News Archive

***BREAKING NEWS*** First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Reported In O'Brien County

Tue 3-31-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting this (Tuesday) evening the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in O'Brien county. 

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Polaris Industries Announces Temporary Furloughs And Pay Cuts

Tue 3-31-2020

Polaris Industries announced Tuesday some workers will be placed on temporary furloughs and that some others will experience cuts in pay and the company outlined it's new strategy in dealing with the downturn stemming from the ongoing pandemic. 

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NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge (1)

Tue 3-31-2020

A Denison man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a meth distribution operation in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota.

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Dickinson County Conservation launches Adopt-a-Roadside Program

Tue 3-31-2020 22785 Nature Center Road, Okoboji, IA 51355

(Okoboji)-Individuals or groups can adopt at least a mile of county roadway to help remove litter.

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests

Tue 3-31-2020

A traffic stop Friday on Highway 4 one mile north of Estherville resulted in the arrests of two people from Spencer.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Numbers

Tue 3-31-2020

The department is reporting 73 additional positive cases in the state, bringing the total to 497 since the outbreak began.

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Total Number Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases So Far In Minnesota Now Exceeds 600; Updated Numbers From Iowa Weren't Available

Tue 3-31-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today (Tuesday) the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state is now at 629, with 12 deaths since the outbreak began.

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Officials Are Sounding The Alarm Over Scams Related To COVID-19

Tue 3-31-2020

The Federal Communications Commission says it's experiencing a big increase in the reports of scams stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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***BREAKING NEWS*** First Case Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Clay County

Tue 3-31-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed this (Tues.) morning a Clay county resident has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Iowa Workforce Development Implements New Policy In Which Workers Won't Have To Use All Of Their Paid Leave Before Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Tue 3-31-2020

Iowa Workforce Development has implemented a new policy under which workers will no longer have to use all their paid leave before they collect unemployment benefits.

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Jackson City Council Declares Local Emergency Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue 3-31-2020

The Jackson City Council met in special session last (Monday) night and declared a Local Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopted a Pandemic Continuity of Operations Plan.

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Country Artist Josh Turner To Perform At This Year's Clay County Fair

Tue 3-31-2020

It was announced this (Tues.) morning country artist Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael will be performing in front of the grandstand at this year's Clay County Fair. 

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Four Area Fire Departments Battle Large Field Fire

Mon 3-30-2020

Four area fire departments battled a large field fire today (Monday) near Wallingford.

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New website aims to help Iowa Great Lakes Residents in need during Coronavirus Pandemic

Mon 3-30-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Alliance helps coordinate volunteers with those in need

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Retired Cardiologist Who Now Resides In The Iowa Great Lakes Receives Special Recognition From Sanford Health

Mon 3-30-2020

Dr. Pat O'Brien of Okoboji was recently honored by Sanford Health with the “Physician Pioneer Award”

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RIDES Will Suspend Most Of Its Operations Effective Wednesday (April 1st) & Will Temporarily Close It's Administrative Office

Mon 3-30-2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on the community continue to grow. RIDES announced today (Monday) that with the exception of previously established dialysis trips and a few medical runs, it will be discontinuing operations in its nine county service area effective Wednesday, April 1st.

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Okoboji & Spirit Lake Robotics Team Receives Recognition

Mon 3-30-2020

The Okoboji and Spirit Lake schools robotics team received some special recognition recently.

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Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Minnesota Is Now At 576 As Of This (Monday) Morning; 23 Cases Have Been Reported In Martin County

Mon 3-30-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health announced this (Monday) morning the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state stood at 576, but they say it is very likely to be higher than that as there are likely additional cases that have not been tested. 

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IDPH This (Monday) Morning Reporting 88 Additional Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In The State

Mon 3-30-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health this (Monday) morning announced 88 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of cases to 424 since the outbreak began.

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No Injuries Were Reported But Several Citations Issued In Incident On A Road In Clay County

Mon 3-30-2020

No injuries were reported but authorities say several citations were issued in connection with an incident Thursday of last week in the 4200 mile of County Road M54 near Gillett Grove.

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Enforcement Deadline Of Real ID Requirement Being Delayed One Year

Mon 3-30-2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the REAL ID enforcement date is being pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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DNR Outlines Curly Leaf Pondweed Mitigation Plans For This Spring

Mon 3-30-2020

What's become an annual nemesis on some of the Iowa Great Lakes is about to rear its ugly head again this spring: curly leaf pondweed.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 38 Additional Cases Of Covid 19 As Of Today (Sunday)

Sun 3-29-2020

(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting an additional 38 cases of COVID-19 in the state as of today (Sunday) along with one additional death related to the outbreak.

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DNR Announcing Reduced Amenities At State Parks Due To COVID-19

Sat 3-28-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has announced some amenities at state parks are being reduced due to concerns with COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Related Death Reported In Martin County, Minnesota

Sat 3-28-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a man from Martin county has died of COVID-19. 

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reports 64 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Saturday) Morning

Sat 3-28-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported this (Saturday) morning an additional 64 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state since Friday.

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Jackson County Incident Results In Arrests

Sat 3-28-2020

A Sioux Falls man was arrested in Jackson county on Thursday following a report of a suspicious vehicle.

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Two-Vehicle Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sat 3-28-2020

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Cody Steinkamp of Milford was driving a 2017 Dodge Ram eastbound on Log Avenue and had stopped for a stop sign when he pulled into the path of a northbound 2008 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 34-year-old April Kress of Alton.

