News Archive

Car Drop Winner Won't Be Known Until Sometime Next Week Due To Weather

Fri 2-24-2017

We won't know the winner of the Rotary Car Drop Contest until sometime next week.

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Man Who's Had Experience With Iditarod To Speak At Palo Alto County Nature Center

Fri 2-24-2017

A man who's family has participated in the Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska will be the keynote speaker at an event next month at the Palo Alto County Nature Center.

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Blizzard Warning Remains In Effect

Fri 2-24-2017

While conditions are somewhat tricky out there this morning, the snow storm didn't quite live up to its expectations as far as the Iowa Great Lakes is concerned.

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Man Wanted For Identity Theft Arrested

Fri 2-24-2017

A man wanted out of Palo Alto county for identity theft was taken into custody Wednesday evening.

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Two suspects in Custody Following Alleged Kidnapping & Burglary in Wahpeton

Wed 2-22-2017 1700 Lakeside Ave. Wahpeton, IA

(Wahpeton)-Victim escaped out of vehicle window along Highway 71.

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Local Women Crowned in Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant

Wed 2-22-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Vierkant and Murphy advance to national competition.

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Arnolds Park Man Arrested On Weapons Charge

Wed 2-22-2017

An Arnolds Park was arrested Saturday on a weapons charge following an alleged incident in Graettinger.

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Local Lawmaker Plans To Introduce Bill To Revise Master Matrix

Wed 2-22-2017

One local lawmaker agrees with those who say it's time the Iowa Legislature re-visits a law that governs the placement of large confined animal operations, or CAFOs.

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Dickinson Supervisors Approve Agreement Allowing Clay County To Temporarily Share County Engineer

Wed 2-22-2017

The Dickinson county board of supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with Clay county, which will temporarily allow for the sharing of County Engineer.

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Winter Storm Could Dump More Than A Foot Of Snow On The Area As Spring Like Weather Comes To An Abrupt End

Wed 2-22-2017

Don't let the 60 degree weather, sprouting tulips and budding trees fool you: it is, afterall, still only February. What could be the worse winter storm of the season is knocking on our door.

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Mardis Gras Ball February 25th to Support Carnegie Building Restoration

Tue 2-21-2017 1600 15th Street,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Fundraiser to include live music with Dave Rowley, Ryan Sather and Taylor Huseman.

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Spencer Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Three People On Drug Charges

Tue 2-21-2017

Three people face drug charges stemming from a traffic stop late Monday afternoon in Spencer.

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Dickinson Co Supervisors Approve Purchase Agreement With Ia Natural Heritage Foundation For Former Rail Right Of Way

Tue 2-21-2017

A planned extension of the Dickinson County Trails along some former railroad right-of-way between Spirit Lake and Lake Park took another step forward today (Tues.).

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Iowa Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Contractor For Alleged Violation Of One-Call Law During A Project In Dickinson County

Tue 2-21-2017

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller today (Tues.) filed seven lawsuits in five counties over alleged violations of the Iowa “One Call” law. One of those was filed in Dickinson County District Court.

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Lawmakers Square Off Minimum Wage

Tue 2-21-2017

The minimum wage is another topic area lawmakers squared off over at legislative forums this past Saturday in Spencer and Okoboji.

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Search Warrant Lands Three People In Jail On Drug Charges

Tue 2-21-2017 214 ½ Grand Ave. Spencer, IA

Three people face drug charges stemming from a search warrant Spencer police executed last (Mon.) evening on a residence at 214 ½ Grand Avenue.

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Get Up and Bowl for Special Olympics February 26th

Mon 2-20-2017 2105 Circle Dr W,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Event expanded to include more bowlers, start time 9:30.

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Buena Vista University Trustees Hire New President

Mon 2-20-2017

Buena Vista University in Storm Lake has a new President.

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Storm Lake Police Investigating Death Of Two-Month Old Child

Mon 2-20-2017 1100 Ontario St. Storm Lake, IA

An investigation is underway into the death of a two month old child in Storm Lake.

