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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 ...

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 ...