News Archive

Pearson Lakes Art Center featuring ART Exhibit

Tue 6-30-2020 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Exhibit features works by Artists who will be featured in the Artisans Road Trip this fall

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Public Health & Emergency Management Officials In Clay & Dickinson Counties Issue Joint Statement

Tue 6-30-2020

Brandon Rohrig of Dickinson County Public Health says it's important everyone be responsible and do their part to help lessen any further spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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University Of Okoboji Announces Postponement Of Some Additional Events

Tue 6-30-2020

The announcement affects the University of Okoboji Tennis Class scheduled for July 11th-12th; the Open Water Swim scheduled for August 1st; and the Slow Pitch Softball Tournament that was scheduled for August 15th and 16th.

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Fireworks Show Over Silver Lake To Be Held Friday Night, July 3rd, At Dusk

Tue 6-30-2020

Committee member Doug Goodell says the show will be held this Friday (July 3rd) beginning at dusk. 

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Minor Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision In Clay County

Tue 6-30-2020

Minor injuries were reported this past Saturday in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 420th Street and 270th Avenue in Clay county.

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Sioux Rapids Police Chief Suspended For Two Weeks After Posting Controversial Comment On Social Media

Tue 6-30-2020

The action was taken during a special city council meeting Monday evening.

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Spencer Police Investigate A Couple Of Accidents

Mon 6-29-2020

Spencer police investigated a couple of accidents in recent days, including one Sunday in which a motorcycle collided with bicyclist at the corner of Grand Avenue and 8th Street Southeast. 

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Spirit Lake Protective Association to hold Annual Fireworks Display July 3

Mon 6-29-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Association encourages social distancing during display, will launch fireworks from center of Big Spirit Lake

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The Caretaker Of The Large American Flag At Boji Bay Property Talks About Special Protocol & Precautions They Take In Flying It

Mon 6-29-2020

Marv Fernelius is a local resident who is a caretaker of the flag. He says in order to preserve the flag they have established protocol as to when to take it down.

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SL Man Seriously Injured When A Vehicle He Was Driving Goes Off The Road And Collides With Multiple Parked Vehicles

Mon 6-29-2020

A Spirit Lake man was seriously injured Sunday evening in an accident in the area of 175th Street and 245th Avenue near Parks Marina, south of Spirit Lake.

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City Of Spirit Lake Reminds Residents Of Fireworks Ordinance

Mon 6-29-2020

City Attorney-Administrator Gregg Owens says there are only two days fireworks can be discharged during certain times of the day

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 298 New Cases Of COVID-19 With Three Additional Deaths

Mon 6-29-2020

Locally, Dickinson county this (Monday) morning reported a total of 238 cases so far, up four since Friday.

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City Of Terril To Flush Fire Hydrants

Mon 6-29-2020

The city of Terril will be flushing fire hydrants beginning this Wednesday (July 1st).

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South Dakota Man Catches Tagged Walleye But Wasn't Registered For Walleye Weekend Contest

Mon 6-29-2020

A South Dakota man caught a tagged walleye this past weekend but wasn't entered in the Walleye Weekend Extended Contest. 

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Two Vehicle Collision In Osceola County Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 6-29-2020

Osceola county authorities have released details into a two vehicle collision this past Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 60 and 100th Street.

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Hy-Vee Expands Recall To Additional Salads Due To Potential For Cyclospora Contamination

Sat 6-27-2020

Hy-Vee announced a week ago it was recalling Hy-Vee brand bagged garden salad mix out of concern it could be contaminated with the bacteria. The grocery chain today (Saturday) announced it is expanding  that to include 12 additional salad products.

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Two E-L-C Student Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

Sat 6-27-2020

School officials say the families of the athletes were made aware of the positive test results Friday, and the athletes began their quarantine immediately upon notification they were in primary contact of another positive case.

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Marble Beach Campground To Re-Open Wednesday, July 1st

Fri 6-26-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced today (Fri.) the newly revamped campground and facilities will open to campers Wednesday, July 1st.

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Lakes Area Young Professionals to hold Virtual 5K to Benefit CAASA July 11-12

Fri 6-26-2020 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Registration for Lakes on the Run encouraged by July 1

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Iowa Dept. Of Education Issues Guidelines For Re-Opening Schools

Fri 6-26-2020

The new state guidelines for re-opening Iowa schools says face coverings should be allowed, but not required. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting Nearly 500 New Cases Of COVID-19 and Seven Additional Deaths

Fri 6-26-2020

Locally, the total number of cases in Dickinson county as of late this (Fri.) morning was at 234 with 102 recoveries

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Updated Numbers Are In From Test Iowa Clinic Site In Spirit Lake; Clinic To Remain Here Until Atleast Thursday (July 2nd)

Fri 6-26-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare says nearly 900 people have been tested there since the site opened Monday

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Governor Reynolds Extension Of Public Health Disaster Emergency Puts Some New Deadlines In Place

Fri 6-26-2020

Some new deadlines are in place following Governor Kim Reynolds' announcement Thursday that she's extending a proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency to July 25th.

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Man Wanted For Violating Terms Of Probation

Fri 6-26-2020

Upon investigating it was learned the driver, 55-year-old Todd Barrett, was wanted on the warrant. He was arrested and booked into jail on a $10,000 bond.

