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Five Island Lake Mural Goes Up Downtown

by Jane Whitmore “This is a mural for the common people because it has the people who were integral in the process of saving the lake, like W.E.G. Saunders and Doc Coffey. And then you have people like Ray Metz who is holding a big fish. It was an active lake. The work to save the lake was done for the people - for the common man.” That was the reflection by the artist, Marta Biittner, as she looked at the mural that was installed this week in the middle of downtown Emmetsburg. The new mural was commissioned by the Palo Alto Arts Council, who collaborated with Iowa Trust ...

Supervisors Discuss COVID Impacts on County

The Palo Alto County Community Foundation celebrated Community Foundation Week this month. The nationwide event recognized the increasingly important role community foundations play in fostering ...

The Chamber Celebrates Christmas

The Palo Alto County Community Foundation celebrated Community Foundation Week this month. The nationwide event recognized the increasingly important role community foundations play in fostering ...

Local Sports

E-Hawk Athletes Earn Class 1A All-District Recognition

by Joseph Schany The Class 1A District 1 All-District Team was recently announced, with 10 members of E-Hawk Football receiving recognition for their contributions to a stellar 2020 season. The accolades are accorded by district coaches following the regular season. Earning First Team ...

Obituaries

Following The Regulations For Funerals

During the COVID-19 pandemic, rules and regulations change frequently. Sarah Strohoman, Palo Alto County Public Health Driector, addressed the number of people who can attend funerals in an article in The Democrat on Nov. 19. A clarification on regulations Iowa funeral homes must follow is ...

Letters to the editor

Know Where the Candidates Stand

To the editor: Our community, our state, and farmers across Iowa realized the importance of finding new ways to add value to our corps. It is part of what led to the development of the biofuels industry in our state, creating jobs in Emmetsburg and all over Iowa, and improving farm income. In ...

Editorials

Pardon Me, Corn

It’s always fun to pay attention to the annual White House Turkey Pardon. This year the two turkeys came from Iowa - and they will return to Iowa, following the ceremonies. When the two turkeys arrived in Washington, D.C. for the White House Turkey Pardon, they were guests in a suite at the ...

School

School Concerned Over Rising COVID Numbers

by Joseph Schany "We started Hybrid Learning on Monday and you can see what we are up against," began Darren Hanna, Emmetsburg Community School District (ECSD) Superintendent, providing an update on the district's COVID-19 response to attendees of the Board of Education meeting Wednesday ...

Community

“Happy Tails” On The Art Wall

A new Art Wall will be going up at The Shores at Five Island early next month. Palo Alto Arts Council has announced “Happy Tails” as the theme of the next Art Wall. Artists can bring their work to The Shores on Saturday, Dec. 5, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. At that time, artists can ...