source of care in their communities. But rural hospitals are more than just care sites. They serve a vital role for regional economies; jobs generated by ...

The capitol roundup

Local Columns

Greetings friends! Now that the second funnel week is over, we voted on many more bills than we normally do to send to the governor’s desk or to the House. This week we passed out of the Senate the Life Amendment. The section reads, “To defend the dignity of all human life, and to protect ...

Church duds have changed

Local Columns

The other day I was thinking about what people wear to church nowadays. After a year of online church services, some folks are probably accustomed to worshipping in pajamas… or worse! I was raised in conservative circles and in later years have been shocked a time or two at the types of ...

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Coronavirus

In the months since COVID struck, we have encountered many challenges. Iowans lost precious work hours or their job altogether. Kids were home with school closures and senior citizens became even more shut in. As the state started its economic recovery, a historic storm ripped across ...

Country Roads: The job of eradicating disease

Local Columns

My second COVID-19 vaccination was administered on a recent Sunday afternoon. Other than some fatigue, I experienced no unpleasant side effects from the shot or from the first one for that matter. My wife has had her first vaccination and has an appointment for the second. One of these days ...

Iowa Senate addresses child care, property taxes

Local Columns

Last week was the 12th week of the legislative session. It included the next important legislative deadline of the year. In order to be considered for the rest of the year, policy bills needed to be out of their original chamber and through committee in the second chamber. In other words, we ...

Proven more than qualified to lead

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: With March being Women’s Month in the U.S. and International women’s Day during the first week, it is important to recall that it was 52 years ago that Shirley Chisolm was historically elected the first Black woman in Congress. Black women are the backbone of the U.S. ...

Don’t confuse science and government with God

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Let me begin with the definition of oxymoron: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. Now the definition of miracle: a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to ...

Editorial offers no criticism for Trump

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: The Los Angeles Times editorial in the March 8th edition was very critical of President Biden for not imposing sanctions against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (who will be referenced as MBS for the rest of this letter) of Saudi Arabia after the report released by the ...

Catch more fish this year

Local Columns

Fishing success means different things to different people. To some anglers, success is catching a bunch of fish. They’re not concerned about size, they just want to feel something pulling back on their rod. Other anglers measure their success by the size of the fish ...

Early season walleyes like jigs

Local Columns

The recent warm weather has anglers excited, and some of the most excited anglers are those who like to chase and catch walleyes. All across Walleye Country, anglers who enjoy catching walleyes are getting ready to get in or on the water. In rivers that are home to walleyes, anglers are ...

Opinions worth signing

Local Columns

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Dumb and Dumber.” Yes, it’s stupid. Yes, it’s sophomoric. Yes, I should have better tastes. Dating back to the early 1990s, “Dumb and Dumber” is a comedy about a couple of well-intentioned but incredibly stupid young fellows who travel from ...

Volunteers at COVID clinics find experience rewarding

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Congratulations to Shelby Kroona, her staff and the volunteers who made helping our residents get a COVID-19 shot through Hamilton County Public Health a rewarding experience last week. During this anxious time, it was comforting to see a well-organized operation during ...

Late ice panfish

Local Columns

There is still plenty of ice on most of the lakes and ponds where many of us go ice fishing, but if the current weather holds, that ice could be leaving us before long. I hope to get on the ice a time or two more in the next couple of weeks, and if I do, I will be after panfish. Walleyes ...

The Capitol Roundup

Local Columns

The seventh week of session was busier as many bills moved out of committee. Next week is the first funnel week of this legislative session, meaning all Senate policy bills need to be out of Senate committees in order to be considered for the rest of the year. This deadline ensures we are ...

Appreciates support of Enhance Hamilton County Foundation

Letters to Editor

To the editor: HERO, the Help Entertain and Restore Organization, the owner/operator of the Webster Theater would like to thank the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation for the generous grant that they gave us to help with COVID 19 relief. As most of you probably know, the theater was closed ...

Memories of a one-of-a-kind gentleman

Local Columns

After breathing earth’s air for more than seven decades, I have some vivid memories of people who made life difficult. I try to have a forgiving spirit but forgetting some of those experiences can be difficult. When memories of jerks pop up, I try to focus on the kind and decent people ...