News Archive

Likely Repeal of Affordable Care Act Has Many on Edge

Tue 1-24-2017

The likely repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has many healthcare providers and patients on edge.

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State Representative John Wills Says Legislature May Consider Bike Light Bill

Tue 1-24-2017

A northwest Iowa man who hit five cyclists without bike lights several years ago is now pushing for stricter bike laws.

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Winter Games Favorite the Polar Plunge is Back for Another Year

Tue 1-24-2017

One of the most popular events associated with the University of Okoboji Winter Games is back for another year.

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Winter Storm Could Dump More Than A Foot Of Snow On The Region

Tue 1-24-2017

(Spirit Lake)-- Get the snowblower gassed up and the shovels handy. A winter storm warning for the possibility of heavy snow and strong wind goes into effect for most of the region, including the Iowa Great Lakes, at noon today (Tues.) and continues through 6:00 pm tomorrow (Wed.).

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Area Jazz Bands Turn In Strong Performances

Tue 1-24-2017

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

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

Mon 1-23-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Heavy snow, strong winds expected to develop on Tuesday.

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Annual Iowa Lakes Show & Jazz Choir Festival January 24-25

Mon 1-23-2017 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-25 choirs from around the region set to attend.

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4th Annual Winter Games Benefit January 26th

Mon 1-23-2017 575 Highway 71 S Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Funds raised will go to Dickinson County Food Bank.

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IRRMA Hires New Executive Director

Mon 1-23-2017 Arnolds Park,Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Christopher Glenn brings non-profit experience to association.

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Spencer Officials Overjoyed By RAGBRAI Announcement

Mon 1-23-2017

City officials in Spencer say they're thrilled the city has been selected as the first overnight stop on this year's RAGBRAI route.

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Spirit Lake Traffic Stop Sends Lake Park Man To Jail

Mon 1-23-2017

A weekend traffic stop landed a Lake Park man in the Dickinson county jail.

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RAGBRAI to Trek Across Northern Iowa with Overnight Stops Planned for Spencer & Algona

Mon 1-23-2017

A major announcement over the weekend for some area cities when it comes to RAGBRAI.

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O'Brien County Economic Development Officials Planning a Career Day for Youth

Mon 1-23-2017

Officials with the O'Brien County Economic Development office are hoping some initiatives they're working on will help both retain and bring young people back to that county.

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Trouble Spots Developing On Some Area Lakes

Mon 1-23-2017

While ice conditions overall appear to be good on the Iowa Great Lakes, there is at least one trouble spot out there.

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Ruthven Man Arrested On Warrant

Mon 1-23-2017

A Ruthven man wanted on a warrant charging him with theft has been taken into custody.

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Winter Storm Promises to Deliver Fresh Snow for Winter Games

Mon 1-23-2017

Winter Storm Warning now in effect beginning Tuesday am.

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Semi Crash Injures Wisconsin Man

Mon 1-23-2017

A Wisconsin man was injured when a semi he was driving collided with some cattle.

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Wilcox Performing Arts Center to Open Sunday Evening at Algona High School

Fri 1-20-2017 Algona,IA

(Algona)-Benefactors to be recognized at 5:30 show.

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IRRMA presents Elvis Celebration January 21st at table 316 in Arnolds Park

Fri 1-20-2017 Arnolds Park,Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Appetizers and menu items from official Graceland Cookbook.

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Spirit Lake High School to Host IHSMA State Jazz Band Festival January 23rd

Fri 1-20-2017 612 28th St,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-150 students from Northwest Iowa to participate.

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Longtime Lakes Area Venue Changing Hands

Fri 1-20-2017

A longtime hangout in the Iowa Great Lakes will be shutting it's doors at the close of business of February 4th.

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Outdoor Classroom Project at Okoboji Elementary School Gets a Boost

Fri 1-20-2017

A project to construct an outdoor learning center at the Okoboji Elementary School in Milford is getting a boost.

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Two Christian Groups to Perform as Part of Grandstand Lineup at 2017 Clay County Fair

Fri 1-20-2017

Officials have announced two contemporary Christian artists will be performing as part of the grandstand entertainment at this year's Clay County Fair.

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Northwest Iowa Dairy Reaches Settlement With EPA Over Alleged Violations of Cleanwater Act

Fri 1-20-2017

A northwest Iowa dairy operation has agreed to pay a civil penalty and take actions to prevent illegal discharges in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

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Area Law Enforcement Agencies Participating in I-Pledge Program

Fri 1-20-2017

Several area law enforcement agencies are once again participating in a special project intended to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of youth.