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Broken Gas Main Makes For Some Tense Moments In Spirit Lake

Fri 6-26-2020

 Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says some residents had to be evacuated from their homes and the area cordoned off after crews working on the Erie Avenue project accidentally severed a natural gas main in the area of 20th Street and Erie Avenue.

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New Face Joining Corridor Staff This Summer

Thu 6-25-2020

Mia Simpson of Spencer is working as a Summer Office and Events Assistant.

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Kossuth County Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge

Thu 6-25-2020

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 30-year-old Christopher Paul Hanson of Lakota pled guilty previously to conspiracy to distribute atleast 1,500 grams of pure methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a drug user. 

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Spirit Lake Chamber to host 23rd Annual Classic Car Cruise June 27

Thu 6-25-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-The Classic Cars will be making their way around the Iowa Great Lakes Saturday night

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Okoboji Foundation Awards Additional Recovery Fund Grants

Thu 6-25-2020

The Okoboji Foundation has awarded a couple of more grants through its Disaster Recovery Fund program that assists local non-profit organizations that help people being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Okoboji Man Sentenced On Federal Meth And Ammunition Charges

Thu 6-25-2020

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 26-year-old Cole Rongved pled guilty October 17th, 2019 to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and one count of illegally possessing ammunition, being subject to an order of protection in the Iowa District Court for Dickinson county. 

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IDPH Reporting 461 New COVID-19 Cases And 4 Additional Deaths

Thu 6-25-2020

Locally, Dickinson county saw it's cases grow to 229 as of late this (Thurs.) morning with 92 of those having recovered.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Re-Opening Friday (June 26)

Thu 6-25-2020

Marketing Director Paul Plumb says facial coverings of patrons will be required.

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Fire Destroys House In Superior; No Injuries Reported

Thu 6-25-2020

Superior Fire Chief Kevin Swalve tells KUOO news they were called to 103 7th Street around 7:30 this (Thurs.) morning

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Some More Fake Money Is Making The Rounds In The Region

Thu 6-25-2020

Police in Storm Lake say some counterfeit money has been turning up recently in that community.

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Clay County Fair Conducting Online Survey To Gauge How Comfortable People Would Feel Attending The Event With COVID-19 Concerns

Thu 6-25-2020

Manager Jeremy Parsons says the results will help develop a tool to decide how the 2020 Clay County Fair will look or if it will go on. 

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Estherville Chamber Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Sweet Corn Days

Wed 6-24-2020

In a statement, the event's organizing committee says the decision followed weeks of deliberation and discussion and was based on guidance from public health officials.

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Clay County Heritage Center to open New Exhibit June 1

Wed 6-24-2020 7 Grand Ave, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Closet Treasures to honor 60th Anniversary of the Parker Historical Society

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Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Awards Contract On Solar Project

Wed 6-24-2020

The Iowa Great Lake Sanitary District is turning to the sun to power its wastewater treatment plant on the northeast edge of Milford.

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Jackson Fire Dept. Responds To Tank Fire

Wed 6-24-2020

The Jackson Fire Department was called to a tank fire yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon at Jackson Feed on Industrial Drive in Jackson.

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ILCC Trustees Vote To Proceed In Getting Bids For Cosmetology Renovation Project At Emmetsburg Campus

Wed 6-24-2020

A bid opening is set for July 14th with a public hearing on the project scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st.

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Iowa DPH Reporting Two Additional COVID-19 Deaths & 258 New Cases Of The Virus; Dickinson County Reports Total Of 212 Cases To Date

Wed 6-24-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Wed.) is reporting two additional COVID-19 related deaths for the 24 hour period ending at 10:00 am.

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Another 212 People Go Through Dickinson County Test Iowa Clinic Tuesday

Wed 6-24-2020

The Test Iowa Clinic at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds has been up and running since Monday and officials say the site continues to see a good flow of traffic

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Car Vs Semi Collision Results In Minor Injuries

Wed 6-24-2020

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office has released details into an accident last week near Cylinder that injured an Emmetsburg man.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association To Hold Outdoor Music Events Starting July 2nd

Wed 6-24-2020

Executive Director Clay Norris says like everyone else, COVID-19 has them thinking outside the box.

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Head Of Dickinson County Public Health Stepping Down To Accept Position With CDC

Wed 6-24-2020

Brandon Rohrig has served as Director of Population and Public Health at Dickinson County Public Health a little more than three years.

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Spirit Lake City Council Adopts Food Truck Ordinance

Tue 6-23-2020

As we have reported previously it establishes a permitting process and spells out where in the city they can be operated

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City Of Spencer To Spray For Mosquitoes (1)

Tue 6-23-2020

The city says weather permitting, the spraying is planned for Thursday and Friday nights from 8:00 pm until midnight. 

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Spencer Chamber Announces Winners Of Coloring Contest

Tue 6-23-2020

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its Spencer Together Coloring Contest. 

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Area Law Enforcement Agencies To Participate In Special Traffic Enforcement Program Over Upcoming 4th Of July

Tue 6-23-2020

It's being put on as collaborative effort with the National Highway Safety Administration and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 2 Additional COVID-19 Deaths With 295 New Confirmed Cases

Tue 6-23-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Tuesday) is reporting two additional deaths related to COVID-19 for the previous 24 hours ending at 10:00 am, bringing the state's death toll to 688.

