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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 ...

Living long enough to be a problem

We think of older adults as a problem. That's what Fanny Krivoy said at Columbia University in New York City June 1 during the Age Boom Academy. With her business partner Josh Goldberg, Fanny is co-founder of Analagous Design. Fanny said they create experiences that are inclusive of people of ...

A look back at an early flight breakfast

Editor's note: "246 Planes Land Here for Flight Breakfast" proclaimed the main headline of the Monday, Aug. 18, 1952 Estherville Daily News.Yes, that's right, the Estherville Flight Breakfast was not always on the Fourth of July. Max Pelzer loaned us his copy of the paper from that date that ...

Big news dreams in a small newsroom

I'm still looking for help with a few projects.First, it's the whiteboard project.As you can see in the photo of the resplendent Rowaida Lair, we're seeking your thoughts on our big questions. Rowaida answered the question last summer, "What brings you joy?"The numbers of people showing support ...

Telling it like it is

I believe you told us exactly what you thought of this newspaper, and I couldn't be more thrilled.We will present the survey results in Monday's edition of the Estherville News. Meanwhile here are some thoughts:Authenticity is the main road to growth, and the recent statewide newspaper awards, ...