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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

The Emmetsburg Irish are a hardy bunch. Who else could successfully plan an annual parade and celebration, in a typically cold winter month, for 60 years!It was fun working with Editor Joe to prepare the St. Pat's tab which is included in today's issue of The Reporter. I found myself ...

Lucky Early Spring

My first St Pat's Day in Emmetsburg was frigidly cold and icy. Still I loved the vibrancy of all the revelers. It was a sea of green clothing and smiling faces.As years have gone by I have realized how fortunate I am to live among the Irish and their friends, because every year Spring comes ...

Determining COVID-19 Fact from Fiction

I am not a hypochondriac. In fact, on most days I try not to think about my health, historically to my own detriment. Unfortunately, 20 years as a type 1 diabetic and many of those years spent with poor blood sugar management has caused numerous problems including a compromised immune system ...

The Waiting Room

As of late I've been spending an inordinate amount of time in the waiting rooms of a variety of medical professionals in the area. Waiting rooms are interesting and each one seems to have it's own personality. I have always tried to avoid waiting rooms but I see now that each is like its own ...

A New Decade

The purest joy of my life is being a grandmother. Last year both my grandsons turned ten. It's hard to believe a decade could go by so quickly. I reminisce often about their first decade and whether I've made enough of an impression. As a long-distance grandma that's an important concern. I'm ...

How to Deal Effectively With Clutter

Many people, including myself have trouble letting go of things we no longer need, use, or will never use again simply because there may be sentimental value to it. And it can be extremely hard to let go of an item or items because of this sentimental value we have placed on it.After my mother ...

Clouds That Spell Severe Weather on the Horizon

With warmer weather in our future, I thought it would be a good idea to look at some signs bad weather is approaching.As any trained storm spotter can tell you, when severe weather threatens, look to the sky. Clouds are often the first sign that skies are turning unfriendly. Look for the ...

5 Life-Changing Morning Habits

This was one of those days when I couldn't think of anything to write about. One of my favorite websites when I need something positive to focus on is www.thepowerofpositivty.com. Unlike so many websites, I feel this one really has some interesting and useful information on it.Many of us claim ...

Disrespecting Law Enforcement MUST Stop!

Almost everyday you turn on the TV and you see young people in big cities disrespecting the police. The disrespect has progressed from yelling in an officer's face to throwing buckets of water and garbage on them, hitting officers in the back, and the latest is spray painting police cars. These ...

The Opiate Epidemic

I was listening to the radio on my way top work this past Tuesday when a report came on regarding Opium use and availability on the streets in our State. Basically, it came down to a synthetic opioid that is seven to ten times more powerful than morphine and is highly addictive.I did some ...