News Archive

Utility Officials Say You May Want To Brace Yourself When You Get Your Next Natural Gas Bill

Wed 2-24-2021

Shirley Welte of Black Hills Energy says issues with supply and demand during the recent cold snap caused the wholesale price of natural gas to spike to the highest level in 20 years.

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One Of The Five Current & Former City Officials Charged In Armstrong Investigation Enters Plea Deal

Wed 2-24-2021

The current City Clerk of Armstrong has entered a guilty plea to at least one of the charges filed against her. Connie Lang was among five current and former city officials who were arrested and charged in the investigation.

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Seasons Center For Behavioral Health Offering Suicide Prevention Training Sessions

Wed 2-24-2021

Taylor Prather, Prevention and Education Coordinator with Seasons Center, says two different types of training will be available..

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Announces Rock The Roof Concert Lineup

Wed 2-24-2021

Executive Director Clay Norris tells KUOO news they'll be kicking off the season March 18th with the group “Rock a la Carte”.

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Northwest Iowa Community College Has A New President

Wed 2-24-2021

In a unanimous decision, the Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. John Hartog III of Boyden, as the 10th president of NCC

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Iowa Senate Passes Election Bill

Wed 2-24-2021

The Iowa Senate has passed legislation to reduce the early voting period in Iowa by nine days and move up the deadline for getting absentee ballots to a county auditor's office.

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SL City Council Adopts Revised FEMA Policy

Wed 2-24-2021

A revised purchasing policy pertaining to funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on the agenda for Tuesday evening's Spirit Lake City Council meeting.

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Additional Details From Monday's Armstrong City Council Meeting

Tue 2-23-2021

Mayor Greg Buum submitted his resignation and the council accepted it.

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LRH Foundation Helping You Make Someone's Day A Little More Special While Raising Funds For An Important Project

Tue 2-23-2021

Sonja Hamm, Vice President of Human and Foundation Resources at LRH tells KUOO news this is the second year for their “Roses Just Because” program

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Engineer's Report For DD 23; Hold Public Hearing On Maximum Levy

Tue 2-23-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors this (Tues.) morning held a public hearing on the preliminary engineer's report for a tile repair on a couple of branches in Drainage District 23.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two People On Multiple Charges

Tue 2-23-2021

A traffic stop late Monday afternoon at the intersection of 270th Street and 320th Avenue in Clay county resulted in the arrests of two people on multiple charges.

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Okoboji School Board Opts Not To Take Any Action For Now Over Middle School Construction Issues; Review Cost Projections For Phase 2 Projects

Tue 2-23-2021

Board members last month indicated they would look into the possibility of legal action to address construction deficiencies at the new middle school

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Temperatures Are Warmer But Utility Officials Say We Still Need To Take Precautions To Keep Pipes From Freezing

Mon 2-22-2021

It's recommended to continue to run a stream from a faucet that's the width of a pencil lead.

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City Of Spirit Lake Reminding Property Owners To Make Sure Sidewalks Are Clear Of Snow And Ice

Mon 2-22-2021

City Code requires the entire width and length of sidewalks be cleared completely. City officials say even the smallest amount of snow or ice will trigger enforcement of the ordinance.

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Temperatures Are Finally Above Freezing But There Are Travel Issues Today (Monday)

Mon 2-22-2021

A gusty southwest wind has been causing issues in some areas with snow blowing and sticking to the road pavement, then melting and re-freezing.

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ISU Extension Clay County To Hold Free Story Walk For Families

Mon 2-22-2021

ISU Extension of Clay County is inviting families with preschool and elementary children to participate in a family story walk on March 6th.

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City Of Spencer To Remove Snow Tonight (Mon. 2/22) From Downtown Area

Mon 2-22-2021

City officials say all vehicles will need to be out of that area by midnight.

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Broken Water Main To Result In Service Disruption For Spirit Lake Residents On Gary Ave. Between 14th & 16th Streets

Mon 2-22-2021

A broken water main will result in a temporary disruption of service today (Mon. 2/22) for some Spirit Lake residents living on Gary Avenue between 14th and 16th Streets. 

