News Archive

Okoboji Summer Theatre Announces 2016 Schedule at Winter Games

Sun 1-31-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-New electronic ticketing system to be implemented for upcoming season.

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Winter Game Results

Sat 1-30-2016 []

Results for the 36th Annual Okoboji Winter Games

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Okoboji Gets Shout Out On Fox News

Sat 1-30-2016 []

The fact its Winter Games weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes hasn’t gone unnoticed by the national press corps that’s in the area reporting on Jeb Bush’s visit.

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Jeb Bush Campaigns In Okoboji

Sat 1-30-2016 []

Republican Presidential hopeful and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush made campaign stop this (Sat.) morning in Okoboji.

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Ceremony Recognizes Dickinson As 30th County In The State To Receive Home Base Iowa Designation

Thu 1-28-2016 []

A ceremony recognizing Dickinson county as the 30th Home Base Iowa community in the state was held yesterday (Thurs.) afternoon at the Pavilion in Arnolds Park.

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SMU Holds News Conference To Address Concerns Over Discolored Water

Thu 1-28-2016 []

Ongoing issues with discolored water since an upgrade of the city’s water treatment plant got underway has officials with Spencer Municipal assuring their customers the tap water is safe to bathe in and drink.

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Judd Hoos in Concert at Roof Garden January 30th

Thu 1-28-2016 IA"], ["Arnold's Park

(Arnold's Park)-Sturgis band receiving airplay with latest single "Billboard"

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Caucus Turnout Predictions Vary Between Dickinson County Democrats And Republicans

Thu 1-28-2016 []

All eyes are focusing on Iowa in advance of Monday’s caucuses.

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Hwy 60 Rollover Results In Minor Injuries

Thu 1-28-2016 Mn"], ["Brewster

A single vehicle rollover Wednesday on Highway 60 at the Jackson/Nobles county line sent one person to the hospital.

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Family Activities abound at University of Okoboji Winter Games

Wed 1-27-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Events include pottery painting, art festival, dog sledding and kid's carnival this year.

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Spencer Police Looking For Stolen Vehicle

Wed 1-27-2016 IA"], ["805 South Grand Ave. Spencer

Spencer police are seeking the public's assistance as they look for a stolen vehicle.

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Traffic Stop Lands Man In Jail On Multiple Charges

Wed 1-27-2016 []

A traffic stop this past Saturday night in Clay county landed a man in jail on drug and other charges.

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Authorities Issue Reminder Of Snowmobile And ATV Registration/Permit Requirements

Wed 1-27-2016 []

For many, Winter Games Weekend will be the first time this season they’ve had their snowmobiles and ATV’s in operation.

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Rollover Results In Minor Injuries

Wed 1-27-2016 []

A single vehicle rollover Tuesday evening in Palo Alto county injured a Fairmont, Minnesota man.

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No Injuries Reported In Early Morning Spencer House Fire

Wed 1-27-2016 IA"], ["617 East 7th St. Spencer

No injuries were reported in a house fire early Tuesday in Spencer.

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Slumping Sales Translates To Job Reductions At Polaris Industries

Wed 1-27-2016 []

An unseasonably warm winter and weakening oil markets have combined for a poor fourth quarter for Polaris Industries, and company officials say it’s now triggering layoffs and job-reductions company wide.

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Dickinson County Snowhawks to Host Winter Games Events

Tue 1-26-2016 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["1900 Highway 71

(Spirit Lake)-Youth Demo Ride, Fun Run and Radar Run highlight weekend activities.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Single Vehicle Crash

Tue 1-26-2016 []

Minor injuries were reported early Monday in a single vehicle crash in Palo Alto county.

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Emmetsburg Collision Results In Minor Injuries

Tue 1-26-2016 IA"], ["Lawler St. & Main St. Emmetsburg

Minor injuries were reported in a collision earlier today (Tues.) at the intersection of Lawler Street and Main Street in Emmetsburg.

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Patience Wearing Thin Over Faltering Bottle Bill

Tue 1-26-2016 []

Patience is starting to wear thin among many, including some local legislators, when it comes to Iowa’s failed bottle bill.

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Sentencing Held In Meth Conspiracy Case

Tue 1-26-2016 []

The final four people involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy in northwest Iowa have been sentenced in U.S. District Court.

