News Archive

A Busy Weekend So Far For Lakes Area Law Enforcement

Sun 1-31-2021

Online jail records show atleast 23 people were booked into the Dickinson county jail from early Saturday afternoon through early this (Sunday) morning. 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Appoints Several NW Iowans To Various Boards & Commissions

Fri 1-29-2021

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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DNR Conservation Officer Urges Everyone To Use Caution On The Ice This Winter Games Weekend

Fri 1-29-2021

Joe Yurkowski, a Conservation Officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news there are several trouble spots that may appear to be safe, but are far from it.

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Execution Of Search Warrant Results In Arrests Of Two Spencer Men On Drug Charges

Fri 1-29-2021

The Spencer Police Department says officers conducted the search around 6:00 am at 930 East 8th Street.

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Authorities Issue Renewed Warning About Scams

Fri 1-29-2021

Authorities in Palo Alto county say they were alerted of two internet scams within the past week that coerced people to purchase gift cards of up to $500 and then provide the numbers on the cards to unknown persons on the phone. 

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Ruthven Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of A Man On Multiple Charges

Fri 1-29-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says a subsequent investigation resulted in a passenger of the vehicle, 26-year-old Jacob Lawler, being arrested

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2021 U Of O Winter Games Are Officially Under Way

Fri 1-29-2021

This year's University of Okoboji Winter Games were officially kicked off this (Fri.) morning for a full weekend of fun.

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Clay Co. Public Health Announces Plans To Begin Phase 1B, Tier 1 COVID Vaccinations February 1st, But Numbers Will Be Very Limited

Thu 1-28-2021

Because of the limited supply Clay County Public Health says they are working with local healthcare professionals to identify patients 65 or older who are most vulnerable for severe illness.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre hopes to announce upcoming Season in April

Thu 1-28-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-OST Association fundraiser will probably be held in the spring as well

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Milford Woman Sentenced On Federal Firearms & Meth Charges

Thu 1-28-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 28-year-old Elizabeth Strang was sentenced today (Thurs.) in U.S. District Court in Sioux City after pleading guilty in September of last year to possession of stolen firearms and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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Lakes Area Authorities Say They Will Have Additional Officers On Duty This Winter Games Weekend

Thu 1-28-2021

Dickinson county authorities say 31 people were arrested during the 2020 Winter Games.

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H-M-S Kindergarten Students To Learn How To Ride Bike Through Special Program

Thu 1-28-2021

Thanks to an effort led by PE teacher Janet Prins, the H-M-S community raised the funding needed to acquire specially equipped learn-to-ride bikes, helmets and curriculum.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Lands Cylinder Woman In Jail On Drug Charges

Wed 1-27-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a vehicle for speeding around 10:30 pm and discovered the driver, 41-year-old Jeanne Nelson, was wanted on a warrant from Freeborn county, Minnesota. 

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Okoboji Kite Festival to fly over University of Okoboji Winter Games Friday and Saturday

Wed 1-27-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Okoboji)-Participants coming from across the country for the festival 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Says Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Should Be On Its Way To Iowa; Denies Allegations Of Preferential Treatment

Wed 1-27-2021

The Governor said she was informed of that during a conference call with governors that was held Tuesday by members of the White House COVID response team

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Sign Off On Plans To Strengthen Four Bridges In The County

Wed 1-27-2021

County Engineer Dan Eckert estimated the cost at roughly $70,000 for each bridge, saying it will extend the time before they will need to be replaced altogether

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Increasing Fertilizer Prices Raising The Brows Of Farmers

Wed 1-27-2021

Andy Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says the increases have been quite noticeable recently across all the different types of fertilizers

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Spencer Man Serving Life Sentence Dies In Prison

Wed 1-27-2021

The Iowa Department of Corrections says 89-year-old Harold Duncan died Tuesday of complications related to COVID-19 and other pre-existing medical conditions. 

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O'Brien Co. Sheriff's Office & Volunteers With An Animal Rescue Organization Conduct Large Scale Dog Rescue Operation

Wed 1-27-2021

Officials in O'Brien county say they conducted a large scale dog rescue back on January 13th after a resident passed away.

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Iowa Lawmakers Consider Ban On Cell Phones While Driving

Tue 1-26-2021

It would be illegal to use a hand-held smart phone while driving under a bill that's being proposed again in the Iowa House. 

