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Update on a rough rider

After a rough day for just about everyone on June 30 last, I was invited to the Emmet County Fairgrounds to meet Tony Jones and his horse, Ellen.Jones is a bareback rider who was making his way from Ft. Pierre, South Dakota to Washington, D.C. to raise awarness of veteran needs and to raise ...

Food, glorious food!

There is a new project starting to sizzle in Emmet County. Check out the website www.esthervillecommunitymeals.com, in its foundational stages by Morphew Studios.Each month, the fourth Monday of the month, members of our community will come together to present a meal for all, no strings ...

Anything can happen if you let it. —Mary Poppins

Answers to the talkback at last weekend's play:"I enjoyed Tawny's story about trying to find fulfillment through shopping and hair.""I have invited strangers to my home. One of my life goals is to have a warm and welcoming home, so it's a valuable part of my worldview and identify."?"We don't ...

Will spring spring forth?

I woke up the morning of the Ides of March to zero degrees and a sluggish vehicle. After writing Bryan a note for not-his-fault tardiness to school, I?felt like the beast needed to run warm for a while, so I?ventured out to Fort Defiance to see what wonderland was withstanding the springing ...

Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right." ~The BeatlesLast Thursday, my son, Dylon, 24, finally got his Christmas present. I bought two tickets, orchestra ...

It’s spring and the Iowa Lakes(and rivers) are turning blue

The world, including the Empire State building in New York City and a host of other world landmarks, are going blue for autism awareness on Sunday, April 2. I'll be wearing blue and I think my family will, too. Iowa Lakes Community College, already awash in blue with gold, will be bringing to ...

it’s hard to talk about. it’s important to give it a voice

It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.There are teal ribbons and balloon releases, denim days and carnivals.Our newsroom is going to dive into statistics and possible reasons and ways the community can help in a short series to run later this month.There are lots of arguments:?is it about how we ...

#MeToo

It took me all week so far to write this column, because I was trying to avoid this particular topic. My bosses tell me they'd like it if there was more happy content in our newspaper. I think there is a fair bit of happiness and fun, and I'm sorry our communities generate some bit of bad and ...

What’s the good word?

I think here in the newsroom, we too often become bogged down in the things we must do. Our job is foremost to attend governmental meetings to help them remain transparent to the public. It's to question public officials about matters in the public interest (we try and often succeed). We serve ...

Your one wild & precious life

The Summer DayWho 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 ...