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More Than 200 People Went Through Test Iowa Site At Dickinson Co. Fairgrounds For The First Few Hours It Was Open Monday

Tue 6-23-2020

 Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret told the Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) some 254 people went through the site between 12 Noon and 5:00 pm Monday.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Agreement With NWPDC To Update County's Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Tue 6-23-2020

Planning and Zoning Administrator David Kohlhaase told the supervisors the agency will review the plan and make any recommendations for changes to the county's Planning and Zoning Commission, which would then go to the supervisors for final approval

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Milford City Council Discusses Insurance Details Of Pool Agreement

Mon 6-22-2020

The Milford City Council Monday evening discussed some formal components to be included in an agreement with the YMCA for the operation of the swimming pool at the former Boji Bay site

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Kossuth Palo Alto Economic Development Corporation's Project Hope is underway

Mon 6-22-2020 Algona, IA

(Algona)-Intern Program helps provide personal products to those in need

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Short Pursuit On Interstate 90 Results In Arrest

Mon 6-22-2020

A short pursuit early Sunday on Interstate 90 in Jackson county ended with the arrest of an Edgerton man. 

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Jackson County Traffic Stop Results In An Arrest

Mon 6-22-2020

A Hastings woman was arrested Saturday following a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Jackson County.

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Iowa DPH Reporting One Additional COVID-19 Related Death And 183 New Cases Of The Virus Today (Monday)

Mon 6-22-2020

Locally, the total number of cases in Dickinson county as of earlier today (Mon.) was at 201 with 75 recoveries.

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Sioux City Man Escapes Serious Injury In Semi Tractor-Trailer Crash In Palo Alto County

Mon 6-22-2020

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Carlos Manuel Naite of Sioux City was driving a 2019 Kenworth tractor pulling a 2019 Pacer feed trailer westbound on 280th Street and was slowing to make a right-turn onto 480th Avenue near Graettinger.

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Severe Storms Packing 60-70 Mph Wind Rake Portions Of The Region

Mon 6-22-2020

Some tree limbs were reported down in the Lake Park and Superior areas and in scattered locations around the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Dickinson County Reporting Second Death From COVID-19; Total Cases Stands At 200 As Of Sunday

Sun 6-21-2020

Dickinson county is now reporting its second death related to COVID-19. 

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Sheldon Man Arrested On Several Charges

Sat 6-20-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Abel Espino-Palma was charged with eluding, driving while suspended and interference with official acts. 

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Car Fire Lands Man In Jail

Sat 6-20-2020

A vehicle fire Thursday in Osceola county resulted in the arrest of a Sheldon man.

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Worthington Man Arrested By Osceola Co. Authorities On Outstanding Warrants

Sat 6-20-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Candi Jo Rethwill was wanted on the warrants charging her with kidnapping in the 3rd degree, willful injury, criminal mischief in the 5th degree and obstruction of emergency communications.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 369 New Cases Of COVID-19 With Two More Deaths

Sat 6-20-2020

Locally, the total number of cases in Dickinson county as of 3:00 pm today (Saturday) was at 194 with 75 recoveries.

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Hy-Vee Recalling 12 oz. Hy-Vee Brand Bagged Garden Salad Due To Possible Contamination

Sat 6-20-2020

West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee announced today (Saturday) it is recalling 12 ounce bags of its Hy-Vee brand bagged Garden Salad product across its eight-state region due to the potential that it may be contaminated with Cyclospora. 

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Collision On Hwy 71 In SW Mn Sends Two People To The Hospital

Sat 6-20-2020

The Minnesota State Patrol says 28-year-old Anna Zambrano of Alta, Iowa was driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna westbound and 33-year-old Melissa Gravley of Brewster was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix when the two collided. 

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Lakeside Lab's Treasure Hike now open for the Season

Fri 6-19-2020 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Okoboji)-Self-guided tour of Lakeside Campus is free and open to public

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Dickinson County Relay for Life event scheduled for June 24 postponed

Fri 6-19-2020 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Organizers exploring ways to honor Survivors in a safe way

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Signs Bill Protecting Businesses & Healthcare Providers From COVID-Related Lawsuits

Fri 6-19-2020

G-O-P Senator Zach Whiting from Spirit Lake said it sends an important message

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Iowa DPH Reporting Three Additional COVID-19 Deaths & 392 New Cases; Total Number Of Cases In Dickinson County Closing In On 200

Fri 6-19-2020

Dickinson county was at 188 total cases as of late this (Fri.) morning with 73 of those having recovered.

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Fire Hydrant Flushing In Spirit Lake About To Move To Another Part Of Town

Fri 6-19-2020

Starting next week (June 22nd), they'll be flushing hydrants on the northwest side of the city of Spirit Lake, from Hill Avenue to Hudson...north of Highway 9.

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Technical Glitch Causes Tornado Sirens To Sound In Milford & Arnolds Park

Fri 6-19-2020

Officials say some technical issues at the Dickinson County Communications Center at the courthouse in Spirit Lake caused tornado sirens to go off in Milford around 9:30 or so last (Thurs.) evening, even though there were no warnings in effect at the time and there were no reports of funnel clouds or tornadoes in the area.

