Opinion

Remembering what was memorized

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We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution ...

A slithery situation

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Wasn't the warm weather great last weekend??I opened up the windows of the house and let the breeze blow through. It felt good to get the stale winter air out and get some fresh air in.I have discovered, however, that we have some tenants living with us that also love the warm weather. Last ...

Who Was Kendall Young?

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Kendall Young's name is familiar to most Webster City residents. An early resident and settler of town, Kendall Young left a lasting legacy in Webster City through his gift of the public library.While living in Webster City, Kendall Young was known for being a successful businessman. But ...

Thanks for SO support

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:?Webster City Middle School Special Olympics athletes would like to thank all supporters and parents, as we competed in Fort Dodge on April 16.Special thanks to Denny and Luann Jackson for their hard work in gathering support to purchase our new, very warm running suits. We also ...

Cool weather, comforting chili

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Jam of the Week: "4AM" by AntemasqueMy road to becoming a competent cook has been a bit slower this week as spring looks to have finally come to Iowa. With the parks open and time ticking away before summer heat bears down on us, I feel my time is better spent getting back to walk, read and ...

The Easter Lily – what to do when the flowers are gone?

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Receiving a potted Easter Lily is a holiday tradition for many families, and judging by the numbers sold in retail stores and greenhouses a great many homes have an Easter Lily this year. For many, the beautiful trumpet-like white flowers and heavenly scent symbolize purity, virtue, ...

Benefits of the farm bill

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Often about 5:30 in the afternoon (on the days I write this column), I sit at my desk and try to remember where the day went, and what I'm going to write about this week. For the better part of several hours, I'll sit at my keyboard, writing. I type quickly, but hardly ever get it right the ...

A tall order

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There are some things over which we have absolutely no control. Our height is one of them.I come from a line of tall people. My great uncle Klaas was 6'6" and weighed 300 pounds in his prime. In the early years of the 20th century Uncle Klaas was a giant.Some of the older farmers for whom I ...

Rural pastors — a special calling

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With Holy Week and Easter just behind us for another year, I'm thinking of the pastors of our churches around Hamilton County as they take a breath from the planning, scheduling, and executing special services, extra activities, and maybe some special meals like an Easter breakfast for this ...

Remembering the heroes

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I slipped home earlier this week to grab a bite of lunch and as I nibbled on my sandwich, I flipped through the channels on the television.Landing on an old favorite soap opera that I rarely get to see, I settled into my chair for some high drama. Of course, some would say that I could go for ...

Volunteers at Webster Theater pitch in to clean

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I want to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped with our clean-up day at the Webster Theater this morning. It was amazing.There must have been at least 40 people there, of all ages, from children to senior citizens. There were even three people from out of state who ...

Celebrate National Library Week in Webster City

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:This week, April 13-19, communities across the country celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries and library workers make to their communities.Lives Change @ Your Library is the theme for this year's National Library Week ...

Good Friday – Time to plant potatoes?

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With Good Friday almost upon us, some folks will be gearing up to plant their potatoes. It is a commonly held belief that potatoes should always be planted on Good Friday.Using Good Friday as a planting date may be problematic, as this date can occur early in March or late April, and soil ...

Can you go home again?

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In 1940 a book was published from the writings of the late Thomas Wolfe. Entitled "You Can't Go Home Again," the novel is about a fledgling author who writes a book that makes many references to his home town. While the book was a big success, the residents of his hometown were upset with what ...

A different time in kindergarten

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Not too long ago my fellow columnist made mention of starting kindergarten.I believe Arvid said his start on the road of education began in Jewell in the spring of the year. That sounded familiar to me, as my first day in kindergarten was in January at the start of the second semester of the ...

Get Money $mart at the library

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You may have noticed the Money Smart Events happening around town this week. Hopefully you attended a session or participated in Dash for the Stash. Financial Literacy is an important skill for people of all ages. The books below are some of the many great resources at the library for working ...

Citizens take the lead

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"That government is best whichgoverns the least, because its people discipline themselves."- Thomas JeffersonThere was a time in our history when citizens saw a problem, figured out a solution and resolved the problem either individually or by joining with their neighbors. They didn't turn to ...

Keplers offer thanks for benefit

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Words cannot express our thanks to everyone who helped make the benefit for Dave Kepler a huge success.Thank you to Pat Nokes and her wonderful committee for all their work and thanks to the Church of Christ for hosting it at the Bridge. Thank you to Webster City Custom Meats, ...

New recipes and twists on the old

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Jam of the Week: "L" by Tycho.The response to my column's sudden shift to cooking from the perspective of a newbie has been surprising. Ever since I took up the resolution to take up cooking as a hobby and partially for my health, it's been a regular topic with people I run in to. It's amazing ...

Thanks to all who donated to fund drive

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The Hamilton County Pony Express Riders would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who donated generously to the dance and auction at the Kamrar Lions Club and those passing through our toll road for making this annual event a great success. Hamilton County will ...