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Clay County Residents Being Highly Urged To Stay Home If At All Possible

Fri 3-27-2020

Residents of Clay county are being highly urged to stay home if at all possible due to concern over the potential of any local spread of COVID-19.

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Spirit Lake Elementary Teachers, Like Others In The Area, Plan To Reach Out To Students In A Special Way

Fri 3-27-2020

Principal Kasey Huebner tells KUOO news they'll be doing a parade through the community.

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Plans Are Moving Forward For Extensive Improvements To The Area Of The Little League Fields In Spirit Lake

Fri 3-27-2020

Meeting in special session this (Fri.) afternoon, the Spirit Lake City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution pertaining to some extensive improvements planned for the little league fields. 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Will Be Going To A No Visitor Restriction Effective Monday (March 30th)

Fri 3-27-2020

Lakes Regional Healthcare is about to tighten its restrictions on visitors even more now that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Dickinson County.

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IDPH Reports Additional 56 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In The State, Along With Two More Deaths Associated With The Virus

Fri 3-27-2020

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa continues to go up.

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Private Pesticide Recertification Trainings Canceled Until Further Notice

Fri 3-27-2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has announed the private pesticide applicator recertification trainings for northwest Iowa have been canceled until further notice.

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Time To Gear Up For Severe Weather Season

Fri 3-27-2020

This week has marked the observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Iowa.

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Avera Medical Group Spencer Develops Respiratory Clinic Physically Separated From The Main Clinic

Fri 3-27-2020

Officials with Avera Medical Group Spencer say they've developed a respiratory clinic with a separate entrance and is physically separated by a temporary wall from the rest of the clinic space, to isolate patients with potentially infectious illnesses from other patients seeking care. 

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Okoboji Foundation Announces Interim President

Fri 3-27-2020

The Okoboji Foundation has announced Holly Skopec has been selected as its interim President.

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Spirit Lake City Officials Not Sure If Clean Up Days Will Be Held This Spring; There's Also Uncertainty As To When Green Waste Disposal Site May Open

Thu 3-26-2020

City Attorney/Administrator Greg Owens says the city council discussed the matter at their meeting earlier this week, but as of now a decision hasn't been made. He says whether or not the city's green waste disposal site will be opened is also up in the air.

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DNR: COVID-19 Will Have A Direct Impact On This Year's Gillnetting Operations On The Iowa Great Lakes

Thu 3-26-2020

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news they'll be forced to scale things back.

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SL School Bd Approves Issuance Of Bonds And Awards Bids On Construction Projects

Thu 3-26-2020

Meeting in special session via electronic means earlier today (Thursday), the Spirit Lake School Board approved the issuance of $7.38 million in school infrastructure bonds for the construction of an early childhood center along with upgrades to entrances at the high school and district offices, and renovations at the elementary and middle schools.

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Worthington Man Arrested After Pretending To Fire A Fake Gun From A Vehicle At A Drive Through Of An Estherville Bank

Thu 3-26-2020

An incident this (Thurs.) morning at an Estherville bank resulted in the arrest of a Worthington, Minnesota man.

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****BREAKING NEWS**** First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Reported In Dickinson County

Thu 3-26-2020

Not much information into the case was being released by officials. They only say the person is in isolation and is being treated.

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Estherville Authorities Respond To Camper Fire

Thu 3-26-2020

The Estherville Fire Department was called to 939 North 5th Street and discovered the camper was fully engulfed in flames in a driveway, where it was parked.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Extends Emergency Closure Of Retail Establishments For One More Week

Thu 3-26-2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is extending the emergency closure of retail establishments such as restaurants and bars for one more week. 

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Several Area Clinics Tighten Visitation Restrictions

Wed 3-25-2020

Several area clinics are tightening restrictions on visitors

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Estherville Man Arrested On Warrants For Drug Charges

Wed 3-25-2020

An Estherville man wanted on Emmet county warrants for drug charges was taken into custody Tuesday. 

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Issues Shelter In Place Order

Wed 3-25-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced this (Wed.) afternoon he is implementing a shelter in place order that will be in effect from March 27th until April 10th.

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Another Reminder Not To Be Flushing Certain Things Down The Toilet

Wed 3-25-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources warns items such as flushable wipes, disinfecting wipes, surface cleaning wipes, and baby wipes, even though advertised as being flushable, are not recommended for disposal down a toilet.

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ISU Extension & Outreach Offering Additional Online Learning Opportunities

Wed 3-25-2020

Some new online learning experiences are being made available with more and more people spending more time at home these days.

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Dickinson County Supervisor Says He's Concerned Over Financial Impact COVID-19 Is Starting To Have On Some Service Providers, One In Particular

Wed 3-25-2020

A Dickinson County Supervisor says he has growing concern over the financial impact COVID-19 is having on some local service providers, one in particular.

 

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Dickinson County Supervisors Say They're Confident The Necessary Contingencies Are In Place For County Operations

Wed 3-25-2020

Dickinson county leaders say they're confident the necessary contingencies are in place for operations to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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IDPH Reporting An Additional 21 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Iowa As Of Late This (Wed.) Morning

Wed 3-25-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health late this (Wed.) morning reported an additional 21 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, for a total of 145 positive cases. 

