News Archive

Man Already In Jail For Thefts From Vehicles Now Faces Additional Charges

Thu 12-31-2020

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Troy Petersen of Graettinger was served Wednesday with additional warrants charging him with 3rd degree burglary and 5th degree criminal mischief.

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Exec. Dir. Of Okoboji Summer Theatre Recalls Local Appearances Of Dawn Wells, Who Recently Passed Away

Thu 12-31-2020

We're mourning the passing of actress Dawn Wells, who is probably best known for the beloved character Mary Ann on the 1960's sitcom Gilligan's Island. But Dawn also holds a very special place in the heart of many locally.

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Iowa Attorney General's Office Issues Warnings Of Scams Involving COVID-19 Vaccines & Stimulus Payments

Thu 12-31-2020

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says his office has already received reports of a scammer contacting residents offering to sell a ticket or something similar to guarantee you have a place on a waiting list for the vaccine.

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Palo Alto Co. Authorities Say Charges May Be Pending In Single Vehicle Crash That Injured The Driver

Thu 12-31-2020

The Sheriff's Office says deputies were called a little after 11:30 pm Tuesday after getting a report of a single vehicle rollover.

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Local Ag Expert Says It Will Be Crucial We Receive Timely Rains This Spring Shortly After The Frost Goes Out, As Drought Concerns Worsen

Thu 12-31-2020

2020 will go in the books as a polar opposite when it comes to moisture. After too much moisture in recent years, this year we couldn't get enough.

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Charges Filed Against Former Funeral Director

Wed 12-30-2020

An Emmetsburg man has been charged in connection with an investigation that's been going on since 2019 by the Iowa Insurance Fraud Bureau. 

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Area Cities To Be Conducting Snow Removal Operations Tonight (Wed.)

Wed 12-30-2020

Some area cities will be conducting snow removal operations overnight tonight (Wed.).

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Southern Minnesota Crash Claims A Life

Wed 12-30-2020

A single vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Blue Earth has claimed the life of a Windom man.

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Hy-Vee Administers First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine At A Southern Minnesota Long Term Care Facility

Tue 12-29-2020

Hy-Vee announced Tuesday it has administered its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to staff and residents of the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. 

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Iowa Lakes Community College announces Express Registration dates for Spring Semester

Tue 12-29-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Students should call in advance to schedule appointments

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Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Dept. Responds To Two Calls Simultaneously

Tue 12-29-2020

Chief Chris Yungbluth says the first one was to a seasonal residence where an alarm was going off. While they were there, Yungbluth says a crew had to divert to a call at United Community Bank in Okoboji.

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Several Local Entities Awarded Funding Through Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program

Tue 12-29-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds allocated $7 million in the state's share of federal CARES funds to assist Iowa arts and cultural organizations, business and individual artists whose operations were impacted by the pandemic.

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Horseshoe Bend Tubing Hill To Be Closed This Winter To Organized Sledding

Tue 12-29-2020

The Dickinson County Conservation Board has announced on a post on its Facebook Page the tubing hill at Horseshoe Bend will be closed to organized sledding this winter

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Great Lakes Mall Announces Winners Of "Festival Of Giving Trees"

Tue 12-29-2020

The tree receiving the most donations was put up by Grape Tree Medical Staff.

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Milford City Council Discusses Street Lighting On "P" Avenue & 13th Street

Tue 12-29-2020

It was met with some sticker shock after they were presented with an estimate of $26,000 for not quite a block of lighting on 13th Street from Highway 71 to “P” Avenue.

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Sibley Man Escapes Injury After Losing Control Of A Pickup That Flipped Onto Its Side

Mon 12-28-2020

Authorities say 29-year-old Sebastian Morales Buchan was driving a 2002 Ford pickup northbound on Highway 60 when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow covered road.

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Lake Park & Spirit Lake Fire Depts. Respond To Structure Fire

Mon 12-28-2020

Firefighters responded around 3:00 pm to what was reported as a cattle shed on fire at 1173 150th Avenue

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Additional Details Being Released In The Death Of A Lake Park Woman

Mon 12-28-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced today (Mon.) the victim of a death investigation in Lake Park has been identified as 25-year-old Angel Bastman of Lake Park.

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Investigation Into Stolen Vehicles Underway By Several NW Iowa Law Enforcement Agencies

Mon 12-28-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says it received a report December 21st of a suspicious vehicle parked at a hog site southeast of Melvin.

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IGL Chamber Establishes Drop Offs For Natural Christmas Trees & Garland; Still Working On Details For Winter Games

Mon 12-28-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce once again this year is collecting natural Christmas Trees and garland for the bonfire for the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Graettinger Man

Mon 12-28-2020

A Graettinger man wanted on multiple warrants was taken into custody Christmas Day.

