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Here we are in 2023.   Where did the old year go?   Did you get all the projects done that you’d planned to do last year?   Or are you like many people, time got away from you … more
January 3rd marked the beginning of the 118th Congress and our new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Across our nation, more than 54 million Americans entrusted Republicans … more
The Friends of the EPL’s Community Room Renovation Project has been making steady progress. With the demolition phase behind us, our contractors are now focusing on framing, HVAC, electrical … more
It is amazing what takes up room in our memory. Yes, our basement can accommodate stacks of storage bins and shelves lined with boxes filled with what we politely assure our spouse is … more
Few people like being told what they must do. Lorie Smith is one of them. The suburban Denver, Colo., business owner, a devout Christian, builds websites for customers. She wants to expand her … more
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. How can it be that Christmas and New Year are almost here? It seems like just yesterday it was sunny and warm and we were doing the summer library … more
“Why is the DNR cutting down trees on our wildlife areas?” is one of the most common questions I receive as the local wildlife biologist. Which is understandable. It may appear … more
AMES, Iowa – An ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which was first detected in Indiana on Feb. 8, 2022, has continued to impact poultry producers across the country, … more
Staring to read a book is one of the best goals to set. A book represents endless possibilities. For many there is nothing like getting lost in one of those wonderful worlds. It benefits us to … more
AMES – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will again host the Home Gardening Webinar Series, beginning in January and ending in March. Designed for … more
It’s easy to imagine December as a time to just enjoy – starting better habits can wait until the New Year. But we all know the sooner we start on a goal, the sooner we’ll achieve … more
A couple of generations ago, an up-and-coming Arkansas retailer was spreading out across America, and Kenneth Stone was inundated with requests to speak around Iowa and far beyond about the … more
December was from the Roman calendar. The Roman calendar had only ten months in its year. December was the tenth month which makes sense as the meaning of December is the tenth month. When the … more
Winter is finally here after what I consider a very nice fall. Another four weeks of fall weather would have been a bonus, but I have to remember this is Iowa. Now that winter will be entrenched for … more
Once again it is that time of year, Thanksgiving.   I would like to thank the farmers here in Palo Alto and Emmet Counties.   Farming is hard work that may slow over the seasons but never … more
Where does the time go?   Thanksgiving has come and Christmas will   soon be here.   Do you have a large group to cook for when these holidays arrive?   Do you have old family … more
Estherville’s Fright Night Hike has been going on for a number of years, decades actually. I recall Doc Sievert stopping at the shop and telling me stories back when he was involved. One of his … more
Mamie Till came along at the right time in American history. During the 1950s, in an era when many Americans were blind to the grotesque toll of racial hatred, this courageous Illinois mother … more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers across the country. To be counted, ballots must … more
Visitors to the library this month may have noticed several changes, in addition to the community room remodel, as they browse around. Shelving was moved from the staff storage area and added to … more
It’s now open enrollment season for health insurance – an important time to take care of family, loved ones and yourself. There are many ways health insurance can help you do the … more
It is safe to assume Kirk Ferentz has not enjoyed the glorious autumn in Iowa the way he would prefer. He has feverishly worked his Bubble Yum during the Hawkeyes’ games this season. He … more
On November 1st, as scheduled, Larson Contracting began the demolition phase of our Community Room Renovation Project. This improvement, funded entirely through the Friends of the EPL, has currently … more
MAL provides a short-term loan and uses grain as collateral for the 9 month loan.   This must be 2022 harvested crop and it can be stored on the farm or in the warehouse. If you would like a … more
AMES -- The arrival of autumn also means the arrival of winter squash at the grocery store, farmers market and in the home garden. Winter squash are popular and healthy vegetables providing vitamins … more
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