News Archive

Agencies Brace For Onslaught For Requests For Assistance From Those Who Use Propane To Heat Their Homes

Fri 1-31-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A shortage of propane and an increase in demand due to the abnormally cold winter is causing prices of the fuel to skyrocket. Read More

Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Charges

Fri 1-31-2014

(Spencer)-- A traffic stop Thursday in the Peterson area resulted in drug charges against a Peterson man. Read More

7th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Drag Races this Saturday

Fri 1-31-2014

(Okoboji-)
Drag races to be held in front of Parks Marina

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Search Of Apartment Lands Two In Jail On Multiple Charges

Fri 1-31-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A joint investigation by the Spirit Lake and Storm Lake Police Departments has resulted in the arrests of two suspects on multiple charges. Read More

Minnesotans Affected By Propane Shortage Urged To Call Special Hotline

Fri 1-31-2014

(St. Paul, Mn.)-- Minnesota officials have set up a public hotline to help residents deal with the propane shortage. Read More

Applications Being Accepted For Century And Heritage Farm Programs

Fri 1-31-2014

(Des Moines)-- Eligible farm owners in Iowa are being reminded to apply for the 2014 Century and Heritage Farm Program through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Read More

Local Judge To Retire

Fri 1-31-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A northwest Iowa judge is stepping down. Read More

Local Legislative Forums This Saturday

Fri 1-31-2014

(Undated)-- The first legislative forums of the 2014 session of the Iowa Legislature will be held this Saturday (Feb. 1st) in Spencer and Arnolds Park. Read More

Local Marina Receives Special Recognition

Fri 1-31-2014

(Okoboji)-- A lakes area marina is getting some special recognition. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, January 31st, 2014

Fri 1-31-2014

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Propane assistance for Iowa and Minnesota residents

Thu 1-30-2014

Winter storm prompts school closings and extended advisories

Thu 1-30-2014

Reduced visibilities hampering travel across region. Read More

Iowa Lakes Corridor to begin entrepreneurial workshop series

Thu 1-30-2014

(Spencer-)
10 week series to help entrepreneurs develop tools to create new products and businesses.

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Bill Cosby to perform in Spencer May 3

Thu 1-30-2014

(Spencer-)
One of America's most beloved comedians, Bill Cosby and his "Far From Finished Tour" will take the stage at the Clay County Regional Events Center this spring.

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Sioux County Sheriff investigating burlaries and thefts

Thu 1-30-2014

(Orange City-)  Officials seek information on suspicious activity. Read More

SL Council Awards Bid On City Hall Project

Tue 1-28-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday awarded a bid on the city hall project that came in lower than projected. Read More

Armstrong Man Announces Candidacy For House District Seven Seat

Tue 1-28-2014

(Armstrong)-- An Armstrong man has announced he's running as a Democrat for State Representative in House District 7 comprised of Emmet, Winnebago and a portion of Kossuth county, including the city of Algona. Read More

Milford City Council Hears Safety Concerns From School Officials

Tue 1-28-2014

(Milford)-- Some big changes may be in store for a heavily traveled street in front of the Okoboji Elementary School in Milford.  Read More

Clay County Woman Arrested On Warrants

Tue 1-28-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Royal woman wanted on warrants out of Palo Alto county was arrested Monday. Read More

SLHS Jazz Band Earns Top Rating At State Jazz Band Festival

Tue 1-28-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake High School Jazz Band earned top honors at the State Jazz Band Festival Monday evening at the Sami Center. Read More

Car Semi Collision Injures Woman

Tue 1-28-2014

(George)-- A George woman was injured Friday when a car she was driving collided with a semi north of George. Read More

Palo Alto County Rollover Injures Man

Tue 1-28-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Pocahontas man was injured in a single vehicle rollover Friday in Palo Alto county. Read More

Clay County Man Wanted On Warrants Arrested In Osceola County

Tue 1-28-2014

(Spencer)-- A man wanted on Clay county warrants charging him with failure to comply as a registered sex offender and contempt of court was apprehended Saturday in Osceola county. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Tue 1-28-2014

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Okoboji Summer Theatre Announces 2014 Lineup

Mon 1-27-2014

(Okoboji)-- The schedule of productions for the upcoming 57th season at Okoboji Summer Theatre was announced during Winter Games Weekend. Read More

