News Archive

Mn. Gov. Tim Walz Extends Stay At Home Order; Allows More Retail Businesses To Open Monday

Thu 4-30-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has extended his Stay-at-Home order two weeks, until Monday, May 18th. He is also allowing more retail businesses to open on Monday.

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Housing Study Underway In Spencer

Thu 4-30-2020

City officials in Spencer say they're in the process of updating the city's Housing Market Study to address housing needs in the community. 

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Iowa Reporting Additional 302 New COVID-19 Cases; Gov. Kim Reynolds Responds To Reports Of Test Inaccuracies

Thu 4-30-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Thurs.) reported 302 new positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total caseload so far to 7,145 with 14 additional deaths.

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Minnesota COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Grow As Statewide Testing Increases Dramatically

Thu 4-30-2020

For the second day in a row, Minnesota has seen a defined increase in testing and a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. 

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Local Collaboration Making Face Shields With 3-D Printers

Thu 4-30-2020

Rick Ayres of Lakes Marketing and Print in Spirit Lake tells KUOO news he came up with the idea after seeing an online post

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Early Morning Fire Causes Minimal Damage At A Lakes Area Restaurant

Thu 4-30-2020

Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth tells KUOO news they were called to the Waterfront Restaurant at Bridges Bay in Arnolds Park around 4:30 this (Thurs.) morning.

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Spirit Lake/Orleans Green Waste Site To Open For The Season With Some Conditions Due To COVID-19

Thu 4-30-2020

The site in Orleans will open this Saturday, May 2nd.

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SLHS Music & Theater Dept. Receives Honors For Its Production Of Beauty And The Beast

Wed 4-29-2020

The Spirit Lake High School music and theater department has received honors through the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

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Deadline To Pay Iowa Property Taxes Without Penalty Pushed Back Further

Wed 4-29-2020

The deadline for Iowans to pay their property taxes has been pushed back some more as the result of Governor Kim Reynolds extension of the Public Health Disaster Emergency.

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Minnesota Sees Further Increase In COVID-19 Cases; Total Cases In Nobles County Surpasses 600

Wed 4-29-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a single day high of 463 positive cases Tuesday

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 467 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Wed.)

Wed 4-29-2020

An additional 467 cases of COVID-19 are being reported today (Wed.) in Iowa, bringing the total number of cases so far in the state to 6,843.

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Dickinson Co. Public Health Officials Expressing Concern With Re-Openings But Say They're Hopeful Businesses And The Public Will Follow Guidelines

Wed 4-29-2020

Local health officials say they're concerned with the reopening of some retail establishments and restaurants beginning Friday, saying they're hopeful business owners will be responsible and do the right things.

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Polaris Industries Reports Decrease In Overall Sales In First Quarter Of 2020

Wed 4-29-2020

Polaris Industries announced Tuesday a six percent decrease in sales, or a decline of slightly more than $1.4 million, for the first quarter of 2020.

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest (4)

Wed 4-29-2020

A traffic stop earlier this month in Emmet county resulted in the arrest of a Ringsted man.

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ILEC Members Charitable Foundation Awards $12,000 To Eight Local Hospitals

Tue 4-28-2020

The Iowa Lakes Electric Members Charitable Foundation has awarded $12,000 to eight local hospitals within Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's service territory.

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Crash On Highway 18 Just East Of The O'Brien-Clay County Line Claims The Life Of A Milford Woman

Tue 4-28-2020

A collision early this (Tues.) afternoon on Highway 18 just east of the Clay-O'Brien county line claimed the life of a Milford woman.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Close Structurally Deficient Bridge

Tue 4-28-2020

A bridge in Dickinson county is being closed because it has become structurally deficient.

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YMCA Announces Additional Food Distribution Sites

Tue 4-28-2020

Andrew Fisher of the Bedell Family YMCA says this marks the third week for the program and that they're adding a site.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve 3-Phase Plan To Re-Open Courthouse But No Date Is Set To Implement It

Tue 4-28-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) approved a three-phase plan to re-open the courthouse to the general public, but no dates for doing that were set.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 508 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Tues.) Morning

Tue 4-28-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Tues.) reported 508 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the state's total number of cases so far to 6,376.

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Milford City Council Schedules Public Hearing For Proposed Revision To The City's Fireworks Ordinance

Tue 4-28-2020

The city council Monday set May 11th as the date for a public hearing on a proposed change to the ordinance that would allow residents to shoot off fireworks between the hours of 11:00 am and 10:00 pm July 3rd and 4th.

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Iowa's Ride, Which Had Two Stops Scheduled For NW Iowa, Is Being Canceled For This Summer

Tue 4-28-2020

Another big bike ride that was to go through a portion of northwest Iowa this summer has been canceled due to COVID-19.