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DNR To Conduct Prescribed Burns At Numerous Wildlife Complexes Throughout NW Iowa In Coming Weeks

Tue 3-24-2020

The agency says the burning will be done in wildlife complexes in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, O'Brien and Palo Alto counties.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 19 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 In The State As Of Late This (Tues.) Morning

Tue 3-24-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health late this (Tues.) morning reported 19 more positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number so far to 124.

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New Website Launched To Help Coordinate Local Agencies Needing Volunteers And Those Who Would Like To Volunteer During This Time Of Need

Tue 3-24-2020

A new website has been launched locally to help coordinate those who would like to volunteer with services related to the coronavirus outbreak and those in need of those volunteers.

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There's Concern Over Huge Increases In Internet Traffic And Whether Networks Will Be Able To Handle It

Tue 3-24-2020

Concern over dramatic increases in internet traffic with more and more people working from their homes was brought up during today's (Tues.) Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Milford City Council Hears From Okoboji School Board Member

Tue 3-24-2020

The Milford City Council Monday evening heard from an Okoboji School Board member expressing a desire for the two entities to sit down and iron out their differences.

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Iowa Secretary Of State Extends Absentee Voting Period To 40 Days For Those Voting By Mail In June Primary

Mon 3-23-2020

Iowa Secretary Of State Extends Absentee Voting Period To 40 Days For Those Voting By Mail In June Primary

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Hy-Vee Temporarily Suspending Its Return, Refund & Rain Check Policy

Mon 3-23-2020

Hy-Vee has announced that effective tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th), it will be temporarily suspending its return, refund and rain check policy until further notice. 

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Polaris Industries To Suspend Operations At Several Plants, Including Spirit Lake, For A Week

Mon 3-23-2020

Polaris Industries announced today (Monday) it will be suspending production schedules and operations at several plants, including one in Spirit Lake, for a week effective tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th).

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Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Iowa Surpasses 100

Mon 3-23-2020

The Iowa Department of Health announced this (Monday) morning it's been notified of 15 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 105 positive cases. 

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U.S. Attorney Urging Public To Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

Mon 3-23-2020

U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan of the Northern District of Iowa is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19

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Local Brewery & Distillery Team Up To Produce Hand Sanitizer

Mon 3-23-2020

WestoBeer of West Okoboji and Century Farms Distillery of Spencer are combining their resources to produce hand sanitizer.

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COVID-19 & Social Distancing Has Governmental Entities Changing How Meetings Are Being Conducted

Mon 3-23-2020

COVID-19 and restrictions limiting crowds to 10 people or less with social distancing has governmental entities looking at ways of conducting meetings electronically.

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Seasons Center Now Providing All Services Via Video And/Or Phone

Mon 3-23-2020

Seasons Center has announced that effective immediately they will no longer be offering services in person for the time being.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Addresses Childcare Concerns

Mon 3-23-2020

A shortage on childcare that was already prevalent has been made worse with the COVID-19 outbreak and the closure of schools.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Signs Additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration Which Includes Additional Mandatory Closures

Sun 3-22-2020

It includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing and provides regulatory relief to Iowa healthcare industries, among other actions.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Reporting 22 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Late This (Sunday) Morning

Sun 3-22-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced late this (Sunday) morning it has been notified of 22 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. 

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U.S. Small Business Administration Issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration For Iowa

Sat 3-21-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds today (Saturday) announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31st, 2020, and ongoing. 

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The Iowa Department of Public Health announced this (Saturday) afternoon it's been notified of an additional 23 cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 68 positive cases.

Sat 3-21-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced this (Saturday) afternoon it's been notified of an additional 23 cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 68 positive cases. 

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A Presumptive Positive Case Of Coronovirus Now Being Reported In Jackson County

Sat 3-21-2020

Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services says there is now a presumptive positive case of novel coronovirus (COVID-19) in Jackson county. The person is in their 40's who has a travel history.

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Spencer Hospital Seeking Donations Of Personal Protective Equipment As Part Of A Contingency Plan

Sat 3-21-2020

Spencer Hospital is seeking donations for personal protective equipment as part of a COVID-19 contingency plan should available resources become exhausted.

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Donations needed for Backpack Program to help students during School Closures

Fri 3-20-2020 3501 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Need continues for items that kids can fix themselves.

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Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley Gives Update On Declarations Issued By Governor And What They Mean For Property Tax Payment Deadline, Etc.

Fri 3-20-2020

Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley says one of the provisions in the new proclamation that most people will be interested pertains to the deadline for paying property taxes

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New Pharmacy To Open In Estherville

Fri 3-20-2020

A new pharmacy will be opening in Estherville in late spring or early this summer.

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Collision Injures Milford Woman

Fri 3-20-2020

A Milford woman was injured in an accident Thursday afternoon in Spirit Lake.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Issues Additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Fri 3-20-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds this (Fri.) morning issued an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately. The measure provides additional regulatory relief to Iowans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Black Hills Energy Implementing Precautions Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

Fri 3-20-2020

The utility is temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for customers facing financial hardships.

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Jackson County Crash Sends An Adult And A Child To The Hospital

Fri 3-20-2020

A single vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 86 just south of Highway 60 in Jackson county sent one adult one child to the hospital.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Gives Update On COVID-19 Situation In Iowa

Thu 3-19-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds announced Thursday afternoon the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa has increased to 44.

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Spencer Hospital Tightening Visitor Restrictions

Thu 3-19-2020

Effective tomorrow (Fri.), patients will only be permitted to have someone accompany them to an appointment or visit them while hospitalized under extenuating circumstances.