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Congressman Randy Feenstra Selected To Serve On Ag Committee

Tue 1-26-2021

Feenstra said he promised his constituents that he would deliver a seat on the House Agriculture Committee after ex-Congressman Steve King was removed from the committee.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Update From CEO Of Sioux Rivers Mental Health Region

Tue 1-26-2021

CEO Shane Walter told the supervisors they're continuing efforts to establish a new crisis/access center that would replace an existing facility in Sioux City.

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Iowa DNR Seeking Volunteer Hosts For Upcoming Summer Season At Gull Point Campground

Tue 1-26-2021

Volunteer hosts live in the state park from one to five months assisting DNR staff with light maintenance duties including checking in campers and being a resource for visitors.

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Estherville Police Officer Receives Special Recognition

Tue 1-26-2021

An Estherville police officer is receiving a special honor from the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Unanimously Approve Revision Pertaining To Allocation Of Hotel-Motel Tax Proceeds

Tue 1-26-2021

It stems from additional revenue generated by VRBO's and other vacation rental properties.

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Milford City Council Hears Proposal For Forgivable Loan Program To Spur Economic Development

Mon 1-25-2021

Kiley Miller, CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, said it could consist of the city putting $25,000 to $50,000 from its economic development fund into such a program

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Estherville Residents Reminded Of Winter Weather Issues Associated With Utility Meters

Mon 1-25-2021

They're encouraging residents to scoop a path to meters, taking care not to strike meters or equipment.

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The Iowa Rock ' Roll Music Association to present a Winter Games Roof Garden Jam January 28

Mon 1-25-2021 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Concert to include Tribute by Mr. V Trio  and wide variety of music from Iowa Rock 'n Roll All Stars

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Clay County Authorities Charge Man With Unauthorized Use Of A Credit Card

Mon 1-25-2021

The Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Christopher Gabbard was served the warrant early Saturday at the Clay county jail.

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Clay County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Charges

Mon 1-25-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 43-year-old Travis Grote of Webb pled guilty last week to charges of possessing stolen firearms and possessing firearms as a prohibited person.

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Iowa Democratic Party Selects New Chairman; Milford Man Was Among Those In Consideration

Mon 1-25-2021

Dickinson County Democratic party Chairman Brett Copeland of Milford was also nominated for the state chair position but withdrew from consideration after a brief speech.

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Dickinson Co. Public Health Announces Next Phase Of COVID Vaccinations

Fri 1-22-2021

Dickinson County Public Health announced today (Fri.) it will follow in step with the state's plan to move to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Dickinson Co. Conservation Bd. To Begin Accepting Reservations For New Maser Monarch Lodge

Fri 1-22-2021

The Dickinson County Conservation Board will begin accepting online reservations for the new Maser Monarch Lodge beginning February 1st, with the facility opening for events April 1st.

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Bridge Replacement Project Planned On Highway 10 In O'Brien County

Fri 1-22-2021

Engineers say a new bridge will be built over Mud Creek, 1.9 miles west of O'Brien County Road L-48

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Family Fest, Scheduled For March 6th At The Clay Co. Regional Events Center, Has Been Canceled Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Fri 1-22-2021

Organizers say Family Fest will return in 2022.

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Storm Lake Man Sentenced On Federal Meth & Gun Charges

Thu 1-21-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 27-year-old Jacob Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in September of last year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

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California Woman Sentenced In Federal Court In Meth Conspiracy That Had Ties To NW Iowa

Thu 1-21-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 34-year-old Marissa Weisbly of Los Osos, California pled guilty in August of last year to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park encouraging Winter Games Participants to follow Safety Guidelines

Thu 1-21-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Masks and social distancing encouraged at outdoor events, capacity limited for indoor venues

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Osceola Regional Water System Lifts Boil Advisory

Thu 1-21-2021

A boil advisory that had been in effect previously for some customers of Osceola Regional Water System on the north side of West Lake Okoboji has been lifted. 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Announces State Will Move To Next Tier Of Vaccinations Beginning Feb. 1st

Thu 1-21-2021

Reynolds says they're wrapping up with group 1A, which largely consists of healthcare workers, and will be moving to the next tier

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Palo Alto County Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital (1)

Thu 1-21-2021

A mishap around 5:30 pm Wednesday near Ruthven sent one person to the hospital.

