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Iowa Beef Industry Council Names New Executive Director

The Iowa Beef Industry Council board of directors selected Mike Anderson, of Ames, to lead as executive director of the Iowa Beef Checkoff organization.Anderson comes to the beef council after 17 …

The Big Questions for Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Common Good Iowa released its 2023 legislative agenda<https://www.commongoodiowa.org/get-involved/2023-legislative-agenda> and issued the following statement Tuesday …

The First Week of the 90th General Assembly

On Monday, January 9th, we gaveled in to the 90th General Assembly of the Iowa House of Representatives. This week is largely ceremonial with speeches from Governor Reynolds, Chief Justice Susan …
Community

Nominations for ILCC Alumni Award

Iowa Lakes community College Alumni & Friends Association is seeking nominations for the 30th Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award. This is presented annually to an Iowa Lakes alumni who exemplifies …

Upper Des Moines Food Pantry

FILLING UPPER DES MOINES’ FOOD PANTRY – The Emmetsburg Kiwanis made a food donation to Upper Des Moines Opportunity last Wednesday. On hand to push the stacked grocery carts to the pickup …

PACHS Behavioral Health Open House

OPEN HOUSE -- The PACHS Behavioral Health department held an open house at Deja Brew this past Tuesday. Speakers were Jared Ball (Behavioral Health Director, LISW) and Markie Sargent (Psych Nurse …
Editorials
No matter what kind of reading you enjoy, reading can inform, inspire, and entertain. We may be able to relate to a story, whether true or imaginary, or it may take us to a place of escape. Reading …
Most people want to avoid the subject of substance abuse in Iowa. It is not pleasant because it disrupts families, causes worry and for the addict it is living a life fraught with poor choices and …
In a new year, we likely feel a variety of emotions as we reflect. Perhaps there is a yearning for what was, a deep-rooted hope for the future, or a soaking in of the here and now. Regardless of …
Plains Area Mental Health Center released its annual report last week. In 2021-2022 the number of clients served reached 8,120 within a dozen communities where they have locations. The Certified …
Letters to the Editor
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it comes at a unique time in our history. Following a year of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, discussions around mental health are happening more frequently around kitchen tables, board rooms and …
To the Editor: Has our country gone insane? Have we become Russia or North Korea? On a more local level, what is wrong with the legislators at our state capital? They have just passed a bill that would grant immunity to drivers whose vehicles …
Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas? Last year I had planned to spend Christmas in Germany with my granddaughter and family. Her husband is stationed at Ramstein Air Base. Because of COVID-19, the trip was cancelled - disappointing, …
To the Editor: There is great news for Palo Alto and all of Iowa's counties. During these tough times, governors and local leaders have made bipartisan requests for federal assistance. High unemployment due to the pandemic caused a decline in …
Obituaries
Dorothy Janice (Jan) Cast, age 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in West Bend, on Jan. 21, 2023. Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the United Methodist …
David E. Nixon, 83 of Emmetsburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 18 at his home. A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held mid/late April, 2023 in Emmetsburg. Please check for date and time on …
Funeral service for Patricia Allen will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Lentz Funeral Home in Mallard. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at …
Mass of Christian Burial for Robert Hemann will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Bill Schreiber will officiate. Visitation will be held 9:30-11 …
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School

ISU Dean’s List

Isaac Janssen of Emmetsburg made the College of Engineering Dean’s List for Fall 2022. The Dean’s List honors students who are enrolled full time for 12 credits or more and who achieve a …

Luther College Dean’s List

Gabrielle Janssen and Thomas Woodford, both of Emmetsburg, made the Luther College Dean’s List for the 2022 Fall Semester. Luther College’s Fall 2022 Dean’s list includes 652 …

Iowa Lakes Community College Releases Fall 2022 Honors Lists

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (January 17, 2023) - Iowa Lakes Community College releases the Fall 2022 Honors Lists recognizing students who achieve the highest academic standards earning inclusion on the …

Meteorologist at West Elementary

PUTTING TOGETHER A WEATHER POSTER -- Zane Satre, KCCI Meteorologist asked first graders what weather was not shown on the poster. Annalee Hanson raised her hand and said “snow”. She was …
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