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Local Youth Group Students Among Those Stranded On Freeway During East Coast Snow Storm

Tue 1-26-2016 []

13 members of a youth group from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake were among those finding themselves stranded in a massive snowstorm that struck the east coast this past weekend.

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Registration Still Open for Events at Winter Games

Mon 1-25-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Teams can register for Double-elimination Kickball and Snowball-Softball Tournaments.

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Republican Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush To Campaign In Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 1-25-2016 []

Republican Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will be bringing his campaign to the Iowa Great Lakes just in time for Winter Games weekend.

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Bill That Would Limit Number Of Boats Within Certain Distances Of Each Other Triggers Controversy

Mon 1-25-2016 []

A bill that’s been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would limit the number of boats that could be tied off in a given area of a lake is generating controversy in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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I90 Crash Sends Occupants Of One Vehicle To Hospital; Driver Of Other Vehicle Takes Off On Foot

Mon 1-25-2016 []

Four people from Spencer were injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 90 at Worthington.

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Single Vehicle Rollover On I-90 Injures Four

Mon 1-25-2016 Mn"], ["Interstate 90, Rock County

Minor injuries were reported Saturday night in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 in Rock county.

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Car, Semi Collision Seriously Injures Two

Sat 1-23-2016 IA"], ["Hwy 9 & Pierce Ave. Osceola County

A collision Friday evening involving a car and a semi at the intersection of Highway 9 and Osceola County Road L40 near Sibley sent two people to the hospital.

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2016 Hike the Wild Program Kicks off January 26th

Fri 1-22-2016 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["2279 170th Street

(Spirit Lake)-Dickinson County Naturalists lead hikes on the 4th Tuesday of the month. 

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Cherokee Man Charged In Traffic Incident In Sioux County

Fri 1-22-2016 IA"], ["Orange City

A Cherokee man faces several charges stemming from a traffic incident around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of two roads in Sioux county.

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Pursuit In Clay And O'Brien Counties Results In Multiple Charges

Fri 1-22-2016 []

A Primghar man faces multiple charges following early Wednesday that started when a Clay county deputy attempted a traffic stop in the 1000 mile of 350th Street.

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Benefit for Dickinson County Food Shelf January 28th

Thu 1-21-2016 IA"], Arnolds Park, ["575 S Highway 71

(Arnold's Park)-Jason Grinnen to host and perform at fundraiser.

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Dickinson County Sheriff's Office Issues Warning About A Scam On Facebook

Thu 1-21-2016 []

Authorities are alerting the public to yet another scam that’s making the rounds.

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Nobles County Officials Looking For Public Input On Rewrite Of Feedlot Ordinance

Thu 1-21-2016 Mn"], ["1300 Diagonal Rd Worthington

Those concerned over revisions being made to a feedlot ordinance in Nobles county will have several opportunities next week to make their feelings known.

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I-90 Pickup Rollover Injures Four

Thu 1-21-2016 []

Four people were injured Wednesday evening when the driver of a pickup lost control on an ice-covered stretch of Interstate 90 in Nobles county.

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I-90 Rollover Injures Woman

Thu 1-21-2016 []

A single vehicle rollover Monday on Interstate 90 west of Worthington sent one person to the hospital.

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Applications Now Being Accepted For Spencer Tourism Grant

Thu 1-21-2016 []

The Clay County Convention and Visitors Bureau is now accepting grant applications for the Spencer Tourism Grant.

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Rock Legends at Sami Center January 23rd

Wed 1-20-2016 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["612 28th St

(Spirit Lake)-Billy McGuigan returns with high-energy show.

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Variable Ice Conditions Causing Concern On Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 1-20-2016 IA"], ["Lake Okoboji

With all the recent cold weather we’ve experienced you would think ice conditions on the Iowa Great Lakes wouldn’t be much of a concern.

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Dickinson & Buena Vista Counties Receive Home Base Iowa Designations

Wed 1-20-2016 []

Two more counties in the region, Dickinson and Buena Vista, have received designations from the Home Base Iowa program.

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Local Lawmaker Says It's Time To Address Some Reforms To The State's Judicial System

Wed 1-20-2016 []

A state lawmaker that represents the Iowa Great Lakes at the statehouse in Des Moines says it’s time the legislature addresses some reforms in the state’s judicial system.

