News Archive

Southwest Minnesota Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sat 4-17-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 33-year-old Fred Youboty of Sioux Falls was driving a 2010 Chevrolet and 53-year-old Lewellyn Gerard Shutz of Windom was driving a 2003 Dodge Dakota.

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Jackson County Central Breaks Ground For New Middle School

Fri 4-16-2021

Officials With the Jackson County Central School District today (Friday) broke ground for the new 84,000 square foot Pleasantview Middle School.

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"Fire on the Prairie" the Theme of Family Nature Night April 23 at the Dickinson County Nature Center

Fri 4-16-2021 22785 Nature Center Road Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Program is free, but registration is required

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YMCA Of The Okoboji's Kicking Off Strong Kids Campaign For 2021

Fri 4-16-2021

The organization's Director of Development and Engagement, Cindy Rosa, says they're hoping to raise $160,000 this year

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Three-Vehicle Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

Fri 4-16-2021

A three-vehicle collision earlier this week northwest of Sanborn sent one person to the hospital.

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State Of Iowa Not Likely To Pass Hands-Free Driving Law This Year

Fri 4-16-2021

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley says it is unlikely the 2021 legislature will vote to make it illegal to drive while handling a smartphone. 

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SL Council Gives Final Approval To Zoning Ordinance Change Expanding List Of Certain Construction Products Allowed For Use In The City

Fri 4-16-2021

City Attorney/Administrator Gregg Owens says it reflects some new materials that are now on the market and have a proven quality of standards

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State Auditor Releases Report On Dickinson County Finances For Year Ended June 30th, 2020

Thu 4-15-2021

It shows the county's revenues totaled slightly more than $20.6 million for the year ended June 30th, 2020, an increase of 34.4 percent over the prior year. Expenses totaled a little more than $16.9 million, up 3.5 percent from the prior year.

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ISU Extension of of Dickinson County offering Food Box drive-thru event on Saturday

Thu 4-15-2021 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Extension partnering with Hunger Coalition to distribute hundreds of boxes of food

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Officials Unveil Plans For A New Strip Mall In Jackson

Thu 4-15-2021

The Jackson Economic Development Corporation today (Thurs.) unveiled the rendering for the plans for a new strip mall in the Jackson industrial park.

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Still Time To Register For ISU Extension & Outreach Master Gardener Program

Thu 4-15-2021

Office Assistant Amy Benge says they're accepting registrations until July 15th for the program that will be starting August 1st

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Local Authorities Say There's A New Scam We Need To Be Aware Of

Thu 4-15-2021

Scammers are now using stolen identity information, which they can obtain when bigger stores have a data breach that involve millions of people, to try to cash in on the extra unemployment benefits that are part of the COVD-19 crisis.

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Special Event Planned To Honor 100th Anniversary Of A Spencer Landmark

Thu 4-15-2021

The Tangney Hotel was constructed in 1920 and opened its doors in April, 1921.

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Sign Up Continues For STEM Fest April 24th At Lakeside Lab

Thu 4-15-2021

4th through 8th grade students from throughout the area are being urged to participate in a special event dedicated to those interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Iowa DNR Investigating Two Significant Manure Spills In The Region

Thu 4-15-2021

The agency says the first was northwest of Rock Rapids. The DNR says a dairy reported spilling several hundred thousand gallons of manure after an irrigation unit got stuck.

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Get Up & Bowl for Special Olympics Fundraiser is being held Online this Year

Wed 4-14-2021 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Facebook auction is underway and runs through April 18

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No Injuries Reported In Lakefield House Fire

Wed 4-14-2021

According to Lakefield Fire Chief Todd Baumann the fire started back by the laundry room

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Open House Being Held Today (Wed. 4/14) To Mark Completion Of Newly Renovated Shelter House At Florence Park In Milford

Wed 4-14-2021

The come and go event will be held this (Wed.) afternoon from 5:00 until 6:00 pm.

 

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Area Utilities Remind Everyone April Is National Safe Digging Month

Wed 4-14-2021

Brad Henningsen, Damage Prevention Coordinator with Black Hills Energy, says there are several things they want people to be aware of

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Colder Weather Dashes Hopes Of Area Farmers For Early Planting, But Local Ag Experts Says There's Still Plenty Of Time

Wed 4-14-2021

While the recent rain was welcome by farmers, the cold weather that came in its wake was not.

