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Unprecedented year leaves Iowa with challenges

Editor’s Note: The Estherville News spoke with Anne Discher, Executive Director of Common Good Iowa, an organization formed by the merger of Iowa Policy Project and Child and Family Policy Center on the day of the Condition of the State address. Discher provided perspective on how policy ...

Attempted murder charges dropped

An Estherville woman who assaulted her brother in May had attempted murder and other felony charges dropped when she pled guilty Monday in an agreement with the Emmet County attorney. Julissa Ramirez, 20, entered a guilty plea for the aggravated misdemeanor of providing false information to ...

Graffiti hits area roads after DC riots

An Estherville News reader came across graffiti not far from Daybreak Foods in Graettinger Thursday night that said, in large, red, all capital letters: CIVIL WAR. Palo Alto County authorities removed the graffiti with chemicals on Friday. Friday, the reader from Ringsted discovered the words: ...

Get tested after holiday Gathering

The newest White House Coronavirus Task Force Report, dated Sunday, found Iowa’s rates of new cases and positive tests re-main in the red zone, the most severe rating, and community transmission is still widespread. However, Iowa’s ...

Avera donates AED to Demoney

Avera Holy Family Foundation and Avera Health Foundation joined together to donate an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the ELC school system to be located at the Demoney Elementary School. An AED is currently available at the high school and the ...

Browns of Armstrong fined $76,000 for stormwater runoff

Thursday, a judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fining Josh and Tony Brown of Armstrong a $76,000 penalty for violating the federal Clean Water Act. The Browns do business as Riverview Cattle and were found to have discharged pollutants from their ...

Legislators get to work

U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra, Republican of Hull unlocked his office at 1440 Longworth in Washington D.C for the first time this week, and was sworn in to the 117th Congress with his wife, Lynette at his side. Due to social distancing requirements, freshman members of Congress were ...

Rioters storm U.S. Capitol

UPDATE: A veteran and a Capitol police officer are among five people who lost their lives in what was called a March to Save America, which turned into rioting and vandalism at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Iowa public officials offered statements denouncing the rioters, but stopped ...

Grant Cycle Open for Emmet County

The Emmet County Community Foundation's 2021 grant application is now open. The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation's website at emmetccf.org. The deadline to submit grant applications is 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2021. Grants may be awarded to projects in the ...

Council sells property, abates taxes

The Estherville City Council Monday evening approved the sale of city owned property at 220 West 1st Ave. South to Regina Robinson for $5,000. The city had acquired the property through an abatement. No one spoke at a public hearing on the sale. In other business, the council approved ...