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Man Escapes Serious Injury After Vehicle Hits Field Approach And Goes Airborne

Mon 2-20-2017

A man escaped serious injury early Sunday when a vehicle he was driving hit a field approach and went airborne, coming to rest on its wheels.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Sends Minnesota Man To Jail

Mon 2-20-2017

An early morning traffic stop back on February 15th in Clay county landed an Apple Valley, Minnesota man in jail on drug charges.

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Forums Have Legislators, Crowd Differing On Collective Bargain Law Change

Mon 2-20-2017

A bill making sweeping changes to Iowa's collective bargaining law that was passed last week by both chambers of the Legislature and signed into law Friday by Governor Terry Branstad was a major source of contention at legislative forums Saturday in Spencer and Okoboji.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center presents The Lightning Thief on Saturday

Fri 2-17-2017 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Musical matinee for children age 8 and up.

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"Lake Friendly" Lawn Care Series returns to Dickinson County Nature Center February 22nd

Fri 2-17-2017 2279 170th Street,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-First installment of series to focus on natural solutions to pest management.

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Sanford Worthington Medical Center Selects New Executive Director

Fri 2-17-2017

Jennifer Weg has been selected as the new Executive Director of Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

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Storm Lake Boy Arrested For Threatening To Blow Up School

Fri 2-17-2017

A Storm Lake Middle School student has been charged after police investigated a threat made at the school Thursday afternoon.

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Southwest Minnesota Crash Injures Wisconsin Man

Fri 2-17-2017

A single vehicle crash Thursday on Highway 60 in southwest Minnesota injured a Wisconsin man.

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Man Pleads Guilty In Asbestos Case

Fri 2-17-2017

A northern Iowa man pled guilty this week to a federal charge of failing to make a proper report and notification during the renovation of the former Kossuth County Home, which contained asbestos.

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Ringsted Voters To Head To Polls March 7th To Fill City Council Vacancy

Thu 2-16-2017

Voters in Ringsted will head to the polls March 7th to fill a vacant seat on the city council.

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POET-DSM Announces Plans To Build Enzyme Manufacturing Facility At Project Liberty Site In Emmetsburg

Thu 2-16-2017

Officials with POET-DSM announced today (Thurs.) plans to build an enzyme manufacturing facility onto the company's existing Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg.

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Burglary Investigation Results In Two Arrests

Thu 2-16-2017 204 West 2nd St. Everly, IA

A burglary investigation in Clay county has resulted in the arrests of two people.

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Time To Nominate Your Favorite Restaurant In Best Burger Contest

Thu 2-16-2017

Get your taste buds ready: it's time once again for the Iowa Cattlemen's Association's “Best Burger” contest

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Project At Spencer Hospital To Result In Some Temporary Changes

Thu 2-16-2017

A floor repair/replacement project in the lobby at Spencer Hospital will be getting underway Monday.

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Work Planned For I-90 In The Fairmont Area To Be Topic Of Meeting Later This Month

Thu 2-16-2017

Work scheduled for this summer and fall on Interstate 90 in the Fairmont area will be the topic of a public meeting the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be holding later this month.

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Woman Sentenced In Lottery Ticket Theft Case

Thu 2-16-2017

A Sioux Rapids woman… charged in July in connection with the theft of a lottery ticket… was sentenced this week in Buena Vista County District Court.

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OHS Jazz Band Places 1st at WIT & Lewis Clark Festivals

Wed 2-15-2017

Traffic Stop Results In Controlled Substance Arrest

Wed 2-15-2017

A traffic stop early this (Wed.) morning in Sibley resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges.

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Clay County Voters To Vote March 7th To Fill Vacancies On Board Of Supervisors & Spencer City Council

Wed 2-15-2017

Voters in Clay county will head to the polls March 7th for a special election to fill vacancies on the board of supervisors and Spencer City Council.

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Dickinson Supervisors Adopt Resolution Calling On Legislature And Governor To Overhaul Master Matrix System

Wed 2-15-2017

Several Iowa counties, including Dickinson, have adopted resolutions calling on the Governor and Legislature to fix what they say are failings of the Master Matrix.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Trustees Hear Updates On Construction Projects Being Planned

Wed 2-15-2017

Some capital improvement projects at Iowa Lakes Community College funded by a bond issue voters approved in February of 2016 are moving ahead.

