News Archive

Spirit Lake Chamber to host Sip 'n Stroll May 5 in Historic Downtown Spirit Lake

Fri 4-30-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Event will pair area Breweries and Wineries with local Businesses

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YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Receives A Boost

Fri 4-30-2021

United Community Bank recently donated $500 to the annual fundraising campaign.

 

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Work Continues On Several IGLSD Projects With Others In The Pipeline

Fri 4-30-2021

District Superintendent Steve Anderson tells KUOO news a stretch of Linden Drive in Arnolds Park will remain closed another couple of weeks, but access to a heavily used boat ramp near Trigg's Bay will remain available this weekend.

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Six Young Women Will Compete For Title Of Clay County Fair Queen This Sunday (May 2nd)

Fri 4-30-2021

The contest will conclude with a pageant and coronation, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Clay County Regional Events Center. 

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DNR Accepting Proposals On Road Improvements In Kettleson Hogsback And Center Lake WMA's

Fri 4-30-2021

Some improvements are in the works for some roads in the Kettleson Hogsback and Center Lake wetland management areas.

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ISU Extension & Outreach of Dickinson County offering a number of Free Webinars this Spring

Thu 4-29-2021 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Online workshop topics include food preservation and natural resources

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DNR Official Offers His Advice For Walleye Weekend

Thu 4-29-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says the walleye population is probably the best it's ever been in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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The Head Of A Mental Health Region Serving Portions Of NW Iowa Says He Has Mixed Feelings Over A Bill That Would Transition Funding From Counties To The State

Thu 4-29-2021

Shane Walters is CEO of the Sioux Rivers Mental Health Region, which includes Dickinson county. He addressed the Board of Supervisors on the matter earlier this week

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Registration Deadline for 39th Annual Walleye Weekend is April 30th at 11:59 pm

Wed 4-28-2021 565 S Hwy 71, Suite 4, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Other prizes to be awarded in addition to $39,000 Grand Prize

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Spirit Lake School Board Votes To Relax Some COVID-19 Protocols

Wed 4-28-2021

Superintendent Dr. David Smith says one of the revisions removes the required quarantine for all students who are a close contact.

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Estherville Parks & Rec Dept. Awarded Funding

Wed 4-28-2021

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded funding through the Berghefer Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund.

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Spencer ADA Council Announces Winners Of Poster Contest

Wed 4-28-2021

The Spencer Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Council has announced the winners of their Disability Awareness School program poster contest.

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After Being At Or Among The Highest In The State, A Public Health Official Says Dickinson County's Positivity Rate Appears To Be Headed Downward Once Again

Wed 4-28-2021

Katy Burke of Dickinson County Public Health gave an update at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting

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Longtime Spirit Lake Police Chief Announces His Retirement

Tue 4-27-2021

Jeff Hanson told the city council this (Tuesday) evening his final day on the job will be June 30th.

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Two Vehicle Collision At Intersection Of Dickinson Co. Roads A-34 & M-27 West Of Milford Results In Serious Injuries

Tue 4-27-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Michael Eddy of Okoboji was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram eastbound on County Road A-34. Deputies say he pulled into the path of a 2014 Buick driven by 27-year-old Oma Crouch of Everly who was northbound on County Road M-27

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Officials Dedicate New Boat Ramp, Public Dock At Ainsworth Beach On Big Spirit Lake

Tue 4-27-2021

Improvements to a boat ramp and public dock at Ainsworth Beach on the south side of Big Spirit Lake have been completed just in time for Walleye Weekend.

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43rd Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue Fundraiser to be held April 30 & May 1

Tue 4-27-2021 Arnolds Park

(Arnolds Park)-Proceeds will be used to help pay for new Watercraft

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Start Over With Re-Classification Of DD 31 In Superior Area; Vote To Authorize Annexation Of Land Into DD 15 Near Lake Park

Tue 4-27-2021

The reclassification of a drainage district in Dickinson county is headed back to the drawing board.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Vote 3-2 To Lift Courthouse Mask Mandate Effective Immediately

Tue 4-27-2021

It followed a meeting with the county's public health officials who recommended the supervisors not take the action yet in order to get more of the population vaccinated first.

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O'Brien County Traffic Stop Lands Man In Jail On Drug Charges

Tue 4-27-2021

A traffic stop this past weekend resulted in the arrest of a Primghar man on drug charges.

