News Archive

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against Ringsted Man

Mon 3-31-2014

(Ringsted)-- A traffic stop last week in Emmet county landed a Ringsted man in jail on drug charges. Read More

HMS Voters Head To The Polls Tuesday

Mon 3-31-2014

(Hartley)-- Voters in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school district head to the polls Tuesday (4/1) to decide the fate of a measure which, if approved, would make significant changes to some facilities. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, March 31st, 2014

Mon 3-31-2014

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Okoboji RAGBRAI Launch party set for Wednesday evening

Mon 3-31-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Okoboji RAGBRAI Logo and theme to be unveiled. Read More

Search Results In Drug And Weapons Charges Against Spirit Lake Man

Fri 3-28-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake man faces drug and weapons charges after authorities executed a search warrant on his residence Thursday afternoon. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, March 28th, 2014

Fri 3-28-2014

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Okoboji Radio app now available

Fri 3-28-2014

(Spirit Lake) - New app allows streaming, interaction with radio stations and websites.


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Search Results In Arrests Of Three People On Drug Charges

Thu 3-27-2014

(Everly)-- A search warrant executed by the Clay County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrests of three people from Everly on drug charges. Read More

Rembrandt Enterprises To Relocate Headquarters To Great Lakes Mall

Thu 3-27-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Rembrandt Enterprises has opted for a site in the Great Lakes Mall in which to relocate its headquarters, instead of the former Northwest Bank in downtown Spirit Lake.  Read More

Clay County Women Wins Motorcycle Through Iowa Lottery

Thu 3-27-2014

(Des Moines)-- A northwest Iowa lottery player has been selected as the winner of a one-of-a-kind motorcycle custom painted by a well-known Iowa artist in a lottery promotion supporting the state's veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund.

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Man Wanted On Warrants Out Of Two Counties Arrested While Leaving Night Club

Thu 3-27-2014

(Storm Lake)-- A man wanted on warrants out of two northwest Iowa counties was arrested early this (Thurs.) morning while leaving a Storm Lake night club. Read More

Dickinson County Records Slight Uptick In Population According To Latest Census Figures

Thu 3-27-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The U.S. Census Bureau is out with its latest population estimates. The figures show that as of July 1st, 2013 most counties in northwest Iowa posted declines. A few others, including Dickinson county, posted slight increases. Read More

Vandal(s) Discharge Fire Extinguisher In School Building

Thu 3-27-2014

(Ruthven)-- Authorities in Palo Alto county are on the lookout for whoever discharged a fire extinguisher in the Ruthven school building early this (Thurs.) morning. Read More

Warrant Check Results In Two Arrests

Thu 3-27-2014

(Spencer)-- An investigation into an arrest warrant by the Clay County Sheriff's Office has landed an Everly couple in jail. Read More

Clay County Fair Announces Another Grandstand Show

Thu 3-27-2014

(Spencer)-- Another major announcement this (Thurs.) morning regarding grandstand entertainment at this year's Clay County Fair. Read More

Officials In Pocahontas County To Hold Public Forum On Plans To Construct Large Scale Art Piece

Thu 3-27-2014

(Pocahontas)-- Officials with the Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission and the Pocahontas County Foundation hope to gather public input on plans to construct a large scale art piece in that county. Read More

Corridor Interviewing Existing Businesses And Industries

Thu 3-27-2014

(Spencer)-- The name of the program has changed, but officials with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation say they've begun their latest round of interviews with local businesses and industries. Read More

Bully Prevention Specialist To Speak In Storm Lake

Thu 3-27-2014

(Storm Lake)-- An expert on bullying prevention will be the keynote speaker this coming Tuesday (April 1st) at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Read More

Okoboji Hires New City Attorney

Thu 3-27-2014

(Okoboji)-- The city of Okoboji has a new City Attorney. Read More

The Ritz in the running for the Best Burger in Iowa

Thu 3-27-2014

(Arnold's Park) - The Lue Burger in the top ten nominees for third year in a row.
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Restaurant Hack Leads To Reports Of Debit And Credit Card Fraud