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2020 Another Fairly Busy Year For Spirit Lake's Discovery House

Mon 12-28-2020

2020 was another fairly busy year for a Spirit Lake facility that provides assistance for those suffering from chemical and substance abuse issues.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Updated On Comm. Center Upgrades & Funding

Mon 12-28-2020

A major upgrade of the Dickinson County Communications Center is still in the works.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Robbery Of A Spencer Convenience Store

Mon 12-28-2020

40-year-old Jason Archer was charged with theft in the 2nd degree, conspiracy to commit a felony and burglary in the 3rd degree.

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Crash On Hwy 60 In SW Minnesota Sends One Person To The Hospital (1)

Mon 12-28-2020

A collision Sunday evening on Highway 60 near Brewster injured a South St. Paul woman.

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No Injuries Reported In Emmet County House Fire

Sat 12-26-2020

No injuries were reported in a fire early Christmas Day near Ringsted.

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Scores Of Stranded Motorists In SW Minnesota Spend The Night In Unfamiliar Surroundings

Thu 12-24-2020

Jackson County Emergency Management officials say 18 people were housed in Heron Lake and 49 in Lakefield.

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Dickinson Co. Authorities Say The Volume Of Calls Of Vehicles In Ditches During Wednesday's Blizzard Was The Highest They've Seen In Recent Years

Thu 12-24-2020

Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret says it was non-stop all day Wednesday and Wednesday night.

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ILEC Crews Respond To More Than 200 Power Outages During Wednesday's Blizzard

Thu 12-24-2020

Improved conditions this (Thurs.) morning have allowed line crews with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to resume their restoration efforts.

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Multiple Injuries Reported In Clay County Crash

Thu 12-24-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Maria Urbina-Rivera of Marathon was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound in the 2600 mile of Highway 18 when she lost control of the vehicle on the ice-covered road.

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IWD Reports Increase In Unemployment Claims

Thu 12-24-2020

Iowa Workforce Development is reporting an increase in initial and continuing unemployment claims from December 13th through 19th. 

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ILEC Advising Of Potential For Flickering Lights & Brief Interruptions

Wed 12-23-2020

They say it's the result of a buildup of ice on the lines and very strong wind. 

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Upgrades Are Planned For Dickinson County Emergency Operations Center

Wed 12-23-2020

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a request from Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret to earmark $8,000 in CARES funds for the county's half of $16,000 in matching funds from an Emergency Planning Performance Grant

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City Of Estherville Reminding Residents Of Snow Removal Policies

Wed 12-23-2020

The city of Estherville is reminding residents of snow removal procedures and policies. 

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A Regional Transportation Provider Reports Significant Decrease In Ridership In 2020 Due To Pandemic

Wed 12-23-2020

Hugh Lively, Executive Director of RIDES, said their ridership was off considerably this year.

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Authorities Investigating An Apparent Homicide In Lake Park

Wed 12-23-2020

A press release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Lake Park police received a 911 call around 11:30 am Tuesday and responded to 104 Maple Avenue in Lake Park where they found a deceased female in the residence. 

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Local Bank Recognized For Assistance With Paycheck Protection Program

Wed 12-23-2020

Northwest Bank has been recognized for their economic contributions and efforts with helping small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP.

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Northern Iowa Crash Claims Life Of Jackson, Mn. Woman

Wed 12-23-2020

A head-on collision Tuesday in Calhoun county of northern Iowa claimed the life of a Jackson woman.

 

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Significant Blizzard Likely To Impact The Region

Wed 12-23-2020

The National Weather Service has expanded the blizzard warning to include the entire region. It goes into effect at 10:00 am and continues until midnight tonight (Wed.)

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Clay County Receives First Allotment Of Moderna Vaccine

Wed 12-23-2020

This round is specifically intended for frontline healthcare workers who regularly care or provide services for patients suspected to have or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.

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City Of Milford Reminding Residents Of Snow Removal Policies

Tue 12-22-2020

The city of Milford is reminding residents of snow removal policies.

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Okoboji Foundation Contributes $50,000 To Francis Sites Wetland Project

Tue 12-22-2020

The funds will be put toward the first phase of the project, currently under way.

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With Christmas Falling On Friday, There Will Be A Change For Residential Recycling & Commercial Garbage Pick Up In Arnolds Park

Tue 12-22-2020

Because of that, they say those items will be picked up instead on Thursday, December 24th.

