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Bomb Threat Results In Evacuation Of Graettinger-Terril Middle/High School

Tue 2-18-2020

A bomb threat earlier today (Tues.) resulted in the evacuation of the Graettinger-Terril middle school/high school building in Graettinger.

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Iowa Lakeside Laboratory accepting Summer Camp Financial Assistance Applications

Tue 2-18-2020 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Okoboji)-Registration for popular Summer Camps starts March 2

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Name Of Man Killed In Collapse Of A Barn At A Rembrandt Foods Facility Has Been Released

Tue 2-18-2020

He's identified as Humberto Jesus Lopez of Worthington.

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Fire Destroys Garage & House In Jackson

Tue 2-18-2020

The Jackson Fire Department was called to the scene on River Street Monday night. Firefighters were called back to the address late this (Tues.) morning when the fire re-kindled.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Interest From Okoboji Community Schools Over Possibly Purchasing More Of A Gravel Pit

Tue 2-18-2020

Superintendent Todd Abrahamson was at today's (Tues.) Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting to see if the county might be interested in selling off another portion of a gravel pit on the west side of Milford.

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The Midwest Has A New Pest To Worry About And This Could Be A Smelly One You May Be Sharing Your House With

Tue 2-18-2020

Creighton University Biology Professor Ted Burk, Ph.D., says residents in the midwest have been spotting a new pest in their homes this winter: the brown marmolated stink bug.

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Annual Audit Report Into Spirit Lake Community School District's Finances Released

Tue 2-18-2020

The annual audit report of the Spirit Lake Community Schools has been issued for the fiscal year that ended June 30th, 2019.

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"Right To Die Bill" Topic Of Discussion At Spirit Lake Legislative Forum

Tue 2-18-2020

The “Iowa End-of-Life Options Act” was introduced in the Senate and House last week.

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Local Lawmaker Speaks Out In Favor Of Bill To Legalize Syringe Exchange Programs In Iowa

Tue 2-18-2020

(Des Moines)-- Republican Senator Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake says he was opposed at first, until he learned more about the potential for reducing diseases and associated costs. 

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Wet Roads That Quickly Became Sheets Of Ice Caught Many Motorists Off Guard Late Monday Afternoon

Tue 2-18-2020

The icy roads took many motorists off guard, resulting in another round of accidents.

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Herman's Hermits Featuring Peter Noone & Special Guest Gary Lewis & The Playboys To Perform At Clay County Fair

Tue 2-18-2020

It was announced this (Tues.) morning Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone with special guest Gary Lewis and The Playboys will be performing in front of the grandstand at this year's Clay County Fair the evening of Sunday, September 13th.

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Local Hospital Establishes Protocol As A Precaution For Coronavirus

Mon 2-17-2020

Spencer Hospital has announced it's established a protocol as a precautionary measure for Coronavirus. 

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Artisans Road Trip seeking Artists for October Event

Mon 2-17-2020 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Artists should submit registration by March 1.

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Area Farmers To Converge On Spencer For 2020 Ag Outlook

Mon 2-17-2020

Sam Harper of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee says things get underway with coffee and donut holes being served at 8:00 am, followed by a special event in the Events Center Ballroom

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Hwy 86 Crash North Of Iowa-Minnesota Border Injures Three People

Mon 2-17-2020

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, around 8:40am, 62 year-old Dallas Stark of Okoboji was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Highway 86, near 740th Street, when he lost control, entered the ditch and rolled.

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Spencer Police Requesting Public's Assistance Into Investigation Of Robbery Early Friday Of A Convenience Store

Mon 2-17-2020

Spencer police are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate a robbery that took place early Friday morning at the Casey's General Store at 800 South Grand Avenue in Spencer.

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Early Morning Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Okoboji Woman

Mon 2-17-2020

A traffic stop early this (Monday) morning at the intersection of 15th Street and Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake resulted in the arrest of an Okoboji woman.

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Clay County Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 2-17-2020

A two-vehicle collision Saturday at the intersection of Highway 71 and 435th Street in Clay county sent one person to the hospital.