Wed 3-26-2014

(Fairmont, Mn.)-- Fairmont police have received hundreds of reports of credit and debit card fraud since a local restaurant's computer was hacked. Read More

Dickinson Supervisors Hear Request To Allow ATVs On County Roads

Wed 3-26-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson county board of supervisors Tuesday heard a request for the county to allow the operation of all terrain vehicles on county roads. Read More

Memorial Park Splash Pad Likely To Have A Late Opening For The Upcoming Season

Wed 3-26-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The splash pad at Spirit Lake's Memorial Park will likely be opening late for the upcoming season. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Wed 3-26-2014

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Get Up and Bowl for Special Olympics a big success

Tue 3-25-2014

(Spirit Lake) - 3rd Annual Fundraiser helps local Special Olympics athletes, another planned for next year.
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Pearson Lakes Art Center Resumes Speaker Series

Tue 3-25-2014

(Okoboji)-- The Pearson Lakes Art Center speaker series resumes this week. Read More

Tornado Drill To Be Held Statewide In Iowa Wednesday (March 26)

Tue 3-25-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- One of the main highlights of this week's observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa will be a statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday (March 26th). Read More

Ag Day Observance

Tue 3-25-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- It's March 25th, "Ag Day", a day to pay tribute to farmers and ranchers nationwide. Read More

Hwy 86 Crash Injures Woman

Tue 3-25-2014

(Lakefield, Mn.)-- A two-vehicle collision Monday on Highway 86 near Lakefield injured a Lakefield woman. Read More

Differences Between Mayor And Several Council Members Boils Over At Milford City Council Meeting

Tue 3-25-2014

(Milford)-- Philosophical differences between the Mayor and several city council members that have been in office since January boiled over at Monday evening's Milford city council meeting. Read More

Single Vehicle Crash Injures Lake Park Man

Tue 3-25-2014

(Lake Park)-- A Lake Park man was injured Sunday after losing control of a vehicle on a city street. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Tue 3-25-2014

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Candidates Sought For Clay County Fair Queen

Mon 3-24-2014

(Spencer)-- Candidates are being sought for 2014 Clay County Fair Queen. Read More

Stacy Rosemore Resigns As Director Of Okoboji Tourism Committee

Mon 3-24-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- The Okoboji Tourism Committee is looking for a new Director. Read More

Spencer Collision Injures Two

Mon 3-24-2014

(Spencer)-- A two vehicle collision Saturday at the intersection of East 2nd Street and 4th Avenue East in Spencer sent two people to the hospital. Read More

Fire Damages Storm Lake Turkey Processing Plant

Mon 3-24-2014

(Storm Lake)-- Company officials say a fire-damaged turkey processing plant in Storm Lake is expected to remain closed through Tuesday. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, March 24th, 2014

Mon 3-24-2014

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Fire Damages SL Apartment Complex

Sun 3-23-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Fire has damaged an apartment in the Arapaho Apartment complex in Spirit Lake this (Sunday) morning.


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Severe Weather Awareness Week To Be Observed Next Week

Fri 3-21-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- After a winter that many thought would never end comes spring. And with that comes the possibility for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. To help prepare, the National Weather Service has designated next week (March 23rd-29th) as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, March 21st, 2014

Fri 3-21-2014

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Clay County Sheriff seeks info on theft at Hope Lutheran Church

Thu 3-20-2014

(Spencer) - Silver cross reportedly stolen. Read More

Sting Ray Anthony tribute to Richie Valens at PLAC

Thu 3-20-2014

(Okoboji) - Connie Valens to host the show, display new exhibit Read More

Cheap Trick to perform at 2014 Clay County Fair

Thu 3-20-2014

(Spencer) - Iconic rock band will take the Grandstand stage September 6. Read More

Arnolds Park Council Awards Bid On City Campground Shelter House

Wed 3-19-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- Meeting in special session today (Wed.), the Arnolds Park city council awarded a bid on a project to build a new shelter house as part of a series of renovations at the city park.
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Longtime Business Changes Hands

Wed 3-19-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A longtime area business is changing hands. Read More

OHS Jazz Band Wins Top Honors At USD Coyote Jazz Festival

Wed 3-19-2014

(Milford)-- The Okoboji High School jazz band won top honors Tuesday in class 2A competition at the University of South Dakota Coyote Jazz Festival in Vermillion. Read More

