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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 ...

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 ...

Saving Local News

In the past five months, the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis has wreaked havoc across the country, and Congress has responded with numerous emergency relief measures. Stimulus checks for individuals and households, payroll protection for small businesses, and expanded unemployment ...

Fair Food

It may be the time of day - or it may be the time of year - when thoughts turn to food. Today, thoughts of "fair food" come to mind.The show-and-go Palo Alto County Fair has come and gone. There was no food at the fairgrounds this year and we missed the nightly barbecues and the homemade ...

Back to School During COVID-19

Palo Alto County schools will be reopening in the coming weeks, and each school district is offering options to return to learn safely in a time of COVID-19.School administration and staff spent countless hours since mid-March determining the most effective ways to bring students and teachers ...