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Ice, ice baby

In the slippery conditions that have arisen from the recent freezing rain and drizzle, at least one person from our office has nearly slipped and fallen in the street.No matter how well snow and ice is removed from parking lots, streets and sidewalks, pedestrians will still encounter some ...

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 ...

Family Crisis Centers assists survivors & victims

In its mission statement, Family Crisis Centers says they believe "everyone deserves to lead a life free from violence." At Tuesday's Emmet County board of supervisors meeting, Executive Director Shari Kastein said the organization, which serves numerous counties in North Iowa, depending upon ...

We can do something about diabetes

We can do something about diabetes.This week includes World Diabetes Day, and also what would have been the 125th birthday of Sir Frederick Banting.Banting was a Canadian scientist whose pioneering work using insulin to treat diabetes earned him the Nobel prize.Millions of people around the ...

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 ...

Visitors love Emmet County—we can, too

This week, five travel bloggers came to Estherville and part of Emmet County to see all we had to offer with the goal of sharing it with readers and social media followers far and wide. Estherville Area Chamber director Lexie Ruter worked with Midwest Travel Network to gather the best people to ...

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 ...

Looking for new job in 2019?

Just over one-quarter of Iowa employers said they plan to add additional workers over the first three months of 2019.ManpowerGroup released a survey Wednesday indicating 12,500 businesses across the country took the survey.In the state of Iowa, of all employers surveyed, 26 percent plan to hire ...