News Archive

Memorial Day Programs Return After Being Canceled Last Year By The Pandemic

Mon 5-31-2021

In Spirit Lake, American Legion Commander Denny Perry gave the address in a program held on the east lawn of the Dickinson County Courthouse

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U Of O Corvette Club Donates $2,000 To The Okoboji Foundation

Mon 5-31-2021

The University of Okoboji Corvette Club recently donated $2,000 to the Okoboji Foundation to assist in annual grant funding opportunities.

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Disturbance Call In Ruthven Turns Into Drug Investigation

Fri 5-28-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around 12:45 pm Tuesday to 1607 Burns Street where they located some narcotics.

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Everly Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charges

Fri 5-28-2021

48-year-old Jimmy Crouch pled guilty in December of last year to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute meth in a protected location and one count of distribution of methamphetamine in a protected area.

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A District Court Judge Rules Against Motions To Dismiss Charges Against Former Armstrong Police Chief

Fri 5-28-2021

Craig Merrill was charged as part of an investigation into various alleged wrongdoings against him and several other former employees of the city of Armstrong.

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Okoboji Foundation Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

Fri 5-28-2021

Foundation President Mindy Gress says the increase in funds they had available to award this year was one of the largest in the foundation's history

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Mayo Clinic Announces It Is Permanently Closing A Number Of Clinics, Including Some In Our Area

Fri 5-28-2021

After an in-depth evaluation, Mayo Clinic Health System has decided not to reopen its clinics in Armstrong, Iowa, as well as Lake Crystal, Sherburn, Trimont and Truman, Minnesota.

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Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Completes Two Major Projects; Looking Ahead To Additional Work, Including South Side Of Center Lake

Thu 5-27-2021

Superintendent Steve Anderson says one of those was the installation of 17,000 feet of new piping along with the relocation of a lift station in the Hayward's Bay area to bring it out of the West Lake Okoboji flood plain

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Sexual Assault Investigation Results In Arrest Of Milford Man On Multiple Charges

Thu 5-27-2021

An investigation into a report of sexual assault that took place back on April 5th of this year in Milford has resulted in the arrest of a Milford man.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association holding fundraiser with signed Fleetwood Mac Album

Thu 5-27-2021 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Tickets available at Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum throughout the holiday weekend

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Fire Destroys A Northwest Iowa Business

Thu 5-27-2021

Fire destroyed a factory near Orange City Wednesday evening.

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Spirit Lake Public Library Returning To Normal Hours Starting June 1st

Thu 5-27-2021

Library hours will be from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 PM Friday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday.

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Lakes Regional Family Medicine & Dickinson Co. Public Health To Begin Billing Insurance For Administering COVID Vaccine

Thu 5-27-2021

Lakes Regional Healthcare Director of Population and Public Health Katy Burke says this was always an option but they chose prior to this not to bill for vaccine administration considering the county was responding to a pandemic

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Announces 2021 Live At The Lake Concert Schedule

Thu 5-27-2021

Concerts will be held Saturday evenings throughout the season beginning Saturday, June 5th with a group called Free Fallin', paying tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

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Parks & Campgrounds In O'Brien County Will Be Open This Weekend After Park Rangers Resign

Thu 5-27-2021

O'Brien county parks and campgrounds WILL be open this (Memorial Day Weekend) even after all four of the county's park rangers resigned this week, citing what they say was a “hostile work environment”.

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Spine Specialist And Surgeon Expresses Concern Over Low Water Levels And Potential For Spinal Injuries From Diving

Thu 5-27-2021

Spine specialist and surgeon Dr. Dan McGuire of Iowa Spine Care at Spencer Hospital says they typically see an increase in patients with spine injuries during periods of low water. He says it's a result of diving into water that's too shallow.

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Iowa Attorney General Announces Settlements In Four Iowa One Call Lawsuits, Including One In NW Iowa

Thu 5-27-2021

Four lawsuits brought by the Attorney General in Davis, Marion, Sioux, and Taylor counties for violations of the "Iowa One Call" law have been resolved with civil penalties totaling 24-thousand-500 dollars.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to present several Concerts over Holiday Weekend

Wed 5-26-2021 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Association to present Rock the Roof, Rock the Park and Rock the Patio Concert Series this summer

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Triple-A Expects A Big Jump In Holiday Travel This Memorial Day Compared To Last Year

Wed 5-26-2021

A spokesperson for Triple-A Iowa says the Memorial Day weekend ahead is projected to be one of the busiest for Iowa's highways in many months.