Probation Search Lands Man In Jail On Drug Charges

Wed 3-19-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A probation search early Tuesday afternoon at a residence in Graettinger resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges. Read More

Later Than Usual Ice Out Likely For Area Lakes

Wed 3-19-2014

(Okoboji)-- Thicker than usual ice cover on the Iowa Great Lakes will likely translate to later than usual ice-out dates this spring. Read More

ILCC Trustees Approve Increase In Room And Board Fees

Wed 3-19-2014

(Estherville)-- Students at Iowa Lakes Community College will be paying more for room and board rates in the 2014-15 college year. Read More

O'Brien County Authorities Investigate Theft Of Chainsaw

Wed 3-19-2014

(Primghar)-- O'Brien county authorities are investigating the theft of a chainsaw. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Wed 3-19-2014

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Get up and Bowl for Special Olympics registration deadline is Wednesday

Tue 3-18-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Sunday's event at Corner Lanes includes athletes from Spirit Lake, Okoboji and Lake Park. Read More

Local Red Cross Chapter To Hold Open House

Tue 3-18-2014

(Spencer)-- The American Red Cross has issued an invitation to the public to learn more about the organization and its mission during a special open house at the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter office on Wednesday. Read More

Osceola County Authorities Investigate Burglaries

Tue 3-18-2014

(Sibley)-- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is investigating two burglaries that took place during the overnight hours of Friday, March 14th. Read More

SL Man Faces Multiple Charges After Being Pulled Over On Moped

Tue 3-18-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A Spirit Lake man faces multiple charges after police pulled him over as he was driving a moped around 7:00 p.m. Monday on Center Lake Drive. Read More

DNR Officials Express Concern Over Fish Kill Potential On Area Lakes

Tue 3-18-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say the severe winter will likely result in an increased fish kill on several area lakes. Read More

O'Brien County Authorities Investigate Underage Drinking, Attempted Burglaries

Tue 3-18-2014

(Primghar)-- An investigation into a disturbance Friday evening at a residence south of Hartley resulted in authorities citing 13 persons for underage drinking. Read More

Walk Away From South Dakota Correctional Facility Nabbed

Tue 3-18-2014

(Storm Lake)-- A man who walked away from a Storm Lake correctional facility in February of 2013 was captured Friday in Storm Lake.
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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Tue 3-18-2014

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Spirit Lake Music students shine at competition

Mon 3-17-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Will Fuelberth selected as outstanding soloist and offered scholarship from Morningside College Read More

No injuries, but house a total loss in Spencer fire

Mon 3-17-2014

(Spencer)  Firefighters on scene for more than 4 hours Sunday. Read More

Lyon County authorities seek help following burglaries

Mon 3-17-2014

(Rock Rapids) - Bucksaw Bar in Little Rock, Atlas Building in Rock Rapids both targeted. Read More

STEP Traffic enforcement underway for St. Patrick's Holiday

Fri 3-14-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Special Traffic Enforcement Program runs March 14-17 across the state of Iowa. Read More

Storm Lake Police seek public assistance in child abduction attempt

Fri 3-14-2014

(Storm Lake) - Children refused to get in vehicle, mother contacted police. Read More

Three charged in double homicide in Carroll County

Thu 3-13-2014

(Deloit) - Arrests follow murder of two elderly Carroll County residents. Read More

Clay County Fair announces Gary Allan and Jerrod Niemann

Thu 3-13-2014

(Spencer)  Evening of Country Music Sept. 14 Read More

Lt. Gov. Reynolds conducting STEM Town Hall Meeting in Spencer

Thu 3-13-2014

(Spencer) - Public encouraged to attend meeting Friday at 2 pm. Read More

Final Legislative Forums on tap in Spencer and Arnold's Park on Saturday

Wed 3-12-2014

(Spencer) - Local lawmakers to give updates on issues. Read More

Rock Valley announces its theme for RAGBRAI

Wed 3-12-2014

(Rock Valley) - "Groundbreaking Ride" chosen for first overnight stop of RAGBRAI. Read More