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Hy-Vee Implementing Additional Precautions Due To COVID-19

Thu 3-19-2020

The grocery chain says that effective Friday, March 20th, customers will NOT be allowed to bring in reusable bags until further notice. Temporary window panels are also being installed at checkouts 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Proceed With Courtroom Wiring Project; Approve Purchase Of New Outdoor Digital Sign

Thu 3-19-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to proceed with an audio/visual wiring project in courtroom B.

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Most Court Proceedings In Iowa Are Now On Hold Due To Coronavirus Spread

Thu 3-19-2020

Most court proceedings in Iowa are on hold to prevent the spread of the coronavirus -- but county clerk of court offices remain open to deal with legal emergencies.

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Spencer YMCA Continues To Offer Childcare Services

Thu 3-19-2020

While YMCA's and all similar facilities are shut down due to COVID-19 concerns, Megan (mee-gun) Whitaker of the Spencer YMCA says childcare operations there are continuing

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Most Area Police Departments & Sheriff's Offices Now Off-Limits To Foot Traffic

Thu 3-19-2020

Most Sheriff's Offices and Police Departments in the region are now off-limits to foot traffic until further notice to protect staff, officers and deputies from the spread of COVID-19.

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Health Officials: COVID-19 Testing Is Not Required And Not Feasible For Those Returning To Work Following An Illness

Thu 3-19-2020

Healthcare providers and emergency departments at local hospitals say they've been contacted by citizens who state they're being required by their employer to be screened for COVID-19 prior to being permitted to return to work following an illness.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reports 9 New Cases Of COVID-19 In The State

Wed 3-18-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health late this (Wed.) afternoon announced nine additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 38.

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IDPH Asking Businesses & Organizations To Donate Any Personal Protective Equipment They May Have

Wed 3-18-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is urgently asking businesses and organizations to donate any extra personal protective equipment they may have to assist healthcare providers and healthcare facilities responding to COVID-19. 

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ILEC Cancels Annual Meeting; Closes Lobby And Outlying Service Centers

Wed 3-18-2020

Officials with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative announced today (Wed.) their annual meeting that was scheduled for April 4th has been canceled.

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First Presumptive Positive Cases Of COVID-19 Now Being Reported In The Region With Two Cases In Martin County, Mn.

Wed 3-18-2020

The Department says they include a person in their 50's and one in their 60's. Both are hospitalized.

 

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Local ISU Extension & Outreach Offices Closed Until Further Notice

Wed 3-18-2020

A number of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices in northwest Iowa are now closed until further notice, with staff working remotely. 

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Corridor, IGL & SL Chambers Reaching Out To Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

Wed 3-18-2020

The CEO's of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation and the Spirit Lake and Iowa Great Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce say they're working closely with businesses being directly affected as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Avera Medical Group Spencer Implementing Drive-Up Testing For Influenza, RSV Or Strep Throat; Doctor's Order Is Required

Wed 3-18-2020

Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS) has implemented drive-up testing for patients who have been referred by an AMGS provider to specifically come to the clinic to be tested for influenza, RSV or strep throat.

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Clay County Public Health Officials Establish Coronavirus Call Center

Wed 3-18-2020

Clay County Public Health nurse Colette Rossiter says the center will help people determine if they meet the criteria for testing.

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Fairmont Woman Taken Into Custody On Multiple Warrants

Wed 3-18-2020

A Fairmont woman wanted on multiple warrants was taken into custody last week in Lyon county.

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American Red Cross encouraging Blood Donations during Corona Virus Outbreak

Tue 3-17-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Red Cross facing blood shortage due to cancellations of blood drives

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IGL Sanitary District Warns Against Flushing Wipes & Other Materials Down The Drain

Tue 3-17-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District is warning residents not to flush wipes, paper towels and other items down the drain. Doing so, they say, could result in blockages in the sewer system and/or private grinder pumps. 

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Dickinson County Declares State Of Emergency

Tue 3-17-2020

Dickinson county today (Tues.) issued a Declaration of State of Emergency. It comes on the heels of Governor Kim Reynolds declaring a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency in the state of Iowa earlier in the day.

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Estherville Police Dept. Implementing Some Changes In Calls For Service

Tue 3-17-2020

The Estherville Police Department today (Tues.) announced it's implementing some changes to calls for service as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Coronavirus Concerns Not Affecting Election Filing Deadlines

Tue 3-17-2020

Concern over the coronavirus is not having an impact on the deadline to file nomination papers.

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Dickinson County Courthouse Now Closed To The Public Until Further Notice

Tue 3-17-2020

The Dickinson County Courthouse is now closed to the public. The closure took effect at Noon today (Tues.) and will remain in effect until further notice.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Apply For $1.05 M In Federal Funds To Improve County Road M-27 From Hwy 9 To Lake Park

Tue 3-17-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors this (Tues.) morning vote to apply for $1.05 million in federal funding to re-build County Road M-27 from just north of the intersection at Highway 9 north into the city of Lake Park.

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*******BREAKING NEWS:******* Gov. Kim Reynolds Declares State Of Public Health Emergency

Tue 3-17-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds late this (Tues.) morning issued a State Of Public Health Disaster Emergency, effective at noon today (Tues.). It implements temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out and delivery only along with closures of entities such as bars and recreational facilities. 