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Spencer Hospital Says It Will Delay The Re-Start Of Elective Surgeries

Mon 4-27-2020

Spencer Hospital has joined the growing number of hospitals in the region in delaying the re-start of elective surgeries.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Announces Plans To Allow Additional Businesses And Religious Organizations In 77 Counties To Re-Open With Limitations Effective Friday (May 1st)

Mon 4-27-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Monday) she will issue a proclamation allowing additional businesses and religious organizations in 77 counties to re-open their doors, with some limitations, effective this Friday, May 1st

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Minnesota Reporting 214 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Monday) Morning With 28 Additional Deaths, Including Some In SW Minnesota

Mon 4-27-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 214 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 3,816. Nobles County saw in increase of 47 new cases, bringing their total to 399.

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349 New Cases Of COVID-19 Being Reported Today (Monday) By Iowa Health Officials With 9 Additional Deaths

Mon 4-27-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Monday) is reporting an additional 349 cases of COVID-19, with the total number of cases now at 5,868.

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O'Brien County Reporting Three More Cases Of COVID-19 With That County's Total Now At Seven

Mon 4-27-2020

Public Health officials in O'Brien county are reporting three more positive cases of COVID-19 in that county this (Monday) morning. It brings the total number of cases in that county to seven so far. 

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Spirit Lake Public Library Says Its Curbside Pick Up Program Is A Big Hit

Mon 4-27-2020

The Spirit Lake Public Library is offering a unique service to its patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Fiery Crash In Clay County

Mon 4-27-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Cody Sharrow of Renner, South Dakota was driving a 2008 Ford F350 eastbound in the 2400 block of 330th Street when he lost control of the vehicle . The pickup went into the north ditch where it rolled and caught on fire.

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Iowa Attorney General's Office Taking Legal Action Against NW Iowa Man Accused Of Price Gouging During COVID-19 Pandemic

Mon 4-27-2020

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is taking legal action against a northwest Iowa man accusing him of price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Collision Of A Car And A Semi On Interstate 90 Near Sherburn Claims A Life

Mon 4-27-2020

A collision Saturday involving a car and a semi on Interstate 90 near Sherburn claimed the life of a woman.

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Spirit Lake Man Officially Announces Candidacy For District 5 Seat On The Dickinson County Board Of Supervisors

Mon 4-27-2020

A Spirit Lake man officially announced over the weekend his candidacy for the District 5 seat on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors.

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Spencer Man Arrested On Drug Charges (2)

Mon 4-27-2020

A Spencer man was arrested last week in Dickinson county on drug charges. 

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Sunday Reports Additional 384 Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Sun 4-26-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Sunday) is reporting an additional 384 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 5,476 so far. 

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 648 More COVID 19 Cases & 5 More Deaths

Sat 4-25-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Saturday) reported an additional 648 cases of COVID-19 bringing the state's total to 5,092 positive cases so far. 

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Minor Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision

Sat 4-25-2020

Minor injuries were reported Friday in a two-vehicle collision two miles south of Sheldon on Highway 60.

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Multiple Fire Departments Battle Barn & Grass Fire Northwest Of Superior Friday

Sat 4-25-2020

The Superior Fire Department was called to 1124 280th Avenue, which is about a mile north and three miles west of Superior after getting a report of a barn on fire. 

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Iowa DNR Extends Closure Of Campgrounds & Other Park Facilities Through Mid-May

Fri 4-24-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced today (Friday) it's extending the closures of campgrounds and other park facilities the agency operates through May 14th, 2020. 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare President & CEO Says Reopening Needs To Be Done Very Carefully; Expresses Concern Over Potential Surge In Cases It Could Cause Locally

Fri 4-24-2020

The President and CEO of Lakes Regional Healthcare says he's concerned there could be a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Iowa Great Lakes depending upon the methods used in opening the state back up.

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LRH President & CEO Says They're Going To Hold Off A Bit On Once Again Offering Elective Surgeries

Fri 4-24-2020

One area hospital says it's still going to hold off on once again offering elective surgeries, even though Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Fri.) it will be okay for them to do that starting next week if they so wish.

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No Injuries Reported In Early Morning House Fire In Sheldon

Fri 4-24-2020

No injuries were reported in a fire early this (Fri.) morning that heavily damaged a house in Sheldon.

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Minnesota Dept. Of Health Reporting An Additional 243 COVID-19 Cases

Fri 4-24-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 243 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 3,185. 

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Iowa DPH Reports Additional 521 Cases Of COVID-19; Gov. Kim Reynolds Begins Reopening Some Segments Of Economy

Fri 4-24-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Friday) is reporting an additional 521 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 4,445 positive cases so far. That's the highest number yet reported in a single day.

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Minnesota Dept. Of Health Reporting 221 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 70 Of Those In Nobles County

Thu 4-23-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 221 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 2,942.

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Minnesota Schools To Remain Closed The Rest Of The School Year

Thu 4-23-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced this afternoon that he was ordering schools to remain closed through the remainder of the school year.

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Spencer City Council Approves 1st Reading Of Ordinance Revisions For ATV's & Golf Carts

Thu 4-23-2020

The city of Spencer is looking at the possibility of revising its ordinances that pertains to the operation of ATV's and golf carts on city streets.

