News Archive

Central Bank Completes Purchase Of Seven Liberty Bank Branches

Tue 12-31-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Central Bank announced today (Tues.) it has completed the purchase of seven Liberty Bank branches in the Des Moines area. Read More

Authorities Investigate Damage At Hog Confinement

Tue 12-31-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- Palo Alto county authorities are investigating some damage at a hog confinement in Fairfield Township. Read More

Man Faces Harrassment Charge For Allegedly Sending Intimidating Item In The Mail

Tue 12-31-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- A Ruthven man accused of sending something in the mail to intimidate or annoy someone faces a harrassment charge. Read More

Schedule For 2014 Legislative Forums Announced

Tue 12-31-2013

(Undated)-- Area legislative forums will resume once the Iowa Legislature gavels back into session shortly after the new year starts. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Tue 12-31-2013

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 Read More

Firefighters Battle House Fire In Frigid Temperatures

Mon 12-30-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Firefighters had to contend with temperatures a few degrees above zero while battling a house fire this (Mon.) morning in Spirit Lake. Read More

Disturbance Results In Several Charges Against Woman

Mon 12-30-2013

(Spencer)-- A Rossie woman faces multiple charges in connection with an incident Friday at a residence in Rossie. Read More

Snowmobile And ATV Registrations Expire At Midnight New Year's Eve

Mon 12-30-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Snowmobile and ATV owners are again reminded of an important deadline that's now just hours away. Read More

Stolen Pickup Results In Charges Against Woman

Mon 12-30-2013

(George)-- A George woman faces charges in connection with a stolen pickup. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 30th, 2013

Mon 12-30-2013

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 30th, 2013
Read More

SL Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Sun 12-29-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of 1st degree murder in the death of a Jackson, Minnesota woman. Read More

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Dickinson County In Denying Unemployment Benefits To Terminated Disptacher

Fri 12-27-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- An Administrative Law Judge has sided with Dickinson county in denying unemployment benefits for a dispatcher caught sleeping on the job. Read More

Officials Hope New Campaign Will Increase Public Awareness Of STEM

Fri 12-27-2013

(Estherville)-- A new public awareness campaign is being launched to increase public awareness of the STEM initiative and the potential impact it will have on the future of Iowa's economy. Read More

Christmas Tree Dropoffs Announced

Fri 12-27-2013

(Arnolds Park)-- That natural Christmas tree that's been adorning your living room the last few weeks can also help make the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games a little more special. Read More

Collision Results In Possible Injuries

Fri 12-27-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- Authorities say charges are pending in connection with a collision Christmas Day in Emmetsburg that sent one person to the hospital with possible injuries. Read More

Orange City Daycare Provider Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of Child

Thu 12-26-2013

(Orange City)-- A northwest Iowa day care provider charged with murder in the death of a three-year-old girl has been released from jail after posting bond. Read More

Newsboys And Matthew West To Perform At Clay County Fair

Thu 12-26-2013

(Spencer)-- Christian music group "Newsboys" and artist Matthew West will be appearing at the Clay Fair.

Matthew West
Read More

Rollover Injures Woman

Thu 12-26-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- A single-vehicle rollover Monday in Palo Alto county sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Ongoing Drug Investigation Nabs Estherville Man

Thu 12-26-2013

(Estherville)-- Estherville police say they've made an arrest in connection with an ongoing drug investigation.

Estherville police arrest 39-year-old John Campbell as a suspect in an ongoing drug investigation
Read More

Emmetsburg Man Arrested On Theft Charges

Thu 12-26-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An Emmetsburg man wanted on warrants out of Palo Alto county charging him with theft was arrested Monday. Read More

Estherville Police Cite More Than 20 People In Connection With Loud Party

Thu 12-26-2013

(Estherville)-- An investigation into a loud party early Sunday at a residence in Estherville resulted in police citing more than 20 people for frequenting a disorderly house. Read More

State Appeals FEMA Denial Of Disaster Assistance To Several NW Iowa Utilities

Tue 12-24-2013

(Des Moines)-- The state is appealing a denial of assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in connection with an ice storm in April of last year that caused millions of dollars in damage to electrical utilities in northwest Iowa.
Photo courtesy Mike Ehret, Dickinson County Emergency Management
Read More