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Minor Injuries Reported When Vehicle Collides With Guard Rail

Fri 6-19-2020

One person was injured Thursday afternoon when a vehicle collided with a guard rail in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 at the Highway 60 interchange in Worthington.

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Dickinson County Officials Keeping A Close Eye On Lower Gar Outlet After Rocks Were Placed In Front Of One Of The Culverts Recently

Thu 6-18-2020

The Board of Supervisors briefly talked about the situation during their meeting earlier this week.

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Clay County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Accepting Applications For Fall 2020 Tourism Grant

Thu 6-18-2020

The Clay County Convention and Visitor's Bureau is now accepting applications for their fall 2020 Tourism Grant. 

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Okoboji Foundation Awards Disaster Recovery Fund Grant To Dickinson County Fair Board

Thu 6-18-2020

The money will go toward the purchase of a fogger and sanitizer for the Expo Building and Community Room. 

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Racial Slurs Made At A High School Softball Game Has School Officials Investigating

Thu 6-18-2020

School officials are looking into an incident in which racial slurs were directed to some members of the Storm Lake softball team during a game Monday evening in Spirit Lake. 

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Hartley Chamber Announces Cancellation Of Summer Celebration

Thu 6-18-2020

The Hartley Chamber of Commerce has announced the cancellation of that community's summer celebration for this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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Additional Details Released Into Test Iowa Site That Will Open Next Week In Dickinson County

Thu 6-18-2020

Local health officials have announced additional details into a Test Iowa site that will be opening at Noon Monday (June 22nd) in Spirit Lake. 

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Lakes Area Nurse Who Has Been Assisting New York City Hospitals During COVID Outbreak There Preparing To Come Back Home

Thu 6-18-2020

A lakes area nurse who has been helping out at a couple of New York City Hospitals since late March is getting ready to come home.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Establishes Economic Recovery Advisory Board; Confirms Test Iowa Coming To Dickinson County

Thu 6-18-2020

The Governor made the announcement at a press conference saying the board will play a critical role as the state continues to rebound its economy from the affects of COVID-19

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IDPH Reporting 7 Additional Deaths Related To COVID-19 & 355 New Cases

Thu 6-18-2020

Locally, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Dickinson county as of this (Thursday) morning was up to 176.

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U Of O Corvette Club Makes $3,000 Donation To Okoboji Foundation (1)

Thu 6-18-2020

The University of Okoboji Corvette Club has continued a longstanding tradition by donating $3,000 to the Okoboji Foundation honoring the memories of club members who have passed away in the last year.

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Milford Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges Of Possessing Explosive Devices & Manufacturing A Pipe Bomb

Wed 6-17-2020

An indictment filed last week charges 35-year-old Darrell Sorey with possessing and making an unregistered explosive device, and possession of a firearm by a drug user.

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Okoboji Blue Water Festival officially postponed to 2021

Wed 6-17-2020 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Keynote Speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and several scheduled Panelists on board to participate next summer.

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Estherville Man Facing Multiple Charges Stemming From An Assault

Wed 6-17-2020

Estherville police say they were called June 10th to 533 South 8th Street after getting a report that a woman had been assaulted at that location. 

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Test Iowa Site Coming To Spirit Lake Monday (June 22nd); Contact Tracing For Dickinson County Now Being Done By The State & National Guard

Wed 6-17-2020

Brandon Rohrig of Dickinson County Public Health says the Test Iowa site will be operational beginning mid-day Monday at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake.

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ILCC Planning To Start Classes August 25th With Special Precautions In Place For COVID-19

Wed 6-17-2020

Iowa Lakes Community College is gearing up for it's upcoming academic year.

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IDPH Reporting 9 Additional COVID-19 Related Deaths And 219 New Cases Of The Virus Statewide

Wed 6-17-2020

Locally, the total number of cases in Dickinson county was at 166 with 56 recoveries.

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Corridor Officials Remind Everyone Of The Important Role We Can All Play In Economic Development

Wed 6-17-2020

While one of the primary missions of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is economic development, CEO and President Kiley Miller says tips they receive from area residents are vital in assisting them in that process.

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City Of Spencer To Spray For Mosquitoes

Wed 6-17-2020

The city of Spencer will be spraying for mosquitoes the latter part of this week. 

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Collision Sends Motorcyclist To The Hospital

Wed 6-17-2020

One person was injured Tuesday when a motorcycle he was operating collided with a car at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 16th Street in Windom.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 120 New Cases Of COVID-19 And 9 Additional Deaths; Outbreak Confirmed At Local Care Facility

Tue 6-16-2020

It brings the state's total to 24,161 confirmed cases with a death toll of 661. 

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Dickinson County Supervisors Address Issues With First Phase Reopening Of Courthouse

Tue 6-16-2020

The Dickinson County Courthouse has been open now for a couple of weeks or so on an appointment-only basis as part of the first of a three phase reopening of the facility. But the first phase has had some issues. 

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Spencer City Council Approves Agreement With Spencer Community Schools; Approves Sale Of Former Railroad Right-Of-Way

Tue 6-16-2020

The Spencer City Council Monday evening approved an agreement with the Spencer Community School District allowing the district to use the upper level of City Hall for the district's “No Boundaries” program.