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IDPH Reporting Additional 176 Cases Of COVID-19; Gov. Says She'll Make Announcement Friday Regarding Any Decision On Reopening

Thu 4-23-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting today (Thurs.) an additional 176 positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases so far to 3,942.

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Spencer Chamber Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Flagfest Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Thu 4-23-2020

Another major event in the area has fallen victim to COVID-19 concerns.

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Month Of April Is National Safe Digging Month

Thu 4-23-2020

Amanda Gloyd of Spencer Municipal Utilities says this is an appropriate time for the annual observance with many people starting up construction projects for the season.

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Okoboji Foundation Continuing It's Search For A New President

Thu 4-23-2020

Chairman Dr. Pat O'Brien says they're seeking applications from those with expanded development and leadership experience.

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Ideal Spring Weather Has Area Farmers Making Excellent Progress With Planting

Thu 4-23-2020

Area farmers are taking advantage of ideal spring weather to get the crops in the ground.

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Spencer Woman Battling Rare Form Of ALS Now In Hospice Care

Thu 4-23-2020

A Spencer woman battling a rare form of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is now in hospice care.

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Milford Man Seriously Injured After Being Struck By Vehicle (1)

Thu 4-23-2020

A Milford man was seriously injured last (Wed.) evening after being struck by a vehicle in the area of 19th Street and Highway 71 on the north side of Milford.

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Windom Area Health To Provide Curbside COVID-19 Testing

Wed 4-22-2020

Windom Area Health has announced plans to start a limited curbside testing program for COVID-19. 

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Mn. DPH Reporting 154 New Cases Of COVID-19

Wed 4-22-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 154 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 2,721.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 107 New Cases Of COVID-19

Wed 4-22-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Wed.) is reporting an additional 107 positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 3,748 to date. 

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ILCC Trustees Updated On COVID-19 Contingency Plans; Approve Moving Forward With Farm Lab Facility Project

Wed 4-22-2020

Iowa Lakes Community College is making some contingencies available for COVID-19 accommodations should they be needed.

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Coordinator Of Iowa Great Lakes Watershed/Dickinson County Cleanwater Alliance Receives Special Recognition

Wed 4-22-2020

John Wills is a recipient of this year's Circle of Excellence Award from the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance.

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Lakes Area Nurse Assisting On The Front Lines Of COVID-19 Battle In New York City Gives An Update On The Situation There

Wed 4-22-2020

A lakes area nurse who continues to assist at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic gives us an update on the situation in New York City.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Estherville man (1)

Wed 4-22-2020

A traffic stop earlier this month in Emmet county resulted in the arrest of an Estherville man.

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Comfrey Farm Prime Pork Temporarily Suspending Operations

Tue 4-21-2020

Another pork processing facility in the region has announced it is temporarily suspending operations due to COVID-19.

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Okoboji Foundation Youth In Philanthropy Program Awards Grants

Tue 4-21-2020

The Okoboji Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program announced today (Tuesday) they have awarded slightly more than $66,000 in grants to six different projects in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Fareway Donates Gift Cards To Assist Chamber Of Commerce Members

Tue 4-21-2020

Locally, the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce received $2,000 in gift cards and the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber received $1,25 in gift cards.

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June 2nd Primary Election Will Have Just One Polling Site In Dickinson County; Residents Being Urged To Vote By Mail If Possible

Tue 4-21-2020

Some more details are being released into the upcoming June 2nd Primary Election and how the process is going to work with concerns over COVID-19.

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Iowa Reporting 482 Additional Cases Of COVID-19

Tue 4-21-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health this (Tues.) morning reported an additional 482 cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 3,641.

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Minnesota Reporting 97 New Cases Of COVID-19; 25 Additional Cases Reported In Nobles County Where 101 Cases Have Been Reported So Far

Tue 4-21-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 97 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 2,567.

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Tractor Rollover In Osceola Claims Life Of Rural Hartley Man

Tue 4-21-2020

A tractor rollover Monday in Osceola county claimed the life of a rural Hartley man.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Update On Joint Recycling Program With Several Cities

Tue 4-21-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) heard an update on a joint recycling program being conducted with several cities in the county.

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West Okoboji Motorcycle Pursuit & Crash Results In Charges Against The Operator

Tue 4-21-2020

A pursuit Monday evening in West Okoboji involving a motorcycle resulted in the operator being taken to the hospital, and police say charges are pending.

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Estherville Woman Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Burn A House Down

Mon 4-20-2020

An Estherville woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly threatening to burn a house down and injuring a police officer. 

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An Estherville Meat Processing Firm Is Temporarily Shutting Down After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mon 4-20-2020

An Estherville meat processor is temporarily shutting down indefinitely after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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IGL Chamber Announces Cancellation Of Walleye Weekend For This Year; Extended Contest Still To Be Held, However

Mon 4-20-2020

Chamber officials say the decision was made in the best interest of the community and that it was made in consultation with local government and health officials, as well as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

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Spencer Woman Among Those Serving On The US Navy Hospital Ship "Mercy"

Mon 4-20-2020

A Spencer woman is among those currently serving on the U.S. Navy Hospital ship anchored near Los Angeles, California during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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RAGBRAI Organizers Call Off This Year's Event Due To COVID-19

Mon 4-20-2020

They say the decision was made after close consultation with the eight overnight town executive committees, government agencies, and public health officials. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting An Additional 257 Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Monday) Morning

Mon 4-20-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Monday) reported an additional 257 cases of COVID-19 bringing the state's total to 3,159 so far.

