ELC superintendent submits resignation

Last week, the Indianola School District announced that it had hired a new superintendent, current Estherville Lincoln Central superintendent Tara Paul. On Monday, the ELC School Board officially …
Cari Jack

Alive until death

Two workers from local hospice companies recently spoke with Estherville Rotary. Cari Jack of St. Croix Hospice asked members of Estherville Rotary to spread the word that a choice to go into …

Supervisors discuss bimonthly payroll

The meaning of living paycheck to paycheck could change for Emmet County employees, pending a decision by the Emmet County Board of Supervisors on whether employees should continue to be paid once a …
Local News
by Amy H. Peterson apeterson@esthervillenews.net After last year’s award of Newspaper of Excellence, the Estherville News moved up one level in competition class to Class III, the highest …
RINGSTED — Emmet County Supervisor Lisa Hansen made two requests to the Ringsted City Council at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting – prompt submission of the city’s proposed budget and help to meet …
Cory Hepola was in Estherville last Friday to film a segment of his My Town documentary. Hepola and a film crew from Kvidt Creative from St. Paul and Pelican Rapids, Minnesota visited Iowa Lakes …
At Monday night’s city council meeting, Mike Simon was honored for his achievement of completing his electrical journeyman’s license. Simon told the council, “We [on the city electric crew] …
Emmet County is paying an additional $103,000 to cover the cost of lawsuits against the county. The Emmet County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, Feb. 6 meeting held a public hearing and …
Obituaries
Dennis H. Johnson, 82, of Lincoln, NE passed away February 8, 2024 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln NE. He was born May 27, 1941 to Esther Margaret Pearson Johnson and Harold O. Johnson in Schaller, …
Funeral services for Sarah A. Hansen, 36, of Fort Dodge will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. …
Funeral services for Harold E. Knudson, 88, of Estherville, were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Estherville. Interment was at Swan Lake Township Cemetery, …
Funeral services for Eldon Hovick, 85, of Fairmont, Minn., formerly of Armstrong, were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong. Interment will be held at …
Local Sports
ELC senior Tatum Dunlavy outraces Newell-Fonda defenders to the basket.

No. 1 ELC sweeps season series with No. 2 Newell-Fonda

Mental toughness—that’s what Estherville Lincoln Central coach Don Martindale says his team has. In the regular season finale last Thursday, the Midgets, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, faced …

Midgets romp past Pocahontas Area in regular season finale

The Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team wrapped up a historic regular season with a convincing 97-64 win over Pocahontas Area last Thursday. The Midgets now enter tournament play with …

Lakers protect home court against Western Iowa

After three straight wins over ranked foes, the 11th-ranked Iowa Lake men took care of business in defeating one of the bottom teams in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference last Saturday. …

ELC shoots well in second meeting with E’burg

EMMETSBURG — Like good shooters do, Owen Larson ‘forgot’ his poor shooting performance the previous Friday and torched Emmetsburg for 34 points in Estherville Lincoln Central’s 68-52 hoops …
From the opinion pages

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 …

Counties are duty-bound to pass CO2 ordinances

  As 2023 ended, CO2 pipelines topped the list of newsworthy items in Iowa. This is not surprising as more than thirty counties are the footprint of Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed …

Emmet County blessed by Food Bank of Iowa and volunteers

  The Des Moines based Iowa Mobile Food Bank was created in 2013.   Since that time, it has assisted Emmet County in remarkable ways. The first distribution at our location in 2016 …

Local columns

The Rowley Report

In the Senate during week three the focus was on scheduling subcommittee meetings for discussion and public comment. The scheduling process can be quite a challenge as the other senators are also …

The Rowley Report

On Monday January 15th (Martin Luther King Day) Iowa held it’s Republican (first in the nation) caucus. The final countdown after months of events, speeches, mailings and texts. It’s a wonderful …

Education Agency Bill Update

HSB 542 has garnered the most attention from the Governor’s Condition of the State address. It is a bill seeking to reform Area Education Agencies. I’ve heard from many constituents with …