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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 ...

A Walk In The Park

Here's a bright spot in 2020: we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks this year. The Iowa DNR is promoting a walk through 20 state parks in 2020.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources DNR partnered with three organizations, the Iowa Walking Club, the Nebraska Wander ...

Violence and Protest

The recent death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, has once again opened old wounds and ignited a centuries-long discussion on racism's existence in America.As a white man living in an isolated, rural Iowa town, I can't speak to the ...

Questions…

Today, I have more questions than answers.When I learned that the number of COVID-19 cases in Palo Alto County had more than doubled, questions popped into my mind. Only seven, you say? That's more than twice as many as last week. We went so long with zero cases, seven is a big number.Have we ...

A Difficult Subject

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and though there are just a few days remaining, I would like to discuss a subject that is extremely important, not only this month but all year long, and that subject is suicide.I recently read that some behavioral health experts are predicting a spike in ...

Growing A Garden In Containers

Isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 brings out the creativity in everyone. What you can do in the confines of your home or apartment is pretty amazing.My granddaughter and fiance live in a studio apartment in New Haven, CT. Oberon, the rescue cat, lives there also and pretty much rules ...