Dickinson County Supervisors Adopt FY 2015 Budget

Tue 3-11-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson county board of supervisors this (Tues.) morning adopted the county's budget for the 2015 fiscal year following a public hearing that drew no comments. Read More

Dickinson Supervisors Set Wheels In Motion For Major Project To Clean Up Silver Lake

Tue 3-11-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson county board of supervisors today (Tues.) set the wheels in motion for a long-term project to improve water quality in Silver Lake at Lake Park. Read More

Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrest

Tue 3-11-2014

(Spencer)-- A Storm Lake man faces drug charges following a traffic stop Monday in Clay county. Read More

Milford Council Denies, Then Approves Police Officer Firearm Training

Tue 3-11-2014

(Milford)-- The Milford city council Monday denied, then approved a request for firearms training for a police officer. Read More

Sioux County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Sibley Man

Tue 3-11-2014

(Orange City)-- A traffic stop in Sioux county has resulted in the arrest of a Sibley man on drug charges. Read More

Weather Moderates But Frozen Pipe Danger Continues

Tue 3-11-2014

(Milford)-- The weather may have moderated in recent days, but that hasn't taken away from the danger of frozen water lines. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Tue 3-11-2014

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Possible Injuries Reported In Snowmobile Crash

Mon 3-10-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- Possible injuries were reported Friday in a snowmobile accident in Palo Alto county. Read More

Two More Lakes Area Employers Achieve Blue Zones Recognition

Mon 3-10-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Two more lakes area employers have achieved Blue Zones certification.

The Spirit Lake Hy-Vee store (top photo), and YMCA of the Okoboji's (bottom photo) are the latest lakes area employers to achieve Blue Zones certification.
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City Of Okoboji Receives Special Recognition For Stormwater Runoff Control

Mon 3-10-2014

(Okoboji)-- A lakes area city has received special recognition for efforts to control storm water runoff.

Jerry Robinson and Dennis Daly accepts Stormwater Award at Iowa Water Conference on behalf of city of Okoboji.
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Jackson County Crash Results In Multiple Injuries

Mon 3-10-2014

(Alpha, Mn.)-- Four people were injured Saturday in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate near Alpha in Jackson county. Read More

Traffic Stop Results In Multiple Charges Against Wahpeton Man

Mon 3-10-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A traffic stop Thursday evening in Dickinson county resulted in the arrest of a Wahpeton man on multiple charges. Read More

Daily Almanac For Monday, March 10th, 2014

Mon 3-10-2014

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Spring Coffee House at Iowa Lakes in Estherville Tuesday

Mon 3-10-2014

(Estherville) - Free admission to popular concert series. Read More

Settlement Reached In Discrimination Lawsuit Involing A NW Iowa Hospital

Fri 3-7-2014

(Sibley)-- A northwest Iowa hospital will pay a woman $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit after she was denied a job because she has cerebral palsy. Read More

Man Escapes Injury In Semi Crash

Fri 3-7-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Florida man escaped injury Friday after losing control of a semi tractor-trailer on Highway 18 in Palo Alto county. Read More

Teen Admits To Leaving Threat On Wall At Spencer High School

Fri 3-7-2014

(Spencer)-- A teen has admitted to leaving a threat on a wall Thursday that resulted in an early dismissal at Spencer High School. Read More

Ruthven Woman Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges

Fri 3-7-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Ruthven woman has been arrested on a warrant charging her with four counts of child endangerment. Read More

Cedar Rapids Man Arrested On Palo Alto County Warrants

Fri 3-7-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Cedar Rapids man wanted on Palo Alto county warrants for contempt of court has been arrested. Read More

Family Fest at CCREC in Spencer on Saturday

Fri 3-7-2014

(Spencer) - Free festival to feature new musical "petting zoo" this year. Read More

North Y Crash Injures Woman

Fri 3-7-2014

(Spencer)-- A two vehicle collision Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Highways 18 and 71 or the North Y in Spencer sent one person to the hospital. Read More

Daily Almanac For Friday, March 7th, 2014

Fri 3-7-2014

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Sawyer Brown, Aaron Tippin To Perform At Clay County Fair

Thu 3-6-2014

(Spencer)-- Country group Sawyer Brown will perform at this year's Clay County Fair, with special guest Aaron Tippin.

