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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 ...

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 ...

Six Feet? Cover Your Mouth, Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face

Most of us have heard this since we started walking. Going back to college days, a germ needs three things to survive-a warm temperature, a moist environment and restricted light or darkness.When we cough or sneeze, we are expelling what ever germs we have into the environment in a warm wet ...

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 ...

Why not make Super Bowl a family event

As the clock ticks down, it's only a matter of days now until the Super Bowl LIV matchup between the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Kansas City Chiefs.As we all know, the Super Bowl has taken on a legendary status not only as a game but also as a media event which some people watch for the ...

Winter weather nothing to mess around with

Usually it's a little earlier in the year when we have to remind people about traveling in winter weather. With the winter mild up until last week, that wasn't necessary.Now it is.First of all, travel only if you have to. Call ahead, listen to the radio or go online to make sure that work, ...