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WINTER IN IOWA -- A new layer of snow and cold temperatures came into the region over the weekend. Activity on Five Island Lake showed up on Sunday as fishing huts showed up on the South Bay. Fishermen kept out of the wind inside as they dipped their lines into the frigid water and hoped for a bite. Lakes in the area report yellow perch and walleye being caught. The Iowa DNR Weekly Fishing Report does not include Five Island Lake. However, fishing at Lost Island Lake reports catching yellow perch as “good” and walleye as “fair”. The report notes that the aeration system is ...

Local Sports


Carol D. Duis

Carol D. Duis, age 81 of Emmetsburg, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. Due to COVID-19, services for Carol Duis will be held at a later date. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left ...

Letters to the editor

Current Jail Structure “Not Safe”

Dear Palo Alto County Residents, I am currently an employee of the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Dept. I work as a full-time jailer. I can't even begin to tell you how bad this Jail is falling apart. Our current structure is not safe for employees or inmates. In the past years we have squeaked ...


What Makes Her Grand

There are very few people in this world I cherish as much as my grandmother, Mary Blake. Having been born the first grandchild a whole seven years before any others came along, I’ve had the privilege to spend countless, uninterrupted hours building a unique bond that continues to this very ...



Emmetsburg Chamber Hosts Battle of the Business Bowling

by Jane Whitmore Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first event of the year next month. Battle of the Business Bowling event is set for Friday, Feb. 5, at Shamrock Lanes in Emmetsburg. “It has been most of a year since we got to host an gathering,” said Chamber Director ...