News Archive

New Law Establishes Tough Penalties For Pipeline Protesters

Mon 4-23-2018

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are still awaiting federal and Iowa Supreme Court rulings in a case over the controversial project but any new actions against pipelines could land them in jail for 25 years. Governor Kim Reynolds signed the so-called "sabotage" legislation, or Senate File 2235 last week

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DNR Official: Late Ice-Out Likely Will Not Have Any Detrimental Affects On Curly Leaf Pond Weed

Mon 4-23-2018

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say the later than usual ice-out on the Iowa Great Lakes likely won't have any detrimental affects on the curly leaf pondweed problem.

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I90 Crash Sends Teen To The Hospital

Sat 4-21-2018

A single vehicle crash Friday on Interstate 90 near Sherburn sent one person to the hospital.

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Sanborn Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug & Firearm Charges

Fri 4-20-2018

A Sanborn man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to firearms and drug charges.

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Earth Day Trivia NIght at Dickinson County Nature Center April 20

Fri 4-20-2018 2279 170th Street,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Free family friendly event to be held in new Pollinator Paradise addition.

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DNR: Later Than Normal Ice-Out Will Impact Gill Netting Operations

Fri 4-20-2018

The later than normal ice-out on the Iowa Great Lakes will likely have a significant impact on this year's gill netting operations.

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Lakefield Man Faces Multiple Charges Stemming From Incident Thursday

Fri 4-20-2018

A Lakefield man is in custody following an incident yesterday in Lakefield.

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Dickinson County Authorities Release Name Of Man Killed In Fatal Accident

Thu 4-19-2018

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man killed earlier today (Thurs.) in an accident in the area of 255th Avenue and Highways 9 & 71 just east of Spirit Lake. 

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Former Teacher And Coach With Ties To NW Iowa Sentenced For First Degree Sexual Assault

Thu 4-19-2018

A former teacher and football coach that has ties to northwest Iowa has been sentenced to 55 to 85 years in prison in Nebraska for sexually assaulting a child. 

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Terril Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Child Porn

Thu 4-19-2018

A Terril man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography. 

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Man Wanted For Grand Theft

Thu 4-19-2018

A traffic stop Tuesday evening in Estherville resulted in the arrest of a man wanted by authorities in Florida for grand theft. 

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Nominating Commission Establishes Procedures For Filling Vacant Judgeship

Thu 4-19-2018

The Judicial Election District 3A Nominating Commission has established procedures for filing a vacancy created when District Court Judge Patrick Carr retired in July of last year. 

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Semi Vs Pedestrian Collision Just East Of Spirit Lake Claims A Life

Thu 4-19-2018

A collision late this (Thurs.) morning just east of Spirit Lake involving a semi and a pedestrian has claimed a life. 

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Crops Specialist: Farmers Shouldn't Panic...Yet

Thu 4-19-2018

As we all know much too well, April has been one for the record books when it comes to cold and snow.

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Palo Alto Co. Sheriff's Office To Hold Drug Take Back Event

Thu 4-19-2018

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a drug take back event.

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Nobles County Crash Claims A Life

Thu 4-19-2018

A two-vehicle collision Wednesday in Nobles county claimed the life of a Worthington man.

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Lakeside Lab to host Earth Day Celebration featuring Eagle Hike April 21

Wed 4-18-2018 1838 Highway 86 Milford,IA

(Okoboji)-Family friendly activities including spotting Bald Eagles.

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American Legion Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser April 21 in Spirit Lake

Wed 4-18-2018 1102 15th Street,Spirit Lake,Ia

(Spirit Lake)-Proceeds to help with improvements at facility.

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Pickup Rear-Ends Snow Plow

Wed 4-18-2018

No injuries were reported earlier today (Wed.) when a pickup collided with the rear of a snow plow on Highway 18 near Ruthven.

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Iowa Court Of Appeals Rules In Favor Of Lee Christensen's Appeal For New Trial

Wed 4-18-2018

The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for an Estherville man convicted of murder.

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Bridge Deck Overlay Project On Hwy 71 & 18, Or Grand Ave. Bridge In Spencer To Get Underway April 23rd

Wed 4-18-2018

Motorists in Spencer can expect some delays starting this coming Monday.

