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May: Mental Health Month

According to the World Health Organization, one in four people worldwide will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Furthermore, based on a recent study, six out of the top-10 conditions impacting the millennial generation are behavioral conditions impacting mental and ...

Community Theatre Returns To The Stage

After a long year away from the stage, Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre will hold auditions for a summer student production of Robin Hood. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, May 24 and 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Performance Center located at 19th and Lake in Emmetsburg. Students in ...

Get Ready For Residential Clean-Up Week

by Jane Whitmore If it’s time to do some Spring cleaning, Emmetsburg residents can take advantage of Residential Clean-Up Week. The week of June 7 through June 11 has been designated clean-up week. To participate in clean-up week, residents must purchase a $15 permit from Emmetsburg City ...

From the Desk of Public Health

Last week, the Palo Alto County Board of Health met in regular session and discussed the mask mandate for our county. It was voted on and approved to continue to mandate mask wearing throughout the county until the next Board meeting in June. By continuing the mask mandate, we are able to ...

Stocking Walleye Fry

Last Wednesday, May 6, the Iowa DNR could be spotted stocking Five Island Lake with hundreds of thousands of tiny walleye fry as part of their annual stocking run. Walleye fry from the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery were poured into the lower west side of the lake in an effort to maintain the ...

Laurens State Bank Purchased By Community State Bank

Community State Bank in Spencer has entered into an agreement to purchase Laurens State Bank, Laurens. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval, and is expected to be finalized this summer. “We are excited about the opportunity to serve the communities of Laurens, Emmetsburg, and ...

Full Palo Alto County Fair Planned for 2021

The Palo Alto County Fair will be offering open class competition in photography, food and garden at the 2021 fair, July 22-25. There will be two division in each area consisting of youth age 17 and under and adult. Exhibitors will be allowed up to six entries in photography and eight entries ...

Click It or Ticket Begins May 24

Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Summer will bring more gatherings, festivals, graduations and vacations; all requiring travel. Many states, including Iowa, have seen a rise in violators speeding well in excess of 100 mph and not wearing a seat ...

Greta Rouse Appointed To Serve On Iowa’s Board of Regents

by Jane Whitmore Greta Rouse of Emmetsburg has been appointed to serve a six-year term on the Iowa Board of Regents. The appoint was made April 16 by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Rouse replaces Patty Cownie, whose term expired April 30. “I was very honored that she (Governor Reynolds) ...

GRANT FUNDS TO VFW

GRANT FUNDS TO VFW -- Iowa Lakes Electric Charitable Foundation presented grant funds of $3,000 to VFW Post #2295. The funds will be used to remodel the mens restroom at the VFW Post Home in Emmetsburg. Pictured at the check presentation were (from the left) VFW members Chuck Roberts, ...