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Jackson Completes 30-Year Law Enforcement Career

by Jane Whitmore Dan Jackson of Emmetsburg was honored at a retirement reception last Thursday, Sept. 17. Last call for 74-4 was Tuesday, Sept. 15. Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Jackson retired after 30 years in law enforcement. Working in law enforcement was Jackson’s chosen career field. “I always wanted to help people,” he said. After graduating from Emmetsburg High School, Jackson completed the Criminal Justice program at Iowa Lakes Community College. His first job in law enforcement was with the Hartley Police Department, starting in June 1990. “I always ...

Gaming Grant Educational Meetings

by Joseph Schany The Emmetsburg E-Hawk and West Bend-Mallard Wolverine Cross Country harriers would compete in Humboldt on Monday, Sept. 21. Emmetsburg's varsity girls would earn eighth ...

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Gayle “Dean” Newlon

AMES -- Gayle “Dean” Newlon, age 76, of Ames, and formerly of Emmetsburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Friends may call from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, on the patio at Bethesda Lutheran ...

Letters to the editor

Is Anybody Listening?

To the Editor: Iowa dirt, life blood of our county, has provided generations of hard-working farm families the opportunity to feed the world and support our local economy. But did you know this same Iowa dirt built one of the first churches in Palo Alto County? Lost Island Lutheran Church ...


Farm Safety

Last week, the third week of September, is observed as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting U.S. President to proclaim the annual promotion of safety on the farm. That was in 1944. This week, Palo Alto County elementary school students would have ...