Sawyer Brown
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More Than 200 Attend Ragbrai Informational Meeting

Thu 3-6-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A crowd of more than 200 people showed up at Wednesday evening's RAGBRAI informational meeting at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake.
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I90 Crash Injures Two

Thu 3-6-2014

(Worthington, Mn.)-- A single vehicle crash Wednesday on Interstate 90 in Nobles county injured two people. Read More

PLAC to screen Manhattan Film Project Thursday

Thu 3-6-2014

(Okoboji)- Screening begins at 7 p.m. of independent UK film. Read More

Palo Alto County Authorities Investigate Residential Burglary

Wed 3-5-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- Palo Alto county authorities are requesting the public's help in the investigation of a residential burglary. Read More

Authorities Arrest Spencer Woman Wanted On A Drug Charge

Wed 3-5-2014

(Spencer)-- A Spencer woman wanted on a drug charge has been arrested.  Read More

SW Minnesota Crash Injures Two Teens

Wed 3-5-2014

(Worthington)-- Minor injuries were reported Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash in Nobles county of southwest Minnesota. Read More

Holiday Inn Express To Locate In South Spencer

Wed 3-5-2014

(Spencer)-- It's official: a Holiday Inn Express hotel will be built in Spencer. Read More

Palo Alto County Head On Crash Kills Ayrshire Woman

Wed 3-5-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A head-on collision Tuesday in Palo Alto county claimed the life of an Ayrshire woman. Read More

RAGBRAI Public Informational Meeting at Sami Center Wednesday evening

Wed 3-5-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Community groups, business leaders, volunteers and vendors encouraged to attend. Read More

Daily Almanac For Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Wed 3-5-2014

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Cause Of Double House Fire Ruled As Undetermined

Tue 3-4-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- The cause of a fire that destroyed one home and damaged another Monday in Arnolds Park has been listed as undetermined. Read More

Two Vehicle Collision Injures Five

Tue 3-4-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon at the corner of Highway 71 and 23rd Street in Spirit Lake sent five people to the hospital. Read More

Host families sought to house RAGBRAI riders in Iowa Great Lakes

Tue 3-4-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Interested hosts should email ragbrai@exploreokoboji.com Read More

No Injuries Reported In Double House Fire In Arnolds Park

Tue 3-4-2014

(Arnolds Park)-- No injuries were reported in a double house fire in Arnolds Park Monday that was battled by firefighters from three different area departments. Read More

Daily Almanac For Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Tue 3-4-2014

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SLHS Mock Trial Team Qualifies For State

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake High School Mock Trial Team has qualified for state competition.
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Palo Alto County Crash Results In Minor Injuries

Mon 3-3-2014

(Emmetsburg)-- A Spirit Lake man sustained minor injuries in a single vehicle crash Friday in Palo Alto county. Read More

National Publication Singles Out Two Local Communities For Future Economic Growth And Expansion

Mon 3-3-2014

(Des Moines)-- An economic development publication has identified two local communities as being among areas best suited for economic expansion and continued growth. Read More

Terril Ambulance Service Receives Donation

Mon 3-3-2014

(Terril)-- The Terril Ambulance Service is getting a monetary donation thanks to a Dickinson county farmer and the Monsanto Company. Read More

Lakes Area Service Organization Acquires Blue Zones Certification

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- A lakes are service organization has received a special designation through the Blue Zones Project. Read More

NW Iowans Appointed By Governor Branstad To Various State Boards And Commissions

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Several northwest Iowans have been appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve on various state boards and commissions. Read More

IHA Study Details Economic Impact Of Local Hospitals

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake)-- Data from the Iowa Hospital Association details the economic impact hospitals have on the local economy. Read More

Committees begin preparation for RAGBRAI stop in Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Safety top priority for Dickinson County Sheriff Greg Baloun. Read More

Committees begin preparation for RAGBRAI stop in Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 3-3-2014

(Spirit Lake) - Safety top priority for Dickinson County Sheriff Greg Baloun. Read More