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***BREAKING NEWS*** JBS Plant In Worthington Closing Indefinitely Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

Mon 4-20-2020

JBS USA has announced the indefinite closure of the Worthington pork production facility this morning. The facility employs more than 2,000 team members and processes 20,000 hogs per day.

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State Of Minnesota Reports 114 New Cases Of COVID-19, With 16 Of Those Coming From Nobles County

Mon 4-20-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 114 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 2,470. 16 of the new cases were reported in Nobles County

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ILEC To Distribute $1.77 Million In Capital Credits To Member-Owners

Mon 4-20-2020

In a day and age of troubling developments, there's actually some good news for member-owners of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.

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Several Contractors Working On Lakes Regional Healthcare Construction Project Test Positive For COVID-19; Construction Site Is Temporarily Shut Down

Mon 4-20-2020

Several contractors working on a construction project at Lakes Regional Healthcare have tested positive for COVID-19

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Red Flag Warning Issued For NW Iowa Today (Mon.) With Grassland Fire Danger Index Reaching The Extreme Category

Mon 4-20-2020

The National Weather Service is sounding the alarm over a very high fire danger across the region today (Monday).

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Today (Sunday) Reports An Additional 389 Cases Of COVID-19

Sun 4-19-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Sunday) is reporting an additional 389 positive cases of COVID-19. That brings the state's total number of cases since the pandemic began to 2,902. 

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting An Additional 181 Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Sat 4-18-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Saturday) is reporting an additional 181 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases so far in the state to 2,513.

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Second Positive Case Of COVID-19 Being Reported In Jackson County

Sat 4-18-2020

Public health officials today (Saturday) are reporting the second positive case of COVID-19 in Jackson county.

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Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Nobles County Traced To JBS Plant

Fri 4-17-2020

As reported this morning by the Minnesota Department of Health, there was a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nobles County.  At the afternoon press briefing, Gov. Tim Walz confirmed the outbreak is tied to the JBS plant in Worthington

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Minnesota Dept. Of Health Reporting 159 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 10 Of Those In Nobles County

Fri 4-17-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 159 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 2,071.

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Man Running For Iowa 4th District Congressional Seat Sounds Off On Food Production And Disruptions Caused By COVID-19

Fri 4-17-2020

A Sioux City man seeking Iowa's 4th District Congressional seat says what's going on right now with COVID-19 and the meatpacking industry and the disruption in the food chain that will likely follow is deeply concerning to him.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reports An Additional 191 Cases Of COVID-19 In The State

Fri 4-17-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Fri.) reported an additional 191 new cases of COVID-19 along with four more deaths, bringing the state's total fatalities to 64.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds: Iowa Schools To Remain Closed The Rest Of The School Year

Fri 4-17-2020

Iowa schools will remain closed the rest of the school year. That announcement today (Friday) from Governor Kim Reynolds

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Iowa D.O.T Implements Home Testing For Driver's Instruction Permits

Fri 4-17-2020

As another sign of the times we're going through right now, the Iowa Department of Transportation is now offering driver's instruction permit testing for students right in their own home.

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A Local School Administrator Becomes An Overnight Tik Tok Sensation

Thu 4-16-2020

Okoboji High School Principal Brian Downing earlier this week put together a video on Tik Tok, a platform that's common among young people.

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Spencer Hospital One Of 13 Sites In Iowa To Receive Rapid COVID-19 Test Machine

Thu 4-16-2020

Spencer Hospital is one of 13 sites in Iowa to receive an Abbott ID Now analyzer that allows for a rapid COVID-19 test to be performed locally. 

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Additional 146 COVID-19 Cases Reported In Iowa; Gov. Reynolds Announces Plans To Greatly Expand Testing; Issues Proclamation Ceasing Gatherings In RMCC Region 6

Thu 4-16-2020

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa continues to surge.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre Cancels Entire Upcoming Season Of Productions Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Thu 4-16-2020

RuthAnn Burke of the Okoboji Summer Theatre says OST has been in existence since 1958 and that this is the first time they've ever had to do something like this.

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Okoboji Foundation Announces First Round Of Disaster Recovery Grant Recipients

Thu 4-16-2020

Interim President Holly Skopec says one of those, in the amount of $8,822, will be going to the Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation

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Seasonal Resident Who Recently Returned To The Iowa Great Lakes & Is Self-Quarantining Develops Signs & Window Stickers For Others When They Return

Thu 4-16-2020

A lakes area resident who has returned to the area for the season is taking the advice of local health officials by quarantining for 14 days.

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Experts Fear There May Soon Be A Surge In Abuse Cases

Thu 4-16-2020

Experts are bracing for what they expect will soon become another scourge associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dickinson County Hunger Coalition & IGL Corona Relief Release Updated Food Pantry Info.

