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The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its enduring role in the history of American music. The ballroom is best known for hosting the last concert of … more
There are very few people in this world I cherish as much as my grandmother, Mary Blake. Having been born the first grandchild a whole seven years before any others came along, I’ve had the privilege to spend countless, uninterrupted hours … more
Everything has its designated “day” and today, Jan. 21, is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Here’s what it says online: Originally a creation by Christy Hargrove, National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21 is a day to learn about … more
Since the glacial formation of Five Island Lake, it has been local people interested in the long-view of the lake that’s been the impetus to improve it. In Dr. James Coffey’s book, Saving the Glacier’s Creation, the author states that Five … more
Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, a politically motivated riot which resulted in the loss of five lives including that of 42-year-old Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, was truly a shock and a devastating moment in American history. But the … more
Another exciting opportunity is on the horizon for Emmetsburg - several, really. In addition to the strategic plan that is being developed by the City of Emmetsburg, Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities and Emmetsburg Community School District, a … more
For most of us 2020 was a never-ending set of challenges. Whether dodging and weaving the onslaught of bad news caused by the ongoing pandemic, or trying desperately to simply avoid the actual pandemic itself, the year presented a master class in … more
It’s always fun to pay attention to the annual White House Turkey Pardon. This year the two turkeys came from Iowa - and they will return to Iowa, following the ceremonies. When the two turkeys arrived in Washington, D.C. for the White House … more
With Thanksgiving later this week, I am taking this opportunity to reprint a message from Palo Alto County Public Health regarding holiday planning and gathering during the ongoing pandemic. Careful planning this holiday season can help lessen … more
Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and give thanks. Sadly, this year will be a little different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we want to gather together, we are smart enough to know there must be limitations. From the Centers … more
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