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First Day of School Flag Raising

FLAG RAISING -- Emmetsburg Catholic School continued their flag raising tradition Tuesday on the first day of school. Principal Jean Hyslop opened the ceremony with a special reading and Fr. …

Iowa Departments of Education, Health & Human Services Award Nearly $600,000

The Iowa Departments of Education and Health and Human Services today awarded 10 competitive grants, up to $100,000 each, to public school districts for training and coaching school health care …

Strategic Partnership – BVU & Community State Bank

Buena Vista University (BVU) and Community State Bank have formed a Strategic Partnership, providing new opportunities to strengthen their communities and the people they serve.This partnership …

Wheelchair Basketball Convocation At Iowa Lakes Community College

ESTHERVILLE -- Iowa Lakes Community College will kick off the Fall 2022 convocation events on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Iowa Lakes offers convocations as an opportunity to bring culturally diverse events …
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Palo Alto County FSA  Update Conservation Reserve Program – Deadline September 30

Producers who have CRP contracts expiring on September 30, 2022, and have notified office they would like to continue or re-enroll those acres, have a deadline fast approaching to complete all …

Second Annual Autumn Spice Scarecrow Contest

The second annual “Autumn Spice and Everything Nice” event is coming up more quickly than we realize.The scarecrow contest, a popular feature of last year’s event, will give the …
Editorials
Memorial Day is a time to honor the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We gather at cemeteries to participate in services hosted by members of the VFW and …
Five Island Lake awaits boats, skiers, swimmers and summer lake enthusiasts. Before all of this lake activity gets into full swing, here are a few reminders about water safety so everyone has fun and stays protected. Young people between the …
At this time of graduation, it would be nice to write something profound that students might think pertains to their lives. High school graduation is, after all, one step forward into the adult world. Some students will be going out into the …
It's graduation season in Palo Alto County. Many area high school seniors are currently celebrating their hard work and stellar achievements with family and friends, excited about what the future has in store. I offer my sincerest congratulations to …
Letters to the Editor
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it comes at a unique time in our history. Following a year of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, discussions around mental health are happening more frequently around kitchen tables, board rooms and …
To the Editor: Has our country gone insane? Have we become Russia or North Korea? On a more local level, what is wrong with the legislators at our state capital? They have just passed a bill that would grant immunity to drivers whose vehicles …
Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas? Last year I had planned to spend Christmas in Germany with my granddaughter and family. Her husband is stationed at Ramstein Air Base. Because of COVID-19, the trip was cancelled - disappointing, …
To the Editor: There is great news for Palo Alto and all of Iowa's counties. During these tough times, governors and local leaders have made bipartisan requests for federal assistance. High unemployment due to the pandemic caused a decline in …
Obituaries
WINONA, MN -- Richard James Twait was born Aug. 2, 1943, in Estherville, the third son of Oliver and Dorothy Twait. He passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2022, at Winona Health Hospital. He attended …
Kenneth Raymond Hartsock, of Mallard, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. We are heartbroken to announce the death of our father, Kenneth Raymond Hartsock. He passed away peacefully at the age of …
Services for William “Buck” Moser of Emmetsburg are pending at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.Buck Moser died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. He was 64Condolences can be left …
Funeral service and visitation for Jeanne Jones of Grimes will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral …
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FFA Program Growth at Emmetsburg High School

National Teach Ag Day on September 17 is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of agriculture teachers all across Iowa. Right here in Emmetsburg, Tiffany Tomlin, agriculture teacher and leader of …

2022 Emmetsburg Homecoming Court

CANDIDATES -- The 2022 homecoming court at Emmetsburg High School has been announced. Homecoming week begins on Monday, September 26. From left to right are Freshmen Class Attendants - Calista Joyce …

West Elementary Kindergarten Field Trip

MRS. STEIN’S CLASS -- All three kindergarten classrooms at West Elementary took a field trip to Company Goods last week to print their own kindergarten t-shirts with Judy Goodchild. Pictured …

New Teachers

NEW TEACHERS AT EMMETSBURG COMMUNITY SCHOOLS – Orientation for new teachers was held last week. Pictured are the 11 teachers who are new to the system. Front row left to right are Saige …
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Deep brain stimulation can be life-altering for OCD sufferers when other treatment options fall short
Imagine growing up tormented by fears and life-consuming rituals that make no sense to you or those around you. Then imagine the shame of being told by mental health providers that, because you understand that your behaviors are illogical …
Rates of women voter registrations are surging—particularly where reproductive rights are threatened
Stacker analyzed TargetSmart data to see how women's voter registrations have changed since the Dobbs decision. State rankings for legislation affecting abortion access are from the Guttmacher Institute.
Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money
(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
How random numbers are the driving force behind video games, jury selection, and more
​​GigaCalculator investigated where and how random numbers are used to power processes in everyday life, using a variety of news stories, scientific reports, and other sources.  
25 of the most successful batters and pitchers in the MLB postseason
OddsSeeker.com used data from Stathead to compile charts of the best active batters and pitchers in the Major League Baseball postseason.