News Archive

Okoboji School Board Discusses Infrastructure Needs & How To Fund Them

Mon 11-18-2019

As construction on the new middle school continues, planning is kicking into high gear for some projects at the Okoboji Elementary and high school along with the district's administrative facility.

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Estherville Chamber to host Annual Chocolate Walk and Parade of Lights November 21

Mon 11-18-2019 613 East Central Ave, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Blizzard-themed Parade to travel from East to West along Central Avenue this year.  

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American Red Cross To Hold Several Blood Drives In The Region In Coming Weeks

Mon 11-18-2019

Sue Thesenga of the Red Cross says blood donations are especially needed as we head into the busy holiday season.

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Regional Internet Service Provider Awarded Federal Grant To Expand Broadband To Rural Areas Of NW Iowa & SE South Dakota

Mon 11-18-2019

It was announced Friday Premier Communications of Sioux Center was awarded $7 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand broadband internet service 

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Semi Loaded With Live Turkeys Crashes In Fostoria

Mon 11-18-2019

Some turkeys won't be reaching the Thanksgiving table after a truck carrying the birds crashed early Friday in Fostoria.

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Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Held On Pollinator Paradise At Dickinson Co. Nature Center

Mon 11-18-2019

Kiley Roth, Community Relations Coordinator for the nature center says construction on the addition was completed back in March of this year.

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Public invited to Community Social following TEDxOkoboji November 22

Fri 11-15-2019 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Light snacks, cash bar offered starting at 4:30 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center

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Hwy 86 On West Side Of West Lake Okoboji To Be Re-Surfaced Next Summer

Fri 11-15-2019

As part of that project, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors Tuesday signed off on an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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Sanitary Sewer System In Fostoria To Undergo Smoke Testing

Fri 11-15-2019

(Fostoria)-- Officials say the testing is being done to find any illegal connections into the system, as that too much wastewater is getting into the city's treatment lagoons.

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Clay County Fair & Events Center Announces Lineup For 2020 Winter Events Series

Fri 11-15-2019

The Clay County Fair and Events Center has announced the lineup for their 2020 Winter Event Series at the Clay County Regional Events Center.

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Northwest Iowa Concert and Jazz Bands to present Fall and Holiday Concert November 18

Thu 11-14-2019 314 South 1st Street, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Band Members from 14 area cities to perform.

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Collision South Of Superior Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 11-14-2019

A collision Wednesday south of Superior sent one person to the hospital.

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Regional Economist Predicts Slower Retail Growth Over Holiday Season

Thu 11-14-2019

Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss predicts retail sales will grow by 3 to 4 percent this holiday shopping season, with roughly a 14 percent increase in the e-commerce sector. But, he says the outlook is not as good this year as in previous ones

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Officials Remind Everyone Of Dangers With Early Ice Cover On Most Lakes

Thu 11-14-2019

The much colder than normal temperatures for this time of year have resulted in ice forming on some of the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Dev. Corp. Holds Annual Business Recognition Luncheon

Thu 11-14-2019

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation held its 10th annual business recognition program Wednesday in Spencer.

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Arnolds Park Also Dropping Out Of Highway 71 Corridor Study

Thu 11-14-2019

With one member absent, the city council there voted four-to-nothing Wednesday to drop out of the study, joining the cities of Milford and Okoboji who voted at their respective meetings Tuesday evening to also opt out of the study.

 

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Spencer Businessman Pleads Not Guilty To Tax Fraud

Thu 11-14-2019

A 36-year-old Spencer business owner has pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges.

 

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Northwest Bank accepting donations for the Backpack Program throughout November

Wed 11-13-2019 1008 18th St Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Program helps students at Spirit Lake and Okoboji Schools during long holiday break.

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Two Long-Time Environmental Specialists At DNR Spencer Field Office To Retire At End Of The Year

Wed 11-13-2019

A reception for Julie Sievers and Bryon Whiting will be held December 18th from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. 

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Spirit Lake-Based Rembrandt Foods To Close Egg Processing Plant

Wed 11-13-2019

52 people will be left without a job once the plant in Renville, Minnesota ceases operations.

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Okoboji City Council Tables Land Swap Proposal

Wed 11-13-2019

The Okoboji City Council Tuesday tabled a proposal for a land swap with 17 Oak Condominiums that would help necessitate a project by the city and Imagine Iowa Great Lakes to spruce up an adjoining park, known as “East Lake Park”, on the east side of Highway 71 across from Kum 'n Go.

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Lack Of Bids Results In Delay On Dixon Beach Seawall Rip-Rap Project

Wed 11-13-2019

(Okoboji)-- The Okoboji City Council learned Tuesday night no bids were received on the project.

