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World Kindness Day – can we keep going? 11-13 editorial

Friday, Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day. Did you celebrate? If you missed the day, the spirit of the day can continue through 2020 and beyond. Maybe it seems like there is no time to be kind. But 2020 needs some kindness. "Selfless acts of kindness don't just help the person on the receiving ...

Adoption is a matter of heart

Adoption is a way to give a home to a child who needs one. Most adoptive parents tell us that their adopted children give them so much more. There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, according to the U.S. Adoption Network. Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually ...

Closing out 2020

Here in the newsroom, we suspect there are many readers who will be relieved to say goodbye to 2020. With one month to go, there seems to be no denying it has been a challenging year. Frankly we aren't sure we are going to run our usual stories of the year in the final two issues because the ...

A caroling we go

Have you ever wondered what the most popular Christmas carols are? Several years ago, TIME Magazine compiled lists of religious and secular songs by the number of known recordings of each. Top of the list of religious songs is a popular one to end a Christmas carol church service, mass or ...

Economy down slightly for Nov. but there is hope for Dec.

Iowa’s economy paralleled the Midwestern economy by declining slightly during November, according to a monthly survey of business leaders in Iowa and eight other states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the regional Business Conditions Index remained above growth neutral for ...

The darkest time

For those of us who sleep at night, the earth burst through its Winter Solstice and our planet's northward tilt oriented the sun to its lowest point along our horizon, and we awoke this morning to the first full day of winter. We haven't seen much evidence of winter in our weather or ...

Estherville News Editorial – A day to give thanks

Our newsroom wanted to pause in our Thanksgiving issue to give our sincere thanks to you, the readers of the Estherville News. Despite its relatively small size, this community has things going on all the time that keep us hopping. From those times we know our coverage of local government ...

Dealing with tragedy

Tragedy is defined as an event or a circumstance that causes great suffering and distress. Words cannot express how some of you are hurting at the sudden loss of a young man in our community. Every loss of a loved one is difficult, but this loss seems to pain our community more deeply, ...

Please Join Us as We Mask Up for Health

The safest way for us to proceed in what is now a multilayered health challenge – flu and cold season, coupled with the growing COVID-19 cases across all of Avera’s footprint – is to team up. Together Avera Holy Family Hospital and Emmet County Public Health invite you to join us as ...