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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 »»

Thank You, Everyone

April 3, 2018 As everyone that is over the age of 10 knows life doesn’t always go according to plan. Last week I wrote an editorial announcing that my last day would be May 1. more »»

How to recognize signs of heat stroke in dogs

March 29, 2018 Summer is a great time of year for people and their pets to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up some sun. more »»

You Never Quit Learning

March 27, 2018 I can’t remember for sure who it was, but I’ve got a pretty good suspicion that it was a high school teacher of mine who said “life is a daily learning experience. more »»

Pregnancy Truths Part Two

March 22, 2018 As the middle of May quickly approaches (but to be honest, not quickly enough), I have once again had the opportunity to reflect on the past seven months- specifically the past two. more »»

Weather Or Not To Believe

March 20, 2018 No, that is not a mis-use of a word in the headline of this piece, rather, it’s an attempt at levity. (That’s a fancy way of saying I’m making a play on words, or a joke). more »»

A Little Leprechaun History

March 15, 2018 Growing up, I never did anything special to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. more »»

Give It Some Thought

March 13, 2018 It seems like every time we turn on the television news lately, some politician is either A- being thrown under the bus, so to speak, for their stand on an issue, or B - being called on to step down... more »»

Inside Scoop

March 8, 2018 The title of this column may be a little misleading, because in the glamorous old movie tradition of journalists, every reporter was after that “big scoop” that they could break and print first that... more »»

Unique, mysterious and lesser known facts about Ireland

March 6, 2018 March is finally here which means Saint?Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. In honor of St. more »»

Just Annoying

March 1, 2018 With Saturday’s snow throwing a wrench in my plans, I?spent a little time catching up on the old internet and came across a listing of things that are perfectly legal, but are really annoying. more »»

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

February 27, 2018 We live in a world of modern convenience. The answers to all of our questions lie at our fingertips. But when is it too much? According to psychguides. more »»

Common Sense Is Not Tolerated

February 22, 2018 Many, many moons ago, or to be more specific, back in 1988, I?was employed by the State of Iowa’s Department of Public Safety Communications Division. more »»

Why Hand Washing is Important

February 20, 2018 This year’s flu seems particularly bad. It doesn’t help that the flu shot is only about 25% effective. more »»

Things You May Not Know About President Lincoln

February 15, 2018 As millions of people prepare to celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln, celebrants can consider the following interesting tidbits about this incredibly influential man, courtesy of Factslides,... more »»

There Is A Need

February 13, 2018 I will preface this by stating unequivocably, I do not enjoy paying my taxes any more than anyone else does. more »»

Become An Official Stay Connected To High School Sports

February 8, 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. more »»



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