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Estherville City Council Approves Amended Development Agreement For Apartment Project

Tue 4-27-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton told the council it stems from a fuel tank that at one time was buried on the site

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Officials Urge Everyone To Play It Extra Safe On Roads During Planting Season

Tue 4-27-2021

With spring planting kicking into high gear comes a reminder for drivers to be aware of slow moving farm equipment on the roads

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SL Noon Kiwanis Makes Donation To YMCA; Teams Up With High School Students To Clean Up Trails

Tue 4-27-2021

The Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis club recently presented a check for $2,500 to the YMCA for their annual golf tournament and YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

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Clay County Fair Announces Additional Grandstand Act

Tue 4-27-2021

Ryan Hurd with special guest Big Time Grain Company will perform at 7:30 pm Saturday, September 18th.

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Work On Hwy 60 Roundabouts In Worthington To Begin Next Week

Mon 4-26-2021

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the roundabouts are at the intersections of Interstate 90, Oxford Street and Nobles County Road 35, and that detours will go into affect Monday, May 3rd, weather permitting.

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Announcing Assistance For Tech Companies Looking To Expand

Mon 4-26-2021

Brian Dalziel, interim President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation says the Iowa Economic Development Authority is offering several programs benefiting information, agriculture, bio, and advance manufacturing technology

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Crash On Hwy 60 In SW Minnesota Injures Nebraska Man

Mon 4-26-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 35-year-old Enrique Vicente Del Angel of Omaha was driving a 2004 Ford Econoline northbound around 8:30 am Sunday when he lost control of the vehicle on the ice and snow-covered road.

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SW Minnesota Crash Injures Ayrshire Man

Sat 4-24-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 70-year-old David Williamson of Ayrshire was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country westbound when the vehicle left the road and went into the median.

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Iowa Lakes Community College receives grant from The Future Ready Iowa Summer Youth Internship Pilot Program

Fri 4-23-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Program will connect High School Students with area Businesses

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Presbyterian Church In Jackson Will Hold Its Final Service This Sunday

Fri 4-23-2021

The members of the First Presbyterian church have been contemplating the decision of closing for a few years and have decided that the funds currently used on upkeep and maintenance could be used in missions to help others

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Spirit Lake Police To Participate In Prescription Drug Takeback Event

Fri 4-23-2021

They'll have a drop off set up from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Saturday (April 24th) in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Spirit Lake.

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State Medical Examiner Releases Cause Of Death Of Teen Found In A Hog Facility

Fri 4-23-2021

The State Medical Examiner says an autopsy has determined carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of death of a teen who was found unconscious earlier this week at a hog facility near Swea City.

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Milford Police Looking For Vehicle Wanted In Theft From Some Storage Units

Fri 4-23-2021

It's described as purplish in color and is believed to be a Dodge (see photo)

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Semi Trailer Tips Over, Spilling Grain Into Ditch

Fri 4-23-2021

Authorities in Lyon county say Kenneth Boone of Sheldon was driving a 2015 Peterbilt semi and was attempting to make a turn when the trailer's rear tires went into the ditch.

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Algona Man On Probation For 4 Years For Shooting Shotgun At Another Person

Fri 4-23-2021

If Joshua J. Schmidt completes four years of probation the sentence will be dismissed. 

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Only One Person Files As Mayoral Candidate In May 11th Special Election In Armstrong

Thu 4-22-2021

Travis Schueller was the lone candidate to file. He's also the Superintendent of the West Union Community School District.

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Spirit Lake Music Department to present Saturday in the Park April 24

Thu 4-22-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Ensembles to perform on Main Stage at Preservation Plaza

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There's Still Concern Over A Lack Of Subsoil Moisture In Most Of The Region As We Head Into The Growing Season

Thu 4-22-2021

Paul Kassel, a Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says moisture levels are well below normal in every location they monitor in the region, with the exception of one near Rossie. He says sites just east of Spirit Lake and west of Estherville are especially dry

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Walleye Weekend About To Make A Big Return To The Iowa Great Lakes

Thu 4-22-2021

Walleye Weekend is now just a little more than a week away. The popular event was canceled last year due to the pandemic

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Conservation Funding Still Available For Landowners In The Iowa Portion Of The Big Spirit Lake Watershed

Thu 4-22-2021

Dean Gronemeyer, Acting District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service says the funding is through the National Water Quality Initiative

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest (5)

Thu 4-22-2021

Authorities say a deputy on patrol the evening of April 9th observed a vehicle being driven by someone with a revoked driver's license.