 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Gives Update On COVID-19

Tue 3-17-2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says her staff is looking at ways to address what is now a severe need for additional childcare with schools throughout the state shuttered.

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Okoboji School Bd Votes Unanimously To Sell Middle School Property Following Public Hearing

Tue 3-17-2020

The Okoboji School Board voted Monday evening to approve the sale of the Middle School in Arnolds Park to a Lakes Area businessman for $1.1 million. 

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Announces Closure Of Restaurants & Bars To Dine-In Customers & Other Places Of Public Accommodation & Amusement By 5:00 PM Tuesday, March 17th

Mon 3-16-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced late today (Mon.) the closure of the state's restaurants and bars to dine-in customers effective Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00 pm.

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Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Bank remains open, seeks donations

Mon 3-16-2020 1575 18th Street Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Donations needed for easy meals that kids can make while parents are at work

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State Of Iowa Announces Assistance For Worker And Employers Impacted By Layoffs Related To COVID-19

Mon 3-16-2020

The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.

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Dickinson County Urging Residents To Refrain From Making Unnecessary Trips To The Courthouse; Nature Center Is Closed Until Further Notice

Mon 3-16-2020

Citizens are being asked to use online payment methods for things such as motor vehicle registrations and property taxes, and to obtain forms.

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Okoboji Community School District Urging Those Attending A Public Hearing This (Mon.) Evening To Exercise Precautions

Mon 3-16-2020

The Okoboji Community School District is urging those planning to attend a public hearing this (Mon. March 16th) to exercise some extra precaution due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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City Of Estherville Requesting Residents Avoid Unnecessary Trips To City Hall

Mon 3-16-2020

Citizens are requested to drop off payments for utility bills online or by using the drop box on the south side of City Hall.

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City Of Okoboji Implementing New Measures Regarding COVID-19

Mon 3-16-2020

Community spread of COVID-19 has the city of Okoboji urging residents to adopt some new measures to avoid unnecessary trips to City Hall. 

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Milford Police Seeking Information In Hit-And-Run Investigation

Mon 3-16-2020

Officers say the incident occurred around 1:22 pm Sunday in the 900 block of 10th Street in Milford, in front of Exile Gaming. 

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City Of Spirit Lake Implementing Some Changes Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Mon 3-16-2020

Residents who normally pay their city utility bills in person at City Hall are now being asked to use the drop box located inside the front entrance on Hill Avenue. For other matters such as tags for disposal of household items and matters related to building permits, residents are asked to call ahead to City Hall so arrangements can be made.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Recommends Iowa Schools Close For 4 Weeks

Sun 3-15-2020

The Governor said she's basing the recommendation on new information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, which earlier Sunday reported four new positive cases of the virus in the state

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health: Community Spread Of COVID-19 Now Detected In Iowa

Sat 3-14-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced this (Saturday) evening it has been notified of one additional positive case of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 18 positive cases. 

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Okoboji Police Looking For Vehicle Involved In Hit-And-Run

Sat 3-14-2020

The Okoboji Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect vehicle that was involved in a Hit and Run incident during the evening hours of March 13th, 2020 in the parking lot at McDonalds.

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IUB Issues Emergency Order Extending Utility Winter Moratorium Period Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Sat 3-14-2020

The Iowa Utilities Board Friday issued an emergency order directing all electric and natural gas utilities in the state to cease disconnection of residential service due to nonpayment.

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Sewer Project Impacting Nature Center Road

Sat 3-14-2020

Officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District say the installation of a new force main is impacting traffic on Nature Center Road.

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We Now Know The Winner In This Year's IGL Rotary Club Car Drop Contest

Sat 3-14-2020

KUOO's Becky Thoreson spoke with Leo Kofoot of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club shortly after crews retrieved the vehicle Friday.

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Implements Visitation Restrictions Effective Immediately

Fri 3-13-2020

Lakes Regional Healthcare is restricting visitors beginning immediately.

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Youth In Philanthropy Awards $16,000 Grant To LRH For Ambulance Loading System

Fri 3-13-2020

The Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy program has awarded a $16,000 grant to Lakes Regional Healthcare to assist in the purchase of a power loading system for one of the hospital's ambulances. 

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Clay County Community Foundation To Award 2020 Grants

Fri 3-13-2020

The Clay County Community Foundation will announce its 2020 grant recipients at an event Monday evening (March 16th) at 5:30 pm at the Spencer Community Theatre.

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I-90 Semi Crash Injures Iowa Man

Fri 3-13-2020

An Iowa man sustained minor injuries in a semi accident yesterday on Interstate 90 near Alpha.

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IRRMA Cancels March 19th Rock The Roof St. Pat's Dance Party As Precaution Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Fri 3-13-2020

In a statement, Clay Norris, Executive Director of the Association, said the decision by the Executive Leadership team was made out of an abundance of caution for members and patrons.

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Spencer Public Library To Be Closed March 13th-22nd As "Pre-Emptive Measure" Against COVID-19

Thu 3-12-2020

It was announced this evening the Spencer Public Library will be closed tomorrow (Friday, March 13th) through March 22nd as a "preemptive measure to eliminate areas of possible transmission of COVID-19". 

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Foosball Shenanigans to be held in Iowa Great Lakes March 20-22

Thu 3-12-2020 1405 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Pro Series Sanctioned Tournament to draw players from across the country.