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Local Law Enforcement To Participate In Campaign To Crack Down On Drug Impaired Drivers

Wed 4-18-2018

Several area law enforcement agencies will be participating in a six-state campaign cracking down on drug impaired drivers.

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Alliant Energy Announces Further Expansion Of Its Wind Energy Portfolio

Wed 4-18-2018

Alliant Energy is once again expanding its wind energy portfolio.

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Lake Park Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Wed 4-18-2018

A Lake Park man escaped injury in a single vehicle crash Tuesday near Sibley.

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Assault Investigation Results In Arrest Of Woman

Tue 4-17-2018

An investigation into a report of an assault in Estherville Monday resulted in the arrest of a woman.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Complaint About Burning At County Green Waste Disposal Site

Tue 4-17-2018

The Dickinson county board of supervisors this (Tues.) morning heard a complaint about burning at Dickinson county's greenwaste disposal site east of Milford.

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Man Escapes Injury In A Single Vehicle Rollover

Tue 4-17-2018

A Peterson man escaped injury Monday in a single vehicle rollover in Clay county.

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Unusually Cold, Snowy Spring Impacting Livestock Producers

Tue 4-17-2018

The adverse weather we've been experiencing this spring is also impacting livestock producers in the region.

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I 90 Crash Injures Alaska Woman

Tue 4-17-2018

An Alaska woman was injured Monday in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Welcome.

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Autumn's Center Receives Special Recognition

Tue 4-17-2018

Autumn's Center has been recognized as a “Community Development Best Practice” site by the Iowa Rural Development Authority.

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Okoboji High School Spring Play, Charley's Aunt, April 20-21

Mon 4-16-2018 901 H Ave,Milford,IA

(Milford)-Farce set in 19th Century England.

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New Date Set For Clay County Fair Queen Contest

Mon 4-16-2018

A new date has been set for the Clay County Fair Queen Contest. 

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Suspicious Person Investigation Results In Arrest Of Man On OWI & Weapons Charges

Mon 4-16-2018

An investigation Saturday evening by Clay county authorities into a report of a suspicious person resulted in the arrest of a Hartley man.

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ISU Extension Honors Professionals

Mon 4-16-2018

Various representatives with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with several other ag-related professionals were recently honored at an awards ceremony in Ames.

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Blizzard Dumps More Than A Foot Of Snow On The Region; More Appears Headed Our Way

Mon 4-16-2018

The region continues to dig out following a weekend blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow.

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Southern Minnesota Crash Injures Texas Man

Mon 4-16-2018

A single vehicle crash Saturday in Martin county injured a Texas man.

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Firefighters From Three Area Depts. Battle Structure Fire In Orleans

Fri 4-13-2018

Three area fire departments are on the scene this (Fri.) evening of a major structure fire in Orleans. 

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Driver's License Station At Dickinson Co. Treasurer's Office To Be Closed Tuesday, April 17th

Fri 4-13-2018

The driver's license station at the Treasurer's Office of the Dickinson County Courthouse will be closed all day this coming Tuesday, April 17th for mandatory staff training.

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City Of Spencer Receives Special Award For Technology Advancements

Fri 4-13-2018

The city of Spencer has received a special honor for its advances in technology.

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Jackson City Council Votes To Make An Offer For City Administrator Position

Fri 4-13-2018

Meeting in special session Thursday, the Jackson City Council voted to extend an offer to Matthew Skaret to become that city's next City Administrator.

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Officials Urge Everyone To Prepare For What Could Be A Significant Blizzard

Fri 4-13-2018

With the likelihood of a spring blizzard impacting the region, officials are urging everyone to get prepared now before the conditions arrive.

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U Of O Corvette Club Donates To Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Fri 4-13-2018

The University of Okoboji Corvette Club has made a $2,000 donation to the Arnolds Park Amusement Park's "Restore the Park Campaign".

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Freon Leak In A Building Makes For Some Tense Moments In Downtown Spirit Lake

Fri 4-13-2018

A freon leak in a building made for some tense moments late yesterday afternoon and early evening in downtown Spirit Lake.

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Seasons Center Awarded Grant Through Clay County Community Foundation

Fri 4-13-2018

Seasons Center For Behavioral Health has been awarded a $4,000 grant through the Clay County Community Foundation.