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New Tool Being Made Available To Assist Small Business Owners

Wed 5-26-2021

Amy Benge (Benj), an Office Assistant with ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County, says they've received several photo boxes from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

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Rain And Warmer Temps Combine To Create Perfect Conditions As Crops Continue To Emerge

Wed 5-26-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says while there are some isolated areas with uneven emergence, for the most part things are looking real good.

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Area Memorial Day Events Set For May 31st

Wed 5-26-2021

A list of the Memorial Day events for Jackson, Milford, Spirit Lake and Spencer. 

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U Of O Corvette Club Continues Tradition Of Giving Back

Wed 5-26-2021

Club member Kevin Pernick recently presented a check for $1,000 to Jeff Vierkant, CEO of Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

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O'Brien County Authorities Investigating Burglary At A Primghar Business

Wed 5-26-2021

The owner of Baxterz Bar and Grill reported the business had been broken into overnight Monday.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to hold Celebrate the Arts June 5

Tue 5-25-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Annual fundraiser to be held indoors and outside at the PLAC

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Iowa DNR To Hold Informational Event This Thursday (May 27th) Evening On Planned Restoration Of Trumbull Lake

Tue 5-25-2021

Rob Patterson, a Wildlife Biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says that lake was restored as recently as 2012, but he says conditions have deteriorated once again.

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Iowa Great Lakes Diagnostic Study Gets Underway

Tue 5-25-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural resources says it's being done by the same University of Iowa entity that conducted a hydrological study of the lakes several years ago.

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Imagine Iowa Great Lakes Announces More Detailed Plans For Trail Head Project In Spirit Lake

Tue 5-25-2021

More detailed plans have been released for the new trail head under construction at the corner of Lake Street and Peoria Avenue, just east of Hy-Vee in Spirit Lake.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Award Bid For Paving On Next Section Of Tatonka Ska Trace Trail

Tue 5-25-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) awarded the low bid of a little more than $408,000 to pave the next portion of the Tatonka Ska Trace trail from Highway 86 west to Montgomery.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Set Date For Bid Letting On A Shoulder Widening Project On County Road A-34 East Of Milford

Tue 5-25-2021

County Engineer Dan Eckert says it involves a three mile stretch from 230th Avenue east to County Road M-56.

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City Of Milford And Its Zoning Administrator Part Ways

Tue 5-25-2021

The city council Monday evening accepted the resignation of Don Brinkley and voted to advertise for a replacement.

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Request From Spirit Of Okoboji To Purchase Milford Airport Referred To City's Airport Commission

Mon 5-24-2021

Barry Sackett, an attorney representing the organization, told the council they've put together a letter of intent for the possible purchase of the airport for $500,000

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Friends of Lakeside Lab Science Seminar Series to kick off May 25

Mon 5-24-2021 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Okoboji)-Weekly Tuesday evening talks are free and open to the public

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Okoboji City Council Awards Bid On Lakeshore Drive, Country Club Drive & Speier Park Parking Lot Projects

Mon 5-24-2021

Only one bid was received. It was from Blacktop Services of Humboldt for a little more than $2.6 million dollars, about $70,000 under the engineer's estimate

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Okoboji Summer Theatre recruits local help to unload Gear and Props for 2021 Season

Mon 5-24-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-OST to open contactless Box Office June 21

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Clarinda Man On Drug Charges

Mon 5-24-2021

A K-9 unit was deployed on the vehicle resulting in deputies seizing 29 grams of marijuana and edible marijuana products along with a scale and packaging materials.

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Spirit Lake Police, Dickinson Co. Sheriff's Office To Participate In Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Operation This Friday, May 28th

Mon 5-24-2021

Authorities say the emphasis will be on enforcement of speed, seat belt usage, stop sign or stop light violations and impaired/distracted driving.

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Efforts To Change Bottle Deposit Law Again Fail In The Iowa Legislature

Mon 5-24-2021

The Speaker of the House at one point indicated lawmakers might be able to pass something -- but admitted it was tough to get all sides together.

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ITC Midwest To Inspect Electric Transmission Equipment In The Region Using Low Flying Helicopters

Mon 5-24-2021

Don't be surprised if you see a low flying helicopter in some parts of the area between June 1st and June 3rd.