Highway 9 Crash Injures Sioux Falls Man

Tue 12-24-2013

(Larchwood)-- A two-vehicle collision early Monday afternoon on Highway 9 near the South Dakota border injured a Sioux Falls man. Read More

Authorities Investigate More Grain Wagon Thefts

Tue 12-24-2013

(Ashton)-- Authorities are investigating the thefts of more grain wagons in the area. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Tue 12-24-2013

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Read More

Construction Of Cellulosic Ethanol Plant In Emmetsburg Remains On Schedule

Mon 12-23-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An ethanol plant that will make fuel from corn cobs, leaves and husks is on track to start production early next year. Read More

Palo Alto County Authorities Arrest Estherville Man Wanted On Warrant

Mon 12-23-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An Estherville man wanted on an outstanding warrant has been taken into custody in Palo Alto county.
Read More

Emmetsburg Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests On Drug Charges

Mon 12-23-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- Two people face drug charges in connection with a traffic stop around midnight Saturday in Emmetsburg. Read More

Okoboji Unveils New Logo

Mon 12-23-2013

(Milford)-- The Okoboji Community School District has unveiled its new logo.

Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Mon 12-23-2013

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 23rd, 2013 Read More

Arraignment Set For Suspect In Spirit Lake Murder

Sat 12-21-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Arraignment has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused of killing a Jackson, Minnesota woman. Read More

Clay County Fair Takes Home Honors

Fri 12-20-2013

(Spencer)-- The Clay County Fair took home several honors from the 123rd annual International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions last week in Las Vegas, along with a $1,000 check to be donated to local food banks.

Read More

Sheldon Woman Arrested On Identity Theft And Forgery Charges

Fri 12-20-2013

(Orange City)-- A Sheldon woman is accused of using someone else's identity to get a job at a meat processor. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, December 20th, 2013

Fri 12-20-2013

Daily Almanac For Friday, December 20th, 2013 Read More

Attorney General Issues Advisory Regarding Target Credit And Debit Card Breach

Thu 12-19-2013

(Des Moines)-- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is advising those who used credit and/or debit cards at any Target store from November 27th through December 15th to keep a close eye on their statements and credit reports. Read More

Lake Park City Hall Gets Facelift

Thu 12-19-2013

(Lake Park)-- The Lake Park city hall has a new look.

Read More

DNR To Release Trout In Local Pond

Thu 12-19-2013

(Spencer)-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations around the state this winter, including one locally. Read More

Okoboji And SLHS Students To Participate In Conceptual Productions Class

Thu 12-19-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A collaborative effort involving two area high schools and Polaris Industries will give students a first hand experience in problem solving and developing models to increase efficiency on assembly lines.  Read More

Echo Plus Enters Management Agreement With Hope Haven

Thu 12-19-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- The Board of Directors of Echo Plus has announced plans to partner with Hope Haven, Incorporated for the short-term management of Echo Plus facilities in Spirit Lake and Estherville. Read More

ILCC Trustees Approve New Programs

Thu 12-19-2013

(Estherville)-- The board of trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College have given the go-ahead for two new programs to be offered in the fall of 2014 at the Estherville campus.  Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Thu 12-19-2013

Daily Almanac For Thursday, December 19th, 2013 Read More

Traffic Stop Results In Arrest On Drug Charges

Wed 12-18-2013

(Spencer)-- A Ruthven woman faces drug charges following a traffic stop Sunday in Clay county. Read More

Ocheyedan Man Arrested On Warrant

Wed 12-18-2013

(Spencer)-- A man wanted in connection with a domestic disturbance in Clay county that occurred on October 30th of this year was arrested Tuesday in Osceola county. Read More

Teen Faces Charges In School Fight

Wed 12-18-2013

(Spencer)-- A teen faces charges in connection with a fight Tuesday at Clay Central-Everly High School. Read More

I 90 Rollovers Result In Minor Injuries

Wed 12-18-2013

(Worthington, Mn.)-- Icy conditions were cited in several rollovers Tuesday in southwest Minnesota. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Wed 12-18-2013