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First Cooperative Association Acquires Some Of The Assets Of Farm Nutrients, LLC

Mon 2-22-2021

Farm Nutrients has been owned by Rembrandt Enterprises, and headquartered in Spirit Lake.

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Spencer Chamber Gearing Up For Second Legislative Forum Of The Session

Mon 2-22-2021

Due to COVID-19 precautions, attendance by the general public will be limited to 15 people and is by reservation only. Those attending will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

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Four Of The Five Current & Former City Officials Charged In Armstrong Corruption Investigation Are Free After Posting Bond

Fri 2-19-2021

Online records show Mayor Greg Buum, Police Chief Craig Merrill and former City Clerks Connie Thackery and Mary "Kate" Staton were released earlier this week.

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The Head Of A Local Rural Electric Cooperative Says The Rolling Blackouts They Were Forced To Implement Earlier This Week Was Truly Historical

Fri 2-19-2021

Rick Olesen of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative tells KUOO news it was the first time in the 80 year history of the Southwest Power Pool that that's happened

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Seasons Center To Hold Snowman Building Contest This Saturday (Feb. 20th)

Fri 2-19-2021

Seasons Center is hosting a snowman building contest Saturday (Feb. 20th) outside of Spencer Hospital. 

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Minor Injuries Reported In Collision In O'Brien County Involving A Car And A Semi

Fri 2-19-2021

Deputies say the semi was attempting to pass the car when the two collided.

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Senate Republican Committee Approves Shortening Early Voting in Iowa

Thu 2-18-2021

Republicans on a Senate committee voted to shorten Iowa’s early voting period from 29 to 18 days today (Thursday) and make other absentee balloting changes. 

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City Of Spencer Reminds Property Owners They're Responsible For Removing Snow/Ice From Sidewalks

Thu 2-18-2021

City officials are reminding property owners they are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of when the snowfall ends, regardless of how much falls.

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Iowa Senate Passes Bill To Increase Funding For K-12 Schools By 2.4 Percent; SL Supt. Dr. David Smith Says He's Satisfied With That Level

Thu 2-18-2021

A bill that would increase funding for K through 12 schools in Iowa by 2.4 percent is headed to Governor Kim Reynolds' desk.

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Toro Issues Recall On 6,700 Snowblowers

Thu 2-18-2021

There have been reports of the auger continuing to spin even after the control lever is deactivated. 

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Spencer Hospital Converting To New Electronic Health Record System

Thu 2-18-2021

Officials with Spencer Hospital say they'll be converting to a new electronic health record system March 1st, which could temporarily result in non-care related service delays.

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Dickinson Co. Master Gardener Projects Awarded Mini Grant Through ISU Extension & Outreach SNAP-Education Program

Thu 2-18-2021

Sue Boettcher of Dickinson County ISU Extension and Outreach tells KUOO news they'll use the funds locally to help plant two donation gardens

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Head Of Iowa Utility Commission Says They Continue To Closely Monitor Power & Natural Gas Supplies

Wed 2-17-2021

Utility officials in Iowa say while some of the demand for electricity and natural gas has eased somewhat, that they remain deeply concerned as conditions in other parts of the country, especially the southern U.S., remain extremely challenging.

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Governor Announces Another Boost In Vaccine Allotment Coming To Iowa

Wed 2-17-2021

There's more good news when it comes to vaccination efforts in the state of Iowa.

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Collision On Hwy 60 In SW Minnesota Sends One Person To The Hospital

Wed 2-17-2021

A Windom woman was injured in a two vehicle accident this morning on Highway 60 near Butterfield.

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Spencer's Historic Preservation Commission Updating Guidelines

Wed 2-17-2021

Sheriffa Jones, who oversees the commission, presented an update to the city council earlier this week.

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Former Armstrong Man Pleads Guilty In Paycheck Protection Program Scheme

Tue 2-16-2021

56-year-old Donald Trosin of Champlin, Minnesota, formerly of Armstrong, was charged with one count of major fraud against the United States and one count of money laundering.