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Applications being accepted for 2020 Clay County Fair Queen

Thu 3-12-2020 800 W 18th St.,Spencer,IA

(Spencer)-Applications due by April 13

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Spencer Hospital Implementing Restrictions On Visitors Effective Immediately

Thu 3-12-2020

Spencer Hospital is putting restrictions on visitors in light of the COVID19, or Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, only primary caregivers are allowed to visit or accompany a patient.

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LRH Implementing Special Protocol As A Precautionary Measure For Any Possible COVID19 Cases

Thu 3-12-2020

Jason Harrington, CEO of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news they have established a COVID19 task force that is meeting on a daily basis. He says some special protocol has also been put in place at the hospital

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IGL Rotary Car Goes Through The Ice

Thu 3-12-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary car has gone through the ice on Smith's Bay.

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Officials Urging People Not To Hoard Items; Shortages Being Reported Locally On Things Such As Toilet Paper & Hand Sanitizer

Thu 3-12-2020

With COVID19, and more importantly the weather we can have this time of year, officials say it's a good idea to make sure you have the proper supplies on hand. Likewise, Bob Reganski of Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg is also urging people NOT to be hoarding.

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Motorcycle Crash Injures Brewster Man

Thu 3-12-2020

A Brewster man was injured in a motorcycle accident last (Wednesday) night in Jackson County.

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New Wound Healing Center To Open This Summer At Spencer Hospital

Thu 3-12-2020

Hospital officials say two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers arrived Wednesday and are being installed on the facility's third floor, which is being remodeled to accommodate the new center.

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Arnolds Park City Council Discusses Possible Expansion Of City Hall

Thu 3-12-2020

A possible expansion of City Hall has the city of Arnolds Park looking at the possibility of juggling around some urban renewal districts to help out with the project.

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Suspicious Person Investigation Results In Several Arrests

Wed 3-11-2020

What started out as an investigation into a report of a suspicious person in Everly has resulted in the arrests of three people.

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While There Have Been No Confirmed Cases Of COVID19 Locally So Far, Local Health Officials Are Urging People To Take Precautions Just In Case

Wed 3-11-2020

Local public health officials are stepping up efforts as the number of COVID19, or coronavirus cases, continues to increase in both Iowa and Minnesota.

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Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival Announces Full Entertainment Line-up

Wed 3-11-2020

Organizers of this year's Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival in Worthington have announced the rest of the line-up of entertainment for this year's event, June 12th and 13th. 

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Landowners With Acres Enrolled In CRP Urged To Attend Informational Meeting On Mid-Contract Management

Wed 3-11-2020

It will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 24th at the Oneota Park Lodge, 420 10th Avenue Southeast in Spencer. 

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Okoboji City Council Approves Sanborn Avenue Pre-Design Agreement

Wed 3-11-2020

City Administrator Michael Meyers told the council Imagine Iowa Great Lakes has agreed to donate $63,000 to cover the cost of the preliminary design.

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Spirit Lake City Council Awards Bid On Erie Avenue Project

Wed 3-11-2020

The low bid of just over a million dollars for the reconstruction of a portion of Erie Avenue was submitted by DeLoss Construction of Spencer. 

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Historic Arnolds Park working with Imagine Iowa Great Lakes to replace Donor Bricks on State Pier

Tue 3-10-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Park offering options for those who purchased pavers in the past

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Semi Rollover On I-90 Near Jackson Injures Two People

Tue 3-10-2020

Two people were injured in a semi rollover on Interstate 90 west of Jackson early this morning (Tuesday).

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Adopt Resolutions Pertaining To Various Recreational Trail Projects

Tue 3-10-2020

Erin Reed of the Dickinson County Trails says one of them pertains to the first phase of a project that would connect with a trail from Clay county.

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Man Wanted In November, 2019 Stabbing At Spirit Lake Kum 'n Go Store Taken Into Custody In Wisconsin & Brought To Iowa Face Charges

Tue 3-10-2020

43-year-old Teangelo Grice was transported to Dickinson county Monday and was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder, domestic abuse 3rd offense, violation of a no-contact order, false imprisonment, burglary in the 1st degree, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to do injury.

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Estherville Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests

Tue 3-10-2020

A traffic stop back on February 21st in Estherville resulted in the arrests of two Armstrong men.

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Brooks Golf Retains Designation As "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary"

Tue 3-10-2020

It was announced Monday Brooks Golf has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

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Milford City Council Votes 5-0 To Contribute $20,000 Toward Operation Of Swimming Pools At Former Boji Bay Site; Condemns Okoboji Schools Over Use Of Eminent Domain

Tue 3-10-2020

The Milford City Council Monday evening voted 5 to nothing to contribute $20,000 to the YMCA, allowing it to open and operate swimming pools this coming summer on the former site of the Boji Bay property.

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Number Of Confirmed COVID19 Cases In Iowa Jumps To 8; Others Are being Monitored

Tue 3-10-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a disaster declaration shortly after the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed eight cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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Possible Injuries Reported In Yet Another Collision At The North Y

Mon 3-9-2020

Details haven't been made available yet, but authorities were called this (Monday) afternoon to the scene of yet another collision at the north Y, or the north intersection of U.S. Highways 18 and 71 on the north edge of Spencer.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park announces more big names for Roof Garden Concert Series

Mon 3-9-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Lineup includes Marshall Tucker Band, Nappy Roots, The Nelson Twins, Slaughter and The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Spencer Pursuit Results In Charges Against Multiple People

Mon 3-9-2020

What started off Friday as a pursuit in Spencer has resulted in numerous charges being filed against multiple people.