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Local Farmer Elected To Board Of Directors Of A Member-Owned Farm Credit Cooperative

Wed 11-13-2019

Compeer Financial announced today (Wed.) Rodney Bosma of Rushmore, Minnesota has been elected to a four-year term on its board.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Fill Upcoming Vacant Co. Attorney Position By Appointment

Wed 11-13-2019

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to appoint Amy Zenor as County Attorney when John Martin steps down from the position at the end of the year. 

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Canvass Of Election Results Impacts City Election In Terril

Wed 11-13-2019

Three city council seats were on the ballot. A write-in candidate wound up winning one of those seats.

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Some Lakes Area Cities Are Having Second Thoughts On Highway 71 Study Through The Lakes Corridor

Wed 11-13-2019

An earlier proposal would have had the funding for the study being provided by Imagine Iowa Great Lakes and the Iowa Department of Transportation. But City Administrator Michael Meyers told the Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening that's now changed.

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Mitchell Keeran to premiere Summer Ball November 16 in Bancroft

Tue 11-12-2019 304 S Summit St, Bancroft, IA

(Bancroft)-Keeran to appear for Q & A at Summit Center on Saturday.

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Benefit Planned For Victims Of Spirit Lake House Fire

Tue 11-12-2019

A fundraising event will be held later this month for victims of a house fire this past Friday evening in Spirit Lake. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Proposal For Upgrades To 911 Communications Center

Tue 11-12-2019

Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret says some of the equipment in the center is nearing its life expectancy.

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Portion Of Peoria Avenue In Spirit Lake To Be Closed Beginning Thursday

Tue 11-12-2019

A portion of Peoria Avenue near Hy-Vee and Clean Slate Auto Spa in Spirit Lake will be closed to traffic starting this Thursday (Nov. 14th) for a joint project between the Dickinson County Trails Board and city of Spirit Lake.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Proposal For Additional Siren & Possible Upgrades For Others

Tue 11-12-2019

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) heard a proposal from Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret to add a siren near the Fed Ex facility on 255th Avenue on the northeast side of Spirit Lake. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote 4-1 To Move To A Different Mental Health Service Region

Tue 11-12-2019

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) voted 4-1 to move to a different mental health services region.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Florida Man

Tue 11-12-2019

Upon making contact with the driver the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana and found some of the substance in the vehicle.

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17-Year-Old Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Tue 11-12-2019

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called shortly after 1:00 pm November 5th to a report of a vehicle on its top at the intersection of 290th Avenue and 440th Street in Clay county.

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Experts Offer Advice On Lowering Home Heating Costs

Tue 11-12-2019

They say there are several things you can do around the house to help out as well, like using ceiling fans to push down warm air from near the ceiling; caulking, sealing and weather stripping doors and windows; and turn off ventilation fans once you're done using them.

 

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State Of Iowa Launching A Tracking And Reporting System For Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

Tue 11-12-2019

Officials say it will provide transparent status updates to survivors of rape as well as law enforcement and medical professionals.

 

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present Abbey Soul: A Beatles Tribute November 14

Mon 11-11-2019 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Music After Hours concerts to be held 2nd Thursday of the Month.

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12 SLHS Band Members Selected To Participate In Honor Band

Mon 11-11-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- 12 Spirit Lake High School Band Members have been selected to participate in the NWIBA Honor Band.

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No Injuries Reported In Grain Dryer Fire

Mon 11-11-2019

The Estherville and Gruver Fire Departments were called a little after 10:00 am after getting a report of a grain dryer on fire at New Fashion Pork on Highway 4 in Estherville.

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Wet Corn, Shortage Of Propane Causing Issues For Some Farmers

Mon 11-11-2019

Paul Kassel, an agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Clay county, says while most of the early planted corn has been coming in with favorable moisture in the teens, most of the late planted crop has levels much higher

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Minor Injuries Reported When Vehicle Collides With Deer

Mon 11-11-2019

Minor injuries were reported Saturday evening when a vehicle collided with a deer in Osceola county.

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Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth Receives Special Recognition

Mon 11-11-2019

Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth was awarded the 2019 Roger Mooty Memorial Award this past weekend.

 

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Spirit Lake Middle School Band Students To Perform In Honor Bands

Mon 11-11-2019

Eight Spirit Lake Middle School band students were selected to participate in the 52nd annual Northwest Iowa Middle School Honor Bands Festival.

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Okoboji Foundation Presents $24,000 Check To DNR For Water Quality Improvement Project At Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery

Mon 11-11-2019

It allows fish feed and fish waste time to settle in the ponds, prior to the water going into the lake. 

