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Opinion

Find their food, find the fish

Local Columns

A very basic yet often overlooked principle of fishing is that you’ve got to put your bait near a fish if you want to catch a fish. So often we consider lure shape, color, size, or speed, when, in reality, those things don’t matter if the fish don’t see the lure. Once we’ve found the ...

Short tips for more fishing fun

Local Columns

We’re into the open water fishing season of 2019. In fact, summer fishing isn’t that far away. Sometimes we get too wound up in the details of catching fish, and that’s okay. Oftentimes minor details can play a large role in how many fish we catch, and how big those fish are. There ...

Old traditions that make mothers cry

Local Columns

The big thing around Iowa this time of year is high school graduations. It’s been 53 years since I experienced this rite of passage and it appears that some things haven’t change. Graduates still don hot gowns and square hats, march to “Pomp and Circumstance” and are handed a diploma ...

Legislative session was good for ag

Editorials

Agriculture long has been at the heart of our state’s economic well-being. The state’s farms and those industries related to agriculture remain absolutely vital to the Hawkeye State’s continued prosperity. Whenever the Legislature convenes issues pertinent to agriculture get especially ...

Oh, the people you’ll see

Local Columns

Last weekend I took a little trip north for an overnight, driving on one of those wonders of modern transportation: the interstate highway. Fast, direct, no muss, no fuss. Not even any potholes that I noticed. There’s also not much to see. Oh, I do have landmarks that I study each time ...

Volunteers are needed to speak up for foster youth

Local Columns

May is National Foster Care Month, a time set to recognize foster parents, family members, mentors, volunteers and child welfare professionals for all the support they provide youth and children in foster care. It can also be a good time to consider how you personally can make a difference in ...

Hamilton the community

Local Columns

“Hamilton The Community,” knowing your neighbors. This is what Rick Young, Hamilton County supervisor and Hamilton Hometowns board chairman, will work to do over the coming months. He will escort a few individuals “out of their own community silo” and take them to another Hamilton ...

We are grateful for your sacrifice

Editorials

We all likely know someone who has served in this nation’s military. After all, 16 million Americans served during the most horrific war in history — World War II. More than six million served in the Korean War. Almost nine million GIs were on active duty during the Vietnam War, from ...

Heroes of the classroom

Local Columns

I've been thinking about heroes lately. A hero may be your basic, everyday hero: the neighbor who plows out your driveway after a snowstorm without even a phone call to ask if he can bring over his big John Deere with the loader bucket, the old family friend who stops by with two $20 bills ...

Things that make me smile…

Local Columns

As a kid I was an optimist ̶ a glass-half-full sort of guy, almost always looking on the bright side. That optimism included a healthy mix of naiveté. I was one chunky, happy sort of country bumpkin. Then life happened and by the time I retired I had become much more cynical. Over the ...

HC Crimestoppers seeks donations

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:  In 2011, concerned citizens of our county came together to re-start Hamilton County Crimestoppers so that local citizens can play an active role in keeping our communities safe. For the last eight years dedicated HCC board members have accomplished much with your ...

A few fishing season reminders

Local Columns

It's a new fishing season for anglers across the Midwest and North America! Many anglers have already been fishing, others are looking forward to their first trip to the lake, river, reservoir, or pond. Following are some things to keep in mind when you get ready to go fishing. First of all, ...

The tradition of May baskets

Local Columns

It’s May Day. Of course it is, because it’s the very first day of this month. Have you ever wondered why we don’t notice February Day or maybe August Day? Or even October Day? My theory is because the two words rhyme. September Day, for instance, just doesn’t have the same ring ...

But never on a Sunday

Local Columns

Driving through our suburban neighborhood a few Sundays ago I was struck by how Sundays have changed. The rush of traffic was far different than the quiet, lazy Sundays I knew as a child. I was raised in a home where the Commandment to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy was taken ...

Webster City Meals on Wheels in need of donations

Local Columns

The internet tells us that the first known deliveries of Meals on Wheels, in the United States, was in Philadelphia in 1954, and that currently the program serves 2.4 million seniors annually. It was a 1971 that Ray Roden, then pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, brought together a group of ...

Legislators should maintain local control of county budgets

Local Columns

Legislation currently being considered by the Iowa Legislature would hinder the ability of local elected officials to make budget decisions to fund the programs and services their constituents depend on and desire. House File 773 would place an arbitrary 2 percent annual growth limitation on ...

Under His Wings I am Safely Abiding

Local Columns

The first funeral I can remember was for a 3-year-old cousin who drowned in his family’s farm stock tank. I was 6-years-old. The service was at Ramsey Reformed Church north of Titonka in Iowa’s far northern Kossuth County. This is my extended family’s church; my parents worshiped ...

Kindness all around us

Local Columns

So there I was last week, paused at the end of the row where my seat was at the Civic Center in Des Moines. It was about three minutes before curtain, and all the seats were occupied between me and my seat. Although there was plenty of room for me to slide in front of those already seated, ...

Open water fishing plans

Local Columns

Open water fishing has started in many areas of the Midwest, and where it hasn’t started yet, it will soon. I have a few plans for the upcoming open water season that I hope to start putting into action soon. Following are some of those plans. I plan and hope to go fishing more this ...