March 10, 2011 After sitting in on the joint meeting of the Palo Alto and Emmet County Boards of Supervisors a week ago, I was encouraged and perhaps even somewhat excited about what may lie ahead for our little... more »»
Voice Your Opinion
March 8, 2011 Planning street and utility improvements the size of the Monroe Street project is no easy task. It is a big undertaking for the city and municipal utilities. more »»
Honoring Our Friends
March 3, 2011 The annual Chamber Banquet is a very special occasion when we have the opportunity to honor our very own - our friends. That was the case last Friday night. more »»
March 1, 2011 To the Editor: I’m the publisher of an Iowa daily newspaper. As is the case with most American dailies, a corporation owns my newspaper and my corporate owners do not live in my city. more »»
Learning The Culture
February 24, 2011 Jacob will turn 18 months old on Feb. 28, and he’s just beginning to show signs that he’s starting to learn our primitive Hall House customs and culture. more »»
February 22, 2011 The 2011 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament is history in more ways than one. more »»
February 17, 2011 Palo Alto County has talent. Through the years we have seen talent in the arts and talent in athletics, talent in the classroom and talent in the workplace. more »»
February 10, 2011 It’s been too bloomin’ cold of late for a serious column. more »»
Snow Days of Yore
February 3, 2011 Do you remember when you were a kid and had a snow day or two to yourself? It seems to me we didn’t have as many snow days back then as we do now. more »»
The Good Old Days?
February 1, 2011 How many times haven’t you caught yourself uttering the famous line, “well, back in the day…. more »»
Here’s A Word ...Or Two
January 27, 2011 Words are wonderful. We see the birth of new words (the fairly new “ginormous” comes to mind) and the overuse of other words (“viral” has recently come under attack). more »»
January 20, 2011 “Someone is here to see you,” the receptionist said over the intercom. I pushed my chair back from my desk, stood and started walking to the reception area. more »»
What Color Is Emmetsburg?
January 18, 2011 Whatever you want to know is on the Internet. While skimming an article on “What are your true colors?” I noticed it referenced Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute. more »»
Who’s To Blame?
January 13, 2011 The mass shooting in Arizona has everyone shocked. It’s hard to wrap your mind around these situations whenever life is taken so suddenly and violentl. more »»
A Silent Epidemic?
January 11, 2011 In our little corner of the world, we are blessed with many recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating and swimming, because of our proximity to lakes and rivers. more »»
January 6, 2011 Travel from the cold and snow of Emmetsburg to the sunshine and warmth of San Antonio and jump into tech world: Smart Phones, iTouch, iPod, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nook (e-reader) and everything else I... more »»
Be Happier In 2011
January 4, 2011 As we begin a new year, it’s appropriate to look back on the previous year and note the good and the bad, and thoughtfully consider ways to make the new year better than the last. more »»