Man Wanted On Dickinson County Warrant Arrested Following A Stand Off In Sioux County

Mon 1-27-2014

(Hospers)-- A man wanted on a warrant out of Dickinson county was arrested Saturday following a stand-off in Sioux county. Read More

Winter Games Weekend A Busy One For APO Fire And Rescue

Mon 1-27-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Winter Games weekend was a busy one for Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue crews. Read More

RAGBRAI officials announce Okoboji, Emmetsburg for 2014 ride

Sun 1-26-2014

(Okoboji-) 42nd Annual Ride to begin July 20 in Rock Valley. Read More

Searches Result In Drug Charges Against SW Minnesota Man

Sat 1-25-2014

(Jackson, Mn.)--Searches of a residence and a vehicle have resulted in several drug charges against a southwest Minnesota man. Read More

Officials Warn Of Hidden Area Of Open Water On West Lake Okoboji

Sat 1-25-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Officials are warning those venturing out on to West Lake Okoboji of a dangerous area of open water that has developed just within the past 24 hours or so. Read More

Fire Destroys UTVs On Trailer

Sat 1-25-2014

(Spirit Lake)--No injuries were reported late Friday night when three UTV's went up in flames while parked on a trailer in Spirit Lake.
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Petition Seeks Ouster Of Mayor Of Hartley

Fri 1-24-2014

(Hartley)-- A petition drive has targeted the Mayor of Hartley after he fired the city's Police Chief. Read More

Renovations Underway At Arnolds Park

Fri 1-24-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Officials at Arnolds Park Amusement Park say two renovation projects remain on schedule. Read More

34th U Of O Winter Games Kicking Off

Thu 1-23-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- The 34th University of Okoboji Winter Games are about to get underway.  Read More

Disturbance In Hospital Emergency Room Results In Arrest

Thu 1-23-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A disturbance at a hospital this past Sunday landed an Emmetsburg man in jail. Read More

Rollover Near Ruthven Results In Possible Injuries To Two People

Thu 1-23-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A single vehicle rollover Monday in Palo Alto county resulted in possible injuries. Read More

Traffic Stop On North Edge Of Milford Results In Two Arrests

Thu 1-23-2014

(Milford)-- A traffic stop earlier this week at the intersection of Highways 71 and 86 on the north edge of Milford resulted in the arrests of two people on a drug charge. Read More

Emmetsburg Collision Results In Minor Injury

Thu 1-23-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A two-vehicle collision Tuesday in Emmetsburg resulted in minor injuries. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Thu 1-23-2014

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7th Annual People Art Project at Lakeside Lab during Winter Games

Wed 1-22-2014

Pre-registration is encouraged by Friday at noon Read More

Local Legislative Forum To Feature State Official

Wed 1-22-2014

(Spencer)-- An upcoming legislative forum in the area will include a state official. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Wed 1-22-2014

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Environmental Protection Commission Inks Contract For Monitoring Lakes

Tue 1-21-2014

(Des Moines)-- A state board has agreed to pay Iowa State University more than $500,000 to test and monitor the state's lakes during the next three years. Read More

For Sale Sign Goes Up At West Okoboji Lakefront Mansion

Tue 1-21-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- If you're looking for a little extra space there's a 25,000 square foot home for sale on West Lake Okoboji that might interest you. Read More

Vehicle Goes Through Ice On Big Spirit Lake

Tue 1-21-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A vehicle fell through the ice on Big Spirit Lake Saturday afternoon. Read More

I 90 Crash Sends Two To Hospital

Tue 1-21-2014

(Luverne, Mn.)-- A single-vehicle rollover Monday evening on Interstate 90 near Luverne sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Preliminary Findings Rule Out Foul Play In Death Of Spencer Baby

Tue 1-21-2014

(Spencer)-- Spencer police say preliminary findings by the State Medical Examiner's Office have ruled out foul play in the death of a 15-month-old baby. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Tue 1-21-2014

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Estherville Man Arrested On Serious Assault Charge

Mon 1-20-2014

(Estherville)-- An Estherville man has been arrested on alcohol and assault charges.
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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charge

Mon 1-20-2014

(Spencer)-- A Peterson man faces a drug charge following a traffic stop late last week in Clay county. Read More

