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Listen to Understand vs. Listen to Reply

Years ago, while completing management training within "Corporate America", I wrote a report on the most applicable and valuable lesson from The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Try to suppress that yawn and hear me out!). Covey notes, “Most people do not listen with ...

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 ...

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 ...

Protecting the U.S. Postal Service Safeguards Your Access to Information

Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is "suspending" its sudden cost-cutting moves - tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime - that have slowed mail delivery and threatened the on-time ...