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Osceola County Rural Water Lifts Boil Order

Tue 1-19-2016 []

Osceola County Rural Water has lifted a boil order that was in effect previously for some of its customers south of Highway 18 and in the Calumet area.

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Extreme Cold Has Authorities Warning Of Dangers Of Space Heaters

Tue 1-19-2016 []

Space heaters tend to be the leading cause of house fires this time of year, as people look for alternative ways to stay warm during extremely cold weather.

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Fire Heavily Damages Poultry Operation

Tue 1-19-2016 []

No injuries have been reported in a fire Monday that extensively damaged a poultry operation just north of Sioux Rapids.

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Safety Concerns During Winter Games Prompts Reminder for Snowmobile User Permits

Mon 1-18-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Permits required for both in-state and out-of-state operators.

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No Injuries Reported In School Bus Rollover

Mon 1-18-2016 ["Clay County Road B53 And County Road 240th Ave."]

No injuries were reported in a school bus rollover that took place earlier this month in southern Clay county.

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Ground To Be Broken On Autumn's Center

Mon 1-18-2016 []

Ground was broken today (Mon.) on the construction of a comprehensive children's behavioral center that will serve northwest Iowa.

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Investigation Continues Into Death Of Emmet County Jail Inmate

Mon 1-18-2016 []

An investigation continues into the death of an inmate at the Emmet county jail.

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Wife Of Democratic Presidential Hopeful Bernie Saunders To Campaign Locally

Mon 1-18-2016 []

The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Saunders will be making some campaign appearances in the area this week.

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Dr. Ben Carson, NJ Gov. Chris Christie Bring Campaigns To Iowa Great Lakes

Sun 1-17-2016 []

Two Republican Presidential contenders made campaign stops over the weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Design chosen for People's Environmental Art Project

Fri 1-15-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Participants encouraged to pre-register for event which is held during Winter Games.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests

Fri 1-15-2016 IA"], ["4700 mile of HWY. 71 Clay County

Clay county authorities have released details into a traffic stop last Saturday that resulted in the arrests of several drug suspects.

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Authorities Investigate Death Of Emmet County Jail Inmate

Fri 1-15-2016 IA"], ["114 North 6th St. Estherville

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Emmet county jail.

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MercyMe, Phil Wickham To Perform At Clay County Fair

Fri 1-15-2016 []

Platinum selling Christian artists MercyMe with special guest Phil Wickham will perform in front of the Grandstand at this year’s Clay County Fair on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m.

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1st Annual Idea Show at Clay County Regional Events Center January 15-17

Fri 1-15-2016 Spencer, Iowa"], ["800 West 18th Street

(Spencer)-Show includes free seminars on home improvement projects.

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Ben Carson To Bring Campaign To Iowa Great Lakes This Weekend

Thu 1-14-2016 []

Retired neurosurgeon and Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson will be bringing his campaign back to northwest Iowa in the days leading up to the Iowa Caucuses.

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Milford Fire Results In No Injuries But Considerable Property Damage

Thu 1-14-2016 IA"], ["614 L Ave. Milford

No injuries were reported this (Thurs.) afternoon in a fire in a residential area of Milford.

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Drug Investigation Results In Arrest of Emmetsburg

Thu 1-14-2016 []

A search warrant executed last month on an Emmetsburg residence has resulted in numerous drug-related charges being filed against an Emmetsburg man.

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Woman Escapes Injury In Rollover Crash

Thu 1-14-2016 []

An Odebolt woman escaped serious injury in a single vehicle rollover Wednesday in the 2700 mile of Clay County Road N-14.

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Bottle Bill Study Stymied

Thu 1-14-2016 []

Don’t look for a resolution any time soon to issues evolving around Iowa’s bottle bill and how to make redemption centers profitable.

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21st Chocolate Classic and Galleria January 30th during Winter Games

Wed 1-13-2016 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["1602 15th Street

(Spirit Lake)-Vendors may still register for annual event.

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Spirit Lake Council Considers Ordinance Banning Tobacco Use In Public Parks And Library

Wed 1-13-2016 []

It may soon be illegal to smoke or “vape” at public parks in Spirit Lake, as well as the Spirit Lake Public Library.

