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V-E Day, 75 years later

May 7, 2020 Both the U.S. and Europe celebrate Victory Europe Day. It was on May 8, 1945 when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arm. more »»

Honoring the best way possible

April 24, 2020 Normally late April would see the school year winding down, students excited by the warmer temperature. more »»

Happy Earth Day to this planet

April 20, 2020 Wednesday is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Every year the Earth Day Network, as organizers of the original Earth Day, selects an environmental priority to engage the global public. more »»

You can help Monarch butterfly habitat grow

April 17, 2020 The recent news from the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas on monarch wintering numbers was an eye opener - the butterflies covered an estimated seven... more »»

Hats off to volunteers

April 9, 2020 Next week is Volunteer Appreciation Week. Individuals throughout the county who are too numerous to count volunteer their time to make a difference. more »»

Six Feet? Cover Your Mouth, Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face

March 26, 2020 Most of us have heard this since we started walking. Going back to college days, a germ needs three things to survive—a warm temperature, a moist environment and restricted light or darkness. more »»

Couldn’t live without our farmers

March 26, 2020 This week is National Ag Week. For a county like Emmet County, where agriculture is a huge pillar of our economy, the week is worth celebrating. more »»

Why not make Super Bowl a family event

January 27, 2020 As the clock ticks down, it’s only a matter of days now until the Super Bowl LIV matchup between the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Kansas City Chief. more »»

Winter weather nothing to mess around with

January 22, 2020 Usually it’s a little earlier in the year when we have to remind people about traveling in winter weather. With the winter mild up until last week, that wasn’t necessary. Now it is. more »»

Thank you, volunteer firefighters

January 16, 2020 We too often take for granted some of the most heroic members of this communit. more »»

Ice, ice baby

January 8, 2020 In the slippery conditions that have arisen from the recent freezing rain and drizzle, at least one person from our office has nearly slipped and fallen in the street. more »»

Family Crisis Centers assists survivors & victims

November 24, 2019 In its mission statement, Family Crisis Centers says they believe “everyone deserves to lead a life free from violence. more »»

We can do something about diabetes

November 24, 2019 We can do something about diabetes. This week includes World Diabetes Day, and also what would have been the 125th birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. more »»

Visitors love Emmet County—we can, too

August 15, 2019 This week, five travel bloggers came to Estherville and part of Emmet County to see all we had to offer with the goal of sharing it with readers and social media followers far and wide. more »»

Looking for new job in 2019?

December 13, 2018 Just over one-quarter of Iowa employers said they plan to add additional workers over the first three months of 2019. more »»

A place at the table

July 5, 2018 As we look around the fields and hillsides full of corn and beans, the orchards of fruit, the sprawling gardens, and the herds of livestock all over the county, it’s hard to imagine anyone in our... more »»

Trust in local news

February 23, 2018 I came across this article from Josh Stearns, Director of the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund. Its motto is, "Journalism and democracy of, by and for the peopl. more »»

ALICE - the vital training we hope to never need

April 12, 2017 Wednesday, Miranda dePyper from Iowa Lakes Community College is organizing an ALICE?training at the school in Graettinger. more »»

Burgers- an all-American treat

April 9, 2017 Friday at noon, our reporter, Amy H. Peterson was fortunate enough to be part of a judging panel for the Midget Cafe students’ Best Burger competitio. more »»

Remember the USO

February 1, 2017 February 4 is USO?Day, a day to honor, and perhaps more importantly, to volunteer for or donate to the USO. USO?stands for United Service Organizations. more »»


December 7, 2016 Just 18 percent of Americans trust national news and just 22 percent trust local news, according to the Pew Research Center. more »»



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