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Public Health Officials Announce First Death From COVID-19 In Dickinson County

Mon 6-15-2020

In a press release, the agency says the individual was male over 80 years old. Other details weren't released. 

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Owner Of Jackson Motorplex Purchasing Huset's Speedway

Mon 6-15-2020

Chuck Brennan, owner of Huset's Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, reported today (Monday) he has accepted an offer from Tod Quiring to purchase the speedway.

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MnDOT To Hold Virtual Open House On Proposed Project Planned For Highway 86 In Lakefield

Mon 6-15-2020

The virtual open house is scheduled for 5:00 pm Wednesday, June 24th online.

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A Surge In COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County So Far Is Having Little Impact On In-Patient Volume At Lakes Regional Healthcare

Mon 6-15-2020

LRH CEO Jason Harrington says that could suddenly change, though.

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Dickinson County Sees Total COVID Cases Surge To More Than 150

Mon 6-15-2020

As of late this (Mon.) morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported the total number of cases in Dickinson county had surged to 151.

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Plans Are Still In The Works To Re-Open Swimming Pools & Splash Pad At Former Boji Bay Site

Mon 6-15-2020

Officials say an exact date as to when the facility will be open is still a question at this point.

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Spencer Man Arrested In Connection With Multiple Vehicle Burglaries And Two Different Vehicle Thefts

Mon 6-15-2020

An investigation this past Thursday into a suspicious person complaint in Spencer resulted in the arrest of a Peterson man on multiple charges.

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City Of Spirit Lake To Flush Fire Hydrants On NE Side Of Town Beginning Tues. (June 16th)

Mon 6-15-2020

The city of Spirit Lake will be performing fire hydrant maintenance, including flushing, in the northeast part of town beginning Tuesday (June 16th) and continuing for about the next two weeks.

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New Attraction Set To Open Soon On Former Boji Bay Site On North Edge Of Milford

Mon 6-15-2020

A lot of bouncing will soon be going on at the former Boji Bay site on the north edge of Milford. Ankit (on-kit) Narsi (nar-see) is developing the new attraction, called “Bouncelandia”.

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Weekend Fire Destroys Garage Southwest Of Superior

Mon 6-15-2020

Superior Fire Chief Kevin Swalve tells KUOO news they were called around 2:45 pm Saturday to 1812 285th Avenue.

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Spirit Lake Public Library Once Again Closed To The Public Due To Local Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Mon 6-15-2020

The Spirit Lake Public Library is once again closing effective immediately due to the increase in COVID-19 cases locally. 

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Iowa DPH Reporting 389 New COVID-19 Cases With 9 More Deaths; Local Cases Continue To Spike

Sat 6-13-2020

This brings Iowa's total to 23,555 confirmed cases with a death toll of 650.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum To Close Temporarily As Local COVID Cases Mount

Fri 6-12-2020

IRRMA Executive Director Clay Norris says they took the action after hearing today's (Friday's) announcement from the Arnolds Park Amusement Park regarding the temporary closure of the park and its museums.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Will Be Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice Effective Saturday (June 13th) Due To Concern Over Rising COVID-19 Numbers

Fri 6-12-2020

Arnolds Park Marketing Director Paul Plumb tells KUOO news they are taking the measure out of an abundance of caution

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Finishing Touches Being Put On Okoboji Pickle Ball Courts Project

Fri 6-12-2020

City Administrator Michael Meyers told the City Council earlier this week the courts could be ready for play either later this month or early July.

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Applications now available with Upper Des Moines Opportunity for Back to School Supplies

Fri 6-12-2020 1575 18th Street Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Program provides clothes and supplies for income eligible families

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COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available Locally

Fri 6-12-2020

Dr. Craig Cunningham of Lakes Regional Family Medicine says the tests are available at two locations in the area.

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IDPH Reports Three Additional COVID-19 Deaths & 381 New Cases; New Cases Continue To Increase Locally

Fri 6-12-2020

Locally, the spike in positive cases continues in Dickinson county, which saw its total number of cases increase to 112 as of 10:00 am this (Friday) morning.

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YMCA Of The Okobojis Gearing Up For 3rd Annual Strong Kids Golf Outing

Fri 6-12-2020

The organization's CEO, Andrew Fisher, says the event will be held Friday, June 19th at Emerald Hills Golf Course

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Utility Companies Warn Of An Old Scam That's Once Again Making The Rounds

Fri 6-12-2020

Area residents have reported getting phone calls threatening that their electric service will be disconnected for lack of payment and that they must pay immediately by phone with a prepaid money card to avoid disconnection.

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Clay County Officials Give COVID-19 Update During Press Conference

Thu 6-11-2020

 Even though Governor Kim Reynolds has given the green light for municipal swimming pools to reopen effective tomorrow (Fri.), Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson announced this (Thurs.) afternoon that city is going to hold off for a bit on doing that.

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Dickinson County Reaches Milestone For COVID-19 Cases

Thu 6-11-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the total number of cases to date in the county has surpassed 100, with 101 total cases as of late this (Thurs.) afternoon.

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Terril Quasquicentennial Celebration postponed to 2021

Thu 6-11-2020 Terril, IA

(Terril, IA)-All-school Reunion also postponed to next year. 

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Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Won't Be Held This Year

Thu 6-11-2020

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced today (Thurs.) this year's Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute won't be held due to COVID-19.

