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August 9, 2018 Senator Chuck Grassley chairs the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary. This committee vets Supreme Court nominees. There are 21 committee members from both parties. more »»

To the College Freshmen, As You Leave for School

August 7, 2018 Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by Kelly Higgins Bay, owner of Five Island Spa Company in Emmetsburg. It is a most timely meesage for us all. more »»

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

August 3, 2018 It's hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. more »»

My First Fair

July 31, 2018 Two weekends ago, I experienced my first true county fair and it was remarkable. I grew up Southern California (Orange County, to be precise). more »»

A Grand Fair

July 27, 2018 Those of you who know me know that I have a soft spot in my heart for the Palo Alto County Fair. more »»

The Reluctant Polemicist

July 24, 2018 As a younger man, I cared nothing about politics. The first time I was eligible to vote, I voted Libertarian because I though it would make me look cool. I did not know what Libertarian meant. more »»

Back In The Saddle

July 20, 2018 To paraphrase General Douglas MacArthur from back in the 1940’s, “I?Have Returned.” No, it was not wading ashore in the heat of battle, as the General did. more »»

Our National Symbol

July 18, 2018 Growing up in Iowa, I never saw a Bald Eagle in the wild. I have always thought the Bald Eagle is such a majestic bird, but when you look at its eyes, it’s a majestic bird with an attitude. more »»

Remembering ... And Looking Forward

July 13, 2018 A celebration of 50 years of wrestling Emmetsburg High School was held this past weekend. From the very beginning of planning, it was a high energy project. more »»

‘Move Over’ Law

July 10, 2018 Anyone who has changed a tire next to 70 MPH traffic will appreciate the MOVE OVER law update that took effect July 1. more »»

Top 10 Weather Phobias

July 6, 2018 We all know someone that is afraid of something. In fact, for one out of every 10 Americans, the weather is something to be feared. For many of us weather is innately mesmerizing. more »»

An Engaged Citizenry

July 3, 2018 As a younger man, I cared nothing about politics. The first time I was eligible to vote, I voted Libertarian because I though it would make me cool. I did not know what Libertarian meant. more »»

Summer Vacation

June 29, 2018 I retired one year ago the end of this month. Since then, it has been summer vacation every day - almost. more »»

Enough Is Enough

June 26, 2018 Last week the Supervisors approved another five hog confinements to be built in Palo Alto County. more »»

An Extraordinary Ordinary Man

June 22, 2018 Last week in an editorial, my colleague, Anesa McGregor, challenged our subscribers and readers to get back to the basics and read. more »»

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 »»



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