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LRH President & CEO Featured During Gov. Kim Reynolds Press Conference Tuesday

Tue 12-22-2020

Jason Harrington announced the first 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine are arriving today at Lakes Regional Healthcare, with another 200 doses expected early next week

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Dickinson Co. Supervisor Pam Jordan Gives Farewell Remarks

Tue 12-22-2020

Today's (Tues.) Dickinson County Supervisors meeting was the final of 2020 and was also the final one for Supervisor Pam Jordan, who didn't seek another term in last November's election.

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Local Official: There Are More COVID-Related Deaths In Dickinson County Than What's Showing Up On State Website

Tue 12-22-2020

Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret, who also serves on the Dickinson County COVID-19 Committee, reported the county's death toll is considerably higher than what is being reported on the state's coronavirus website.

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SLMS Band Students Selected For NW Iowa Middle School Honor Band Festival

Tue 12-22-2020

Four Spirit Lake middle school band students have been selected to participate in the 53rd annual Northwest Iowa Middle School Honor Band Festival.

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Clay County Fair Speedway To Continue Operations In Upcoming Season

Tue 12-22-2020

The speedway will host six nights of racing in 2021, including two nights during the fair.

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Dreaming Of A White Christmas? Dream No More! A Winter Storm Watch Is In Effect For Portions Of The Region

Tue 12-22-2020

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for portions of the region Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

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Estherville City Council Awards Bid For Murray Road Repairs

Mon 12-21-2020

The city council Monday evening awarded the low bid of $132,805 to Beck Excavating of Spirit Lake

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Spencer City Council Approves 1st Reading Of Ordinance Revision Pertaining To Residential Building Materials

Mon 12-21-2020

Anna Harmon, the city's Building Code Enforcer, told the council it reflects additional materials that are now on the market.

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Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus deliver Coats for Kids to Spirit Lake Elementary

Mon 12-21-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Local Council delivers items based on need at the school

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Storm Lake Police Helping Out The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season

Mon 12-21-2020

They say it started last week when an officer met with some children while they were waiting for a bus.

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BVU Approved By IDPH For Pfizer Vaccine Storage

Mon 12-21-2020

BVU President Brian Lenzmeier says they have a freezer capable of reaching minus 122 degrees Fahrenheit

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Prairie Lakes AEA Awarded Grant To Train More Computer Science Teachers

Mon 12-21-2020

The Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency has been awarded a grant of a little more than $68,000 to train more computer science teachers.

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Construction Of New Dickinson Co. Road Maintenance Facility On East Edge Of Spirit Lake To Continue Through Winter Months

Mon 12-21-2020

A cold snap early in the season had officials thinking about suspending the work for the season.

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Charges & Citations Issued In Osceola County Crash

Sat 12-19-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Conrado Gomez Vega had been driving a 2015 Dodge Ram on Oriole Avenue south of 190th Street when the vehicle left the road, hopped a driveway, then landed back on the roadway. Authorities say the vehicle went off the road again and struck the concrete barrier of a bridge

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Teen (5)

Fri 12-18-2020

A single vehicle crash today (Fri.) in Clay county sent a teen to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Spencer Chamber announces Beard Competition in conjunction with Flagfest & Spencer Sesquicentennial

Fri 12-18-2020 513 South Grand Avenue, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Registration to be held December 31.

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Maintenance Work To Result In Disruption Of Water Service Monday (Dec. 21) In Bridges Bay Area

Fri 12-18-2020

Some maintenance being performed Monday will result in a disruption of water service at the Bayside Condo and Summer Lake Condo areas of Bridge's Bay. 

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Area Law Enforcement Agencies Participating In STEP Program Through The Holidays

Fri 12-18-2020

The theme this year is “drive merry, bright and sober this holiday season: drive sober or get pulled over”.

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No Injuries Reported In Spirit Lake Structure Fire

Thu 12-17-2020

The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called to the area of 3027 Erie Avenue around 2:00 pm this (Thurs.) afternoon.

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New Water Tower In Spencer About To Become Operational

Thu 12-17-2020

Officials with Spencer Municipal Utilities say cleaning and disinfecting of the interior of the new water tower is underway, along with integrating it into the control system.

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IGL Chamber Announces Large & Small Business Of The Year

Thu 12-17-2020

Board member Kris Walker says Arnolds Park Amusement Park is the winner in the large business category.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 1,973 New COVID Cases Along with 97 Additional Deaths

Thu 12-17-2020

746 Iowans were in the hospital with the virus, down from 776 on Wednesday.

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YMCA Continuing To Adapt & Cope With Challenges Of The Pandemic

Thu 12-17-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- In his annual report earlier this week to the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, Andrew Fischer of the YMCA of the Okoboji's said the organization began the year with hopes for one of its best years yet. But he says that quickly changed with the pandemic, as did their primary operations

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Minnesota Bars, Restaurants & Breweries To Remain Closed For Indoor Service

Thu 12-17-2020

Minnesota bars, restaurants, and breweries will remain closed for indoor dining under Governor Tim Walz's latest COVID emergency order.

