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A Little Humble Pie

February 28, 2017 For those of you who know me well, or have known me over my 20-plus years here at The Reporter and The Democrat, you know I don’t really like being out in the spotlight. more »»

Surfing On The Internet

February 23, 2017 Before our very eyes, an amazing new world has taken shape, an alternate universe where technical communications are ranked right up there with TV sitcoms and popular music. more »»

A Taste Of Spring

February 21, 2017 Let’s keep this short today: Here we are, just midway through February, and it might as well be Spring! For several days, people have been walking around in shirtsleeves and enjoying the sunshine. more »»

Grassroots Politics

February 15, 2017 This past Saturday, the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of three Legislative Town Hall meetings at the Iowa Welcome Center. more »»

Ten Most Important Life Skills

February 14, 2017 You’ve heard the saying, “The best things in life are free,” but what it doesn’t say is that it takes time, effort, dedication and commitment to obtain the best things. more »»

Attention, Please

February 9, 2017 From our very first days of recollection, we have been told to “pay attention.” From toddler to forever, our minds wander and we have to bring things into focus and pay attention to the real world. more »»

A Sound Decision

February 7, 2017 It’s been a little over a week since the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling on an appeal of the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit against Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun Counties and their rural drainage... more »»

My Naughty Kitty

February 2, 2017 Owning an active, lively pet can be exasperating at times. Whether your pet is a cat or a dog, trying to keep up with a pet can be difficult. more »»

What’s In A Name?

January 31, 2017 The name “John Hancock” has become synonymous with a flourishing, cursive signature. more »»

A Day In The Life

January 26, 2017 For those of you who utilize Facebook®, you’re familiar with those little remiders that pop up from posts you may have made a year, two years or even five years earlier. more »»

Before I Was A Mom

January 24, 2017 Seeing pictures of the first baby born at PACH this year reminded me that my son was the first baby born in the county in 1993 and he turned 24 years ol. more »»

Thoughts Turn To Gardening

January 19, 2017 When the weather is cold and blowing and the ground is covered with ice and snow, thoughts turn to gardening. It’s a great escape. more »»

Did You Survive Friday?

January 17, 2017 Hopefully you all survived last Friday the 13th without incidents. more »»

How To Know If You Are Addicted to Facebook

January 12, 2017 Over 400 million people are Facebook users and half of them visit every day to post, socialize, play games and network. more »»

Battling Cold and Flu

January 10, 2017 Welcome to the new year! This is the time of year when students return to school and come home with colds, flu and sore throats. Parents bring those germs from home to work and everyone is exposed. more »»

Conservation Ensures A Bright Future

January 5, 2017 From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the stateás rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. more »»

Music That Heals

January 3, 2017 With Editor Jane gone over the holidays, things have been a little hectic at the newspaper office, with altered deadlines for presstimes due to the holidays. more »»

New Beginnings

December 29, 2016 All the hype and build up of Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve is coming fast. more »»

Holiday Attitudes

December 27, 2016 The Christmas holiday, according to the calendar, is over, and New Year’s is just a few short days away. more »»

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

December 22, 2016 One of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time has to do with Christmas. It first appeared September 21, 1897, in the pages of a leading newspaper of the day, the New York Sun. more »»



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