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David Ellefson comments on Megadeth Grammy Award

Tue 2-14-2017 Jackson,Mn

(Jackson, MN)-Jackson native to host Grand Opening of Ellefson Coffee Company in early April.

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Major Expansion Planned For Dickinson County Nature Center

Tue 2-14-2017

A major expansion is in the works for the Dickinson County Nature Center.

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Spirit Lake High School Jazz Band Places 2nd In Class At Lewis & Clark Jazz Festival

Tue 2-14-2017

The Spirit Lake High School Jazz Band placed 2nd in Class 3A at the Lewis and Clark Jazz Festival in Sioux City.

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Milford Council Hears From County Supervisor Regarding County Road A34

Tue 2-14-2017 A34 Milford, IA

It will be awhile yet before any improvements are made to a heavily traveled road through Milford.

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Domestic Assault Ends in Arrest

Tue 2-14-2017

An investigation last week into a domestic incident in West Bend landed a woman in jail.

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Disturbance Investigation Results In Arrest

Tue 2-14-2017

An investigation Friday into a disturbance at a residence in Graettinger resulted in an arrest.

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Officials Warn Of New Phone Scam

Tue 2-14-2017

Local authorities are warning the public of a new scam that's been making the rounds.

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Milford Council Votes To Sell Excess Property; Approves Request To Continue Diagonal Parking Near School Temporarily

Tue 2-14-2017

Angle parking near the Okoboji Elementary school in Milford will still be allowed...for now.

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Milford Council Votes Not to Have Spring Clean-up Day; May Reconsider for This Fall

Tue 2-14-2017 Milford, IA

There will NOT be a clean up day this spring in the city of Milford.

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Charges Filed Against Lakefield Man for Alleged Electronic Solicitation of a Child

Mon 2-13-2017 307 O'Connor St. Lakefield, MN

(Lakefield)-Fitzloff taken into custody on Friday.

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Clay County Regional Events Center Says No Circus Scheduled in Spencer this Week

Mon 2-13-2017 Spencer,Ia

(Spencer)-Posters appeared over the weekend touting "Majestic Star Circus".

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SWCD Foundation Fundraiser Underway

Mon 2-13-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Trees & shrubs should be purchased soon for best selection.

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Message Puts School On Lock Down

Mon 2-13-2017 109 S 17th St, Estherville, IA

What school officials say was an "unidentified message" has resulted in an Estherville school locking it's doors today (Monday).

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Warm Weather Causing Concern on Area Lakes

Mon 2-13-2017

The recent warm weather and predictions for even warmer conditions by the end of this week has officials issuing some advice to anyone venturing out onto the ice on area lakes.

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Pursuit Results In Charges Against Teen

Mon 2-13-2017

A Newell teen was taken into custody following a pursuit by law enforcement Friday night.

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Disturbance Results In Arrest Of Woman

Mon 2-13-2017

An investigation into a report of a disturbance Sunday at a Sibley business resulted in the arrest of a Sibley woman.

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Farm Accident Claims Life Of 10-Year-Old Boy

Mon 2-13-2017

Authorities in Lyon county have released additional details into a farm accident late last week that claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy.

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DNR: Ice House Owners May Want To Remove Them In Advance Of The February 20th Deadline

Sat 2-11-2017

While the deadline to remove fish houses isn't until February 20th, those who have them out on the Iowa Great Lakes may want to think ahead a bit, with the warmer weather that's in the forecast.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center presents An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham February 14

Fri 2-10-2017 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-PLAC offering "buy one get one free" tickets for Valentine's Day show.

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Second Phase of Spencer Municipal Utilities Water Treatment Plant Project Nearing Completion

Fri 2-10-2017

An extensive upgrade of Spencer Municipal Utilties water treatment plant is nearing completion.

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Spencer Serviceman Helps Teach Japanese Kids English

Fri 2-10-2017

Facility (NAF) Atsugi Commanding Officer Capt. John Bushey, from Spencer, Iowa, speaks with fifth grade students from Terao Elementary School.

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Laker Visit Day at Iowa Lakes Community College February 11th

Thu 2-9-2017 300 South 18th Street Estherville,Iowa

(Estherville)-Prospective students encouraged to stay for the Jam the Gym event.

