The Veterans present at the breakfast stopped for a group photo. Back row: Tim Ireland, Richard Nielsen, John Heckard, Mo Anderson, Gene Kaltvedt, Dave Metcalf, Dan Lutat; Middle row: Gary Klastrup, Jerald Petersen, Richard England. Front: Cassandra Harvey.

Elks hosted Veterans breakfast

A breakfast buffet, flag ceremony, and military stories highlighted Friday’s Veterans breakfast at the Estherville Elks Club. Veterans and their families came to breakfast, and members of Girl …
EMS personnel assisted victims.

Active shooter drill tests North Union School

It can happen anywhere, even in Perry, Iowa, for example. And minutes can mean a lifetime – many lifetimes. North Union School in Armstrong was the site as well for an active shooter drill …

New trailhead, parking at Fitzgibbons Park

Workers at Fitzgibbons Park are installing a new trailhead for the north end, so far, of the city trails system. City administrator Penny Clayton said the overarching goal for the city trails system …
Local News
Monday afternoon, Judge Jeff Neary heard from the prosecution and defense on former Armstrong police chief Craig Merrill’s request for a bond reduction. In February 2021, when Merrill was …
The city of Estherville, police chief Brent Shatto in his capacity as police chief and personally, and former Estherville police officer Ben Scheevel, in his former capacity as a police officer and …
Erin Michelle Fraker of Bancroft Monday, June 17 received a deferred sentence after an April 18 guilty plea to theft from the North Union Athletic Booster Club last summer. In the deferred …
After comments from a Spencer contractor, the Emmet County Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday, June 18 meeting agreed to pull a statewide advertisement for a request for qualifications for …
The 2024 citywide cleanup took in 602,280 pounds of solid waste, 23,820 pounds of metal, 120 appliances and 95 items of e-waste. The citywide cleanup took place in 2012, and again in 2016, then in …
Obituaries
  Funeral services for Norman Nissen, 88, of Graettinger, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. Interment will be held at South …
Funeral services for Dennis Busch, 76, of Ringsted, were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church in Ringsted with Pastor Suzanne Wobig officiating. Interment was at …
A Mass of Christian Burial for Luella Potratz, age 87, was held Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at St. Margaret Cemetery. Luella passed away June …
Graveside services for Dian Metteer, 62, of Worthington, Minn., formerly of Estherville, will be held at 4 p.m., today, Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville. She died June 12, …
Local Sports

ELC hits ball well at Roland-Story Tourney

ROLAND — The Class 3A No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central Softball Team wrapped up a 3-1 record at the Roland-Story Softball Tournament last Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Midgets won 7-5 …

Crees, ELC defense shut down Cherokee

CHEROKEE — The Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team kept its Lakes Conference record unblemished with a 7-0 win over Cherokee last Friday. The win gave the Midgets a 5-0 record in the …

Vazquez heads up USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Jose Vazquez, a Puerto Rico native and graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College, has been named manager of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in Cary, N.C. Vazquez, head baseball coach at …

Midgets keep shutting down Lakes conference foes

The Class 3A No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central Softball Team shut down another Lakes Conference foe as Storm Lake came to town on Wednesday, June 12. The Tornadoes did go the full seven innings, but …
From the opinion pages

Thanking and praising community support of ELC Girls Basketball

To the Editor: The ELC Girls Basketball season has come to a close. The support of our team from the crowds in attendance from the ELC community and the ELC HS Midget Maniacs during the …

Power players in Iowa Senate are aiding and abetting

To the Editor: The Iowa legislature is considering a bill designed to combat “organized retail theft” of property from stores. Lawmakers supporting the measure said they wanted to deter …

Huge Thanks

To the Editor: We had a first hand chance to observe the tremendous efforts of the Wallingford and Estherville Emergency Responders a couple weeks ago. The professionalism and urgency of these men …

Local columns

The Risk of Stroke Means We All Must BE FAST

You can save a life in just a few seconds, by being ready to respond if a stroke occurs. Nearly 800,000 Americans experience stroke each year. Strokes cause 140,000 deaths each year, and are a …

The Girl in the Thistles recounts 1862 Dakota War

While America was embroiled in the midst of a great civil war, yet another war was taking place in Minnesota. Aberdeen, S.D., native S.K. Sandvig writes of the 1862 US-Dakota War in The Girl in …

The Rowley Report

The Iowa Senate passed resolution SCR 101 (Sine Die) and recessed at 3:30AM Saturday morning on April 20, 2024. After a full week of debate the Senate concluded the 2024 session of Iowa’s 90th …