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Letter to the Editor: Convention of States

We have just celebrated our nation’s Independence Day with patriotism on display everywhere. One may ask: Do we truly channel our energies into intentionally retaining and sustaining a free republic or conversely, are we apathetic and uninvolved as we see numerous examples of tyranny attempting to take over the U.S.?

Extension Outreach: Achievement Fair and Clay County Fair

July has arrived and that means it is time for 4-H'ers to enter their projects for Achievement Fair and their livestock for the Clay County Fair. We know that entries can be confusing, and we are here to help.

One Man’s Perspective: Crackdown on drugs … please, don’t make me laugh

In June, a pair of drug traffickers were arrested in California for allegedly possessing

150,000 fentanyl pills — enough to kill millions of people according to experts — at a total street value of $750,000.

Randy’s Review: ‘The Black Phone’

Ethan Hawke spends most of his performance at least partially masked but still manages to deliver a creepy, disturbing and brilliant acting effort as “The Grabber” in “The Black Phone,” a psychological thriller blended with horror, a few jump scares and enough humor to lighten the mood.

Pastor's Column: They are not who I am

If you had a good chunk of money and it had to be spent on a new vehicle, what would you buy? I sold my truck recently and bought a Nissan Maxima. I did not have a good chunk of money and my one thought was because of my recent career change, skyrocketing gas prices and going from driving 50 miles a week to over 200, I needed to find something more budget friendly. Back when I was a carpenter I needed a truck for work.

The CommStock Report: Time for another American road trip

"The challenges facing the food system are many: the war in Ukraine, disrupting the flow of grain. Drought and severe weather, making farming more difficult. The ongoing supply challenges brought on by the pandemic. Despite all that, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he is optimistic that the nation can overcome such difficulties. "Look, it's my view we've sort of talked ourselves into a significant funk in this country.

Home Country

Doc didn’t expect any patients before 10 o’clock this morning, so he was up and coffee’d and gone by 6:30. Lewis Creek. The Lunker’s hole on Lewis Creek.

The Lunker is a huge rainbow trout that everyone knows about and no one has caught. So far he has resisted flies, worms, salmon eggs, spinners, and even an imitation mouse that Dud tossed in there one time just to see if the Lunker had a bass’s appetite.

Outdoors: Looking for summertime crappies

Crappies are one of the most popular fish species across North America. Because they’re usually a schooling fish, when you find them action can be fast. They’ll respond to a variety of presentations, and they’re great on the table. And according to Mr. Crappie Wally Marshall, crappie fishing in many areas is getting better because of regulations that protect the fish a bit.

Outdoors: A special trip to Lake of the Woods

Well, I’m back home after spending three nights and two days up at Ballard’s Resort on the south shore of Lake of the Woods after enjoying a fishing trip organized by my daughter’s fiance, John Walz. He put together a group of 12 with six of us in each of the cabins. It was a fully guided two-day trip with each cabin rotating the same two guides from one day to the next.

On the Side: Get real, tough

Cable networks went with wall-to-wall coverage of the Independence Day parade shooting in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Six people were killed and 24 injured when a 22-year-old white male opened fire from the roof of a building. If you care about the other details of the event, you likely have already read and/or heard about them and perhaps discussed them.

Guest Commentary: Red, white and news

“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy,” ― Thomas Jefferson.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Senior: I really like golfing

Will I ever be good? I doubt it. I always say that my game is “good, bad and ugly.” That way I can also say my round was “more good than usual” or “it was a little uglier than usual.” I am not one to announce my score to just anyone.

Benefits of playing the sport are numerous. Golf provides movement for various parts of my body since I swing well over par for most holes. As a matter of fact, I may start suggesting after a bad hole that I played that way just to get more exercise.

Lawn & Garden: Managing garden pests with pollinators in mind

Every garden season is filled with beautiful and tasty surprises along with a few challenges. One challenge gardeners face each year is managing insect pests while keeping the pollinators safe. Fortunately, only a very small percentage of insects in our landscapes are harmful. The rest help pollinate plants, feed upon or parasitize bad insects, or help decompose plant debris.

Extension Outreach: Youth events for everyone are in full swing

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to providing resources and education to improve the lives of all Iowans. As the youth outreach coordinator in Clay County, my goal is to offer programming that is educational, exciting and widely available to youth throughout the county. This summer, we are already 10 camps in, and we're having such a great time.

Ready Seth Go: Hardline stances won't settle the abortion debate

I'm a tired young newsman, folks, but there's no way for me to not talk about what's happened in the last week. My generation has never known a world in which Roe v. Wade wasn't the law of the land — and in which it wasn't a surefire divisive issue.

On The Side: Pants on fire

Disingenuousness is a nice word people use instead of asserting that someone is lying.

There’s a lot of disingenuousness in our country regarding the Dobbs decision regarding abortion handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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