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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 ...

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 ...

Library News – Changing Old Habits

With the start of a new year I have decided to make some new changes in my habits for the better. One thing I want to do is purge myself of all the unnecessary clutter in my home. But that is another subject. I have also decided to try to read more books this year. After reading a short ...

What’s going on at the Extension?

Once again it's the time of year when we consider what we want to do better next year. If history shows that your resolutions usually die a quiet death sometime in February or March, perhaps this is the year to re-think how you set your resolutions!The key: resolutions should be very clear and ...

Iowa loses an extraordinary judge

One of my friends who's a former Estherville resident warned me that small towns can be vicious."People say unpleasant things to you for absolutely no reason, and I?just want to tell you that's the way it is,"?he told me.This comes as no surprise to me.It's only a few people. Most of the time ...

As many ideas as the day is long

TEDx Okoboji took place last Friday. I didn't think I'd get to go, but I won a two-ticket giveaway. After confirming the members of my household were unavailable to attend, I chose a friend whom I thought would truly appreciate the event: not ask, "so this is just a bunch of talking?" or "what ...

Iowa loses an extraordinary judge

One of my friends who's a former Estherville resident warned me that small towns can be vicious."People say unpleasant things to you for absolutely no reason, and I?just want to tell you that's the way it is,"?he told me.This comes as no surprise to me.It's only a few people. Most of the time ...

Help! We’re shrinking!

USA Today recently listed Emmet County as the fastest-shrinking county in Iowa. This is alongside a modest net growth for the state of Iowa. Is this something to be concerned about? We'd rather be known as a growing area rather than a shrinking one, but the issue of population migration and low ...

Our house, in the middle of our street

There's a housing shortage in Estherville. To that end, the city in cooperation with the Estherville Area Growth Partnership has created a spec house to spur a new housing initiative. I think it's great.Before today, I was not familiar with a statewide organization called ICOG, though I ...

Talking about big issues

I started work at the Estherville News on June 5, 2015.I just posted on Facebook the third anniversary of one of life's momentous occasions: my first trip to Woody's. We had just moved into our little house on the northside. As far as moves go, it was fairly painless as we'd been in temporary ...