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National Safe Boating Week Is May 22-28

Sat 5-22-2021 Arnolds Park, Ia

The week leading up to Memorial Day celebrations is all about boaters' safety.

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Milford City Council To Consider Possible Sale Of Fuller Airport & Discuss City Zoning Administrator Position

Sat 5-22-2021

The Milford City Council Monday evening will consider a proposal to sell the Fuller Airport to a group calling itself “Spirit of Okoboji”.

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Part-Time Magistrates Appointed For Clay And O'Brien Counties

Fri 5-21-2021

Magistrate nominating commissions in Clay and O'Brien counties have appointed one part time Magistrate to serve in each county.

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A Portion Of A Street In Estherville Will Be Closed To Traffic Beginning Monday (May 24th) For Improvements

Fri 5-21-2021

City officials say 3rd Avenue South between South 13th street and South 15th Street will be closed beginning this coming Monday, May 24th.

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Spencer's Flagfest/Sesquicentennial Celebration Is Now Just A Few Weeks Away

Fri 5-21-2021

The city of Spencer will hold its Flagfest celebration, as well as its 150th anniversary observance the weekend of June 11th-13th.

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Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Is Coming Back This Summer After Being Canceled Last Year Due To The Pandemic

Fri 5-21-2021

Alyssa Petersen is the Coordinator of Administration and Communication with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, which puts on the event. She says they're excited to bring it back

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Area Law Enforcement Agencies Will Be Participating In A Click It Or Ticket Campaign Monday, May 24th Through Sunday, June 6th

Fri 5-21-2021

The program is being conducted in cooperation with the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

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Southern Minnesota Authorities Investigating An Assault

Fri 5-21-2021

The Martin County Sheriff deputies responded to a call in Ceylon around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon regarding an assault.

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Bill Passed By Iowa Legislature Allows Voters To Establish A Levy To Fund EMS Services

Fri 5-21-2021

Iowa voters could establish a new local property levy to provide funding for emergency medical services (EMS) under a provision included a bill that cleared the legislature late Wednesday night. 

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NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Burglary, Firearms Charges

Thu 5-20-2021

29-year-old Darrel Pounds in late April pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Burglary, a class C felony...and Possession of a Firearm or Offensive Weapon by a Domestic Violence Offender, a class D felony.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Opens For The Season This Weekend

Thu 5-20-2021

Marketing Director Paul Plumb says they're very excited about the prospects for the upcoming season following last year's challenges.

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It Is Now Illegal For Iowa Schools, Local Communities To Issue Mask Mandates

Thu 5-20-2021

A bill Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law early this morning (Thursday) bans mask mandates in all Iowa schools, cities and counties.

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EPA Official Doesn't Expect Significant Environmental Impact From Sunday's Derailment Near Sibley

Thu 5-20-2021

Officials say Sunday's train derailment on the south edge of Sibley should have very minimal impacts on the environment, if any at all.

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Local Crop Expert Says The Rains We're Getting Now Are Just What The Doctor Ordered To Help Replenish The Extremely Dry Subsoil

Thu 5-20-2021

Paul Kassel, an agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says it's just what the doctor ordered.

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RiseFest seeking Volunteers for June Festival

Wed 5-19-2021 Sheldon, IA

(Sheldon)-Festival slated for June 11-12 in Sheldon

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One Person Sustains Minor Injuries In Fiery Crash Near Sibley

Wed 5-19-2021

Only minor injuries were reported in a fiery crash Tuesday evening on Highway 9 near a ramp to Highway 60 near Sibley.

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Spencer Hospital & Clay County Public Health To Hold A COVID Vaccination Clinic For Those 12 & Up May 25th

Wed 5-19-2021

It will be held that evening from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Spencer High School.

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Rocket Slide Being Refurbished In Spencer

Wed 5-19-2021 Spencer, IA

The Rocket Slide Of Spencer Is Being Brought Back With Help From The Community.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of A Spencer Man Wanted On Warrants

Wed 5-19-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a motorcycle being operated by 50-year-old Tim Ohara.

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Milford Police Department To Participate In I-PLEDGE Program

Wed 5-19-2021

The program is designed to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of youth.

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City Of Spencer Launching New Online Payment Portal

Wed 5-19-2021

Deputy City Manager Brian Weuve says it will give citizens a more convenient method to pay city bills, fines, licenses and permits and schedule inspections.

