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The Red Poppy

Memorial Day is a time to honor the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We gather at cemeteries to participate in services hosted by members of the VFW and American Legion. We decorate the graves of ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Five Island Lake awaits boats, skiers, swimmers and summer lake enthusiasts. Before all of this lake activity gets into full swing, here are a few reminders about water safety so everyone has fun and stays protected. Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are required to pass a boater ...

One Step Forward

At this time of graduation, it would be nice to write something profound that students might think pertains to their lives. High school graduation is, after all, one step forward into the adult world. Some students will be going out into the work force, others will attend a community college ...

Down and Dirty

Did you know that a little dirt is good for kids? Who would have thought! Reading an article from ISU Extension the author writes about dirt and water creating mud - which provides limitless opportunities for children to play and learn. The author, Cindy Thompson (but not our Cindy at ...

What Comes Next

It's graduation season in Palo Alto County. Many area high school seniors are currently celebrating their hard work and stellar achievements with family and friends, excited about what the future has in store. I offer my sincerest congratulations to all of you who have made it past such a ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Bodies of water provide a myriad of outdoor activities throughout the seasons. Adults can be seen on Five Island Lake fishing, boating, skiing, ice fishing, kayaking, cross country skiing, congregating on the sandbar and giving friends and family a view of the lakeshore from a pontoon. It is ...

Feed The Birds

As our winged friends continue to migrate to their summer homes, we all want them to stop at our feeders. Some will stay for a day and others will stay for the summer. There are some rules you need to follow if you are feeding the birds. Bruce Ehresman, Retired DNR Bird Ecologist and Anna ...

April Snow

We had a bit of a snow “storm” Sunday morning. I didn’t amount to much, but enough to make the grass white - for a while. It didn’t stick to the sidewalks or the streets. For the most part, all traces of snow melted by mid-afternoon. Mrs. Robin was hopping around in the snow looking ...

Celebrating Teachers

It has been a strange, difficult year. As the pandemic swept across the country and invaded our small community, we saw numerous individuals rise to the occasion and become more than mere bystanders. Most notably among these heroes has been our teachers, whose unwavering dedication and ...