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Giving To Those Who Need A Boost

by Jane Whitmore The Feed Our Kids, Emmetsburg, program has been meeting the needs of food-insecure children for six years. This year, when families are struggling through the COVID-10 pandemic, funding to support Feed Our Kids came from the Ken W. Davis Foundation in Houston, TX. “The ...

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 ...

Jonathan Moe Named PACHS CEO

MASON CITY -- Jonathan Moe has been named the Chief Executive Officer/Administrator of Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) by the hospital’s Board of Trustees. Moe will begin his new duties on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Moe comes to PACHS with nearly 12 years of health care leadership ...

Iowa State Bank Continues Sharing Tradition

RUTHVEN -- Iowa State Bank’s Christmas tradition of the Sharing Tree looks a little different this year. With access to the lobby of Iowa State Bank limited to appointments only, the bank is changing its annual Sharing Tree to a Giving Garland. The purpose of the Giving Garland remains the ...

“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 ...

Adopt-a-Family For the Holidays

Christmas is a time for families. There are families in Palo Alto County that could use some help making Christmas a truly special time of year. Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., and The Reporter & The Democrat are joining together to get families signed up for “Adopt A ...

From the Desk of Palo Alto County Public Health

The past two weeks have been very busy in our county Public Health office as we have gone from an average of 4-7 new COVID cases a day to now running in the 20's of new cases a day. As of this writing, we currently have 118 sick people in our county. As we have seen this significant jump ...

Large Flock of E-Hawks Landing Throughout Emmetsburg

The Emmetsburg High School Junior class is currently raising money for the 2021 EHS Post Prom activities with the help of a “flock” or “kettle” of E-Hawks. The E-Hawk signs are making their way across the community and into many yards in the Emmetsburg area this month. You can help ...