News Archive

Drug Investigation At BVU Results In Arrest

Fri 2-28-2014

(Storm Lake)-- An investigation into some alleged illegal drug activity at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake has resulted in the arrest of a Spirit Lake man. Read More

LRH Receives Blue Zones Worksite Designation

Fri 2-28-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- One of the lakes area's largest employers has been designated as a Blue Zones Worksite.

Lakes Regional Healthcare receives Blue Zones Worksite designation.
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New Principal Hired For Spencer High School

Fri 2-28-2014

(Spencer)-- The Spencer School District has gone internal with the hiring of a new High School Principal.

Eli Wiemers hired as new Principal at Spencer High School
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Daily Almanac For Friday, February 28th, 2014

Fri 2-28-2014

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Miss Shamrock Pageant this weekend in Emmetsburg

Thu 2-27-2014

(Emmetsburg) - Pageant to be held on Sunday afternoon at Emmetsburg High School. Read More

Officials Release Additional Details In Estherville Shooting

Thu 2-27-2014

(Estherville)-- Estherville police have released additional details into the murder of a woman that took place Wednesday night at a residence in the city.

Scott Sudbeck charged in shooting death of Estherville woman
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Sackett Law Firm To Open Spirit Lake Office

Thu 2-27-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A law firm with offices in Spencer and Milford plans to open a location in downtown Spirit Lake this coming summer. Read More

Legislative Forums To Be Held Saturday Around The Area

Thu 2-27-2014

(Undated)-- Some more legislative forums will be held in the area this Saturday. Read More

Man Wanted On Clay County Warrants Arrested In Des Moines

Thu 2-27-2014

(Des Moines)-- A man wanted on warrants out of Clay county has been arrested in Des Moines. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Thu 2-27-2014

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Palo Alto County Rollover Injures Two

Wed 2-26-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A rollover shortly after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 18 in Palo Alto county injured two people. Read More

Hit And Run Collision Results In Minor Injury

Wed 2-26-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- Minor injuries were reported Tuesday in a collision in Palo Alto county involving a pickup pulling a fertilizer cart and a semi. Read More

Explorer Rollover Injures Two

Wed 2-26-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A single vehicle crash Monday night on Highway 18 in Palo Alto county sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Blues & Rock Jam at Pearson Lakes Art Center Thursday

Wed 2-26-2014

(Okoboji) - Jam is open to musicians and free to public. Read More

Osceola County Crash Claims A Life

Wed 2-26-2014

(Sibley)-- A single vehicle crash Tuesday in Osceola county claimed the life of a Granville man. Read More

Okoboji Jazz Wins More Accolades

Wed 2-26-2014

(Milford)-- More accolades for Okoboji Jazz. Read More

Consultant Says New Casinos Would Hurt Existing Ones, Including One In Emmetsburg

Wed 2-26-2014

(Des Moines)-- Consultants hired by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to analyze the saturation level of gambling in Iowa say new casinos proposed for Cedar Rapids and Jefferson would get most of their money by attracting revenue from already existing casinos, including one in our area. Read More

Southern Minnesota Bank Suing Target Corp. Over Data Breach

Wed 2-26-2014

(Minneapolis)-- A group of southern Minnesota is suing Target Corp., alleging damages from the retailer's data breach last year. Read More

Car Vs Guardrail Collision Injures Two

Wed 2-26-2014

(Adrian, Mn.)-- Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday on Interstate 90 in Nobles county. Read More

Head On Crash On Hwy 18 Near Ruthven Claims Life Of South Dakota Man

Wed 2-26-2014

(Ruthven)-- A head-on collision Monday evening on Highway 18 just east of Ruthven claimed the life of a South Dakota man and injured two other people. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Wed 2-26-2014

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Graettinger Terril Feb Fest slated for Thursday evening

Tue 2-25-2014

(Graettinger)-2nd Annual Feb Fest to showcase student projects, programs and support organizations. Read More

West Bend-Mallard School Board Discusses Future Of Mallard Building

Tue 2-25-2014

(West Bend)-- The West Bend-Mallard School Board voted Monday evening to keep the Mallard school building open...for now, atleast. Read More

Spencer Chamber Donates To Flag Replacement Project

Tue 2-25-2014

(Spencer)-- A project to replace some flags on Grand Avenue in Spencer is getting a financial boost from the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.