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IDPH Now Says Iowa Will Not Receive Nearly The Amount Of COVID Vaccine Than First Thought

Thu 12-17-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced the federal government will send up to 30 percent fewer doses of Covid vaccine to Iowa than previously expected.

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Festival of Giving Trees underway at Great Lakes Mall in Spirit Lake (1)

Wed 12-16-2020 1501 18th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Public can cast 'votes" by placing non-perishable items under appropriate tree for Upper Des Moines Opportunity.

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two Fairmont Men

Wed 12-16-2020

The Sheriff's Office says the stop was conducted after deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Gives Update On COVID-19 Vaccine; Continues Proclamation Of Disaster Emergency With Some Revisions

Wed 12-16-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds today (Wed.) talked about additional plans being made for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Iowa, including a new vaccine informational tool that will be made available on the state's website.

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Kylie Miller Resigning As CEO Of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

Wed 12-16-2020

The head of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation says he'll be stepping down in early February. CEO Kiley Miller made the announcement today (Wed.) saying he feels the timing is right

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ISU Land Value Survey Shows Increase In Farmland Value For 2020

Wed 12-16-2020

Survey leader Wendong Zhang says there was a big difference in price changes based on the type of land.

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Changes Could Be In Store For A Regional Mental Health Critical Care Facility

Wed 12-16-2020

Supervisor Kim Wermersen represents Dickinson county on the Sioux Rivers Mental Health Services Region board of governance. He told fellow supervisors Tuesday they're looking at an alternative site for the facility which is currently in Sioux City

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Family Of A Man Who Contracted & Died Of COVID While Working At A NW Iowa Meat Processing Firm Is Suing The Company

Wed 12-16-2020

65-year-old Michael Everhard of Fonda died June 18th, three weeks after he contracted the virus. 

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to hold live online Auction December 17

Tue 12-15-2020 243 West Broadway Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Event to be live from Roof Garden Ballroom Thursday night at 7 o'clock

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State Of Iowa Reporting 1,338 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 67 Additional Deaths Related To The Virus

Tue 12-15-2020

Locally, Clay county was among the counties in the area reporting the biggest increases in new cases over the past day with 18.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Funding Update On Francis Sites Project; Approves Letter Of Intent For Iowa Lakes Regional Water

Tue 12-15-2020

John Wills of the Cleanwater Alliance told the supervisors while all of the funds for the first phase of the project have been raised, they are falling short on the second phase

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Sutherland Man Faces Multiple Charges Following Pursuit

Tue 12-15-2020

Authorities say it started in Osceola county after authorities there received a report of a suspicious vehicle.

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Discussion Over Possible Future Of Former City Hall Building Surfaces During Milford City Council Meeting

Tue 12-15-2020

There was some discussion at Monday's Milford City Council regarding the possible future of the former city hall building, which now houses the city's Police Department and an agency that fights wild fires on public grounds.

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Okoboji School Bd. Approves Issuance Of Approx. $16.5 Million In Infrastructure Sales, Services & Tax Revenue Bonds

Mon 12-14-2020

The funds will be used for various projects at the elementary, high school and administrative offices.

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Maddie Poppe's Acoustic Christmas at Roof Garden Ballroom December 15

Mon 12-14-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-American Idol Winner performing several shows in her home state

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Minor Injuries Reported In Single Vehicle Crash In Clay County (1)

Mon 12-14-2020

A single vehicle crash last week in Clay county resulted in minor injuries.

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Dickinson Co. Treasurer's Office To Be Closed Between 1:00 & 2:00 PM Through The Rest Of December

Mon 12-14-2020

Treasurer Kris Rowley says it includes the Motor Vehicle/Tax divisions and the Driver's License office.

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Now Offering Bill Estimates On Their Website

Mon 12-14-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news they recently added an “Estimate My Bill” feature to their website

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Assault Investigation In Graettinger Results In Arrest Of Hartley Man

Mon 12-14-2020

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called shortly after 11:00 pm to the 300 block of South Jackson Street and located a female victim.

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Two-Vehicle Collision In Palo Alto County Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 12-14-2020

The Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Pearl Cruz of Swea City was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on 530th Avenue and 74-year-old William Elbert of Whittemore was driving a 2008 Jeep Liberty.

