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Planting tulips

October 18, 2016 Planting time for most spring flowering bulbs is usually from mid-September to mid-October as to allow for the bulb to grow roots before the ground becomes frozen. more »»

See Iowa

October 17, 2016 If you’re a photographer taking school pictures, I’ve decided your motto should be “See Iowa. Take school pictures.” At least that’s pretty much been my experience this fall. more »»

The Griper family’s strange tradition

October 17, 2016 It was Tuesday and I had nothing on my calendar so I decided to look up my old buddy, Eb Gripe. more »»

November election coming

October 14, 2016 With the November election coming up in a matter of weeks, I am sure many of you have seen tumultuous posts on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the debate. more »»

October fun at Kendall Young Library

October 14, 2016 A few weeks ago I found myself at a thrift shop rifling through their selection of collared shirts. more »»

Creeping Charlie control

October 11, 2016 Most folks at one time or other have had a battle with creeping Charlie. If you have not, consider yourself very lucky. more »»

A look back at how times have changed

October 10, 2016 So there I was this summer visiting with the new (young) dentist in Jewell when I innocently asked him whatever happened to dental cards. more »»

Smile pretty, kids

October 10, 2016 This is the time of year most children participate in a decades old tradition known as “school pictures.” Notes are sent home to parents advising the day school photographs will be taken. more »»

Adrift Siesta

October 7, 2016 Adrift Siesta. Microsoft Word tells me this is how Adri Sietstra is supposed to be spelled. Tell that to my parents, Microsoft. I love having a unique name though. more »»

Fall for the weedline

October 4, 2016 The weedline is an outstanding location to find fish during any season. As soon as the weedline is established, and even before, predator fish will be there looking for something to eat. more »»

Poison ivy control

October 4, 2016 We have all heard the saying, “leaflets of three, let it be” as the identify the presence of the poison ivy plant. more »»

Sleep deprivation and the retiree

October 3, 2016 A number of years ago I sometimes called my mother around 6:30 a.m. to chat. more »»

Sharing a meal, family time

October 3, 2016 We just finished National Family Meals Month. And, wouldn’t you know it, even though I ate plenty of meals at home, not one of them was with my family. more »»

Trying to get my groove back

September 30, 2016 It’s been one of those weeks where I simply can’t seem to stay on top of everything. more »»

Getting to know MacKinlay Kantor

September 30, 2016 Two years ago when I first moved to Webster City, I learned a very important life lesson: getting to know a new town and a new community is a marathon, not a sprin. more »»

Light at the end of the tunnel

September 28, 2016 I had a fairly rough and tumble youth. I was a tomboy and so were most of the girls in my neighborhood. We climbed trees to pick apples. more »»

Big baits for big fish right now

September 27, 2016 Autumn has arrived in the Midwest. more »»

Arborvitae damage

September 27, 2016 An interesting photo was sent into the Extension Office last week. With arborvitae being a such a popular shrub in local landscape plantings, I would like to share this information with you. more »»

End of summer garden woes

September 26, 2016 I’ve had about enough of mowing my lawn for one season. Sad to say, there’s no end of it in sight yet, either. more »»

Living a successful life with a radio face

September 26, 2016 Most teenagers have significant self-awareness. So strong is their self-awareness that many suffer from self-esteem problems. more »»

A weekend for the books

September 23, 2016 This weekend was full of firsts for me. I successfully drove a Doodle Bug scooter for three hours on the Boone River Trail, participated in my first work golf outing, and met a local poet and author. more »»



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