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Extension Outreach: 2023 committee goals

Planning for Clay County Fair 2023 is well under way. While I only play a small part in the whole, I do believe it is an important part. We get to be part of a bridge from the adult world to the youth preparing to become a part of the adult working world. We have been working on goals in our committee meetings to make sure we are all working in the same direction.

The CommStock Report: Back from down South

My wife and I are at the stage in our lives where it is now-or-never as far as travel goes. My grandfather told me not to wait too long to travel as he had health issues later in life that messed up his plans to do so. I have been taking his advice. COVID shut us in so our travel itinerary got backed up. We have been making up for lost time and have many travel plans for 2023 ahead.

Outdoors: Cold weather could mean ice is on the way

Well, it certainly looks as if the mild days of fall have departed. Even last Wednesday and Thursday, the temperatures were flirting with the 60s. Then we hit the wall. By this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the highs were in the upper 20s with lows in the lower teens. Snow flurries were even in the air. From now through Thanksgiving weekend, it looks to be more of the same with highs maybe getting into the low 30s and nighttime temperatures in the teens.

Outdoors: Late fall and winter river walleyes

While some anglers are putting their fishing equipment away for the season, a few die-hard walleyes anglers are taking advantage of what can be some very good walleye action. The rivers that criss-cross Walleye Country can provide some outstanding walleye fishing through the fall and winter months. Here’s how you can take advantage of that action.

Letter to the Editor: Student loans

I am of the opinion that $10,000 to $20,000 in student loan debts should not be canceled. To do so just shifts the debt onto tax payers or to reduced income for seniors that purchased bonds that financed those debts. Students that borrowed the funds to pay for their education must pay back those loans the same as if they took on a loan to purchase a car or some other asset. Those that didn’t understand their obligation can now treat this experience as part of their valued education.

Pastor's Column: Daily prescription for spiritual death

Some folks do not always follow the doctor’s advice. When they get a prescription for medication, they use the medicine for a while, but then, when they begin to feel better, forget to take the rest of the medication — still others refuse to follow the prescription on the bottle by deciding to take two pills instead of one. Of course, they know better! Right?

One Man’s Perspective: More disappointed than surprised

I must admit, I’m stunned and disappointed, but not terribly surprised by the nationwide outcome of last Tuesday’s midterm general election outcome. Despite the Red Wave — or perhaps Red Tsunami — which swept through Iowa’s state and federal offices; the national landscape was far more balanced.

Letter to the Editor

Thank you all poll workers that worked before, during and after the election. I know it’s a long, long day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., having taken time off from my job to do that more than once. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve contributed to a safe and fair election.

And thank you all veterans on Veterans Day for your service to protect this country and its election process.

Guest Commentary: 3 million awarded for water infrastructure

As we continue to absorb election results, complete recounts and certify elections, I decided it would be best to hold off on a post-election wrap up. There is still a lot happening in our state.

Lawn & Garden: New ways to display poinsettias this holiday season

Nothing says the holidays like a poinsettia. This year, try some new ways to display this festive plant.

Poinsettias are available in a variety of colors including white, pink, hot pink, yellow, peach, marbled and speckled. These colorful parts of the plant, often referred to as flowers, are actually modified leaves called bracts. The real flowers are small, yellow and appear at the tip of the stem surrounded by the bract.

Randy’s Review: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

When Marvel announced it would proceed with plans for its Black Panther sequel in the aftermath of star Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing, the discussion centered on who would take on the mantle. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” answers the question. And I’m happy to say got this second story right despite losing his star.

Extension Outreach

Serving all Iowans is our goal at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Whether it is about farming, baking, money management, parenting or economic development ... we are always trying to provide education to advance your skills to live your best everyday life.

Here are the adult programs we have coming up this November and December:



The CommStock Report: December 2023 corn is too cheap

Last winter, the February crop insurance price guarantee was 5.90 for corn. Many private analysts thought that would encourage more acres of corn to be planted than 88.6 million acres. Their acreage models were off. That was too few acres to sustain production relative to demand as the carryover projection has been shrinking even though export projections have been curtailed.

On the Side: Thank you to some hard-working people

There are times in life when things just don't go the way you planned.

This is one of those stories.

Thursday evening, we had a small gathering at the Spencer Reporter to say thanks, share memories and wish people well as our in-house printing and mailing operation is closed.

Let's get this straight.

The Spencer Reporter is not closing.

The Northwest Iowa Shopper is not closing.

The Dickinson County News is not closing.

Pastor’s Column

What is the sermon that you preach to yourself on a daily basis? There is an internal conversation that is taking place in our hearts pretty much every moment of every day that will determine the trajectory of your life, either positively or negatively.

Home Country

Have you been counting the minutes until election day when your neighbors can remove all those campaign signs from their lawns for another two years? Yes, these are midterm elections, just as serious as the presidential election yet to come two years from now, but not as interesting.

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