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Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club To Hold Special Event Wednesday (Feb. 19th)

Mon 2-17-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club is gearing up for one of its major events of the year. 

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Tort Reform Among Topics Discussed Saturday At Legislative Forum In Spirit Lake

Mon 2-17-2020

State Representative Megan Jones told the audience she wants that increased, saying the original bill was offensive to her.

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Incident At Rembrandt Foods Facility In Buena Vista County Claims A Life

Mon 2-17-2020

One person died in the collapse of some equipment at a Rembrandt Foods facility in Buena Vista county Friday.

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Charges Filed In Osceola County Crash

Mon 2-17-2020

Charges have been filed in connection with a single vehicle crash this past Thursday in Osceola county.

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Single Vehicle Crash On Hwy 60 Near Iowa-Minnesota Border Results In Minor Injuries

Sun 2-16-2020

Minor injuries were reported Saturday in a single vehicle crash on Highway 60 near the Iowa-Minnesota border.

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Keelson Harbour announces partnership with Live 2 B Healthy Program

Fri 2-14-2020 2810 Aurora Ave W, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Senior exercise program offered free to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

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Alliant Energy Says It's Getting Reports From Customers Getting Calls From Scammers Threatening To Shut Their Power Off

Fri 2-14-2020

Alliant Energy officials say the company does NOT call customers demanding immediate treatment, and that they do not ask customers to purchase prepaid debit cards, nor do they ask for payment through email.

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Northwest Financial Awarded $1,000 As Winner Of 2020 Healthiest State Award In The Medium Sized Workplace Category

Fri 2-14-2020

Northwest Bank, an affiliate of Northwest Financial Corporation, recently received a check for $1,000 for placing first in the medium size workplace category in the 2020 Healthiest State program. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Results In Minor Injuries (4)

Fri 2-14-2020

A Ruthven man sustained minor injuries in a single vehicle crash Wednesday evening.

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Des Moines Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges In Incident Earlier This Month In Dickinson County

Fri 2-14-2020

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says it received a call shortly before 7:00 pm February 7th on a vehicle in the 3100 block of Highway 71 that was traveling northbound in the southbound lane at a high rate of speed.

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Spirit Lake School Board Reviews Schematic Plans For New Early Childhood Center & Other Facility Improvements

Fri 2-14-2020

The Spirit Lake School Board reviewed schematic plans and renderings for several upcoming construction projects.

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One Person Found Dead In Spencer House Fire

Fri 2-14-2020

Spencer firefighters were called to 528 East 1st Street around 8:00 am Thursday and found fire coming from the front and rear of the home. 

 

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Lost Island Nature Center offering activities during Cabin Fever Weekend in Ruthven February 22

Thu 2-13-2020 3267 350th Ave, Ruthven, IA

(Ruthven)-Youth Ice Fishing, Chili Cook-off and Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides highlight festivities

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First Legislative Forums Of The Session To Be Held This Sat. (Feb. 15th) In Spencer & Spirit Lake

Thu 2-13-2020

The first legislative forums of the session will be held this Saturday in Spencer and Spirit Lake.

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***BREAKING NEWS*** A Power Outage Is Affecting A Large Part Of Lake Park In Sub-Zero Weather

Thu 2-13-2020

A power outage is affecting a large part of Lake Park late this (Thurs.) morning and city officials say it could be late afternoon or early evening before its restored. 

The outage is affecting the area north of Avenue C and west of Market Street, and the north side of Avenue D to East 3rd. 

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Arnolds Park City Council Adopts Revised Snowmobile/ATV/Golf Cart Ordinance; Approves Recycling Agreement With County

Thu 2-13-2020

The Arnolds Park City Council Wednesday evening approved an ordinance revision that allows the operation of those vehicles 24 hours, so long as they have functioning headlights and tailights.

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Arnolds Park City Council Hears Update On State Pier Project

Thu 2-13-2020

The council was informed the DNR has granted a permit allowing the project to proceed

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City Of Okoboji Starting To Save Up For Big Street Project

Thu 2-13-2020

The city is eyeing plans to resurface Lakeshore Drive in coming years, which will require a significant amount of financial resources.

