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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 ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

On April 1, 1865 the Steamboat Bertrand hit a submerged log which sank this vessel headed toward Montana by way of the Missouri River. According to the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, “Half of the boats cargo was recovered in 1968. No monetary treasures were found ...

Spring Things

What I like about Spring: One day, there is a hit of green on the trees. Blink, and the entire tree has burst into a halo of green leaves. Leave for work in the morning after admiring daffodils/tulip buds. Return home in the evening to a bed of beautiful flowers in full bloom. Drive ...

Evening at Pops

On Saturday night, I had the privilege of attending Emmetsburg High School’s 2021 Pops Concert and I was very impressed with the talent on display all throughout the evening. This group of students has endured a number of obstacles over the past year due to the limitations placed on their ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Common carp and big mouth buffalo. Unless you live on a lake or fish regularly these are not species that most people are even aware exist. But to those that know, these fish are not welcome in waters that provide recreational activities, lake living and a connection to a pleasing natural ...

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 ...