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Jackson Co. Commissioners Vote 4-1 To Hire New County Administrator; Vote To Lift Mask Mandate In County Managed Facilities

Wed 5-19-2021

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the hiring of Ryan Krosch as County Administrator.

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Dickinson Co. Sheriff's Office Investigating Theft Of Large Tool Box

Wed 5-19-2021

Authorities say it was stolen from a site north of Lake Park this past Monday (May 17th), sometime before 10:45 pm.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to kick off Summer Speaker Series May 20

Tue 5-18-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-First talk to focus on Arnolds Park Amusement Park

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Hy-Vee Lifts Mask Requirement For Those Customers And Employees Who Are Vaccinated

Tue 5-18-2021

The West Des Moines-based grocery chain says it will no longer require fully vaccinated customers and employees to wear face coverings in its stores. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Set June 14th As Date For Special Meeting To Consider Plans For A Proposed Subdivision

Tue 5-18-2021

Megan Kardell of the county's Planning and Zoning Office presented the request. She says the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the project at their meeting on Monday, and that the developer wants to get started on it sooner rather than later.

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Community State Bank Announces Pending Acquisition Of Laurens State Bank

Tue 5-18-2021

The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be finalized this summer.

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City Of Spencer Requesting Safety Studies At Two Dangerous Intersections, Including One Where A Fatality Occurred This Past Saturday

Tue 5-18-2021

Mayor Kevin Robinson addressed the matter at Monday evening's city council meeting

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Estherville City Council Reviews Housing Assessment And Plan Of Action

Tue 5-18-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton told the council four subcommittees have been formed

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Possible Injuries Reported In Two Vehicle Collision In O'Brien County

Tue 5-18-2021

Authorities say 32-year-old Jonathon Garrett of Spirit Lake was driving a 2013 Ford pickup and 48-year-old Diane Dicalogero of Hartley was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon.

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All Sibley Residents Affected By Sunday's Evacuation Order Are Allowed To Return Home

Tue 5-18-2021

People living on Sibley’s west side have been allowed to return home after an evacuation order was rescinded Monday night. 

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Estherville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale May 22

Mon 5-17-2021 1500 7th Avenue South, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Fundraiser helps with community projects and scholarships

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two People (1)

Mon 5-17-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy discovered 49-year-old Matthew Laue and 46-year-old Erin McMahon, both of Austin, Minnesota, were allegedly in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Some Residents Of Sibley Evacuated Due To Train Derailment Are Being Allowed To Return To Their Homes; Order Remains In Place For Others

Mon 5-17-2021

Some residents of Sibley that were evacuated immediately following Sunday's train derailment are being allowed to return to their homes.

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East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation To Hold Annual Meeting June 5th

Mon 5-17-2021

The East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation will hold its annual meeting Saturday, June 5th at the Maser Monarch Lodge just west of the Dickinson County Nature Center at 22785 Nature Center Road. It will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and rolls being served, with the meeting itself starting at 9:00 am.

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City Of Arnolds Park Thinking About Revising Its Peddler/Transient Merchant Ordinance To Accommodate A Special Event

Mon 5-17-2021

City Clerk Linda Nase tells KUOO news it would be intended to accommodate plans for a special event this coming fall at a city park

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It Turned Out To Be A Busy Weekend For Spirit Lake Firefighters Who Responded To Two Additional Calls Sunday

Mon 5-17-2021

In addition to the call Saturday in Montgomery, Chief Pat Daly says the department responded to two more fire calls Sunday.

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Evacuation Ordered In Sibley Following Train Derailment And Fire

Sun 5-16-2021

An evacuation has been ordered for some residents of Sibley following the derailment this (Sunday) afternoon of a Union Pacific freight train.

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I-90 Collision Injures Worthington Man

Sun 5-16-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 66-year-old Craig Deuel of Worthington was driving a 2014 Subaru Forester eastbound when he collided with the rear of an eastbound 2019 Dodge Ram driven by 65-year-old Daniel Deal of Sioux Falls.

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Crawford County Collision Claims Life Of A Cherokee Woman

Sun 5-16-2021

The Iowa State Patrol says 30-year-old Theresa Mae Denery of Cherokee was driving a 2017 Nissan Sentry northbound on Highway 59 when she crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2018 Toyota Camry driven by Corina Campa of Denison.

