Randy and Holly Ouellette

Steaks and serendipity

It’s not uncommon for people from Estherville to take a road trip to Fairmont, Minn. to dine somewhere different. That’s what two couples from Estherville did last Friday night. Holly and Randy …

Emmet County Sheriff arrested for OWI in Dickinson County

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens was arrested over the weekend on a charge of O.W.I.-1st offense in Dickinson County. The 61-year-old Martens was arrested at around 8:50 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the …

Ricke trial set for June 25

The first-degree murder trial of Kyle Lou Ricke, 43, of Algona has been set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25 in Dickinson County District Court in Spirit Lake with Third Judicial District Judge Nancy …
Local News
Last week, we reported that on the eve of its opening day, the trial of former Armstrong police officer Craig Merrill was delayed due to a stay issued by the court. On Friday, June 7, the Supreme …
The Emmet County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, June 11 meeting certified June 4 primary election results. Assistant Auditor Roxanne Budach presented figures showing a 13.61 percent voter …
The Estherville Lincoln Central (ELC) Community School District has received a $1.2 million donation from an anonymous community donor. This significant donation is set to enhance academic and extra …
Hearts in Ruthven sunk late Sunday afternoon, June 9th, and tons of prayers went out after a hit and run accident left 5-year-old Mackenzie Puterbaugh seriously injured. According to the Palo Alto …
Things are a poppin’ at the Emmet County Nature Center, with a full slate of youth activities scheduled, the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation and Emmet County Conservation Board learned at …
Obituaries
Funeral services for Delores A. Ness, 81, of Wallingford, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2024 at Wallingford Lutheran Church in Wallingford with Pastor John Wolf officiating. Interment …
Funeral services for Donna Jean Kruse, 92, of Estherville, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. …
Graveside services for Ronald C. Porter, 83, of Armstrong, will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2024, at Center Chain Cemetery, Fairmont, Minn. He died March 26, 2024, at Valley Vue Care Center, …
Graveside services for Timothy Brickner, 31, of Armstrong, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2024, at Armstrong Grove Cemetery, Armstrong. He died May 31, 2024, at Avera Holy Family Hospital …
Local Sports

GT/RA pitchers struggle against Manson-NW Webster

  MANSON — Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire pitchers struggled on the mound in a 16-2, five-inning loss to Manson-Northwest Webster in baseball action last Friday. Four Titan …
Following her 10-strikeout performance against Spirit Lake on Monday, ELC’s Rylee Yager now has 74 strikeouts this season while having pitched 44 innings.

Another game, another shutout for No. 5 Midgets

SPIRIT LAKE — A seven-run first inning and a near-perfect game from pitcher Rylee Yager helped Class 3A No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central to a 10-0, five-inning win over Spirit Lake in softball …
ELC junior Preston Crees is off to a great start this season with a 4-1 record with one save. His earned run average entering Monday’s game against Spirit Lake was 1.50.

ELC overcomes early deficit

SPIRIT LAKE — After spotting host Spirit Lake two runs in the first inning, the Class 2A No. 8 Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team scored six unanswered runs over the next six innings to win …

Titans’ offense picks up against St. Mary’s

RUTHVEN — The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Softball Team won its second straight game with a 12-2, five-inning victory over Storm Lake St. Mary’s on Monday. The Titans outscored the …
From the opinion pages

Thanking and praising community support of ELC Girls Basketball

To the Editor: The ELC Girls Basketball season has come to a close. The support of our team from the crowds in attendance from the ELC community and the ELC HS Midget Maniacs during the …

Power players in Iowa Senate are aiding and abetting

To the Editor: The Iowa legislature is considering a bill designed to combat “organized retail theft” of property from stores. Lawmakers supporting the measure said they wanted to deter …

Huge Thanks

To the Editor: We had a first hand chance to observe the tremendous efforts of the Wallingford and Estherville Emergency Responders a couple weeks ago. The professionalism and urgency of these men …

Local columns

The Risk of Stroke Means We All Must BE FAST

You can save a life in just a few seconds, by being ready to respond if a stroke occurs. Nearly 800,000 Americans experience stroke each year. Strokes cause 140,000 deaths each year, and are a …

The Girl in the Thistles recounts 1862 Dakota War

While America was embroiled in the midst of a great civil war, yet another war was taking place in Minnesota. Aberdeen, S.D., native S.K. Sandvig writes of the 1862 US-Dakota War in The Girl in …

The Rowley Report

The Iowa Senate passed resolution SCR 101 (Sine Die) and recessed at 3:30AM Saturday morning on April 20, 2024. After a full week of debate the Senate concluded the 2024 session of Iowa’s 90th …