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The older I get the more I can appreciate living in a smaller community. Of the many benefits that residing in such a community provides, safe and relaxed driving situations has to be near the top of my personal list. When I lived in Las Vegas, … more
It happened overnight - people traded swim suits for sweatshirts. We had one last day of Summer before Fall came knocking at the door. Labor Day weekend was the turning point. This Summer we endured days on end of temperatures in the 80s and 90s … more
Since the Iowa DNR created the Impaired Waterways List back in 1998, Five Island Lake has been on it. A big problem facing the lake is the seasonal algae blooms that occur each year typically in the summer months. These blooms vary greatly in type, … more
2020 has some of us all mixed up! For the last week, we have been thinking Labor Day was coming up sooner than it actually is. True, Labor Day holiday is the first Monday of September. With most of a week before that date this year, it seems that … more
Is it me or does fall seem to arrive earlier with each passing year? I suppose it's seeing the Halloween candy on store shelves that really shocked me into the season recently, but last I remember it was barely springtime. It could be the … more
Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is "suspending" its sudden cost-cutting moves - tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime - that have … more
The Emmetsburg community benefits greatly from Iowa's ninth largest natural lake at the north edge of town. Five Island Lake contributes to the local economy, provides recreational water activities that other communities envy and year after year it … more
It may be the time of day - or it may be the time of year - when thoughts turn to food. Today, thoughts of "fair food" come to mind. The show-and-go Palo Alto County Fair has come and gone. There was no food at the fairgrounds this year and we … more
In the past five months, the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis has wreaked havoc across the country, and Congress has responded with numerous emergency relief measures. Stimulus checks for individuals and households, payroll protection for … more
With the recent recall of onions across the country, I imagine a lot of people were wishing they had planted a few in their home gardens. In case you didn't know, onions have been recalled because there is the potential they are contaminated with … more
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