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Looking Ahead to Better Days

To the Editor: It has been a rough year for all of us, but the past 12 months have been exceptionally difficult for those who struggle with substance use or mental health issues. Just when we thought we were seeing a plateau in the number of overdose deaths last year, COVID-19 reversed the ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Three shallow lakes are located in Palo Alto County. Five Island, Silver and Lost Island provide citizens with outdoor activities ranging from fishing and kayaking to water skiing and ice skating. These bodies of water are easily accessible and depending on a person’s interest, provide ...

Celebrate With The Emmetsburg Irish

It’s St. Pat’s Week in Emmetsburg. A few inches of snow from Sunday night/Monday morning was typical for March. We are looking for a day of clear skies and sunshine for the parade on Saturday. This is the 61st annual St. Patrick’s Celebration. Such a rich tradition we share with the ...

Community Leaders Urge County Residents to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

To the Editor: Northwest Iowa is filled with vibrant communities and is a wonderful place to live and raise our children. One reason we all feel so fortunate to live in Palo Alto County, or any of the surrounding counties, is because of the fellowship that we share with our community members ...

Another Cup of Joe

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month, which is intended to raise awareness of how much caffeine you are consuming and maybe even help you cut that amount back. Caffeine is around us now more than ever. It’s not just in coffee, tea, and soda (or pop if you’ve never left the midwest!). ...

Travel Iowa

We have been experiencing an early Spring and enjoying every minute of it. Even though the temperatures are more seasonal now (as opposed to earlier in the week) it’s so much better than the sub-zero Arctic blast we experienced in February. When Spring fever kicks in, we want to wander. If ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

Phosphorus is chemical element number 15 and listed simply as P on the periodic table. It is not a free element but concentrated in the earth’s crust. This listing does nothing to indicate the significance of the element that is so important to humans and plants. Phosphorus is a very ...

March Madness

Let me first apologize for the deceptive title of this column for those of you reading this with the hope of gaining some insight into college basketball. It's not that kind of March Madness. Instead I am alluding to the current state of the world all around us and the sheer insanity that seems ...

Iowa History

Iowa History Month is being observed during March in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of statehood this year. The State Historical Society of Iowa has invited Iowans to engage with history. Have you ever been to the State Historical Museum of Iowa? For no particular reason, I haven’t ...

Now Is The Time For Public Safety Center

To the Editor: I am asking for the citizens of Palo Alto County to support the upcoming bond referendum for the new Palo Alto County Public Safety Center. I have worked for the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office since July 2005. Over that time period, there has been a lot of changes at the ...