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Nominations being accepted for Jim Hall Outstanding Iowa Lakes Alumni Award

Tue 2-16-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Nominations are due by March 13

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Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charge Against SW Minnesota Man

Tue 2-16-2021

A traffic stop Sunday in Osceola county landed a Rushmore, Minnesota man in jail on a drug charge.

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Two Sheldon Men Arrested On Multiple Charges After Vehicle Collides With A Sign

Tue 2-16-2021

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says a deputy observed the incident, which took place a little after midnight. 

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Ongoing Investigation Into Corruption Of City Govt. In Armstrong Nets Another Suspect

Tue 2-16-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says former City Clerk Mary "Kate" Staton turned herself in today (Tuesday).

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ILCC Music Dept. Announces Results Of Its 2021 Jazz Band Contest

Tue 2-16-2021

Many local high-school bands performed jazz classics throughout the competition, which was live-streamed online for viewers.

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Execution Of Search Warrant Results In Arrest Of A Man On Multiple Charges

Tue 2-16-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says the search was conducted a little after 1:00 am at 1305 Campbell Street in Ayrshire.

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Two Vehicle Collision In Ruthven Sends One Person To The Hospital With Possible Injuries

Tue 2-16-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says Gary Jones of Ruthven was driving a 2020 Toyota southbound on West Street and was rounding a curve when he collided with an oncoming 2009 Ford Fusion driven by Trevor Halder of Ruthven.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Hear Presentation From Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

Tue 2-16-2021

Suzan Erem told the board the organization's primary goal is to protect land to grow table food through organic means

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Dickinson County Supervisors Have Preliminary Discussion On When To Lift COVID Restrictions At Courthouse & Other County Facilities

Tue 2-16-2021

The matter was brought to the table by Supervisor Steve Clark.

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ILEC Issues Update Saying Its Members Will Likely Experience Rolling Blackouts Today (Tues.)

Tue 2-16-2021

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative announced this (Tuesday) morning their generation and transmission provider, Corn Belt Power, has declared an emergency and needs to curtail 24 megawatts of load.

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Collision Involving A Car And A Semi Sends One Person To The Hospital

Tue 2-16-2021

A two-vehicle collision Monday night on Interstate 90 in Martin county sent one person to the hospital.

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Alliant Energy Says It's Distribution System Isn't Being Affected By Challenges Other Utilities Are Experiencing

Mon 2-15-2021

Alliant Energy spokesman Mike Wagoner says their electricity distribution is through an organization known as "MISO" and not the Southwest Power Pool, which has been experiencing issues with supply and a huge demand brought on by the extreme cold. 

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E'Ville City Council Approves Development Agreement Allowing Company To Expand; Approves Re-Zoning For Apartment Complex

Mon 2-15-2021

Lyle Hevern of the city's Economic Development Office outlined some of the details of the agreement to the city council.

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ILEC Officials Say Power Supply Situation Has Improved Somewhat But Remains A Major Concern

Mon 2-15-2021

Officials with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative announced late this (Monday) afternoon the region's power supply has improved and that their transmission operator, Southwest Power Pool, downgraded from an emergency level 3 to emergency level 2. 

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Iowa Lakes Community College stepping up CNA Training in response to high demand

Mon 2-15-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-College granted waiver so clinicals can be conducted in lab setting during COVID crisis

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Customers Of Milford Municipal Utilities Urged To Conserve On Electricity As Much As Possible

Mon 2-15-2021

Officials with Milford Municipal Utilities are putting out a plea for residents to reduce their electrical usage as much as possible due to the current circumstances.

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Customers Of ILEC & Area Municipal Utilities Who Receive Electricity From Cornbelt Power Being Told To Prepare For Periodic Power Outages

Mon 2-15-2021

Rick Oleson, General Manager of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, says their main transmission provider, Southwestern Power Pool, or SPP, has declared a level three state of emergency. 

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Local Officials Issue A Warning After A Coyote Is Seen In One Lakes Area City

Mon 2-15-2021

Bonnie Tielbur is the City Clerk/Administrator in Wahpeton. She tells KUOO news a coyote was spotted in that town this (Monday) morning.