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 Read More

Libraries Awarded Grants

Tue 12-17-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- The State Library of Iowa has announced public libraries in Emmetsburg and Burt along with the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg campus library have been awarded Library Technology Grants. Read More

SLHS Student Finalist In Iowa State Bar Association Competition

Tue 12-17-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake High School student is a finalist in the Iowa State Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division "Know Your Constitution" project. Read More

11 NW Iowa Attorneys Apply For District Associate Judge Position

Tue 12-17-2013

(Sioux City)-- 11 northwest Iowa attorneys have applied for the district associate judge position that will be vacant when District Associate Judge Donald Bormann retires February 24th, 2014. Read More

Attorney Appointed To Fill Lyon County Magistrate Position

Tue 12-17-2013

(Rock Rapids)-- The Lyon County Magistrate Nominating Commission has appointed attorney Jenny Lea Winterfeld to fill a vacancy created by the death of Francis Honrath. Read More

No Injuries Reported In Tanker Rollover

Tue 12-17-2013

(Spencer)-- No injuries were reported Monday when a fuel tanker left the road and rolled in Clay county. Read More

Minor Injuries Reported In Collision Involving Car And Road Grader

Tue 12-17-2013

(Jackson, Mn.)-- Minor injuries were reported when a car and a road grader collided Monday on Highway 71 north of Interstate 90 in Jackson. Read More

U Of O Winter Games Cheerleader Nominations Sought

Mon 12-16-2013

(Arnolds Park)-- The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for cheerleaders for the 2014 University of Okoboji Winter Games. Read More

Snowmobile, ATV And ORV Registrations Due

Mon 12-16-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Owners of snowmobiles, all-terrain and off-road-vehicles are reminded that in order to operate the machines on public ice and designated public riding trails that they must be currently registered. Read More

Search Of Rural Palo Alto County Residence Results In Two Arrests

Mon 12-16-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- The execution of a search warrant on a residence in rural Palo Alto county has landed a couple in jail on various charges. Read More

Spencer Man Arrested On Perjury Charge

Mon 12-16-2013

(Spencer)-- A Spencer man has been arrested on a perjury charge for allegedly giving false testimony to authorities investigating the death of Edward Kitto of Spencer. Read More

Spencer Man Wanted On 1st Degree Burglary Charge Arrested

Mon 12-16-2013

(Spencer)-- A Spencer man wanted on an original charge of 1st degree burglary now faces additional charges following an alleged incident this past weekend. Read More

Spirit Lake Woman Granted Parole After Spending 13 Years Behind Bars For Child Endangerment

Mon 12-16-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- The Iowa Parole Board has granted parole for a Spirit Lake woman who was convicted in the death of a two-year-old child. Read More

Bank Midwest officials warn of debit card phone scam

Sat 12-14-2013

Cardholders are advised to not give out card numbers under any circumstances Read More

Fairmont Woman Charged In Estherville Car Burglary

Fri 12-13-2013

(Estherville)-- Another car burglary in Estherville has resulted in the arrests of two suspects.  Read More

Nobles County Crash Injures Man

Fri 12-13-2013

(Worthington, Mn.)-- A single-vehicle crash Thursday on Highway 60 near Brewster sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, December 13th, 2013

Fri 12-13-2013

Daily Almanac For Friday, December 13th, 2013 Read More

Burglary Investigation Results In Multiple Charges Against Estherville Man

Thu 12-12-2013

(Estherville)-- An investigation into a report of a car burglary in Estherville has landed a man in jail on multiple charges.

Read More

Farmers In Several NW Iowa Counties Eligible For Assistance

Thu 12-12-2013

(Undated)-- Farmers in several northwest Iowa counties are eligible for assistance as the result of a recent disaster declaration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture stemming from drought conditions. Read More

Investigation Lands Clay County Woman In Jail On More Than 50 Drug Related Charges

Thu 12-12-2013

(Storm Lake)-- An investigation by Storm Lake police has landed a Royal woman in jail on more than 50 drug-related charges. Read More

ILCC Adds New Safety Feature To Wind Turbine

Thu 12-12-2013

(Estherville)-- A new state-of-the-art safety system has been installed in a wind turbine at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Read More