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O'Brien County Economic Development Officials Conducting Surveys

Fri 1-20-2017

Economic development officials in one northwest Iowa county say they're putting together a plan to address outmigration and the shrinking workforce.

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Fundraising for Phase II of Lakes Area Dog Park Underway

Thu 1-19-2017 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Donations, volunteers helped complete Phase 1 of the project.

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Two Vehicle Collide Resulting In Minor Injuries

Thu 1-19-2017

A two-vehicle collision Tuesday near the intersection of Highway 75 and a Sioux county road about three miles northwest of Hull injured a Boyden teen.

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Boyden Man Accused of Indecent Contact With A Child

Thu 1-19-2017

A Boyden man is accused of inappropriately touching a female child.

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Final Preparations Underway for Winter Games with Events Filling Up

Thu 1-19-2017

Final preparations are underway for the 2017 University of Okoboji Winter Games, which are now less than a week away.

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17th Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival January 20th - 21st

Wed 1-18-2017 Cherokee,IA

(Cherokee)-Performers include Damon Dotson, Chad Elliott and the Mearl Lake Orchestra.

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Spirit Lake High School Jazz Band Places 1st in Class 3A at Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Competition

Wed 1-18-2017

The Spirit Lake High School Jazz Band earned first place in class 3A at the Iowa Lakes Jazz Competition on January 17.

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Northwest Iowa City Looking at Possible Solar Project

Wed 1-18-2017

A northwest Iowa city is looking into the possibility of a solar project.

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Estherville Man Charged For Allegedly Assaulting Police Officer

Wed 1-18-2017 9 South 9th St. Estherville, IA

An Estherville man faces charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer during an incident yesterday (Tues.) in Estherville.

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YMCA Kinship Program Seeking Mentors to Help Area Children

Tue 1-17-2017 1900 41st Street,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Current need for male mentors in Dickinson & Emmet Counties.

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Three Men Plead Guilty In 2015 Deer Poaching Case

Tue 1-17-2017

Two Minnesota men and one North Iowa man have pleaded guilty to illegally taking deer in Emmet and Kossuth counties in Iowa in October and November 2015.  

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Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child

Tue 1-17-2017

A Rock Rapids man has been charged in connection with an investigation into a report of a child being sexually abused in Lyon county.

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Domestic Abuse Investigation Results In Arrest

Tue 1-17-2017

A Sibley man faces charges following an investigation by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office into a domestic disturbance last week.

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Region Escapes Ice Storm Relatively Unscathed

Tue 1-17-2017

Any affects from Monday's ice storm have been very minimal so far atleast, with the exception of some late starts for schools and some manufacturers in the area.

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Man Wanted On Warrants Arrested

Mon 1-16-2017

A Peterson man wanted on several charges has been arrested in Clay county.

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Lyon County ATV Crash Sends One Man To Hospital, Another To Jail

Mon 1-16-2017

A Rock Rapids man was hospitalized and another faces charges in connection with a crash Sunday involving an all-terrain-vehicle in Lyon county.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Fish House On Lake South Of Fairmont Leaves One Dead, Sends Another To Hospital

Mon 1-16-2017 Like Wilmert,MN

One person has died and one is hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in Martin County.

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ILCC to host annual Jazz Band Contest January 17

Fri 1-13-2017 300 South 18th Street,Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-23 schools scheduled to participate.

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Okoboji Foundation Accepting Grant Applications (1)

Fri 1-13-2017

The Okoboji Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2017 grant cycle.

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Milford Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration

Fri 1-13-2017

The city of Milford is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

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Fire Destroys Ice House On Big Spirit Lake

Fri 1-13-2017

Fire destroyed an ice fishing shelter early this (Fri.) morning on Big Spirit Lake.

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Time to get registered for U of O Winter Games activities

Thu 1-12-2017

(Arnolds Park)-Several new events at the games this year.

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Car Collides With Fence And Tree After Driver Suffers Medical Condition

Thu 1-12-2017

A single vehicle crash this (Thurs.) morning near the intersection of Hill Avenue and 28th Street in Spirit Lake sent one person to the hospital.

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Four Month Investigation Into Crash Results In Multiple Charges Against Peterson Man

Thu 1-12-2017

Multiple charges have been filed against a Peterson man in connection with a crash back in September of this year that injured him and a female passenger.