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Congressman Randy Feenstra Makes A Stop In Storm Lake

Mon 2-15-2021

4th District Congressman Randy Feenstra was in Storm Lake last Friday to tour the Buena Vista University Agriculture Experiment Center.

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Area Utilities Say Extreme Cold Is Putting A Huge Burden On Their Distribution Systems

Mon 2-15-2021

Area utility providers say the ongoing extreme cold is heavily tasking their distribution systems, and demand is going off the charts.

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2021 Curly Leaf Pond Weed Mitigation Plans Being Finalized

Mon 2-15-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news the plan is similar to last year but he says they'll be doing some additional work on Lake Minnewashta

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Armstrong Police Chief Arrested In Martin County, Minnesota

Sun 2-14-2021

Craig Merrill was wanted on a warrant in connection with an investigation that has also resulted in the arrests of Armstrong's Mayor and the current and former city clerks, as we reported earlier. 

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Iowa Attorney General's Office Files Charges Against Some Current & Former Public Officials & Employees With City Of Armstrong

Fri 2-12-2021

The Iowa Attorney General's Office announced Friday it has filed charges against some current and former public officials and employees with the city of Armstrong. 

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Spencer Chamber Announces 2021 Ag Breakfast Will Not Be Held

Fri 2-12-2021

In a statement, chamber officials site the current mask mandate in Clay county and social distancing guidelines as the factors that went into the decision. 

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Pearson Lakes Art Center encouraging Membership with Advance Ticket Sales to upcoming Concerts

Fri 2-12-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Tickets for several summer shows will be offered to members only for a full week before going on sale to general public

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Farmers Taking Extra Precautions To Protect Livestock In The Extreme Cold

Fri 2-12-2021

An Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist says these sub-zero temperatures can be especially difficult for animals.

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Bill Introduced In Iowa Senate Would Make Daylight Savings Time Year-Round

Fri 2-12-2021

The bill approved by the Senate State Government Committee would only happen if the six states that surround Iowa make the same move

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Woman On Drug Charges (1)

Fri 2-12-2021

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Suzie Lingle was charged with possession of marijuana...1st offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Arraignment Set For South Dakota Man Charged In Dickinson County With 3rd Degree Sex Abuse

Fri 2-12-2021

Online court records show Ashford Kromah was arrested January 31st of this year by Arnolds Park police.

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NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge (2)

Fri 2-12-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Ernesto Soto of Hawarden was sentenced Thursday to more than 4 years in prison after pleading guilty in August of last year to possession with intent to distribute meth.

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Northwest STEM Region offering STEM Festival in March

Thu 2-11-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-700 students in grades 6-8 may participate in free online festival

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Pursuit In Clay & O'Brien Counties Results In Arrests Of Two People

Thu 2-11-2021

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says it started shortly after 9:30 pm when a deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle near the intersection of 360th Street and White Avenue in O'Brien county.

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Final Phase Of Restoration Of Anglers Bay Wildlife Area About To Get Underway

Thu 2-11-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, tells KUOO news a contractor will soon begin removing invasive and non-target trees along a 17-acre section of the shoreline.

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Windtest North America Names New Chief Technology Officer For Its Operations In Estherville

Thu 2-11-2021

Windtest North America has announced Martin Falk has been promoted to the position of Chief Technology Officer for its operations in Estherville.

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ISU Extension & Outreach To Hold Series Of Informational Meetings Pertaining To ARC/PLC & Crop Insurance

Thu 2-11-2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be holding a series of informational meetings later this month and in March pertaining to the farm bill.

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Local Ag Expert Says Area Farmers May See Some Benefits From Our Current Cold Snap In The Coming Growing Season

Thu 2-11-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield tells KUOO news it will likely kill off more pests, especially certain varieties of corn rootworm.

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Arnolds Park City Council Authorizes Imaging Iowa Great Lakes To Proceed With Design Concepts For Two Crosswalk Murals

Thu 2-11-2021

Michelle Goodenow of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes told the council the goal would be two have them done in May, prior to Memorial Day weekend.

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Dickinson Co. Public Health Officials Say They're Continuing To Process Info. From Covid Vaccine Questionnaires

Thu 2-11-2021

In a press release, the agency's Katy Burke says they have a very small staff and are having challenges in processing the information in order to be able to tell people where they're at on the list.