Thu 4-16-2020

The Dickinson County Hunger Coalition and Iowa Great Lakes Corona Relief have released additional information regarding food pantries. 

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Local Ag Expert Says Temporary Closure Of Smithfield Foods Plant In Sioux Falls Is Turning Into A Crisis For Area Pork Producers

Wed 4-15-2020

The temporary closure of the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls has turned an already very difficult situation for area farmers into even more of a dire one.

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Minnesota Reporting An Additional 114 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Today (Wed.)

Wed 4-15-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 114 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 1,809. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting An Additional 96 Cases

Wed 4-15-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported this (Wed.) morning an additional 96 cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of positive cases to 1,995.

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Corridor Of Opportunity Urging Business Owners To Start Planning Ahead For What Things May Look Like Coming Out Of Pandemic

Wed 4-15-2020

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to present countless challenges to area businesses, Kiley Miller, President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, says it could also present opportunities for some.

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Those Planning To Vote In June Primary Being Urged To Cast Ballots By Mail

Wed 4-15-2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the deadline for absentee voting in the June 2nd Primary Election in Iowa being extended.

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Okoboji City Council Adopts Revision To Lodging Tax Ordinance

Wed 4-15-2020

City Administrator Michael Meyers told the council it streamlines the distribution of that part of the proceeds dedicated to the promotion of tourism.

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O'Brien County Authorities Investigating A Hit-And-Run That Resulted In A Power Outage

Wed 4-15-2020

Authorities in O'Brien county are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left some people in the dark earlier this week.

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Clay County Authorities Seeking Public's Help In Burglary Investigation

Tue 4-14-2020

Clay county authorities are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate a burglary at the office at Scharnberg Park in Spencer.

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Man Arrested For Allegedly Violating No Contact Order While Hiding Under A Bridge

Tue 4-14-2020

A Spencer man charged with violating a no contact order was arrested Monday while hiding from authorities under the Grand Avenue bridge in Spencer. 

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A Lakes Area Nurse Is Helping Out In Some Hospitals In New York City Being Hit Hard By COVID-19

Tue 4-14-2020

A lakes area resident who's a registered nurse can truly tell you what it's like to battle COVID-19 in one of the hottest spots in the nation for the virus.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Paying Tribute To Those On Front Line Of COVID-19 Battle

Tue 4-14-2020

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park is paying tribute to healthcare workers and others at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In Iowa Soars

Tue 4-14-2020

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa has soared. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an additional 189 positive cases as of this (Tues.) morning

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Minnesota Dept. Of Public Health Reports 45 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of This (Tues.) Morning

Tue 4-14-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 45 new cases in the state this morning bringing the state’s total to 1,695.

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Polaris Industries To Discontinue Production Of Several Brands Of Boats; Plans To Shutter A Plant In Indiana

Tue 4-14-2020

Polaris Industries has announced it will discontinue the production of Rinker, Striper and Larson FX boats at its plant in Syracuse, Indiana in June.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Award Trails Bids; Hold Bidletting On New Spirit Lake Shop Building

Tue 4-14-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) awarded bids on some major trails projects to be completed this summer.

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Office Of Consumer Advocate Says If At All Possible, Those Negatively Impacted By COVID-19 Should Still Try To Keep Up On Utility Bills, Even Though A Shut-Off Moratorium Is In Place For Now

Tue 4-14-2020

Officials with the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate say you should continue to pay your utility bills or atleast a portion of them if at all possible, even though residents impacted by COVID-19 can get relief.

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Polaris Industries Donating Laptops, Ipads, Other Electronic Items To Facilitate Distant Learning

Tue 4-14-2020

Polaris Industries announced Monday it's donating iPads, Chromebooks, wireless hot spots, chargers and other electronic items to the Spirit Lake and Estherville-Lincoln Central Schools

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SL School Bd Approves Bus Barn Engineering & Architectural Proposals

Mon 4-13-2020

The Spirit Lake School Board Monday evening approved proposals for architectural and engineering services for the bus barn project.

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City Of Arnolds Park Closes Parks & Minnewashta Campground Through April 30th

Mon 4-13-2020

The city of Arnolds Park is reminding residents that all city parks and the Minnewashta Campground remain closed through April 30th in accordance with an order issued by Governor Kim Reynolds.

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Minnesota Announces Decrease In Positive COVID-19 Cases With No New Deaths Reported Today (Mon.)

Mon 4-13-2020

After a record number of positive COVID-19 cases announced Sunday in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health reported just 29 new cases in the state this (Monday) morning bringing the state’s total to 1,650. For the first time in almost three weeks, there were no new deaths reported

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IDPH Reports 123 New Cases Of COVID-19; Governor Reynolds Says There Is Reason For Optimism, However

Mon 4-13-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced today (Mon.) an additional 123 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 1,710. 

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Elderbridge Agency On Aging & RIDES Announces Grocery Pick Up And Delivery Service

Mon 4-13-2020

Elderbridge Agency on Aging and RIDES announced today (Mon.) they're partnering to provide free grocery pick-up delivery for those 60 years and older.

