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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 ...

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 ...

Wearing Masks: A Public Health Issue

To the Editor:I appreciated Joseph Schany's article From The News Room regarding his recent encounter with wearing a mask in public ("Mask Hysteria." The Reporter, 4 Aug. 2020, p. 4).I have experienced the same disdain from others when I've been in public in a mask. Here is what I'd like to ...

Livestock Project Premium Fund

The 2020 Palo Alto County Fair was held July 14-19 as a 4-H and FFA only event. Youth were able to have their static exhibits evaluated by judges and livestock shows were held on a "show and go" basis with only immediate family in attendance. We would like to thank all families, friends, and ...

Support a Pet Park in Emmetsburg

To the Editor:Despite repeated attempts by several local citizens to convince our city officials that there is widespread support for a dog park, our Parks Board members remain unconvinced.These excerpts from the 7/13/18 minutes of the Parks Board meeting typify their response: "...Logan stated ...

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 ...

The Onion Market

With the recent recall of onions across the country, I imagine a lot of people were wishing they had planted a few in their home gardens.In case you didn't know, onions have been recalled because there is the potential they are contaminated with salmonella. Recalled products include red, ...