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SL City Council Votes To Permanently Move Clean Up Days To The Fall; Approves Project For Gilbert Park

Wed 4-14-2021

Citywide Clean Up Days in Spirit Lake will be permanently moving to the fall as the result of action taken at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

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Okoboji City Council Holds Second Reading On Proposed Addition Of Conservation District To Zoning Classifications; Council Meetings To Move Back To City Hall

Wed 4-14-2021

On a vote of three-to-two, the Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening approved the second reading of a proposal that would a “conservation district” to the city's zoning classifications.

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Clay County 4-H seeks nominations for Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Tue 4-13-2021 110 West 4th Street, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Nominations must be received by May 3 

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Extension Week Continues With Focus On Important Role Volunteers Play In Youth Programs

Tue 4-13-2021

Madeleine Brete-Smith is the County Youth and Ag Coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach, Dickinson County. She says they're using the opportunity in part to say thank you to their volunteers who play a vital role in making various youth programs, including the fair, possible

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NW Iowa Woman Appointed Co-Chair Of Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Tue 4-13-2021

Diane Young of Cherokee was appointed by the Governor to succeed Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens, who served as STEM Council co-chair for three years.

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State Health Officials Ask Providers to Pause Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Tue 4-13-2021

The move by state health officials comes after the C-D-C and F-D-A called for a pause in the use of the single-dose vaccine.

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Endowment Put Into Place At Camp Foster YMCA Honors Memory Of John Hinn

Tue 4-13-2021

Josh Carr of Camp Foster YMCA says in lieu of flowers or gifts to the family, John's request was that people give to Camp Foster to help support scholarships for campers.

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Okoboji School Bd. Adopts Certified Budget For FY 2022; Acts On Proposed Expansion Of Siouxland Conference

Tue 4-13-2021

Superintendent Todd Abrahamson says the district's tax rate will be reduced to $9.24 per one thousand dollars of valuation

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Estherville Police Mourn The Unexpected Passing Of The Department's K-9, Max

Mon 4-12-2021

Police in Estherville are mourning the loss of the department's K-9, Max, who suddenly passed away of a medical condition Friday.

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Spirit Lake Community Schools Moving Ahead With Construction Of New Bus Barn

Mon 4-12-2021

Superintendent Dr. David Smith tells KUOO news the School Board has awarded a bid on the construction of a facility that will house the district's buses

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This Week Marks The Observance Of Extension Week

Mon 4-12-2021

Sue Boettcher, Human Sciences Program Coordinator for ISU Extension Dickinson County, says food trucks will be parked each day through Friday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at the fairgrounds. A different truck will be featured each day. Boettcher says they'll also have a number of informational displays

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MnDOT Plans To Reconstruct Some Problematic Roundabouts In Worthington

Mon 4-12-2021

MnDOT officials say the improvements will better accommodate large trucks, minimizing load shift as they travel through the roundabouts.

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Investigation By Clay County Authorities Into Report Of A Vehicle In The Ditch Results In Arrest Of A Fort Dodge Man

Mon 4-12-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called Sunday to the 3600 mile of 330th Avenue where they met with the driver of the vehicle, identified as 31-year-old Justin Diggs of Fort Dodge

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Okoboji City Council To Hold Second Reading Of Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment That Would Add A "Conservation District" To Classifications

Mon 4-12-2021

A first reading of the proposed change was made at the council's meeting back in February.

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Plans Are Kicking Into High Gear For 2021 Clay County Fair

Mon 4-12-2021

CEO Jeremy Parsons says they are extremely optimistic about the prospects of holding a fair this year.

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Spencer Man Escapes Serious Injury In Semi Tanker Accident

Mon 4-12-2021

A Spencer man escaped serious injury this past Thursday when a semi he was driving overturned in Sioux county.

