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EPD welcomes newest rookie

The Estherville Police Department has welcomed Pepper, a one-year-old Dutch Shepherd to the police force, but residents won’t see her out sniffing or tracking just yet. “Pepper has had introductory training in identifying illegal narcotics and tracking, and that’s just about it. Later on, she will have additional training in apprehension,” Sgt. Matt Reineke said. Sgt. Reineke will be conducting the training in Estherville with Pepper to save the department money. Pepper was purchased for $7,800 by the Estherville Police Department. If the department was to purchase Pepper ...

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Leslie Dean Wright

Leslie Dean Wright, son of Melvin and Darlyne (Stanford) Wright was born on January 19, 1965, in Estherville, Iowa. He died on June 1, 2021, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 56 years. A service for Les will be held later this summer. Les grew up in ...

Local Columns

From the Mayor …

The evening of June 28th, 1969 patrons at a local New York bar called Stonewall Inn were forced out of the bar and into the streets. The patrons at the time had broken a law by actively and openly dancing with one another. Around 13 people were arrested that night, the number included ...

Letters to the editor

Thankful for mayor

As a resident of Estherville for many years, I would like to say how much I appreciate the letters to all of us written by Mayor Joseph May almost every week and published in the Estherville Daily News. He obviously cares deeply about the citizens of this town and how our lives are impacted by ...


It’s that day

With the world so strange it’s difficult to cull fiction from fact without a footnote, our newsroom had a hard time writing a prank story or creating any journalistic sleight of hand. The levity of April Fool’s Day, even if this year it comes on the more somber Maundy Thursday, would be ...

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