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No Injuries Reported In SL House Fire (1)

Sat 11-9-2019

Firefighters were called to 710 22nd Street after getting a report of smoke in a residence there, possibly from a chimney fire. 

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Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Embarking On Solar Power Project

Fri 11-8-2019

Steve Anderson, Superintendent of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District tells KUOO news they're embarking on a solar project as a way to reduce costs at the facility just northeast of Milford.

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Milford Business Owner Receives Special Award

Fri 11-8-2019

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented Tom Wright, owner of Okoboji Tree Specialists, with an Iowa Impact Award.

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Crash Near George Sends One Person To The Hospital

Fri 11-8-2019

A single vehicle crash Wednesday near George sent one person to the hospital.

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REAP Assembly Meeting To Be Held December 3rd In Spencer

Fri 11-8-2019

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be holding a series of REAP assembly meetings around the state in the coming weeks.

 

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Firefighters To Burn Former Golden Sun Elevator In Estherville Saturday (Nov. 9th) As A Training Exercise

Fri 11-8-2019

City officials say the exercise is scheduled to start at 6:00 am, and that it's contingent upon favorable weather.

 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Again Delay Decision On Possibly Opting Into Another Mental Health Service Region

Thu 11-7-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- The Board of Supervisors took no action in a special meeting late Thursday on the possibility of the county leaving Northwest Iowa Care Connections and joining Sioux Rivers.

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Dates Set For Local Forums For Upcoming Iowa Legislative Session

Thu 11-7-2019

Forums put on by the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce are scheduled for February 15th, March 7th, and March 28th, 2020. They'll be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.

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Collision On County Road N-14 Just South Of Clay-Dickinson County Line Sends Two People To The Hospital

Thu 11-7-2019

A two-vehicle collision Wednesday in the 2800 mile of County Road N-14 just south of the Clay-Dickinson county line sent two people to the hospital.

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Youth In Philanthropy Sets $50,000 Fundraising Goal

Thu 11-7-2019

The Okoboji Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program set $50,000 as their fundraising goal for this year at a meeting Wednesday at Lakeside Lab. 

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Palo Alto Co. Crash Injures Man

Thu 11-7-2019

A West Bend man was injured Wednesday when a vehicle he was driving collided with a utility pole.

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Sibley Fire Chief Sustains Minor Injury In Collision

Thu 11-7-2019

Minor injuries were reported in a collision Monday night on Highway 60 in Osceola county involving a vehicle and a tractor.

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Public Urged To Attend Veteran's Day Programs Monday (Nov. 11th)

Thu 11-7-2019

Dennis Perry, Commander of the Spirit Lake American Legion, says one of those will be held Monday morning at the Sami Center at Spirit Lake High School

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Unemployment Rates In Region Remain Fairly Stable

Thu 11-7-2019

Figures released today (Thurs.) show Iowa's jobless rate in September was unchanged from August at 2.5 percent. 

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Local Business Recognized Nationally For Recruiting, Employing And Retaining Veterans

Thu 11-7-2019

Iowa Lakes Regional Water of Spencer receive a platinum level award through the U.S. Department of Labor's HIRE Vets program.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Single Vehicle Crash (4)

Thu 11-7-2019

Minor injuries were reported early Wednesday in a single vehicle crash on 310th Avenue in Clay county.

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Okoboji After Prom Committee to hold Donkey Basketball Fundraiser November 11

Wed 11-6-2019 10 Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, with proceeds going to Okoboji High School After Prom event.

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Winter Weather Awareness Day In Iowa Is Thursday (Nov. 7th)

Wed 11-6-2019

Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret says now is definitely a good time to make sure that vehicle is ready for the winter conditions and that you have the proper items with you.

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Snow & Ice Said To Be Factors In Separate I-90 Crashes That Sent Several People To The Hospital

Wed 11-6-2019

Snow and ice were said to be contributing factors in some crashes Tuesday evening on Interstate 90.

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Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash In Clay County

Wed 11-6-2019

A Peterson man escaped injury in a single vehicle crash Tuesday in Clay county.

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Milford-Based Landmark Products Enjoys Even More Growth

Wed 11-6-2019

Dana Evaro, Vice President of Marketing for Landmark Products tells KUOO news they continue to diversify their line of products

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UDMO Reminds Low Income Residents Of Home Heating Assistance Program

Wed 11-6-2019

Even colder temperatures are in the forecast and that has officials with Upper Des Moines Opportunity reminding low income residents of a program that gives assistance with heating bills.

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City/School Election Results

Tue 11-5-2019

2019 City & School Election Results

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Ayrshire Man Accused Of Burglary

Tue 11-5-2019

An investigation into a break in of the former Quick Stop Convenience Store in Ayrshire has resulted in the arrest of an Ayrshire man.

