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Redwood Farms freezer moves forward

After approving a development agreement with Redwood Farms, the company located in southeast Estherville continues to expand its freezer unit, adjacent to its current building. The expansion is expected to create four new jobs paying at least $16.75 per hour. At the Feb. 15 council meeting, a public hearing was held on the development agreement and tax increment payments for Farmers Union Industries, LLC dba Redwood Farms. The agreement includes a 100 percent tax abatement for additional assessed taxes for three years, and two years of tax rebates, not to exceed $160,000, and the city ...

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An Imbalance

Last spring just as the isolation of the pandemic was setting in, Hulu released a nine-episode series called “Mrs. America,” about the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the backlash that was mostly unexpected, and the efforts of activist Phyllis Schlafly ...

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Auxiliary grateful for hometown support

Once again Estherville has proven what it means by “Home Town Support.” When the Covid-19 virus kept the VFW Auxiliary from their annual Buddy Poppy Drive, Oliver Anderson took it upon himself to go around to the area businesses and nearby communities and ask for donations. As many of ...


Character counts — everywhere

The Robert and Billie Jo Ray Foundation is accepting nominations of Iowans of Character for its annual awards. Our newsroom hopes there will be nominations from Emmet County. Of all places, we might need the boost more than anywhere else. The national Character ...

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