News Archive

Illusionist REZA at Pearson Lakes Art Center July 1

Tue 6-30-2015

(Okoboji)-Fans encouranged to hook up on social media prior to show.

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Vehicle Stolen From Spirit Lake Found Near Newell; Two Suspects Charged

Tue 6-30-2015

A vehicle taken without permission from Spirit Lake last Thursday was located northwest of Newell by a Buena Vista county deputy Sunday afternoon.

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Suspect Accused Of Shooting Gun Toward Another Person

Tue 6-30-2015

A man has been charged after allegedly shooting a gun toward another person.

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Palo Alto County Collision Injures Two People

Tue 6-30-2015

Two people were injured Monday in a two-vehicle collision in Palo Alto county.

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Governor Terry Branstad Extends Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation

Tue 6-30-2015

Governor Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through July 31st in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state.

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Crash On Hwy 60 Near Windom Results In Serious Injury

Tue 6-30-2015

A collision Monday involving a Jeep Wrangler and a semi on Highway 60 northeast of Windom injured two people, one seriously.

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Motorcycle Crash Seriously Injures West Okoboji Man

Tue 6-30-2015

A West Okoboji man was seriously injured Monday evening in a motorcycle crash.

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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Tue 6-30-2015

Lakeside Lab Faculty Lecture series to feature Dr. Alisa Gallant June 30

Mon 6-29-2015

(Okoboji)-Gallant speaking on satellite imaging of Iowa's changing landscape.

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US Senator Joni Ernst Tours SL Polaris Industries Plant

Mon 6-29-2015

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst made a stop today (Mon.) in Spirit Lake where she toured the Polaris Industries plant.

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Haze Result of Canadian Wildfires

Mon 6-29-2015

A thick haze in the air that's dimming the sun and casting a strange glow over the region today (Mon.) is the byproduct of wildfires burning in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. 

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Spirit Lake City Officials Express Gratitude For Healthiest Small City Award

Mon 6-29-2015

Spirit Lake city officials are extending their gratitude to those who made it possible for the city to recently win a special award for its health initiatives.

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Additional Enforcement Officers To Hit Roads Over 4th of July Holiday

Mon 6-29-2015

Expect to see additional law enforcement officers on the roads over the upcoming July 4th holiday period.

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Rural Milford Teen Crowned Dickinson County Fair Queen

Mon 6-29-2015

A rural Milford teen has been crowned 2015 Dickinson County Fair Queen.

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Cherokee Woman

Mon 6-29-2015

A single vehicle crash last week in O'Brien county injured a Cherokee woman.

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Daily Almanac For Monday, June 29th, 2015

Mon 6-29-2015

Representative Of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley To Hold Office Hours In The Region

Sat 6-27-2015

A representative of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will be in the area next week.

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Bird Flu Cases Subside

Sat 6-27-2015

There's finally some good news when it comes to bird flu.

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Fund Established for Iryna Shevchuk

Fri 6-26-2015

(Spirit Lake)-A fund has been established to assist the family of Iryna Shevchuk, the young woman who died in a bicycle accident on June 23 in Spirit Lake.

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Curly Leaf Pond Weed Problem Subsiding

Fri 6-26-2015

The curly leaf pond weed problem on the north end of East Lake Okoboji appears to be subsiding for the most part.

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Swimmer's Itch Reported In Big Spirit Lake

Fri 6-26-2015

DNR officials say they've received the first reports of the season of swimmer's itch in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Vanguard Air Squadron To Perform Over East Lake

Fri 6-26-2015

Look for a lot of action in the sky over the Iowa Great Lakes Saturday evening, weather permitting.

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Jackson Town & Country Days this weekend

Thu 6-25-2015

(Jackson, MN)-Live music, parade and fireworks highlight annual event.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Chain Reaction Collision

Thu 6-25-2015

Minor injuries were reported Wednesday in a three-vehicle collision at an intersection south of Emmetsburg.