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NW Iowa Man Sentenced For COVID-19 Related Unemployment Fraud

Thu 1-21-2021

55-year-old Dennis Chinn of Le Mars was sentenced Tuesday to three months in federal prison.

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Camp Foster YMCA Awarded Grant For Cabin Modernization Project

Thu 1-21-2021

Camp Foster YMCA has been awarded a grant through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund

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Spirit Lake Chamber Says This Year's Snowball Drop, Scheduled For Winter Games Weekend, Won't Be Held Due To Covid Concerns

Thu 1-21-2021

The Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced in a post on their Facebook page that the Snowball Drop scheduled in conjunction with this year's U Of O Winter Games, won't be held and has been postponed to 2022.

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Additional Relief Appears On The Way For Local Businesses Negatively Impacted By The Pandemic

Thu 1-21-2021

(Spencer)-- Kylie Miller, CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, says it will come in the form of some micro-grants

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USDA Under Secretary And Spirit Lake Native Bill Northey To Return To NW Iowa

Wed 1-20-2021

An Iowan who served nearly three years in the Trump Administration is heading home. 

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Final Preparations Being Made For This Weekend's Okoboji 100 Professional Snowmobile Races

Wed 1-20-2021

A Spencer man, Mitch Sebastian, and his father played a significant role in making the Cor Power Sports Okoboji 100 possible

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Sioux Falls Police Make Arrests In Connection With The Fatal Shooting Of A Spencer Native

Wed 1-20-2021

Three suspects have now been charged in the death of a Spencer native who's body was found December 30th on a Sioux Falls street.

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Bill In Iowa Legislature Would Increase Penalty For Accidents Caused By High Speeds

Wed 1-20-2021

Under the bill, a driver could be sentenced to a decade in prison if their vehicle was going 25 miles-an-hour or more above the speed limit and it directly or indirectly caused the death of someone else. 

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CCCVB Issues Reminder Of New Grant Application Deadlines

Wed 1-20-2021

They have been changed to April 1st, 2021 and October 1st, 2021. Applications in previous years were due February 1st and August 1st.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Amended Recycling Agreement With City Of Orleans

Wed 1-20-2021

The city has been involved in a contractual agreement with the county for nearly a year now under which it receives a financial subsidy from the county in exchange for allowing residents in the unincorporated areas to use the drop off site.

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Spirit Lake Police To Once Again Participate In I-PLEDGE Program

Wed 1-20-2021

The Spirit Lake Police Department once again will be participating in an initiative to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of those who are underage.

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Crash On I-90 East Of Worthington Injures Missouri Man

Wed 1-20-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 51-year-old Matthew Parkhurst of Greenwood, Missouri lost control of a 2007 Ford F150 while traveling eastbound.

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Spencer Man Charged In Connection With Two State High Speed Pursuit

Wed 1-20-2021

A Spencer man is facing multiple charges following a Monday pursuit that spanned two states.

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Tickets selling quickly for Roof Garden Concerts scheduled during The University of Okoboji Winter Games

Tue 1-19-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Safety protocols to be in place with limited seating at indoor events

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Possible Revision In Hotel/Motel Tax Allocations

Tue 1-19-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors are considering a proposal pertaining to additional revenue coming into the county's Hotel-Motel Tax from property rentals such as VRBO's.

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Water Main Repair To Result In Boil Advisory Wednesday For Some Residents On North Side Of West Lake Okoboji

Tue 1-19-2021

Officials with Osceola Rural Water System say repair of a broken water main on the north side of West Lake Okoboji Wednesday will result in a boil order going into effect for that area.

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Spencer Chamber & Flagfest Committee Unveil New Logo

Tue 1-19-2021

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Flagfest Committee have unveiled a new Flagfest Logo for the 37th annual event to be held in 2021. 

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Spencer City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Revision Pertaining To Exterior Wall And Roofing Materials

Tue 1-19-2021

City Manager Amanda Mack says it implements the universal building code and takes into consideration two concerns the city's Planning and Zoning Commission had

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O'Brien County Crash Results In Multiple Citations Against Driver

Tue 1-19-2021

Multiple charges have been filed against a Primghar man in connection with a single vehicle crash Sunday in O'Brien county.

