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No central vaccination system in Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference Wednesday in part to announce the cancellation of a contract meant to set up a centralized system or statewide call center to register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Iowa. The governor said instead, state resources will be used to ...

Cold stars and frigid stripes

City crews braved subzero temperatures Friday afternoon to place American flags on downtown Estherville light poles in time for President’s Day. City offices were closed Monday and garbage collection will go with Tuesday’s routes. Monday’s low was expected to dip to -23 degrees.

COVID levels down in Emmet County

As Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation Feb. 5 that lifted many restrictions on gatherings and mask wearing, it appears active infections in Emmet County continue to drop. As of Friday, there were 35 Emmet County residents with active COVID-19 infections, the lowest number since five ...

Redistricting in limbo until September

With information from the Brennan Center for Justice, the Poynter Center, and the Iowa Data Center The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that it will deliver the Public Law 94-171 redistricting data to all states by Sept. 30, 2021. COVID-19-related delays and prioritizing the delivery of ...

Estherville Pharmacy receives limited vaccines

Estherville Pharmacy announced Thursday it will receive a very limited quantity of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partner Program. A statement from the pharmacy said, “We are working diligently with the CDC and our federal partners to deliver vaccines to ...

Multi-year investigation leads to arrest of Armstrong officials

Tuesday, Feb 16 update: Former Armstrong City Clerk Mary "Kate" Staton was charged with one count of theft in the third degree and one count of tampering with records, both aggravated misdemeanors, in a two-count trial information approved by the Emmet County District Court. Staton ...

Next two vaccine clinics full

Emmet County Public Health announced late Tuesday that it was targeting persons 80 years of age and older for its next two vaccine clinics on Fridays, Feb. 12 and 19. The clinics filled up within minutes of the call times opening. High demand and a shortage of vaccine continues to be an ...

Play ball!

After the coronavirus pandemic caused an entire season’s bye in 2020, Estherville is warming up for a youth baseball and softball season in 2021. Monday evening, the Estherville Parks & Recreation Board approved the purchase of a bunker and field rake to prepare the baseball and ...

Easter Egg Hunt set for April 3

The Estherville Parks & Recreation Board announced the date for Estherville’s Easter Egg Hunt as April 3 at 10 a.m sharp. “If you arrive at 10 a.m., you’ve already missed it,” city administrator Penny Clayton said. The event is open to children up through the third grade. The ...

Two Wallingford rescuers earn Firefighter One

EMT-Firefighter Luke Brenner and EMT-A (RN) Firefighter Crystal Clarke have successfully completed Firefighter One training. According to Wallingford Fire Chief Jarrod Fischer, the class is over 120 hours plus hazardous materials operations, NIMS, and other training opportunities. Fischer ...