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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 ...

Broadband investment is key

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, especially New Yorkers and other large ...

Iowa has broadband needs and opportunities

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 to online commerce for survival, and hospitals ...

COVID-19 workplace survival

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 qualities and trends among them. The study found ...