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National Weather Service: Blizzard Expected This Weekend Could Be Of "Historic Proportions" For This Late In The Season

Thu 4-12-2018

All eyes will be on the weather as we head into the upcoming weekend.

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8th Annual Team Amy Run May 12 in Estherville

Thu 4-12-2018 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Pre-registration deadline April 24.

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Woman Arrested On Multiple Warrants

Thu 4-12-2018

A Milford woman wanted on multiple warrants was taken into custody last week.

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Milford Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide Charge

Thu 4-12-2018

A Milford woman... charged in connection with a head-on collision near Sibley last June that claimed two lives... has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide

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The Arts at St. Joseph to present "That's What He Said" Sunday, April 15

Wed 4-11-2018 1305 Okoboji Ave.,Milford,IA

(Milford)-Several area musicians to perform at concert.

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Special Honor For A Spirit Lake High School Biology Teacher

Wed 4-11-2018

A Spirit Lake High School biology teacher has been selected as the 2018 Iowa State Education Association Excellence in Education award winner. 

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Burglary Investigation Results In Arrest Of Sanborn Man

Wed 4-11-2018

A Sanborn man has been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries involving the theft of farm equipment and tools.

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Pursuit Involving Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Results In Arrest Of Estherville Man

Wed 4-11-2018

An Estherville man has been arrested in O'Brien county after leading authorities on a pursuit while driving a pickup that had been reported stolen out of Estherville.

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Local Farmer Donates Winnings From America's Farmers Grow Communities Pgm To Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation

Wed 4-11-2018

A Terril man has donated $2,500 he received through America's Farmer's Grow Communities to the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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SW Mn. Crash Claims A Life

Wed 4-11-2018

A single vehicle crash Monday on Highway 59 near Worthington claimed the life of a Westbrook man.

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Alliant Energy Announces Plans To Pass Tax Savings Onto Rate Payers

Wed 4-11-2018

Alliant Energy says it plans to pass along savings through lower federal taxes to its customers through the upcoming summer and into the future.

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SL Council Approves Cost-Sharing Agreement For Francis Sites Project; Accepts Resignation Of Mayor

Wed 4-11-2018

The Spirit Lake City Council last (Tues.) evening approved a cost-sharing agreement with the county for a joint drainage project in the Francis Sites Area.

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Cops For Camp Campaign Raises Money For Therapeutic Day Camp For Children

Wed 4-11-2018

Several area law enforcement agencies recently combined their efforts to raise $625 for Camp Autumn through the “Cops for Camp Campaign”.

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Spring Open House at Pearson Lakes Art Center April 12

Tue 4-10-2018 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Live music by Terry Klein, Pottery Demonstration by Adam Nielsen to highlight event.

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Re-Surfacing & Sidewalk Replacement Project About To Get Underway On West Broadway In Arnolds Park

Tue 4-10-2018

A pavement re-surfacing and sidewalk replacement project on West Broadway Avenue in Arnolds Park is about to get underway

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Spencer Main Street To Hold Special Event

Tue 4-10-2018

If you like chili and beer there's an event coming up Thursday evening in downtown Spencer you'll want to check out.

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SL Council To Discuss Cost Sharing For Francis Sites Drainage Project; Consider Options For Upcoming Mayoral Vacancy

Tue 4-10-2018

The Spirit Lake City Council this (Tues.) evening will consider entering into a cost sharing agreement with Dickinson county for a drainage project in the Francis Sites area.

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Okoboji City Council Consideration Of Preliminary Plat For Whitecap LLC Redevelopment Project Postponed

Tue 4-10-2018

Consideration by the Okoboji City Council of a preliminary plat of the “Whitecap Addition”, more commonly known as The Inn Redevelopment, has been postponed.

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New Carousel donated to Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Mon 4-9-2018 37 Lake Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-New ride to be handicap accessible.

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Former Spencer Man Accused Of Insurance Fraud

Mon 4-9-2018

A former Spencer man has been accused of committing insurance fraud.

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Texas Man Escapes Injury In Semi Crash

Mon 4-9-2018

A Texas man escaped injury when he lost control of a semi he was driving during Sunday's snowstorm on Highway 18 in O'Brien county.

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Snow Removal Operations To Be Conducted Monday Night In Downtown Spencer

Mon 4-9-2018

The city of Spencer will be conducting snow removal operations tonight (Monday) in the city's downtown area. 