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Investigation underway after Swea City Man dies from Head Injuries

Fri 4-9-2021 Algona, IA

(Algona)-Casey Tobin was found on a road Saturday night 

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Dickinson County Public Health Officials say increase in COVID-19 Positivity rate due to more cases in Younger People

Fri 4-9-2021 2301 Hwy 71 South Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-New cases in 18 to 29 year old population making up a third of all of the cases in Dickinson County

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Senator Chuck Grassley discusses Current Projects, Ethanol during stop at Okoboji High School

Fri 4-9-2021 901 H Ave, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Senator made comments during stop at Okoboji High School on Thursday

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Upticks in Dickinson County COVID-19 Positivity Rates prompting changes to the Test One Iowa Clinic

Thu 4-8-2021 2301 Hwy 71 South Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Clinic was set to close April 16

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Spring Planting Outlook is Good following recent Warm Temperatures and Several Days of Rain

Thu 4-8-2021 Lakefield,Mn

(Lakefield, MN)-Soil temperatures warming into the 50s this week

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Estherville Man charged with Attempted Murder following arrest on Wednesday

Thu 4-8-2021 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Reyes faces multiple charges following incident at residence on Wednesday

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Winterfeld found guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Killing of Grant Wilson

Thu 4-8-2021 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Spirit Lake man originally charged with First-Degree Murder in connection with May 2020 shooting

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Estherville Man dies in Motorcycle Crash Wednesday night

Thu 4-8-2021 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Collision with Pick-up Truck occurred at South 8th Street and 2nd Avenue South in Estherville

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Sioux County Authorities seeking information in apparent Hit-and-Run

Thu 4-8-2021 Sioux Center, IA

(Sioux Center)-Incident allegedly occurred Wednesday morning on Highway 75

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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Carjackings

Thu 4-8-2021 Sioux City,IA

(Sioux City)-Shortenhaus was apprehended after leading police on a high-speed chase in a vehicle stolen from one of his victims

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Dickinson County has highest positive COVID-19 rate in the State of Iowa

Thu 4-8-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Cases spiking in 18-29 year old age group

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Spirit Lake Drama and Vocal Music to present Bye Bye Birdie April 9 & 10

Wed 4-7-2021 612 28th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa

(Spirit Lake)-Tickets available Thursday evening or at the door prior to performances at the Sami Center

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Governor Kim Reynolds voices opposition to Vaccine Passports during Wednesday's Press Conference

Wed 4-7-2021 Johnston, IA

(Johnston)-Reynolds says she will take action either thru Legislation or Executive Action

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ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17

Wed 4-7-2021 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Dickinson County Extension plans to have Food Trucks set up at Fairgrounds next week

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Wills honored with Circle of Excellence Award from the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Wed 4-7-2021 Ankeny, IA

(Ankeny)-Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance Coordinator honored for 2nd year in a row

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Winter Games/Chamber Officials Present Checks

Tue 4-6-2021

Checks made possible through proceeds from two of the 41st annual University of Okoboji Winter Games events were recently presented to two non-profit groups.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Give Go-Ahead For Restructuring Of County Attorney's Office; Approve Resolutions To Connect With Clay County Trail System

Tue 4-6-2021

County Attorney Amy Zenor recommended eliminating an investigator's position in the office that was created back in 2018 and reallocating that funding for an additional attorney who would work part-time in the office.

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Lake Park Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide Charge

Tue 4-6-2021

48-year-old Christopher Bosma was charged in the death of 34-year-old Kelsie Sturm in the incident that took place near Harris in July of 2020.

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Event Will Pair Up Employers Looking For Summer Help With Teens Looking For Summer Jobs

Tue 4-6-2021

Brian Downing, Principal at Okoboji High School, says they'll be putting on a “summer job fair” Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at both the Pavilion and the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park.

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Officials With City Of Spencer Express Concern Over Reports Of Foul Language And Vandalism At East Leech Park

Tue 4-6-2021

Police Chief Mark Warburton told the council they'll be keeping a close eye out for those violating park rules and will penalize violators.

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Okoboji Music Masters to present "The Sounds of Summer" in the Iowa Great Lakes this Summer

Mon 4-5-2021 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Auditions to be held in mid-May for new ensemble

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Fire Damages Machine Shed Near Sheldon

Mon 4-5-2021

The Sheldon Fire Department was called to 3071 Marsh Avenue. Upon arriving they found smoke coming from the building along with some nearby grass and a wood pile also on fire.