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Officials Urge Those Attending July 4th Fireworks Display In Arnolds Park To Take Extra Precautions

Thu 6-25-2015

Organizers of the annual 4th of July Fireworks display over West Lake Okoboji are putting out a special call for additional safety this year.

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Governor Appoints Emmetsburg Man To State Commission

Thu 6-25-2015

Governor Terry Branstad has appointed an Emmetsburg man to a state commission.

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Officials Release Name Of Bicyclist Killed In Collision With Car; Additional Details Also Released Into Mishap

Thu 6-25-2015

Authorities have released the name of a bicyclist killed earlier this week in a collision with a car.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Extension Of Hospital Reimbursement Program

Thu 6-25-2015

A measure that would extend a reimbursement program for a number of rural hospitals, including Lakes Regional Healthcare, has passed the Finance Committee of the U.S. Senate.

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Local Woman Wins $30K In Iowa Lottery Scratch Off Game

Thu 6-25-2015

A local woman has won $30,000 playing an Iowa Lottery scratch game.

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Daily Almanac For Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Thu 6-25-2015

Iowa Great Lakes Music Festival to Feature Classical Music June 28th

Wed 6-24-2015

(Milford)-Master Class to be held on Friday at 2 pm.

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Fire Heavily Damages Bridges Bay Townhouse

Wed 6-24-2015

Fire has heavily damaged a townhome at the Bridges Bay complex east of Arnolds Park.

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Spirit Lake Council Supports Home Base Initiative; Hears Update On Proposed Housing Development

Wed 6-24-2015

Employees for the city of Spirit Lake will receive a pay increase effective July 1st.

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Crops For The Most Part Escape Damage From Storms; Looking Good So Far

Wed 6-24-2015

Area crops are looking good, having for the most part escaping damage from this past Saturday's and Monday's storms.

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DNR, Other Agencies To Conduct Special Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement This Weekend

Wed 6-24-2015

Look for additional law enforcement officers on the water this coming weekend.

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Car Vs Bicycle Fatality

Wed 6-24-2015

A collision late last (Tues.) night in Spirit Lake involving a car and a bicycle claimed the life of the bicyclist.

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Daily Almanac For Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Wed 6-24-2015

West Okoboji lands on USA Today's 10 Best list

Tue 6-23-2015

(Okoboji)-Readers poll continues through July 20.

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Clay County Authorities Recover Vehicle Reported Stolen In Arkansas

Tue 6-23-2015

A vehicle reported stolen in Arkansas has been recovered in Clay county, and a suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

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Minor Injuries Reported Monday In A Two-Vehicle Collision In Nobles County

Tue 6-23-2015

Minor injuries were reported Monday in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 91 at Interstate 90 in Nobles county.

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Collision In I-90 Construction Zone Claims Two Lives

Tue 6-23-2015

Two people were killed Monday evening when a minivan and motorcycle collided head-on in a construction zone on Interstate 90 near Jackson.

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Storm Clean Up Kicks Into High Gear

Tue 6-23-2015

The buzz of chainsaws will be a common sound again today (Tues.) throughout the region as residents continue to clean up and salvage what they can from Monday's storm.

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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Tue 6-23-2015

Additional Photos From Mondays Storm

Tue 6-23-2015

Additional photos of damage from Monday's storm.

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Red Cross Blood Drives Scheduled in Sanborn, Armstrong and Spencer

Mon 6-22-2015

(Okoboji)-All blood types needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

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Burglaries At E'Burg ILCC Campus Under Investigation

Mon 6-22-2015

An investigation into some burglaries at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College is ongoing.

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Extensive Storm Damage Reported In Lakefield

Mon 6-22-2015

Extensive damage has been reported in Lakefield, Mn. from this (Mon.) morning's storms.

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Another Round Of Severe Weather Early Monday Brings Damaging Wind To Area

Mon 6-22-2015

Another round of severe weather that ripped through the area early Monday brought damaging wind along with it.

