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New Beginnings

With 2020, we begin a new decade. There has been so much hype leading up to this year. It is, after all, a presidential election year. We have been hearing about that for quite some time.Let's look back a bit:Ten years ago, 50-50 in 2020 was launched across the state of Iowa. The main focus of ...

Seven Ways to Practice Positivity and Optimism Everyday

This is Part One of a Two Part Editorial.Today, the benefits of positive thinking have been well established by researchers, doctors, psychologists, and anyone else dealing with human health and wellness. Positive thinking helps us to lead healthier, more productive, and ultimately happier ...

What I Learned During the Holidays

As I sit in front of my computer at work wondering what to write about, my mind keeps reverting to the holiday season and jobs I've had.After college, I got a job in August at the Kmart in Spencer, in of all places, Ladieswear. Anyone who knows me, laughed at the idea of me working in ladies ...

VFW Thanks the Community for Support

Thank you Palo Alto County residents for helping support the VFW here in Palo Alto County, Emmetsburg for the past year as follows:1. As the year begins we have Lent coming up that we do for eight weeks with the help of eight groups or clubs from Emmetsburg. With their help and your coming we ...

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

One of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time has to do with Christmas. It first appeared September 21, 1897, in the pages of a leading newspaper of the day, the New York Sun.Virginia O'Hanlon, eight years old, was torn between the doubts placed in her mind by playmates and her own ...

Insanely Cool Gadgets for Christmas

Have you ever tried to find just the right gift for that hard-to-buy for someone on your list? I know I've been at that crossroad area where it's now or never so I end up getting something that I know the person won't use.I've found some gadgets that are newer to the market that I had never ...

Elves At Work

The magic of Christmas doesn't "just happen." The work of elves comes into play quite often.Look at that giant tree on Courthouse Square. It has stood on the square for years, in all its glorious splendor. Apparently there was always "talk" about dressing the tree in lights for the holidays, ...

Do You Suffer From SAD

Every one of us has had the 'winter blues' or have just 'blah' at one time or another. The feeling generally never last more than made a couple of weeks. Neither of these is SAD.SAD is an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, this is a real medical problem and it affects upwards of 15% ...

Better Be Good

Every little boy and girl tries to be extra good around Christmas. Because - Santa Claus is watching. And, we are told we might get a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking if we are not good. Oh, no!The definition of "good" today is far different from what was expected from children back in ...

Ways to Make The Right Decision

Making decisions can be extremely difficult and stressful. There are so many different aspects to consider when making a decision. Which one will make you happy? Will that decision ruin my life? It really is hard to tell if the decision you make is the right one or not in this confusing time ...