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Vehicle Collides With Trees

Thu 1-12-2017

A single vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 60 in Blue Earth county injured a Fairmont man.

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Computer Group To Meet

Thu 1-12-2017

If current and emerging computer technology is your fancy, there's a meeting coming up tomorrow (Fri.) in Spirit Lake you'll want to attend.

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Ruthven man faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing car

Wed 1-11-2017 Ruthven,IA

(Ruthven)-Sutherland apparently lost control once he obtained the vehicle.

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Spirit Lake VFW to hold benefit to send local Veterans on Brushy Creek Honor Flight

Wed 1-11-2017 918 Lake Street,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Organizers hope to send 20 Dickinson County Veterans on flight.

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Fund established to assist Okoboji resident following condo fire

Wed 1-11-2017 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Jeremy Snow lost all possessions in devastating fire December 28.

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CCCVB announces grant applications now being accepted for Clay County Tourism Grant

Wed 1-11-2017 7 Grand Avenue,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-First round deadline February 15

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Traffic Accident Lands Two Women In Jail Wanted On Numerous Warrants

Tue 1-10-2017

An investigation into a two-vehicle collision on January 5 in Emmetsburg led to the arrests of two people on forgery and drug charges.

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Rich Leopold Brings Campaign For Governor To Milford

Tue 1-10-2017

The next election for Iowa Governor isn't until 2018. But even then one candidate has already hit the campaign trail.

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Lakes Area Tourism Numbers Continue To Grow

Tue 1-10-2017

Tourism numbers in the Iowa Great Lakes continue to increase.

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State Rep. John Wills Comments On Governor's Speech

Tue 1-10-2017

Governor Terry Branstad this (Tues.) morning delivered his final condition of the state address to the Iowa Legislature.

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Okoboji School Board Hears Specifics On Needs Analysis

Tue 1-10-2017

An extensive analysis of facility and other needs in the Okoboji School District is moving forward following last (Mon.) evenings school board meeting.

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ILCC Seeks Nominees For Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award

Tue 1-10-2017

Iowa Lakes Community College is seeking nominations for its annual Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award.

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Sibley Man Sentenced On Burglary Charges

Tue 1-10-2017

A Sibley man had pled guilty to three counts of burglary in the 3rd degree in Osceola County District Court.

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Man Sentenced On Reckless Use Of Fire & Attempted Burglary Charges

Tue 1-10-2017

A Redwood Falls, Mn man has pleaded guilty in Osceola County District Court to attempted burglary in the 2nd degree, two counts of reckless use of fire and criminal mischief in the 2nd degree.

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SL Man Arrested On Burglary And Trespassing Charges

Tue 1-10-2017

A Spirit Lake man has been arrested in Clay county on burglary and trespassing charges stemming from an incident last month.

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Milford to kick off Quasquicentennial with Birthday Party January 12

Mon 1-9-2017 Milford,IA

(Milford)-Mystery guest speaker on program Thursday evening.

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Polaris Industries To Cease Manufacturing of Victory Motorcycles And Phase Out The Brand Name

Mon 1-9-2017

A major announcement today from a major employer in the area.

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Law Enforcement Appreciation

Mon 1-9-2017

SLHS Students Selected For Honor Band

Mon 1-9-2017

Seven students from Spirit Lake High School who were selected for and performed Saturday, January 7, at the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band in Sioux City, IA.

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Palo Alto County Rollover Sends Two People To Hospital (1)

Mon 1-9-2017

A single vehicle crash Sunday three miles north of Emmetsburg on a county road sent two people to the hospital.

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Educators Say A Lot Is Riding On This Session Of The Iowa Legislature

Mon 1-9-2017

The upcoming Iowa Legislative session will be drawing the close attention of educators.

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Iowa Legislative Session Gavels Into Session Today (Mon.)

Mon 1-9-2017

Republicans will take charge of the next session of the Iowa Legislature on Monday with ambitious plans to restrict abortion, decrease collective bargaining power for unions and cut taxes despite looming budget constraints.

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Artisans Road Trip applications due January 16

Fri 1-6-2017 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Popular self-guided open studio tour held annually in October.

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Keynote Speaker Selected For This Year's Lakes Health Conference

Fri 1-6-2017

World-renowned autism expert, lecturer, author and professor of animal science Temple Grandin will speak about autism and her life as one of the world's most accomplished adults with autism at the 13th annual Lakes Health Conference June 8th and 9th at Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center in Okoboji.