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School Officials Say 1.1 Percent Increase In Education Funding Is Far From Adequate

Thu 2-9-2017

A bill resulting in a 1.1 percent increase in education funding is causing concern among local school officials who say that amount is no where near adequate.

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Iowa Deptartment of Corrections Announces Plans to Suspend Services at Northwest Iowa Location

Thu 2-9-2017

The head of Iowa's prison system has ordered a temporary shutdown of several satellite prison units to deal with a $5.5 million budget cut to the agency.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Motorsports Program Receives Special Recognition

Thu 2-9-2017

The Powersports and Power Equipment Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College is getting some special recognition.

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PLAC Speaker Series on Thursday to Highlight the Story of Pizza Ranch

Wed 2-8-2017 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Free interactive talk to begin at 7 pm.

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Discovery House Seeking Donations for Interior Renovations

Wed 2-8-2017 1411 Hill Avenue,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Non-profit shelter has partnered with area retailers for discounts on items.

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Emmetsburg Man Arrested On Burglary & Identity Theft Charges

Wed 2-8-2017

An Emmetsburg man has been arrested on burglary and identity theft charges.

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OMS Students Participate In Guiness Record For Writing Letters To Military Personnel

Wed 2-8-2017

Some Okoboji Middle School students are being recognized for helping set a Guiness World Record for the most letters to military personnel collected in one month.

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Legislative Forums Set For Saturday, Feb. 18th

Wed 2-8-2017

(Undated)-- Two legislative forums will be held in the area Saturday, February 18th.

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Spencer Community Theatre to host Gatsby Gala February 11th

Tue 2-7-2017 518 1st Avenue East,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-Roaring 20s benefit to feature catering by Chef Suzanne.

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EPA Says Relaxations Made To Iowa Clean Water Standards Violate Federal Regulations

Tue 2-7-2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told Iowa environmental regulators that changes made to state clean water standards last year violate federal regulations.

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Authorities Respond To Vehicle Fire In Area Of Emerson Bay State Park

Tue 2-7-2017 Emerson Bay State Recreational Area,IA

Authorities were called to a vehicle fire early this (Tues.) afternoon on the west side of West Lake Okoboji.

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Northwest Iowa Woman Sentenced In Child Endangerment Case

Tue 2-7-2017

A woman has been given five months in jail and four years of probation for injuring a toddler at her northwest Iowa day care.

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DNR To Hear Public Comment On Hunting & Trapping Regulations

Tue 2-7-2017

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting via the ICN later this month to gather public input on hunting and trapping regulations.

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Dickinson County Schools Compete In State Jazz Band Contest

Tue 2-7-2017

Congratulations to the Dickinson County High School Jazz Choirs for receiving outstanding evaluations at the Iowa High School Music Association Jazz Choir Festival held in Spirit Lake Monday evening.

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Okoboji Jazz Band Competes At Morningside College

Tue 2-7-2017

The Okoboji High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mrs. Toni LeFebvre, traveled to Sioux City on Thursday, February 2nd.

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Clay County Fair Seeking Queen Candidates

Tue 2-7-2017

The search is on for candidates for 2017 Clay County Fair Queen.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department Offers Singing Valentines

Mon 2-6-2017 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Female Quartet added this year in addition to Men's group.

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Woman Who Lead Authorities On Pursuit Enters Plea Deal

Mon 2-6-2017

A Primghar woman… arrested last January after a pursuit by law enforcement… has been sentenced in Clay County District Court.

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Ice Seams Opening on West Lake Okoboji

Mon 2-6-2017 Pillsbury Point Lake Okoboji,IA

Officials say ice conditions on some of the Iowa Great Lakes are starting to deterioriate in some places.

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Near Head-On Collision Sends Two Women To Hospital

Mon 2-6-2017

A two vehicle, nearly head-on collision last (Sun.) evening in Lyon county sent two people to the hospital.

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I-90 Crash Injures Teens

Mon 2-6-2017

A single vehicle crash Friday on Interstate 90 west of Fairmont sent two teens to the hospital.

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New Aquatic Weed Threatening Lakes

Mon 2-6-2017

An aquatic weed is creeping across the Great Lakes region that grows really fast and is really, really hard to kill.

