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Healing and common ground are possible

The events that occurred at the Capitol Wednesday are the results of a lack of leadership at the highest level of our country, and should bring embarrassment to all of us regarding where we are as a country. When the president tweets that he will "see everyone in DC on the 6th", asks his ...

A journey to a strange land -Nov. 26 column

Two years ago, I was in St. Petersburg, Florida from the Sunday until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and after that we left on a journey to Texas to see my daughter, Caitlyn and her true love, Corey and spend the holiday with his father and stepmother, with the knowledge that Caitlyn and ...

Hey, Santa

I always remind the children who write letters to you life isn’t about perfect performance, but about growing and learning. You and I both know what’s happened, but each day springs anew. This was another pretty good year, and any bad things I did were comical or enlightening adventures ...

Sports and arts-the magic touch 12-17 column

Wednesday, the Iowa Jazz Championships released a statement cancelling jazz band competition for 2021. The announcement really was a surprise as I feel that schools could compete virtually or progressively load in and load out throughout the day so there were only one or two groups in any given ...

Auxiliary grateful for hometown support

Once again Estherville has proven what it means by “Home Town Support.” When the Covid-19 virus kept the VFW Auxiliary from their annual Buddy Poppy Drive, Oliver Anderson took it upon himself to go around to the area businesses and nearby communities and ask for donations. As many of ...

World Kindness Day – can we keep going? 11-13 editorial

Friday, Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day. Did you celebrate? If you missed the day, the spirit of the day can continue through 2020 and beyond. Maybe it seems like there is no time to be kind. But 2020 needs some kindness. "Selfless acts of kindness don't just help the person on the receiving ...

Adoption is a matter of heart

Adoption is a way to give a home to a child who needs one. Most adoptive parents tell us that their adopted children give them so much more. There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, according to the U.S. Adoption Network. Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually ...

Closing out 2020

Here in the newsroom, we suspect there are many readers who will be relieved to say goodbye to 2020. With one month to go, there seems to be no denying it has been a challenging year. Frankly we aren't sure we are going to run our usual stories of the year in the final two issues because the ...

A caroling we go

Have you ever wondered what the most popular Christmas carols are? Several years ago, TIME Magazine compiled lists of religious and secular songs by the number of known recordings of each. Top of the list of religious songs is a popular one to end a Christmas carol church service, mass or ...

Economy down slightly for Nov. but there is hope for Dec.

Iowa’s economy paralleled the Midwestern economy by declining slightly during November, according to a monthly survey of business leaders in Iowa and eight other states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the regional Business Conditions Index remained above growth neutral for ...