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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 ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

The Emmetsburg community benefits greatly from Iowa's ninth largest natural lake at the north edge of town. Five Island Lake contributes to the local economy, provides recreational water activities that other communities envy and year after year it attracts anglers, boaters, snowmobilers, ice ...

The Unexpected Change of Season

Is it me or does fall seem to arrive earlier with each passing year? I suppose it's seeing the Halloween candy on store shelves that really shocked me into the season recently, but last I remember it was barely springtime.It could be the extended shadow cast by COVID that continues wreaking ...