News Archive

Arnolds Park Amusement Park Announces Winter Games Activities

Fri 1-15-2021

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park has announced its list of activities for this year's University of Okoboji Games. 

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Jackson County Authorities Make Arrest In Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Fri 1-15-2021

Authorities say 50-year-old Roy Sutherland of Jackson was arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault.

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Sioux County Collision Claims Life Of A Teen

Fri 1-15-2021

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Josiah Gonzalez of Granville was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu westbound on Highway 10 about three miles east of Alton.

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Reports Of Neglected Animals Lead Kossuth County Authorities To A Residence In Whittemore

Fri 1-15-2021

The Sheriff's Office says eight dogs and 10 chickens were removed earlier this month from 407 Clay Street after getting a complaint of possible animal abuse.

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Murder Trial For Emmetsburg Man Accused Of Killing Another Man With A Bolt Cutter Tool Is Pushed Back To June

Fri 1-15-2021

Allan Schwidder was charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Rollin Bontrager of Washington, Iowa. His body was found July 22nd of last year in Virgin Lake near Ruthven.

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Authorities Say Many More People Heeded Advice This Time Around Compared To Last Month's Blizzard

Fri 1-15-2021

Law enforcement and rescue crews were kept extremely busy in the December 23rd storm rescuing stranded motorists. They say things have been very quiet so far, atleast, in that regard when it comes to this blizzard. 

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Local Authorities Are Advising No Travel As A Blizzard And Whiteout Conditions Continue

Fri 1-15-2021

Local authorities say they want everyone to STAY OFF THE ROADS due to whiteout conditions which will continue through the day today (Friday). 

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Hy-Vee To Begin Offering COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing At 250 Of Its Pharmacy Locations

Thu 1-14-2021

Hy-Vee has announced it will be offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 of its pharmacy locations beginning Monday, January 18th.

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Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp/Lakes Area Dog Park Renew Partnership

Thu 1-14-2021

The Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and the Lakes Area Dog Park have renewed their partnership for another 10 years. 

 

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Spencer Chamber Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Ag Outlook

Thu 1-14-2021

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Ag Outlook Committee have announced the cancellation of this year's Ag Outlook due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Martin County Sheriff Issues Stern Warning For Anyone Who Travels When Roads Are Closed

Thu 1-14-2021

Martin County Sheriff Jeffrey Markquart says if you're caught out in that county after roads are closed, you better have your wallet handy

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Brian Dalziel To Become Interim CEO Of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Effective Next Month

Thu 1-14-2021

Dalziel tells KUOO news he's honored by the appointment.

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Predicted Blizzard Has One Area Sheriff's Office Issuing A Warning About Travel

Thu 1-14-2021

With a possible blizzard in the forecast, one area Sheriff's Office is urging those with travel plans, especially tonight (Thurs.) and tomorrow (Fri.) to reconsider them.

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New Full Time Physician Joins E-R Staff At Lakes Regional Healthcare

Thu 1-14-2021

A new full time physician as joined the Emergency Room staff at Lakes Regional Healthcare.

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We're Starting To Learn More About The Impacts COVID Had On Tourism This Past Season In The Iowa Great Lakes

Thu 1-14-2021

Rebecca Peters of Okoboji Tourism told the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors earlier this week that the lakes area actually fared better than the state as a whole.

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Changes Being Made To SMU Cable T.V. Lineups

Thu 1-14-2021

Spencer Municipal Utilities cable television subscribers are noticing some changes in their lineups.

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A Collision Involving A Pickup And Pedestrian In Jackson Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 1-14-2021

A man was injured after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday in Jackson.

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Project To Connect Trail Systems In Clay & Dickinson Counties Awarded Funding

Wed 1-13-2021

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Wed.) approved $285,690 in funding through that program for the first phase of a project connecting the Clay county trail system with Dickinson county's.

