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No one puts their children in a boat, unless the water is safer than the land.” This line from the poem "Home" by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, brings home the stark reality of the horrifying decisions refugee parents must make. This month … more
While it is hotter than blazes in Emmet County, the Derecho storm that cut a stripe across the state's beltline could have effects on crops, businesses and the state's entire economy for a long time to come. Then the wonder twins, Tropical Storms … more
USA Today recently listed Emmet County as the fastest-shrinking county in Iowa. This is alongside a modest net growth for the state of Iowa. Is this something to be concerned about? We’d rather be known as a growing area rather than a shrinking … more
My house needs a roof and paint and more frequent mowing. Hubs has been out of commission for a bit, so we are far behind. A year ago, just after attending Denver Pop Culture Con and seeing the cast of Bryan's favorite show, Critical Role, seeing … more
In honor of International Cat day, I bring you a noisy, bossy, and fickle feline. This is Flannery O’Connor. She is an orange tabby who adopted us in September, 2014, just after daughter Caitlyn left for college. “You guys got this cat … more
A few days ago, an essay made the rounds on social media in which a mother compares Back to School in the ‘70s with Back to School in the 21st century. While her story included quite a bit of exaggeration for effect, it rang true to this former … more
There's this old song that was featured in the 1980s Annie movie, “Let's go to the movies!” Little Orphan Annie, spending a week as a guest of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, wants Warbucks to put down his phone and do something fun with her and … more
We've seen the way a protest of the death of George Floyd while he was detained by police in Minneapolis turned into a riot, and I've seen questions about Black Lives Matter with queries about why All Lives don't matter. This week's riots were … more
Wednesday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order to provide us with the policies and procedures for the safe and fair resumption of jury trials in our state. After all, trial by a jury of our peers is a fundamental right, and the social … more
Dear Friends, As many of you know, Emmet County has had an annual Community Christmas Project for the past 37 years. The project began in 1982 as a response to the stressful financial circumstances faced by many of our community members. The … more
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