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Estherville City Council Sets Date For Public Hearing On An Industrial Development Agreement

Mon 1-18-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton told the council it would allow Farmer's Union Industries LLC, doing business as Redwood Farms, to add a cold storage facility to its operations in Estherville.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department to hold Annual Jazz Band Contest February 3 & 4

Mon 1-18-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Hundreds of students from area schools to participate with safety protocols in place

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Laurens Man Escapes Injury In Clay County Crash

Mon 1-18-2021

Authorities say 75-year-old Edwin Bouska was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram eastbound in the 3100 mile of Clay County Road B63 when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow covered road.

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Final Respects Given For Local Conservation Officer

Mon 1-18-2021

Members of the region's law enforcement community and others paid their final respects today (Mon.) to DNR Conservation Officer Steve Reighard, who passed away January 8th due to COVID-19.

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Man Faces Charges In Single Vehicle Crash That Also Sent Him To The Hospital

Mon 1-18-2021

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Brenton Delaney of Sheldon was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger southbound on Highway 60 about a half mile south of Alton when he lost control of the pickup.

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Mild Winter So Far Causing Concern For Ice Conditions

Mon 1-18-2021

Shane Aiken, a local outdoors expert, says it is very likely the lakes will not have nearly the thickness of ice on them this season when compared to past years.

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Locally Based Bank Making Significant Change To Its Online Presence

Mon 1-18-2021

Northwest Bank has announced it will be moving to a new web address and domain later this month.

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Jackson County I-90 Rollover Injures North Dakota Man

Sun 1-17-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 58-year-old Byron Reever of Sentinnel Butte, North Dakota was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow and ice covered road.

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Arnolds Park Residents Will Soon Be Paying More For Water

Sun 1-17-2021

The city council last week voted to increase the minimum usage rate from $72 per quarter currently to $85 per quarter.

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Collision On Hwy 60 In Jackson County Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sun 1-17-2021

One person was sent to the hospital Saturday in a two vehicle collision on Highway 60 east of Wilder.

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Jackknifed Semi Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sun 1-17-2021

One person was injured Saturday when a semi jackknifed on Interstate 90 just west of Highway 86 in Jackson county.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Announces Winter Games Activities

Fri 1-15-2021

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park has announced its list of activities for this year's University of Okoboji Games. 

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Jackson County Authorities Make Arrest In Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Fri 1-15-2021

Authorities say 50-year-old Roy Sutherland of Jackson was arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault.

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Sioux County Collision Claims Life Of A Teen

Fri 1-15-2021

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Josiah Gonzalez of Granville was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu westbound on Highway 10 about three miles east of Alton.

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Reports Of Neglected Animals Lead Kossuth County Authorities To A Residence In Whittemore

Fri 1-15-2021

The Sheriff's Office says eight dogs and 10 chickens were removed earlier this month from 407 Clay Street after getting a complaint of possible animal abuse.

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Murder Trial For Emmetsburg Man Accused Of Killing Another Man With A Bolt Cutter Tool Is Pushed Back To June

Fri 1-15-2021

Allan Schwidder was charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Rollin Bontrager of Washington, Iowa. His body was found July 22nd of last year in Virgin Lake near Ruthven.

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Authorities Say Many More People Heeded Advice This Time Around Compared To Last Month's Blizzard

Fri 1-15-2021

Law enforcement and rescue crews were kept extremely busy in the December 23rd storm rescuing stranded motorists. They say things have been very quiet so far, atleast, in that regard when it comes to this blizzard. 

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Local Authorities Are Advising No Travel As A Blizzard And Whiteout Conditions Continue

Fri 1-15-2021

Local authorities say they want everyone to STAY OFF THE ROADS due to whiteout conditions which will continue through the day today (Friday). 

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Hy-Vee To Begin Offering COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing At 250 Of Its Pharmacy Locations

Thu 1-14-2021

Hy-Vee has announced it will be offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 of its pharmacy locations beginning Monday, January 18th.

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Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp/Lakes Area Dog Park Renew Partnership

Thu 1-14-2021

The Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and the Lakes Area Dog Park have renewed their partnership for another 10 years. 

 

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Spencer Chamber Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Ag Outlook

Thu 1-14-2021

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Ag Outlook Committee have announced the cancellation of this year's Ag Outlook due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Martin County Sheriff Issues Stern Warning For Anyone Who Travels When Roads Are Closed

Thu 1-14-2021

Martin County Sheriff Jeffrey Markquart says if you're caught out in that county after roads are closed, you better have your wallet handy

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Brian Dalziel To Become Interim CEO Of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Effective Next Month

Thu 1-14-2021

Dalziel tells KUOO news he's honored by the appointment.