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Authorities Investigate Death Of Sheldon Man

Mon 4-9-2018

Authorities are investigating the death of a Sheldon man. 

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Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against A Milford City Council Member

Mon 4-9-2018

A Milford city councilman faces charges in connection with a traffic stop early Sunday.

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Forecast For Inclement Weather Results In Postponement Of Clay Co. Fair Queen Competition

Sat 4-7-2018

The forecast of inclement weather has resulted in the postponement of the Clay County Fair Queen competition which had been scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, April 8th).

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High Speed Pursuit Through Portions Of Dickinson & Emmet Counties Results In Arrests

Sat 4-7-2018

A Graettinger man is accused of leading authorities on a high speed pursuit early this (Sat.) morning through portions of Dickinson and Emmet counties.

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IUB To Hold Hearings On Proposal By Alliant Energy To Hike Natural Gas Rates

Sat 4-7-2018

The Iowa Utilities Board has scheduled a series of public hearings around the state regarding a proposal by Alliant Energy to increase rates for its natural gas customers.

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Theft Charge Dismissed Against Hartley Man

Sat 4-7-2018

A theft charge has been dismissed against a Hartley man, allowing him to repay funds to a northwest Iowa bank.

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High Speed Pursuit Results In Arrest Of Fairmont, Mn. Man

Fri 4-6-2018

A high speed pursuit this past Sunday evening in Jackson resulted in the arrest of a Fairmont man.

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OHS Jazz Band Places 1st In Class 2A At Iowa Jazz Championships

Fri 4-6-2018

The Okoboji High School Jazz Band placed 1st in class 2A Thursday in competition at the Iowa Jazz Championships held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

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ATV Crash Injures Woman

Fri 4-6-2018

An all-terrain-vehicle crash Wednesday in Rock Rapids sent a woman to the hospital.

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Man Escapes Injury When Vehicle Crashes Into Fence And Tree

Fri 4-6-2018

A Sioux Rapids man escaped injury when a vehicle he was driving collided with a fence and a tree in Clay county.

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Women, Land & Legacy Event Coming Up April 17th In Emmet County

Fri 4-6-2018

Women involved in agriculture are invited to a special event later this month being put on by Women, Land and Legacy.

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Woman Accused Of Kidnapping Three Children Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charges

Fri 4-6-2018

A woman accused of abducting three children in Royal last September has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

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LRH To Once Again Offer Junior Volunteer Program This Summer

Thu 4-5-2018

Lakes Regional Healthcare will once again this summer give high school and college students interested in seeking a career in the healthcare field a chance to see first hand what it's like to work in the industry.

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Spencer Woman Sentenced On Federal Drug Charge

Thu 4-5-2018

A Spencer woman will be spending 10 years in a federal prison after being sentenced on a drug charge in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

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Concern Mounts Over Potential Impacts Chinese Tariffs Could Have On Ag Products

Thu 4-5-2018

Farmers are anxiously watching tit-for-tat tariff threats, as China has responded to import duties proposed by the Trump administration on aluminum and steel by going after products produced in states such as Iowa and Minnesota.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Semi Tractor Rollover

Thu 4-5-2018

Minor injuries were reported Wednesday in a semi tractor roll-over on Interstate 90 in Nobles county.

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Bar Fight Results In Charges Against Two Suspects

Wed 4-4-2018

Two men face charges in connection with a fight Tuesday evening at an Ayrshire bar. 

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Emmetsburg Man Arrested On Drug Warrants

Wed 4-4-2018

An Emmetsburg man wanted on warrants for drug and weapons charges was arrested Sunday. 

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Motorists Advised Of Possible Delays In South Spencer On Thursday (April 5th)

Wed 4-4-2018

The Spencer Police Department is notifying motorists of possible delays in the south end of Spencer tomorrow (Thurs.).

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Former Milford City Administrator Is Finalist For The Same Position In Jackson

Wed 4-4-2018

The City of Jackson has identified one finalist, who has ties to the Lakes area, for their open City Administrator position. 

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SL City Adminstrator/Attorney Reacts To Mayor's Resignation, Saying He's Going To Be Greatly Missed

Wed 4-4-2018

As we reported earlier, Spirit Lake Mayor Ed Vos announced Tuesday he plans to resign from the position at the end of May, saying he and his wife Angie plan to relocate to Des Moines to pursue new career opportunities and be closer to family. 

