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Council holds workshop on animal ordinances

The Estherville city council held a work session on revising the animal ordinance for the city. Estherville resident Mark Hood addressed the council on his personal experience with pit bulls and bully breeds and shared statistics he had found. Council members considered features in an ordinance that would keep the public safe and protect the city from future lawsuits. In 2017, a resident of Estherville at the time successfully sued the city on his claim of discrimination due to his disability as he presented his pit bull/Labrador Retriever mix, Diesel, as his emotional support animal. The meeting lasted nearly two hours with a wide range of discussion points. The council discussed ordinances relating to vicious animals, potentially vicious animals, and dangerous animals as well as the pros and cons of a ban on bully breeds or an expanded list of potentially dangerous breeds. ...

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Estherville Community Christmas Project cancelled for 2020

Dear Friends, As many of you know, Emmet County has had an annual Community Christmas Project for the past 37 years. The project began in 1982 as a response to the stressful financial circumstances faced by many of our community members. The project that is sponsored by the Estherville Area ...

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Foster care: a road to permanency

May is National Foster Care Month-a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. It is also a time to ...

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