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My interview with Siri

September 28, 2016 When I press that little button on my iPod too long, Apple’s Siri can feel my angst and always asks if I need help. Siri is a talking personal assistant with artificial intelligence. more »»

“You have to understand...

September 21, 2016 “No one puts their children in a boat, unless the water is safer than the land.. more »»

Just like a tattoo

September 14, 2016 This week, I have tried to manage my time so I can whip up some journalistic treats for you in the October issue of Our Hometown. more »»

Remember where you were?

September 7, 2016 Can you believe it has been 15 years since 9/11??I?can’t. My life was completely different then.?I was a young idealist about to turn 30. more »»

Mothers and Sons

September 1, 2016 Yesterday, my baby started the eighth grade. He is as tall as I am. more »»

Iron clad reasons for cast iron

August 24, 2016 When we moved into our last home in Fostoria, the previous occupants had left us a cast iron skillet. It was in great condition, and we were interested in whether it would make things better. It did. more »»

Gearing up for fall events

August 15, 2016 We at the library are grateful for the over 200 people who attended events with us in July. more »»

With a little help from my friends

August 10, 2016 We’re in the throes of Friendship Week, kicked off Sunday with Friendship Day. more »»

Fair Board reviews 2016 with supervisors, looks to future

August 10, 2016 Beer garden option discussed by Amy H. Peterson Staff Writer Brian Rosburg said the 2016 Emmet County Fair had one of the biggest turnouts of any recent fair. more »»

Dogs, water & pickleball

August 10, 2016 by Amy H. Peterson Staff?Writer John Skrepak brought to the Estherville Parks &?Recreation Board several weeks ago the idea of installing water fountains at library square. more »»

Branstad in town today

August 10, 2016 Gov. Terry Branstad will visit Estherville to tour the Emmet County Entrepreneur Center at 12 South 6th Street. The Center was open to the public Saturday morning during Sweet Corn Days. more »»

lasagna is just spaghetti-flavored cake

July 20, 2016 Next weekend is National Lasagna Day. It happens that recently in our newsroom, ad sales rep Colt said we should have a pasta hot dish cook off, and he would be the judge. more »»

Be the light

June 29, 2016 There’s a lot of darkness in humanit. more »»

Being Mindful

June 22, 2016 Mindfulness meditation. The words might make you think of a guru from one of the more contemplative religions leading ohms and aahs to a group of followers dressed in draping fabric. more »»

Happy Father’s Day

June 15, 2016 In case it snuck up on you, Sunday is Father’s Day—a day to celebrate dad’s, grandpas and great-grandpas. more »»


June 15, 2016 I was driving around Emmet County early Wednesday morning, making my GMC happy after I had to get it jump-started. more »»

Time after Time

June 8, 2016 Here is the latest entry from Failure Club:?remember??Based on the reality series by Morgan Spurlock, we were going to start our own effort to take the plunge and try that thing you always wanted to... more »»

The “May I speak to the manager?” haircut

May 29, 2016 I need a haircut, and I need to find a regular stylist here in Estherville. more »»

Bar-be-cue lifts my spirits; I swear that it never fails

May 18, 2016 “…and the sauce Mama makes just stays there forever if you dare to get it under your nails. more »»

Getting kids involved in summer activities

May 18, 2016 As the end of school approaches, many parents are looking for ways to entertain their kids this summer whether it is through vacation, camps or area activities. more »»



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