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On a frozen pond

February 2, 2016 We’re on the back side of winter, and that means a couple of things. We’ll probably get another winter storm or two, and we’re also entering a period of outstanding ice-fishing action. more »»

Everyone has a story to tell

February 1, 2016 Everyone has a story to tell. Maybe even more than one. But not everyone realizes i. more »»

What an amazing body

February 1, 2016 Age has brought about a deeper appreciation for the world around me. more »»

Lou Lou skate to my Lou

January 29, 2016 Ice. Cold. Copious amounts of snow. As much as I enjoy the winter season, come January I am more than ready for the spring and summe. more »»

Water and wilting

January 26, 2016 During the cold January weather, there is not much gardening to do outside. But for those with houseplants, we will take a look at the importance of water. more »»

Ice-fishing memories

January 26, 2016 I was in the garage messing with my ice-fishing gear the other day. more »»

Enjoy a belly laugh today

January 25, 2016 Question: What do you call a dog with no legs? Answer: You can call him anything you want, but he won’t come! With yesterday being National Belly Laugh Day, I figure a little chuckle is a... more »»

Eb Griper and the Iowa Caucuses

January 25, 2016 It had been a few weeks since I had visited with my grumpy old coffee-buddy, Eb Griper. more »»

What really matters?

January 22, 2016 I am a worrier. I worry about my future, student loans, and where life plans on taking me. I have lost more sleep than I care to admit over things that I have absolutely no control over. more »»

Using spoons under the ice

January 19, 2016 Most bodies of water across the Midwest now have a coat of ice, and it looks like the fish have been eagerly awaiting the ice. more »»

A different take on cold weather

January 18, 2016 Isn’t it amazing how teenagers are immune to cold? That’s pretty much the gist of what I was thinking when I saw two of the high school boys in the lunch line this week. more »»

Great is His Faithfulness

January 18, 2016 In 1954 Billy Graham’s soloist, George Beverly Shea, introduced a little known hymn at an evangelistic crusade in Great Britain. more »»

The GOP race hasn't stuck to the script

January 15, 2016 According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. more »» duck?

January 15, 2016 Confused by the title of this week’s column? Let me explain. The popular children’s game “Duck duck goose” is played across the country. more »»

Investing in Iowa’s rural countryside

January 13, 2016 Fifty years ago small town Iowa represented the cultural image and center for cultural vitality and value development – the hubs of economic and social activity. more »»

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 »»



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