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Winter injury prevention

January 12, 2016 To borrow a lyric from a favorite Christmas song - Baby – it’s cold outside! Which may lead one to worry about the possibility of ice and snow damage to landscape trees and shrub. more »»

Leveling with the fish

January 12, 2016 There are lots of things an angler can do to put more fish in the boat, but I truly believe there are two things we need to do to consistently catch more fish. First, we’ve got to find the fish. more »»

Winter: Season of reading

January 11, 2016 One thing an Iowa winter is good for is readin. more »»

Betrayed by an old friend

January 11, 2016 An old friend betrayed me. Ice used to be my friend; it has become my enemy. We had a terrific relationship many years ago. more »»

My New Year’s resolution for 2016

January 8, 2016 As a lifelong avid reader, I have always enjoyed taking reading challenges. more »»

Winnie the Pooh was right

January 8, 2016 It’s been a while since my last column. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays came and went by oh, so quickly. more »»

Make the most of opportunities to voice your opinion

January 6, 2016 The new year is off to a roaring start with presidential candidates making swings through the area, county and city government having reorganizational sessions and school is officially back in... more »»

Garden dreaming

January 5, 2016 Seed catalogs are arriving! During these long wintry days, do you love to curl up with your favorite hot beverage and peruse the catalogs and dream of spring? This is also the time of year to rea... more »»

Best bites ever

January 5, 2016 Every now and then I get nostalgic and start thinking about past fishing trips. This is one of those times. In the following I’ll share some memorable fishing trips by species. more »»

Home sweet home

January 4, 2016 It got to be very late when I was driving home from out of state on Sunday evening. more »»

Mr. Fix-It he’s not

January 4, 2016 The day the Lord handed out mechanical skills I thought He said botanical pills and I said, “No thanks, I don’t need any.” I have three brothers; all three are handy with a set of tools. more »»

Keep comfortable on the ice

December 30, 2015 Back in the day, some people didn’t go ice-fishing because they didn’t like to be cold. While that may have been a valid excuse then, now there is no need to avoid ice-fishing due to the cold. more »»

Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

December 28, 2015 Unlike Christmas, the New Year’s holiday is not widely celebrated with traditional music. “Auld Lang Syne” is one of the few traditional songs we associate with the holiday. more »»

Season’s eatings

December 28, 2015 I wonder how it happened that gluttony became part of the Christmas season. more »»

Christmas memories keep the holiday spirit alive

December 23, 2015 Christmas Eve was always spent at my grandparents' house when I was a child and it was simply magical to me. more »»

Catching walleyes on spoons through the ice

December 22, 2015 Walleyes are often the quarry of early-season ice anglers. Walleyes will respond to a number of different lure types under the ice, but they especially like to eat spoons. more »»

Christmas statistics and projections

December 21, 2015 Christmas shopping wasn’t too much of a chore for me this year, I’m happy to report. That’s a good thing because I’m not too much of a shopper at any time of the year. more »»

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

December 21, 2015 Judging from the nearly empty parking lot things were pretty quiet inside the coffee shop. more »»

Merry early Christmas

December 18, 2015 As Christmas approaches, I can feel the anticipation building. Soon I will be back in Northwest Iowa for a nice holiday break. more »»

Climate change issue needs a Churchill

December 16, 2015 "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. more »»



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