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IUB Deals Proposed Wind Energy Transmission Line Another Setback

Wed 1-13-2016 []

The Iowa Utilities Board has dealt another setback to a proposed $2 billion transmission line to ship Iowa wind energy to customers in Illinois.

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Legal Questions In Des Moines Waterworks Lawsuit Against Three NW Iowa Counties Heads To Iowa Supreme Court

Wed 1-13-2016 []

A Federal Judge say the Iowa Supreme Court should settle legal question about whether farmland drainage districts can be held liable for water pollution downstream before a lawsuit filed by a Des Moines Water Utility can proceed.

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16th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival January 15-16th

Tue 1-12-2016 IA"], ["Cherokee

(Cherokee)-Event features pub crawls, jam session and wide variety of concerts.

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Okoboji High School Choral Students Participate In Dorian Music Festival

Tue 1-12-2016 []

Six choral students from Okoboji High School traveled to Luther College in Decorah, IA, on January 10-11, for the Dorian Vocal Festival.

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Local Lawmakers Weigh In On Governor's Condition Of The State Speech

Tue 1-12-2016 []

Local lawmakers are offering their opinions on Governor Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State speech that was delivered before a joint session of the General Assembly this (Tues.) morning at the statehouse in Des Moines.

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SLHS Music Students Participate In NW Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Bands

Tue 1-12-2016 []

On Saturday, January 9th, seven Spirit Lake High School Instrumental Music students traveled so Morningside College in Sioux City to rehearse and perform in one of the two Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Bands for the 2015-16 School Year.

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Woman Accused Of Breaking Windows Out Of House During Domestic

Tue 1-12-2016 IA"], ["George

An Ashton woman faces charges in connection with a domestic incident that took place around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence in George.

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Woman Charged With Identity Theft

Tue 1-12-2016 IA"], ["Hospers

Charges have been filed again a Worthington woman accused of using someone else’s identity to get a job at a business in Hospers.

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Possible Injuries Reported In Crash

Tue 1-12-2016 []

Possible injuries were reported in a single vehicle crash Sunday in O’Brien county.

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Bank Midwest Announces New President

Tue 1-12-2016 []

A Spirit Lake woman has been named President of Bank Midwest.

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Winter Games Art Festival to be held at Pearson Lakes Art Center January 30th

Mon 1-11-2016 IA"], ["2201 Highway 71, Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Local artists, hot chocolate bar and family art project featured at new festival. 

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Osceola County Trails Awarded Grant Through Wellmark Foundation

Mon 1-11-2016 []

The Osceola County Recreational Trails Association Board is the recipient of a $50,000 grant through the Wellmark Foundation.

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YMCA Kinship Mentoring Program Observes National Mentoring Month

Mon 1-11-2016 []

Hwy 15 Rollover Injures Man

Mon 1-11-2016 []

A single vehicle rollover Saturday on Highway 15 in Martin county injured a Fairmont man.

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I-90 Rearend Crash Injures Woman

Mon 1-11-2016 []

One person was injured Friday in a rear-end collision on Interstate 90 in Martin county.

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Hwy 60 Crash Injures Sibley Woman

Mon 1-11-2016 []

A single vehicle crash Saturday on Highway 60 two miles north of Alton injured a Sibley woman.

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Vehicle In Ditch Results In Arrests

Mon 1-11-2016 []

An investigation over the weekend by Lyon county authorities into a report of a vehicle in a ditch along a county road south of George resulted in the arrests of two people on alcohol and drug charges.

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Trailers in Place to Donate Christmas Trees for Burning of the Greens

Fri 1-8-2016 IA"], ["Arnold's Park

(Arnold's Park)-Burning of the Greens to take place January 30 during U of O Winter Games.

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Andy Grammer & Rachel Platten To Perform At Clay County Fair

Fri 1-8-2016 []

It was announced today (Fri.) Andy Grammer with special guest Rachel Platten will appear in front of the grandstand at this year's Clay County Fair at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11th.

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Cheerleaders announced for 2016 University of Okoboji Winter Games

Fri 1-8-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-36th Annual Winter Games to be held January 28-31.

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Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin To Serve As President-Elect Of Iowa County Attorney's Association

Fri 1-8-2016 []

Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin is the new President-Elect of the Iowa County Attorney’s Association.