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RiseFest Being Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Mon 4-13-2020

Organizers of RiseFest announced today (Mon.) this year's event is being postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Federated REA Announces Latest Round Of Recipients Awarded Funding Through Operation Round Up Program

Mon 4-13-2020

Jackson-based Federated Rural Electric Association announced today (Mon.) it's awarded a little more than $17,000 in its latest round of grants from its “Operation Round Up” program.

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Local Architect Recognized For Service To The Community

Mon 4-13-2020

A local architect has received some special recognition from the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter.

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Maintenance Work On Dickinson Co. Trails Remains On Target For This Spring

Mon 4-13-2020

Several maintenance projects on Dickinson County's trails system are still scheduled to be done this spring, in spite of coronavirus and our recent return to old man winter.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting An Additional 77 Cases Of COVID-19 & Three More Deaths As Of Today (Sunday)

Sun 4-12-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Sunday) is reporting 77 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, along with seven more deaths. Six of those were in Linn county with one in Washington county.

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Iowa Department of Public Health announces 122 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday

Sat 4-11-2020 Des Moines,IA

(Des Moines)-3 additional deaths confirmed from coronavirus in State of Iowa

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Winter Storm taking aim at Region for Easter Sunday

Sat 4-11-2020 Sioux Falls, SD

(Sioux Falls, SD)-Heavy snow and strong northerly winds expected through Monday morning.

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First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Osceola County

Fri 4-10-2020 Sibley, Ia

(Sibley)-Case is a female between ages of 41 and 60

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Iowa Officials report 118 new cases of COVID-19 in the State on Thursday with 2 additional deaths in Linn County

Fri 4-10-2020 Des Moines, IA

(Des Moines)-Governor Reynolds creates Feeding Iowans Task Force, Medical PPE Shortage Order has been issued

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Minnesota reports 94 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Fri 4-10-2020 St. Paul, MN

(St. Paul)-5 new deaths reported on Thursday

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Pearson Lakes Art Center offering Easter Egg Hike through Outdoor Sculpture Trail this weekend

Fri 4-10-2020 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Hike is free and open now for families to enjoy safe outdoor activity

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Iowa Department of Revenue issues order related to Estimated Tax Payments

Fri 4-10-2020 Des Moines, IA

(Des Moines)-Officials also note that State Tax Refunds taking about 30 days

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Iowa's Spring Turkey Season getting underway April 10

Fri 4-10-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Iowa DNR reminds Hunters and Hikers to not wear red or colors resembling wild male birds

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City furloughs nearly 500 Employees

Fri 4-10-2020 Sioux City, IA

(Sioux City)-Lay offs due to extension of Casino closures

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Clay County Fair Queen Contest postponed to a Later Date

Fri 4-10-2020 Spencer,Ia

(Spencer)-Applications still being accepted

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Cylinder man faces numerous charges following early morning Incident on Wednesday

Thu 4-9-2020 Cylinder, IA

(Cylinder)-Numerous agencies responded to scene, MART activated

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State Officials report 125 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa

Thu 4-9-2020 Johnston, IA

(Johnston)-Two more deaths were reported, both in Linn County

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Minnesota sees the largest single day increase in confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Deaths on April 8

Thu 4-9-2020 St. Paul, MN

(St. Paul, MN)-11 new deaths reported on Wednesday in Minnesota

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Iowa Lakes Community College partnering with Businesses to 3D print Personal Protective Equipment

Thu 4-9-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Engineering Technology helping to create vital equipment

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ISU Extension says the Iowa Concern Hotline is available for Help coping with the Stress of COVID-19

Thu 4-9-2020 Ames, IA

(Ames)-Service is available free of charge 24 hours a day

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Federated Rural Electric Awards Scholarhips to area Students

Thu 4-9-2020 Jackson,Mn

(Jackson, MN)-Two students selected for $1,000 scholarships

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz extends Stay-at-Home Order through May 4

Wed 4-8-2020 St. Paul, MN

(St. Paul, MN)-Executive Order also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public venues through 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020

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Iowa & Minnesota both see increases in positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

Wed 4-8-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Minnesota Governor Walz expected to modify shelter at home order Wednesday afternoon

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Local Governmental Entities Becoming Increasingly Concerned For Potential Of Big Budget Hits Due To Pandemic

Wed 4-8-2020

There's growing concern among local governmental entities over the potential impacts the COVID-19 pandemic may be having on their budgets. An already sharp decline in Road Use Tax Revenue and the potential for a huge drop in hotel-motel tax revenues are fueling the concerns.

