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Thank you, volunteer firefighters

We too often take for granted some of the most heroic members of this community. In Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Dolliver and Gruver, there are men and women who drop everything, show up, put in time for training, and much more to save our lives and property.The volunteer firefighter.We ...

Ice, ice baby

In the slippery conditions that have arisen from the recent freezing rain and drizzle, at least one person from our office has nearly slipped and fallen in the street.No matter how well snow and ice is removed from parking lots, streets and sidewalks, pedestrians will still encounter some ...

Family Crisis Centers assists survivors & victims

In its mission statement, Family Crisis Centers says they believe "everyone deserves to lead a life free from violence." At Tuesday's Emmet County board of supervisors meeting, Executive Director Shari Kastein said the organization, which serves numerous counties in North Iowa, depending upon ...

We can do something about diabetes

We can do something about diabetes.This week includes World Diabetes Day, and also what would have been the 125th birthday of Sir Frederick Banting.Banting was a Canadian scientist whose pioneering work using insulin to treat diabetes earned him the Nobel prize.Millions of people around the ...

Visitors love Emmet County—we can, too

This week, five travel bloggers came to Estherville and part of Emmet County to see all we had to offer with the goal of sharing it with readers and social media followers far and wide. Estherville Area Chamber director Lexie Ruter worked with Midwest Travel Network to gather the best people to ...

Looking for new job in 2019?

Just over one-quarter of Iowa employers said they plan to add additional workers over the first three months of 2019.ManpowerGroup released a survey Wednesday indicating 12,500 businesses across the country took the survey.In the state of Iowa, of all employers surveyed, 26 percent plan to hire ...

A place at the table

As we look around the fields and hillsides full of corn and beans, the orchards of fruit, the sprawling gardens, and the herds of livestock all over the county, it's hard to imagine anyone in our neighborhood would go hungry.The heartland is called the breadbasket for the world. Iowa is called ...

Trust in local news

I came across this article from Josh Stearns, Director of the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund. Its motto is, "Journalism and democracy of, by and for the people."In an article entitled, "Local News is a Building Block to Rebuild Trust," Stearns said there was a time local news had a ...

ALICE – the vital training we hope to never need

Wednesday, Miranda dePyper from Iowa Lakes Community College is organizing an ALICE?training at the school in Graettinger. ALICE?is an active shooter training, in which students and faculty learn ways to deal with a shooter who would come into the school.President Teddy Roosevelt said, "in any ...

Burgers- an all-American treat

Friday at noon, our reporter, Amy H. Peterson was fortunate enough to be part of a judging panel for the Midget Cafe students' Best Burger competition. Six students put forth their best work, and the judges, who included Terry and Suzie Kraft from the Ruthven Meat Locker, ELC?High School ...