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Two Vehicle Collision Injures Rock Rapids Woman

Thu 2-11-2021

A Rock Rapids woman was injured early Wednesday in a two vehicle collision on Highway 75 about three miles north of Sioux Center.

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Local Lawyer Is Receiving Some Special Recognition

Wed 2-10-2021

John M. Sandy of Spirit Lake has been selected for inclusion into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Iowa.

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Three Area Fire Departments Battle Barn Fire In Frigid Temperatures Near Loon Lake

Wed 2-10-2021

Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says crews were called a little after 6:00 pm Tuesday to 475th Avenue and 715th Street in Jackson county

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Okoboji City Council Approves 1st Reading Of Proposal To Add A New Zoning Classification; Sets Maximum Levy

Tue 2-9-2021

The Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening approved the first reading of a proposed revision to the city's Zoning ordinance that would add a “Conservation District” to the various classifications.

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Pet Owners encouraged to take preventative measures to avoid frostbite during Extremely Cold Weather

Tue 2-9-2021 607 28th St, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Part 2 of our series on Winter Pet Safety 

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SLHS Jazz Band Posts Some Strong Finishes In Recent Competitions

Tue 2-9-2021

They placed 3rd at the ILCC Jazz Contest in Estherville and received a Division I Rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Jazz Band Festival.

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No Serious Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision

Tue 2-9-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Shelly Nelson of Dickens was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram westbound 65-year-old Leslie Bruns of Spencer was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup northbound when the two collided at the intersection of Highway 18 and 240th Avenue.

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Man From El Salvador Who Had Been Living In NW Iowa Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Reentering The U.S. After Being Deported Six Times

Tue 2-9-2021

An El Salvador man who had been living in Storm Lake has been sentenced in U.S. District Court for illegally reentering the U.S after being deported six times.

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IGL Chamber Thinking Ahead To Warmer Times; Finalizing Preparations For 39th Annual Walleye Weekend

Tue 2-9-2021

Chamber CEO Blain Andera says the 39th annual event will be held the weekend of May 1st and 2nd..

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Adopt Ordinance Revision For Hotel-Motel Tax; Approve New Health Insurance Incentives

Tue 2-9-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) voted 5-0 to approve the first reading of an ordinance revision pertaining to a change in allocation of hotel-motel tax proceeds. They voted by the same margin to waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of the revision and adopted it.

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Two Motor Vehicle-Related Extensions Remain In Place Under Gov. Kim Reynolds' Proclamation Of Disaster Emergency That Was Recently Updated

Tue 2-9-2021

Two motor vehicle-related extensions remain in place under Governor Kim Reynolds' Proclamation of Disaster Emergency related to COVID-19 that was updated this past Friday.

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Okoboji School Board Hears Update On COVID-19 Mitigation; Discusses Middle School Construction Issues

Tue 2-9-2021

Pretty much every school district in the area plans to continue their COVID-19 mitigation strategies, including mask wearing, for the foreseeable future.

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Pet Owners encouraged to take extra precautions with Pets during Extremely Cold Weather

Mon 2-8-2021 607 28th St, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Experts urge extra care with bitterly cold temperatures expected to continue

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Area Utilities Offer Advice For Avoiding Frozen Water Pipes

Mon 2-8-2021

Officials with Milford Municipal Utilities are urging customers to run a lead pencil-size stream of water continually from a faucet.

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3A District Court Judicial Nominating Commission To Conduct Interviews Of 5 Applicants To Fill A Vacancy

Mon 2-8-2021

The 3A District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will hold interviews February 24th of five finalists for an upcoming vacancy that will be created when District Judge David A. Lester retires March 2nd.

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Bald Eagle Nest Spotted Near Little Spirit Lake

Mon 2-8-2021

It’s that time of year when bald eagles can be seen in the area.

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Secretary Of State Paul Pate Announces Availability Of Election Cybersecurity Grants For Counties

Mon 2-8-2021

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced a plan to provide grants of $10,000 to each county in the state for election cybersecurity enhancements.