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ISU Extension and Outreach urging Farmers to take extra precautions during COVID-19 Outbreak

Wed 4-8-2020 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Extension says farmers should take precautions for employees, their families and themselves

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Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation expressing Gratitude for Donations

Wed 4-8-2020 1200 First Avenue East Spencer,Iowa

(Spencer)-Need continues to help support medical community

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Iowa Lakes Community College postpones Spring Commencement Ceremony to July 24

Wed 4-8-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Diplomas to be sent to students via email

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Okoboji Schools issue Distance Learning Plan for Students in response to Governor's extension of School Closures

Wed 4-8-2020 1205 7th Street, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Playgrounds, ballparks and track/football field to remain closed

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Pony Express Ride for Camp Sunnyside Cancelled on Easter Weekend

Wed 4-8-2020 Ankeny, IA

(Ankeny)-Ride has been a tradition for over 50 years

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Spencer Parks Department and SYBSA announce closure of Fields & Batting Cages due to COVID-19 concerns

Wed 4-8-2020 East 9th Street, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Opens spaces and trails to remain open, social distancing guidelines recommended

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POET to idle production at Ashton Facility as producers grapple with fallout from COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue 4-7-2020 Sioux Falls, SD

(Sioux Falls, SD)-Ethanol producers across the country are slashing production amid the ongoing crisis

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Iowa Officials confirm more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

Tue 4-7-2020 Johnston, IA

(Johnston)-State total now at 1,048

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Minnesota COVID-19 Cases top 1,000 on Tuesday

Tue 4-7-2020 St. Paul, MN

(St. Paul)-Martin County continues to be a hot spot

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Dickinson Supervisors Approve Trails Purchase Of Former Shiny Diner Site In SL; Discuss COVID-19 Related Issues

Tue 4-7-2020

Meeting electronically, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the Dickinson County Trails Board to purchase some property at the corner of Lake Street and Peoria Avenue in Spirit Lake, the former location of what was known as the shiny diner, for $230,000.

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Lakes Regional Healthcare urging Summer Residents returning to Iowa Great Lakes to isolate for 2 weeks

Tue 4-7-2020 2323 US-71, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Message follows last week's Joint Letter issued by Dickinson County Governmental entities.

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Spirit Lake Chamber informing Members & Public via Social Media

Tue 4-7-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Spirit Lake Chamber has partnered with Iowa Great Lakes Chamber to create local guide online

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Lakes Regional Healthcare urging Residents to wear cloth face masks in public settings

Tue 4-7-2020 2323 US-71,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Anyone wishing to sew face masks should contact Jennifer Gustafson

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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Buena Vista County

Tue 4-7-2020 Storm Lake,Ia

(Storm Lake)-Individual has reportedly recovered from symptoms

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Graettinger Man faces numerous charges after alleged Hit and Run in Spencer on April 4

Mon 4-6-2020 Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Connie allegedly led police on high speed chase with infant daughter in car who was unharmed

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Governor Reynolds expands Disaster Emergency Proclamation to include many more types of businesses

Mon 4-6-2020 Johnson,IA

(Johnston)-Governor says closures and restrictions to be enforced, specifically the limitation on social gatherings

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DNR says State Campgrounds will close at 8 am on Tuesday following Governor Reynold's Proclamation

Mon 4-6-2020 Des Moines,IA

(Des Moines)-Day users are urged to follow safety guidelines and social distancing

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation available to assist area Businesses and Entrepreneurs during COVID-19 Outbreak

Mon 4-6-2020 520 2nd Avenue East, Suite 2 Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Corridor can help guide businesses to appropriate assistance

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RSVP event to honor Volunteers during National Volunteer Month put on hold

Mon 4-6-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Some Volunteers finding ways to help from home

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Storm Lake among Cities closing Playgrounds and Basketball Courts to help prevent spread of Coronavirus

Mon 4-6-2020 Storm Lake, Ia

(Storm Lake)-City officials urge social distancing on area trails which remain open

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Orange City Tulip Festival cancelled due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Mon 4-6-2020 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Executive Committee hopes Festival will return for 80th Anniversary in 2021

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Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent issues statement regarding plan for ongoing Education

Mon 4-6-2020 Sibley, Ia

(Sibley)-Plan to be finalized by April 10

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State Of Minnesota Reporting 935 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 Since Outbreak Started

Sun 4-5-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health today (Sunday) is reporting a total of 935 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. The death toll stood at 29.

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Iowa Department Of Public Health Reporting 83 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 And 8 More Deaths

Sun 4-5-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Sunday) is reporting an additional 83 positive cases of COVID-19, with eight additional deaths.

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City Parks In Spirit Lake Are Closed Until Further Notice

Sat 4-4-2020

City officials made the announcement today (Saturday), saying the action was based on the recommendation of Dickinson County Public Health officials.

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Number Of Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Minnesota Continues To Grow

Sat 4-4-2020

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota continues to grow, with a total of 865 cases reported as of this (Sat.) morning. 

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 87 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Late This (Sat.) Morning

Sat 4-4-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced late this (Sat.) an additional 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Crash Near George Injures Ocheyedan Man

Sat 4-4-2020

Minor injuries were reported Friday in a single vehicle crash near George.

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Wal-Mart To Limit Number Of Customers Allowed In Its Stores At One Given Time

Fri 4-3-2020

Walmart is announcing new changes to its stores' policies with the hope to encourage social distancing amongst its customers.