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Northwest Iowa Sisters Win Big with Iowa Lottery Colossal Scratch Ticket

Wed 4-21-2021 Spencer,Ia

(Spencer)-Ticket was purchased in March at Casey's in Spencer

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Officials Issue Updates On Road Projects In Arnolds Park

Wed 4-21-2021

The contractor says paving operations on Rohr Street have been completed and that the road will be re-opened to traffic Monday, April 26th, prior to 8:00 am. Crews will then close down Linden Drive in the vicinity of Bridges Bay.

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Public Health Official Says Recent Increase In COVID Positivity Rate In Dickinson County Is Concerning

Wed 4-21-2021

Katy Burke, the agency's Director of Population and Public Health, tells KUOO news several factors, including variants of the virus that have been detected locally, are likely behind it.

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Area Restaurant Owners Negatively Impacted By Pandemic Urged To Apply For A New Assistance Program

Wed 4-21-2021

Interim CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Brian Dalziel, says the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a component of the federal government's American Rescue Plan. 

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Investigation Into Reckless Driving Complaint Lands Milford Man In Jail On Drug Charges

Wed 4-21-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the Dyno's Convenience store in north Spencer.

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Another County In Northwest Iowa

Wed 4-21-2021

Officials say the invasive pest has been found in Lyon county.

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A Bill That Would Set Speed Restrictions For E-Bikes Is Headed To Governor Kim Reynolds

Wed 4-21-2021

People riding e-bikes on multi-use trails or in bike lanes along city streets would be required to abide by any posted speed limit for other traffic.

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The Supply Of COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Exceeding Demand In Several NW Iowa Counties

Wed 4-21-2021

43 counties in the state have declined additional shipments, including Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, O'Brien, Palo Alto locally.

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Teen Found Dead In Hog Building Near Swea City

Wed 4-21-2021

Authorities in Kossuth County have identified the teenager found unconscious inside a hog building near Swea City Monday night. 

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Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department announces Two Concerts to be performed in Early May

Tue 4-20-2021 300 S 18th St,Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Concerts will be the first in the new Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center

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Planting Getting Underway In Parts Of Iowa

Tue 4-20-2021

The U-S-D-A's weekly crop report says most of last week was favorable for fieldwork and once soil temperatures warmed up enough that work turned from the preparation of the soil to planting in some areas. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Request For Outdoor Investiture Ceremony For Newly Appointed Judge Who's From Spirit Lake

Tue 4-20-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) approved a request from John M. Sandy to hold an investiture ceremony in front of the courthouse on June 18th. Sandy was appointed last month by Governor Kim Reynolds to fill a judgeship in Judicial Election District 3A.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Courthouse Mask Mandate

Tue 4-20-2021

Supervisor Tim Fairchild said based on what he's heard from Public Health, it's too early to do that yet.

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Some County Auditors Weigh In On Iowa's New Elections Laws

Tue 4-20-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a bill that among other things reduces the early voting period from 29 days to 20 days. It also shortens the window for requesting absentee ballots.

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Spencer City Council Awards Bid On Second Phase Of Improvements To Wastewater Treatment Plant

Tue 4-20-2021

The city council Monday evening approved a bid of a little more than $3.9 million for the project from Christianson Construction of Pender, Nebraska.

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Early Bird Registration and Orientation for Summer and Fall Classes getting underway at Iowa Lakes Community College

Mon 4-19-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Orientation Days scheduled at Emmetsburg and Estherville Campuses in the next week.

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Rhythm Of The River WILL Be Held This Year In Jackson, But With Big Changes Due To COVID

Mon 4-19-2021

Committee member Hanna Rossow says there will be changes this year, however.

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University Of Okoboji Marathon, Triathlon, 1/2 Marathon, & 10K Won't Be Held This Year Due To COVID Concerns

Mon 4-19-2021

The University of Okoboji Marathon, Triathlon, Half Marathon and 10K won't be held this year due to COVID-19 concerns for participants, volunteers and spectators.

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Local Recording Company & Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Introduce "Iowa Rocks Featured Artist Program"

Mon 4-19-2021

Gary Lambert of Route 86 Records says it's intended to put more of a spotlight on musical talent in the state

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Single Vehicle Crash In Clay County Results In Charges Against Teen Driver

Mon 4-19-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called a little after 5:30 am Saturday to the intersection of 350th Street and 320th Avenue near Ruthven

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Single Vehicle Crash Results In Arrest Of Sheldon Man

Mon 4-19-2021

A Sheldon man has been charged in connection with a single vehicle crash Saturday on Highway 60 about a half mile south of Hospers.