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Old Dominion To Perform At CCF

Fri 1-6-2017

Another grandstand act has been announced for this year's Clay County Fair.

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V-A Announces Change In Prescription Co-Pays

Fri 1-6-2017

Veterans can expect to see a few changes in healthcare benefits through the V-A in the new year.

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Legislative Forums About To Begin

Fri 1-6-2017

With the start of Iowa's legislative session comes the first legislative forums of the season.

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Winter Games Cheerleaders Announced

Fri 1-6-2017

The votes have been tallied and this morning officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce announced who this year's eight cheerleaders will be for the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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SPARC Alumni Concert to feature two Spencer area natives

Thu 1-5-2017 518 1st Avenue East,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-Morgan Kramer & Megan O'Brien return for 6th annual event.

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Storm Lake Man Accused Of Sexual Assault

Thu 1-5-2017

An investigation into a residential burglary in Storm Lake has resulted in the arrest of a man on sexual assault and burglary charges.

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SL Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison In Burglary/Drug Case

Thu 1-5-2017

A Spirit Lake man… arrested in November of 2015 on numerous theft and burglary charges… has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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V-A To Build New Outreach Clinic In The Region

Thu 1-5-2017

Officials with the Veteran's Administration say the region will be getting a new community based outreach clinic within the next year or two.

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Juvies Charged In School Vandalism Case

Thu 1-5-2017

Charges have been filed against two juveniles in connection with some vandalism at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School that occurred on or about December 25th, 2016.

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Rich Leopold To Run For Iowa Governor

Wed 1-4-2017

Democrat Rich Leopold, an ecologist and former director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says he plans to run for governor in 2018.

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PLAC rolling out new Performing Arts Programs in 2017

Wed 1-4-2017 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Regular performance schedule kicks off with The Alley Cats January 27.

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Season's Center Head Appointed To State Committee

Wed 1-4-2017

The President and CEO of Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been appointed to the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Committee by the Iowa Council on Human Services.

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1st Baby of 2017 Born at Palo Alto County Health System

Wed 1-4-2017

The first baby of 2017 has been born at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg.

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Hope Haven CEO Announces Retirement

Wed 1-4-2017

The head of Rock Valley-based Hope Haven, Incorporated and Hope Haven International says he'll be stepping down in June of 2017.

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1st Baby of 2017 Born at Spencer Hospital

Wed 1-4-2017

The first baby of 2017 has been delivered at Spencer Hospital.

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Noise Complaint Investigation Leads To Numerous Underage Alcohol Arrests

Tue 1-3-2017

An investigation into a noise complaint early New Year's Day at 63 Manor Circle in Estherville resulted in the arrests of numerous people for underage consumption and possession of alcohol.

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1st Baby Of 2017 Born At LRH

Tue 1-3-2017

It didn't take long for the first baby of 2017 to be delivered at Lakes Regional Healthcare.

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IRRMA Announces 2017 Iowa Hall of Fame Inductees

Tue 1-3-2017 Arnolds Park,Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Induction Spectacular to be held September 1-3 in Iowa Great Lakes.

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Iowa Traffic Fatalities Jump In 2016

Tue 1-3-2017

Authorities say traffic deaths jumped to at least 400 last year in Iowa.

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Midwest Economy Showing Signs Of Strong Rebound

Tue 1-3-2017

Soaring numbers in a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest economic conditions are improving in nine Midwest and Plains states.

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Dickinson Co Supervisors Hold First Meeting Of 2017

Tue 1-3-2017

The Dickinson county board of supervisors met this (Tues.) morning for their first time in the new year.

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Drug Bust Results In Charges Against Four People

Tue 1-3-2017

A drug investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrests of four Hull residents.

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I-90 Single Vehicle Crash Injures Four

Tue 1-3-2017

A single vehicle rollover early Monday on Interstate 90 in Rock county sent four people to the hospital.

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Annual Audit Report For Lakes Regional Healthcare Released

Tue 1-3-2017

The annual audit report for Lakes Regional Healthcare has been released.

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Osceola County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest of Spirit Lake Woman on OWI & Drug Charges

Sun 1-1-2017

A traffic stop New Year's Eve day in Osceola county resulted in the arrest of a Spirit Lake woman on OWI and drug charges.

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