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Collision Involving Van & Motorcycle Claims Life Of A Spencer Man

Sun 5-16-2021

A collision Saturday involving a van and a motorcycle claimed the life of a Spencer man.

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Spirit Lake & Lake Park Fire Depts. Respond To Shed & House Fire In Montgomery

Sat 5-15-2021

Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly tells KUOO news they were called to 1948 148th Street a little after 2:00 pm

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Seasons Center Receives $25,000 Grant

Fri 5-14-2021 Spencer, IA

The Seasons Center of Spencer has received a grant to help expand its services.

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SLMS Band Brings Home Honors From Tulip Festival Parade

Fri 5-14-2021

The 7th & 8th Grade Marching Band was awarded two trophies; 1st Place and The People's Choice.

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A Boil Advisory That Had Been Previously In Effect For A Portion Of Estherville Is Lifted

Fri 5-14-2021

The advisory was issued Wednesday after a contractor accidentally struck a water main in the area of Murray Road. 

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A NW Iowa Manufacturer Is About To Embark On The Second Phase Of A Major Expansion

Fri 5-14-2021

A northwest Iowa business that makes paint under the brand names Diamond Vogel, Old Master, and Vogel Industrial Coatings will start the next phase of a 24-million dollar expansion this summer.

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Minnesota House Passes Bill That Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana For Adults In That State

Fri 5-14-2021

The measure was approved late Thursday night on a 72-61 vote after five hours of debate. 

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Graettinger Woman Accused Of Bringing A Controlled Substance Into The Palo Alto County Jail

Fri 5-14-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Karissa Matheason was being booked into jail on a warrant to serve a 30 day mittimus when deputies found a controlled substance.

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Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy Program Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

Fri 5-14-2021

The Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy program recently awarded $46,500 in grants to three lakes area non-profit groups.

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Additional Signage, Other Finishing Touches Planned For East Lake Park In Okoboji

Fri 5-14-2021

Although it's been substantially complete for quite some time now, some finishing touches remain to be put in place at East Lake Park just off Highway 71 across from Kum 'n Go in Okoboji.

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Very Minimal Damage Reported In A Fire At A Business In Downtown Spirit Lake

Thu 5-13-2021

Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says they were called around 6:18 pm to Campus Cleaners at 1710 Ithaca Avenue

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Several American Red Cross Blood Drives scheduled in Northwest Iowa in the next few weeks

Thu 5-13-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Extra safety measures remain in place for donors and staff

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Okoboji Residents Will Likely Be Paying More For Water Soon

Thu 5-13-2021

The city council this week set June 8th as the date for a public hearing on a possible rate increase.

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Planting May Be Winding Down But It Remains A Very Busy Time For Farmers & Safety Continues To Be Paramount

Thu 5-13-2021

Gary Wright, a Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says rollovers involving farm equipment are especially a concern

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Arnolds Park City Council Updated On Plans For Lake Street & New Fire Station

Thu 5-13-2021

Look for some major changes on Lake Street in Arnolds Park in the not too distant future.

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Boil Advisory Issued For Portion Of Estherville

Wed 5-12-2021

A boil advisory has been issued for a portion of Estherville after a contractor hit a water main earlier today (Wednesday).

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March for Babies slated for May 15 in Spencer

Wed 5-12-2021 Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-March to raise funds and awareness for Babies and Moms

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Okoboji City Council Approves Delayed Schedule For Some Paving Projects, Including Lakeshore Drive

Wed 5-12-2021

The Okoboji City Council Tuesday adopted a revised timeframe for some paving projects, including Lakeshore Drive

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SLHS Concert Band Receives Division One Ratings At IHSMA Large Group Contest

Wed 5-12-2021

Some high accolades for the Spirit Lake High School Concert Band

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IGL Chamber Begins Fundraising For 4th Of July Fireworks; Announces Resumption Of Business After 5:00 In June

Wed 5-12-2021

Fundraising for this year's 4th of July Fireworks display on West Lake Okoboji is underway.

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Linden Drive Reopens To Through Traffic

Wed 5-12-2021

A heavily traveled road on the east side of Arnolds Park that had been closed in recent days due to work by the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District has reopened to traffic earlier than expected. 

