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Opinion

Summer Nights returns

Editorials

Summer Nights in downtown Webster City returns on June 20 from 5 to 9 pm. The theme of the night is "Be a HERO" and there will be opportunities for those in attendance to be a hero.The Lions Club will be serving burgers, chips and a drink for $5. The Lions Club is driven to perform community ...

Don’t stick a fork in us yet, we’re not done

Local Columns

Editor's Note:?The following is a blog written by Webster City Area?Chamber Director Deb Brown in response to a Des Moines television station's story about dying towns in Iowa. Webster City and Fort Dodge were among those cities listed.Once every quarter I speak in front of City Council to ...

Enjoying the great outdoors

Local Columns

After a long wait, summer has finally arrived. Take advantage of it by getting outside. Get some inspiration from the titles below or others on the shelves at the library."70 Picnic Recipes and Easy Outdoor Eating Ideas" by Christine FranceEveryone loves picnics, but coming up with easy to ...

Thanks to all who helped with Avenue of Flags

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The Avenue of Flags committee of the American Legion Post 191 extends its sincere appreciation for another successful display of our most beautiful American flags at Graceland Cemetery May 23 to May 30.Thanks to everyone for being careful as you drove through the cemetery. Damage ...

Further review needed for VA scandals

Editorials

At Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the country, lying, cheating bureaucrats are hoping the buck stops with former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. It should not.Dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for VA health care, even as agency officials including Shinseki were being ...

Mr. Krajewski goes to Des Moines

Local Columns

Jam of the Week: "Marquee Moon" by TelevisionIn the continuing adventures of Jim getting a chance to attend important events, I visited the state capitol on Friday to cover Branstad's signing of the cannabis oil bill.Of course, my opportunity to attend wasn't entirely by chance. I had worked ...

Iris – for a rainbow of color

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Local gardens are now awash in all hues of the rainbow and vibrant iris are at their peak. Iris is one of the easiest hardy perennial plants to grow. With so many colors and types of iris available for home gardens, everyone should have favorite.Tall bearded German iris typically bloom late ...

Changes ahead for Boone Bash

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Organizers of the Boone Bash River Dash, set for June 21, said there are some changes ahead for the annual canoe and kayak event that they hope will encourage more people to take part.Gone are the timed races on the Boone River, according to Brian Stroner. Also absent this year is the Iowa ...

DNR Fishing Report

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Nelson Park LakePanfishing is starting to pick up. Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are starting to move in close to shore. Anglers have been picking up some bluegill off the face of the dam. The action isn't real hot, but the bluegill that are being caught are nine inches ...

A timeless memorial for vets

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I wish to say thank you to Hamilton County Supervisor Doug Bailey and the local news media for mentioning me as helping with ideas for the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division Memorial that was dedicated on May 23.All that American Legion Post 191 did at a past monthly meeting was to ...

Fix license plate law to not be a general warrant

Editorials

"For the thousands of Iowans who have a frame that promotes a sports team, or an auto dealer, or have a nice (or not so nice) slogan, beware!"That's part of the dissenting opinion from Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel, who was one of two Iowa justices who didn't sign on to a written ...

“…Who has not created me a woman!”

Local Columns

Some of my childhood heroes were Jewish men Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and others. As I grew older I developed an interest in Judaism that continues today.In my studies I discovered an unusual Jewish prayer. In a passage recited by some traditional Jewish men in their daily morning prayers ...

Joining the grandmother club

Local Columns

I don't know much of anything about being a grandmother.Oh, I've observed plenty of wonderful grandmas in my lifetime. I was blessed that one of my grandmas lived just a few miles away from me all the while I was growing up, and she loved me in many ways. She had a toy drawer in her kitchen. ...

From any perspective, Home Base Iowa is a winner

Editorials

In our view, the signature accomplishment of this year's Iowa legislative session was a package of measures designed to make our state more attractive to veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life.Lawmakers passed incentives related to taxes, fees, education, the ...

A well received festival

Local Columns

I've got to send a shout out to the folks who organized last weekend's highly successful JunqueFest in Webster City. What a fabulous turnout more than 3,000 people by some accounts and lots of different vendors displaying an almost unimaginable amount of creatively re-purposed goods.It's ...

Why women – and voters – prefer jerks to fops

Local Columns

PARIS An intriguing social phenomenon prompted a horrific killing spree in Santa Barbara, California, last week, and the same phenomenon might help explain the surprising results of last weekend's European Parliament elections.The suspected Santa Barbara killer, 22-year old Elliot Rodger, left ...

WC resident thankful for response to house fire

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Our sincerest gratitude to the fire department for their quick response on May 1. They immediately identified the dehumidifier as the cause of our house fire. Webster City is fortunate to have the most dedicated, well trained, professional firefighters anywhere.There are many ...

A pizza of my own

Local Columns

Jam of the Week: "Star Guitar" by The Chemical BrothersHolidays are a a great reason to spend some time with family, and spending some time with family is a great reason to make up some good food.Before visiting the folks in Missouri this weekend, I realized that it would be a rare opportunity ...

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

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Within the next week or so, if not already, public schools will have dismissed for the summer. Though it's been nearly 50 years since I was a public school student I remember well the excitement of summer vacation.For the Huisman kids, summer vacation was delayed by Vacation Bible School. Like ...

Rhubard — the pie plant

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Rhubarb - most folks consider rhubarb to be a spring delicacy. When driving through town or the country, you will probably notice most gardens contain a clump of rhubarb. But whether you love it or hate it, during this time of year, the tart and tangy rhubarb is at its flavor peak.Although ...