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Predicted Blizzard Has One Area Sheriff's Office Issuing A Warning About Travel

Thu 1-14-2021

With a possible blizzard in the forecast, one area Sheriff's Office is urging those with travel plans, especially tonight (Thurs.) and tomorrow (Fri.) to reconsider them.

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New Full Time Physician Joins E-R Staff At Lakes Regional Healthcare

Thu 1-14-2021

A new full time physician as joined the Emergency Room staff at Lakes Regional Healthcare.

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We're Starting To Learn More About The Impacts COVID Had On Tourism This Past Season In The Iowa Great Lakes

Thu 1-14-2021

Rebecca Peters of Okoboji Tourism told the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors earlier this week that the lakes area actually fared better than the state as a whole.

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Changes Being Made To SMU Cable T.V. Lineups

Thu 1-14-2021

Spencer Municipal Utilities cable television subscribers are noticing some changes in their lineups.

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A Collision Involving A Pickup And Pedestrian In Jackson Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 1-14-2021

A man was injured after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday in Jackson.

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Project To Connect Trail Systems In Clay & Dickinson Counties Awarded Funding

Wed 1-13-2021

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Wed.) approved $285,690 in funding through that program for the first phase of a project connecting the Clay county trail system with Dickinson county's.

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Registration deadline looms for University of Okoboji Winter Games activities

Wed 1-13-2021 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Registrations starting to fill up for various events

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No Injuries Reported In Jackson, Mn. Apartment Fire

Wed 1-13-2021

The Jackson Fire Department responded around 7:45 pm Monday to 113 5th Street.

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Some Dixon Beach Residents & City Of Okoboji Are At Odds With DNR Over Dock Regulations

Wed 1-13-2021

Some Dixon Beach property owners on West Lake Okoboji and the city of Okoboji are at odds with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources over the spacing of some docks in that area.

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Mason City Lawyer & Businessman Elected To Seat On Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Board Of Directors

Wed 1-13-2021

Vance Jorgensen was elected to an at-large seat on the board.

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Iowa DNR Announces Assignment Of A New State Conservation Officer To Dickinson County

Wed 1-13-2021

The agency says Blake Mills has been assigned to Dickinson county.

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Okoboji City Council Decides To Proceed With Lakeshore Drive Project & To Refinance Some Existing Debt

Wed 1-13-2021

Lakeshore Drive was once again a major topic of discussion at last (Tues.) evening's Okoboji City Council meeting.

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SL City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Banning Usage Of Fireworks In The City; Approves Wage Increases For City Employees

Tue 1-12-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening gave final adoption to a couple of ordinance revisions pertaining to fireworks. One bans the use of fireworks altogether in the city while another pertains to who can be held responsible for violating that ordinance.

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Storm Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

Tue 1-12-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 31-year-old Christian Javier Ramirez entered the plea today (Tues.) to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

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2021 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders announced

Tue 1-12-2021 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Eight Cheerleaders selected via online voting this year

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Funeral Procession This Fri. (Jan. 15th) Between Estherville & Okoboji To Result In Lengthy Traffic Delays

Tue 1-12-2021

Area law enforcement agencies say a funeral procession this Friday (Jan. 15th) for DNR Officer Steve Reighard will likely result in some lengthy traffic delays on Highways 9 and 71.

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Sudden Increase In Volume Has City Of Orleans Re-Evaluating A Recycling Agreement With Dickinson County

Tue 1-12-2021

The city of Orleans is re-visiting an agreement it has with Dickinson county regarding a recycling drop-off site the city operates.

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Lack Of Snow So Far This Season Resulting In Significant Savings To Dickinson County Secondary Roads Dept.

Tue 1-12-2021

County Engineer Dan Eckert says the savings on wear and tear with equipment, fuel and materials has been very significant

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Northwest Financial Corp. Announces New President And CEO

Tue 1-12-2021

It was announced Monday Greg Post will serve in that capacity.

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Officials Now Say A House Fire Jan. 2nd In Estherville Claimed The Life Of A Man

Mon 1-11-2021

In a press release this (Monday) evening, Estherville police say the victim of the January 2nd fire has been identified as 69-year-old Paul Ostendorf, who was in the house at the time.

