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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 ...

Eight fast facts about dear old Dad

Today's fathers who live with their children have a more active role in caring for them and helping around the house than fathers did in years past. The number of single fathers doing it all has also grown in recent decades. However, there are also more single mothers, leaving kids to grow up ...

Local law enforcement urges residents to be safe

The last few months have brought incredible challenges for our communities. As our nation begins to reopen, many Americans will be eager to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety ...

Census 2020: Key to Iowa’s future

There are plenty of opportunities for Iowans to impact their future in 2020 — from the caucuses earlier this year to the general election in November. However, another important opportunity may be flying under your radar: the 2020 Census. Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution mandates we ...