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Man Accused Of Trying To Choke A Woman While Allegedly Holding Her Against Her Will

Thu 6-11-2020

Multiple charges have been filed against an Estherville man after police in that city were called to conduct a welfare check on a woman this past Sunday at 514 8th Avenue North in Estherville.

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Pickup Collides With A Tree Sending Several People To The Hospital

Thu 6-11-2020

Multiple injuries were reported Wednesday when a vehicle collided with a tree in Wahpeton.

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Iowa DPH Reports Nine Additional Deaths From COVID-19 Along With 331 New Cases

Thu 6-11-2020

That brings the total number of cases in Iowa so far to 22,785 with the total number deaths at 638. 

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Worker At A Storm Lake Meat Packing Facility That's In The Epicenter Of A Major COVID-19 Outbreak In Buena Vista County Dies Of The Virus

Thu 6-11-2020

It brings that county's number of deaths from the virus so far to four.

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Okoboji Foundation Presents $75,000 Check To Bedell Family YMCA For Pool Dehumidification Project

Thu 6-11-2020

Y officials say the new system will help maintain indoor air quality and will control humidity levels in the pool area along with reducing annual operating costs

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A Decision On Whether Or Not 2020 Clay County Fair Will Be Held To Be Made In July

Thu 6-11-2020

Wednesday's announcement that the Iowa State Fair is being canceled has many people wondering about the status of the Clay County Fair coming up in September.

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Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County Nearing 100

Thu 6-11-2020

According to information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the number of positive cases so far in Dickinson county was at 90 as of early this (Thurs.) morning.

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State Audit Turns Up Questionable Spending By Former City Clerk In Ayrshire; Charges Filed

Thu 6-11-2020

A special investigation has turned up more than 10 thousand dollars in improper and unsupported spending by the former city clerk in Ayrshire. 

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Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteers filling need with Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Wed 6-10-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Volunteers shifted Pen Pal Program for students to residents at Nursing Homes

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park Cancels July Roof Garden Concert Schedule

Wed 6-10-2020

The shows affected by the announcement include Nappy Roots, Ricky Nelson Remembered, The Marshall Tucker Band, Slaughter, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Announces She'll Lift 50 Percent Capacity Restrictions On Restaurants & Other Businesses Effective 8:00 AM Friday (June 12)

Wed 6-10-2020

Reynolds adds establishments will still be required to adopt measures to make sure social distancing, increased hygiene measures and other precautions are taken that are consistent with guidelines from the Department of Public Health.

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Dickinson County COVID-19 Cases Increase To 74

Wed 6-10-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Wed.) is reporting seven additional COVID-19 deaths in the state and 275 new cases since 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Spencer Man Arrested Tuesday Evening In Connection With An Incident In Early May Of This Year In Clay County

Wed 6-10-2020

A Spencer man was arrested Tuesday evening after he nearly collided with a Clay county sheriff's deputy back in early May of this year.

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Okoboji City Council Discusses Lakeshore Drive Funding; Parking; Sump Pumps And Recycling

Wed 6-10-2020

Funding for improvements to Lakeshore Drive was a major point of discussion during Tuesday evening's Okoboji City Council meeting.

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SL Council May Re-Visit Fireworks Ordinance After Upcoming 4th Of July; Holds 1st Reading Of Ordinance Regulating Food Trucks

Wed 6-10-2020

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday held the first reading of an ordinance pertaining to food trucks operating in the city.

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Queen II Experiences Difficulty Docking In Storm Tuesday Night; APO Fire & Rescue Assists In Removing Passengers & Crew

Wed 6-10-2020

(Arnolds Park)-New details are emerging regarding an incident Tuesday evening while the Queen II was attempting to dock during a severe thunderstorm at the Arnolds Park water front. 

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Okoboji Protective Association's Clean Water Connection begins June 10

Tue 6-9-2020 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Educational series to continue through early August

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Milford City Council Discusses Residency Requirements For Police Officers

Tue 6-9-2020

The issue was brought up at the request of an officer looking to expand his search for housing.

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DNR Drawing Down Water Level On West Hottes Lake

Tue 6-9-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced today (Tues.) the water level of West Hottes Lake is being drawn about 18 inches.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Discuss Possible Ordinance That Would Regulate Vehicle Noise

Tue 6-9-2020

It stems from a citizen's complaint and a petition with about 60 signatures on it requesting the county adopt an ordinance to address the matter.

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Bully Bullhead Weekend Still Set For July 10th, 11th & 12th In Ruthven

Tue 6-9-2020

Organizers of this year's Bully Bullhead Weekend in Ruthven say the event is still on for July 10th, 11th and 12th, but will likely be scaled back somewhat.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 260 New Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Tues.) With 16 Additional Deaths; Dickinson County Cases Stands At 62

Tue 6-9-2020

According to Iowa's COVID-19 dashboard, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 16 additional COVID-19 deaths in the state and 260 new cases since 10 a.m. Monday.

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Little Known Bill That Passed This Legislative Session & Signed Into Law By Governor Will Change Make-Up Of County Bds. Of Adjustment & Planning & Zoning Commissions

Tue 6-9-2020

A bill passed in this session of the Iowa Legislature that was signed by Governor Kim Reynolds June 1st and became effective immediately will change the make up of county Boards of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commissions throughout the state.

