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This Is Fire Prevention Week

This is Fire Safety Week and this year's theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Ask yourself this question: Have you ever left the kitchen while cooking? Well -- yes! I can relate numerous tales of “char ...

Enough is Enough

To the Editor: Have you noticed? Hundreds of thousands of new neighbors have moved into our neighborhood. Only they're not the kind of neighbors we're used to. These neighbors don't send their kids to our schools, attend our Churches, shop in our stores or even pay taxes. What do these new ...

Mental Health Week

To the Editor: The 2020 pandemic has resulted for many as an opportunity to slow down life, to evaluate priorities, and to realize that we all have basic human needs. We have found out how important mental health and wellness is for healthy living, no matter what age we are, as isolation, ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

It is easy to understand the value of good water quality in Five Island Lake. Watershed projects, like the one happening at Five Island, are started because residents see this value. What fewer people see are the parts and pieces that go into these projects and make them successful. The ...

Reader Endorses Presidential Candidate

Editor’s Note -- John K. Kenyon’s letter is continued from Tuesday’s issue of The Reporter: If you can't stand President Trump or don't like his tweets, then at least look at what his administration has accomplished: Defunded Planned Parenthood (whose main source of income is derived ...

Autumn Leaves

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sends out weekly fall color reports each week in October. Go to the Weekly Fall Colors Report on the Iowa DNR website iowadnr.gov Their first report for north central and northwest Iowa: trees are dappled with some color. Walnuts, cottonwoods, ...

Listen to Understand vs. Listen to Reply

Years ago, while completing management training within "Corporate America", I wrote a report on the most applicable and valuable lesson from The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Try to suppress that yawn and hear me out!). Covey notes, “Most people do not listen with ...

Reader Endorses Presidential Candidate

To the Editor: When I was 10 years old, I stayed up until midnight with my Mom and Dad to watch the returns between Kennedy and Nixon. We had to wait until the next day to find out that Kennedy had won. Our parents were extremely excited and proud of the first Catholic president, and probably ...

Is Anybody Listening?

To the Editor: Iowa dirt, life blood of our county, has provided generations of hard-working farm families the opportunity to feed the world and support our local economy. But did you know this same Iowa dirt built one of the first churches in Palo Alto County? Lost Island Lutheran Church ...