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Factors in fishing success

Local Columns

Across much of the Midwest, it’s ice-fishing season. However, across much of the Midwest, we’ve experienced inconsistent weather in the past few weeks, which has led to inconsistent success on the ice. When it comes to ice-fishing or open water fishing, as different as they may seem, ...

Go small for big catches

Local Columns

At some times of the year, especially in the fall, big baits are the ticket to big fish. But in the winter, much of the time, smaller baits will lead to more catching. Remember, under the ice, fish can get a very close look at the lure you’re using. Small, even tiny lures attached to line ...

Changes in fishing

Local Columns

I’ve been in the business of fishing for about 40 years, and have been fishing even longer. The changes in fishing and fishing equipment over those years have been many, and a lot of those changes have effected, for the better, the way we fish and what we catch. Following are some of the ...

Winter fishing in rivers

Local Columns

Rivers, both large and small, crisscross North America. Many of those rivers are full of fish in a wide variety of species, and many of those species of fish like to get caught in the winter. Here are some ideas for catching those fish now and for the next few months. Most rivers are home ...

Don’t assume everyone sees your postings or articles or ads

Local Columns

I went to one of our local pottery places and watched them raku fire horsehair pottery. It was fascinating! I didn't buy anything. That day. How did they get me to come? They posted on social media; I didn't see it there. They sent an invitation in their email newsletter, and I did see it ...

Ice fishing with open water ideas

Local Columns

Ice-fishing and open water fishing are certainly two very different things, but in some ways they’re very similar. Following are some fishing ideas that will help an angler be more successful at catching fish from open water or through the ice. A very basic rule for fishing success is so ...

Great news from Tokyo

Editorials

The important new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement negotiated by the Trump administration is one key step closer to becoming a reality. Japan’s parliament has approved the pact. That means that it will go into effect once our Congress concurs. This trade arrangement is enormously significant for ...

Birth order: How does it affect us?

Local Columns

Perhaps because I am a middle child, I've long been interested in the topic of birth order and what effect it has on our lives. In my case, I was sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. So what does my place in the family have to do with who I am and how I relate to others? ...

Dealing with the war on Christmas

Local Columns

Did you know that there’s a war on Christmas going on? That’s what people are saying. To listen to some folks the devil has turned loose his demons to tempt people to say “Happy Holidays” in lieu of “Merry Christmas.” And these demons are allegedly persecuting those who do say ...

Tired of ‘Shop  Local’?

Local Columns

I'm so tired of hearing "Shop Local" Funny thing for a small-town enthusiast to say, isn't it? I'm not against spending your money where you live. In fact, I encourage it. I'm just tired of the saying, and tired of feeling like someone is telling me what to do. I'm not the only one either. ...

Little tricks for bigger ice-fishing catches

Local Columns

Ice has been coming and going so far this year, but it’s for sure that eventually we’re going to have safe ice available to us. When that happens, the following ideas will help you be more successful when it comes to fishing through the ice. When fishing is slow, get as many lines in the ...

Spend time at the Ag Show

Editorials

Make plans to spend some time at the 18th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College, 2031 Quail Ave. in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 p.m. The ...

A visit from the grandchildren

Local Columns

After family visiting my house for three days over Thanksgiving, I understand why God designed us so that only young women can bear children. But of course I was delighted to be able to spend some time at my house with my son, daughter-in-law, and my grandchildren, ages 5 and 20 months. ...

Old age and Iowa winters

Local Columns

At the risk of appearing to be a geezer, I confess that (having been born in January) I am currently experiencing my 73rd winter in Iowa. Well, it won’t officially be winter in Iowa until 11:19 p.m. on December 21 but when it snows and it’s cold outside it’s winter. To heck with the ...

Shop locally this holiday season

Editorials

The Christmas season is officially here. Shoppers will be on the hunt for the perfect gift for everyone on their shopping list. Some will decide that it’s easier to forgo merchants in the community to click order gifts from online sources. They are mistaken. There are many good reasons ...

It’s American Education Week

Editorials

Since the earliest days in our state’s history, Iowans have understood that schools are important to the proper development of youngsters to help ready them to assist in building a bright future for their communities and state. Not long after farmsteads began to fill Iowa’s landscape, they ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

Editorials

Thanksgiving is upon us, and soon the Christmas season will be here. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness ...

October is Co-op Month across US

Editorials

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who “use the ...

Family offers thanks for recent benefts

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Our family would like to thank everyone who attended the benefits and all those who made donations. Your generosity is truly appreciated, and It has helped to lift the stress we were feeling. The prayers, love, and support we have received from the community is overwhelming ...

How well do you know your customers?

Local Columns

Who are your customers?  Who will use your product or service? What is their age, location, and income level? Knowing your customer will help you better serve them. Today I'm sharing some ideas that Josh at 2nd Wind Music Store in Fostoria, Ohio is using in his business.  Josh was ...