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Dickinson County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against Two People

Tue 2-25-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office has released information into a traffic stop earlier this month that resulted in the arrests of two people on drug charges. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Tue 2-25-2014

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Corridor Forms Executive Search Committee

Mon 2-24-2014

(Spencer)-- The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has formed a search committee as it begins the process of looking for a new CEO to succeed Kathy Evert, who has announced her plans to leave the four-county economic development organization. Read More

STEM funding now available to educators

Mon 2-24-2014

(Cedar Falls-)10 programs announced for 2014-15 school year Read More

Estherville Municipal Utilities Warns Of Possibility Of Frozen Water Service Lines

Mon 2-24-2014

(Estherville)-- The Estherville Municipal Utility Department is warning its customers of the possibility of water service lines freezing. Read More

Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Storm Lake Man On Drug Charges

Mon 2-24-2014

(Spencer)-- A weekend traffic stop in Clay county landed a Storm Lake man in jail on drug charges.
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Lakes Area RAGBRAI Organizing Committee To Hold Public Informational Meeting

Mon 2-24-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- The organizing committee for the Iowa Great Lakes overnight RAGBRAI stop will host a public information meeting Wednesday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, February 24th, 2014

Mon 2-24-2014

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Osceola County Rural Water Warns Customers Of Possibility Of Meter Pits And Mains Freezing

Sat 2-22-2014

(May City)-- Another area water utility is warning its customers of the possibility of pipes freezing. Read More

Ag Citing Program Receives Donation From Local Farmer

Fri 2-21-2014

(Spencer)-- A program that teaches children about production agriculture is getting a donation thanks to a Clay county farmer and the Monsanto company's "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program.


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Land Donors To Be Honored At State Capitol Ceremony

Fri 2-21-2014

(Des Moines)-- Those who have recently donated conservation easements on environmentally sensitive land in Dickinson county will be recognized at an upcoming ceremony at the State Capitol. Read More

Palo Alto County Authorities Investigate Residential Break-In

Thu 2-20-2014

(Curlew)-- The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance as it investigates a residential break-in. Read More

Investigation Into Stolen Generator Results In Two Arrests

Thu 2-20-2014

(Milford)-- A probation search of a residence in Milford conducted on Monday of this week resulted in authorities finding a stolen generator that had been dismantled and the arrests of two suspects. Read More

Local Man Fired For Allegedly Misusing Forklift Denied Unemployment Benefits

Thu 2-20-2014

(Milford)-- A 27-year-old man has lost his job and Iowa unemployment benefits for allegedly using a forklift on a malfunctioning vending machine. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Thu 2-20-2014

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Emmet County Conservation to host Winter Survival Day for area youth

Wed 2-19-2014

(Wallingford) - Fun outing planned at Emmet County Nature Center for students in grades 5-12. Read More

Fundraiser for Roman Rubeck this Sunday in Spirit Lake

Wed 2-19-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Infant awaiting heart transplant at Mayo Clinic.
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Local Man Wins Big On Iowa Lottery Scratch Ticket

Wed 2-19-2014

(Spencer)-- A Spencer man is $30,000 richer after hitting it big on an Iowa Lottery scratch game.


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Proposed Legislation Could Affect Construction Of Electric Transmission Line In NW Iowa

Wed 2-19-2014

(Des Moines)-- Lawmakers in the Iowa House are advancing legislation that would change the approval process to construct new power lines. Read More

ILCC Trustees Set September 9th As Date For Levy Vote

Wed 2-19-2014

(Estherville)-- Voters in the Iowa Lakes Community College service area will head to the polls for a special election later this year. Read More

Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Three Arrests

Wed 2-19-2014

(Spencer)-- A traffic stop Tuesday on Highway 71 in Clay county resulted in three arrests. Read More

Lakes Area Man Announces Candidacy For House District One Seat

Wed 2-19-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A lakes area man has announced his candidacy for the House District One seat representing Lyon, Osceola and most of Dickinson counties. Read More