KUOO news spoke this (Wed.) morning with City Administrator/Attorney Gregg Owens who had this reaction to the announcement...

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve 5-Year Road Construction Program

Wed 4-4-2018

The Dickinson county board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the county's five-year road construction program. County Engineer Dan Eckert tells KUOO news it includes four paving projects.

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I90 Rollover Sends One Person To Hospital (1)

Wed 4-4-2018

A single vehicle rollover Tuesday on Interstate 90 near Worthington sent one person to the hospital.

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12-Vehicle Pileup Results In Multiple Injuries

Wed 4-4-2018

Multiple injuries were reported following a 12 vehicle pileup on Highway 60 near Heron Lake yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Re-Visit Issuance Of Fireworks Permits

Wed 4-4-2018

With the 4th of July now just a few months away, the issuance of permits for commercial-type fireworks displays was once again a topic of discussion at Tuesday's Dickinson county board of supervisors meeting.

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Ed Vos Says He Will Resign As Spirit Lake Mayor; Plans To Move To Des Moines Area

Wed 4-4-2018

Saying he wants to explore some new career possibilities and be closer to family, Ed Vos has submitted a letter of resignation as Spirit Lake Mayor.

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Voters Decide Fates Of Bond Issues In Three Area School Districts

Tue 4-3-2018

Voters Decide Fates Of Bond Issues In Three Area School Districts

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Proposed Re-Development Of Inn Property Clears First Hurdle

Tue 4-3-2018

The proposed re-development of property where the Inn resort complex, golf course and convention center are currently located cleared a first hurdle at a meeting Monday evening of the city of Okoboji's Planning and Zoning Commission. 

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National Service Recognition Day Honors Americorps Volunteers

Tue 4-3-2018

Today (Tues. 4/3) marks the observance of National Service Recognition Day, which honors AmeriCorps volunteers for their work to improve communities.

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Clay County Fair Announces Queen Candidates

Tue 4-3-2018

Seven young ladies will compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, April 8 at the Spencer Community Theatre.

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Bedell Family YMCA Gearing Up For Healthy Kids Event Saturday

Tue 4-3-2018

The Bedell Family YMCA is putting a call out to area kids and their families to attend a special event this Saturday, April 7th.

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O'Brien County Collision Sends Two People To The Hospital; One With Serious Injuries

Tue 4-3-2018

A two-vehicle collision last week in O'Brien county sent two people to the hospital.

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Vehicle Collides With Bridge, Tree & Power Supply

Tue 4-3-2018

A single vehicle crash Monday on the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at the Minnesota-South Dakota border injured a Heron Lake woman.

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Voters In Several Area School Districts Head To The Polls Tues. To Decide The Fate Of Bond Measures

Mon 4-2-2018

Voters in several northwest Iowa school districts head to the polls Tuesday (April 3rd) to decide the fates of bond measures.

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Polaris Industries To Pay $27.25 Million Civil Penalty To Consumer Product Safety Commission

Mon 4-2-2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today (Mon.) Polaris Industries will pay a $27.25 million civil penalty to the agency as part of a settlement on two claims from 2016 stemming from defective recreational vehicles that were later recalled.

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Storm Spotter Training Seminar To Be Held In Spencer This Year

Mon 4-2-2018

Storm spotters and those interested in severe weather are urged to attend a special event next month in Spencer.

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Ice-Out For Iowa Great Lakes Looks To Be Much Later This Year, But There's Still Awhile To Go Before Any Record Is Broken

Mon 4-2-2018

While ice-out on the Iowa Great Lakes is definitely going to be later than it was last year, we still have a way to go before any record is broken for the latest ice-out dates.

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A Winter Storm Watch In April? It's No April Fools Joke. Storm To Bring 6 To 8 Inches Of Snow To Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 4-2-2018

The calendar may say it's April but try telling mother nature that. A spring snow storm appears headed our way over the next 24 to 36 hours, and it will likely cause travel issues

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NW Iowa Lawmaker Closes Chapter On Bringing Newborn To Work

Mon 4-2-2018

A northwest Iowa lawmaker has closed an unusual chapter in her work life: bringing along her newborn baby to the state Capitol. 

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