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July 11, 2014 Thumbs up to everyone who had a safe Fourth of July weekend. Being careful and using good judgment is a great way to have fun and avoid tragedy. more »»

Shop local for back to school

July 4, 2014 There’s an old saying that once the Fourth of July slips past, summer races by. And one of the first things on people’s lists after the Fourth is shopping for school clothes and supplie. more »»

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July 4, 2014 Thumbs up to Ringsted as it plans on welcoming RAGBRAI® July 2. more »»

Fourth of July safety urged

June 27, 2014 With the Fourth falling on a Friday, just about everyone except for newspaper reporters and police will enjoy a three-day weeken. more »»

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June 27, 2014 Thumbs up to summer. Let’s hope the storms stay at bay for a while now. Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance for getting a great start on reshingling the picnic shelter at the park Tuesda. more »»

Historical Society Museum anniversary a great event for everyone

June 13, 2014 This Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., the Emmet County Historical Society Museum will itself make history with its 50th anniversary celebration. more »»

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June 13, 2014 Thumbs up to the City of Estherville Parks & Rec Department and Estherville taxpayers for putting up new modern restroom facilities and small shelter at Lincoln Park. more »»

Estherville, Emmet County parks getting heavy use

June 6, 2014 Maybe this health bug thing is just starting to catch on. A brief glance at parks in Estherville and Emmet County over the past couple weeks shows enormous use by people of all ages. more »»

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June 6, 2014 Thumbs up to Christian Motorcyclists Association members for holding worship services with Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents last Sunday. more »»

Should Armstrong voters decide dispatching issue?

May 30, 2014 For two years now, the Armstrong City Council has grappled with the thorny issue of whether it should pay for dispatching services from Emmet County. It’s not an issue that’s going to go away. more »»

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May 30, 2014 Thumbs up to everyone who helped, participated in or showed up for Memorial Day observances in Estherville. There are a lot of thanks to go around, but just a few folks deserving praise include V.F.W. more »»

Iowa Lakes, community have fruitful partnership

May 23, 2014 Emmet County supervisors offered Iowa Lakes Community College some well-deserved praise at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting. more »»

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May 23, 2014 Thumbs up to Don and Carolyn Brown for hosting a great neighborhood gathering when they had chainsaw sculptors Bess and Tracy Coy carve two owls on a dead maple tree in their back yard last weekend. more »»

Graduates face challenges, opportunities

May 16, 2014 As graduates from Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union and Graettinger-Terril walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this Sunday afternoon, they will have more of an uphill climb than... more »»

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May 16, 2014 Thumbs up to all area students performing in spring concerts. You are really talented and, yes, people do notice when you do a good job, which is just about always. more »»

Art show great for young artists and Estherville

May 9, 2014 If you had the privilege of attending the annual art show at Estherville Lincoln Central Wednesday, you would have seen 95-100 young artists displaying their works, ranging from drawings to painting... more »»

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May 9, 2014 Thumbs up to all the fine young people who came for the Iowa Junior High and High School Rodeo last weekend. Despite the brisk weather Sunday morning, everyone seemed to have a great time. more »»

Plenty of weekend activities in store

May 2, 2014 If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, why not hang around the area — because there’s plenty to do right here at home. more »»

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May 2, 2014 Thumbs up to our area high-school students for an alcohol-fee and accident-free prom weekend last weekend. more »»

Teaching kids about money a great idea

April 25, 2014 When Kelly Thelen’s first-grade class toured NorthStar Bank Wednesday, they asked a lot of good questions and got a lot of good answers about money. more »»



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