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A Lakes Area Non-Profit Is Re-Branding Itself

Mon 4-19-2021

The Cherish Center, based out of Milford, is making the change, along with it's major fundraising arm, Thee Garage Sale

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Governor Kim Reynolds Appoints Several NW Iowans To Various Boards And Commissions

Mon 4-19-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the appointments of several northwest Iowans to various state boards and commissions.

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Sioux County Crash Claims A Life

Mon 4-19-2021

A collision Sunday in Sioux county involving a car and a motorcycle claimed the life of a Sioux Center woman.

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No Injuries Reported In Spirit Lake House Fire

Mon 4-19-2021

Fire Chief Pat Daly says there was a considerable amount of damage

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Southwest Minnesota Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital

Sat 4-17-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 33-year-old Fred Youboty of Sioux Falls was driving a 2010 Chevrolet and 53-year-old Lewellyn Gerard Shutz of Windom was driving a 2003 Dodge Dakota.

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Jackson County Central Breaks Ground For New Middle School

Fri 4-16-2021

Officials With the Jackson County Central School District today (Friday) broke ground for the new 84,000 square foot Pleasantview Middle School.

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"Fire on the Prairie" the Theme of Family Nature Night April 23 at the Dickinson County Nature Center

Fri 4-16-2021 22785 Nature Center Road Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Program is free, but registration is required

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YMCA Of The Okoboji's Kicking Off Strong Kids Campaign For 2021

Fri 4-16-2021

The organization's Director of Development and Engagement, Cindy Rosa, says they're hoping to raise $160,000 this year

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Three-Vehicle Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

Fri 4-16-2021

A three-vehicle collision earlier this week northwest of Sanborn sent one person to the hospital.

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State Of Iowa Not Likely To Pass Hands-Free Driving Law This Year

Fri 4-16-2021

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley says it is unlikely the 2021 legislature will vote to make it illegal to drive while handling a smartphone. 

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SL Council Gives Final Approval To Zoning Ordinance Change Expanding List Of Certain Construction Products Allowed For Use In The City

Fri 4-16-2021

City Attorney/Administrator Gregg Owens says it reflects some new materials that are now on the market and have a proven quality of standards

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State Auditor Releases Report On Dickinson County Finances For Year Ended June 30th, 2020

Thu 4-15-2021

It shows the county's revenues totaled slightly more than $20.6 million for the year ended June 30th, 2020, an increase of 34.4 percent over the prior year. Expenses totaled a little more than $16.9 million, up 3.5 percent from the prior year.

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ISU Extension of of Dickinson County offering Food Box drive-thru event on Saturday

Thu 4-15-2021 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Extension partnering with Hunger Coalition to distribute hundreds of boxes of food

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Officials Unveil Plans For A New Strip Mall In Jackson

Thu 4-15-2021

The Jackson Economic Development Corporation today (Thurs.) unveiled the rendering for the plans for a new strip mall in the Jackson industrial park.

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Still Time To Register For ISU Extension & Outreach Master Gardener Program

Thu 4-15-2021

Office Assistant Amy Benge says they're accepting registrations until July 15th for the program that will be starting August 1st

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Local Authorities Say There's A New Scam We Need To Be Aware Of

Thu 4-15-2021

Scammers are now using stolen identity information, which they can obtain when bigger stores have a data breach that involve millions of people, to try to cash in on the extra unemployment benefits that are part of the COVD-19 crisis.

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Special Event Planned To Honor 100th Anniversary Of A Spencer Landmark

Thu 4-15-2021

The Tangney Hotel was constructed in 1920 and opened its doors in April, 1921.

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Sign Up Continues For STEM Fest April 24th At Lakeside Lab

Thu 4-15-2021

4th through 8th grade students from throughout the area are being urged to participate in a special event dedicated to those interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Iowa DNR Investigating Two Significant Manure Spills In The Region

Thu 4-15-2021

The agency says the first was northwest of Rock Rapids. The DNR says a dairy reported spilling several hundred thousand gallons of manure after an irrigation unit got stuck.