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Spencer Woman Battling Rare Form Of A-L-S, Or Lou Gehrig's Disease, Receives Another Infusion Of A Special Drug

Thu 2-13-2020

A Spencer woman battling a rare form of A-L-S, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, received her 11th infusion of an experimental drug Wednesday. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Woman (2)

Thu 2-13-2020

A single vehicle crash Thursday in Martin county injured a St. James woman.

 

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Crews Still Trying To Determine Source Of Petroleum Odor In Milford Sewer System

Wed 2-12-2020

Crews late this (Wed.) afternoon were still trying to determine the source of a petroleum odor that was coming from a portion of Milford's sanitary sewer system.

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Arnolds Park City Council Takes Action To Make A Bid On Current Okoboji Middle School

Wed 2-12-2020

The Arnolds Park City Council spent a portion of its meeting Wednesday night in closed session to talk about making an online bid for the current Okoboji Middle School site. 

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Graettinger-Terril, Ruthven-Ayrshire School Boards Offer Shared Supt./Elem. Principal Position To A Terril Graduate

Wed 2-12-2020

The Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire School Boards have offered the shared Superintendent/Elementary Principal position to Marshall Lewis.

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Extremely Poor Visibility Wreaks Havoc With Motorists

Wed 2-12-2020

Numerous accidents, some involving multiple vehicles, have been occurring.

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Dickinson Co. Treasurer's Office To Open One Hour Later Than Usual February 18th

Wed 2-12-2020

The Dickinson County Treasurer's Office will be opening one hour later than normal on Tuesday, February 18th.

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Vehicle Struck By Bullet

Wed 2-12-2020

Clay county authorities are investigating an incident in which a vehicle was struck by a bullet.

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Authorities Trying To Find Source Of Petroleum Smell In Milford Sewer System

Wed 2-12-2020

A strong odor of a petroleum type product in the sanitary sewer system has officials taking some special precautions in Milford. Mayor Steve Anderson, who's also Superintendent of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District tells KUOO news crews have been detecting the odor coming from a lift station on the south side of Milford.

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ISU Extension Clay County To Hold Soil Fertility Workshop

Wed 2-12-2020

Area producers will be able to get a jump on the upcoming growing season with a special event later this month.

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Okoboji City Council Awards Bids On Pickleball Court And Dixon Beach Seawall Projects

Wed 2-12-2020

The Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening awarded bids on a couple of major projects. The first was for a project to build four pickleball courts at Speir Park. 

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36th Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show February 18

Tue 2-11-2020 800 West 18th St,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-Conference to feature several speakers including Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig

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Fire Destroys Machine Shed (1)

Tue 2-11-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says the Harris Fire Department was called to the scene around 3:00 am after a sheriff's deputy who was on patrol noticed the fully engulfed machine shed.

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There Are Renewed Concerns In The Iowa Great Lakes Over School Start Dates Due To Labor Day Falling Late This Year

Tue 2-11-2020

That's resulted in the Iowa Great Lakes and Spirit Lake Area Chambers of Commerce, Okoboji Tourism and the Milford Commercial Club drafting a letter to area school officials urging them to start school a little later this year.

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Proposed Drainage Project Near Lake Park Dies Due To Opposition From Landowners

Tue 2-11-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) learned requirements had been met for a remonstrance on the project in Drainage District 15, which extends from the south side of the city of Lake Park to south of Highway 9.

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Another Grandstand Act Announced For This Year's Clay County Fair

Tue 2-11-2020

Fair officials announced today (Tues.) Darci Lynne and Friends will be performing in front of the grandstand at 7:30 pm Friday, September 18th as part of their “Fresh Out of the Box Tour”.

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Okoboji School Board Revises Policy On Classroom Size; Hears Update On Middle School Project

Mon 2-10-2020

The change basically removes a cap that set a limit of students to a classroom. 

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Fire Heavily Damages Boat Storage Facility

Mon 2-10-2020

Fire today (Mon.) heavily damaged a boat storage facility just northeast of Milford.

