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County COVID-19 Update

by Joseph Schany Sarah Strohman, Director, Palo Alto County Public Health, provided a COVID-19 update at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting. "Our current county positivity rate is 5.7 percent," she began. "Last week we were 3-4 percent. so we are slowly climbing. We've had 13 new cases ...

Emmetsburg Man Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

by Joseph Schany Allan Michael Dean Schwidder, age 30 of Emmetsburg, has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison following the July death of a Washington, Iowa man at Virgin Lake near Ruthven. At the Palo Alto County Courthouse Friday, Schwidder pled guilty ...

2021 St. Pat’s Parade Route

Parade forms behind Emmetsburg Fire Hall, progresses west on 10th Street, turns south on Broadway (Highway 4), and then turns east onto 16th Street, ending at Grand Avenue. Due to COVID-19, parade units will not throw or hand out any items.

Miss & Junior Miss Shamrock Pageants Kick Off St. Pat’s

by Joseph Schany The judge's panel faced a difficult decision in choosing this year's Irish Royalty after an afternoon of tough interviews and even tougher competition, but in the end, a 16-year-old junior from Spencer High School would be crowned 2021 Miss Shamrock. Lucy Hemann, the ...

From the Desk of Public Health

It continues to be busy in Palo Alto County Public Health, with COVID vaccine efforts well underway. We are grateful that Hughes Pharmacy and Hy-Vee Pharmacy are seeing an increase in doses available in the county. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved, and the first shipment was ...

Where Do Property Taxes Go?

It’s that time of year again – property taxes are due. When you pay your property taxes, you are investing in a number of important projects and services including public schools, law enforcement, emergency services, street maintenance, public parks and recreation, and more. Every penny of ...

Public Hearing for Proposed FY22 County Budget

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed county budget for fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022) at the end of March. The public hearing allows any resident or taxpayer to present objections to, or arguments ...

Supervisors Approve Road Weight Embargo

by Joseph Schany The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors discussed the effects that thawing winter conditions will have on area roads during Tuesday morning's regular session meeting. Walther Davis-Oeth, Palo Alto County Engineer, presented a resolution for a weight embargo on specific ...

Real-World Learning Through STEM Innovation:

by Joseph Schany Most educators will tell you their primary goal is not to enable students to just do well in the classroom, but to help them succeed in the lives they lead well past graduation. Darca Saxton, Emmetsburg K-12 Extended Learning Coordinator and K-8 Extended Learning Teacher, as ...

COVID-19 Update

As of Tuesday, March 9, Palo Alto County is at 4 percent positivity rate over the past seven days, with seven current cases of COVID-19. There have been 1,063 total county cases and 20 deaths. There have been 2.72K doses of vaccine administered in Palo Alto County, with 1,278 having started ...