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April 11, 2016 So there I was, helping to feed the high school masses one recent school day like most others. more »»

There’s a welcome here… or not!

April 11, 2016 When I was kid Sunday school always started with what were called opening exercises. Part of the opening tradition was to sing a welcome song to any youngster visiting our Sunday school that day. more »»

Character(s) Count

April 8, 2016 You know what I love about words? Some words have multiple meanings. For example the word character. Character. more »»

Early spring crops

April 5, 2016 Are your hands just itching to dig into the garden? There are a few garden vegetable crops that may be successfully planted early in the spring. more »»

My favorite way to fish

April 5, 2016 It’s warming up and more and more anglers are getting ready to go fishing. I know I am. I’m often asked about my favorite fish to catch and my favorite fishing technique. more »»

Turning sap into syrup

April 5, 2016 COALVILLE — For an early settler moving out onto the prairies, there were only a few choices available if they wanted something sweet to cook or bake with. more »»

Bergeson recognized by MASA

April 5, 2016 Ryan Bergeson, superintendent of Scotland County R-1 School District, was among eight Missouri superintendents recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators for outstanding... more »»

NHS induction held Sunday

April 5, 2016 The Webster City High School National Honor Society induction was held on Sunday at Prem Sahai Auditorium. more »»

Everyone benefits

April 4, 2016 I spent part of an evening last week at a very nice gathering. more »»

Eb Griper and the Victoria’s Secret ad

April 4, 2016 It had been some time since I last visited with my old buddy, Eb Griper, so I stopped by his favorite coffee shop a few mornings ag. more »»

New adventures ahead

April 1, 2016 Our beloved office manager, Ruth Shoars, will soon be retiring from the Daily Freeman-Journal. Ruth will have worked a total of 20 years here at the paper. more »»

Celebrating writers this month

April 1, 2016 When I was 18 years old, I had the opportunity to go to the best author talk I have ever attended. more »»

A few ideas for early season fishing success

March 29, 2016 More and more, anglers are getting on and in the water. Some folks are fishing from boats, some are wading, and some are fishing from docks or shore. more »»

Replanting spring gift bulbs

March 29, 2016 Did you receive a pot of Easter lilies, or perhaps a mix of spring blooming bulbs such as tulips, crocus and daffodils this holiday? Many folks wonder whether these bulbs may be planted outdoors... more »»

Defining ‘Iowa nice’

March 28, 2016 It feels like there’s lots of attention lately about what has come to be called “Iowa nice,” thanks in part to the attention our state received during the political caucuses this winter. more »»

On the road again ... with frustrations

March 28, 2016 A couple of weeks ago my wife and I made a Spring Break trip to Phoenix to help grandchild number four celebrate his first birthday. more »»

Busted brackets, broken hearts

March 25, 2016 March Madness. An incredibly accurate description of the spring NCAA basketball tournaments. Every year brackets are filled out in hopes of choosing the champion tea. more »»

Ready for the new season

March 23, 2016 I was so ready for spring to arrive this week and to have the few welcome warm days last week. more »»

Perennial of the year

March 22, 2016 The perennial plant of the year for 2016 is the Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’. more »»

Consider color for more fishing success

March 22, 2016 It’s at about this time every year when many anglers take a look into their tackle containers to do an inventory of baits that are needed to start the new open water fishing season. more »»



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