City Of SL To Look At Recycling Splash Pad Water

Thu 12-12-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake city council Tuesday authorized city staff to put together bid specifications for a system that would recycle water at the splash pad at Memorial Park. Read More

SL Council Sets Date For Public Hearing And Bidletting On City Hall Project

Wed 12-11-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake city council Tuesday set January 28th as the date for a public hearing on plans and specifications and to consider awarding a bid on the city hall project. Read More

Suspect In Murder Of Jackson, Mn. Woman Makes Initial Court Appearance

Tue 12-10-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A suspect charged in the death of a Jackson, Minnesota woman at a rural Spirit Lake residence made an initial appearance this (Tues.) morning in Dickinson County District Court.

Read More

Dickinson Supervisors Opt To Appoint Someone To Fill County Auditor Position

Tue 12-10-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson county board of supervisors this (Tues.) morning voted unanimously to publish notice that they plan to appoint someone to the position of County Auditor. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Tue 12-10-2013

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 Read More

Spirit Lake Man Faces Murder Charge In Death Of Jackson, Mn. Woman

Mon 12-9-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman who's body was found at a rural Spirit Lake residence Sunday night. Read More

No Injuries Reported In Semi Vs Train Collision In Spencer

Mon 12-9-2013

(Spencer)-- No injuries were reported earlier today (Mon.) when a semi collided with a train in Spencer. Read More

Press On Shirts available on Tuesday

Mon 12-9-2013

Press On shirts will be available for pick-up beginning Tuesday at 8 am at Central Bank in Spirit Lake. Read More

Iowa Great Lakes Declared Frozen

Mon 12-9-2013

(Arnolds Park)-- Get the ice shacks ready, the Iowa Great Lakes are officially frozen. Read More

SL Team Crowned Champs In Regional LEGO Competition

Mon 12-9-2013

(Estherville)-- A Spirit Lake team took home top honors Saturday in a regional LEGO competition held at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Read More

Disturbance Outside Bar Leads To An Arrest

Mon 12-9-2013

(Graettinger)-- A disturbance early Saturday outside a Graettinger bar landed a man in jail. Read More

Man Wanted On Minnesota Charges Arrested At Lake Park Business

Mon 12-9-2013

(Lake Park)-- A man wanted by Minnesota authorities has been arrested in Lake Park. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 9th, 2013

Mon 12-9-2013

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 9th, 2013 Read More

Aeration Systems Started Up On Several Area Lakes

Fri 12-6-2013

(Undated)-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning people to be on the lookout for aeration systems that have been started up on several area lakes and the open water and thin ice that's associated with them. Read More

Okoboji Elementary Celebrates Blue Ribbon Status

Fri 12-6-2013

(Milford)-- Okoboji Elementary School has achieved Blue Ribbon recognition. Read More

Brownmed Receives Iowa Venture Award

Fri 12-6-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Special recognition for a Spirit Lake manufacturer. Brownmed is one of nine Iowa manufacturers to receive an Iowa Venture Award through the Iowa Area Development Group.


Read More

Local Authorities Investigate Thefts Of Gravity Wagons

Fri 12-6-2013

(Estherville)-- Two area law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help as they investigate thefts of gravity wagons. Read More

Dickinson County's Only Can Redemption Center Will Cease Operations This Spring

Thu 12-5-2013

(Arnolds Park)-- Dickinson county is about to lose its only can redemption center. Read More

Officials Urge Caution On Ice As Lakes Freeze

Thu 12-5-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Some ice fishermen are getting a jump start on the season now that some of the more shallow lakes in the Iowa Great Lakes chain are now locked in ice.

