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Replicas of Cylinder “As It Was”

by Jane Whitmore It all started with the Cylinder Depot. “Arnie (Heng) was mayor then and he asked me if I could build a copy of the depot, because it was about ready to fall down,” said Joe Joyce. He constructed the depot building (pictured far right) for the town. “Then last ...

Board Discusses COVID Vaccine

by Joseph Schany “We continue to stay pretty low with our county positivity rate," began Sarah Strohman, Public Health director, updating the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on COVID numbers during Tuesday morning's meeting. "Our current positivity rate in Palo Alto County is 2 ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

We have all experienced life’s blessings and challenges, being thankful for the good and asking for extra doses of faith, perseverance, and peace as we navigate the rougher spots. No one knows more about those “rougher spots” than individuals who live with mental health conditions. Since ...

On Their Own and OK

Registration is now open for families to register for the On Their Own and OK program, offered Wednesday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Emmetsburg VFW. According to Julie Naig, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach County Youth Coordinator, “Youth left home by themselves without ...

Food Bank Partners Receive Grants to Help Combat Increased Need

Across Iowa’s 99 counties, 324 grants totaling $3,452,729 were awarded to Feeding America partner pantries and feeding sites to mitigate additional costs incurred by front-line food assistance providers who stepped up to respond to unusually high demand during the COVID-19 food insecurity ...

Life Saving Awards Presented to EPD Officers

by Jane Whitmore Life Saving Awards were presented to Emmetsburg Police Sergeant Aaron Steffen and to Emmetsburg Police Chief Ryan Veldboom during the Emmetsburg City Council meeting Monday, April 26. Mayor Pat Degen presented the awards. “This is a rare occurrence. We have two Life ...

Board Denies CAFO Based on Neighbor Proximity

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Supervisors would deny the conditional use permit for a hog confinement near Greattinger during Tuesday's regular session board meeting. The permit for a proposed 2,499 hog capacity finishing barn was denied because the site did not meet Palo Alto ...

Public Health COVID Update

Sarah Strohman, Director of Palo Alto County Public Health, provided a brief COVID-19 update earlier this week. According to Strohman, the current positivity rate in Palo Alto County is at 3 percent, with five new cases in the last seven days. As of Tuesday morning, April 27, Palo Alto County ...

Supervisors Approve Urban Renewal Expansion

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday, April 27 at the Courthouse Boardroom in Emmetsburg for the designation of the expanded Palo Alto County Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area and on the urban renewal plan amendment. Due to the ongoing ...

Ruthven Receives Grant To Renovate Water Treatment Plant

DES MOINES – In recognition of Earth Day 2021, Acting State Director for Rural Development in Iowa Darin Leach, announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $27 million in critical infrastructure that will help 12 Iowa communities build a stronger ...