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Strong Thunderstorms Bring 50 MPH Wind To Lakes Area Early Saturday

Sat 6-20-2015

Very little in the way of damage has been reported in the wake of a strong thunderstorm that rolled through the region early this (Saturday) morning.

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Crash At I-90 And Hwy 86 Interchange Injures Four People

Sat 6-20-2015

A two-vehicle collision Friday at the Interstate 90 and Highway 86 interchange south of Lakefield sent four people to the hospital.

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Fiery Crash Claims Life Of Sherburn, Mn. Man

Sat 6-20-2015

A fiery two-vehicle crash Thursday evening east of Jackson claimed the life of a Sherburn, Mn. man.

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City Of Spirit Lake Is Winner Of 2015 Healthy Iowa Award

Sat 6-20-2015

The city of Spirit Lake has won a 2015 Healthy Iowa Award. Spirit Lake was selected as the winner in the Small City category.

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Mindy Morales to speak at Lakeside Lab Faculty Lecture Series June 23

Fri 6-19-2015

(Okoboji)-Doctoral student at ISU to talk on Blue Green Algae, GLEON Buoy.

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Wallingford Fire Department Fundraiser

Fri 6-19-2015

The Wallingford Fire Department holds its annual fundraiser Saturday (6/20) from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the fire station.

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Governor Terry Branstad Visits Summer STEM Camp At ILCC

Fri 6-19-2015

Governor Terry Branstad spent his afternoon Thursday getting a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Emmet County Received Home Base Status

Fri 6-19-2015

Emmet county is the newest "Home Base Iowa" community.

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2015 Vettes in the Park This Weekend

Fri 6-19-2015

(Arnold's Park)-Corvettes on display Sunday at Roof Garden, Greenspace in Arnold's Park.

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Saturday in the Park at Lost Island Nature Center June 20th

Thu 6-18-2015

(Ruthven)-Free event features live music from Larry Myer.

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Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Launches Fireworks Fundraising

Thu 6-18-2015

Officials with the Iowa Great lakes Area Chamber of Commerce are putting out a call for donations to help offset costs of the upcoming 4th of July fireworks show over West Lake Okoboji.

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Clay County Relay For Life Approaching

Thu 6-18-2015

The date is quickly approaching for the 18th annual Clay County Relay for Life, to be held Saturday, June 27th at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.

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Investigation Leads To Multiple Drug Arrests

Thu 6-18-2015

A drug investigation in Spencer has resulted in multiple arrests.

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Firefighters Called To Report Of Smoke Filled Apartment

Wed 6-17-2015

A smoke-filled apartment resulted in the temporary evacuation of one wing of Sunrise Apartments this (Wed.) afternoon in Spirit Lake.

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Iowa Rock Museum Summer Exhibit Features Roof Garden, Iowa Ballrooms

Wed 6-17-2015

(Arnold's Park)-Rock the Roof Concert Series continues with Slow Jam, Starfire June 18.

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ILCC Trustees Expand Tobacco Policy

Wed 6-17-2015

Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community college Tuesday expanded the college's Board Policy of the Smoke Free Air Act of 2008.

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Daily Almanac For Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Wed 6-17-2015

Iowa Lakes Foundation Annual Luau June 18

Tue 6-16-2015

(Okoboji)-Fundraiser aimed at scholarships for Dickinson County students who attend ILCC.

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Long Time Arnolds Park City Administrator Ron Walker To Retire At End Of June

Tue 6-16-2015

After some 35 years, Arnolds Park City Administrator Ron Walker is about to retire.

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I-90 Motorists To Experience Plenty Of Roadwork Over Next Several Years

Tue 6-16-2015

Motorists on I-90 in southwest Minnesota can expect to encounter plenty of road work the next several years.

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Governor Signs Disaster Emergency Proclamation To Assist In Bird Flu Clean-up

Tue 6-16-2015

Governor Terry Branstad has signed a disaster emergency proclamation for 18 counties adversely affected by avian influenza to assist producers with disposal and clean-up of the sites.

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Study Ranks Dickinson County As 6th In Iowa For Economic Growth

Tue 6-16-2015

A study by a New York-based financial technology company ranks Dickinson county among the top places in Iowa when it comes to economic growth.

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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Tue 6-16-2015

Investigation Into Suspicious Vehicle Complaint Lands Man In Jail

Mon 6-15-2015

An Emmetsburg man faces a drug charge after he was found asleep over the weekend in a vehicle with the engine running.

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Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow at Milford Library June 16

Mon 6-15-2015

(Milford)-Performance is free and open to the public.

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Cement Truck Crash Injures Man

Mon 6-15-2015

A Schaller man was injured Friday after losing control of a cement truck he was driving on a Sioux county road four miles southwest of Sheldon.

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Sutherland Teen

Mon 6-15-2015

A single-vehicle crash Friday in O'Brien county injured a teen.

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Daily Almanac For Monday, June 15th, 2015

Mon 6-15-2015

2016 University of Okoboji Winter Games Chair, Co-Chair Announced

Sat 6-13-2015

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the chair and co-chair for the 36th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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Spencer Man Resentenced In Beating Death Of Another Man

Fri 6-12-2015

A Spencer man has been re-sentenced in the beating of another man who later died of his injuries.

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Murder Suspect Returns To Iowa, Makes Initial Court Appearance

Fri 6-12-2015

The suspect charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit of Estherville has been returned to Iowa.

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Benefit for Jim Nygaard June 13th

Fri 6-12-2015

(Spirit Lake)- A Volunteer Firefighter with the Superior Fire & Rescue Team, Nygaard was injured in a grass fire this past spring.

 

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Flagfest Getting Underway In Spencer

Fri 6-12-2015

It's Flagfest Weekend in Spencer.

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Funds Being Raised To Send Two Local Veterans On Honor Flight Trip

Fri 6-12-2015

Efforts are underway to raise money to send two local veterans on an upcoming Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. this coming September.

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Orleans Clean-up Days

Fri 6-12-2015

A reminder for residents in the city of Orleans: Clean Up Days will be held Thursday and Friday, June 18th and 19th.

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Winter Games Logo Contest Underway

Fri 6-12-2015

We may be in the throes of summer, but that isn't stopping officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce from thinking ahead to winter and Winter Games.

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ILCC To Host STEM Camp

Fri 6-12-2015

Governor Terry Branstad will be among those on hand for this year's STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Camp Thursday, June 18th at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

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Georgia Satellites to kick off Live at the Lake Concert Series June 13th

Thu 6-11-2015

(Arnold's Park)-Drummer says band working on some new material.

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Authorities Recover Evidence As Murder Investigation Continues

Thu 6-11-2015

Authorities say they've recovered shell casings, projectiles and a firearm believed to have been used in the murder of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit of Estherville.

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Nominations About To Open For FSA County Committee Election

Thu 6-11-2015

The nomination period for those interested in serving on a seat on the Farm Service Agency County Committee in Dickinson county is quickly approaching.

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Underpriviliged Youth From Sioux City Facility To Visit Area Farms

Thu 6-11-2015

Two area farms will host some 235 youth in Kindergarten through 8th grade, along with some 30 adults, Friday.

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Suspect In Death Of Estherville Man Waives Extradition

Thu 6-11-2015

A suspect in the murder of a 19-year-old Estherville man has waived extradition in Minnesota and will be returned to Iowa.

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Daily Almanac For Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Thu 6-11-2015

Rock the Roof Concert Series Kicks off June 11th

Wed 6-10-2015

(Arnold's Park)-"Throwback Thursday" kick off to feature $2 tickets.

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Dickinson County Taxpayer Association To Hold Annual Meeting

Wed 6-10-2015

The Dickinson County Taxpayer Association holds its annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. this Friday, June 12th, at the Hedberg Theatre in the Maritime Museum Building in Arnolds Park.