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Spencer Hospital Now Offering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mon 12-14-2020

Jordan Achterhoff, director of the hospital's Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center tells KUOO news it offers a new option in addition to their nursing directed wound care program

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Assaults At Meat Processing Facility Land Two People In Jail

Mon 12-14-2020

Authorities in Sioux county say deputies were called around 8:20 am Thursday to Perdue Premium Meat Company just south of Sioux Center after getting a report of two assaults that had taken place there. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Claims Life Of A Woman

Mon 12-14-2020

A single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Pocahontas county claimed the life of a woman.

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Spirit Lake Schools to present a Series of Music Concerts at the Sami Center via Live Streaming starting December 14

Sat 12-12-2020 2701 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Snow Show concerts to be presented in January

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Parks Marina Collects $6,800 Worth Of Toys For UDMO Through Its "Boat Loads Of Toys"

Sat 12-12-2020

Since 2008 the Boat Load of Toys event had brought in more than $42,000 in new toys that have been donated.

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Spencer Business Offering Use Of Ultra Cold Freezer To Store COVID-19 Vaccine

Sat 12-12-2020

Clay County Public Health Coordinator Colette Rossiter says Spencer Ag Center is making a large capacity freezer available to store certain types of the vaccine.

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State Of Iowa Reporting 2,057 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Fri.) Morning With 77 More Deaths Related To The Virus

Fri 12-11-2020

There were 833 hospitalizations due to the virus, down from 863 Thursday.

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Collision With A Road Grader Injures Jackson, Mn. Man

Fri 12-11-2020

According to a Rock County Sheriff’s press release, around 1pm Wednesday, 66 year-old Jim Nesseth of Jackson was driving a 2017 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Rock County Road 6 when he attempted to pass and collided with a Rock County Highway Road Grader

 

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New Proclamation Of Disaster Emergency Signed Earlier This Week By Gov. Reynolds Puts Into Place New Driver's License Expiration Dates

Fri 12-11-2020

A new Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed earlier this week by Governor Kim Reynolds puts into place some new dates for driver's licenses and motor vehicles.

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Clay County Receives Recognition At 2020 International Association Of Fairs And Expositions

Fri 12-11-2020

The event was held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

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Spirit Lake Fire Dept. Called After Getting Reports Of Smoke In An Apartment Building

Fri 12-11-2020

A problem with a heating system caused a bit of excitement last (Thur.) evening at a Spirit Lake apartment complex.

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Officials With Lakes Regional Healthcare Expecting 300 Doses Of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine To Arrive Dec. 21st

Thu 12-10-2020

Pending formal FDA approval, officials with Dickinson County Public Health and Lakes Regional Healthcare expect the first 300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to them the week of December 21st. 

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Authorities Investigating A Rash Of Thefts Involving Catalytic Converters

Thu 12-10-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says three vehicles in that county had the devices stolen off of them in the past month and-a-half alone.

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First Ice On Some Of The Shallow Lakes Has Officials Issuing Safety Reminders

Thu 12-10-2020

Temperatures have been mild recently but that still hasn't stopped ice from forming on some of the shallow lakes and ponds in the area. 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Administering New Meds To Prevent COVID Hospitalization

Thu 12-10-2020

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Bolluyt tells KUOO news they began administering the new medications in late November for emergency room and Lakes Regional Family Medicine patients

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Iowa Attorney General's Office Urges Everyone To Be Extra Vigilant About Scams This Holiday Season

Thu 12-10-2020

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is urging consumers to be vigilant if they receive unsolicited calls or emails referring to purchases, deliveries, gift cards, or other issues involving Amazon or other retailers. 

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Storm Lake Man Sentenced On Child Porn Charges

Thu 12-10-2020

A Storm Lake man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Trail Funding Agreement

Thu 12-10-2020

Erin Reed of Dickinson County Trails told the supervisors they've been awarded more than $176,000 in State Recreational Trail funds for the third phase of “Tatonka Ska Trace”, or the rail trail project

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Arnolds Park City Council Schedules Public Hearing On Proposed Increase In Water Rates

Thu 12-10-2020

The city council Wednesday evening set January 13th as the date for a public hearing on a proposal to boost the minimum usage rate to $85.00, an increase of $13.00.

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Tickets on sale for Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car Drop Contest

Wed 12-9-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Proceeds from fundraiser help support Club's many Community Projects

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Announces One Week Extension Of Current Proclamation Of Disaster Emergency With Some Minor Revisions

Wed 12-9-2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Wed.) her current proclamation of disaster emergency, which was to expire at midnight tomorrow (Thurs.) night is being extended through Wednesday, December 16th

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Semi Rollover On Iowa-Minnesota Border Injures Lakota, Iowa Man

Wed 12-9-2020

Authorities say dense fog was a factor in a semi rollover early Tuesday on Jackson County Road 29 at the Iowa state line.

