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Opinion

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!”

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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

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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

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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 ...

Rhubarb – the pie plant

Local Columns

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 ...

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

Local Columns

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 ...

Ewings offer thanks for benefit

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you does not nearly seem enough for the gratitude we feel for everyone who made the benefit for Jean Ewing a huge success.Thank you to Anita Witte and Missy Ewing for all of their hard work collecting donations, organizing everything, setting up the hall, making food and ...

Ewings offer thanks for benefit

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you does not nearly seem enough for the gratitude we feel for everyone who made the benefit for Jean Ewing a huge success.Thank you to Anita Witte and Missy Ewing for all of their hard work collecting donations, organizing everything, setting up the hall, making food and ...

Continuing the tradition

Local Columns

It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is here already. After the long, cold, snowy winter, this weekend traditionally marks the start of summer. Kids will soon be out of school, summer sports will begin and the county fair is just around the corner.But for most people, Memorial Day is ...

Books for babies

Local Columns

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. SeussGraduation Season. This is the time of year when students look forward with hope to an exciting and successful future. But, as graduates are looking forward, most of their ...