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Remembering the fragility of life

December 23, 2015 Christmas marks the celebration of our savior as well as the close of another year. It seems as if time has once again escaped us and another year has come banging on our doors. more »»

Swearing-in ceremony at city council meeting

December 23, 2015 The Estherville City Council closed out 2015 by swearing in its mayor, Kenny Billings, for another term, as well as inducting new council member Brandon Carlin, and swearing in city clerks, city... more »»

Flight plans cleared for one S. Claus

December 23, 2015 The Emmet County Emergency Management Agency, Iowa Department of Homeland Security, NORAD and other local officials has received the approved flight plans for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. more »»

ELC school board wishes retiring teacher the best

December 23, 2015 By Amber Hovey Staff Writer The Estherville Lincoln Central School board met Monday evening. more »»

Middle School holiday concert

December 23, 2015 The ELC Instrumental music students had their holiday concert Monday night with Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. more »»

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

December 9, 2015 Every year growing up, my parents made a point the second week of December to get a Christmas tree. more »»

Send your stories and traditions

December 2, 2015 We’re into December, and I was strongly considering spouting off this week about how much I dislike driving on snow and ice. Let’s get that out of the way no. more »»

Advent is a time of waiting

November 25, 2015 At our house, we celebrate Advent as its own season. We move the pieces or open the windows on a few Advent calendars. more »»

What I am thankful for

November 22, 2015 It is so easy to think about all the things I don’t have or the goals I have not reached. I will admit that I often take for granted the many wonderful things that are in my life. more »»

Kenny Gilbaugh

November 18, 2015 GRAETTINGER — Funeral services for Kenny Gilbaugh, 87, of Graettinger, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. more »»

When Santa Claus gets your letter …

November 18, 2015 Next week we put out our mailbox for Letters to Santa. We are anticipating letters from children – young people with a chronological age in the single digits. more »»

How many shopping days?

November 11, 2015 I remember only one occasion shopping on Black Friday. more »»

Let’s talk Christmas movies

November 4, 2015 I have long insisted that Thanksgiving deserves its own anticipation and holiday seaso. more »»

What DNA can do

October 21, 2015 I marvel at the family connections I’m discovering here in Emmet County. more »»

Go Local!

October 14, 2015 We can build it ourselves. That’s the impression I had on the tour of the newly-renovated Excel building Tuesday night. I’ve lived in Sioux City, Vermillion, So. Dak. more »»

Hear what they have to say, even if you disagree

October 7, 2015 Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is coming to Estherville’s Hy-Vee Market Café at 8:30 Saturday morning. I will be there to report on what he says and take photos. more »»

Step up for the children

September 30, 2015 Have the best years of your life now I don’t know everything. Let’s get that out of the way now. Sometimes I’m smart, but I’m wrong a lot, because I take a lot of risks. more »»

Step up for the children

September 23, 2015 The cover story this week is about CASA in Emmet County and how at this point we have only one CASA, meaning only one family of children has someone whose only job is to go to bat for them in the... more »»

Step up for veterans after they come home

September 16, 2015 On these days of Buddy Poppies, I do feel thankful for the veterans I’ve come in contact with. My father put in his 20 years, serving in Guam in the late ‘50s, coming back to Finland, Minn. more »»

How’s your LEON project coming?

September 13, 2015 Remember my column from June 25 about Leon? Noel spelled backward? Leon is a crafted “holiday” marking the halfway point of the year in which many makers and crafters begin shopping for and planning... more »»



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