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Registration deadline looms for University of Okoboji Winter Games activities

Wed 1-13-2021 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Registrations starting to fill up for various events

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No Injuries Reported In Jackson, Mn. Apartment Fire

Wed 1-13-2021

The Jackson Fire Department responded around 7:45 pm Monday to 113 5th Street.

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Some Dixon Beach Residents & City Of Okoboji Are At Odds With DNR Over Dock Regulations

Wed 1-13-2021

Some Dixon Beach property owners on West Lake Okoboji and the city of Okoboji are at odds with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources over the spacing of some docks in that area.

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Mason City Lawyer & Businessman Elected To Seat On Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Board Of Directors

Wed 1-13-2021

Vance Jorgensen was elected to an at-large seat on the board.

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Iowa DNR Announces Assignment Of A New State Conservation Officer To Dickinson County

Wed 1-13-2021

The agency says Blake Mills has been assigned to Dickinson county.

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Okoboji City Council Decides To Proceed With Lakeshore Drive Project & To Refinance Some Existing Debt

Wed 1-13-2021

Lakeshore Drive was once again a major topic of discussion at last (Tues.) evening's Okoboji City Council meeting.

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SL City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Banning Usage Of Fireworks In The City; Approves Wage Increases For City Employees

Tue 1-12-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening gave final adoption to a couple of ordinance revisions pertaining to fireworks. One bans the use of fireworks altogether in the city while another pertains to who can be held responsible for violating that ordinance.

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Storm Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

Tue 1-12-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 31-year-old Christian Javier Ramirez entered the plea today (Tues.) to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

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2021 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders announced

Tue 1-12-2021 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Eight Cheerleaders selected via online voting this year

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Funeral Procession This Fri. (Jan. 15th) Between Estherville & Okoboji To Result In Lengthy Traffic Delays

Tue 1-12-2021

Area law enforcement agencies say a funeral procession this Friday (Jan. 15th) for DNR Officer Steve Reighard will likely result in some lengthy traffic delays on Highways 9 and 71.

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Sudden Increase In Volume Has City Of Orleans Re-Evaluating A Recycling Agreement With Dickinson County

Tue 1-12-2021

The city of Orleans is re-visiting an agreement it has with Dickinson county regarding a recycling drop-off site the city operates.

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Lack Of Snow So Far This Season Resulting In Significant Savings To Dickinson County Secondary Roads Dept.

Tue 1-12-2021

County Engineer Dan Eckert says the savings on wear and tear with equipment, fuel and materials has been very significant

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Northwest Financial Corp. Announces New President And CEO

Tue 1-12-2021

It was announced Monday Greg Post will serve in that capacity.

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Officials Now Say A House Fire Jan. 2nd In Estherville Claimed The Life Of A Man

Mon 1-11-2021

In a press release this (Monday) evening, Estherville police say the victim of the January 2nd fire has been identified as 69-year-old Paul Ostendorf, who was in the house at the time.

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Milford City Council Hears From City Attorney Regarding Donation Agreements With Non-Profit Groups

Mon 1-11-2021

The Milford City Council Monday evening decided to go along with a recommendation from City Attorney David Stein, Jr. when it comes to the city making contributions to non profit entities.

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Okoboji School Bd. Approves Adding Esports As An Extra Curricular Activity

Mon 1-11-2021

A new program is joining the offerings of extra curricular activities at Okoboji High School.

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RSVP seeking Volunteers for Pen Pal and Virtual Programs

Mon 1-11-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Volunteers opportunities offered for those who wish to work from home

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Single Vehicle Crash On I-90 At Fairmont Sends Two People To The Hospital

Mon 1-11-2021

Two people were injured in a one vehicle accident this morning on Interstate 90 in Fairmont.

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Dickinson County Named A Finalist For 2021 Community Award Through The Heathiest State Initiative

Mon 1-11-2021

The Healthiest State Initiative has announced Dickinson county is among seven finalists for its 2021 Community Award.

