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Estherville News Editorial – 9/11 and COVID-19

Nineteen years ago this past Thursday, the nation was overturned by the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and our people were never the same. The day wound up with nearly 3,000 deaths after two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third hit the Pentagon outside Washington, ...

V-E Day, 75 years later

Both the U.S. and Europe celebrate Victory Europe Day. It was on May 8, 1945 when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms. After the Soviet soldiers lost more than 8,000 soldiers and the Germans even more in Prague, the surrender began. Scandinavia is not always thought of ...

ELC Valedictorian: Together we’ll overcome adversity

I'm using my column space to allow our local high school seniors to express what this journey has been like for them, finishing senior year virtually, and with sports and activities cancelled.Estherville Lincoln Central Valedictorian Lena McCoy said her senior year up until school was ...

Honoring the best way possible

Normally late April would see the school year winding down, students excited by the warmer temperatures. Student-athletes would be running the streets and neighborhoods, and seeking their best around the track. The tennis court would be alive with the thwip, thwip of a racket making contact ...

Happy Earth Day to this planet

Wednesday is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Every year the Earth Day Network, as organizers of the original Earth Day, selects an environmental priority to engage the global public.The enormous challenges - but also the vast opportunities - of acting on climate change have distinguished the ...

You can help Monarch butterfly habitat grow

The recent news from the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico's Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas on monarch wintering numbers was an eye opener - the butterflies covered an estimated seven acres of forest canopy in Mexico - less than half of last year's population. Experts estimate a ...

Hats off to volunteers

Next week is Volunteer Appreciation Week. Individuals throughout the county who are too numerous to count volunteer their time to make a difference. Whether serving on boards, organizing local events, coaching kids in sports, or visiting elders at the care center, volunteers not only bring ...

Connection in an isolated age

Stay at home. Venture out only when necessary. Don't have people over. Meetings, church, restaurants and bars, service clubs, schools, coffee shops, and more of the usual ways we talk with and connect with others are closed. We can't visit elders in the assisted living and nursing homes, nor ...

Couldn’t live without our farmers

This week is National Ag Week. For a county like Emmet County, where agriculture is a huge pillar of our economy, the week is worth celebrating. We also believe it's important to stand with farmers as the last several months have been challenging with tariffs, trade wars and now COVID-19.Let's ...