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As we look around the fields and hillsides full of corn and beans, the orchards of fruit, the sprawling gardens, and the herds of livestock all over the county, it’s hard to imagine anyone in our neighborhood would go hungry. The heartland is … more
There are plenty of opportunities for Iowans to impact their future in 2020 — from the caucuses earlier this year to the general election in November. However, another important opportunity may be flying under your radar: the 2020 Census. … more
The last few months have brought incredible challenges for our communities. As our nation begins to reopen, many Americans will be eager to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration … more
Today's fathers who live with their children have a more active role in caring for them and helping around the house than fathers did in years past. The number of single fathers doing it all has also grown in recent decades. However, there are also … more
The Gallup organization, designers of the famous polls, recently wondered which qualities define a workplace resilient enough to withstand the toll of coronavirus. This was a big project: pollsters analyzed 62,965 workplace teams to identify … more
As so much of daily life moved online during the pandemic, unequal access to the internet became an urgent problem for communities across the state, as schools, libraries and businesses closed, workers were sent home to work remotely, shops turned … more
The title of my thoughts come from a New York Times article I recently read about how residents in New York City are reassessing the circumstances of their lives in the time of Covid-19—as we all have done. However, in a matter of 2.5 months, … more
With summer in full swing, riding can be a perfect social-distancing activity. Our newsroom feels every once in a while, it's a good idea to review the rules for those on bikes, as well as for the motorists who come upon them. Under Iowa … more
Memorial Day is over, and yet it's hard to believe that it's already June! It's definitely feeling like summer. Summer is my favorite season, because I get to spend time with my family in the glacial lakes of northern Iowa. Getting out on the water … more
Empty storefronts, lost opportunities, lack of variety – these are all exclamations our newsroom has heard around Emmet County regarding the number of businesses and retail stores our communities once had, compared with what's available now. … more
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