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New Session Of Iowa Legislative Session Has Some Issuing A Call For Tougher Elder Abuse Protections

Mon 1-11-2021

As the new Iowa legislative session kicks off today (Monday), advocates for seniors hope lawmakers will take another look at elder abuse and do more to prevent it. 

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Suspension Of Noncommercial Driver's License Expirations Comes To An End In Iowa

Mon 1-11-2021

If you're driving with an expired driver's license, you should know of some important changes that went into affect with Governor Reynolds' latest update of proclamation of Disaster Emergency related to COVID-19.

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Utility Officials Say It's Important To Keep An Eye On Natural Gas Meters This Time Of Year

Mon 1-11-2021

Officials with Black Hills Energy say it's important to keep an eye on natural gas meters this time of year.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Orders Flags Flown At Half Staff

Mon 1-11-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff through sunset this Wednesday, January 13th, in honor and remembrance of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood who died in this past Wednesday's uprising in Washington, D.C.

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Two OHS Debate Team Members Are State Champions

Mon 1-11-2021

Haley Harms and Lexi Duffy entered Saturday's elimination rounds as a number two seed after going 5-0 in the preliminary rounds. They finished the tournament 8-0.

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Local DNR Enforcement Officer Passes Away

Sat 1-9-2021

An enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who served the Iowa Great Lakes Area has died of complications from COVID-19. 

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Spirit Lake Chamber to hold Snow Ball Drop January 30

Fri 1-8-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Hundreds of prizes awarded during annual event during U of O Winter Games

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Three Area Departments Battle House Fire East Of Spirit Lake

Fri 1-8-2021

Chris Hoerichs of the Spirit Lake Fire Department says no injuries were reported

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High Profile Snowmobile Racing Event Coming To The Iowa Great Lakes

Fri 1-8-2021

Jantina Carney of the Dickinson County Snowhawks says the Okoboji 100 will be held January 23rd and 24th on East Lake Okoboji.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrests (1)

Fri 1-8-2021

A traffic stop Thursday in George resulted in charges being filed against several people.

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First Baby Of 2021 Delivered At Spencer Hospital

Thu 1-7-2021

Reba Jayne Schulz was born Wednesday, January 6th to Patty and Dave Schulz.

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Single Vehicle Crash In Palo Alto County Results In Minor Injuries

Thu 1-7-2021

A single vehicle crash around 9:00 am Wednesday in Palo Alto county resulted in minor injuries to a Fenton man.

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Porch Pirate Investigation Results In Multiple Arrests

Thu 1-7-2021

An investigation into a report of a porch pirate in Ruthven resulted in the arrests of multiple people on drug and other charges.

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Major Indoor Events For 2021 Winter Games Are Cancelled Due To COVID; Outdoor Events Still On

Thu 1-7-2021

COVID-19 is going to result in some big changes for this year's University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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Aerator Systems Now In Use On Some Area Lakes

Thu 1-7-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news the systems have recently gone into service for the winter on Center Lake and Silver Lake in Dickinson county and Ingham Lake in Emmet county.

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Citations Issued Against Everly Man In Connection With A Collision In Sioux County That Injured A Teen

Thu 1-7-2021

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Trevor Engeltjes of Everly was driving a 2006 Ford pickup pulling a livestock trailer and 17-year-old Pieter Westerbeek V of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 pickup westbound when the two collided at an intersection.

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ISU Extension of Dickinson County to offer Family StoryWalk in Spirit Lake January 16

Wed 1-6-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Extension partnering with Local Businesses for free event

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Authorities Trying To Figure Out How A Grove Fire Near Wallingford Got Started

Wed 1-6-2021

Fire Chief Jarod Fischer says they were called to 457 St. James Avenue a little before 9:30 pm Tuesday and found a large pile of debris and other items on fire.