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USFWS Seeks Public Comment On Plans To Expand Northern Prairie Wildlife Refuge

Wed 6-10-2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment as it looks to expand the Northern Prairie Wildlife Refuge established in 2000.

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Emmet County Voters Head To Polls To Fill Auditor Vacancy

Wed 6-10-2015

Voters in Emmet county headed to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill the vacant seat of County Auditor.

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Daily Almanac For Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Wed 6-10-2015

125th Tea at Majestic Pavilion in Arnold's Park June 15th

Tue 6-9-2015

(Arnold's Park)-Fundraiser to include vintage presentations, live music.

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Motorcycle Mishap Injures Estherville Man

Tue 6-9-2015

An Estherville man was injured Monday when a motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer on Interstate 90 in Martin county.

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst To Hold Townhall Meetings

Tue 6-9-2015

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst will hold townhall meetings in Lyon and Osceola counties this Saturday (June 13th).

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Warm Weather Causes Road To Buckle

Tue 6-9-2015

The Dickinson County Road Department says warm weather caused a portion of County Road M-27 to buckle Monday evening south of Lake Park.

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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Tue 6-9-2015

58th Season at Okoboji Summer Theatre to celebrate "Art at the Heart"

Mon 6-8-2015

(Okoboji)-New housing project moving forward at OST.

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Iowa Great Lakes Will Kick Off 2015 Hot Bike Tour

Mon 6-8-2015

Hundreds of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts will converge on the Iowa Great Lakes in September.

 

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Suspect Charged In Shooting Death Of Estherville Man

Mon 6-8-2015

A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old Estherville man who's body was found over the weekend.

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Iowa Natural Resource Commission To Meet At Lakes

Mon 6-8-2015

The Iowa Natural Resources Commission will be meeting later this week in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Changes Planned For Local Can/Bottle Redemption Center

Mon 6-8-2015

Some changes are in store for a local can and bottle redemption center.

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Collision Involving Three Motorcycles And Pickup Claims Life

Mon 6-8-2015

A collision involving a pickup and three motorcycles Saturday in Jackson county has left one person dead and injured several others.

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Freak Accident In Clay County Claims Life

Mon 6-8-2015

A man working on a disabled vehicle parked along a road was killed in a freak accident over the weekend in Clay county.

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Death Of Estherville Man Under Investigation

Mon 6-8-2015

An investigation is underway into circumstances surrounding the death of an Estherville man who's body was found over the weekend following a search.

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Daily Almanac For Monday, June 8th, 2015

Mon 6-8-2015

Historic Arnolds Park, Incorporated Hires CEO

Sat 6-6-2015

Historic Arnolds Park, Incorporated has hired Charley Whittenburg as its Chief Executive Officer.

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Local Shelters Offer Free-Will Adoption Fees During National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Fri 6-5-2015

(Okoboji)-Shelters see surge of unwanted cats in spring.

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Okoboji Clean-up Day June 8th

Fri 6-5-2015

(Okoboji)-Items should be placed curbside prior to day of collection.

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38th Annual University of Okoboji Youth Soccer Classic

Fri 6-5-2015

The 38th Annual University of Okoboji Youth Soccer Tournament will be held this Saturday & Sunday, June 6th & 7th at the Okoboji High School fields in Milford.

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Apartment Search Results In Drug Charges Against Spencer Man

Fri 6-5-2015

A Spencer man faces drug charges after authorities executed a search warrant on an apartment at 110 4t Street Southeast in Spencer.

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DNR Officials Now Say O'Brien County Manure Release Resulted In Fish Kill

Fri 6-5-2015

Officials now say a manure discharge in O'Brien county has resulted in a fish kill.

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Search Of Estherville Apartment Results In Two Arrests

Fri 6-5-2015

The arrest of a man wanted on a warrant in Emmet county has resulted in drug charges being additionally filed against that man and another suspect.

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Iowa Lakes Jazz Camp June 7-11

Thu 6-4-2015

(Estherville)-The Headliners return as instructors and performers.

