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To the Editor: Iowa dirt, life blood of our county, has provided generations of hard-working farm families the opportunity to feed the world and support our local economy. But did you know this same Iowa dirt built one of the first churches in Palo Alto County? Lost Island Lutheran Church ...

Farm Safety

Last week, the third week of September, is observed as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting U.S. President to proclaim the annual promotion of safety on the farm. That was in 1944. This week, Palo Alto County elementary school students would have ...

Five Island Lake Association

Communities throughout Iowa develop projects to attract visitors and potential homeowners and businesses. The results include museums, historical attractions, sporting venues, an emphasis on the arts, natural sites that are made to accommodate visitors and other unique ways to boost a city or ...

Out and About

With the annual flu season coming on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are cautious about what they do and where they go. Some days there is very little traffic and very few vehicles parked downtown. School activities are keeping families involved. Football, volleyball and cross ...

Exit Summer, Welcome Fall

It happened overnight - people traded swim suits for sweatshirts. We had one last day of Summer before Fall came knocking at the door. Labor Day weekend was the turning point. This Summer we endured days on end of temperatures in the 80s and 90s and little to no rain anywhere. Here we are in ...

Using Turn Signals

The older I get the more I can appreciate living in a smaller community. Of the many benefits that residing in such a community provides, safe and relaxed driving situations has to be near the top of my personal list. When I lived in Las Vegas, I would spend my mornings at a near ...

Labor Day

2020 has some of us all mixed up! For the last week, we have been thinking Labor Day was coming up sooner than it actually is. True, Labor Day holiday is the first Monday of September. With most of a week before that date this year, it seems that Labor Day is later than usual. Labor Day is a ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Since the Iowa DNR created the Impaired Waterways List back in 1998, Five Island Lake has been on it. A big problem facing the lake is the seasonal algae blooms that occur each year typically in the summer months. These blooms vary greatly in type, duration, and severity. Blooms can take the ...

Recognizing Direct Support Professionals

To the Editor: The week of September 13th-19th, 2020 is a time of celebration at Horizons Unlimited. It is a special time to recognize the Direct Support Professional and the amazing work that they do. During the National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, the National ...

The Measure of a Man

To the Editor:I first met Vitus Terveer on a personal basis when he invited me to the annual Legion Soup Supper in the fall of 1970, the same year I got out of the Air Force. It wasn't long before he signed me up as a member of the Ayrshire Legion. In the next few years he signed up many of the ...