Area Cities Continue To Warn Of Possible Water Line Freeze Ups

Wed 2-19-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Two more lakes area cities are warning residents of the possibility of water service lines freezing. Read More

Old Man Winter About To Return With Vengeance

Wed 2-19-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Our reprieve from old man winter is about to come to a screeching halt. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Wed 2-19-2014

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ILCC Scholarship application deadline looms April 1

Tue 2-18-2014

(Estherville) - College officials encourage students to apply online. Read More

SL Council Accepts Retirement Resignation Of Stevens; Appoints Greg Owens As Combined City Administrator/City Attorney

Tue 2-18-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The city of Spirit Lake didn't have to look far for its next City Administrator.  Read More

Authorities Investigate Convenience Store Burglary

Tue 2-18-2014

(Ruthven)-- Palo Alto county authorities are investigating a burglary at a Ruthven convenience store. Read More

SL Firefighters Respond To Two Calls To Polaris Industries

Tue 2-18-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Two fires in separate robotic welder exhaust systems at Polaris Industries kept Spirit Lake firefighters on the run Monday evening. Read More

OHS Jazz Band Qualifies For Iowa Jazz Championships

Tue 2-18-2014

(Milford)-- The Okoboji High School Jazz Band posted a 1st place finish in Class 2A competition Monday at the Northwest Iowa Bandmaster's District Jazz Festival in Le Mars.


Tyler Ohl, a senior member of the Okoboji High School Jazz Band
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Sibley Man Announces Candidacy For House District One Seat

Tue 2-18-2014

(Sibley)-- A Sibley man has announced he's seeking the Republican nomination for the Iowa House District One seat which includes Lyon, Osceola, and most of Dickinson counties. Kevin Wolfswinkel, a farmer who's currently serving on the Osceola County Republican Central Committee and the Farm Bureau Board, announced his candidacy Monday.

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Semi Crash Injures Woman

Tue 2-18-2014

(Jackson, Mn.)-- A crash involving a semi Monday on Highway 71 south of Jackson sent the driver of the rig to the hospital. Read More

OSL Debaters Qualify For Nationals

Tue 2-18-2014

(Milford)-- Two members of the Okoboji-Spirit Lake Debate Team have qualified to compete in the national tournament this summer in Kansas City. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Tue 2-18-2014

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Osceola County Crash Injures SW Mn Man

Mon 2-17-2014

(Sibley)-- A two-vehicle collision this (Mon.) morning on Highway 9 near Harris sent one person to the hospital. Read More

30th Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Show on Tuesday

Mon 2-17-2014

(Spencer) - Show to feature speakers, products and services. Read More

Dickinson County Endowment Fund Grant Assists Superior Fire Department In Purchase Of Pumper

Mon 2-17-2014

(Superior)-- A grant has made it possible for the Superior Fire Department to acquire a pumper truck from another department in the area.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Milford Man

Mon 2-17-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A traffic stop this past Thursday resulted in the arrest of a Milford man. Read More

Disabled Vehicle Call Results In Drug Charges

Mon 2-17-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- An investigation into a report of a disabled vehicle has resulted in drug charges against two people. Read More

Nobles County I90 Rollover Injures Two

Mon 2-17-2014

(Worthington, Mn.)-- A single vehicle rollover Saturday on Interstate 90 in Nobles county sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, February 17th, 2014

Mon 2-17-2014

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Crash Shuts Down Hwys 9 And 71 East Of SL For A Time

Fri 2-14-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A head-on collision late this (Fri.) morning about a half mile west of the Jackson Y on Highways 9 and 71 east of Spirit Lake shut down the road for a bit and sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Palo Alto County Rollover Injures Spencer Man

Fri 2-14-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A two-vehicle collision Thursday east of Ruthven sent one person to the hospital. Read More

SW Minnesota Rollover Injures Woman

Fri 2-14-2014

(Heron Lake, Mn.)-- A single vehicle rollover Thursday on Highway 60 west of Heron Lake sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, February 14th, 2014

Fri 2-14-2014

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Estherville Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge

Thu 2-13-2014

(Estherville)-- An Estherville man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to a methamphetamine charge. Read More

Utilities Again Warn Of Possible Frozen Water Pipes

Thu 2-13-2014

(Milford)-- Area utility officials are again sounding the warning over the possibility of water pipes freezing and breaking. Read More

Bullet Found In Classroom Results In Lockdown at ELC Middle School

Thu 2-13-2014

(Estherville)-- A .22 caliber bullet found in a classroom resulted in a lockdown today (Thurs.) at the Estherville-Lincoln Central Middle School. Read More

Blowing Snow Causing Extremely Poor Travel Conditions

Thu 2-13-2014

(Fostoria)-- Blowing snow is causing headaches for motorists throughout the region today (Thurs.)

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Daily Almanac For Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Thu 2-13-2014

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Attorney Appointed As District Associate Court Judge Of The 3rd Judicial District

Wed 2-12-2014

(Algona)-- An attorney from Kossuth county has been appointed as a district associate court judge of the Third Judicial District by the district court judges of the 3A judicial election sub-district.


Ann Gales
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Iowa DOT To Hold Public Input Meetings

Wed 2-12-2014

(Ames)-- The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold four public input meetings around the state throughout the upcoming year to hear input from Iowans on transportation policies and programs. Read More

Avera Holy Family Names New Administrator

Wed 2-12-2014

(Estherville)-- Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville has a new Administrator.


Dale Hustedt, new Administrator of Avera Holy Family Hospital
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Daily Almanac For Wednesday, February 15th, 2014

Wed 2-12-2014

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Man Wanted By Wyoming Authorities Arrested In Lake Park

Tue 2-11-2014

(Lake Park)-- A man wanted on an arrest warrant out of Wyoming with a nationwide extradition has been arrested in Lake Park. Read More

Sibley Incident Results In Additional Charge Against SW Minnesota Man

Tue 2-11-2014

(Sibley)-- An additional charge has been filed against a Rushmore, Minnesota man initially charged in Osceola county with assault and false imprisonment. Read More

Kathy Evert Announces Intent To Step Down From Corridor

Tue 2-11-2014

(Spencer)-- The President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced today (Tues.) she plans to step down sometime in the next year or so. Read More

Fire Damages Spencer Home; Occupant Helped Out By Neighbors

Tue 2-11-2014

(Spencer)-- A fire this (Tues.) afternoon damaged a home in Spencer. Read More

Organizers seek volunteers for RAGBRAI stop in Iowa Great Lakes

Tue 2-11-2014

(Okoboji-)  Email account established for volunteers to submit contact information. Read More

Supervisors Hold Public Hearing On Big Spirit Drainage And Wetland Project

Tue 2-11-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A public hearing on plans for a drainage improvement and wetland project on the northeast side of Big Spirit Lake drew no opposition at today's (Tues.) Dickinson county board of supervisors meeting. Read More

DNR Extends Deadline To Remove Ice Shelters From Northern Iowa Lakes

Tue 2-11-2014

(Undated)-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced today (Tues.) it's extending the deadline to remove permanent ice shelters from state owned lakes north of Highway 20 to February 27th.


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SUV Vs Semi Collision Injures Woman

Tue 2-11-2014

(Spencer)-- A collision of a semi and an SUV Saturday in Spencer sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Spirit Lake Hosts State Jazz Choir Festival

Tue 2-11-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- 16 area high schools competed Monday in the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake. Read More

Very Minor Damage And No Injuries Reported In Ceiling Fire

Tue 2-11-2014

(Milford)-- No one was hurt and minimal damage was reported in a minor house fire Monday evening in Milford. Read More

Man Wanted For Assault And False Imprisonment Arrested In Osceola County

Mon 2-10-2014

(Sibley)-- A Rushmore, Minnesota man wanted on assault and false imprisonment charges has been arrested in Osceola county. Read More

Authorities Seize More Than 29 Grams of Marijuana In Search Of Residence

Mon 2-10-2014

(Spencer)-- A search warrant executed over the weekend on a Spencer residence has resulted in the arrest of a Spencer man on a drug charge. Read More

