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Happy birthday, America

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Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. It's also the time to reflect on the charter of freedom that immortalized our destiny for 238 years and counting.In the months leading up to America's historic ...

Nip garden pests before they nip you

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July is a great month for garden tours and showing off your garden. Unfortunately, it is also a great time of year for garden pests as well. When working outside or entertaining outdoors, one quickly discovers that not all insect pests in the garden want to eat your plants some want to eat ...

Enjoy your fishing more this summer

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Lots of anglers refer to this time of year as the "Dog-Days of Summer." The phrase "Dog-Days" came from ancient Rome and had to do with the stars and the belief that Sirius, The Dog Star, caused summer to be a bad time of year. Regardless of what they thought in ancient Rome, summer is not a ...

Ik heff een dicke buuk!

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My first lessons in anatomy were in Low German. My parents are both East Frisian (northwest corner of Germany; northeastern corner of the Netherlands) and their dialect of Low German was spoken by many in our families. Mom and Dad spoke it at home when I was very young.So it was that I learned ...

Heading back to camp

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On my trip north last week, I found out that you can go home again. Like some of the best lessons, it is something I guess I already knew. But it never hurts to be reminded once more.What I did was spend some time at a camp I attended as a camper for two years, and then, about ten years ...

Summer in July with the Chamber

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July is a great time to live and work in Webster City! It's even busier than June was and we had a great time at Summer Nights in June. New members in the last couple of weeks are Prime Life LLC, 15 Below Photo and Phusion. That makes 31 new members this year! We're happy to be supporting small ...

Should have been proactive

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I see we have pulled the dumpster out of the Ohio Street grass and leaf collection site. Now we are going to put in security cameras to curtail misuse.Seems to me that maybe that is somewhat like closing the barn door after the horse ran away. Maybe before pulling it, it would ...

Ice cream social a success

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To the Editor:The Mission Boards of Faith United Methodist and First Congregational UCC churches served their annual Old Fashioned Ice-cream Social June 18 at Faith UMC. We wish to thank the community for attending. Your generous donations will be given to Webster City Free Clinic and Upper ...

UDMO offers thanks for back to school program funding

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To the Editor:Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to thank the Teresa Treat Stearns Trust Advisory Committee for the recent grant approval in the amount of $1,100.These funds will be used to support the UDMO Hamilton County Back to School Event this year. The event will be held on ...

HCPOA thanks benefit donors, volunteers and participants

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To the Editor:The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who supported us in making our 2014 Golf Benefit a huge success.This was the third annual Benefit Golf Tournament. Our organization ...

New state law is designed to reduce underage drinking

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Beginning July 1, every police and sheriff's department in Iowa will have an additional tool to help reduce underage drinking: a social host law.During the 2014 Iowa legislative session, through the efforts of numerous community members, prevention coalitions and Iowa legislators, the statewide ...

A crash course at Camp Dodge

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Jam of the Week: "La Ritournelle" by Sbastien TellierLast week, Daily Freeman-Journal readers got just a sneak peek into the training facilities at Camp Dodge in Johnston. It was of those events where it was difficult to describe the many fun things that I got to participate in through a news ...

Summer action over and around the weeds

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As summer progresses, the various vegetation in the lakes becomes a big factor in our fishing. The different types of vegetation that live in the lakes will be home to a variety of fish species. Some weeds will be in the shallow water, others will be deeper. Almost wherever you fish in the ...

Provide support for your plants

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With the recent heavy rain storms in our area, did your trumpet lily topple, snapdragons snap, or tomatoes take a tumble? Don't abandon your plants to the elements.Plants that are exposed to windy conditions or newer plants that do not have a well established root system are susceptible to ...

Not all of America’s got talent

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If I were to find a magic lamp and were a genie to pop out of it and offer me three wishes, I know what I would choose. My first wish would be for the ability to sing.I love to sing; I just can't carry a tune. Not even in a basket. I would like to sing baritone but end up signing monotone. The ...

A constant companion

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I used to think I knew something about cats. But then that was when they were all outside cats.There were always cats on the farm where I grew up, just roaming around, hanging out in the barn or outside the back door or in the crib alley looking for mice. Their favorite place was probably the ...

Mailboxes don’t have to move

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To the Editor:I've heard recently the Postal Service has been telling customers they have to move their mail boxes to a Centralized delivery point and they won't have delivery to their house or business. Well, to be clear- it isn't true.You cannot be forced to change, what is called, your ...

An athlete with heart and spirit

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This has been a very special week for my stepson, Jonathan - or Jon as he likes to be called. Jon and his team traveled from Cedar Rapids to New Jersey to take part in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.Jon plays softball. Well, to be more accurate, he's more of an all-around athlete. He plays ...

Science in the library

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You may have heard about an educational push for integrating more STEM or STEAM content in schools. But did you know that the library is another great place to expose the child in your life (or even yourself) to the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math?One way the library ...