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Pardon Me, Corn

It’s always fun to pay attention to the annual White House Turkey Pardon. This year the two turkeys came from Iowa - and they will return to Iowa, following the ceremonies. When the two turkeys arrived in Washington, D.C. for the White House Turkey Pardon, they were guests in a suite at the ...

Holidays and COVID

With Thanksgiving later this week, I am taking this opportunity to reprint a message from Palo Alto County Public Health regarding holiday planning and gathering during the ongoing pandemic. Careful planning this holiday season can help lessen your risk for contracting and spreading ...

Thanksgiving Family Day

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and give thanks. Sadly, this year will be a little different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we want to gather together, we are smart enough to know there must be limitations. From the Centers for Disease Control, to the Iowa Department of ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

A wetland is a natural formation that provides habitat for wildlife and fish, bird nesting, is good for groundwater, is home to beneficial plants that act as nitrate filters near lake water and reduces flooding. Wetlands are more commonly known as marshes, ponds, swamps, deltas, lagoons, bogs ...

What’s An Oxymoron?

An article came across my screen titled “Healthy Homemade Sweets” and I thought that might be interesting for pre-holiday bakers. Then my brain wondered if “healthy-sweets” is an oxymoron. Looking up the word and its definition yielded lots of information: • Oxymoron - a figure of ...

National Diabetes Month 2020

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on taking care of youth who have diabetes. I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes a couple of years out of high school. At that point in my life my ...

5 Things to Know About Veterans Day

by Katie Lange Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it — like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates. To clear some of that up, here are the important facts you should know. Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe. A lot ...

November is Here

November is underway and the thought of making it to the penultimate month of the year just eight short months ago seemed like a fantasy. With the COVID outbreak and the onslaught of terrible that came with it, it was hard to see an end to 2020. But that end is just around the corner, and the ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

It took millions of years for the forces of glaciers to form Iowa land and lakes. In the booklet, “The World Beneath Your Feet” by Mark Muller, it says that “Glacial drift is a deposit of sand, silt, clay and gravel left by glaciers or their meltaway streams many thousands of years ...

What Day Is It?

Does your life ever get so involved that you forget what day it is? At the outset of the pandemic, it was easy to lose track of the days. We couldn’t go anywhere or do anything - especially on a schedule - so one day blended with another. Life has become a little more structured, especially ...