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ADVANCE EDITORIAL: What of mandatory COVID vaccinations?

Ask the question in any group and you are bound to get a wide array of answers – if people will discuss it honestly. The question? What is your position on vaccinations for COVID-19?
See the full editorial in the Oct. 28 Advance. 

The worst day of my life – and a second shot

I was 12 years old, and I could never have imagined what was to come when my parents dropped me off at Niagara Park about a mile and half from home for my little league game. 
They drove me because I was late after an eye doctor appointment, which should foreshadow for you my struggles as a ballplayer. Just couldn’t (can’t) see. 
Anyway, I started that terrible game day in a panic, I was late for pitching tryouts.

OUR KOSSUTH COUNTY: We are taking our COVID journey, learning together

...As the virus continues to linger and evolve, it’s completely normal and reasonable to feel “COVID-19 fatigue.” Do we have it in us to do another lap with this virus? Or another 20 laps? How do we prepare to recover from this intact? Our health and the safety of others may depend on it.

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: State’s effort to boost small ag is worth it

There can be no argument that oversized conglomerates control much of agriculture. Their ability to vertically integrate and then lobby for legislation that favors their outcome is nearly umatched. Their position is largely unquestioned because few people want to be accused of attempting to mess up the supply of food. So the small steps taken recently by the state of Iowa is a breath of fresh air in terms of helping small businesses thrive in this era of big agriculture. 

INKSPOTS: Of our love for all creatures great and small, sort of

The next morning while it was still dark out, I let Seamus out on the back porch where he then goes outside through a newly-installed doggy door. On the morning in question, he charged full steam ahead onto the porch and sailed out the doggy door with his paws hardly touching the floor. There ensued sounds of a tussle, then a great thumping coming from under the porch. I immediately deduced this was no mouse he was chasing. I’m quick that way.

ON THE SIDE: Blocked

...So imagine my surprise when I arrived at work Wednesday morning to find a message from Facebook that said it blocked “inappropriate” content from our post. 
What happened? Read On the Side in the Oct. 21 edition and find out.

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Open up the jars

Wouldn’t it be sad to have gone through all of the effort to can the tomatoes and then decide that you are not going to open up the jars and use them or to share them with someone? Could we as Christians find ourselves in such a situation? 
Read all of Pastor Walt's column in the Oct. 14 Advance. 

AMY'S ANGLE: You don't have to go far

In 2018 a friend suggested he start running races in the towns that he visited, even if it’s just a mile. “Running is a good way to explore a town,” Tyler Sullivan said. 
Check out Amy's Angle in the Oct. 14 Advance.

ON THE SIDE: Under attack

Democracy is messy, we are told.
Read what Brad thinks about outbursts at school board meetings in the Oct. 14 Advance. 

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: County ordinance addresses ATVs and UTVs on county roads

All-terrain and utility vehicles have skyrocketed in popularity the last couple of years. You see them on streets in our towns and you see them in fields across the countryside. You may encounter some on gravel roads if you travel those. Their popularity as work and play vehicles continues to rise. As with anything, however, government’s response is slower than what the citizenry as a whole embraces. 
Get the full editorial in the Oct. 14 Advance.

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Generations of responsibility

Psalm 78 is one of thirteen maskils. These are wise, contemplative hymns of various topics sung publicly for the benefit of all. This maskil is a parable of “dark sayings of old” which have been heard and known and have been passed down from previous generations. 
Asaph, the human author, effectively underscores the need for everyone to “Listen. Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” 
See the Oct. 7 Advance for the entire pastor's column.

INKSPOTS: More cyberspace adventures

Since I have a love-hate relationship with all things cyberspace, I am ultra-careful in my dealings with those mean cyber elves. I try very hard not to offend them. However, they are just plain cruel, because they are always tricking me and messing up my emails. And my Google searches. And anything else I try to do on my computer.
See the Oct. 7 Advance for more. 

OUR KOSSUTH COUNTY: Treasured items abound at Ag & Motorsports Museum

On Aug. 1, 2013, the Kossuth County Ag and Motorsports Museum opened its doors. The museum houses artifacts of Agriculture Motorsports and the Ben Scooter train station. 
In the motor sports section, we have a number of cars that were raced here in the past years. A number of trophies of other people in racing are displayed upstairs at the Museum. 
Catch all of this week's Our Kossuth County column in the Oct. 7 edition.

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: Support firefighters by being safe, smart

Who signs up for this kind of work these days? There are regular evening meetings. You have to work at fundraisers in order to help buy the equipment you need for the work. The tasks are always dangerous and at times life-threatening. In your career, you may see things you just cannot unsee and you may be exposed to toxic elements. By the way, it doesn’t pay enough to be a job – the pay is a small stipend.
See the full editorial in the Oct. 7 Advance. 

ON THE SIDE: Scooped, and why it’s OK

A story earlier this week in The Des Moines Register centers on the death of Randy Meyer at a hog confinement site south of Algona. It involves a review of complaints about the odor that emanated from the manure tank on that site, what the tank was permitted to contain, information filed with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and other technical data and state records located by a Register reporter.

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Stumbling blocks

Back in the day, I’d say around the 1950s and 60s, there was a surge in people gathering for worship on Sunday mornings. The parish that my father served for over 27 years in Moline, Ill., grew from a membership of around 600 to over 1,300. As a teenager at that time, I was in awe at the crowds of people. Today, Salem Lutheran Church is still functioning and its attendance is around 200 each week.

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