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This year, much has changed. In the spring, we didn’t gather in Pella to celebrate the town’s Dutch heritage at the annual Tulip Time festival. This summer, we didn’t stuff our faces with fried food on a stick or take our picture with the … more
This week is National Farm Safety & Health week. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) says a safe and healthy harvest is a happy harvest. It’s important to keep safety in mind to maintain productivity and avoid injury and … more
Many people have expressed concern about mail-in voting. Is the U.S. Postal Service being sabotaged, will our votes be counted? Is American democracy continuing the way it is meant to be? Voting by mail is actually very secure. With millions of … more
If you are one of 600,000 Iowans who have submitted a mail-in ballot request, or you plan to do so soon, when you do vote, remember to sign the “affidavit” envelope for the absentee ballot. This is the outer envelope used to mail the ballot, not … more
Just a few days remain to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census and Iowans who haven't yet filled out the form are urged to do so. According to State Data Center coordinator Gary Krob, the U.S. Census Bureau will be collecting data only through … more
October is upon us. One thing that happens each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women. The pink awareness … more
2020 has been weird, and this Labor Day in Emmet County continues the trend of unusual quiet as Graettinger's Labor Day celebration and the Fire Department's boot MDA fundraiser were both called off. The coronavirus pandemic has cast a pall over … more
Law enforcement officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. The thin blue line is a … more
As if things weren't hard enough for Iowa's small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on … more
Maybe you remember MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving – when it was in the news in the 1980s after Candy Lightner turned her grief over her daughter, Cari’s death into action. Cari was killed in a crash with a repeat drunk driving offender. … more
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