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Get Up & Bowl for Special Olympics Fundraiser is being held Online this Year

Wed 4-14-2021 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Facebook auction is underway and runs through April 18

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No Injuries Reported In Lakefield House Fire

Wed 4-14-2021

According to Lakefield Fire Chief Todd Baumann the fire started back by the laundry room

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Open House Being Held Today (Wed. 4/14) To Mark Completion Of Newly Renovated Shelter House At Florence Park In Milford

Wed 4-14-2021

The come and go event will be held this (Wed.) afternoon from 5:00 until 6:00 pm.

 

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Area Utilities Remind Everyone April Is National Safe Digging Month

Wed 4-14-2021

Brad Henningsen, Damage Prevention Coordinator with Black Hills Energy, says there are several things they want people to be aware of

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Colder Weather Dashes Hopes Of Area Farmers For Early Planting, But Local Ag Experts Says There's Still Plenty Of Time

Wed 4-14-2021

While the recent rain was welcome by farmers, the cold weather that came in its wake was not.

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SL City Council Votes To Permanently Move Clean Up Days To The Fall; Approves Project For Gilbert Park

Wed 4-14-2021

Citywide Clean Up Days in Spirit Lake will be permanently moving to the fall as the result of action taken at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

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Okoboji City Council Holds Second Reading On Proposed Addition Of Conservation District To Zoning Classifications; Council Meetings To Move Back To City Hall

Wed 4-14-2021

On a vote of three-to-two, the Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening approved the second reading of a proposal that would a “conservation district” to the city's zoning classifications.

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Clay County 4-H seeks nominations for Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Tue 4-13-2021 110 West 4th Street, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Nominations must be received by May 3 

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Extension Week Continues With Focus On Important Role Volunteers Play In Youth Programs

Tue 4-13-2021

Madeleine Brete-Smith is the County Youth and Ag Coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach, Dickinson County. She says they're using the opportunity in part to say thank you to their volunteers who play a vital role in making various youth programs, including the fair, possible

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NW Iowa Woman Appointed Co-Chair Of Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Tue 4-13-2021

Diane Young of Cherokee was appointed by the Governor to succeed Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens, who served as STEM Council co-chair for three years.

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State Health Officials Ask Providers to Pause Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Tue 4-13-2021

The move by state health officials comes after the C-D-C and F-D-A called for a pause in the use of the single-dose vaccine.

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Endowment Put Into Place At Camp Foster YMCA Honors Memory Of John Hinn

Tue 4-13-2021

Josh Carr of Camp Foster YMCA says in lieu of flowers or gifts to the family, John's request was that people give to Camp Foster to help support scholarships for campers.

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Okoboji School Bd. Adopts Certified Budget For FY 2022; Acts On Proposed Expansion Of Siouxland Conference

Tue 4-13-2021

Superintendent Todd Abrahamson says the district's tax rate will be reduced to $9.24 per one thousand dollars of valuation

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Estherville Police Mourn The Unexpected Passing Of The Department's K-9, Max

Mon 4-12-2021

Police in Estherville are mourning the loss of the department's K-9, Max, who suddenly passed away of a medical condition Friday.

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Spirit Lake Community Schools Moving Ahead With Construction Of New Bus Barn

Mon 4-12-2021

Superintendent Dr. David Smith tells KUOO news the School Board has awarded a bid on the construction of a facility that will house the district's buses

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This Week Marks The Observance Of Extension Week

Mon 4-12-2021

Sue Boettcher, Human Sciences Program Coordinator for ISU Extension Dickinson County, says food trucks will be parked each day through Friday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at the fairgrounds. A different truck will be featured each day. Boettcher says they'll also have a number of informational displays

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MnDOT Plans To Reconstruct Some Problematic Roundabouts In Worthington

Mon 4-12-2021

MnDOT officials say the improvements will better accommodate large trucks, minimizing load shift as they travel through the roundabouts.

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Investigation By Clay County Authorities Into Report Of A Vehicle In The Ditch Results In Arrest Of A Fort Dodge Man

Mon 4-12-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called Sunday to the 3600 mile of 330th Avenue where they met with the driver of the vehicle, identified as 31-year-old Justin Diggs of Fort Dodge

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Okoboji City Council To Hold Second Reading Of Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment That Would Add A "Conservation District" To Classifications

Mon 4-12-2021

A first reading of the proposed change was made at the council's meeting back in February.

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Plans Are Kicking Into High Gear For 2021 Clay County Fair

Mon 4-12-2021

CEO Jeremy Parsons says they are extremely optimistic about the prospects of holding a fair this year.

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Spencer Man Escapes Serious Injury In Semi Tanker Accident

Mon 4-12-2021

A Spencer man escaped serious injury this past Thursday when a semi he was driving overturned in Sioux county.

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Investigation underway after Swea City Man dies from Head Injuries

Fri 4-9-2021 Algona, IA

(Algona)-Casey Tobin was found on a road Saturday night 

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Dickinson County Public Health Officials say increase in COVID-19 Positivity rate due to more cases in Younger People

Fri 4-9-2021 2301 Hwy 71 South Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-New cases in 18 to 29 year old population making up a third of all of the cases in Dickinson County

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Senator Chuck Grassley discusses Current Projects, Ethanol during stop at Okoboji High School

Fri 4-9-2021 901 H Ave, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Senator made comments during stop at Okoboji High School on Thursday

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Upticks in Dickinson County COVID-19 Positivity Rates prompting changes to the Test One Iowa Clinic

Thu 4-8-2021 2301 Hwy 71 South Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Clinic was set to close April 16

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Spring Planting Outlook is Good following recent Warm Temperatures and Several Days of Rain

Thu 4-8-2021 Lakefield,Mn

(Lakefield, MN)-Soil temperatures warming into the 50s this week

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Estherville Man charged with Attempted Murder following arrest on Wednesday

Thu 4-8-2021 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-Reyes faces multiple charges following incident at residence on Wednesday

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Winterfeld found guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Killing of Grant Wilson

Thu 4-8-2021 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Spirit Lake man originally charged with First-Degree Murder in connection with May 2020 shooting

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Estherville Man dies in Motorcycle Crash Wednesday night

Thu 4-8-2021 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Collision with Pick-up Truck occurred at South 8th Street and 2nd Avenue South in Estherville

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Sioux County Authorities seeking information in apparent Hit-and-Run

Thu 4-8-2021 Sioux Center, IA

(Sioux Center)-Incident allegedly occurred Wednesday morning on Highway 75

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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Carjackings

Thu 4-8-2021 Sioux City,IA

(Sioux City)-Shortenhaus was apprehended after leading police on a high-speed chase in a vehicle stolen from one of his victims

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Dickinson County has highest positive COVID-19 rate in the State of Iowa

Thu 4-8-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Cases spiking in 18-29 year old age group

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Spirit Lake Drama and Vocal Music to present Bye Bye Birdie April 9 & 10

Wed 4-7-2021 612 28th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa

(Spirit Lake)-Tickets available Thursday evening or at the door prior to performances at the Sami Center

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Governor Kim Reynolds voices opposition to Vaccine Passports during Wednesday's Press Conference

Wed 4-7-2021 Johnston, IA

(Johnston)-Reynolds says she will take action either thru Legislation or Executive Action

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ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17

Wed 4-7-2021 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Dickinson County Extension plans to have Food Trucks set up at Fairgrounds next week

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Wills honored with Circle of Excellence Award from the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Wed 4-7-2021 Ankeny, IA

(Ankeny)-Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance Coordinator honored for 2nd year in a row

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Winter Games/Chamber Officials Present Checks

Tue 4-6-2021

Checks made possible through proceeds from two of the 41st annual University of Okoboji Winter Games events were recently presented to two non-profit groups.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Give Go-Ahead For Restructuring Of County Attorney's Office; Approve Resolutions To Connect With Clay County Trail System

Tue 4-6-2021

County Attorney Amy Zenor recommended eliminating an investigator's position in the office that was created back in 2018 and reallocating that funding for an additional attorney who would work part-time in the office.

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Lake Park Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide Charge

Tue 4-6-2021

48-year-old Christopher Bosma was charged in the death of 34-year-old Kelsie Sturm in the incident that took place near Harris in July of 2020.

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Event Will Pair Up Employers Looking For Summer Help With Teens Looking For Summer Jobs

Tue 4-6-2021

Brian Downing, Principal at Okoboji High School, says they'll be putting on a “summer job fair” Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at both the Pavilion and the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park.

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Officials With City Of Spencer Express Concern Over Reports Of Foul Language And Vandalism At East Leech Park

Tue 4-6-2021

Police Chief Mark Warburton told the council they'll be keeping a close eye out for those violating park rules and will penalize violators.