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Iowa Transportation Commission Approves 5-Year Plan That Includes Trails & A Major Road Project Locally

Tue 6-9-2020

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tues.) approved their 5-year Transportation Improvement Program for 2021-2025.

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Dickinson County COVID-19 Cases Hits 60

Mon 6-8-2020

As we reported earlier today (Monday) Dr. Zach Borus of Dickinson County Public Health says officials are deeply concerned over the increase and are closely monitoring the situation. 

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Spirit Lake Man Pleads Not Guilty In Shooting Death Of A Man In Sioux County

Mon 6-8-2020

Seventy-year-old Gregg Winterfeld is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Grant Wilson.

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Estherville City Hall To Re-Open To The Public Tuesday, June 9th

Mon 6-8-2020

In making the announcement, city officials urge the public to use good judgement.

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Estherville Chamber Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Flight Breakfast Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Mon 6-8-2020

The Estherville Chamber of Commerce made the announcement today (Monday) saying their priority is the health and wellness of the community. 

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Local Physician Says Big Increase In COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County Is Very Concerning

Mon 6-8-2020

Dr. Zach Borus of Avera Medical Group Spirit Lake Medical Center says the numbers we are seeing now are indicative of Memorial Day weekend and that the exponential increase in cases is very likely to continue for some time to come

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Iowa DPH Reporting 330 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 4 Additional Deaths; Dickinson County Cases Grows To More Than 50

Mon 6-8-2020

Updated information late this (Mon.) morning from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows the total number of cases in Dickinson county at 55

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Alleged Road Rage Incident Results In Arrest

Mon 6-8-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 4:45 pm when they received a report from a person who was northbound from Spencer on Highway 71 stating that a woman had displayed a firearm to him during the incident.

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Martin County Fair Called Off For This Year

Mon 6-8-2020

In a press release, the Martin County Fair Board says it was nearly impossible to try to plan around some of the precautions that would have been needed.

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ISU Extension & Outreach To Hold Informational Meeting To Talk About Crop Damage In Last Week's Hail Storm

Mon 6-8-2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold an informational meeting at 1:30 pm this (Monday 6/8) afternoon to address crop damage caused by last week's hail storm in east-central Dickinson county. 

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Today (Monday, June 8th), Marks A Somber Anniversary For The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Mon 6-8-2020

It was around 7:15 pm on June 8th, 1973 when Deputy George O. Williamson was killed in a collision while responding to Superior after receiving reports of a four-year-old boy who had been struck by a car.

 

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Sanborn Chamber Of Commerce Announces Cancellation Of This Year's Railroad Days Celebration Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Mon 6-8-2020

Another community celebration in the region has been cancelled for this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Minneapolis Man Faces Multiple Charges Following High Speed Pursuit That Ended In Sibley

Sun 6-7-2020

A Minneapolis man faces multiple charges stemming from a high speed pursuit Friday that began in southwest Minnesota and ended in Sibley. 

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Dickinson County Continues To See Surge In COVID-19 Cases; Case Count More Than Doubles In Past Week

Sun 6-7-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health was reporting seven additional positive cases in Dickinson county since Saturday, with the county's total number of cases standing at 48 as of late this (Sunday) afternoon.

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COVID-19 Cases In Dickinson County Surpasses 40 As Of This (Sat.) Morning

Sat 6-6-2020

According to information from the Iowa Coronavirus website, the number of positive cases reported so far in Dickinson county had increased to 41 as of this (Saturday) morning.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center To Begin Reopening Monday (June 8th)

Fri 6-5-2020

Bob Kirschbaum, PLAC Executive Director, says some special precautions will be in place

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Lost Resorts of the Iowa Great Lakes due out June 29

Fri 6-5-2020 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnodls Park)-Jonathan Reed's latest effort part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Emmetsburg Man (1)

Fri 6-5-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says a sheriff's deputy on routine patrol around 9:00 pm May 27th noticed a vehicle being driven by a person wanted on an outstanding warrant. 

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Fireworks Will Still Be Held Saturday Nights Even Though There Are No Concerts For Now At Preservation Plaza

Fri 6-5-2020

Jeff Vierkant, CEO of Arnolds Park Amusement Park, says the fireworks will still be held every Saturday night at 10:00 pm beginning tomorrow (Sat.) night.

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Hail Causes Significant Crop Damage East Of Milford

Fri 6-5-2020

Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret tells KUOO news he's been out assessing the damage and that the hardest hit area appears to be southeast of Milford, where some of the largest hail fell.

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COVID-19 Testing In Minnesota Hits 10,000 Per Day

Fri 6-5-2020

Minnesota topped the 10,000 tests per day threshold yesterday with 10,631 test completed, bringing the states total to over 322,000 tests.

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Merger Of Two Lakes Area Medical Clinics To Become Effective This Coming July 1st

Fri 6-5-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news Avera Medical Group Lakes Family Practice and Avera Medical Group Spirit Lake Medical Center will become effective July 1st

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Iowa DPH Reporting 387 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 11 Additional Deaths; Dickinson County Now At 34 Cases So Far

Fri 6-5-2020

Health officials say 23 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours with a total of 299 hospitalized with the virus as of this (Fri.) morning.