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Milford City Council Hears From City Attorney Regarding Donation Agreements With Non-Profit Groups

Mon 1-11-2021

The Milford City Council Monday evening decided to go along with a recommendation from City Attorney David Stein, Jr. when it comes to the city making contributions to non profit entities.

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Okoboji School Bd. Approves Adding Esports As An Extra Curricular Activity

Mon 1-11-2021

A new program is joining the offerings of extra curricular activities at Okoboji High School.

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RSVP seeking Volunteers for Pen Pal and Virtual Programs

Mon 1-11-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Volunteers opportunities offered for those who wish to work from home

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Single Vehicle Crash On I-90 At Fairmont Sends Two People To The Hospital

Mon 1-11-2021

Two people were injured in a one vehicle accident this morning on Interstate 90 in Fairmont.

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Dickinson County Named A Finalist For 2021 Community Award Through The Heathiest State Initiative

Mon 1-11-2021

The Healthiest State Initiative has announced Dickinson county is among seven finalists for its 2021 Community Award.

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New Session Of Iowa Legislative Session Has Some Issuing A Call For Tougher Elder Abuse Protections

Mon 1-11-2021

As the new Iowa legislative session kicks off today (Monday), advocates for seniors hope lawmakers will take another look at elder abuse and do more to prevent it. 

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Suspension Of Noncommercial Driver's License Expirations Comes To An End In Iowa

Mon 1-11-2021

If you're driving with an expired driver's license, you should know of some important changes that went into affect with Governor Reynolds' latest update of proclamation of Disaster Emergency related to COVID-19.

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Utility Officials Say It's Important To Keep An Eye On Natural Gas Meters This Time Of Year

Mon 1-11-2021

Officials with Black Hills Energy say it's important to keep an eye on natural gas meters this time of year.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Orders Flags Flown At Half Staff

Mon 1-11-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff through sunset this Wednesday, January 13th, in honor and remembrance of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood who died in this past Wednesday's uprising in Washington, D.C.

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Two OHS Debate Team Members Are State Champions

Mon 1-11-2021

Haley Harms and Lexi Duffy entered Saturday's elimination rounds as a number two seed after going 5-0 in the preliminary rounds. They finished the tournament 8-0.

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Local DNR Enforcement Officer Passes Away

Sat 1-9-2021

An enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who served the Iowa Great Lakes Area has died of complications from COVID-19. 

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Spirit Lake Chamber to hold Snow Ball Drop January 30

Fri 1-8-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Hundreds of prizes awarded during annual event during U of O Winter Games

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Three Area Departments Battle House Fire East Of Spirit Lake

Fri 1-8-2021

Chris Hoerichs of the Spirit Lake Fire Department says no injuries were reported

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High Profile Snowmobile Racing Event Coming To The Iowa Great Lakes

Fri 1-8-2021

Jantina Carney of the Dickinson County Snowhawks says the Okoboji 100 will be held January 23rd and 24th on East Lake Okoboji.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrests (1)

Fri 1-8-2021

A traffic stop Thursday in George resulted in charges being filed against several people.

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First Baby Of 2021 Delivered At Spencer Hospital

Thu 1-7-2021

Reba Jayne Schulz was born Wednesday, January 6th to Patty and Dave Schulz.

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Single Vehicle Crash In Palo Alto County Results In Minor Injuries

Thu 1-7-2021

A single vehicle crash around 9:00 am Wednesday in Palo Alto county resulted in minor injuries to a Fenton man.

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Porch Pirate Investigation Results In Multiple Arrests

Thu 1-7-2021

An investigation into a report of a porch pirate in Ruthven resulted in the arrests of multiple people on drug and other charges.

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Major Indoor Events For 2021 Winter Games Are Cancelled Due To COVID; Outdoor Events Still On

Thu 1-7-2021

COVID-19 is going to result in some big changes for this year's University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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Aerator Systems Now In Use On Some Area Lakes

Thu 1-7-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news the systems have recently gone into service for the winter on Center Lake and Silver Lake in Dickinson county and Ingham Lake in Emmet county.

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Citations Issued Against Everly Man In Connection With A Collision In Sioux County That Injured A Teen

Thu 1-7-2021

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Trevor Engeltjes of Everly was driving a 2006 Ford pickup pulling a livestock trailer and 17-year-old Pieter Westerbeek V of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 pickup westbound when the two collided at an intersection.