Altercation Leads To Charges Against SL Man

Mon 2-10-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake man faces several charges after police say he wouldn't cooperate with them as they were trying to arrest him on some warrants. Read More

Utility Officials Issue Reminder To Keep Gas Meters Free Of Ice And Snow

Mon 2-10-2014

(Undated)-- Utility officials remind homeowners to make sure gas meters are clear of ice and snow. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, February 10th, 2014

Mon 2-10-2014

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CCREC celebrates ten years with new video

Fri 2-7-2014

(Spencer-)  Regional Events Center releases new video, booklet to mark milestone Read More

IRRMA presents Bill Riley Talent Search qualifying round in Okoboji Sunday

Fri 2-7-2014

(Okoboji-)  Local talent to compete to qualify for preliminary round at the Iowa State Fair this summer. Read More

Local Rotarians Donate Dictionaries To Third Graders

Fri 2-7-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A local service club is helping school children learn the correct spelling, pronunciation and meaning of words.

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Daily Almanac For Friday, February 7th, 2014

Fri 2-7-2014

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NW Iowa Large Group Speech Contest in Spencer this weekend

Thu 2-6-2014

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Top groups go on to All-State competition in Ames February 22
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Latest Scam Targets Some Black Hills Energy Customers

Thu 2-6-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A new scam making the rounds is targeting some customers of Black Hills Energy. Read More

Hess To Seek Re Election To State House

Thu 2-6-2014

(Des Moines)-- State Representative Megan Hess announced today (Thurs.) she plans to seek re-election to her seat representing House District 2 which includes all of Clay and Palo Alto counties and southern Dickinson county.

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Okoboji Spirit Lake Debate Coach Receives Special Award

Thu 2-6-2014

(Milford)-- Okoboji-Spirit Lake Debate Coach Greg Stevens has received some special recognition. Read More

Snowmobile Crash Claims Life Of Teen

Thu 2-6-2014

(Fonda)-- A snowmobile crash in Pocahontas county has claimed the life of a teenager. Read More

Daily Almanac For Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Thu 2-6-2014

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Gender Equity Rule On Boards And Commissions Apparently Has No Enforcement Teeth

Wed 2-5-2014

(Des Moines)-- The town of Sanborn apparently has opted not to change course after drawing scrutiny for allegedly flouting state rules mandating gender balance on boards and commissions. Read More

LRH To Hold Open House For National Wear Red Day

Wed 2-5-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Lakes Regional Healthcare will hold an open house this Friday (Feb. 7th) in conjunction with National Wear Red Day.
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6th Annual Frostbite Olympics in Algona this weekend

Wed 2-5-2014

(Algona-)  Weekend events include new Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, February 15th, 2014

Wed 2-5-2014

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NW Iowans Appointed To Judicial Nominating Commission

Tue 2-4-2014

(Des Moines)-- Two northwest Iowa residents have been appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Read More

ISU Extension offers Farmer's Market Workshop in Emmet County

Tue 2-4-2014

(Wallingford-) Workshop slated for Thursday at the Emmet County Nature Center. Read More

Algona Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge

Tue 2-4-2014

(Algona)-- An Algona man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Read More

LRH Recognized For Patient Safety

Tue 2-4-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A local hospital is receiving some special recognition. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Tue 2-4-2014

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Domestic Dispute Leads To Drug Charges Against Estherville Man

Mon 2-3-2014

(Estherville)-- What started as an investigation into a domestic disturbance had lead to drug charges being filed against an Estherville man.

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Sheldon Man Sentenced In Federal Meth Case

Mon 2-3-2014

(Sioux City)-- A Sheldon man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Read More

I90 Semi Crash Injures Sioux Falls Man

Sat 2-1-2014

(Jackson, Mn.)-- A Sioux Falls man was injured after losing control of a semi he was driving Friday on Interstate 90 west of Jackson. Read More

Chain Reaction Collision Injures One

Sat 2-1-2014

(Brewster, Mn.)-- A three-vehicle chain reaction collision Friday on Highway 60 in Nobles county sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Daily Almanac For Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Sat 2-1-2014

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