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Local Lawmaker Says Local Governments That Still Have Mask Regulations In Place May Be Overstepping Their Legal Authority

Mon 2-8-2021

In a social media post, State Representative John Wills sites an opinion from the Iowa Attorney General's Office

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Clay County Public Health Official Warns It's Too Early To Relax COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Sat 2-6-2021

Officials with Clay County Public Health announced this (Saturday) afternoon a mask regulation that's been in effect since December 1st in that county will remain in place. 

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LRH COVID-19 Dashboard Is Showing Some Promising News For Dickinson County

Sat 2-6-2021

The Lakes Regional Healthcare dash board shows the county's 14 day positivity rate has dropped to just over seven percent, and that there were no covid related hospitalizations at Lakes Regional as of Friday.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Relaxes Covid Restrictions

Sat 2-6-2021

The updated proclamation lifts the mask requirement, gathering limits and restrictions on businesses.

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Vintage Pinball Games available for play at Arnolds Park Museum

Fri 2-5-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Some 30 vintage machines now housed in Park Museum

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School Officials Are Investigating An Incident In Which A Racial Slur Was Directed By One Player Against Another On An Opposing Team During A Boys Basketball Game

Fri 2-5-2021

It happened during a boys basketball game January 29th between Graettinger-Terril and Southeast Valley.

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Another County In The Region

Fri 2-5-2021

The pest has now been detected in Cottonwood county in southwest Minnesota.

 

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Investigation Into Vehicle In The Ditch Results In Multiple Charges Against Driver

Fri 2-5-2021

An investigation Thursday into a report of a vehicle in the ditch in Clay county resulted in the arrest of a Primghar man.

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Residents Urged To Use Extra Caution With Frigid Weather

Fri 2-5-2021

With the extreme cold comes an increased risk for structure fires. One of the leading causes of those this time of year is space heaters.

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Pickup Vs Deer Collision Results In Possible Injuries

Fri 2-5-2021

Possible injuries were reported Wednesday when a pickup collided with a deer near Ruthven, causing the vehicle's airbag to deploy.

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Investigation Into Disabled Vehicle Results In Multiple Charges Against Spencer Woman

Fri 2-5-2021

Deputies say they determined it had allegedly been driven by 33-year-old Heather Thomas.

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Minimal Damage Reported In Barn Fire Near Terril

Fri 2-5-2021

Terril Fire Chief Tim Mathews tells KUOO news they were called to 2882 240th Street a little before 3:00 pm Thursday.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association announces 2021 Hall of Fame Induction plans

Thu 2-4-2021 243 West Broadway Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Class of 2020 was unable to be inducted last year due to pandemic

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A Man Who Was Illegally In The U.S. & Was Living In Milford Has Been Sentenced On Federal Charges

Thu 2-4-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 33-year-old Emmanuel Nieto-Trenado was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in September of last year to one count of illegal re-entry and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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A Familiar Face Is Departing The Spirit Lake Chamber Of Commerce

Thu 2-4-2021

Nancy Vierkant has announced she's stepped down from her position at the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Car Crashes Through Roof Of A House In Larchwood

Thu 2-4-2021

A Sioux Falls man was injured Tuesday night when a vehicle he was driving crashed through the roof of a house in Larchwood.

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Spirit Lake Man Arrested On Multiple Charges Out Of Palo Alto County

Thu 2-4-2021

Authorities say 36-year-old Dana Igou was arrested January 29th on charges of domestic abuse assault...impeding air or blood flow, and three counts of child endangerment. 

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Arnold J. Schilling Memorial Scholarship Established at Iowa Lakes Community College

Wed 2-3-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Armstrong Educator's teaching career spanned 57 years

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South Spencer Water Tower Decommissioned

Wed 2-3-2021

A water tower on the south side of Spencer was officially decommissioned today (Wednesday) and was taken down. 