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JC Penney Releases List Of Stores Slated For Closure; Spencer Store Is Not On The List

Fri 6-5-2020

JC Penney Thursday released a list of 154 of its stores that will be closing as part of a restructuring move.

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Severe Thunderstorms Bring Damaging Wind, Hail To Some Areas

Fri 6-5-2020

Severe weather tore through portions of the region overnight damaging crops and in some cases bringing down trees and tree limbs

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Hundreds March Peacefully In Spencer In Support Of Equal Justice

Fri 6-5-2020

Hundreds of people gathered in Spencer Thursday evening for a peaceful demonstration in a march for justice for George Floyd.

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Iowa Great Lakes Chamber 4th of July Fireworks Fundraiser underway

Thu 6-4-2020 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-Donations of any size appreciated

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Local Museums Awarded CARES Grants

Thu 6-4-2020

The Rock 'n Roll Music Association and Clay County Heritage were each awarded $4,500 through the program.

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Minnesota COVID Testing Approaches 10,000 Per Day

Thu 6-4-2020

Wednesday marked the highest testing day so far in the state with over 9,200 tests completed

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2020 Dickinson County 4-H & FFA Fair Is Still On...For Now

Thu 6-4-2020

The 2020 Dickinson County 4-H and FFA Fair is still on as of right now, but fair officials say whether or not it will actually happen depends upon what guidelines may be forthcoming from the Governor and health officials. 

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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise Locally And Statewide

Thu 6-4-2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to increase in several area counties, including Dickinson county

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DNR Says Die Off Of Yellow Bass On Lower Chain Of Iowa Great Lakes Is Likely Natural And Cyclical In Nature

Thu 6-4-2020

The dead fish have been found in the lower half of East Lake Okoboji and down through the lower chain.

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IDPH Reporting 60 New Cases Of COVID-19 For Past 24 Hrs. Ending At 10:00 AM This (Wed.) Morning With Six Additional Deaths

Wed 6-3-2020

It brings the total number of cases in the state so far to 20,012 with 564 deaths so far.

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Dickinson County Trails Seeing A Huge Increase In Usage

Wed 6-3-2020

Erin Reed of the Dickinson County Trails Board told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday trail usage for the months of April and May is up considerably from a year ago.

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Jeff Thee Wins Republican Primary For Dis. 5 Dickinson Co. Supervisor Seat

Tue 6-2-2020

Thee received 298 votes while Janice Bowles received 157.

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Spencer Mayor Outlines Preparations Being Made In Advance Of Protest Scheduled For Thursday In That City

Tue 6-2-2020

Mayor Kevin Robinson said he was assured by the organizers Thursday's event will be peaceful, but he says the city is taking the necessary precautions none-the-less.

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Drive Through Voting Being Implemented For Today's (June 2nd) Primary Election In Emmet County

Tue 6-2-2020

There's a new twist in voting in today's (Tues.) primary election in one northwest Iowa county.

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Iowa DPH Reporting 20 Additional COVID-19 Deaths & 264 New Cases

Tue 6-2-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Tues.) reported that as of 10 a.m., there have been 20 additional COVID-19 deaths in Iowa and 264 new cases since 10 a.m. Monday.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Award Bid On Drainage/Water Quality Project; Discuss 165th Street Speed Limit

Tue 6-2-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) awarded a bid of $181,634 for a major drainage and water quality project on the northwest side of East Lake Okoboji.

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Some Reminders To Keep In Mind For Today's (June 2nd) Primary Election

Tue 6-2-2020

Another reminder that today (Tues.) is Primary Election day in the state of Iowa. Polls are open until 9:00 pm this (Tues.) evening.

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Spencer City Council Approves Housing Tax Credit Application

Tue 6-2-2020

The Spencer City Council Monday evening helped pave the way for a major housing project to proceed. 

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City Of Spencer Preparing For Possible Protest Thursday

Tue 6-2-2020

Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson has confirmed reports on social media of a possible protest in that city this Thursday.

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No Injuries Reported In Vehicle Fire (1)

Mon 6-1-2020

No injuries were reported late this (Mon.) afternoon in a vehicle fire near Lake Park.

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City Of Orleans To Flush Fire Hydrants This Week

Mon 6-1-2020

City officials say it will be taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (June 2nd-4th). 

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Midwest Publications announces release of "Rockin' the Green - The Music of Arnolds Park Amusement Park - 1989-2019"

Mon 6-1-2020 Arnolds Park, Ia

(Arnolds Park)-The book covers over 1700 artists that appeared over the last 30 years.

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Water Main Repair To Result In Street Closure Tuesday (June 2nd) In Arnolds Park

Mon 6-1-2020

City officials say Prairie Lane will be closed on the north loop near Elm Drive and Circle Drive.

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Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Reporting 204 New Cases Of COVID-19 With 5 Additional Deaths

Mon 6-1-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting five additional COVID-19 deaths in Iowa and 204 new cases for the past 24 hours ending at 10:00 am this (Mon.) morning.

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Another Reminder Of Tuesday's (June 2nd) Primary Elections In Iowa

Mon 6-1-2020

Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.

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Diver Who Nearly Drowned Last Week On West Lake Okoboji Gives His Rescuer Something Special

Mon 6-1-2020

We now know the name of the Missouri man who nearly drowned last week on West Lake Okoboji.

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