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A Safe Reopening

Schools across Iowa are undergoing the daunting task of planning to reopen. Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered Iowa schools to begin the process of "preparing to safely welcome back students and teachers" to the classroom in August.On Friday, the governor announced that "the expectation is, ...

Typing Frustrations

This week I thought I would take a break from talking about COVID-19 or any one of the many heavy issues going on in the world. After some recent frustration with my typing speed when putting together a story, I began to wonder (by wonder I mean obsess over) why keyboards aren't arranged in ...

Popcorn and Salt

With a Fourth of July theme still fresh in my mind, this headline is pretty clever: "By The Stovetop's Red Glare Kernels Bursting In Air" Of course, it comes from The Popcorn Board.DID YOU KNOW? Popcorn is one of the oldest American foods whose origins can be traced back thousands of years. ...

A Little History

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, one of the largest celebrations of the summer. And here we are, still in the midst of concern due to COVID-19.Most July 4 celebrations have dwindled to displays of fireworks only. That way, people can spread out when they watch the colorful ...

Stars and Stripes

This Saturday is Independence Day, and our nation will celebrate with friends & family, food, and fireworks. In honor of the occasion, let's take a look at the flag we fly:When the Continental army began forming, each militia had its own unique flag, but these were seldom flown. In ...

Be Water Wise

It’s great swimming weather. When the weather turns hot and humid, there is no better way to cool off than to jump in the pool or the lake. Above-ground pools are increasingly popular and we are seeing more of them in yards around the countryside. The outdoor swimming pool in Ruthven pool ...

Popping the Bubble

A personal touch can be enjoyable when it comes to experiences like shopping online, finding information through a search engine, or simply staying in touch with friends and family on social media platforms. How often has a click on an interesting story or video led to hours spent cycling ...

Summer Reading

Emmetsburg Public Library's summer reading program for children is now underway. Children's Librarian Kari Gramowski signed up young readers for the program last week and students started keeping track of their reading time on Monday. The program extends through July 24.Due to the COVID-19 ...

Class of 2020

Sunday saw a chapter close for many young individuals in our area as they donned cap and gown and celebrated their high school graduation. For the Class of 2020, I'd like to share a portion of a famous 1997 Chicago Tribune column by Mary Schmich that offers some great advice: Wear sunscreen.If ...

The Great Outdoors

Lately I've been bombarded with emails reminding me that June is National Camping Month and encouraging me to start preparing for my adventure in The Great Outdoors.I have no idea how I ended up as a recipient of these emails. Anyone who knows me knows I am not exactly a prime candidate for a ...