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Opinion

Webster City police dispatch vital service to community

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: It recently came to the attention of police department personnel that the mayor approached the county about merging. The citizens of WC need to be aware of the services that would be eliminated or drastically changed were this to happen. The volume of calls handled by the ...

Ice-fishing ideas

Local Columns

Two weeks ago, it appeared that ice-on-the-pond was going to happen soon. Today, it doesn’t look like that so much. Not so long ago, for many of us, it was a pretty sure deal that we would be ice-fishing on or shortly after Thanksgiving. In today’s world, that bet is off. But the bet is ...

Haunted Barn benefits Boy Scouts

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Just wanted to thank this awesome community for coming out and supporting our very first ever Haunted Barn at Fluffy Butt Acres! We had 748 people come thru our three barn haunt Friday and Saturday, even after only advertising it for a week! It was all the crazy brainchild of ...

Fishing thoughts

Local Columns

The Open Water Fishing Season for the year 2020 is over for this angler. I don’t get out as late in the year or as much during the year as I used to, but I still get after the fish as often as possible and certainly communicate with anglers a good amount. Following are some comments and ...

Childcare centers need support in Hamilton County

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Childcare isn’t a glamorous industry; it’s exhausting, messy work with low pay. We aren’t seen as educators or professionals; we are viewed as glorified babysitters. I ask, if we were only babysitting children, why don’t we plop them down in front of the television? Why ...

Urges voters to look at the facts before casting ballots

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: The adage repeat a lie often enough and it will become the truth is an unscrupulous method being used in this year’s election by the Republican Party. Joe Biden is NOT a socialist as they wish voters to believe. Democrats do NOT raise taxes on low and mid-range earners. ...

Hamilton County has a childcare crisis

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: “Good morning, I would like to put my two children on your wait list for childcare.” Daycare provider: “Okay great, I will need to get some basic information from you, but first I would like to let you know that it is between a 3-5 year wait list.” My two children ...

Encourages self-care during COVID-19

Coronavirus

To the Editor: With everything that is happening in the world, the nation, and Iowa in regards to COVID-19 it is possible to feel overwhelmed, confused, numb, or any other emotion imaginable. During this challenging time it is more important than ever to set aside time for yourself, a ...

Memorable ice-fishing outings

Local Columns

It’s another of those “in between” seasons. Just as there’s a lull between the ice-fishing season and the open water fishing season in the spring, there’s a lull between the open water season and ice-fishing season in the fall. Today I’m looking forward to ice-fishing and also ...

It’s time to think about ice fishing

Local Columns

There’s still time to take advantage of open water fishing, but it’s also time to think about going ice-fishing. This year, particularly this year, if you want to go on an ice-fishing trip, you need to make plans now. People are fishing more than ever, and competition for lodging is ...

A late fall fishing trip

Local Columns

I took my annual fishing trip to Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota in early October. I’ve been going to Kab since the late 90’s. On one of my first trips to Kab I fished with local angler Wade Watson. On this trip I was looking forward to fishing with Wade again. Lots of things have ...

A lesson never forgotten

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In a few days we will observe the 58th anniversary of a world event I will never forget. Fifty-eight years ago this month the world came closer to nuclear war than ever before or, to the best of my knowledge, ever since. If you’re middle aged or older, you surely remember the Cuban missile ...

Vote for candidates who will listen to the people

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: In the Gettysberg Address, Lincoln says the government is of the people, by the people and for the people. It's not of the king, by the king and for the king. Any president who wants to be king has got to go. We fought a revolutionary war over it. We can't regress and make ...

Small details can create big catches

Local Columns

In the autumn season, fishing can be good. Really good. Fish instinctively know that colder water will be arriving soon. Their metabolism will slow down and they won’t be eating as much. They need to rely on stored energy to keep them going during the next few months of cold water, so ...

Career planning

Local Columns

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 overdrive and lead on you a fascinating journey in the future. Kindergarten is that wonderful time before we have ...

It’s the heat and the humidity

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It was one of those humid 97-degree days in August and I was sitting at a drive-in restaurant patio table sipping an ice tea when I heard a familiar voice behind me. “So this is how the retired city boy spends his afternoons… sipping on ice tea? Can’t handle a cold beer like a real ...

Love from a child’s point of view

Local Columns

Some things kind of slip up on you. I got to thinking the other day that I have been a married man for more than two-thirds of my life. I was blessed to have more than 43 years with Cindy, my first wife, before she passed away. Julie and I have been married for more than six years. I’m not ...

Fall fishing memories

Local Columns

Many anglers across the Midwest declare late September and October to be their favorite times to fish and I would mostly agree. In the fall, the fish catching can be so good, for quality and quantity. In addition, the surroundings are pretty spectacular as well. The trees are in full color ...

Troll to find fish in the fall

Local Columns

To catch fish, you’ve gotta’ find them. That’s true at any time of the year. However, in the fall season, they can be in a lot of places, especially early in the fall. In the spring, the fish will usually be shallow. It’s spawning time, and the shallows are where they spawn. In ...

When you are loved by a child

Local Columns

Many men my age are grandfathers; even great-grandfathers. I have no biological grandchildren and I’m okay with that. There are always little ones who can use some grandfatherly love and indulging. Cindy and I had two little grandnieces who we loved like grandchildren. Before Cindy passed ...