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Hartley Man Arrested On Forgery Charge

Wed 12-9-2020

Authorities say 37-year-old James Stallman was arrested Monday on four counts of forgery.

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Water To Be Shut Off Thursday (Dec. 10th) In Portion Of Arnolds Park For Water Main Repair

Wed 12-9-2020

City officials say the water will be off from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm in the areas of Oak Street, Sandy Lane, Fehrway Drive and Rohr Street.

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A Slump In Hotel-Motel Tax Revenues Due To The Pandemic Is Hitting At Least One Lakes Area City Hard

Wed 12-9-2020

Lakes Area cities have suspected a drop in tourism because of the pandemic would have a negative impact on motel/hotel tax revenue they receive. And now they're starting to find out by how much.

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Possible Injuries Reported In Car Vs. Semi Collision

Wed 12-9-2020

Possible injuries were reported Tuesday in a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highways 18 and 59 at Sanborn.

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Lake Park Awarded $500,000 For Wastewater Treatment Project

Tue 12-8-2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority today (Tues.) awarded a $500,000 block grant that will go toward the cost of the project. 

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present I'll Be Home for Christmas featuring Tonic Sol Fa and Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience December 10

Tue 12-8-2020 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Johnson and Crew tailoring virtual concerts to regional audiences

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Two Major Ag Cooperatives In The Region Enter Merger Talks

Tue 12-8-2020

Officials with Albert City-based Alceco and Cherokee-based First Cooperative Association announced today (Tues.) they have signed a letter of intent to “conduct a unification study between the two cooperatives”.

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Every Iowa County Is Now Reporting Atleast One Death Related To COVID-19

Tue 12-8-2020

Decatur County is the last to report a death from virus complications

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Join Opioid Lawsuit; Hear Update From UDMO; Vote 4-1 To Add Disclaimer To COVID-19 Precautionary Statements

Tue 12-8-2020

Assistant County Attorney Lonnie Saunders told the board there is no cost to the county, which would get a share in a settlement if the suit is successful

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Spencer City Council Approves Professional Services Agreement For Proposed Parks Projects; Approves Land Purchase

Tue 12-8-2020

The Spencer City Council Monday evening approved a proposal to enter into a $16,000 professional services agreement for engineering services on several parks and recreation projects.

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Head-On Crash Claims The Life Of A Cherokee Man

Tue 12-8-2020

One person died Monday evening in a head-on collision on Highway 59 near Cherokee that involved a semi and a Dodge Caravan.

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Estherville City Council Approves Additional Funding For Neighborhood Facade Program

Mon 12-7-2020

The Estherville City Council Monday evening approved an additional $5,000 in funding for the community's "Neighborhood Facade Grant Program".

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Dickinson County Nature Center to hold Winter Solstice Celebration on Family Nature Night December 18

Mon 12-7-2020 22785 Nature Center Road Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Event is free, however registration is required

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City Of Spirit Lake To Repair Leaking Water Main Wednesday (Dec.9th) In Area Of 23rd Street & Chicago Ave.

Mon 12-7-2020

Officials with the city of Spirit Lake say crews will be repairing a leaking water main Wednesday (Dec. 9th) in the area of 23rd Street and Chicago Avenue. 

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Iowa

Mon 12-7-2020

In their latest report, public health officials say that number had dropped to 898 as of 10:00 am this (Mon.) morning, down from 918 reported Sunday.

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Youth In Philanthropy Students Making The Holiday Season Brighter For Some In The Community

Mon 12-7-2020

Mindy Gress is with the Okoboji Foundation, which oversees Youth In Philanthropy. She tells KUOO news the students were involved in two special projects recently.

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Spencer Chamber, Better Business Bureau Offering Online Presentation Looking At What 2021 May Have To Offer

Mon 12-7-2020

With just days left in 2020, attention is now turning to what 2021 may hold in store for us.

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Family Crisis Center Says It's Seeing Big Demand For Services

Mon 12-7-2020

Those affiliated with various mental health and social service providers say as the severity of the pandemic continues to worsen, the volume of calls they're getting is also dramatically increasing

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Man Accused Of Shooting BB's At Unoccupied Vehicle Taken Into Custody

Mon 12-7-2020

An investigation into a vehicle that was shot at by a BB gun while parked about a mile west of Sheldon Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Hull man.

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Single Engine Plane Crash North Of Windom Claims Life Of Pilot

Mon 12-7-2020

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA-32 crashed shortly after taking off from the Windom airport.