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SL City Council Considers Rezoning Request That Would Allow The Operation Of A Regional Mental Health Treatment Facility

Wed 5-12-2021

A request to rezone some property for the new Lakes Life Skills location at 1601 Keokuk Avenue drew a lot of discussion at Tuesday's Spirit Lake City Council meeting.

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Travis Schueller Elected Mayor Of Armstrong In Special Election Tuesday

Tue 5-11-2021

Unofficial results released by the Emmet County Auditor's Office show Schueller received 153 votes. Dave Grussing, a write-in candidate, received 122.

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Final Reading Of Proposal To Add Conservation District To Okoboji's Zoning Ordinance Fails To Get Final City Council Approval

Tue 5-11-2021

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended approval of the change.

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Spirit Lake High School Music and Drama Department Students to participate in 2021 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase

Tue 5-11-2021 2701 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Department received several awards for their spring production of Bye, Bye Birdie

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Announces Iowa Ending Participation in Federal Unemployment Programs

Tue 5-11-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Tuesday) that Iowa will end its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment programs June 12th. 

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Plans Are In The Works To Apply For Funding To Expand Tatonka Ska Trace Trail To The West Of Montgomery Three And-A-Half Miles

Tue 5-11-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) approved a resolution authorizing the county's Trails Board to apply for funding for another expansion of the “Tatonka Ska Trace” trail on the former Iowa and Northwestern Railroad right-of-way.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Joint Agreement With City Of Spirit Lake

Tue 5-11-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) approved a joint agreement with the city of Spirit Lake that would allow the city to proceed in forming an urban renewal area for a new housing project while annexation procedures take place with the state.

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Additional Details Released Into Incident Monday Evening At A Parking Lot At Spencer High School

Tue 5-11-2021

Spencer police say they were notified around 6:00 pm of a pickup that drove through the lot at a high rate of speed.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Funding Request For Communications Center Radio Consoles Upgrade

Tue 5-11-2021

A major upgrade of the Dickinson County Communications Center remains on track for later this year.

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Authorities Are Investigating An Incident Monday Evening In The Spencer High School Parking Lot During A Track Meet

Tue 5-11-2021

A statement issued by the school district says a truck drove through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. When an adult told the driver to slow down, they believed they saw a firearm in the vehicle.

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Milford City Council Approves Amended Contractual Agreement With The City's Zoning Administrator

Tue 5-11-2021

It removes him from any dealings with zoning issues pertaining to the Okoboji Schools.

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O'Brien County Crash Seriously Injures Mankato, Minnesota Man

Tue 5-11-2021

A Mankato, Minnesota man was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash Sunday in O'Brien county.

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Work At A Busy Intersection In Spencer Likely To Impact Traffic

Mon 5-10-2021

City officials say crews today (Monday) began rebuilding an intake and storm water catch basin on the southwest side of the intersection of Highway Boulevard and West 18th Street. 

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80th Orange City Tulip Festival is May 13-15

Mon 5-10-2021 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Festivities start getting underway Tuesday evening

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High Speed Pursuit That Started In Spencer And Ended In Sioux Rapids Over The Weekend Results In Multiple Charges Against Two Men

Mon 5-10-2021

Spencer police say it started around 2:30 am when officers were called to 911 1st Avenue East to investigate a disturbance

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Spencer Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Rock Valley Man On Multiple Charges

Mon 5-10-2021

Police say 51-year-old Stephen Bryant was arrested on a warrant for a parole violation with a $20,000 bond attached to it.

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Traffic Stop And Search Leads To Meth Charges Against Spencer Woman

Mon 5-10-2021

Spencer Police say officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

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Two Vehicle Collision Near Sibley Results In Citations And Sends Both Drivers To The Hospital

Mon 5-10-2021

Citations have been issued in connection with a two vehicle collision Saturday in Osceola county that sent both drivers to the hospital.

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Dickinson Co. Authorities Release Additional Details Into Collision North Of Terril That Shut Down A County Road For Hours Friday

Sat 5-8-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Chad Simm of Paullina was driving a 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor/trailer southbound on County Road N-14 and 65-year-old Janet Smith of Estherville was driving a 2012 GMC Yukon westbound on County Road A-31.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center presents Carpenters Once More May 12

Fri 5-7-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Concert to feature award-winning vocalist Diana Lynn and her husband Keith Allynn.

