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Dealing with tragedy

Tragedy is defined as an event or a circumstance that causes great suffering and distress. Words cannot express how some of you are hurting at the sudden loss of a young man in our community. Every loss of a loved one is difficult, but this loss seems to pain our community more deeply, ...

Please Join Us as We Mask Up for Health

The safest way for us to proceed in what is now a multilayered health challenge – flu and cold season, coupled with the growing COVID-19 cases across all of Avera’s footprint – is to team up. Together Avera Holy Family Hospital and Emmet County Public Health invite you to join us as ...

My COVID symptoms

COVID-19 is not like a cold. Sure, many of the symptoms are the same. The commonly posted, but not exhaustive, low-risk list reads: fever, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the high-risk list are shortness of ...

Storms of life (Aug 27 column)

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 Marco and Laura come in from the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Help! We’re shrinking! (Aug 20 column)

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 one, but the issue of population migration and ...

Let’s go to the movies! (May 28 column)

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 his assistant, Grace Farrell, but he resists. ...

Back to School Boldly (July 28 column)

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 schoolgirl, who started kindergarten in ...

It’s getting really nerdy in here. (Aug 13 column)

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 Neville from Harry Potter, Doc and Biff from ...

“You have to understand…” (Sept. 3 column)

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 includes International Day of Peace, and it had ...

Your one wild and precious life (Sept. 17 column)

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing ...