News Archive

Iowa DPH Reporting Additional COVID-19 Cases & Deaths

Sat 5-30-2020

According to Iowa's COVID-19 dashboard, as of 10 a.m. Saturday there had been eight more COVID-19 deaths and 343 new positive cases since Friday morning.

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Head-On Collision On Hwy 71 In Clay County Involving A Car And A Semi Claims A Life

Fri 5-29-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old George Skyler Ellsworth Cole of Cedar Rapids was driving a 1987 Pontiac southbound in the 4800 mile of Highway 71 when he swerved into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a 2003 Peterbilt semi driven by 46-year-old Stoney Ray Burris of Livingston, Tennessee.

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YMCA Of The Okoboji's Announces Permanent Closure Of Its Healthy Living Program Center In Downtown Spirit Lake

Fri 5-29-2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant negative financial impact on the YMCA of the Okoboji's, which announced today (Fri.) it will be permanently closing its Healthy Living Program Center in downtown Spirit Lake. 

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Iowa DPH Reports Additional COVID-19 Cases And Deaths

Fri 5-29-2020

According to Iowa's COVID-19 website, as of 10 a.m. Friday there had been 20 more COVID-19 deaths and 290 new positive cases since Thursday morning.

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Local Teen credited with saving Man's Life after near-drowning on West Okoboji

Fri 5-29-2020

We have since learned the name of the person who pulled the man out of the lake. He is 17-year-old Calvin Grosvenor of Okoboji.

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Joint Meeting Of Dickinson Co. Supervisors And Some City Officials Generates A Push For More Unified Building Codes & Zoning Regs.

Thu 5-28-2020

Supervisor Tim Fairchild, who organized the meeting, said the lack of uniformity is something he finds concerning

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Rescue Crews Respond To Report Of Near Drowning On West Lake Okoboji

Thu 5-28-2020

There were some tense moments this (Thurs.) afternoon when an unresponsive person was pulled out of West Lake Okoboji.

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Iowa Lakes Community College encouraging students to complete FASFA application to qualify for the Last Dollar Scholarship Program

Thu 5-28-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Students need to file FASFA by June 30th to be eligible for State grant

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Estherville City Hall To Remain Closed Indefinitely

Thu 5-28-2020

Residents are still being encouraged to conduct business via phone or email.

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Another Lakes Area Little League Association Announces it's Canceling Its Season

Thu 5-28-2020

The Okoboji Youth Baseball and Softball Association has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season.

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IDPH Reporting Additional COVID-19 Cases & Deaths; Confirms Outbreak At Tyson Pork Plant In Storm Lake

Thu 5-28-2020

According to Iowa's COVID-19 website, as of 10 a.m. Thursday there have been 15 more COVID-19 deaths bringing the state's total to 500.

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No Injuries Reported In Spencer House Fire (1)

Thu 5-28-2020

Deputy Spencer Fire Chief Mark Stover says firefighters were called around 2:30 pm to 307 East 4th Street.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Announces June 3rd As New Opening Date

Thu 5-28-2020

Park officials originally had planned to open May 30th but had to reschedule that as a proclamation by Governor Kim Reynolds that allows amusement facilities to reopen doesn't go into affect until June 1st.

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Emmet Co. Sheriff's Office Receives $5,000 Grant From ILEC "Operation Round Up" Program

Thu 5-28-2020

A news release says the money will go toward the purchase and training of a new K-9 and for the training of a handler.

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Drive-Up Food Distribution Set For June 5th In Worthington

Thu 5-28-2020

It will be held that day from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

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Estherville Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests And Seizure Of 15 Pounds Of Pot, THC, "Molly", And Cocaine

Thu 5-28-2020

A traffic stop this past Saturday in the 300 block of Central Avenue in Estherville resulted in authorities finding 15 pounds of marijuana, THC products, THC vaping cartridges, MDMA...also known as "MOLLY", and cocaine with a combined estimated street value of $160,000.

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Sioux County Authorities File Amended Charge Against Spirit Lake Man Accused In Shooting Death Of A Cleghorn Man

Thu 5-28-2020

70-year-old Gregg Winterfeld of Spirit Lake was originally charged with 2nd degree murder in the case.

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Okoboji Foundation Awards More Than A Quarter Of A Million Dollars In Grants

Wed 5-27-2020

Requests this year totaled $878,000. 

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UTV Crash Sends Two People To The Hospital

Wed 5-27-2020

A crash around 3:30 pm Monday in O'Brien county involving a utility vehicle sent two people to the hospital.

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IDPH Reporting 21 Additional COVID-19 Deaths & An Additional 595 Cases For Previous 24 Hrs. Ending At 10:00 AM This (Wed.) Morning

Wed 5-27-2020

It brings the total number of Iowans who have died from the virus to 485.

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Spirit Lake Man Sustains Minor Injuries In Clay County Crash

Wed 5-27-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Robert Peters of Spirit Lake was driving a 2011 Silverado eastbound on 350th Street when he failed to negotiate a curve.

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Deadlines For Property Taxes, Motor Vehicle & Driver's License Transactions Change With Extension Of Gov. Kim Reynolds Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation

Wed 5-27-2020

Tuesday's announcement by Governor Kim Reynolds that she's extending portions of a proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency to June 25th, 2020 is resulting in more changes on deadlines for paying property taxes and for motor vehicle and driver's license transactions. 

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Emmet County Sheriff's Office Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Man

Wed 5-27-2020

Authorities say 52-year-old Joseph Gries hasn't been heard from since this past Friday after speaking with a family member by telephone. 

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Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Buena Vista County Skyrockets

Wed 5-27-2020

Information on the state's coronavirus website shows 414 people in Buena Vista county tested positive for the virus Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in that county to 662.

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Single Vehicle Crash In Osceola County Results In Minor Injuries

Wed 5-27-2020

Authorities say 22-year-old Mark Buley of Rock Valley was driving a 2006 Ford Taurus southbound on County Road L36 at 230th Street when he lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curve.

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Woman Accused Of Seriously Injuring Man After Allegedly Striking Him In The Head Several Times With Two Different Blunt Objects

Tue 5-26-2020

Estherville police say they were called around 6:15 am Sunday after getting a report of a man who was found unresponsive in a shed at a back yard of a residence at 315 South 8th Street in Estherville.

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SL City Council Discusses Possible Permitting Process For Food Trucks; Sets Date For Clean Up Days

Tue 5-26-2020

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening directed City Attorney/Administrator Gregg Owens to move forward with the drafting of an ordinance pertaining to the licensing of food trucks operating in the city.

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Northwest Iowa RSVP volunteers making and distributing thousands of masks

Tue 5-26-2020 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Volunteers also making children's masks, ear guards and gowns

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COVID-19 Pandemic Results In Lake Affect Being Canceled For This Year

Tue 5-26-2020

It was announced today (Tues.) this year's "Lake Affect" concert in Little Miller's Bay on West Lake Okoboji is being canceled due to COVID-19. 

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Governor Kim Reynolds Announces Additional Businesses Will Be Allowed To Re-Open June 1st

Tue 5-26-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds today (Tues.) announced some additional Iowa businesses will be allowed to re-open June 1st

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Minnesota COVID-19 Cases Approaches 21,000 With 18 Additional Deaths As Of Today (Tues.)

Tue 5-26-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota neared 21,000 with 652 new positive cases reported this morning.

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State Of Iowa Reporting 104 More COVID-19 Cases For Previous 24 Hours As Of 10:00 AM This (Tues.) Morning

Tue 5-26-2020

It brings Iowa's total to 17,661 confirmed cases with a death toll of 456.

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Dickinson Supervisors Discuss Concerns With Damaged Drainage Tiles; Talk About COVID-19 Concerns

Tue 5-26-2020

The supervisors also today (Tues.) talked about the possibility of tougher penalties against utility company contractors who damage tile lines.

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Clay County Authorities Recover Stolen Pickup

Tue 5-26-2020

Authorities in Clay county say they have recovered a pickup that was reported stolen Sunday from a residence on Highway 18 west of Ruthven. 

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Spencer Man Accused Of Assaulting Motel Clerk And Sheriff's Deputy

Tue 5-26-2020

A Spencer man was arrested on multiple charges Saturday following an incident at the Days Inn motel in Spencer.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Putting COVID-19 Provisions In Place With Expected Re-Opening Coming Soon

Tue 5-26-2020

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park remained closed over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, still awaiting the official word from Governor Kim Reynolds as to when they'll be able to open.

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Spirit Lake Youth Athletic Association Cancels 2020 Season

Sat 5-23-2020

Association President Larry Wajda says board members felt it was in the best interest of the community, players, staffs and volunteers.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Virtual STEMulous Camp is June 8-11

Fri 5-22-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Deadline for registration is May 27

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Dickinson Co. Treasurer's Office Reminds Everyone Of Vehicle Registration, Title Transfer Deadlines With Likely Expiration May 27th Of Governor's Proclamation That Had Previously Extended Them

Fri 5-22-2020

The Dickinson County Treasurer's Office is issuing another notice in the likelihood of Governor Kim Reynolds' Proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency expiring this coming Wednesday, May 27th.

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Minnesota COVID-19 Cases Surpass 19,000; State Fair Is Canceled

Fri 5-22-2020

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota has surpassed 19,000 with 813 new cases being reported today (Fri.). 

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IDPH Reporting 454 COVID-19 Cases As Of This (Fri.) Morning With 18 Additional Deaths

Fri 5-22-2020

New cases were being reported in several northwest Iowa counties

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Spirit Lake Public Library To Re-Open June 1st

Fri 5-22-2020

There will be some restrictions in place and patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

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ILCC Trustees Set Tuition Rates; Award Bid On Farm Lab Project

Fri 5-22-2020

In-state tuition was set at $188 per credit hour while non-residents and international students will be pay $199 per credit hour.

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City Of Orleans Will NOT Be Holding A Clean Up Day This Year

Fri 5-22-2020

The citywide clean-up in Orleans won't be held this year due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum Planning To Reopen June 6th

Fri 5-22-2020

Clay Norris, the association's Executive Director, says a number of precautions will be in place for visitors

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Multiple Charges Filed In Incident That Resulted In Serious Injuries In East Okoboji Beach Area

Thu 5-21-2020

Multiple charges have been filed in an incident that resulted in serious injuries in the East Okoboji Beach area.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Cancels June Roof Garden Shows And Live At The Lakes Concerts On Preservation Plaza

Thu 5-21-2020

Marketing Director Paul Plumb tells KUOO news it was a very difficult decision but he says they feel it was the right one to make

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Alliant Energy Completes Removal Of Substation At Arnolds Park Green Space

Thu 5-21-2020

If you've been on West Broadway Avenue in Arnolds Park near the green space recently chances are you've noticed something no longer there.

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Suspect Arrested In Connection With Items Stolen In Burglaries In Jackson County And Estherville

Thu 5-21-2020

An investigation into the theft of an A-T-V and other items has resulted in the arrest of an Estherville man.

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COVID-19 Cases In Minnesota Hit 18,000 With 32 New Deaths...A New Single Day High

Thu 5-21-2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has now topped 18,000 with 539 new positive cases being reported.

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IDPH Reporting 19 Additional COVID-19 Deaths And 421 Additional Positive Cases

Thu 5-21-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 19 additional COVID-19 deaths as of this (Thursday) morning bringing the state's death toll so far to 400.

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I-90 Rest Areas Near Jackson To Get Major Overhauls

Thu 5-21-2020

The eastbound Clear Lake and westbound Des Moines River rest areas will be under construction starting next month.

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Lakes Area Visitors & Residents Being Asked To Be Patient & Respectful As More Businesses Re-Open

Thu 5-21-2020

Rebecca Peters, Director of Okoboji Tourism, says it's in everyone's best interest to follow the guidelines that have been put in place.

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Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash In O'Brien County

Thu 5-21-2020

Authorities say 38-year-old Mario De La Torre Pacheco of Anthon was driving a 2008 Ford Escape southbound on Redwing Avenue when he fell asleep at the wheel.

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Okoboji Foundation Disaster Recovery Fund Announces Next Round Of Grant Recipients

Wed 5-20-2020

The Okoboji Foundation announced today (Wed.) the recipients of its next round of Disaster Recovery Fund grants. 

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DNR Announces Most Amenities At State Parks & Campgrounds Will Be Reopening This Friday, May 22nd

Wed 5-20-2020

That word today (Wed.) from Kayla Lyon, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Public Health Officials Urging People Not To Become Complacent As More And More Locations Re-Open & Activities Resume

Wed 5-20-2020

Colette Rossiter, Clay County Public Health Manager, is concerned some people may now be under the assumption that the risk of COVID-19 has lessened

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Whether Or Not Public Health Disaster Emergency Is Allowed To Expire May 27th Will Impact Some Deadlines, Including Those Affecting Driver's Licenses

Wed 5-20-2020

Those with expired driver's licenses that have been allowed to extend their renewal deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic will need to pay close attention over what happens in the next week or so. Governor Kim Reynolds' proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency is due to expire May 27th.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Allowing Additional Businesses To Re-Open; High School Baseball, Softball & Other School Activities Can Resume June 1st

Wed 5-20-2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Wed.) movie theatres, zoos, aquariums, and wedding reception venues will be able to re-open this Friday, and that bars will be allowed to re-open at 50 percent capacity Thursday, May 28th.

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Iowa DPH Reporting Additional 237 Cases Of COVID-19 & 14 More Deaths; Number Of Cases Continues To Grow In Several NW Iowa Counties, Including Dickinson

Wed 5-20-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Wed.) is reporting 14 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 381.

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Election Officials Seeing Big Increase In Mail-In Absentee Ballot Requests

Wed 5-20-2020

Jordan Moyer of the Dickinson County Auditor's Office says the requests are up considerably from previous elections.

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Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation Garden of Life Campaign underway

Tue 5-19-2020 1200 First Avenue East,Spencer,Iowa

(Spencer)-There will be no planting ceremony this year due to COVID-19 concerns

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two People On Drug Charges

Tue 5-19-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 4:00 am May 9th when a deputy pulled over a vehicle after noticing it was being driven erratically.

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One Person Seriously Injured After Vehicle Collides With A Tree & Two Garages In Moore Lake Area Just East Of Arnolds Park

Tue 5-19-2020

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Tavan Shahidi of Ames lost control of a 2014 Ford F-150.

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IDPH Reporting 341 New Cases Of COVID As Of This (Tues.) Morning, Including One New Case In Dickinson County

Tue 5-19-2020

State health officials confirmed 341 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa Tuesday morning.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Pay Off Loan For Planning & Design Of Francis Sites Drainage Project

Tue 5-19-2020

Supervisor Pam Jordan explained a portion of the money is being contributed by the city of Spirit Lake.

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Census Forms Being Distributed

Tue 5-19-2020

The U.S. Census Bureau says it will start dropping off questionnaire packets at the front doors of households in Iowa this week. 

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Spencer City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Revisions On ATV's/Golf Carts; Authorizes Study Into Sanitary Sewer & Solid Waste Rates

Tue 5-19-2020

The Spencer City Council Monday evening gave final approval to ordinance revisions allowing the use of all terrain vehicles and golf carts on city streets. The council voted unanimously to approve both revisions, to be effective May 27, 2020.

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Terril Quasquicentennial Celebration still on for now

Mon 5-18-2020 Terril, IA

(Terril)-Final decision to be made at Terril Fun Days Committee Meeting on June 10

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ISU Extension & Outreach Offices Re-Opening But By Appointment Only

Mon 5-18-2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices in Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O'Brien and Clay counties have now re-opened for APPOINTMENTS ONLY.

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University Of Okoboji Events Being Postponed For This Summer

Mon 5-18-2020

It was announced this (Mon.) morning this summer's University of Okoboji events are being postponed to the summer of 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Iowa Health Officials Reporting First Cases Of Inflammatory Syndrome In Children Believed Associated With COVID-19

Mon 5-18-2020

Dr. Caitlin Pedatti says Iowa is now reporting its first cases of what's known as Multi System Inflammatory Syndrome in children.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 304 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Mon.) With Four Additional Deaths

Mon 5-18-2020

382 Iowans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of today (Mon.) with 121 in intensive care units.

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End Of The School Year Bringing Changes To Meal Distribution At Spencer Community Schools

Mon 5-18-2020

School officials say this Friday, May 22nd, will be the last day meals will be provided for the current school year and that no meals will be served during the week of May 25th-29th. The summer meal program for the Spencer School District will start Monday, June 1st

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American Red Cross Holding Blood Drives In The Region This Week

Mon 5-18-2020

The American Red Cross will be holding some blood drives in the region this week. 

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Support Campaign Underway To Assist Camp Foster YMCA

Mon 5-18-2020

As we reported last week, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Camp Foster to cancel its overnight camping programs for this upcoming summer. While they're still planning to offer day camps as of now, Josh Carr, Camp Foster Executive Director, says even those sessions are going to be quite a bit different now than in the past

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No Injuries Reported In House Fire West Of Milford

Mon 5-18-2020

Firefighters had to contend with some challenging conditions in battling a house fire early Sunday west of Milford.

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State Of Iowa Reporting 323 New Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Sun.) With Five Additional Deaths

Sun 5-17-2020

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Sunday there are 323 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. 

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"We Are One Jackson" Event Supports Businesses Impacted By Pandemic

Sun 5-17-2020

KKOJ radio, our sister station in Jackson, MN, teamed up with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce last week to present WeAreOneJackson

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Clay County Disaster Recovery Fund Announces Its First Matching Donors

Fri 5-15-2020

Community State Bank and Farmers Trust and Savings Bank, both of Spencer, have stepped forward to contribute $7,000 each to match a $7,000 contribution made to the fund by the Clay County Community Foundation's Advisory Board shortly after the recovery fund was created.

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Worthington Judge Appointed To Minnesota Supreme Court

Fri 5-15-2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court will receive a Southwest Minnesota touch, following the appointment of Judge Gordon Moore as the next associate justice.

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Marble Beach Campground To Remain Closed A Little While Longer

Fri 5-15-2020

Tim Ritchie is State Parks Manager for the Gull Point Complex for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He tells KUOO news it's due to some grass that was planted last fall.

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COVID-19 Cases In Minnesota Continue To Soar: 808 New Positive Cases Reported Today (Fri.) With 20 Additional Deaths

Fri 5-15-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota topped 14,000 mark with a new single day high of 808 new positive cases reported this morning.

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Iowa Health Officials Reporting 374 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Today (Fri.) With 18 More Deaths

Fri 5-15-2020

Several northwest Iowa counties are reporting additional cases.

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Dickinson Co. Continues With Plans For 1st Phase Reopening Of Courthouse, Tentatively Set For June 3rd

Fri 5-15-2020

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Leupold outlined some additional details during their meeting Tuesday.

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May 30th Set As New Tentative Opening Date For Arnolds Park

Thu 5-14-2020

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park is now planning to open a week later than originally planned. 

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Collision Of Truck And A Car Results In One Person Being Airlifted To A Hospital

Thu 5-14-2020

One person had to be airlifted following a collision Tuesday in Palo Alto county involving a box truck and a car.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department postpones 40th Annual Reggie Shive Jazz Camp

Thu 5-14-2020 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Camp to post photos and videos of last 39 years online

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Camp Foster YMCA Announces Suspension Of Overnight Camping Sessions For This Summer; Day Sessions To Still Be Held As Of Now

Thu 5-14-2020

Josh Carr, Camp Foster Executive Director, says the decision was based on the safety of campers and summer staff and a lack of definitive guidance.

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Ag Officials Say Area Crops Escaped Recent Cold Snap Relatively Unscathed

Thu 5-14-2020

Area crops, for the most part, escaped any serious damage from the unseasonably cool weather recently.

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Minnesota Health Officials Reporting 523 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 25 New Deaths

Thu 5-14-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota topped 13,000 mark with 523 new positive cases reported this (Thurs.) morning.

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Iowa Health Officials Reporting 386 New Cases Of COVID-19; 12 Additional Deaths

Thu 5-14-2020

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday there are 386 new cases of COVID-19 in the state

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Area High School Seniors Selected For 2020 Iowa Governor's Scholar Program

Thu 5-14-2020

The Governor's Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau have offered the program since 2003. 

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New Bank Plans To Open Branch Location In Jackson

Thu 5-14-2020

Pending regulatory approval, Security State Bank will be opening up a branch in Jackson.

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Stay At Home Order In Minnesota To Expire Monday, But Some Restrictions Will Remain In Place

Thu 5-14-2020

Gov. Tim Walz says he will let his stay-at-home order expire as scheduled Monday, though he’ll leave key restrictions in place to keep up Minnesota’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

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Phone/Internet Outage Continuing To Impact Some Dickinson County Residents

Thu 5-14-2020

Some Dickinson county residents continue to be impacted today (Thurs.) by a telephone and internet outage that was first reported around mid afternoon Wednesday.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Pickup Vs. Deer Collision

Wed 5-13-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Kyle Hatch of Sioux Rapids was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 southbound when the incident took place. 

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Silver Lake Fireworks Show Will Go On July 3rd

Wed 5-13-2020

We reported previously this year's fireworks displays over the 4th of July holiday are still on for Big Spirit Lake and West Lake Okoboji. 

Now, we're learning the display at Silver Lake, scheduled for July 3rd, is also still on.

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Spencer Jaycees to hold their Annual Sandbox Fill May 16

Wed 5-13-2020 Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Orders should be placed by Friday in fundraiser for the Club

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Storm Lake Man Sentenced On Child Porn Charge

Wed 5-13-2020

24-year-old Ariya Mangsanhanh was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. 

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ILCC/Reggie Schive Jazz Camp Won't Be Held This Summer

Wed 5-13-2020

Carol Ayres Stueven, Iowa Lakes Music Professor, says they look forward to working with campers, clinicians and staff once again at the camp in 2021. 

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36th Annual University Of Okoboji Cycling Classic Won't Be Held This Year

Wed 5-13-2020

In a statement, the event's organizers say the safety of their volunteers and riders is their top priority and that with the current conditions they cannot ask everyone to congregate together in a large group. 

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Minnesota Reporting 431 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19 With 24 New Deaths

Wed 5-13-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota neared the 13,000 mark with 431 new positive cases reported this morning.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Allows Additional Businesses To Re-Open; Releases Restrictions On 22 Remaining Counties

Wed 5-13-2020

The Governor added she feels the numbers do allow for that

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Iowa DPH Reporting 377 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19, Including First In Emmet County; 17 Additional Deaths Reported

Wed 5-13-2020

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed Wednesday there are 377 new cases of COVID-19 bringing Iowa's total to 13,289.

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Okoboji City Council Approves Lakeshore Restoration Plans For East Lake Park Project

Wed 5-13-2020

The Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening approved a revised plan to restore some shoreline as part of the East Lake Park project being done in conjunction with Imagine Iowa Great Lakes.

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July 3rd & 4th Fireworks Displays On Big Spirit Lake & West Lake Okoboji Are Still On As Of Now

Wed 5-13-2020

Bill Leupold represents the county on the Spirit Lake Protective Association. He told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday the association voted recently to go ahead with this year's display.

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Okoboji City Council Votes To Re-Open Facilities, Except Playground Equipment, At Speier Park

Tue 5-12-2020

Those areas of the park that will be reopened, effective Wednesday (May 13th) include the shelter house and the basketball and tennis courts.

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Okoboji City Council Presented With Preliminary Plans & Schematics For Sanborn Avenue Project

Tue 5-12-2020

The project is being done in conjunction with Imagine Iowa Great Lakes. 

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Spirit Lake City Council Approves Water Territory Service Agreement

Tue 5-12-2020

City Attorney/Administrator Gregg Owens says it stems from Dickinson county's plans to construct a new road maintenance facility on the east edge of Spirit Lake

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Summer classes at Iowa Lakes Community College begin May 18

Tue 5-12-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Most classes will remain online.

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Okoboji Foundation Cancels Its Annual Founders & Futures Event Due To COVID-19

Tue 5-12-2020

In a statement, the foundation's board of directors say they feel responsible for the safety of all their guests and wouldn't want someone to become ill as the result of attending the event. 

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Iowa Public Health Officials Report Highest Daily Death Total To Date In COVID-19 Pandemic, With 18 New Deaths Reported

Tue 5-12-2020

In addition, the Department of Public Health is reporting 539 new positive cases of the virus

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Set June 3rd As Possible Date For Phase 1 Reopening Of Courthouse; Discuss Road Issues

Tue 5-12-2020

Supervisor Chairman Bill Leopold questioned at what point the facility would be made completely off limits again if someone was to test positive for COVID-19 in the courthouse.

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ILEC Signs On To Letter Calling On Congress To Provide Economic Relief For Rural America

Tue 5-12-2020

Rick Oleson, the cooperative's President and CEO, says farmers already were teetering on the edge previously due to a variety of factors and there's concern the pandemic may be enough to force some completely over it

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Replacement Of MRI Unit To Result In Temporary Closures Of A Parking Area At Spencer Hospital

Tue 5-12-2020

The present unit will be removed Wednesday, and officials say it will result in the temporary closure of the parking area in the hospital's emergency services area from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.

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Milford City Council Discusses Pandemic-Related Operations; Adopts Ordinance Revisions

Mon 5-11-2020

The Milford City Council discussed some matters related to the COVID 19 pandemic at their meeting Monday evening.

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Superintendent & Administrators Of SL Community School District Taking Voluntary Pay Freezes

Mon 5-11-2020

Superintendent Dr. David Smith made the announcement at Monday evening's School Board meeting, citing financial concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RiseFest Lineup to remain similar after Festival postponed to Labor Day Weekend

Mon 5-11-2020 Sheldon, IA

(Sheldon)-Matthew West is the only artist from the original lineup to be unable to perform

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Sioux County Authorities Release Name Of Man Killed In Shooting

Mon 5-11-2020

The victim is identified as 58-year-old Grant Wilson of Cleghorn. 

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Minnesota Health Officials Reporting 528 New Cases Of COVID-19

Mon 5-11-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota neared the 12,000 mark with 528 new positive cases reported this morning.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Announces She Has Gone Into A "Modified Quarantine" After Having Indirect Contact At White House With Someone Who Tested Positive For COVID-19

Mon 5-11-2020

During her press conference this (Monday) morning, Governor Kim Reynolds announced she is going into a “modified quarantine” after having indirect contact last week during her trip to the White House with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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IDPH Reporting Additional 414 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Today (Monday) With 6 Additional Deaths

Mon 5-11-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Monday) is reporting an additional 414 new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total number of positive cases to date of 12,373.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Cancels Rock The Roof Events For June Due To COVID-19

Mon 5-11-2020

The association says it's attempting to reschedule the events for late August and September.

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Incident In Spencer Results In Multiple Charges Against Homeless Woman

Mon 5-11-2020

A homeless woman was arrested Saturday after refusing to leave a residence in Spencer.

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Lakes Area Nurse Assisting In Pandemic In New York City Gives An Update From There

Mon 5-11-2020

A Lakes Area nurse who's been assisting a couple of hospitals in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic says things are starting to get somewhat better there. 

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Number Of Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Minnesota Surpasses 11,000

Sun 5-10-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported today (Sunday) the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in that state has now surpassed 11,000, reaching 11,271. The department also reported 20 additional deaths due to the virus

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Spirit Lake Man Charged With 2nd Degree Murder In Fatal Shooting In Sioux County

Sun 5-10-2020

Following an investigation authorities arrested 70-year-old Gregg Winterfeld of Spirit Lake on a charge of second degree murder. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting 288 New Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Sun.) With 13 More Deaths

Sun 5-10-2020

Iowa health officials Sunday reported 288 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 11,959.

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Two Area Fire Departments Battle Grove Fire

Sat 5-9-2020

Two area fire departments spent a part of their day today (Saturday) battling a grove fire in Emmet county.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting Additional 214 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Saturday)

Sat 5-9-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported today (Saturday) an additional 214 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 11,671.

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Major Area Pork Producer Outlines How COVID-19 Is Impacting His Operations

Sat 5-9-2020

Brad Freking of New Fashion Pork says a number of employees associated with his company's operations in Missouri have tested positive for the virus. But he says what was shocking was the number of those that were A-symptomatic, or never showed any symptoms of the disease

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Seasons Center Awarded Grant To Continue Specialized Services

Sat 5-9-2020

Officials with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health say they've been awarded a grant that will allow them to continue to offer some specialized services.

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Carroll Man Faces Multiple Charges Following Incident Late Friday Night In Spirit Lake

Sat 5-9-2020

An incident late Friday night in Spirit Lake landed a Carroll, Iowa man in jail on multiple charges.

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Two Vehicle Collision At I-90 Hwy 86 Exit Ramp Near Lakefield Sends Several People To Hospitals

Sat 5-9-2020

A two-vehicle collision Friday on the Highway 86-Interstate 90 exit ramp just south of Lakefield sent three people to the hospital.

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Another Area Hospital Announces It Plans To Resume Same Day Surgical Procedures On A Limited Basis

Fri 5-8-2020

Spencer Hospital announced today (Friday) it will resume same day surgical procedures on a limited basis beginning this coming Monday, May 11th. 

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Spencer Chamber, Spencer Together Announces Alternative For Flagfest

Fri 5-8-2020

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer Together have announced they'll be holding a patriotic decorating contest in June. 

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Minnesota Reporting 723 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 26 Additional Deaths

Fri 5-8-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota topped the 10,000 mark with 723 new positive cases reported this morning.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 398 New Postive Cases Of COVID-19 And 12 Additional Deaths

Fri 5-8-2020

Iowa health officials reported 398 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 11,457.

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SL Memorial Day Avenue Of Flags, Program & Parade Cancelled Due To Covid-19

Fri 5-8-2020

It was announced Thursday this year's Memorial Day program in Spirit Lake has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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Bank Midwest donating $200,000 to area Food Pantries

Thu 5-7-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Donations made in 10 different markets where the Bank has operations.

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Lakeside Lab Comes Up With Unique Educational Opportunity After Learning University Of Iowa Will Not Be Offering In-Person Classes This Summer Due To COVID-19

Thu 5-7-2020

Friends of Lakeside Lab are offering a unique way to learn more about nature this spring and summer.

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Updated COVID-19 Numbers In For Iowa

Thu 5-7-2020

Iowa health officials reported 655 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 11,059.

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No Injuries Reported After House Hit By Gunfire

Thu 5-7-2020

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a house hit by gunfire in the 600 block of 6th street in Heron Lake late Tuesday night.

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Minnesota Sees Biggest Increase In COVID-19 Cases To Date; No New Numbers Immediately Available For Iowa

Thu 5-7-2020

For the third day in a row, the Minnesota Department of Health reported a new single day high, with 786 new positive cases 

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Forecast Of Possible Freezing Temperatures Causing Concern For Farmers & Gardeners

Thu 5-7-2020

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for most of the region for the next few nights for the potential for frost.

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Juvenile Faces Charges In Stolen Vehicle Case

Thu 5-7-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says it received a report shortly after midnight Tuesday of a vehicle that had been stolen from a residence on Elm Drive in Sibley.

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Iowa National Guard Reports Upcoming Deployments, Including Some From Armories In Spencer & Estherville

Thu 5-7-2020

The Iowa National Guard reports several troops will be deployed in the coming months.

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DPH Officials Say All Six Of The Positive COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County Have Now Recovered

Wed 5-6-2020

Information released today (Wed.) by the Iowa Department of Public Health on its coronavirus.iowa.gov website shows all six of the positive cases that have been reported so far in Dickinson county have recovered.

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New Proclamation Issued Today (Wed.) By Governor Reynolds Re-Opens Campgrounds This Friday, May 8th

Wed 5-6-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state campgrounds will open at 8:00 am Friday (May 8th) to campers with self-contained restrooms only.

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City of Estherville accepting applications for Emergency Grants to assist Small Businesses

Wed 5-6-2020 Estherville,IA

(Estherville)-First review date May 12

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LRH To Once Again Offer Certain Elective Surgeries Beginning Monday, May 11th

Wed 5-6-2020

Hospital officials say the types of surgeries will be limited and will be offered to patients meeting a set criteria established by physicians.

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Minnesota Dept. Of Health Reporting Largest Number Of COVID-19 Cases So Far On A Given Day

Wed 5-6-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported a new single day high of 728 new positive cases yesterday, bringing the state’s total to 8,579.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 293 More Positive Cases Of COVID-19 Along With 12 Additional Deaths From The Virus

Wed 5-6-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Wed.) reported an additional 293 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 10,404.

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Jackson City Council Adopts Resolution Urging Governor Tim Walz To Re-Open The Economy

Wed 5-6-2020

The council took the action after hearing from a representative of the city's business community.

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Left With Very Few Or No Options To Market, Many Area Livestock Producers Now Being Forced To Euthanize Their Animals

Wed 5-6-2020

Concern continues to grow over the closure of meatpacking facilities due to COVID-19 and the impact it's having on livestock producers in the region.

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Clay County Collision Results In Extensive Damage; No Immediate Reports Of Injuries

Wed 5-6-2020

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but authorities say there was a heavy amount of property damage in a two-vehicle collision that happened Monday at the intersection of 240th Avenue and 350th Street in Clay county.

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Organizers Of Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival Announce This Year's Event Is Being Postponed To 2021 Due To COVID-19

Wed 5-6-2020

In a statement, the Board of Directors for the event say the decision was very difficult, but safety and consideration for all involved has to come first, adding they hope everyone will understand.

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Estherville Police Investigating Burglary

Tue 5-5-2020

Officers were called on the morning of April 28th to Green Acres Homes. Employees reported the thefts of two vehicles from inside a shop, along with several thousand dollars worth of hand and power tools. 

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Stabbing Investigation Results In Arrest Of Estherville Man

Tue 5-5-2020

Estherville police say they were called shortly before 10:30 pm Monday after getting a report of a fight at a residence at 15 1st Avenue South.

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Estherville Police Investigating Incident In Which A Vehicle Sustained Significant Damage After It Was Shot At

Tue 5-5-2020

Estherville police are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate an incident from this past weekend in which a vehicle was shot at.

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Major Renovation Underway Of Shelter House At A Heavily Used Park In Milford

Tue 5-5-2020

Major Renovation Underway Of Shelter House At A Heavily Used Park In Milford

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Local Bank Announces New Board Member

Tue 5-5-2020

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank of Spencer has announced Debbie Sundall has been elected to their Board of Directors. 

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Eagle Scout project coordinating Volunteers for Dickinson County Vegetable Donation Garden

Tue 5-5-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Caleb Frostestad of Boy Scout Troup 152 in Okoboji is leading volunteer opportunity for his Eagle Scout Project.

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Hy-Vee Putting A Limit On Meat Purchases

Tue 5-5-2020

The grocery chain says effective Wednesday, May 6th, each customer will be limited to four packages of a combination of fresh beef, ground beef, pork and chicken when they checkout at all Hy-Vee locations. 

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Minnesota Health Department Reporting 617 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19 With 27 Additional Deaths

Tue 5-5-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported a new single day high of 617 new positive cases yesterday, bringing the state’s total to 7,851.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting Largest Number Of Deaths In A Single Day From COVID-19

Tue 5-5-2020

Officials say most of those were once again from long-term care facilities in the state.

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Clay County Community Foundation Launches Disaster Relief Recovery Fund

Tue 5-5-2020

The Clay County Community Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Recovery Fund to support those being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Concerns Over Crowds This Past Weekend

Tue 5-5-2020

911/Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret told the supervisors the volume of calls over the weekend coming into the Dickinson County Communications Center were on par with previous years of opening weekend of the Walleye season.

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Three-County Pursuit Ends In Dickinson County With Arrest

Tue 5-5-2020

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office today (Tues.) released details into a pursuit that went through several counties and ended in Dickinson county with an arrest.