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Orleans Boil Order Lifted

Sat 12-5-2020

City officials made the announcement late this (Sat.) morning.

 

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Food Bank Of Iowa Launching "Hunger-Free Holidays" Fundraising Campaign

Sat 12-5-2020

This year’s pandemic has made a bad situation worse for tens of thousands of Iowans who aren’t sure where their next meal may be coming from. 

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Governor Kim Reynolds Announces Housing Assistance Availability

Sat 12-5-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds says nearly nine-million dollars in assistance is available to low-income Iowans who are at risk of eviction or lost housing stability. 

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Man Already Jailed Now Faces Additional Charges

Fri 12-4-2020

A man already in the Palo Alto county jail was served warrants November 30th.

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Dickinson Co. Hunger Coalition Receives $10,000 From First Lutheran Church

Fri 12-4-2020

$5,000 was awarded through the church's foundation, with another $5,000 coming from the First Lutheran Women and the church's "thank offering" collected the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to hold Virtual Events in December

Fri 12-4-2020 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Dave & Ryan to perform live streamed concert from Roof Garden December 10, Online auction slated for December 17.

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Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis Announces This Year's "Citizen Of The Years"

Fri 12-4-2020

Kim Wermersen of the Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis today (Fri.) announced this year's winner of their Citizen Of The Years.

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State Of Iowa Reports Record High Number Of COVID-19 Related Deaths For Second Day In A Row

Fri 12-4-2020

Public Health officials say an additional 84 virus-related deaths were reported in the state for the 24 hour period ending at 10:00 am this (Fri.) morning.

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Seasons Center To Host Free Community Drive-In Movies And Holiday Food Basket Give Aways

Fri 12-4-2020

Heinrichs says the programs are being made possible through funding they received from the federal CARES Act as well as from Northwest Iowa Cares Connections and County Social Services Mental Health and Disability Services Regions.

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Spencer Chamber Mounts Campaign To Bring Awareness To Clay County's Mask Mandate

Fri 12-4-2020

Executive Director Sheriffa Jones says the “Be Kind, Be Masked” campaign is a collaborative effort

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Area Farmers Taking Advantage Of Extremely Mild December Weather To Get Even More Field Work Done

Fri 12-4-2020

With the Fall harvest all but wrapped up in our area, Jim Nesseth with Extended Ag Services says that the mild weather this year is helping farmers get a jump on next season

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Boil Order Issued For Some Orleans Residents

Fri 12-4-2020

A boil order has been issued for some Orleans residents affected by a water leak on Thursday.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Hartley Woman On Drug Charges

Fri 12-4-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says an investigation resulted in the deputy discovering that the driver of the vehicle, Shelly Ohrt of Hartley, was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and was placed under arrest.

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State Senator Zach Whiting Of Spirit Lake Named Chair Of Senate Labor & Business Relations Committee

Fri 12-4-2020

State Senator Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake has been named chair of the Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee for the upcoming 89th General Assembly.

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Charge Has Now Been Filed Against Student For Bringing A Gun Into The Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Thursday

Fri 12-4-2020

Osceola county authorities say the 17-year-old has been charged with carrying a firearm on school property. 

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Spirit Lake Woman Is A 2020 Recipient Of Women Impacting Agriculture Award

Thu 12-3-2020

Emily Boettcher is the recipient of the 2020 Women Impacting Agriculture award through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Crystal Valley Cooperative To Build New Feedmill In Trimont

Thu 12-3-2020

Construction is to start this coming spring with completion in the fall of 2022.

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ISU Extension Pro-Ag Outlook Series to be held online December 7-11

Thu 12-3-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Dr. Chad Hart among the Speakers in the Series

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City Of Spirit Lake Gives Update On Water Issue; Boil Order Won't Be Needed

Thu 12-3-2020

The city of Spirit Lake says the issue with a water leak in the area of 11th Street and Fargo Avenue isn't attributed to the city's water main

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Says 172,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine Should Arrive In Iowa Later This Month

Thu 12-3-2020

Reynolds determining which population groups will get vaccinated first will be done in accordance with the CDC

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Coordinator Of IGL Clean Water Alliance Comments On Inclusion Of Some Local Lakes On DNR's Updated Draft List Of Impaired Waterways

Thu 12-3-2020

Several lakes in the Iowa Great Lakes chain appear on that list.

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Man Wanted On Emmet County Warrant For 5 Counts Of Forgery Taken Into Custody

Thu 12-3-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Dakota Knight of Spencer was taken into custody back on November 17th

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Sibley-Ocheyedan Schools Put On Lockdown After A High School Student Was Found With A Weapon

Thu 12-3-2020

Superintendent James Craig says reports had been shared with the High School Principal that a student had brought a weapon to school today (Thursday)

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NW Iowa Regional Housing Trust Awarded Nearly $300,000 Through Iowa Finance Authority

Thu 12-3-2020

The grant funds will be used for things such as preserving aging housing stock, subsidizing local rental and down payment assistance programs, among other things

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Broken Water Main Reported In Orleans

Thu 12-3-2020

Officials in Orleans say residents in one part of that town may experience intermittent low water pressure or a temporary disruption in service today (Thursday 12/3)

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Spencer Hospital Foundation Is In The Midst Of Its Annual Fundraising Campaign

Thu 12-3-2020

(Spencer)-- The foundation's Sara Taylor says this year they're earmarking funds for an expansion of a heavily used service that's offered at Spencer Hospital

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Two Vehicle Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital With Minor Injury

Thu 12-3-2020

A two vehicle collision Wednesday at the North Y in Spencer sent one person to the hospital with a minor injury.

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A Newly Elected State Representative From NW Iowa Has Been Selected To Serve As A Vice Chair Of A Legislative Committee

Thu 12-3-2020

Dennis Bush of Cleghorn has been named Vice Chair of the Iowa House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee for the upcoming legislative session, which gets underway January 11th, 2021.

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Lueders Family Farm to be lit with Tens of Thousands of Lights for Holiday Season

Wed 12-2-2020 1078 110 Street, Lake Park, IA

(Lake Park)-Santa to make an appearance at "Lueders Ridiculous X-Mas Lights" on Saturday evening

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Clay County Authorities Arrest Spencer Woman On Multiple Charges

Wed 12-2-2020

Authorities in Clay county say a Spencer woman wanted on multiple charges was taken into custody back on November 17th. 

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City Of Spirit Lake To Investigate Source Of A Water Leak

Wed 12-2-2020

City officials say depending on what is found, there could be a temporary reduction in pressure for residents from 10th Street to 15th Street on Fargo Avenue.

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Clay County Community Foundation Accepting Applications For Its Upcoming Grant Cycle

Wed 12-2-2020

Director Connie Goeken says completed applications must be emailed and postmarked by January 15th, 2021

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Iowa DNR Reports 750 Bodies Of Water, Including Many Locally, Are Impaired

Wed 12-2-2020

More than 60-percent of the bodies of water tested were deficient. 

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Construction On A Dickinson County Bridge Project May Be Delayed A Bit

Wed 12-2-2020

Dickinson County Engineer Dan Eckert told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday he recently held a pre-construction meeting with the general contractor on the Horseshoe Bend Bridge project.

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Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Filed Against City Of Worthington & Its Police Department

Wed 12-2-2020

The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Kelvin Rodriguez of Sheldon.

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Two Vehicle Collision Injures Sheldon Man

Tue 12-1-2020

A two vehicle collision Saturday at the intersection of Highway 18 and 270th Street in Lyon county sent one person to the hospital.

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O'Brien County Crash Results In Minor Injuries And Multiple Citations Against Driver

Tue 12-1-2020

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says deputies received a report around 11:00 pm Thursday of a vehicle in the ditch with no one around it.

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Clay County Supervisors Approve Mask Regulation On 3-2 Vote

Tue 12-1-2020

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a regulation requiring residents to wear face coverings in public and when it isn't possible to maintain six feet of distance between others in certain indoor settings. 

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Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce hosting "Santa in the Ville" December 5 & 12

Tue 12-1-2020 620 1st Avenue South Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Chamber also encouraging local shopping with their Holi-Yay Cheer Campaign

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Says Additional Mitigation Measures Put Into Place Nov. 18th Are Starting To Have The Desired Effect

Tue 12-1-2020

She made the comments during a press conference this (Tues.) morning

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Investigation Into Loud Music Complaint Results In Drug Arrests

Tue 12-1-2020

An investigation into a loud music complaint in Armstrong recently led to the arrests of two people on drug charges.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Unanimously Adopt Mask Proclamation

Tue 12-1-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors this (Tues.) morning voted unanimously to adopt a proclamation highly urging residents in the county to wear face masks whenever in public.

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Good Neighbor Fund Of Dickinson County Is In The Midst Of Its Annual Fundraising Campaign

Tue 12-1-2020

Board Chairman Luke Donnenwerth says 18 nonprofit organizations in the county will benefit through this year's fund drive

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Woman (3)

Tue 12-1-2020

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Katherine Kassel of Rock Rapids was driving a 2008 PT Cruiser northbound on a county road when she failed to negotiate a curve.

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