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South Dakota Man Sentenced In Grain Blending Scheme With Ties To NW Iowa

Wed 2-3-2021

60-year-old Calvin Diehl of Aberdeen, South Dakota, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City after pleading guilty in June of last year to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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Clay County Public Health Announces It Has Received An Increase In Allocation Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Wed 2-3-2021

Clay County Public Health announced today (Wed.) that county's allocation was updated from 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine announced last week, to 300 doses that were shipped to its office in Spencer this week.

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Efforts To Bring Passenger Air Service To Spencer Continue

Wed 2-3-2021

Mayor Kevin Robinson updated the city council on the matter earlier this week

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New Program Credited With Bringing Seven New Businesses To Spencer

Wed 2-3-2021

Nancy Naeve of Spencer Main Street says the Kickstarter program has been in place since 2019 

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Dickinson County Treasurer's Office Remained Very Busy This Past Year Even With COVID-19 Pandemic

Wed 2-3-2021

Rowley says the motor vehicle division in her office was especially busy

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Corridor & NW Iowa Planning & Development Commission Announces Availability Of Microgrant Program For Businesses

Wed 2-3-2021

Brian Dalziel, Interim President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor tells KUOO news the Corridor COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Upper Des Moines Opportunity reminding Residents to apply for LIHEAP

Tue 2-2-2021 1575 18th Street Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Funds available to help with heating costs for low income households

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Set Date For Public Hearing On DD 31 Re-Classification Report; Authorize Seeking Federal Funding For County Road N-14 Project

Tue 2-2-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) set April 13th as the date for a public hearing on a reclassification report for a proposed project in Drainage District 31 near Superior.

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Loon Lake Golf Course Changing Hands

Tue 2-2-2021

The Hodnefield family has announced in a Facebook post they have sold the Loon Lake Golf Course to Scott Risdal, former manager of the Lakefield Golf Course when it was known as Valleybrook.

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E'Ville City Council Hears Plans For 64 Unit Apartment Complex; Approves Preliminary Plat For New Industrial Park

Tue 2-2-2021

Josh Kruger, of Eagle Construction, the developer of the project, told the council Deer Creek Apartments would be constructed at the former football field site, just north of the downtown area

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Spencer City Council Votes 4-1 To Approve Jobs Trust Expenditure On Renovations To An Apartment Complex

Tue 2-2-2021

The action drew concern from councilman Ron Hanson over the possibility of a precedence being set

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Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department to deliver Singing Valentines on February 12

Mon 2-1-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Quartets will wear masks and practice social distancing this year

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New Parking Restrictions Go Into Effect On Lakeshore Drive In Okoboji

Mon 2-1-2021

The new restriction stems from an ordinance revision the Okoboji City Council adopted on October 13th, 2020. 

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Iowa Lakes Community College launching County Promise Scholarship Fundraiser in February

Mon 2-1-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Goal is to reach $60,000 each for Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties

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Chamber Officials Say Winter Games Weekend Was Another Huge Success In Spite Of The Cancellation Of Some Highly Popular Indoor Events

Mon 2-1-2021

Blain Andera, CEO of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, says it was very apparent there were more people in the area this year for Winter Games compared to last year, even in light of the pandemic.

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Woman Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash On Hwy 18 East Of Spencer

Mon 2-1-2021

A Wall Lake woman escaped injury in a single vehicle crash Saturday evening in Clay county.

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COVID Vaccinations In Iowa Moving To Next Phase Beginning Today (Feb. 1st) But Progress Locally Expected To Remain Very Slow With Limited Supplies

Mon 2-1-2021

Dr. Zac Borus of Lakes Regional Healthcare says they're hopeful promises for additional vaccine supplies actually do come true. But until that happens, he says those who can get vaccinated locally will continue to be very limited

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Northwest Iowa RSVP Awarded Grant From AmeriCorps

Mon 2-1-2021

The Northwest Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, has been awarded a grant of nearly $93,000 to support volunteer efforts of more than 300 people 55 and older in Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties.

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I-90 Crash Sends Three People To The Hospital

Mon 2-1-2021

Three people were injured Saturday in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 west of Worthington.

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No Injuries Reported In Weekend House Fire

Mon 2-1-2021

Firefighters were called around 10:30 pm Saturday to 1126 18th Avenue West in Spencer and found flames coming through the roof of the structure.

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