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Spirit Lake Green Waste Site Currently Scheduled To Open For Season Saturday, April 10th

Mon 4-5-2021

City officials say site preparations are currently underway.

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Another Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Is Planned For The Region

Mon 4-5-2021

This one is scheduled for this Saturday, April 10th at the Spencer Field House at Spencer High School.

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Fire Destroys Machine Shed, Tractors & Other Farm Equipment

Mon 4-5-2021

Firefighters were called around 12:01 am to 4250 230th Street in Emmet county and found the building completely engulfed along with some trees that were on fire.

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Spirit Lake Fire Dept. To Hold Pancake Feed This Saturday, April 10th

Mon 4-5-2021

Chief Pat Daly says COVID-19 precautions will be in place

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Gearing Up For Its Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Mon 4-5-2021

Jennifer Gustafson, LRH Vice President of Marketing and Retail Services, says they are now taking applications for this summer's program, which will run from June 7th through July 30th

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Iowa DNR To Begin Restoration Of A NW Iowa Lake This Spring

Mon 4-5-2021

Restoration efforts are getting underway this spring on Pickerel Lake near Laurens, on the Clay and Buena Vista county line.

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Northwest Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Acts With Minors

Sat 4-3-2021

Twenty-one-year-old Hunter Gentry of Estherville pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, enticing a minor, third-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child and indecent contact. 

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George Man Arrested On Warrants

Sat 4-3-2021

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Robert Camack was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant charging him with two counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree...both class “C” felonies, and two counts of indecent contact with a child...aggravated misdemeanors.

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Dickinson County Nature Center announces Spring Photo Contest

Fri 4-2-2021 22785 Nature Center Rd, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Deadline for entry is May 1

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Construction Work To Result In Some Road Closures In Okoboji

Fri 4-2-2021

Officials say 220th Avenue from 165th Street to Lake Shore Drive, and Lakeshore Drive to Alexander Street will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, April 19th.

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Bridge Replacement Project To Result In Road Closure On Hwy 59 South Of Primghar Beginning Monday, April 5th

Fri 4-2-2021

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the road will be closed in that area with traffic being detoured onto O'Brien county Roads B-40 and L-54.

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Two NW Iowa Airports Awarded Funding For Improvements

Fri 4-2-2021

The funding is included in a $627 million infrastructure and safety projects made possible by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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National Weather Service Warning Of Elevated Fire Danger Across The Region

Fri 4-2-2021

Forecasters say very low humidity, sunshine, wind and warm temperatures will combine to create an elevated fire danger across the region.

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Spencer Hospital named one of the Nation's Top Rural and Community Hospitals

Thu 4-1-2021 Spencer,Ia

(Spencer)-Spencer Hospital is the only mid-size hospital in Iowa that has earned that designation in each of the six years it has been awarded 

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RSVP honors Regional Volunteers during National Volunteer Month

Thu 4-1-2021 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Volunteers found creative ways to be of help during pandemic

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New Report Details Impact Hospitals Have On Local Economies

Thu 4-1-2021

Locally, the report shows Lakes Regional Healthcare generates 941 jobs that add $21.3 million to the local economy. In turn, it shows LRH employees spend $7.1 million on retail sales and contribute $429,000 in state sales tax revenue

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Date Set For Armstrong Mayoral Election

Thu 4-1-2021

The Emmet County Auditor's Office has announced May 11th has been set as the date for a special election to decide who will be the next mayor of Armstrong.

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Sioux County Sheriff's Deputy Fired For Not Following Policy & Training Guidelines

Thu 4-1-2021

A deputy sheriff for the Sioux County Sheriff's Office has been fired after an incident that occurred on March 20 in Boyden, Iowa.

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Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic To Be Held Saturday, April 10th At Spencer High School Fieldhouse

Thu 4-1-2021

The event is being put on by Clay County Public Health, Avera Medical Group Spencer, Spencer Hospital and Estherville Pharmacy, which acquired 1,170 doses of Pfizer vaccine for the clinic.

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