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Okoboji Music Masters to present "The Sounds of Summer" in the Iowa Great Lakes this Summer

Mon 4-5-2021 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Auditions to be held in mid-May for new ensemble

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Fire Damages Machine Shed Near Sheldon

Mon 4-5-2021

The Sheldon Fire Department was called to 3071 Marsh Avenue. Upon arriving they found smoke coming from the building along with some nearby grass and a wood pile also on fire.

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Spirit Lake Green Waste Site Currently Scheduled To Open For Season Saturday, April 10th

Mon 4-5-2021

City officials say site preparations are currently underway.

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Another Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Is Planned For The Region

Mon 4-5-2021

This one is scheduled for this Saturday, April 10th at the Spencer Field House at Spencer High School.

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Fire Destroys Machine Shed, Tractors & Other Farm Equipment

Mon 4-5-2021

Firefighters were called around 12:01 am to 4250 230th Street in Emmet county and found the building completely engulfed along with some trees that were on fire.

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Spirit Lake Fire Dept. To Hold Pancake Feed This Saturday, April 10th

Mon 4-5-2021

Chief Pat Daly says COVID-19 precautions will be in place

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Gearing Up For Its Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Mon 4-5-2021

Jennifer Gustafson, LRH Vice President of Marketing and Retail Services, says they are now taking applications for this summer's program, which will run from June 7th through July 30th

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Iowa DNR To Begin Restoration Of A NW Iowa Lake This Spring

Mon 4-5-2021

Restoration efforts are getting underway this spring on Pickerel Lake near Laurens, on the Clay and Buena Vista county line.

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Northwest Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Acts With Minors

Sat 4-3-2021

Twenty-one-year-old Hunter Gentry of Estherville pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, enticing a minor, third-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child and indecent contact. 

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George Man Arrested On Warrants

Sat 4-3-2021

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Robert Camack was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant charging him with two counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree...both class “C” felonies, and two counts of indecent contact with a child...aggravated misdemeanors.

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Dickinson County Nature Center announces Spring Photo Contest

Fri 4-2-2021 22785 Nature Center Rd, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Deadline for entry is May 1

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Construction Work To Result In Some Road Closures In Okoboji

Fri 4-2-2021

Officials say 220th Avenue from 165th Street to Lake Shore Drive, and Lakeshore Drive to Alexander Street will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, April 19th.

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Bridge Replacement Project To Result In Road Closure On Hwy 59 South Of Primghar Beginning Monday, April 5th

Fri 4-2-2021

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the road will be closed in that area with traffic being detoured onto O'Brien county Roads B-40 and L-54.

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Two NW Iowa Airports Awarded Funding For Improvements

Fri 4-2-2021

The funding is included in a $627 million infrastructure and safety projects made possible by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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National Weather Service Warning Of Elevated Fire Danger Across The Region

Fri 4-2-2021

Forecasters say very low humidity, sunshine, wind and warm temperatures will combine to create an elevated fire danger across the region.

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Spencer Hospital named one of the Nation's Top Rural and Community Hospitals

Thu 4-1-2021 Spencer,Ia

(Spencer)-Spencer Hospital is the only mid-size hospital in Iowa that has earned that designation in each of the six years it has been awarded 

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RSVP honors Regional Volunteers during National Volunteer Month

Thu 4-1-2021 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Volunteers found creative ways to be of help during pandemic

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New Report Details Impact Hospitals Have On Local Economies

Thu 4-1-2021

Locally, the report shows Lakes Regional Healthcare generates 941 jobs that add $21.3 million to the local economy. In turn, it shows LRH employees spend $7.1 million on retail sales and contribute $429,000 in state sales tax revenue

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Date Set For Armstrong Mayoral Election

Thu 4-1-2021

The Emmet County Auditor's Office has announced May 11th has been set as the date for a special election to decide who will be the next mayor of Armstrong.

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Sioux County Sheriff's Deputy Fired For Not Following Policy & Training Guidelines

Thu 4-1-2021

A deputy sheriff for the Sioux County Sheriff's Office has been fired after an incident that occurred on March 20 in Boyden, Iowa.

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Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic To Be Held Saturday, April 10th At Spencer High School Fieldhouse

Thu 4-1-2021

The event is being put on by Clay County Public Health, Avera Medical Group Spencer, Spencer Hospital and Estherville Pharmacy, which acquired 1,170 doses of Pfizer vaccine for the clinic.

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