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Supervisors Extend Solar Energy Moratorium

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors extended the temporary moratorium on the construction of solar energy conversion systems and related energy devices during Tuesday morning's regular session meeting. The moratorium, originally put in place March 10, 2020, was ...

Take Precautions in Frigid Weather

by Jane Whitmore Palo Alto County is in the midst of an arctic blast, with temperatures in the single digits for a high and double-digit below zero for a low. The frigid temperatures are expected to last until midway through next week, when things will “warm up” to the teens. The ...

St. Pat’s COVID-19 Protocols in Place

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration plans are underway! In response to COVID guidelines St. Pat’s Board Members are reviewing and taking important precautions to ensure the revised events are as safe as possible. Events are scheduled to start on Sunday, March 14, with the Little/Miss Shamrock ...

Food Box Giveaway Feb. 20­

A Food Box Giveaway will be held at the Multipurpose Center in Emmetsburg on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The giveaway is open to all Palo Alto County residents and is first come, first served. The food box will contain apples, potatoes, onion, meat, a gallon of milk and ...

From the Desk of Public Health

I will say that last week, more than any other since the beginning of this pandemic, was a steep learning curve. Our office has been inundated with phone calls from people wanting to schedule appointments for vaccine, wanting information on the brand that we are receiving (which is Moderna), ...

Rodman City Water Pump Fails

by Jane Whitmore It was one week ago that the community of Rodman lost its water supply. Residents in the 20 homes served by the Rodman water system are functioning with bottled water until a new well can be dug. “They had some problem with their pump in the well,” said Mark Hunefeld, ...

Board Reviews Solar Ordinance

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors reviewed the proposed solar ordinance during last week’s regular session meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. A discussion was held regarding minor changes to the proposed ordinance and presented to attorney Sheila Tipton, co-chair of Brown ...

Board Discusses COVID Vaccine Clinic

by Joseph Schany "Palo Alto County currently has a 14-day average of 7 percent, with 31 active COVID cases," began Sarah Strohman, Director, Community Health, providing an update to the Board of Supervisors on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday morning. "Unfortunately we did have a jump in ...

Broncos Fan Picks KC Chiefs To Win

by Jane Whitmore Mike Wolff of Emmetsburg is a Denver Broncos fan, but he never misses the Super Bowl. He is planning to celebrate Super Sunday with family and friends. It’s an annual event, usually held at his Uncle Junior’s house in Emmetsburg. “Everybody brings something to eat, ...

Echoes in the Hallways

EMPORIA, KS -- A new book by author James Kenyon will be released in February. Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa High Schools is a collection of stories from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools, documenting 102 institutions from Iowa's 99 counties. ...