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Camp Autumn to Host Ice Fishing Tournament & Fundraiser February 15

Mon 2-10-2020 4233 Yew Avenue, Sutherland, IA

(Sutherland)-Event is supported by The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club

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Federal Jury Convicts NW Iowa Man On Meth Conspiracy Charge

Mon 2-10-2020

50-year-old Juan Lopez-Zuniga of Denison, Iowa was convicted Friday by a jury in U.S. District Court in Sioux City for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota.

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Former Longtime Spirit Lake Police Officer Passes Away

Mon 2-10-2020

Larry Moorhead died this past Thursday at a Des Moines Hospice. He was 68.

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Spirit Lake Police Asking For Assistance In Identifying Suspects

Mon 2-10-2020

Spirit Lake police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying three women (shown in photo).

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Annual Audit Report Released For City Of Spencer

Mon 2-10-2020

An annual audit of finances for the city of Spencer for the fiscal year that ended June 30th, 2019 has been released.

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Corridor To Begin Conducting BEST Of Iowa Interviews This Week

Mon 2-10-2020

The program is used to identify opportunities for growth, potential threats to retain jobs and any impediments that discourage local expansion.

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No Injuries Reported In Snowmobile Fire

Sat 2-8-2020

No injuries were reported earlier this (Sat.) afternoon when a snowmobile went up in flames in the pedestrian tunnel under Highway 71 between East and West Lakes Okoboji...just north of the Ritz.

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Hwy 60 Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital (1)

Sat 2-8-2020

A single vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 60 about two miles south of Hospers injured a Sheldon man.

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Registration underway for 9th Annual Get Up & Bowl for Special Olympics

Fri 2-7-2020 2105 Circle Dr W, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Silent Auction donations also being accepted at this time

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Spencer Man On Multiple Charges

Fri 2-7-2020

A traffic stop earlier this week in Palo Alto county resulted in the arrest of a Spencer man on multiple charges.

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Ongoing Burglary Investigation Results In Additional Charges Against Suspect

Fri 2-7-2020

Authorities in Palo Alto county have filed additional charges against a suspect as the result of an ongoing investigation into some burglaries and thefts. 

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Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Lu Verne, Iowa Bank Employee Sentenced To Life In Prison

Fri 2-7-2020

35-year-old Valentino Williams appeared this (Fri.) morning in Kossuth County District Court and pled guilty to one count of 1st degree murder.

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Clay County Authorities Looking For Driver Of Semi Involved In A Hit & Run

Fri 2-7-2020

Authorities are searching for a driver who left the scene of an accident Friday morning.

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Northwest Financial Corp. Wins Award In Healthiest State Initiative

Fri 2-7-2020

Northwest Financial Corporation of Arnolds Park was the winner in the medium workplace category.

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Peterson Man Arrested After Deputy Smells Marijuana While Serving Civil Papers

Fri 2-7-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Keith Gentry was booked into jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Two Men Accused Of Assaulting Emmet County Sheriff's Deputy

Fri 2-7-2020

Two men face charges for allegedly assaulting a Sheriff's Deputy in Emmet county.

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Execution Of Arrest Warrant Results In Multiple Arrests

Thu 2-6-2020

Emmet county authorities say six people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant January 3rd at lot 8 of the Green Acres Trailer Court in Estherville.

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest (3)

Thu 2-6-2020

A traffic stop back on January 15th on Highway 4 near Wallingford resulted in the arrest of a Harris man.

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Alta Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Thu 2-6-2020

A northwest Iowa man is facing attempted murder charges for firing a shotgun at the driver of a car in Alta. 

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Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby to hold monthly meeting at Iowa Lakeside Lab February 8

Thu 2-6-2020 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Meeting to include discussion of bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763

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Dickinson County, NW Financial Corp. Among Those Being Recognized At Healthiest State Awards Program

Thu 2-6-2020

The Healthiest State Annual Awards will be presented this (Thurs.) evening at an event in Des Moines.

