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ELC school board wishes retiring teacher the best

By Amber HoveyStaff WriterThe Estherville Lincoln Central School board met Monday evening.On the agenda was the request from ELC teacher Debra Seylar to be released from her contract effective Dec. 22. In her letter to the board, she thanked the school for "the wonderful 32 years with the ...

Flight plans cleared for one S. Claus

The Emmet County Emergency Management Agency, Iowa Department of Homeland Security, NORAD and other local officials has received the approved flight plans for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. According to the FAA Santa has filed his flight plan and has received permission to fly in restricted ...

Middle School holiday concert

The ELC Instrumental music students had their holiday concert Monday night with Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy, Do you hear what I hear, and more.

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

Every year growing up, my parents made a point the second week of December to get a Christmas tree. When I was really young and when my brother and sister would come with, we would go to a local Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree.We would get our saw from the Christmas tree farm workers ...

Send your stories and traditions

We're into December, and I was strongly considering spouting off this week about how much I dislike driving on snow and ice. Let's get that out of the way now. I know to slow down, to put it in third when starting out, to firmly and consistently apply my anti-lock brakes, to gently correct in a ...

Advent is a time of waiting

At our house, we celebrate Advent as its own season. We move the pieces or open the windows on a few Advent calendars. We also continue the tradition of reading from the Advent storybook I had as a kid. It's a Little Golden Book, and all sensibility would say all the kids and certainly the ...

What I am thankful for

It is so easy to think about all the things I don't have or the goals I have not reached. I will admit that I often take for granted the many wonderful things that are in my life. Up until this past week, I have put a lot of focus on where I am going, what I want to do and why I haven't got ...

When Santa Claus gets your letter …

Next week we put out our mailbox for Letters to Santa. We are anticipating letters from children young people with a chronological age in the single digits. It's really a finite period of time children believe in Santa Claus. As infants they usually are pictured squalling because the big guy ...

Kenny Gilbaugh

GRAETTINGER - Funeral services for Kenny Gilbaugh, 87, of Graettinger, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. Interment will be at Graettinger City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. He died ...

How many shopping days?

I remember only one occasion shopping on Black Friday. I was about 12 years old and we spent Thanksgiving near Kansas City with my maternal grandparents (my mom's father and stepmother) and the resulting step-family members, Bruce, a lawyer, Kathie, a nurse at the University, and Tiffany (my ...