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Estherville News Editorial

December 20, 2015
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

In the early days of this paper, which was then called the Northern Vindicator, that newsroom set aside a column for news briefs from around the nation and world. Among the news for the Aug. 19, 1869 issue: Queen Olga of Greece had her second baby (Prince George, who would go on to marry into the French Bonaparte family). The average yearly export of opium from Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey) is 3,000 cases. The largest-ever block of rose-colored alabaster was found in Rome. The fur trade from Mankato, Minn. Is up to 400,000 skins, and the city of Topeka, Kans., has found it necessary to form a vigilante troop due to the unacceptable number of recent horse thefts. We want to bring you something like a dinner-party download so you can be in the know and have something to share around the water cooler or for your other in-person conversations. We think it's important to spark more of those.

We will continue reporting all the news that's local and relevant, cover school and community events, bring highlights of local sports, keep up with the weather, try to deliver new ideas in our columns, print pictures and more pictures, and what doesn't fit on the page post online, send breaking news to the website, social media and the phones of those who have our app, and have some fun along the way.

This week we talked about our newsroom ethic: we stay local and talk about what really matters to you. It may be that everyone doesn't agree at every moment about what's relevant, but balance is key. With the Iowa caucus coming up Feb. 1 and the upcoming election year, we will cover politics as it reaches us in Emmet County and provide the facts.

In 2015, we reported on the need for more CASA volunteers to be a voice for children in state care. As a result of that article, an Emmet County volunteer signed up. We want tips on stories that make a difference and we will do our best to tell the stories sensitively and factually.

Our inaugural Ugly Sweater Contest brought in great photos. We feel privileged to talk to and photograph you at your farms, homes and businesses. As Emmet County progresses with new businesses and initiatives, we will keep you updated.

We always welcome your feedback and consider it as we decide our next move for the Estherville News. Thank you for reading in 2015 as we made several transitions. If you enjoy our reporting, we hope you will tell your friends.



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