Local news

Beardsley a winner in Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest

William Beardsley of Estherville was honored in the Keep Iowa Beautiful photography contest, earning first place in two of the five statewide categories. Keep Iowa Beautiful is a statewide, …
All are welcome at Wesley’s Kitchen
The Estherville United Methodist Church is launching Wesley’s Kitchen on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the dining room of the church, and continuing the last week of each month as long as …
Estherville’s Power is in experienced hands
Bret Mace took city council members on a tour of Estherville’s electric production facility at Monday evening’s council meeting. By the end of the tour, city council member Brandon Carlin said, …
Centenarian remembered with horse-drawn processional
Nordein Peterson, 102, was laid to rest at Wallingford Lutheran Cemetery Sunday, Jan. 16. Tom and Lisa Hansen’s horse-drawn wagon led the processional. Nordein was born March 28, 1919 and died …
Iowa Lakes Trustees approve President Newhouse’s retirement plans

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees accepted College President Valerie Newhouse’s decision to retire, effective June 30, 2022. Newhouse has served as President since 2009 and is …

Storm damages college beef barn The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees in its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18 heard about wind damages to the beef barn at the college farm five miles west of the Emmetsburg …
Conservation Board discusses banquet, building project The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation and Emmet County Conservation Board discussed the upcoming March 19 banquet and Nature Center building project at their Thursday, Jan. 6 meeting.Conservation …
Obituaries
Mary Ann (Kaess) Ellsworth, 48, passed away on December 27, 2021, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, after a 34-year battle with cancer. Mary Ann was born September 16, 1973, in Fridley, MN, the …
Funeral services for Stanley E. Berkland, 81, of Fenton, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran …
Visitation for Iola Schneiderman, 73, of Swea City, will be held from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Swea City. Iola died Jan. 17, 2022, in San Benito, Texas. …
Funeral services for Michael “Mike” Hughes, 48, of Spencer, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Spencer with Pastor Steve Britton officiating. Interment …
Local Sports

Martindale hits 300-win milestone

HULL — The Estherville Lincoln Central girls left no doubt that they would give their coach, Don Martindale, his 300th career girls’ basketball victory on Tuesday. Senior Jaydan Nitchals hit …

Wolfpack avenges ELC loss

HULL — As the team responsible for Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian’s only loss this season, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys knew the Wolfpack would be looking for revenge as the teams met …

Moffitt to be inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame

Former Estherville-Lincoln Central wrestler and current Iowa Central Community College Coach Luke Moffitt will be part of the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Moffitt will be …

ELC wrestlers pick up win against Central Lyon/GLR in non-conference quadrangular meet

ROCK VALLEY — Estherville Lincoln Central wrestlers went 1-2 in dual competition last Thursday in a quadrangular against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock and Sioux Falls, …

Laker women cruise past Northeast

The Iowa Lakes women got back on track with a 73-50 win over Northeast Community College on Tuesday. The Lakers led from start to finish with a 19-10 lead after one quarter and 35-17 at halftime. …
From the opinion pages
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:Due to the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, the Community Christmas Project had to be canceled in 2020. But in 2021, the project was held and more than 500 people will be …
Mayor Joseph M. May I applaud you and thank you for your message to all of us. So very true and timely. With Liberty and Justice for all. Sincerely, Dona Opsal
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 …
Local columns

Highlights with Henry

Hey everyone! It’s great to be back at the Capitol and the first week back was busy. I attended committee meetings and met with other Representatives and Senators. I also attended Governor …

Writers and Writing - Powers novel inspiring and enlightening

If you were on the operating table and flatlined, what would you see? That’s the question Tony A. Powers, former sportscaster at WHO Radio and Television in Des Moines, Iowa, tried to answer in …

The View From Here

The 2022 session began on January 10th. During the first week we heard the Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the Major General of the Iowa Guard give us updates. We also heard from …