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Fire Heavily Damages House Near Lake Park

Sun 2-5-2017 1822 110th St. Lake Park, IA

Fire Saturday heavily damaged a house near Lake Park.

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Single Vehicle Crash Results In Drug Charges Against Rural Estherville Woman

Sat 2-4-2017

A rural Estherville woman faces drug charges as a result of a single vehicle crash that happened on Tuesday of this week in Emmet county.

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West Bend Man Wanted For Child Endangerment Turns Himself In

Sat 2-4-2017

A West Bend man wanted on a warrant charging him with child endangerment has turned himself into authorities.

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Relay for Life Daffodil Days are here

Fri 2-3-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Two types of flower arrangements offered this year.

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Boji Bay Legacy Park Announces Summer Concert Lineup

Fri 2-3-2017 Milford,IA

(Milford)-LA Guns to rock Okoboji Bike Rally

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Hartley Man Turns Himself In On Charges Related To Single Vehicle Crash Back On January 1st

Fri 2-3-2017

A Hartley man has turned himself into authorities on charges stemming from a single vehicle crash that happened last month.

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Spirit Lake Music Boosters to Host Lights, Camera, Auction Fundraiser February 4th

Thu 2-2-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Performances by students included in evening festivities.

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Area Educators Lobby Lawmakers At Statehouse

Thu 2-2-2017

Superintendents from several area school districts were among 150 education leaders at the Iowa statehouse today (Thurs.) visiting with lawmakers about the needs of students.

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Two Northwest Iowa Counties Opt Not to Participate in DNR's Master Matrix System

Thu 2-2-2017

Two northwest Iowa counties have opted NOT to use the Department of Natural Resources Master Matrix system that's used to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for livestock confinement operations.

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New Deputy Joines the Ranks of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Thu 2-2-2017

A new deputy has joined the ranks of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.

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Local Marina Makes Contributions

Thu 2-2-2017

Parks Marina has announced that several of their recent events including three during the University of Okoboji Winter Games will stand to benefit local and statewide charities

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Local FFA Members Visit Statehouse

Thu 2-2-2017

This week Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) and Sen. David Johnson (I-Ocheyedan) met with members of the Spirit Lake FFA Chapter.

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Southwest Minnesota Semi Crash Sends Driver to Hospital

Thu 2-2-2017

A Burlington, Iowa man was injured early this (Thurs.) when he lost control of a semi tractor-trailer that left the road, went into the ditch and crashed into a ravine in southwest Minnesota.

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Northwest Iowa Nursing Facility, Ownership & Management Agree to Pay Fine to Resolve Allegations of Worthless Care

Thu 2-2-2017

A northwest Iowa nursing facility, it's ownership and management have agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations that residents received worthless care.

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Some Volunteer Firefighters May Have to Undergo Re-Certification

Thu 2-2-2017

Hundreds of volunteer fire departments in nearly every pocket of Iowa have members who were improperly awarded nationally-recognized certifications by the State Fire Academy.

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Spencer Schools to host Open House & Ribbon Cutting for New Fine Arts Center February 3rd

Wed 2-1-2017 800 3rd Street,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-Spencer Ambassadors, School Board and Staff to attend Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 pm.

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Jackson Man Arrested On Drug Charge

Wed 2-1-2017

A Jackson man was arrested over the weekend on drug charges.

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Collision Sends Two People to Hospital

Wed 2-1-2017

A two-vehicle collision Tuesday at the intersection of 7th Avenue Southwest and 11th Street Southwest in Spencer sent two people to the hospital.

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Harris-Lake Park School Board Hires New Superintendent

Wed 2-1-2017

(Lake Park)-- The Harris-Lake Park Community School District has a new Superintendent.

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Couple Accused Of Using Meth In Presence Of Children

Wed 2-1-2017

An Estherville couple has been accused of using methamphetamine with their children present, ages 3 and 5.

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Estherville Man Accused Of Sexual Relations With A 15-Year-Old Girl

Wed 2-1-2017

An Estherville man accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl has been charged with sexual abuse.

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Walleye Season Winding Down On Several Area Lakes

Wed 2-1-2017

The walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes is about to come to a close.

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