I90 Crash Injures Two

Mon 1-20-2014

(Worthington, Mn.)-- A single-vehicle crash Saturday on Interstate 90 near Adrian sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Pocahontas Guard Unit Headed To Afghanistan

Mon 1-20-2014

(Pocahontas)-- Forty soldiers in a National Guard unit based in Pocahontas are getting ready to head to Afghanistan. Read More

Another House Fire Temporarily Forces A Spirit Lake Family From Their Home

Mon 1-20-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Yet another house fire temporarily forced a Spirit Lake family from their home over the weekend. Read More

Spencer Police Investigating Death Of Toddler

Mon 1-20-2014

(Spencer)-- Spencer police are investigating the death of a 15-month-old child. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, January 20th, 2014

Mon 1-20-2014

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Man Sentenced For Illegally Re Entering The Country

Fri 1-17-2014

(Sioux City)-- A man who re-entered the United States illegally has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Read More

Smoke From Cornstalk Bales On Fire Shuts Down Hwy 18 East Of Emmetsburg

Fri 1-17-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A stretch of Highway 18 east of Emmetsburg had to be shut down for awhile earlier today (Fri.) due to some bales of cornstocks that caught on fire. Read More

Teen Accused Of Threatening To Kill Brother

Fri 1-17-2014

(Spencer)-- A Fostoria teen faces an assault charge after threatening to stab and kill his 10-year-old brother earlier this week. Read More

SL Man Sentenced For Assault

Fri 1-17-2014

(Mason City)-- A Spirit Lake man has been sentenced to five years in jail for assaulting his girlfriend.


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DNR Issues Reminders To Ice House Owners

Thu 1-16-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Some of the best ice conditions in years is resulting in an influx of ice houses on area lakes. That has Jeff Morrison, a Conservation Officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, issuing a reminder... Read More

Corridor Gathering Cost Of Living Information

Thu 1-16-2014

(Spencer)-- The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is once again gathering data for its cost of living index for the communities it serves. Read More

SLPD Partners With IABD In Underage Tobacco Enforcement Program

Thu 1-16-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Spirit Lake police say they'll be partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division in an effort to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth. Read More

Worthington, Mn. JC Penney Store To Close

Thu 1-16-2014

(Worthington, Mn.)-- J.C. Penney plans to close 33 stores, including one in southwest Minnesota, as part of a cost-cutting initiative.
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September Trial Date Set For SL Man Accused In Woman's Death

Thu 1-16-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A trial date has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused in the death of a Jackson, Minnesota woman who's body was found in a rural Spirit Lake residence in early December.

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Daily Almanac For Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Thu 1-16-2014

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Potentially Dangerous Weather Headed Our Way

Wed 1-15-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Some potentially dangerous weather is headed our way. Read More

No Injuries Reported In House Fire Near Hartley

Wed 1-15-2014

(Hartley)-- No injuries were reported in a house fire late Tuesday night near Hartley. Read More

FSA Reminds Farmers And Landowners Of Upcoming Deadline To Vote In County Committee Elections

Wed 1-15-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers the deadline to vote for County Committee elections is quickly approaching. Read More

Dickinson County Republicans Prepare For Caucus

Wed 1-15-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Dickinson County Republicans are gearing up for their caucus. Read More

Trail Project Awarded Funding

Wed 1-15-2014

(Sibley)-- A recreational trail project in Sibley has been awarded state funding. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Wed 1-15-2014

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IRRMA Announces Plans To Build New Museum

Tue 1-14-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- A fundraising campaign by the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to build a new museum is about to kick into high gear. Read More

Tensions Run High At Milford City Council Meeting

Tue 1-14-2014

(Milford)-- Things got contentious at Monday evening's Milford city council meeting, with a capacity crowd filling the meeting room. Read More

Residents Sound Off Over Firing Of Police Chief

Tue 1-14-2014

(Hartley)-- The firing of Hartley's Police Chief had people on both sides of the issue packing Monday evening's city council meeting. Read More

Osceola County Crash Claims Life Of Woman

Mon 1-13-2014

(Sibley)-- A single vehicle crash in Osceola county has claimed the life of a Bigelow, Minnesota woman. Read More

Arnolds Park Man Accused Of Harboring A Runaway

Mon 1-13-2014

(Milford)-- An Arnolds Park man has been charged for allegedly harboring a teenage female runaway. Read More

Spirit Lake Collision Results In Minor Injuries

Mon 1-13-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Minor injuries were reported Friday evening in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 71 and Enterprise Avenue and 23rd Street in Spirit Lake. Read More

Local Realtor Receives Special Honor

Mon 1-13-2014

(Estherville)-- A local realtor is getting some special recognition. The Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors says Nancy Petersen of Estherville has been named a Realtor Emeritus for her 40 years of service with the National Association of Realtors.


