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The Three Rs

June 20, 2018 There is new meaning to the three Rs. In my youth it was reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Today it stands for Reduce • Reuse • Recycle We have curbside recycling in Emmetsburg twice each month. more »»

Getting Back To The Basics

June 15, 2018 In our ever-changing world of technological advances, children and adults are finding new ways of entertainment via the Internet, video games, etc. In moderation, there is nothing wrong with thi. more »»

Hard to Figure

June 13, 2018 I don’t often like to comment publically on political issues, especially those that are being batted back and forth out in Washington D.C. more »»

The inexplicable lure of drugs

June 7, 2018 Crime in small Iowa towns jumped 50 percent in 2016. Not surprisingly, methamphetamine played a role in the surge. more »»

Where Have You Gone, Archie Bunker?

June 5, 2018 This country is governed by mob rule. Not the mob of old. Not the mob armed with pitchforks and torches to impale or burn out a perpetrator or patsy. Today’s mob agitates and foments in cyberspace. more »»

Early Voting Is Underway

May 31, 2018 Primary Election Day in the Hawkeye State is June 5. more »»

Take The Time To Remember Our Heroes

May 30, 2018 Monday was Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. more »»

New Shooting; Same Apathy

May 25, 2018 More students have died in school shootings this year than have military personnel on active duty. The Santa Fe High School shooting marked the 22nd school shooting in 201. more »»

A Month To Celebrate

May 22, 2018 May is a month to celebrate for Iowa Agriculture. Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. more »»

The Places You’ll Go

May 18, 2018 ercises, you often hear student speakers quoting from the works of childhood author Dr. Seuss and his book, “The Places You’ll Go. more »»

I Can Drive 55!

May 15, 2018 On my way here from California I drove through Nevada, Colorado and Nebraska. I was delighted to find 75 mph zones dotting some of the highways in these states. Iowa put the brakes to my gle. more »»

Taking A Breath

May 3, 2018 It’s been an interesting month, to say the least, for this journalis. more »»

Conservation Keeps Iowa Prosperous

May 1, 2018 From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state's rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state's economy. more »»

USDA-SBA Partnership Makes Sense

April 26, 2018 Keeping the farm economy strong requires that the business communities in the small towns throughout rural also thrive. That's why a new partnership between the U.. more »»

The Clock Is Winding Down

April 24, 2018 Looking at the calendar on the wall next to my computer this morning, it struck me that here we are, almost done with April, Winter has completely ceased to be funny, and the sad fact of it all is... more »»

Why Hometown Traditional Media Will Trend in 2018

April 19, 2018 by Josh Fleming, Vice President of Marketing Bank Iowa, Humboldt, IA During a recent Advertising Federation panel discussion, a few marketers got on stage to talk about what not to do in 2018. more »»

Playing Sports For More Than A Scholarship

April 17, 2018 by Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Alan Beste, Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Many parents across... more »»

“Friends” Emmetsburg Style

April 12, 2018 I have officially been gone from the paper for a little over a week, and I already feel so out of the loop as to what has been going on in town! Reading the paper is not nearly the same as... more »»

The Great Winter Siege of ‘18

April 10, 2018 I’ve often used this space at various times to poke fun at weather forecasters and prognosticators, and for that, I?am truly very, very sorry..... more »»

Shifting Gears

April 5, 2018 For those of you who haven’t heard the news, as of this past Monday, yours truly has acquired a new title. I am now the Editor of The Reporter and The Democrat newspaper. more »»



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