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Primghar Man Sentenced In Connection With The Theft Of 55 Guns

Mon 3-9-2020

45-year-old Thomas Ginger, Jr. was sentenced last week to more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. 

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Collision Of Pickup And Moped Claims Life Of Spencer Woman

Mon 3-9-2020

A Spencer woman has died of injuries she sustained when a pickup collided with a moped she was operating Saturday on Highway 71 in Dickinson county, near the intersection with 260th Street, or County Road A-43.

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We're Learning More Information Into A Wooden Boat Recovered Saturday From West Lake Okoboji

Mon 3-9-2020

A piece of history was brought up Saturday from the depths of West Lake Okoboji. 

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Local Lawmaker: Fate Of "Invest In Iowa Act" Is Somewhat Uncertain

Mon 3-9-2020

There's a growing question as to whether or not a bill known as the Invest in Iowa Act will pass in this session of the Iowa Legislature.

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Covid 19 Discussed At Legislative Forum Saturday In Spirit Lake

Mon 3-9-2020

State Representative John Wills gave an update on preparations being made on the state level.

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Crew Successfully Recovers Sunken Wooden Boat From West Lake Okoboji

Sat 3-7-2020

A crew with Bob's Tow and Repair and Okoboji Underwater Recovery today (Saturday) successfully recovered a wooden boat from Hayward's Bay of West Lake Okoboji. 

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Dunnell, Minnesota Man Arrested On Multiple Charges In Two State Counterfeiting Operation

Fri 3-6-2020

A Dunnell, Minnesota man has been arrested on multiple charges in Minnesota and Iowa stemming from a counterfeiting operation.

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Underwater recovery of Sunken Wooden Boat to take place on West Okoboji Saturday

Fri 3-6-2020 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Boat discovered by fisherman to be retrieved from 48 feet of water

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Milford Memorial Library to host Musical Storytime with Miss Iowa on March 9

Fri 3-6-2020 1009 9th St, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Ms. Emily Tinsman plans to teach music in the Des Moines area next year.

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Dickinson County Conservation Board Receives Award For Website

Fri 3-6-2020

Kiley Roth, Community Relations Coordinator says they received an award at the Iowa Tourism Conference Tuesday of this week.

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Authorities Release Additional Details Into Fatality Thursday At The North Y In Spencer

Fri 3-6-2020

Authorities have released additional details into a fatal collision Thursday at the junction of Highways 71 and 18, or the North Y in Spencer.

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Estherville Man Sentenced On Federal Meth & Firearms Convictions

Fri 3-6-2020

35-year-old Dustin Julich pled guilty September 20th of last year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm.

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Man Accused Of Assaulting Congressman Steve King Sentenced To Two Years' Probation

Fri 3-6-2020

27-year-old Blake Gibbins of Lafayette, Colorado was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of assaulting a member of congress.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Spencer Woman

Fri 3-6-2020

The Sheriff's Office says the stop was made in the 1900 block of 350th Street in Clay county.

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Collision Of Semi & Pickup At The North Y In Spencer Results In Two Deaths

Fri 3-6-2020

A two-vehicle collision Thursday at the junction of Highways 71 and 18, or the North Y in Spencer claimed two lives.

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Legislative Forums Resume Saturday (March 7th) In Spencer & Spirit Lake

Fri 3-6-2020

The forum in Spencer will run from 9:00 to 10:30 am in the council chambers at the new city hall at 101 West 5th Street. The forum in Spirit Lake will be held at Iowa Lakes Community College and will run from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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High Wind Literally Blows Semi Off The Road In Southern Minnesota, Injuring The Driver

Fri 3-6-2020

The Minnesota State Patrol says 48-year-old Timothy Vanslyke of Eagan, Minnesota was driving the rig eastbound on Highway 60 near Butterfield when the semi left the road due to the high wind.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present The Browns Celtic Celebration March 6

Thu 3-5-2020 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Le Mars based band to bring high energy performance to the stage.

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High Winds Causing Issues With Trash Pick Up In Spirit Lake

Thu 3-5-2020

City officials say it's resulted in some residents not being able to have their containers emptied.

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Disaster Proclamation Issued For Several SW Minn. Counties Due To Extreme Moisture March 12th-Nov. 11th, 2019

Thu 3-5-2020

 Linda Stuckebroker of the Jackson County Farm Service Agency says Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles counties are listed a primary counties that were affected in the proclamation that was approved February 19th.

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Arnolds Park Man Faces Multiple Charges After Being Pulled Over In O'Brien County For Alleged Erratic Driving

Thu 3-5-2020

An Arnolds Park man was arrested on multiple charges Monday after authorities in O'Brien county investigated a report of a vehicle that was being driven erratically on a level B road about three miles west of Sanborn.

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DNR: Ice Conditions Are Starting To Change Rapidly On Area Lakes

Thu 3-5-2020

Steve Reighard, an enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says things are starting to get pretty sloppy.

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Collision Of Semi's Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 3-5-2020

A collision of two semis Wednesday evening on Highway 60 in Worthington sent one of the drivers to the hospital.

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Flood Warning Issued For Little Sioux River West Of Milford

Thu 3-5-2020

Flood stage there is 12.0 feet. Forecasters say the river Wednesday evening in that area was measured at 12.04 feet.