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Hartley Man Escapes Injury In Semi Rollover

Fri 5-7-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Devon Ten Kley of Hartley was driving a 2007 Freightliner owned by Cooperative Farmers Elevator in the 3100 mile of 120th Avenue when he met another vehicle.

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Water Quality Of Jackson To Be Tested and Improved

Fri 5-7-2021 Jackson, MN

(Jackson)-Water Systems Are Being Surveyed And Replaced In Jackson

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Bike Share Season Has Begun In Jackson

Fri 5-7-2021 Jackson, MN

(Jackson)-Bike Share Has Started Back Up In Jackson And Kicks Off Bike Month

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A Portion Of Heavily Traveled Street In Arnolds Park Is About To Be Closed To Traffic For A Couple Of Weeks

Fri 5-7-2021

City officials say Broadway Street will be closed to through traffic from the intersection of West Broadway Street and Allen Avenue to West Broadway Street and Dewey Street beginning Sunday evening (May 9th).

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One Area City Is Reminding Residents To Keep Grass Mowed & Trees Trimmed

Fri 5-7-2021

Alek Schulz is the Planning Director for the city of Spencer. He's urging residents to be proactive.

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Head-On Crash Involving A Pickup And A Semi On I-90 Near Welcome, Mn. Sends Two People To The Hospital

Thu 5-6-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 60-year-old Philip Potter of Worthington was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram westbound when the vehicle crossed through the median. Troopers say it then collided head-on with an eastbound 1999 Volvo semi driven by 59-year-old Kenn Dickenson of Sioux Falls.

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Governor Walz Talks About Plans To End Covid Restrictions

Thu 5-6-2021

Governor Walz talks about plans to end Covid-19 restrictions in Minnesota.

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Spirit Lake 7th & 8th Grade Marching Band To Perform In Tulip Festival Parade

Thu 5-6-2021

It will be the band's 34th appearance in the event

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against Emmetsburg Man

Thu 5-6-2021

The stop was made after an Emmet county deputy spotted a vehicle that was being driven erratically.

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A Spencer Bank Has Reopened Its Main Lobby Following Months Of Renovations

Thu 5-6-2021

President and CEO Mike Bryan says it's the most extensive renovation the bank has had since the building was constructed in 1967.

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The City Of Jackson Is Moving Ahead With Proposed Changes To Its Ambulance Service

Thu 5-6-2021

Last fall the current ambulance board met with a consultant and it was his recommendation that the department be restructured to be unified with the rest of the City

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YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Receives $3,000 Donation

Thu 5-6-2021

The YMCA of the Okobojis Strong Kids Campaign has received a $3,000 donation from Mike Thoreson, Farm Bureau Financial Services Agent in Spirit Lake.

 

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to present Rock the Roof "Spring Prom" featuring Denny & The DC Drifters May 6

Wed 5-5-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Event to include Dance Contest and Crowning of King & Queen

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Says Iowa Is Cutting Back On Vaccine Shipments Due To Much Slower Demand

Wed 5-5-2021

As is the case in a number of other states, however, the Governor says Iowa is also seeing a significant decline in demand for the vaccine

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Utility Work In Wahpeton To Impact Traffic

Wed 5-5-2021

Officials say the work on Edgewood Drive from Highway 86 to Burr Oak Road is scheduled to start Monday, May 10th. 

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Area Farmers Making Huge Strides In Planting Progress

Wed 5-5-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says most of the corn is now in the ground.

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Final Preparations Are Underway For Flagfest In Spencer June 11th-13th

Wed 5-5-2021

Sheriffa Jones of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce says while most of the events are finalized, they could definitely use some volunteers to help out with them

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Firefighters Respond Twice In Two Days In Row To Large Grass Fires At The Same Location

Wed 5-5-2021

The Lakefield Fire Department was paged on Monday and Tuesday to fight a grass fire at the Boot Lake Wildlife Management Area.

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O'Brien County Pursuit Involving Multiple Agencies Results In Arrest

Wed 5-5-2021

Multiple charges have been filed against a man in connection with a pursuit this past Saturday evening in O'Brien county that involved several law enforcement agencies.

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Polaris Industries Announces New CEO

Wed 5-5-2021

The company announced Tuesday Mike Speetzen has been named to the position.

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Fire Damages Hog Confinement

Tue 5-4-2021

The Heron Lake Fire Department responded to hog barn fire on Sunday in Weimer Township of Jackson county.

