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“A Tinder Box Waiting For A Spark”

To the Editor: As an electrician working in Emmetsburg off and on for 50 years, I have spent many hours “wiring” in the old Palo Alto County Sheriff and Jail facility. First hand, I can agree that the old building has done its job and needs to be replaced. I have worked in the basement ...

Vote “Yes” For The Betterment Of Palo Alto

Palo Alto County Residents, I am currently the Jail Administrator and I wholeheartedly agree with Sheriff Schultes on the need for a new facility.  Our Jail is not safe for the Jailers or the Inmates. When we go back to do our hourly checks we unlock the steel door, enter, and lock the door ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

In the natural course of nature will a lake eventually die? In the northern part of Iowa, three different glaciers impacted the landform and the formation of the lakes throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. According to the research done by Dr. James Coffey and shared in ...

Iowa at 175

Iowa is celebrating this year. The year-long commemoration will culminate on Dec. 28, 2021. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs offers some background: Before President James Polk went to bed on Dec. 28, 1846, he dipped his quill pen in ink and wrote in his diary: "Nothing much happened ...

Vote Yes For The Safety of Palo Alto County

To the Editor: Sheriff Schultes said it best: “We are not wishing to build because we want to, we are wishing to build because we need to.” I have been an employee with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for about 7 years as a dispatcher, I love my job and I love serving Palo Alto ...

Congrats to E-Hawks

To the Editor: Congratulations to our Emmetsburg wrestling coaches and team on winning their 3rd consecutive Twin Lakes Conference Tournament title! And 4th consecutive Twin Lakes Conference dual team title! This was also our 6th consecutive year without a regular season team loss. Hard ...

The Health of Business and Industry

To the Editor: In response to Dave Rouse's editorial of January 26th, I offer the following comments: I'd like to thank Dave for the positive comments directed towards my recent words of encouragement published in the January 14th issue of THE DEMOCRAT. Shortly after I assumed office last ...

Chickadee Checkoff

Like Dave Carpenter’s cartoon says - it’s time to start thinking about filing your taxes. Each year around tax time we receive information about the Chickadee Checkoff. This always appeals to me because I come from a family of birders. And, the chickadee is one of my favorite birds ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

As the days of winter continue, sometimes it is pleasant to think about all of the joy that spring promises – warmer temperatures, longer days, working to prepare and plant vegetable and flowers gardens and once again hearing the sounds of Five Island Lake. While still indoors there are ...

Surf Ballroom: An Historic Landmark

The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its enduring role in the history of American music. The ballroom is best known for hosting the last concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big ...