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Our house, in the middle of our street

December 13, 2018 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. more »»

Talking about big issues

August 8, 2018 I started work at the Estherville News on June 5, 2015. I just posted on Facebook the third anniversary of one of life’s momentous occasions: my first trip to Woody’s. more »»

Living long enough to be a problem

July 5, 2018 We think of older adults as a problem. That’s what Fanny Krivoy said at Columbia University in New York City June 1 during the Age Boom Academy. more »»

A look back at an early flight breakfast

July 5, 2018 Editor’s note: “246 Planes Land Here for Flight Breakfast” proclaimed the main headline of the Monday, Aug. 18, 1952 Estherville Daily News. more »»

Big news dreams in a small newsroom

July 5, 2018 I’m still looking for help with a few projects. First, it’s the whiteboard project. As you can see in the photo of the resplendent Rowaida Lair, we’re seeking your thoughts on our big questions. more »»

Telling it like it is

February 23, 2018 I believe you told us exactly what you thought of this newspaper, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We will present the survey results in Monday’s edition of the Estherville News. more »»

Coming home

November 29, 2017 In early November, I went on another adventure out of state. This time, it was to San Francisco. more »»

The gift of a mentor

October 18, 2017 According to the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, the movies bring many examples of great, heroic mentoring. “Yoda and Luke Skywalker. Coach Bombay and the Mighty Ducks. more »»


October 18, 2017 It took me all week so far to write this column, because I was trying to avoid this particular topic. My bosses tell me they’d like it if there was more happy content in our newspaper. more »»

Smart: inside and out

October 18, 2017 If you’re my age or older, you probably remember the scene in “A League of Her Own” in which Tom Hanks as manager of a World War II era women’s baseball team yells at a sobbing player, “There’s no... more »»

What’s the good word?

October 18, 2017 I think here in the newsroom, we too often become bogged down in the things we must do. Our job is foremost to attend governmental meetings to help them remain transparent to the public. more »»

This is the time

October 18, 2017 “Amy, you did it. more »»

Your one wild & precious life

October 18, 2017 The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating... more »»

Cough cough

October 18, 2017 My usual mantra is:?I?never get sick. more »»

A community that’s present when you need it

October 18, 2017 Pottawattamie. Woodbury, Polk, Clinton, Johnson. Muscatine. Jasper., Black Hawk. What do these counties have in common? They are some of the counties that contain Iowa’s urban areas. more »»

Black History Month

October 18, 2017 I grew up in Sioux City, on the north side by North High School, and my world was predominantly white. My parents were school guidance counselors, and they had black friends:? Mr. W. more »»

Being Iowan

October 18, 2017 I recently answered the question, “Where are you from?” this way: I was born in Carroll, Iowa to two Crawford county teenagers. I was whisked away from St. more »»

Update on a rough rider

October 18, 2017 After a rough day for just about everyone on June 30 last, I was invited to the Emmet County Fairgrounds to meet Tony Jones and his horse, Ellen. more »»

Working in Emmet County

October 18, 2017 I’ve dreamed of a Labor Day feature on work since, oh, probably Memorial Day or some other long weekend in which we asked, “What do we want to do for Monday’s paper?” The more we can set up early,... more »»

Food, glorious food!

October 18, 2017 There is a new project starting to sizzle in Emmet County. Check out the website, in its foundational stages by Morphew Studios. more »»

Pencils, notebooks, and mental health

October 18, 2017 This one is for all the kids going back to school. Mental Health America just emailed me a back to school toolki. more »»



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