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Fish Fry Schedule

Dear Palo Alto County, The VFW would like to thank you for helping this past month (March) supporting the four groups that have served you in the carryout for fish fries. It’s been a great showing of support. This will continue for April, also with four more groups serving. There is a ...

The Family Challenge

Bracketology is the practice or study of predicting the outcome of an elimination tournament or competition. Filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament has been a family event for many, many years. The winner earns bragging rights for a year. This family tradition began with my parents and ...

Iowa Ranks #1 for Drivers, but…

According to a study by AAA, Americans spend around 70 billion hours driving each year. Anyone who has driven in different parts of the country knows the quality of those hours can vary drastically depending on the particular state or city in which you are traveling. I have previously made ...

Smile – It’s Spring

Today is April Fool’s Day, tomorrow is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. It’s Spring! There are so many things about Spring that bring a smile to your face. The migratory water fowl is winging its way through our area. Pelicans can be found soaring high in the sky and landing on our ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Bright, noisy, daylight longer, warmer, renewing, earth blooming Winter fades away And nature does its work to transform The landscape as it lays Early was the lake melt The neighbor says one of the earliest No matter how it was happily felt Seeing waves lapping at the ...

Call of the Wild

Okay all you watchers of the wild - it’s time to get prepared for the season of Spring peepers! That’s what some of us call frogs and toads - peepers. The Iowa DNR is hosting training workshops for anybody interested in getting involved in the Frog and Toad Call Survey. Training is ...

AAUW Urges Support of Equal Pay Bill

To the Editor: There’s no debate about the enormous value women bring the U.S. economy: They account for almost half the labor force and make up the majority of our country’s essential workers. Yet thanks to systemic sexism and decades of discrimination, women still are paid, on average, ...

Celebrate National Ag Week March 21-27

To the Editor: March 21-27 is National Ag Week when we celebrate the wholesome contributions of our nation's farmers who provide the food, fuel and fiber that helps sustain us. American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It is the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation made ...

Looking Ahead to Better Days

To the Editor: It has been a rough year for all of us, but the past 12 months have been exceptionally difficult for those who struggle with substance use or mental health issues. Just when we thought we were seeing a plateau in the number of overdose deaths last year, COVID-19 reversed the ...