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December 12, 2014 Thumbs up to all the kids from throughout the region who took part in the FIRST LEGO League competition last Saturday at the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville campus gym. more »»

Community Christmas Project a wonderful gift

December 5, 2014 The Community Christmas Project held Tuesday morning was a wonderful gift from the community of Estherville to the community of Estherville — of a community giving to itself. more »»

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December 5, 2014 Thumbs up to the Estherville Area Ministerial Association and its volunteers for holding the Community Christmas Project Tuesday. Thumbs up as well to all the people who donated. more »»

Shop locally this holiday season

November 28, 2014 Black Friday may be just past us, but there’s still plenty of time for Christmas shopping. And the best thing you can do for yourself and your community is to shop locally. more »»

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November 28, 2014 Thumbs up to all the farmers who turned out for the Farm Bill discussion Monday at Iowa Lakes Community College. more »»

Mark W. Howe

November 28, 2014 Funeral services for Mark W. Howe, 59, of New Sharon formerly of Ringsted, were held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 with Pastor Lauri Boysen officiating. Interment was at St. more »»

Axel Voetmann, Jr.

November 28, 2014 Funeral services for Axel Voetmann, Jr., 82, of Armstrong will be held on Friday, Nov. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at United Lutheran Church in Ringsted with Pastor Lauri Boysen officiating. more »»

Chocolate Walk, Parade of Lights delight Estherville

November 21, 2014 A good portion of Estherville donned its winter apparel Thursday night to enjoy the Chocolate Walk and Parade of Light. more »»

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November 21, 2014 Thumbs up to everyone who attended the Woody’s Charities fundraiser Saturday night at Woody’s Pizza. All the money raised goes to help people with debilitating illnesses in Emmet Count. more »»

McDonald benefit Friday, Nov. 21

November 14, 2014 A benefit will be held to help pay the final expenses of the late Dee McDonald whose untimely passing this past July 5 shook the local community. more »»

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November 14, 2014 Thumbs up to the Emmet County Historical Society on a great annual meeting Friday, Nov. 7 at the Estherville VFW. more »»

Great voter turnout — not such great campaigns

November 7, 2014 Congratulations need to go to our local candidates for a clean campaign. The Emmet County supervisor race was a model for how an ethical campaign should be conducted. more »»

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November 7, 2014 Thumbs up to Leon Hansen’s neighbors who helped his bring in his crops so he could go to Dallas, Texas to be with his daughter, Angie Sparr, while she had her cancer treatment a couple weeks ago. more »»

Your vote counts

October 31, 2014 So why should I vote. My vote doesn’t county anyway. Does that sound familiar? Well, it’s totally false. more »»

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October 31, 2014 Thumbs up to Iowa Lakes Community College on a great jazz festival and convocations in both Estherville and Emmetsburg this week. more »»

Send Joni Ernst to Washington

October 24, 2014 If they elect Joni Ernst to the U.S. Senate, Iowans will be sending to Washington a woman whose service there will make our nation stronge. more »»

Keep Branstad in governor’s chair

October 24, 2014 Four years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor’s... more »»

Let’s keep Bill Northey on the job

October 24, 2014 When Iowans go to the polls next month, they have a chance to re-elect a superb secretary of agriculture. more »»

Let’s keep Steve King in Congress

October 24, 2014 The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn’t live in the district that sent them to Washington. more »»

Know your candidates

October 17, 2014 Emmet County residents will have some good chances to know their candidates over the next week. A Meet the Candidates open forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. more »»



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