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It was exactly three years ago this week that the Estherville Pool Committee presented the results of the community survey to the city council. At that time 86 percent of respondents favored the construction of a new municipal pool. Sixty-eight … more
This week includes National Senior Citizens Day. The day was created to give back to the seniors that have impacted our lives and those who have already given so much. Improved healthcare and nutrition have enabled our older citizens to contribute … more
Over the weekend, school nurses sent a message to parents ahead of the upcoming return to classes for Iowa schools: expect your child to be sent home sooner if they seem even mildly ill. In normal times, a student with a headache, fatigue or … more
The schools we cover: ELC, North Union and Graettinger-Terril are all preparing for back to school with classes starting in-person and including safety precautions. We asked readers if they approved of students returning to in-person classes … more
Eighty-five years ago, the U.S. was in the depths of the Great Depression. Few people alive today are old enough to remember it. We’ve heard from rural families who survived it that since the 20s were not really uproarious out here, there was not … more
Last spring brought dashed dreams and disappointment to student-artists and student-athletes whose seasons were cut short. The governor is striking a Return to Learn in person chord with schools across the state and to that end, the Iowa High School … more
At some point, it became sort of a sport among kids to claim they dislike school. In some cases, it may be true. Some minds and bodies were not built to sit still and listen for long stretches. Others may have trouble getting their heads around the … more
Sweet Corn Days was called off because of COVID-19, but in our newsroom, we were feeling corny anyway, and compiled the 18 stupendous things about coming from a small town. 18. It takes 15 minutes to drive 15 miles. Because only 5 of those miles … more
The kingdom is without a queen. Tonight there is no contest, no coronation, there are no contestants, no gowns, no tiaras, no applause, no tears, no laughter. There's no communications showcase or clothing fashion show. Tomorrow night there is no … more
You may have known that June is National Dairy Month but did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) website, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month … more
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