East Lake Okoboji at the Hattie Elston boat ramp
Read More

Drug Investigation Nets Graettinger Man

Thu 12-5-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- A Graettinger man faces drug charges as the result of an investigation earlier this year by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office. Read More

Driver Escapes Serious Injury In Rollover

Thu 12-5-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An Algona resident escaped serious injury in a single vehicle rollover Wednesday in Palo Alto county. Read More

Area Businesses Alerted Of Scam

Thu 12-5-2013

(Spencer)-- The Spencer Chamber of Commerce is issuing a warning about a scam. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Thu 12-5-2013

Daily Almanac For Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Read More

Local Housing Groups Awarded IFA Grants

Wed 12-4-2013

(Des Moines)-- Two area housing groups have been awarded funding through the Iowa Finance Authority. Read More

Local Author Achieves Milestone

Wed 12-4-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A local author has achieved a big milestone. Read More

John Brown Named Citizen Of The Years

Wed 12-4-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A local banker has been named this year's Citizen of The Years by the Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis Club. Read More

Harris Man Sentenced To Life On Kidnapping And Sexual Assault Charges

Wed 12-4-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A Harris man convicted of first degree kidnapping and second degree sexual assault has been sentenced to life in prison. Read More

Regional Facility To Treat Children With Behavioral Disorders Planned For Spencer

Wed 12-4-2013

(Spencer)-- Efforts are underway to establish a center in Spencer that would treat children with various behavioral disorders.

Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Wed 12-4-2013

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 Read More

I90 Crash Injures Storm Lake Man

Tue 12-3-2013

(Austin, Mn.)-- A Storm Lake man was injured in a single-vehicle crash earlier today (Tues.) on Interstate 90 in southeast Minnesota. Read More

Palo Alto County Authorities Look Into Possible Burglary Of Copper From Abandoned Building

Tue 12-3-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- Palo Alto county authorities are requesting the public's assistance as they look into a report of a possible burglary of an abandoned rural building.
Read More

SL Firefighters Battle Tree Fire

Tue 12-3-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- Spirit Lake firefighters spent a portion of their morning battling a tree fire. Read More

Electrical Problem Cited As Probable Cause Of Fire At Business Near Estherville

Tue 12-3-2013

(Estherville)-- No injuries were reported this (Tues.) morning in a structure fire at Valley Contracting on Highway 4 on the south edge of Estherville. Read More

IUB Approves Alliant Energy Proposal To Reduce Required Energy Efficiency Goals

Tue 12-3-2013

(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Utilities Board Monday approved a plan by Alliant Energy to reduce its required energy efficiency goals for 2014 through 2018.


Read More

NW Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder

Tue 12-3-2013

(Cherokee)-- A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in connection with an attack last month. Read More

NW Iowa Man Sentenced For Shooting At Salesman

Tue 12-3-2013

(Hawarden)-- A northwest Iowa man has been given jail time for shooting at a vacuum cleaner salesperson in September. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Tue 12-3-2013

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Read More

Man Sentenced To Reduced Charges In Death Of A Spencer Man

Mon 12-2-2013

(Spirit Lake)-- A man originally charged with murder in the death of 59-year-old Edward Kitto of Spencer has been sentenced to lesser charges in Dickinson County District Court. Read More

Sheldon Man Accused Of Stealing Vehicles And Leading Officers On Chase

Mon 12-2-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- A Sheldon faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a couple of vehicles from the Emmetsburg area and leading officers on a pursuit. Read More

Investigation Into 911 Hangup Call Results In Arrest

Mon 12-2-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An investigation into a 911 hangup call Thursday landed a woman in jail on a serious assault charge. Read More

Domestic Disturbance Investigation Results In Arrest

Mon 12-2-2013

(Emmetsburg)-- An Emmetsburg man faces charges in connection with an alleged domestic disturbance. Read More

Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges

Mon 12-2-2013

(Spencer)-- A Des Moines man faces drug charges following a traffic stop Friday in Clay county. Read More

Rural Everly Man Arrested On Assault Charges

Mon 12-2-2013

(Spencer)-- A rural Everly man wanted in connection with an alleged domestic disturbance on November 24th has turned himself in to authorities. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Mon 12-2-2013

Daily Almanac For Monday, December 2nd, 2013 Read More

Milford Firefighters Battle Semi Fire

Sun 12-1-2013

(Milford)-- Milford firefighters were called to the scene of a semi fire early this (Sunday) morning. Read More

Careless Smoking Ruled As Cause Of Fatal House Fire

Sun 12-1-2013

(Estherville)-- Authorities say an improperly discarded cigarette was the cause of a house fire Friday in Estherville that claimed the life of an Estherville man. Read More