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Appreciation Day

Everything has its designated “day” and today, Jan. 21, is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Here’s what it says online: Originally a creation by Christy Hargrove, National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21 is a day to learn about and celebrate the world’s cutest rodents. ...

The Challenge of Resolutions

For most of us 2020 was a never-ending set of challenges. Whether dodging and weaving the onslaught of bad news caused by the ongoing pandemic, or trying desperately to simply avoid the actual pandemic itself, the year presented a master class in adaptability and survival. Overall I think it's ...

Get Involved

Another exciting opportunity is on the horizon for Emmetsburg - several, really. In addition to the strategic plan that is being developed by the City of Emmetsburg, Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities and Emmetsburg Community School District, a Community Visioning project has also been ...

The Dangers of Toxic Tribalism

Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, a politically motivated riot which resulted in the loss of five lives including that of 42-year-old Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, was truly a shock and a devastating moment in American history. But the whole ordeal was not a surprise. One only ...

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 ...