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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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
The Estherville Lincoln Central Speech and Theatre had the following results for the State Large Group Speech Competition in Spencer on Feb. 3. The large group one act play Shipwrecked! The … more
Late last week, Iowa’s U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley published a fact sheet on the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most students in higher education fill out the FAFSA … more
In the Oct. 5, 2023 edition of the Estherville News, we reported that Jodeci Holmes, 22, of Estherville pled guilty in September, 2023 to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The … more
Despite several conservation board director positions remaining unfilled throughout the state, Emmet County has had eight individuals apply for the director’s position open July 1. Emmet County … more
Monday night, the Estherville city council approved the creation of a new commercial/residential district on the south side of Estherville. The district is bordered on the west by the east side of … more
Last week, local law enforcement, rescue workers and helping professionals responded to three separate domestic disputes in the city of Estherville. The police reports for the incidents are published … more
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 … more
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] … more
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 … more
    After nearly three years from the initial criminal filing, trial dates have been set for two of the remaining three defendants charged after a multi-year investigation of … more
Third Judicial District of Iowa Judge Jeffrey A. Neary in a Jan. 24 ruling approved a bond reduction and return of cash bond to Connie Marie Thackery, one of three remaining defendants of former City … more
For the first time, northwest Iowa veterans service organizations, along with Estherville’s Elks Lodge #528 are collaborating on Never Alone, a walk for Veteran PTSD awareness. Emmet County … more
Stacie Berg Nelson of Estherville, board president of Brugjeld Peterson Historic Farmstead in Wallingford, and Marlys Nelson of the Ringsted Improvement Committee addressed the Emmet County board of … more
About 20 local residents attended a dam mitigation meeting Monday evening in the council chambers of city hall. City administrator Penny Clayton, local Dept. of Natural Resources officials, and … more
Cory Hepola is the speaker for the Iowa Lakes Corridor luncheon next Thursday. Hepola said his documentary series My Town has its roots in an effort to tell the stories of rural areas. Hepola was a … more
The Estherville Lincoln Central Jazz Band continued its busy month of January. As reported in the Jan. 18 edition, the jazz band traveled to the Triton Jazz Festival at Iowa Central Community … more
GRAETTINGER — Firefighters were called to the scene of a blazing fire at Daybreak Foods about 5.5 miles east of Graettinger Tuesday night. According to the Wallingford Fire Chief Jarrod Fisher, … more
The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board approved agreement with the architect firm Shive-Hattery for facility planning around five building projects that the board has identified as priority … more
Lili Jensen of Estherville served the Estherville Lincoln Central school district for four decades, then retired and wasn’t sure she wanted another job, but is now a media consultant for Prairie … more
Dr. Dan Mart, who started in his role as director of Prairie Lakes AEA July 1, said the AEA does such a wonderful job of serving students from the background of their regular days at school. … more
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