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Spencer City Council Approves Proposal Allowing Usage Of Some Electric Powered Devices On Trails

Tue 5-4-2021

It includes things such as electronically assisted bicycles. Segways, hover boards and ATV's are still prohibited. 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Receives Another Big Accolade

Tue 5-4-2021

Lakes Regional Healthcare is the recipient of a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It's the second consecutive year LRH has received the distinction.

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This Week Marks The Observance Of National Travel & Tourism Week

Tue 5-4-2021

Rebecca Peters of Okoboji Tourism tells KUOO news this year's theme is “Power of Travel”

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Concerned Over Potential Impact Steel Prices May Have On Some Planned Upcoming Bridge Strengthening Projects

Tue 5-4-2021

Dickinson county is planning to move ahead with several bridge strengthening projects, for now at least.

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A Dickinson Co. Official Says He Was Wrong For Singling Out A Business In A Comment About Mask Wearing

Tue 5-4-2021

An associate of the Spirit Lake Wal-Mart store was at today's (Tues.) meeting, saying the comment wasn't fair to store employees and those customers who DO wear masks.

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Single Vehicle Crash On Hwy 86 Near Cutty's Resort Injures Spencer Man

Tue 5-4-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Eric Peterson of Spencer was driving a 2012 Jeep southbound when he lost control of the vehicle

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The City Of Estherville Is About To Assume Responsibility For A Cemetery

Tue 5-4-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton informed the city council Monday evening the Oakhill Cemetery Association is disbanding effective June 30th

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Two Highly Popular Country Stars Will Perform In Front Of The Grandstand At This Year's Clay County Fair

Tue 5-4-2021

Fair officials say country stars Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt will perform Monday, September 13th at 7:30 pm.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre announces shortened 63rd Season

Mon 5-3-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Big Musicals, Comedies highlight upcoming season

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Local Business Teams Up With Future Ready Iowa Program To Offer Special Opportunity For Students

Mon 5-3-2021

Tony Petersen of Okoboji Motorsports says they, along with Kemna Auto Group and AutoSmart, are participating in the program.

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Spencer Man Injured After A Motorcyle He was Driving Collided With A Car Sunday Evening On Hwy 71 South Of Milford

Mon 5-3-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says Adam Hall of Spencer was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson southbound when he lost control of the motorcycle. It sideswiped a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Sheryl Kahl of Everly.

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A Project To Extend Fiber Optic Service To Homes & Businesses In Lake Park Is About To Get Underway

Mon 5-3-2021

The work will be done in phases, with the first involving underground installation of fiber cables that could result in some street lane closures.

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Return Of Walleye Weekend Draws Record Participation; None Of The 10 Tagged Fish Were Caught, However Extended Contest Continues

Mon 5-3-2021

This year's Walleye Weekend is one for the record books

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Dickinson County Endowment Fund Accepting Applications For Their 2021 Grant Cycle

Mon 5-3-2021

Council Advisor Ann Ditsworth says about $95,000 will be available this year for distribution

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Okoboji School Board Votes 3-2 To Ease Some COVID-19 Protocols

Mon 5-3-2021

The Okoboji School Board voted three-to-two in a special session this (Mon.) morning to make mask wearing optional in many circumstances.

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Milford Police Investigating Hit-And-Run

Mon 5-3-2021

The Milford Police Department is requesting information from the public regarding a hit-and-run that took place over the weekend.

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Several Area Fire Depts. Spend Better Part Of Sunday Afternoon Battling Grass Fires

Mon 5-3-2021

One of the more significant fires was northeast of Superior, in the area of 130th Street and 340th Avenue, just about right on the Dickinson-Emmet county line.

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Crash On Hwy 86 NW Of Milford Injures Milford Man

Mon 5-3-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Jake Huse of Milford was driving a 2006 GMC Sierra southbound at Sandpiper Cove when he swerved to miss something on the roadway.

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Some Additional Road Closures In Okoboji Planned Beginning Monday (May 3rd)

Sat 5-1-2021

Some additional road closures will take place in a portion of Okoboji this coming week.

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Bill Sets New Penalties For Property Owners Who Rent to Human Traffickers

Sat 5-1-2021

Representative Megan Jones of Sioux Rapids said this bill establishes a crime for knowingly letting your property be used for human trafficking. 

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