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Updated Proclamation By Governor Kim Reynolds Extends Further Late Penalty On Property Tax Payments

Fri 4-3-2020

Thursday's announcement by Governor Kim Reynolds to extend an emergency medical disaster proclamation originally issued March 19th will push back further the late penalty on property tax payments. 

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Dickinson County Food Pantries Continue Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak

Fri 4-3-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Corona Relief program is reminding residents food banks throughout Dickinson county remain in operation during the COVID-19 outbreak, but with some modifications.

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Hy-Vee Implementing Additional Precautionary Methods For COVID-19

Fri 4-3-2020

Hy-Vee today (Fri.) announced additional protective measures being taken in its stores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Both Iowa & Minnesota Reporting Continued Increases In COVID-19 Cases Today (Fri.)

Fri 4-3-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting today (Fri.) an additional 85 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 699 positive cases since the outbreak started.

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Okoboji Foundation Establishes Disaster Recovery Fund In Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri 4-3-2020

A disaster recovery fund has been established by the Okoboji Foundation to support those populations in the Iowa Great Lakes Community that are most negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Dickinson Co. Recycling Center Only Accepting Green Waste Until Further Notice Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Fri 4-3-2020

The Dickinson County Recycling Center announced earlier this week it was reverting back to its winter hours due to concerns with COVID-19. Today (Fri.), Center Manager Charles Vigdal announced some additional changes that have gone into effect and will remain in place until further notice.

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Valero Industries Now Bulk Producing Hand Sanitizer At Their Hartley Ethanol Plant

Fri 4-3-2020

Valero Industries says it's plant in Harley started producing the substance Thursday.

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A 20 Mile Stretch Of Hwy 71 In Jackson & Cottonwood Counties Will Be Re-Surfaced Later This Spring & Summer

Fri 4-3-2020

Motorists on Highway 71 in Jackson and Cottonwood counties can expect some longer commutes beginning later this spring and continuing through the summer.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Extends Closure Of Non-Essential Businesses, Schools, Through End Of April

Thu 4-2-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds this (Thurs.) afternoon announced she's extending the closure of non essential businesses and schools in the state through the end of April in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Results In More Changes At LRH

Thu 4-2-2020

It was announced today (Thursday) Lakes Regional Healthcare, Lakes Family Practice and Spirit Lake Medical Center are temporarily transitioning to virtual visits instead of in-person visits.

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Residents Urged To Complete Census To Help Ensure Needed Funding Continues For A Number Of Vital Services

Thu 4-2-2020

The laborious task of counting the population and figuring out where everyone lives is underway.

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IDPH Reporting 66 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19, Including An Additional Case In Clay County

Thu 4-2-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Thurs.) is reporting an additional 66 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of cases to 614 since the outbreak began.

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With The Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Relatively Low So Far In The Area, Health Officials Are Warning Against Complacency

Thu 4-2-2020

While the confirmed numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in the area remain relatively small, public health officials say that's very likely to change over the next several weeks.

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City Of Spirit Lake To Begin Curbside Green Waste Pick Up April 6th

Thu 4-2-2020

The city of Spirit Lake will begin curbside pick up of green waste this coming Monday, April 6th. 

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City Of Spencer Closing Outdoor Recreational Facilities

Thu 4-2-2020

The city of Spencer has temporarily closed a number of outdoor recreational facilities due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

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Suspicious Person Investigation Results In Arrest Of Ruthven Man

Thu 4-2-2020

An incident Tuesday night in Palo Alto county resulted in the arrest of a Ruthven man.

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Accidental Shooting Injures Man (1)

Thu 4-2-2020

A Rock Rapids was injured this past Sunday in an accidental shooting.

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Authorities: Be On The Lookout For Scammers Trying To Go After Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment

Thu 4-2-2020

We told you earlier in the week about a series of scams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities say there's another one you need to be aware of as well.

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Peterson Man Sentenced In Palo Alto County Shooting

Thu 4-2-2020

A Peterson man has been sentenced in Palo Alto county on a charge of a probation revocation on an original count of conspiracy to commit intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

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Dickinson County Recycling Center to remain open with Winter Hours for now

Wed 4-1-2020 2260 220th St., Milford, IA

(Milford)-Residents encouraged to call ahead with questions.

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Seasons Center Awarded $10K Grant To Assist With Food Distribution; Reporting An Increase In Demand For Services

Wed 4-1-2020

Officials with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health say they're seeing an increased demand for their services as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

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Iowa, Minnesota Release Updated COVID-19 Numbers

Wed 4-1-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported late this (Wed.) morning an additional 52 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state

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Dickinson Co. Entities Issue Joint Letter Urging Those Returning To The Iowa Great Lakes To Self Isolate For 14 Days

Wed 4-1-2020

Governmental entities in Dickinson county, along with several chambers of commerce, have issued a joint letter highly urging those coming back to the Iowa Great Lakes for the season to self-isolate for 14 days. 

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Restaurant In Hartley Burglarized

Wed 4-1-2020

Police in Hartley are asking for the public's help as they investigate a burglary that took place last week at a restaurant there.

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