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Foster care: a road to permanency

May is National Foster Care Month-a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. It is also a time to ...

V-E Day, 75 years later

Both the U.S. and Europe celebrate Victory Europe Day. It was on May 8, 1945 when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms. After the Soviet soldiers lost more than 8,000 soldiers and the Germans even more in Prague, the surrender began. Scandinavia is not always thought of ...

We thank Emmet County’s Finest

This week marks the 58th year of honoring heroes for National Police Week. It’s a collaborative effort among the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary, and Concerns of Police Survivors. National Police Week pays special recognition ...

May is Foster Care month

COVID-19 has brought some elements of the foster care system to a halt: not only are placements on hold, but home visits from social workers and visits by kids in the system with their parents are also difficult to accomplish. With courthouses closed, cases stay in limbo as the foster parents ...

EMS Week highlights first responders

EMS Week is May 17-23. Thank you to the EMS professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. We understand that the 2020 EMS Week is probably not a top priority as the COVID-19 crisis continues. We all recognize that EMS professionals are on the front lines of the crisis ...

Memorial Day = mixed emotions

Memorial Day weekend produces mixed emotions. The holiday is a time for somber reflection and remembrance of the tens of thousands of men and women who have served in our military over the centuries and have given their lives in our nation’s wars. It was the Civil War, the most deadly war ...

June: National Camping Month

Governor Reynolds has opened campgrounds for most activities except for playgrounds. Whether there’s a preference for roughing it or glamping is more like it, bringing modern conveniences and electronics to the outdoors, National Camping Month brings attention to the excellent ...

Instead of saying goodbye, maybe buy

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. Armstrong Building Supply was an anchor of ...

Safe Summer Swimming

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 is my favorite thing to do, and the lake is my ...

Cycling still an option

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 law, bicyclists must generally comply with the same ...