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The Middle Junction traffic report

November 2, 2015 When I lived in the Des Moines area I listened carefully to radio traffic reports each day. I would drive 10 miles out of my way to avoid sitting in a “parking lot” on the freeway. more »»

Get creative at the library

October 30, 2015 In one of our old family photo albums (for you younger readers, a throwback to the days before digital devices and digital photo-sharing), there’s a great photo of me in a giant Halloween zebra... more »»

Getting mentally prepared for winter

October 28, 2015 According to one television report I heard yesterday, northern parts of the state could see some snow later this week. Yikes, I’m not sure I’m ready for that. more »»

Houseplant acclimation

October 27, 2015 Lately, many questions have been received on houseplants brought back into the home after spending a summer vacation outsid. more »»

Northern Pike on Walleye gear

October 27, 2015 It happened again recently. We had a great plan for catching fish and the fish just didn’t get with the program that we were presenting. more »»

Extra time leads to extra work

October 26, 2015 On Friday morning I got up earlier than usual. I was awake and enjoying my nice cozy warm bed when I finally decided I should just get up. more »»

Are you smarter than technology?

October 26, 2015 During the 1980s my job required sales trips to regional cities. In addition to road trips to other cities, I flew to the Twin Cities, Green Bay and Chicago. more »»

Pressing impressions

October 23, 2015 This past week I witnessed an unnecessary amount of disrespect. Disregard for feelings, unnecessary rudeness and the ever popular “my phone is more important than the person two feet in front of me”. more »»

Support your local businesses

October 21, 2015 I came to Webster City in March of 2013. Driving to my interview I counted 14 empty buildings. more »»

What could possibly go wrong?

October 21, 2015 They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. more »»

Frost — affects and effects

October 20, 2015 Now that we here in central Iowa have received several evening frosts, our annual plants are weeping. more »»

Short Takes

October 20, 2015 Speaker to give talk on PEO convention The Hamilton County Reciprocity P.E.O. Committee invites all chapter members to a meeting Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster Cit. more »»

Fall river walleyes

October 20, 2015 Across the Midwest many anglers are putting their open water fishing gear away. Some are going hunting, others are getting ready to go ice-fishin. more »»

The lost art of cursive writing

October 19, 2015 One of the current issues in the news, I see, is the flap over teaching cursive writing in the schools. more »»

An interview with Pastor Herman

October 19, 2015 (Author’s note: The following is written with a smile and with deepest appreciation to the men and women who serve God and humankind as pastors. more »»

October fun for everyone

October 16, 2015 One of the more amusing conversations I’ve had recently was with a teen during the library’s regular after-school progra. more »»

Weddings and whimsy

October 16, 2015 Whimsy is defined as an odd sense of humor or “playfully unusual”. I inherited a peculiar type of whimsy from my parents. Sarcasm was the norm in my house growing up. more »»

For the birds

October 13, 2015 Now that fall is in the air, many birds also will be in the air starting their winter migration flight. more »»

Ice fishing baits for open water

October 13, 2015 The cool weather we’ve been feeling in recent days reminds me that it’s time to get the ice-fishing baits ready to go. However, I won’t be using them for ice-fishing just yet. more »»

Harvest time memories abound

October 12, 2015 There’s just something special about seeing the combines moving through the fields this harvest season, chewing up the rows of grain that fill the wagons and the semi-trucks. more »»



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