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Drained if you do, drained if you don’t

September 19, 2018 The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors will vote Wednesday whether or not to approve the Drainage District 180 improvement plan. more »»

Are You Glad You Moved Here?

September 13, 2018 Don't you miss the city? There isn't much to do around here. Nine years later, I still field these questions weekly. Am I happy I moved here? Um, yes. Have we met? I know. more »»

9/11 Lives On

September 12, 2018 September 11, 2001, it used to be another day in our lives. Do you remember where you were at 8:46 a.m. more »»

Tonic for a Cynic

September 6, 2018 I considered titling this column “I Love a Parade.” But, as a going concern, I don’t. I mention parade because last weekend was the Graettinger Labor Day Parade. As parades go, it was okay. more »»

Monarch Migration

September 5, 2018 Migration Has Begun For The Monarch Butterfly Farther north of us, an indication that the migration of the Monarch Butterfly has begun is their overnight roosting. more »»

The Death of John McCain

August 30, 2018 “I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. more »»

The Toughest Column To Write

August 28, 2018 In every journalists’ career, there comes a time when they have to report on or write about something that is very difficult for them, because it is personal. more »»

First Amendment

August 24, 2018 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people... more »»

Senator Charles Grassley Works Hard

August 21, 2018 Iowa’s senior Senator, Charkes Grassly, is a hard worker. more »»

Soul Drainage

August 20, 2018 There is no such thing as the perfect solution. Palo Alto County contracted with the Spencer-based engineering firm Bolton and Menk to design a solution to the flooding in Drainage District 18. more »»

Soul Drainage

August 17, 2018 There is no such thing as the perfect solution. Palo Alto County contracted with the Spencer-based engineering firm Bolton and Menk to design a solution to the flooding in Drainage District 18. more »»

And It Begins Again

August 14, 2018 Since I returned to write on the pages of The Reporter and The Democrat back in October of 1991, the start of each school year’s athletic programs has always stirred something inside me. more »»

In Theory

August 9, 2018 Senator Chuck Grassley chairs the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary. This committee vets Supreme Court nominees. There are 21 committee members from both parties. more »»

To the College Freshmen, As You Leave for School

August 7, 2018 Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by Kelly Higgins Bay, owner of Five Island Spa Company in Emmetsburg. It is a most timely meesage for us all. more »»

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

August 3, 2018 It's hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. more »»

My First Fair

July 31, 2018 Two weekends ago, I experienced my first true county fair and it was remarkable. I grew up Southern California (Orange County, to be precise). more »»

A Grand Fair

July 27, 2018 Those of you who know me know that I have a soft spot in my heart for the Palo Alto County Fair. more »»

The Reluctant Polemicist

July 24, 2018 As a younger man, I cared nothing about politics. The first time I was eligible to vote, I voted Libertarian because I though it would make me look cool. I did not know what Libertarian meant. more »»

Back In The Saddle

July 20, 2018 To paraphrase General Douglas MacArthur from back in the 1940’s, “I?Have Returned.” No, it was not wading ashore in the heat of battle, as the General did. more »»

Our National Symbol

July 18, 2018 Growing up in Iowa, I never saw a Bald Eagle in the wild. I have always thought the Bald Eagle is such a majestic bird, but when you look at its eyes, it’s a majestic bird with an attitude. more »»

Remembering ... And Looking Forward

July 13, 2018 A celebration of 50 years of wrestling Emmetsburg High School was held this past weekend. From the very beginning of planning, it was a high energy project. more »»


Victorian House September 23, 2018

Victorian House Museum open from 1 to 4 p.m. more »

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