Good conduct discussion dominates Phomvisay’s first board meeting

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board welcomed new superintendent Aiddy Phomvisay to his first regular board meeting Monday with a lively discussion on the school district’s Good Conduct …
Addison Kruse

Three vie for 2024 Fair Queen title

Three young women hope to become the 2024 Emmet County Fair Queen. Addison Robinson, Jo Oleson, and Addison Kruse are this year’s contestants. The 2024 Fair Queen Contest and clothing events will …

Conservation programs touch all generations

Ashley Foley, Emmet County Naturalist, and Matt Reineke, Emmet County Conservation Director, recently spoke to the Estherville Rotary Club about the newest adventures at the Emmet County Nature …
Local News
It’s been over a year since 10 plaintiffs filed a civil case against the city of Estherville, police chief Brent Shatto, and former officer Ben Scheevel for invasion of privacy and other harms …
The Emmet County Community Foundation distributed its grants last week during a luncheon at the Estherville VFW. Grants in the Community Betterment category are as follows: The city of …
Monday evening’s city council meeting was short and sweet, but perhaps not as sweet as the Sweet Corn that will be served for Sweet Corn Days. The Sweet Corn Days committee requested street …
Jen Sievert, vice-president of customer and community relations at Iowa Lakes Electric Coop, said the cooperative encourages its employees to be points of light and volunteer in their communities. A …
A jury in Dickinson County found Kyle Ricke guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Algona police officer Kevin Cram. The prosecution and defense presented their cases over two days before …
Obituaries
  Graveside services for Valerie Eaton, 74, of Estherville, were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at East Side Memorial Cemetery, Estherville, with Pastor Tim Johnson …
Greg Nath, age 55, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Zearing Health Care Center. He was formerly from Estherville, IA. A memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July …
Rick “Opie” Kern, 60, of Dolliver, IA, passed away on Sunday, June 30th at his home after a brief battle with brain cancer. Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia (King) Fokken of …
Donald Johnson, 88, formerly of Estherville, passed away on June 26, 2024 at his Iowa City residence. Don was born on June 16, 1936 in Estherville, Iowa to Ernest “EC” and Ethel (Minor) …
Local Sports
ELC shortstop Jasey Anderson (2) and center fielder Cara Schiltz are all smiles after tagging out a West Lyon player in a rundown in the second inning.

Back to back state trips for Midgets

Class 3A No. 6 Estherville Lincoln Central had a good test in Tuesday’s Region 1 final against No. 10 West Lyon. The Midgets passed the test with flying colors, winning 9-1 over the Wildcats to …
ELC second baseman Dylan Peta fires to first baseman Kendall Molacek for an out.

Unity Christian edges ELC in substate final

SPENCER — Class 2A No. 6 Estherville Lincoln Central couldn’t quite come up with the key hits in a 3-2 loss to Unity Christian in the Substate 1 Baseball Final on Tuesday in Spencer. ELC took …
ELC third baseman Asher Molacek prepares to throw to first base for the out during Saturday’s game against Spirit Lake.

Nine innings needed to advance

For the second playoff game in a row, Class 2A No. 7 Estherville Lincoln Central needed some late game heroics to advance in the postseason. In Saturday’s District 6 final against rival Spirit …
ELC’s Addison Hooge is called safe at third base on this play against Unity Christian.

Midgets shut down Knights

Class 3A No. 6 Estherville Lincoln Central received contributions up and down the batting order with every player at least scoring a run or driving in a run in the Midgets’ 10-0, five-inning Region …
From the opinion pages

Reader upset over IUB decision in favor of Summit

To the Estherville News: June 25, 2024 was a very sad day for Iowans. The Iowa Utilities board granted a permit to Summit Carbon Solutions to build their CO2 pipeline across our state, allowing …

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 …

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Michael Tidemann

Hatten biography recalls baseball glory days

With baseball season now in full swing, what could be a better read than the biography of a small-town boy who made it big in the major leagues. That’s the theme of Joe Hatten: Bancroft Major …

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 …