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Fareway Announces Plans To Purchase Northwest Bank Facility

Thu 6-4-2015

Fareway Stores, Incorporated announced today (Thurs.) they've entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the current Northwest Bank facility at 1109 18th Street in Spirit Lake.

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Bird Flu Resulting In Big Changes At State And County Fairs

Thu 6-4-2015

The avian influenza outbreak is resulting in some big changes at not only the Iowa State Fair, but county fairs as well.

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DNR Investigating Manure Release Near Hartley

Thu 6-4-2015

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are investigating a manure release in O'Brien county.

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Daily Almanac For Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Thu 6-4-2015

11th Annual Lakes Health Conference June 4-5

Wed 6-3-2015

(Okoboji)-"Dance like Nobody's Watching" conference includes presenters Michael Kucher, Melissa Morris.

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Spencer Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge

Wed 6-3-2015

A Spencer man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court on a meth charge.

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Six Children Get Stuck In Elevator At Lakes Area Resort

Wed 6-3-2015

Six children spent about an hour trapped in a stuck elevator Tuesday evening at a lakes area resort.

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Single Vehicle Crash Results In Minor Injuries And Citations

Wed 6-3-2015

A single-vehicle crash Tuesday resulted in minor injuries against two people and citations being issued to the teen driver.

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Two More Probable Bird Flu Cases Reported In Iowa, Including One In Clay County

Wed 6-3-2015

Iowa officials are investigating two more potential cases of bird flu in the state.

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Daily Almanac For Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Wed 6-3-2015

Okoboji Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Tue 6-2-2015

The Okoboji Foundation has announced its 2015 grant recipients.

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Suspect Arrested Following Foot Chase

Tue 6-2-2015

A suspect wanted in connection with a disturbance Saturday evening in Estherville was taken into custody following a foot pursuit.

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Hotel California Returns to the Pearson Lakes Art Center June 3rd

Tue 6-2-2015

(Okoboji)-Celebrate the Arts Fundraiser Saturday night.

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Spencer Woman Wins $100,000 In Iowa Lottery Scratch Game

Tue 6-2-2015

A Spencer woman is $100,000 richer after playing an Iowa Lottery scratch game.

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No Injuries Reported In RV Fire

Tue 6-2-2015

No injuries were reported when a recreational vehicle caught fire earlier this (Tues.) afternoon in Okoboji.

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Lost Island Nature Center To Host Fishing Derby

Tue 6-2-2015

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board and the Lost Island Nature Center will host an event this Saturday intended to get more people involved in fishing.

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Clay County Collision Results In Minor Injuries

Tue 6-2-2015

Minor injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision this (Tues.) morning at the intersection of 225th Avenue and County Road B-53 in Clay county.

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Daily Almanac For Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Tue 6-2-2015

Fire Heavily Damages House At Lutheran Lakeside Camp

Mon 6-1-2015

A house at Lutheran Lakeside Camp south of Spirit Lake was heavily damaged by fire this (Mon.) afternoon.

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Arnold's Park Amusement Park Announces Uncle Kracker Concert July 5th

Mon 6-1-2015

(Arnold's Park)-Special concert to highlight 125th Anniversary of the Park.

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Local Recycling Center No Longer Accepting Textiles

Mon 6-1-2015

Officials with the Horizons Recycling Center say effective immediately, they are no longer accepting textiles.

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Collision In Downtown Spencer Seriously Injures Bicyclist

Mon 6-1-2015

A man was seriously injured Saturday when a bicycle he was riding collided with two vehicles in downtown Spencer.

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Candidates Sought For Dickinson County Fair Queen

Mon 6-1-2015

Officials with the Dickinson County Fair are putting out a call for candidates for 2015 Fair Queen.

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Counties File Response To Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit

Mon 6-1-2015

The three rural Iowa counties targeted in a federal lawsuit by a Des Moines water utility have filed a response denying that they contribute to high nitrate levels in rivers.

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Daily Almanac For Monday, June 1st, 2015

Mon 6-1-2015