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Local Public Health Agencies Say They're In Close Contact With Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Regarding Any Threats Of Coronavirus

Thu 3-5-2020

Local public health agencies say they are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to prepare for any potential threats of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. As of Wednesday, no one in Iowa has tested positive for it.

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One Of Two OHS Mock Trial Teams Advances To State

Thu 3-5-2020

One of two Okoboji High School Mock Trial teams is advancing to state following regional competition held Wednesday in Mason City.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association announces Trio of Tributes at The Roof Garden Ballroom

Wed 3-4-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-SFO, 7 Bridges and Rocky Raccoon to perform the music of Journey, The Eagles and The Beatles starting Memorial Weekend.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Appoints Several Northwest Iowans To Various State Boards & Commissions

Wed 3-4-2020

Among them are Kris Rowley of Spirit Lake, who was appointed to the Investment Board of IPERS, and Gayle Mayer, also of Spirit Lake, who was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy.

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Suspicious Vehicle Investigation Results In Arrest

Wed 3-4-2020

An investigation Tuesday evening by the Clay County Sheriff's Office into a report of a suspicious vehicle resulted in the arrest of a Spencer man.

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Family Fest Coming Up This Saturday, March 7th, In Spencer

Wed 3-4-2020

Organizers Amy Simpson and Andrea Wiesenmeyer say this will mark the 10th year for Family Fest.

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Spencer Main Street Chili Quest & Beer Fest Coming Up Thursday (March 5th)

Wed 3-4-2020

Nancy Naeve of Spencer Main Street says the 3rd annual Chili Quest and Beer Fest will be going on from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.

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Work On Sewer Force Main Project In Okoboji Is Moving Into Some New Areas

Wed 3-4-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District says directional boring under Brooks Golf Course is now complete and that the new line should be installed west of the Nature Center by the end of this week, which remains open.

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Estherville Farm, Home & Living Show March 6 & 7 at Regional Wellness Center

Tue 3-3-2020 415 S 18th St,Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Legislative Town Hall to be held in conjunction with Show on Saturday.

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City Of Arnolds Park Provides Documentation Of Middle School Parking Agreements

Tue 3-3-2020

The city of Arnolds Park Tuesday released a document pertaining to a parking agreement on the current Okoboji Middle School site that was referenced recently in a statement from a group regarding the bidding process for the property. 

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Northwest Iowa Care Connections Will Likely See New Counties Joining Its Mental Health Services Region

Tue 3-3-2020

The Northwest Iowa Care Connections mental health region will likely be taking on some new counties effective this coming July 1st, just as Dickinson county will be leaving to join the Sioux Rivers region.

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Election Filing Periods Now Open For BOTH Primary AND General Elections

Tue 3-3-2020

Filing periods for the upcoming primary and general elections opened simultaneously Monday.

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5th District Dickinson Co. Supervisor Pam Jordan Announces She Won't Be Seeking Another Term

Tue 3-3-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors will have a new face on it after the first year.

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City Of Arnolds Park Provides Documentation Of Middle School Parking Agreement

Tue 3-3-2020

The city of Arnolds Park Tuesday released a document pertaining to a parking agreement on the current Okoboji Middle School site that was referenced recently in a statement from a group regarding the bidding process for the property. 

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Registration underway for Iowa Lakeside Laboratory's Summer Camps

Tue 3-3-2020 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Variety of nature-based camps offered for pre-K through middle school youth.

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Spencer Hospital Breaks All The Odds With Not Just One, But TWO Babies Being Born On Leap Day

Tue 3-3-2020

While the odds for one baby being born on leap day are low, you would think the odds of two would be even lower. But those odds were smashed at Spencer Hospital, as two baby boys were born on leap day this past Saturday.

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Warrant Check By Clay County Authorities Ends With Two People Going To Jail

Mon 3-2-2020

Warrant Check By Clay County Authorities Ends With Two People Going To Jail

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Those Who Petitioned For Sale Of OMS Property To Highest Bidder Speak Out

Mon 3-2-2020

Backers of a petition that called for a vote on the sale of the Okoboji Middle School property to the highest bidder are speaking out on the matter.

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Construction Results In Street Closure In Arnolds Park Tuesday (March 3rd)

Mon 3-2-2020

232nd Street near Woodley's Mobile Home Court will be closed to traffic from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

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Suspect In 2018 Death Of An Estherville Man Agrees To Plea Bargain

Mon 3-2-2020

An Estherville man has been convicted on a drug charge as part of a plea agreement stemming from the investigation into the death of a man back in 2018.

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Two Vehicle Collision On Hwy 86 In Wahpeton Injures Lakefield Man

Mon 3-2-2020

 A two-vehicle collision around 7:00 pm Sunday on Highway 86 at County Road A-22 in Wahpeton sent one person to the hospital.

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Execution Of Search Warrant Results In Drug Arrests In Jackson County

Mon 3-2-2020

Jackson County Deputies executed the warrant around 11:40am last Thursday at a residence in Heron Lake.

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Woman Arrested On Drug Charges While Visiting O'Brien County Jail

Mon 3-2-2020

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says deputies discovered 27-year-old Natosha Engelkes was wanted on a warrant and that she appeared to be under the influence.

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Rated As Five Star Hospital By Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

Mon 3-2-2020

Lakes Regional Healthcare has been rated as a five-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website, which reports on quality measures for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

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Still Time To Apply For Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Mon 3-2-2020

The agency says applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance, or LIHEAP program, are due by April 30th.

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