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By Tom Early - St. Albans Episcopal Church

With Thanksgiving now behind us, the gravitational pull of Christmas attracts us unimpeded by turkeys and jack-o-lanterns. There is now no escaping the sensory overload of the season. Nostalgic music, movies and advertisements bid us to consume our way to Dec. 25. But not the cranky priest at St. Alban’s!

Dear Editor

Editor's note: The Dickinson County News was initially concerned with the author's citing of a personal statement made to him by the late Mr. Zenor as it could not be confirmed. However, the author was able to provide a copy of an Arnolds Park Police report (see below) dated Sept. 7, 2002, which specified Zenor had been drinking at the home of Judge Nancy Whittenburg.


School safety

I have read the entire Emergency Management Plan that has been put together by the Spirit Lake School District. We should be proud of the efforts that have been put forth with the idea of doing the best to protect our kids and keep them safe through all foreseeable emergencies. It is commendable that the school board is so passionate about keeping our future generations safe.

Q&A: Celebrating Thanksgiving

Q: How is Iowa integral to Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving trimmings have a different meaning this year

Pecan or pumpkin pie? Dark or light meat? Green bean casserole or mashed potatoes? These are typically the “tough” choices Iowans are forced to make each Thanksgiving. This year’s trimmings refer to the items being cut from the menu due to rising prices.

Preparing for our savior

By Sedar Shako - Harris-Lake Park United Methodist Church

I am so glad by God’s grace to introduce my family and me to Dickson County. I am Reverend Sedar W. Shako, serving at UMC Lake Park and UMC Harris. I started on Aug. 1. My wife, Marcelline Shako, works at Polaris. We have four children, all girls. Three live with us here. Instead, the oldest is still in Africa with my mom — we hope that she can join us soon if God wills.

It ain't the polls, but you've still got a voice

Monday was the first time I've seen chairs pulled in from another room during a Spirit Lake School Board meeting — and I don't think the crowd was there to check on the latest enrollment numbers.

Q&A: Veterans Day

Q: Can you tell us about the Veterans History Project?


Being thank-ful

By Pastor Dave Simonson - Immanuel Lutheran

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

November is typically the month were we pause and count our blessings. If you are like most people, we like to go as fast as we can in life in order to get as much done as we can. That’s what makes America, America. We are blessed to be able to do as much as we can, and that translates into being a blessing to others.

A fresh coat of red

Though it wasn't the trend on a national scale, many of Iowa's state and federal elections were won by Republican candidates this cycle – some of them defeating long-time Democrats who held their respective offices.

Thank you

As our publisher Brad Hicks recently explained in a column, the printing and mailing operation housed within the offices of our sister-paper, the Spencer Daily Reporter, will soon cease to churn out this community's newspaper. That task will be taken up by another printing operation elsewhere.

Thank you to some hard-working people

There are times in life when things just don't go the way you planned.

This is one of those stories.

Thursday evening, we will have a small gathering at the Spencer Daily Reporter to say thanks, share memories and wish people well as our in-house printing and mailing operation is closed.

Let's get this straight.

The Dickinson County News is not closing.

The Spencer Reporter is not closing.

The Northwest Iowa Shopper is not closing.

Voting and the Great American Experiment


Our American government is a constitutional republic. Over the last several years, the term “representative democracy” has been used by some people to blur, create doubt and motivate political adversaries to cause division. But these terms are not one and the same. A constitutional republic is based on a constitution. In our case, our United States Constitution. It is the supporting cornerstone of our government.

Where do they come up with my property tax bill?


Did you know your assessed value is not your taxable value? The various taxing jurisdictions apply tax rates to your taxable value, not your assessed value. Your assessed value is just the market value of your home. What is the taxable value? Taxable value is the part of your assessed value that is taxable. Just like not all of your income is taxable, not all of your house is taxable.

When the going gets tough

By Martin Lucin - Grace Lutheran Church

The future has always been uncertain, hasn’t it? That has been true for every generation of humanity. It is a topic for discussion that Jesus takes up frequently and one that he addresses with the utmost seriousness.

We certainly have our uncertainties as a society, don’t we? Can you afford to retire? What is the stock market up to anyway?

Critical messages need space to be understood

I suppose one could call it performance art.

Climate protesters threw a can of soup on a Van Gogh last month, according to the Associated Press.

Others threw mashed potatoes on a Monet a couple weeks later.

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