Head-On Collision On Hwy 71 In Clay County Involving A Car And A Semi Claims A Life
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.
YMCA Of The Okoboji's Announces Permanent Closure Of Its Healthy Living Program Center In Downtown Spirit Lake
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.
Arnolds Park Amusement Park Announces June 3rd As New Opening Date
Park officials originally had planned to open May 30thbut 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.
Estherville Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests And Seizure Of 15 Pounds Of Pot, THC, "Molly", And Cocaine
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.
Deadlines For Property Taxes, Motor Vehicle & Driver's License Transactions Change With Extension Of Gov. Kim Reynolds Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation
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.
SL City Council Discusses Possible Permitting Process For Food Trucks; Sets Date For Clean Up Days
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.
Whether Or Not Public Health Disaster Emergency Is Allowed To Expire May 27th Will Impact Some Deadlines, Including Those Affecting Driver's Licenses
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.
Gov. Kim Reynolds Allowing Additional Businesses To Re-Open; High School Baseball, Softball & Other School Activities Can Resume June 1st
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.
Spencer City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Revisions On ATV's/Golf Carts; Authorizes Study Into Sanitary Sewer & Solid Waste Rates
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.
End Of The School Year Bringing Changes To Meal Distribution At Spencer Community Schools
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
Support Campaign Underway To Assist Camp Foster YMCA
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
Clay County Disaster Recovery Fund Announces Its First Matching Donors
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.
36th Annual University Of Okoboji Cycling Classic Won't Be Held This Year
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.
ILEC Signs On To Letter Calling On Congress To Provide Economic Relief For Rural America
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
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
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.
Number Of Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Minnesota Surpasses 11,000
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
Major Area Pork Producer Outlines How COVID-19 Is Impacting His Operations
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
DPH Officials Say All Six Of The Positive COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County Have Now Recovered
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.
Clay County Collision Results In Extensive Damage; No Immediate Reports Of Injuries
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 240thAvenue and 350thStreet in Clay county.
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.
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.
Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Concerns Over Crowds This Past Weekend
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.
Iowa DPH Reporting 534 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Mon.) Along With Four New Deaths
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.
DNR: Resist Temptation To Help Young Animals In The Wild
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.
IDPH Reporting 740 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Testing In Iowa Continues To Ramp Up
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.
DNR Encouraging Everyone To Use Extra Caution With This Weekend's Walleye Opener On The Iowa Great Lakes
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.