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It’s that day

With the world so strange it’s difficult to cull fiction from fact without a footnote, our newsroom had a hard time writing a prank story or creating any journalistic sleight of hand. The levity of April Fool’s Day, even if this year it comes on the more somber Maundy Thursday, would be ...

Saving daylight

Do you run on solar power? Are you one of those people who waits through the long, cold, short, dark days of winter to finally bask in the glow of that great big ball of gas in the sky? Is that why we lose an hour in the wee hour of 2 a.m. and wake up groggy, our ...

Cats still have hats – outrage may be misplaced

Last week marked Read Across America Day and the birthday of the late Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, author of fancifully illustrated, rhyming books beloved by children for generations. The National Education Association released guidance to schools to ...

Character counts — everywhere

The Robert and Billie Jo Ray Foundation is accepting nominations of Iowans of Character for its annual awards. Our newsroom hopes there will be nominations from Emmet County. Of all places, we might need the boost more than anywhere else. The national Character ...

Brrr!

Brrr! As the latest cold front continues today, the newsroom thought about people who might be vulnerable in the cold weather, whether an elderly neighbor, relative or colleague, a family struggling to make ends meet, or others. When subzero windchill poses a threat to people and ...

Half of Iowans organ donors

The Iowa Donor Network reports over 1.5 million Iowans have signed up to be organ donors. That’s 1,532,495 at last count. Many of these potential donors signed up when they renewed their driver’s licenses or signed their license for the first time in Iowa. Driver’s education ...

Healing and common ground are possible

The events that occurred at the Capitol Wednesday are the results of a lack of leadership at the highest level of our country, and should bring embarrassment to all of us regarding where we are as a country. When the president tweets that he will "see everyone in DC on the 6th", asks his ...

World Kindness Day – can we keep going? 11-13 editorial

Friday, Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day. Did you celebrate? If you missed the day, the spirit of the day can continue through 2020 and beyond. Maybe it seems like there is no time to be kind. But 2020 needs some kindness. "Selfless acts of kindness don't just help the person on the receiving ...

Adoption is a matter of heart

Adoption is a way to give a home to a child who needs one. Most adoptive parents tell us that their adopted children give them so much more. There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, according to the U.S. Adoption Network. Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually ...

Closing out 2020

Here in the newsroom, we suspect there are many readers who will be relieved to say goodbye to 2020. With one month to go, there seems to be no denying it has been a challenging year. Frankly we aren't sure we are going to run our usual stories of the year in the final two issues because the ...