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Lakefield City Council Votes 3-2 On Resolution Opposing Governor's Executive Orders

Tue 5-5-2020

After tabling a resolution opposing Governor Tim Walz’s executive orders 3-2 at their April 20th meeting, the Lakefield City Council passed the same resolution 3-2 last night.

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NW Iowa Habitat For Humanity Gives Update On Their Latest Project In Milford

Tue 5-5-2020

The project involves a house that was donated to the organization last year and was relocated.

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Estherville Man Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Head-On Collision In Dickinson County

Tue 5-5-2020

An Estherville man has died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision Saturday night in Dickinson county.

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City Officials In Spencer Give Update On Openings/Closures

Mon 5-4-2020

City officials in Spencer gave an update Monday evening on the closure of city facilities due to COVID-19.

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Some Iowa Lakes Regional Water Customers Around Big SL Will Experience A Disruption In Service Wednesday (May 6)

Mon 5-4-2020

Customers of Iowa Lakes Regional Water around Big Spirit Lake and north of Highway 9 will experience a disruption in service this Wednesday, May 6th. 

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Maintenance Work On Portions Of Dickinson Co. Trails System To Start Tuesday (5/5) Weather Permitting

Mon 5-4-2020

Erin Reed of the Dickinson County Trails Board tells KUOO news the work, weather-permitting, is scheduled to start tomorrow (Tues.).

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Application Period For LIHEAP Being Extended Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Mon 5-4-2020

The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, has now been extended through May 31st, 2020. 

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Minnesota Reporting 571 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Mon 5-4-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 571 new positive cases yesterday, bringing the state’s total to 7,234. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting 534 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Mon.) Along With Four New Deaths

Mon 5-4-2020

At her press conference this morning (Monday), Governor Kim Reynolds announced some additional surveillance testing that will be going this week at some long term care facilities and essential workplaces where some outbreaks are being reported.

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Golden Plains Wind Project In Winnebago & Kossuth Counties Now In Operation

Mon 5-4-2020

Officials say the 82 turbines are churning out enough energy to power an average of 37,000 homes per year.

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COVID-19 Will Bring Big Changes This Summer To Okoboji Yacht Club & Its Sailing School

Mon 5-4-2020

Spokesman Randy Gould says they're in the process now of preparing the grounds and facilities for the upcoming season and that adjustments are being made for the sailing school.

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DNR: Resist Temptation To Help Young Animals In The Wild

Mon 5-4-2020

Steve Reighard, an enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says if you happen to see a baby animal by itself, you should resist any temptation to try to help them or pick them up.

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Multiple Departments Battle Large Fire At A Jackson Business Over The Weekend

Mon 5-4-2020

The Jackson Fire Department was called to Erickson Truck Sales on Petersburg Road on the southeast edge of Jackson around 1:00 am and found flames coming from one of the main structures on the site.

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Iowa DPH Reporting An Additional 528 Positive Cases Of COVID-19 As Of Today (Sunday)

Sun 5-3-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Sunday) reported an additional 528 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total so far to 9,169 positive cases. 

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Minnesota Department Of Health Reporting 498 New Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Sat 5-2-2020

The number of new COVID-19 cases being reported in Minnesota has declined a bit. The state's Department of Health Saturday reported 498 new positive cases with 24 additional deaths.

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Health Officials Reporting Additional 757 Cases Of COVID-19 In Iowa As Of Today (Sat.)

Sat 5-2-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Saturday) is reporting an additional 757 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 8,641 positive cases.

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Single Vehicle Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital (5)

Sat 5-2-2020

Minor injuries were reported Friday in a single vehicle crash in Nobles county.

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Spencer Woman Passes Away Following Courageous Battle With A-L-S

Fri 5-1-2020

The family of Jaci Hermstad says she passed away early this (Friday) morning.

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COVID Numbers In Minnesota Continue To Rise With Even More Testing

Fri 5-1-2020

The Minnesota Department of Health reported a new single day high of 594 positive cases

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IDPH Reporting 740 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Testing In Iowa Continues To Ramp Up

Fri 5-1-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Fri.) is reporting an additional 740 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 7,885. Eight additional deaths were also reported.

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Man Already In Jail Served Warrant On Domestic Charges

Fri 5-1-2020

A man was arrested earlier this week on a Clay county warrant in connection with a domestic incident.

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DNR Encouraging Everyone To Use Extra Caution With This Weekend's Walleye Opener On The Iowa Great Lakes

Fri 5-1-2020

This weekend will see an influx of anglers coming into the area for the official start of walleye season on the Iowa Great Lakes. Steve Reighard, an enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says even though the crowds will likely be down due to the cancellation of Walleye Weekend, you'll still have to allow extra time at the boat ramps, and probably even more so this year.

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Pioneer Days In Milford Cancelled For This Year Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Fri 5-1-2020

The Milford Commercial Club's Executive Board voted 5-0 earlier this week to cancel this year's Pioneer Days scheduled for July 24th-26th.

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Man Faces Multiple Charges Following Pursuit

Fri 5-1-2020

A pursuit Thursday in Lyon county ended with the arrest of a George man.

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Mayor Of Spencer Urges Everyone To Exercise Caution & Follow Guidelines With The Re-Opening Of Some Businesses & Restaurants

Fri 5-1-2020

The Mayor of Spencer is urging residents to abide by guidelines and use common sense if they plan to venture out now that restaurants and retail establishments are re-opening today (Fri.).

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