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The Son Of A Late Clay County Attorney Has Been Identified As The Victim Of A Fatal Shooting In Sioux Falls

Wed 1-6-2021

Police say 27-year-old Mitchell Houchins was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest last Wednesday night.

 

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Dickinson Co. Public Health Official Gives Update On Local COVID Trends & Vaccinations

Wed 1-6-2021

After being on a downward trend recently, the number of coronavirus cases in Dickinson county is headed back up.

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The First Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum Of The Session Will Have A Much Different Look And Feel To It

Wed 1-6-2021

“Eggs and Issues” legislative forums are scheduled for January 23rd, February 27th and March 20th.

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Linn Grove Man Escapes Serious Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Wed 1-6-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Martin Trierweiler was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota northbound in the 3700 mile of 170th Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle.

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Pickup Vs Semi Collision Sends Woman To The Hospital

Wed 1-6-2021

A collision Monday in O'Brien county involving a pickup and a semi sent one person to the hospital.

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Palo Alto Co. Voters To Head To The Polls March 2nd On Proposal To Build A New $5.625 Million Public Safety Center

Wed 1-6-2021

It would house the Sheriff's Office, an 18-bed jail with expansion capabilities, Emergency Management Office, communications center and state probation facilities.

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LifeServe Blood Drives to be held in Spirit Lake January 12 & 15

Tue 1-5-2021 1602 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Need for Blood Donations highlighted during National Blood Donor Month

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Okoboji High School Student Earns Highest Possible ACT Composite Score

Tue 1-5-2021

William Alexander earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

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Blazing Pines Still To Be Held This Saturday (Jan. 9th) But With Some Changes Due To Covid

Tue 1-5-2021

Spencer's “Love Where You Live” organization will be putting on their “Blazing Pines” event for a second year.

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Okoboji Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Its Next Grant Cycle

Tue 1-5-2021

Mindy Gress of the Okoboji Foundation says the application period opened January 1st and continues until March 1st.

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One Area Law Enforcement Agency Says It Saw A Reduction In Calls For Service In 2020

Tue 1-5-2021

One area law enforcement agency says its calls for service in 2020 were down from previous years, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dickinson County Treasurer: Previously Extended Deadlines For Driver's Licenses Will Likely Run Out Soon

Mon 1-4-2021

Some deadlines for driver's licenses that had been previously extended through proclamations from the Governor of disaster emergency due to the pandemic are likely about to run out.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Wage Increases For Elected & Non-Elected Employees

Mon 1-4-2021

The increase for elected officials is lower than what was recommended by the County's Compensation Board.

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Milford Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Mon 1-4-2021

A Milford man escaped injury in a single vehicle crash Saturday in Clay county.

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New Exhibit About To Open At Clay County Heritage

Mon 1-4-2021

Director Stephanie Horsley says it gives a depiction of what life was like for the Plains Native Americans.

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Spencer Fire Dept. Called To Early Morning Garage Fire

Mon 1-4-2021

Firefighters were called around 3:00 am this (Monday) morning to 1705 4th Avenue East on a report of a fully engulfed garage.

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Dickinson County Water Quality Commission Announces Recipients Of Its Latest Round Of Grants

Mon 1-4-2021

Among them is a project in Minnesota.

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Fire Destroys House In Estherville

Sat 1-2-2021

Fire Chief Dick Beaver says they were called to 1414 North 6th Street a little before 4:00 am and found the structure completely engulfed.

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Mn. Governor Tim Walz Hints He May Relax Restrictions On Bars & Restaurants

Sat 1-2-2021

Governor Tim Walz is hinting that he might ease some COVID-19 restrictions on Minnesota bars and restaurants. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Sanborn Woman

Sat 1-2-2021

A single vehicle crash Wednesday injured a Sanborn woman.

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Spirit Lake Pursuit Ends With Arrest Of A Royal Man

Sat 1-2-2021

The Spirit Lake Police Department say it started a little after midnight when an officer observed a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling westbound on Highways 9 and 71 near the courthouse.

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