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Natural Gas Leak Results In Evacuation Of Some Downtown Spirit Lake Businesses

Fri 1-8-2016 IA"], ["700 block of 16th St. Spirit Lake

A natural gas leak yesterday (Thurs.) afternoon in downtown Spirit Lake resulted in the evacuation of several businesses.

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Estherville Police Investigate Attempted Business Scams

Thu 1-7-2016 []

Estherville police say they're looking into several reports from businesses who reported being contacted in what appears to be a scam operation.

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First Birth Of 2016 at Palo Alto County Health System

Thu 1-7-2016 []

The first baby of 2016 has been born at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg.

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Spirit Lake Man Faces Multiple Charges Following Traffic Stop

Thu 1-7-2016 []

A Spirit Lake man faces multiple charges stemming from a traffic stop December 26th in Emmetsburg.

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ILCC Officials Outline Proposed Improvements To Facilities

Thu 1-7-2016 []

Officials with Iowa Lakes Community College are holding come-and-go events in the communities it serves, explaining the need for a $16 million dollar referendum that will go before the voters February 2nd.

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Investigators Determine Fire That Heavily Damaged A House Was Intentionally Set

Thu 1-7-2016 Ia."], ["612 3rd Ave. West Spencer

Investigators say a fire that heavily damaged a house earlier this week in Spencer was intentionally set and that charges have been filed against a woman.

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Okoboji Native Honored By Hy-Vee

Wed 1-6-2016 []

An Okoboji native has been inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame.

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Republican Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Makes Campaign Appearance In Spirit Lake

Wed 1-6-2016

Dickinson County Snowhawks to give away youth snowmobile at Winter Games

Wed 1-6-2016 IA"], ["Spirit Lake

(Spirit Lake)-Raffle is a fundraiser for trail grooming and maintenance.

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Scharnberg Park Trout Stocking Delayed

Wed 1-6-2016 []

Poor ice conditions have forced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to postpone its trout stocking operations at Scharnberg Park near Spencer.

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Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Sets Dates For Legislative Forums

Wed 1-6-2016 []

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is out with the schedule of forums it will be holding in conjunction with the upcoming Iowa Legislative session.

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No Injuries Reported In Spencer House Fire

Wed 1-6-2016 Ia."], ["3rd Ave. West & 7th St. Spencer

No injuries were reported Tuesday in a house fire in Spencer.

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Collision In Downtown Spencer Sends Several To Hospital

Tue 1-5-2016 Ia."], ["4th St. & Grand Ave. Spencer

A two-vehicle collision Monday at the corner of 4th Street and Grand Avenue in Spencer sent a couple of people to the hospital.

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Voting Underway For Winter Games Cheerleaders

Tue 1-5-2016 []

Voting on cheerleaders for this year's University of Okoboji Winter Games gets underway today (Tues. 1/5) and continues tomorrow (Wed. 1/6)

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First Baby Of 2016 Born At Spencer Hospital

Tue 1-5-2016 []

The first baby of 2016 has been born at Spencer Hospital. Hospital officials say Dakari Lynn Mack, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces, was born early Saturday to Morgan Wall and Stephen Mack of Sanborn.

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Estherville Chamber to Feature "Iowa Nice Guy" at Annual Banquet January 23rd

Mon 1-4-2016 IA"], ["Estherville

(Estherville)-ESPN's Scott Siepker to entertain crowd at updated annual event.

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Iowa Great Lakes Officially Freeze

Mon 1-4-2016 IA"], ["West Lake Okoboji

Break out the ice fishing gear: the Iowa Great Lakes have officially frozen over.

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Okoboji Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

Mon 1-4-2016 []

The Okoboji Foundation is now accepting grant applications for vital capital improvement projects in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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ILCC Holding Open House Events Leading Up To Feb. 2nd Vote On $16 Million Bond Referendum

Mon 1-4-2016 []

Voters in the Iowa Lakes Community College service territory will head to the polls early next month to decide the fate of a $16 million bond referendum.

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Spencer Chamber Announces Scheduled For Eggs & Issues Forums

Sat 1-2-2016 []

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce has announced the schedule for its upcoming series of "Eggs and Issues" legislative forums for the upcoming session of the Iowa Legislature.

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IRRMA Announces 2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Sat 1-2-2016 []

The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, or IRRMA, is out with its list of inductees into the 2016 Hall of Fame.

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