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“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 ...

Vote with knowledge, but please vote! (Oct. 1 column)

Today our Voter's Guide is in the newspaper. It is also just before the first mail-in and early voting ballots will be available. Our newsroom contacted every local candidate from U.S. Senate to county supervisor and asked them ten questions we thought were vital to members of this ...

We’re on the same team (Oct 8 column)

Voting has begun. County auditor Amy M. Sathoff said her office sent out a record 1,300 ballots in the mail Monday, the first day for early voting. There are candidates who say they are fighting for the soul of America, of Iowa, of this district. Those are stirring words, but I would submit the ...

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 ...