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Upcoming Legislative Forums To Be Moderated By Two Members Of Student Senate At SL Campus Of ILCC

Thu 2-6-2020

The forums, scheduled for February 15th and March 7th, will be moderated by Student Senators Emma Dhyrcupp of Milford and Olivia Davis of Spirit Lake.

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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club Car Drop Contest underway

Wed 2-5-2020 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Contest helps support Club's Community Projects

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On Line Registration Now Under Way For 2020 Walleye Weekend

Wed 2-5-2020

Kiley Zankowski of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce says there are no major changes in the format this year.

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Three-Part Informational Program On Parkinson's Disease To Be Offered Next Month In Spencer

Wed 2-5-2020

Sara Diercks of the Clay County Extension Office, which is putting on the sessions, says they're intended to help raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease.

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Two Vehicle Collision In Clay County Sends Two People To The Hospital

Wed 2-5-2020

Minor injuries were reported in a two vehicle collision Tuesday at the intersection of Highways 10 and 71 in Clay county.

 

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Single Vehicle Rollover Injures Two People From Fairmont

Wed 2-5-2020

Two people from Fairmont were injured last (Tues.) night in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota's Faribault county.

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President & CEO Of Lakes Regional Healthcare Attends State Of The Union At Invitation Of Congressman Steve King

Wed 2-5-2020

King says he extended the invitation to Jason Harrington for his assistance in getting Jaci Hermstad of Spencer, who's battling A-L-S Lou Gehrig's Disease, back and forth to Rochester for her treatments.

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Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber launches Logo Design Contest for upcoming Winter Games

Tue 2-4-2020 565 US-71 #4, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Deadline to submit is March 10

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Iowa Lakes Community College offering Singing Valentines February 14

Tue 2-4-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Anyone wishing to schedule a Singing Valentine should do so soon

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Longtime County Auditor For Clay County Announces She Won't Seek Re-Election

Tue 2-4-2020

Longtime Clay County Auditor Marge Pitts has announced she won't be seeking re-election.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Has A New Executive Director

Tue 2-4-2020

Clay Norris of Spirit Lake has accepted the position effective January 29th.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Recycling Contracts

Tue 2-4-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today (Tues.) to approve recycling agreements with several cities, provided they also sign off on them.

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No Word As To When Democratic Caucus Results Might Be Released

Tue 2-4-2020

The Iowa Democratic Party says it could be later today (Tues.) or even later before the numbers are made public. 

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Osceola County Traffic Stops Result In Arrests

Mon 2-3-2020

Two men were arrested in separate traffic stops Saturday in Osceola county.

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Little Rock Woman Accused Of Stealing Gift Card From Employer

Mon 2-3-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Brooke Manitz was charged today (Mon.) with theft in the 4th degree. 

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Pure Fishing Announces Winner Of Its Winter Games Casting Contest

Mon 2-3-2020

Riley Maas of Ottumwa was the grand prize winner of a $250 gift certificate from Fisherman's Factory Outlet.

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Lakes Area Hockey Association Closing In On Fundraising Goal For Arena Improvements

Mon 2-3-2020

Those overseeing a fundraising campaign for the 3rd phase of a construction project at the Boji Bay Ice Arena in Spirit Lake say they're making headway on their $1.1 million goal.

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Spencer Man Arrested On Warrants For Alleged Sex Offender Registry And Probation Violations

Mon 2-3-2020

A Spencer man wanted on warrants for violation of probation and failing to register as a sex offender was taken into custody over the weekend.

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Leaders Of Both Major Political Parties Expecting Good Turnouts For This (Mon.) Evening's Caucuses

Mon 2-3-2020

After months of political ads and hearing from candidates, Iowa voters will finally have their say as the presidential selection process gets underway this (Mon.) evening with the caucuses. 

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Milford Police To Participate In I-PLEDGE Program; Compliance Checks Will Be Conducted On Businesses

Mon 2-3-2020

The Milford Police Department is participating in a program designed to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of youth.

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SL Firefighters Respond To Report Of Leaking Propane Tank

Mon 2-3-2020

Firefighters were called around 3:30 pm to Fick's Ace Hardware in Spirit Lake where a large propane tank was reportedly hissing.

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