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Cylinder Man Charged In Domestic Incident

Mon 1-13-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- An investigation into a domestic assault over the weekend resulted in charges against a Cylinder man. Read More

Meeting To Address Concerns And Questions Regarding Proposed Little Sioux Water Trail

Mon 1-13-2014

(Okoboji)-- A meeting regarding the development of a Little Sioux water trail is set for this Wednesday (Jan. 15th). Read More

I90 Crash Injures Spirit Lake Woman

Mon 1-13-2014

(Luverne, Mn.)-- A single vehicle rollover Saturday on Interstate 90 in Rock county of southwest Minnesota injured a Spirit Lake woman. Read More

North Y Crash Results In Possible Injuries

Mon 1-13-2014

(Spencer)-- Possible injuries were reported Friday in a two-vehicle collision at the north intersection of Highways 71 and 18 in Spencer, or the North Y. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, January 13th, 2014

Mon 1-13-2014

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Program At St. Joseph Catholic Church Cancelled Due To Illness

Sun 1-12-2014

The program at St. Joseph Catholic Church with speaker Justin Frato that had been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. this (Sun.) afternoon has been cancelled due to illness of the speaker. Read More

Cause Of Spirit Lake House Fire Ruled Undetermined

Fri 1-10-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Spirit Lake Thursday is being listed as undetermined. Read More

2014 University Of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders Announced

Fri 1-10-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Chamber officials have announced the list of cheerleaders for the upcoming 2014 University of Okoboji Winter Games. Read More

Northwest Equipment Changing Hands

Fri 1-10-2014

(Spencer)-- A local farm implement dealership with locations in Spencer, Sibley and Lake Park is changing hands. Read More

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against Milford Man

Fri 1-10-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A traffic stop Thursday evening in Spirit Lake landed a Milford man in jail on drug charges. Read More

Estherville Police To Participate In Program To Curb Underage Sale Of Tobacco Products

Fri 1-10-2014

(Estherville)-- A local law enforcement agency says it will participate in a program to educate retailers on Iowa's tobacco laws. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, January 10th, 2014

Fri 1-10-2014

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Fire Destroys Spirit Lake Home

Thu 1-9-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Fire has gutted the interior of a home in Spirit Lake. Read More

Termination Of Police Chief Stirs Controversy In Hartley

Thu 1-9-2014

(Hartley)-- The termination of the Police Chief in Hartley is stirring some controversy.
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Daily Almanac For Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Thu 1-9-2014

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Iowa Finance Authority Awards Grant To Hope Haven For Project In Sibley

Wed 1-8-2014

(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors has awarded a $49,000 grant to Hope Haven, Inc. to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a home in Sibley that will provide affordable rental housing for four persons with disabilities. Read More

Cause Of Duplex Fire Ruled As Accidental

Wed 1-8-2014

(Milford)-- The cause of a fire Tuesday night that damaged a duplex in the Moore Lake area on the southeast side of East Lake Okoboji has been ruled by the State Fire Marshal as being accidental. Read More

Apartment Disturbance Leads To Arrests

Wed 1-8-2014

(Graettinger)-- A disturbance Monday night at an apartment complex in Graettinger has resulted in charges being filed against two men. Read More

Lakes Area State Park Campground Among Busiest In The State In 2013

Wed 1-8-2014

(Des Moines)-- A state park campground in the Iowa Great Lakes ranked among the 12 busiest in the state in 2013 when it comes to the number of overnight campers. Read More

Clay County Republicans To Caucus January 21st

Wed 1-8-2014

(Spencer)-- Clay county Republicans will gather for their caucus Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Spencer High School Library. Read More

Semi Crash Injures Man

Wed 1-8-2014

(Windom, Mn.)-- The driver of a semi was injured Tuesday in a crash on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake. Read More

No Injuries Reported In Moore Lake Area House Fire

Wed 1-8-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- No injuries were reported in a house fire Tuesday night in the Moore Lake area on the southeast side of East Lake Okoboji. Read More

First Baby Of 2014 Born At LRH

Tue 1-7-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The first baby of 2014 was born this past Thursday, January 2nd, at Lakes Regional Healthcare.

