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Fall for big fish

September 6, 2016 Autumn is in the air. The geese are honking and the leaves are starting to change their color. And trophy anglers are getting excite. more »»

Celebrating work over Labor Day weekend

September 2, 2016 The first “real” job I ever had was literally dropped into my lap. As a hopeless nerd, by the time I entered high school if I wasn’t doing school or babysitting, chances were I was at the library. more »»

Catch fall fish on jigs

August 30, 2016 There are lots of signs that fall is not far away. more »»

Pioneer legacies

August 29, 2016 More than a handful of years ago I was in a meeting with the Marvin Johnson, former Hamilton county supervisor. more »»

The most precious jewels

August 29, 2016 Until I married Julie two years ago I had no grandchildren. Now we have four; all smart and good looking. more »»

Highs and lows

August 26, 2016 I have often heard that it is good to have ups and downs in life. Take for example a machine monitoring the heartbeat of a patient in the hospital. more »»

Back-to-school blues

August 24, 2016 When I was ten years old I ran away from home. more »»

Just a few back to schools left

August 24, 2016 Yesterday was the first day of school for Webster City and many schools across Iow. more »»

Learning how to cook

August 22, 2016 “Where did you learn to cook?” was the question I heard from a friend not long ago as I fixed supper for us while she watched. I wasn’t sure how to answer her. more »»

A good experience at the State Fair

August 22, 2016 One late afternoon and evening during the recent State Fair I helped a friend by staffing his company’s booth in the Agriculture Building. It was a good experience. more »»

Meet and eat?

August 19, 2016 Iowa History was a very favorite subject for me in elementary school. more »»

Amazing performances in Rio

August 17, 2016 I’ve been watching the Rio Olympics this week whenever I can. I usually end up watching the coverage late at night or recaps on the Internet. But one thing has been abundantly clear to me. The U.. more »»

An ice-fishing bait for open water walleyes

August 16, 2016 Much of the time, lures are designed with a specific application in mind. But sometimes we discover that some baits are multi-purpose. I was reminded of that on a recent fishing trip. more »»

Earwigs and toadstools

August 16, 2016 Due to warm weather conditions being on the wet side, many people have noticed mushrooms (toadstools) and other fungal growths in their lawns and gardens this year. more »»

Our not so pure English language

August 15, 2016 Farmers have to deal with insect infestations in their crops so some Iowans enjoy entomology which is the scientific study of insects. Me? I prefer etymology. more »»

Time to grin and bear it

August 12, 2016 I’m starting out this week’s column with a confession. I have an irrational fear of the dentist. Every six months I begrudgingly go in for my check-ups. more »»

Gotta catch ‘em all

August 10, 2016 Have you experienced the Pokemon Go craze? If you see groups of kids riding around town on bikes or mopeds, stopping now and then to check their cellphones, you've probably seen them — even if you... more »»

Bass on the top

August 9, 2016 Fishing is fun: That’s why we go fishing. And it’s more fun when we catch some fish. And there are some techniques that are more fun to employ. more »»

A garage sale with heart

August 8, 2016 Sad to say, this year’s garage sale season is on the wane. Yet there are still plenty of them advertised (or not), and lots of bargains to be found, no doubt. more »»

That was no coincidence

August 8, 2016 Personal experience has led me to believe that there are no coincidences in life. I agree with Albert Einstein’s observation: “Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. more »»



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