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ISU Extension of Dickinson County to offer Family StoryWalk in Spirit Lake January 16

Wed 1-6-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Extension partnering with Local Businesses for free event

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Authorities Trying To Figure Out How A Grove Fire Near Wallingford Got Started

Wed 1-6-2021

Fire Chief Jarod Fischer says they were called to 457 St. James Avenue a little before 9:30 pm Tuesday and found a large pile of debris and other items on fire.

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The Son Of A Late Clay County Attorney Has Been Identified As The Victim Of A Fatal Shooting In Sioux Falls

Wed 1-6-2021

Police say 27-year-old Mitchell Houchins was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest last Wednesday night.

 

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Dickinson Co. Public Health Official Gives Update On Local COVID Trends & Vaccinations

Wed 1-6-2021

After being on a downward trend recently, the number of coronavirus cases in Dickinson county is headed back up.

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The First Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum Of The Session Will Have A Much Different Look And Feel To It

Wed 1-6-2021

“Eggs and Issues” legislative forums are scheduled for January 23rd, February 27th and March 20th.

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Linn Grove Man Escapes Serious Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Wed 1-6-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Martin Trierweiler was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota northbound in the 3700 mile of 170th Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle.

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Pickup Vs Semi Collision Sends Woman To The Hospital

Wed 1-6-2021

A collision Monday in O'Brien county involving a pickup and a semi sent one person to the hospital.

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Palo Alto Co. Voters To Head To The Polls March 2nd On Proposal To Build A New $5.625 Million Public Safety Center

Wed 1-6-2021

It would house the Sheriff's Office, an 18-bed jail with expansion capabilities, Emergency Management Office, communications center and state probation facilities.

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LifeServe Blood Drives to be held in Spirit Lake January 12 & 15

Tue 1-5-2021 1602 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Need for Blood Donations highlighted during National Blood Donor Month

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Okoboji High School Student Earns Highest Possible ACT Composite Score

Tue 1-5-2021

William Alexander earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

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Blazing Pines Still To Be Held This Saturday (Jan. 9th) But With Some Changes Due To Covid

Tue 1-5-2021

Spencer's “Love Where You Live” organization will be putting on their “Blazing Pines” event for a second year.

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Okoboji Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Its Next Grant Cycle

Tue 1-5-2021

Mindy Gress of the Okoboji Foundation says the application period opened January 1st and continues until March 1st.

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One Area Law Enforcement Agency Says It Saw A Reduction In Calls For Service In 2020

Tue 1-5-2021

One area law enforcement agency says its calls for service in 2020 were down from previous years, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dickinson County Treasurer: Previously Extended Deadlines For Driver's Licenses Will Likely Run Out Soon

Mon 1-4-2021

Some deadlines for driver's licenses that had been previously extended through proclamations from the Governor of disaster emergency due to the pandemic are likely about to run out.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Wage Increases For Elected & Non-Elected Employees

Mon 1-4-2021

The increase for elected officials is lower than what was recommended by the County's Compensation Board.

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Milford Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Mon 1-4-2021

A Milford man escaped injury in a single vehicle crash Saturday in Clay county.

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New Exhibit About To Open At Clay County Heritage

Mon 1-4-2021

Director Stephanie Horsley says it gives a depiction of what life was like for the Plains Native Americans.

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Spencer Fire Dept. Called To Early Morning Garage Fire

Mon 1-4-2021

Firefighters were called around 3:00 am this (Monday) morning to 1705 4th Avenue East on a report of a fully engulfed garage.

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Dickinson County Water Quality Commission Announces Recipients Of Its Latest Round Of Grants

Mon 1-4-2021

Among them is a project in Minnesota.

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Fire Destroys House In Estherville

Sat 1-2-2021

Fire Chief Dick Beaver says they were called to 1414 North 6th Street a little before 4:00 am and found the structure completely engulfed.

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Mn. Governor Tim Walz Hints He May Relax Restrictions On Bars & Restaurants

Sat 1-2-2021

Governor Tim Walz is hinting that he might ease some COVID-19 restrictions on Minnesota bars and restaurants. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Sanborn Woman

Sat 1-2-2021

A single vehicle crash Wednesday injured a Sanborn woman.

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Spirit Lake Pursuit Ends With Arrest Of A Royal Man

Sat 1-2-2021

The Spirit Lake Police Department say it started a little after midnight when an officer observed a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling westbound on Highways 9 and 71 near the courthouse.

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