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Man

Tue 1-7-2014

(Ashton)-- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office has released details into a single vehicle crash last week that injured a Sheldon man. Read More

Restroom Suicide Has A NW Iowa Hospital Reviewing Security

Tue 1-7-2014

(Cherokee)-- A northwest Iowa hospital is reviewing its security policy after a person committed suicide in one of its restrooms. Read More

Work Release Escapee Found In Jackson County

Tue 1-7-2014

(Fort Dodge)-- The Iowa Department of Corrections says an inmate who escaped from a work-release facility in Fort Dodge has been apprehended in southwest Minnesota. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Tue 1-7-2014

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Emmetsburg Police Make Several Arrests In Separate Investigations

Mon 1-6-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- Emmetsburg police have made several arrests in connection with investigations into separate incidents over the past several days. Read More

It's Cold, But Not Record Breaking...Yet

Mon 1-6-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- This (Mon.) morning's minus 21 degrees in the Iowa Great Lakes was cold, but was still far from setting a record. Read More

Spencer Man Faces Drug and Burglary Charges

Mon 1-6-2014

(Spencer)-- A Spencer man accused of kicking in a door of a residence and pointing a gun at some people that live there faces burglary and drug charges. Read More

Burglary Investigation Results In Multiple Charges Against Two People

Mon 1-6-2014

(Primghar)-- An investigation into a burglary at a Primghar bar January 1st resulted in multiple charges being filed against a couple of suspects in the case. Read More

Extreme Cold Results In Numerous Schools Cancelling Classes

Sun 1-5-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Extremely cold temperatures and very dangerous windchills have resulted in numerous schools cancelling classes and various events for Monday being called off. For full list of weather announcements, move your mouse cursor over the weather tab, then click on cancellations. Read More

First Baby Of 2014 Born At Spencer Hospital

Fri 1-3-2014

(Spencer)-- It didn't take long before the first baby of 2014 was born at Spencer Hospital.

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Officials Warn Of Potentially Life Threatening Cold Weather On The Way

Fri 1-3-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- What the National Weather Service says is some of the coldest air in years will be making its way into the region this weekend. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Fri 1-3-2014

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Spirit Lake Woman Injured After Falling From Eastern Iowa Bridge

Thu 1-2-2014

(Evansdale)-- A Spirit Lake woman was injured Tuesday after falling off a bridge in eastern Iowa. Read More

Car Collides With House And Tree Injuring One Person

Thu 1-2-2014

(Peterson)-- One person was injured early Wednesday when a vehicle collided with a house and a tree in Peterson. Read More

Chain Reaction Collision Injures Two

Thu 1-2-2014

(Ormsby, Mn.)-- Two people were injured Tuesday in a chain reaction collision on Highway 4 in Martin county involving an SUV, a pickup and a snowplow. Read More

Jackson County Collision Injures Two

Thu 1-2-2014

(Heron Lake)-- A three-vehicle collision shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 60 near Heron Lake in Jackson county injured two people. Read More

Sex Offender Ordered Release By Iowa Supreme Court To Remain Behind Bars

Thu 1-2-2014

(Cherokee)-- A sex offender ordered released by the Iowa Supreme Court will stay behind bars for months after pleading guilty to a separate assault charge. Read More

Car Slides Under Semi Trailer

Thu 1-2-2014

(Fairmont, Mn.)-- A woman was injured Tuesday when a vehicle she was driving collided with a semi trailer on Interstate 90 near Sherburn. Read More

Extreme Cold Cited As Factor In Train Derailment

Thu 1-2-2014

(Ashton)-- Officials are blaming cold weather for a train derailment in northwest Iowa. Read More

Two Men Face Charges In Connection With Stolen Construction Trailer

Thu 1-2-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a stolen construction trailer. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Thu 1-2-2014

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