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GAO honors King request on service animals

The Estherville city council has been grappling with the issue of its current ban on pit bull-type dogs in the city after several residents have defended their emotional support animals from the ban with one of those winning a lawsuit and financial ...

Hope for tomorrow

The year 2020 came in with a great deal of hope and less than a quarter of the way in became challenging in ways Emmet County residents never expected. A number of new businesses, however, stepped up to the challenges of launching a new business in the pandemic, and boosted Emmet County’s ...

PPP helped UDMO stay in black in 2020

Tuesday morning, the Emmet County supervisors heard from Jamey Whitney, director of Upper Des Moines Opportunity. UDMO moved its Graettinger headquarters to a location across from the high school earlier this year, a move Whitney said has allowed its families better access. “We were ...

Ambassadors welcome new extension program director

The Estherville Ambassadors welcomed new Emmet County Iowa State University Extension Program Director Megan Janssen on Wednesday. From left are ISU Extension and Outreach Office Assistant Missy Danner, ISU Extension and Outreach County Youth Coordinator Sidney Riemenschneider, Megan ...

Spring 2021 Express Registration announced

Iowa Lakes Community College announces Express Registration dates to help prospective students gain admission and register for classes quickly and easily for the Spring 2021 semester. Express registration will occur on Thursday, January 7, and Monday, January 11, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ...

Former Palo Alto County funeral director faces charges

EMMETSBURG — A former funeral director in Palo Alto County was arrested Tuesday for selling funeral services without a license. Andrew Joyce, 46, was taken into custody by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office around 2:30 p.m. Criminal charges listed on the arrest warrant include ...

Mobile Food Pantry returns Jan. 7

The mobile food pantry from the Food Bank of Iowa is returning again. The free distribution will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Crossroads Community Church parking lot in Estherville. Recipients are asked not to arrive before 4 p.m. and to remain in their vehicles - do not ...

Emmet County residents face losses in two fires

GRUVER- A barn fire just east of Gruver reportedly claimed the lives of two horses early Sunday morning. According to Wallingford Fire Chief Jarrod Fisher, the Wallingford Department assisted the Gruver Fire Department on an outbuilding fire east of Gruver on Highway 9. The Estherville Fire ...

Winter is here

Wednesday’s storm was an abrupt change for residents in Emmet County, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Estherville again received recognition for the high wind gusts of the storm which began in the morning and continued until midnight. Winds reportedly gusted up to 71 miles per hour ...

Heroes in all shapes and sizes

After an incredible, challenging, and exhausting year, Estherville News readers shared their view of heroes in our midst who helped us through 2020. On December 29th, National Hero Day honors the people we look up to and who inspire us to be the best person we can possibly be. If asked to ...