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Northwest Bank to present Priorities & Purpose: A Conversation about Values November 7 & 8

Tue 11-5-2019 610 Linden Dr.,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Events are free, however RSVP required.

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No Injuries Reported In Tractor Fire (1)

Tue 11-5-2019

Royal firefighters were called around 7:30 pm Monday to a report of a tractor and some corn on fire in a field near Royal. 

 

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Dickinson County Considering Switching Mental Health Service Regions

Tue 11-5-2019

The county currently belongs to Northwest Iowa Care Connections. However, Beth Will, Community Services Director, told the Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) O'Brien county will be leaving Northwest Iowa Care Connections and will be joining the Sioux Rivers region.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Sibley Airport After Experiencing Engine Trouble

Tue 11-5-2019

A small plane made an emergency landing Monday at the Sibley airport after experiencing engine trouble.

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Program For Dickinson Co. Veterans To Be Held Thurs. (Nov. 7th)

Tue 11-5-2019

Organizer Samantha Emrich says Thursday's event will be held from 10:00 am until 12 Noon in the Community Room at the Dickinson County Courthouse.

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Suspicious Person Investigation Results In Arrest (2)

Tue 11-5-2019

An investigation this past Saturday into a report of a suspicious person in Sibley resulted in an arrest.

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Firefighters Find Body Of A Man In Spencer House Fire

Mon 11-4-2019

The Spencer Fire Department was called to the scene at 1408 13th Avenue West.

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Democratic Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Brings Campaign To NW Iowa

Mon 11-4-2019

 Buttigieg told a large crowd at the Spencer YMCA climate change and restoring America's credibility abroad would be among his priorities if elected.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Student Leaders planning Veterans Day events

Mon 11-4-2019 3200 College Dr, Emmetsburg, IA

(Emmetsburg)-All Campuses have Honor Trees in place, special program on tap for Veterans Day

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Low To Moderate Income Families In Spencer May Apply For Assistance In Paying Solid Waste Bills

Mon 11-4-2019

City officials say that for those who qualify, the reduction would be rebated in December, 2019 on their utility bill. 

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Estherville Collision Sends Two People To The Hospital

Mon 11-4-2019

Police say 19-year-old Jennifer Vidales Mares of Estherville was driving a 2004 Buick northbound and 56-year-old Coletta Jaeger of Estherville was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler eastbound when the two collided at an intersection.

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Some Reminders Of Things You'll Need To Know Before Voting Tuesday

Mon 11-4-2019

Jordan Moyer of the Dickinson County Auditor's Office says the most important is a change in polling locations.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Linn Grove Man

Mon 11-4-2019

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it happened shortly before 5:00 pm Tuesday when a deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 3700 mile of Highway 71.

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ISU Extension & Outreach To Offer Series Of Farm Bill Workshops In NW Iowa During December

Mon 11-4-2019

Gary Wright, Farm Business Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tells KUOO news the meetings are designed to help producers, landlords and other agri-business professions with a discussion of farm operation strategies including the 2018 Farm Bill election and enrollment process.

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Several Local Drinking Water Utilities Receive Special Recognition For Fluoridation

Sat 11-2-2019

Locally, they include Algona, Bancroft, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Hartley, Milford, Paullina, Sibley, Spencer, Spirit Lake, and Terril.

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Collision Involving A Semi & Pickup Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sat 11-2-2019

 A collision Friday involving a pickup and a semi at the Iowa/Minnesota border south of Bigelow sent one person to the hospital.

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Arnolds Park Announces Winter Games Concert Line Up For Roof Garden

Fri 11-1-2019

Arnolds Park Marketing Director Paul Plumb says the concerts will be held Friday and Saturday evenings of that weekend at the Roof Garden.

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Dickinson Co. Conservation Board Votes To Sign 10-Year Lease Agreement To Brooks Management LLC To Run Brooks Golf

Fri 11-1-2019

A committee of Conservation Board members, staff and Dickinson County supervisors reviewed the submitted proposals from management companies and recommended Brooks Management LLC be awarded the 10-year contract.

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Area Veterans Urged To Attend "Veterans' Perspective Program" Nov. 6th At The Spencer VFW

Fri 11-1-2019

Stephanie Horsley of Clay County Heritage tells KUOO news the free program will be held Wednesday, November 6th at the Spencer VFW and will feature Sara Maniscalo Robinson, founder of the Iowa Veterans Perspective organization

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Area Farmers Urged To Attend Annual Pro-Ag & Management Meeting November 11th

Fri 11-1-2019

Gary Wright, Farm Business Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach tells KUOO news experts will be on hand to talk about research-based information key to best-outcome 2020 agricultural decisions

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