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Character counts — everywhere

The Robert and Billie Jo Ray Foundation is accepting nominations of Iowans of Character for its annual awards. Our newsroom hopes there will be nominations from Emmet County. Of all places, we might need the boost more than anywhere else. The national Character ...

Marriage for money?

National Marriage Week touts matrimony’s financial benefits For the twelfth year, National Marriage Week has launched its grassroots campaign to increase marriage education and champion marital success. Running always the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Feb. 7-14, Organizers said ...

Brrr!

Brrr! As the latest cold front continues today, the newsroom thought about people who might be vulnerable in the cold weather, whether an elderly neighbor, relative or colleague, a family struggling to make ends meet, or others. When subzero windchill poses a threat to people and ...

Half of Iowans organ donors

The Iowa Donor Network reports over 1.5 million Iowans have signed up to be organ donors. That’s 1,532,495 at last count. Many of these potential donors signed up when they renewed their driver’s licenses or signed their license for the first time in Iowa. Driver’s education ...

Healing and common ground are possible

The events that occurred at the Capitol Wednesday are the results of a lack of leadership at the highest level of our country, and should bring embarrassment to all of us regarding where we are as a country. When the president tweets that he will "see everyone in DC on the 6th", asks his ...

A journey to a strange land -Nov. 26 column

Two years ago, I was in St. Petersburg, Florida from the Sunday until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and after that we left on a journey to Texas to see my daughter, Caitlyn and her true love, Corey and spend the holiday with his father and stepmother, with the knowledge that Caitlyn and ...

Hey, Santa

I always remind the children who write letters to you life isn’t about perfect performance, but about growing and learning. You and I both know what’s happened, but each day springs anew. This was another pretty good year, and any bad things I did were comical or enlightening adventures ...

Sports and arts-the magic touch 12-17 column

Wednesday, the Iowa Jazz Championships released a statement cancelling jazz band competition for 2021. The announcement really was a surprise as I feel that schools could compete virtually or progressively load in and load out throughout the day so there were only one or two groups in any given ...

Auxiliary grateful for hometown support

Once again Estherville has proven what it means by “Home Town Support.” When the Covid-19 virus kept the VFW Auxiliary from their annual Buddy Poppy Drive, Oliver Anderson took it upon himself to go around to the area businesses and nearby communities and ask for donations. As many of ...

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 ...