The Spirit Lake Police Department said today (Fri.) they've been getting reports of someone calling local residents claiming to be a member of the department. They say the callers are attempting to obtain financial information by threatening arrest or other legal troubles.
Abben Golf Classic To Still Be Held This Year But With Some Changes
The Abben Golf Classic is still on for this year at Emerald Hills Golf Course in Arnolds Park, but Susan Zulk, an Abben Cancer Center representative, says there will be some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Clay County Fair Announces All Grandstand Concerts Originally Scheduled For This Year's Fair Are Now Re-Booked To The 2021 Fair
All of the grandstand concerts cancelled from this year's Clay County Fair have now officially been re-booked for the 2021 Fair. That word today (Fri.) from Clay County Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons.
State Agency Vowing To Crack Down Hard On Iowa Bars & Restaurants Not Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines
The announcement from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division includes a warning from its director that businesses need to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 -- and bars and restaurants that choose not to will face consequences.
ISU Extension & Outreach To Hold Series Of Land Leasing & Value Meetings
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be holding their annual series of informational meetings on land leasing and values over the next couple of weeks at 11 different locations throughout northwest Iowa.
Special Event Planned Saturday In Estherville To Send Off Local Troops Being Deployed Overseas
About 330 soldiers from the 1stBattalion, 194thField Artillery 2ndBrigade Combat team will be departing for duty overseas. The brigade consists of several units, including those from Spencer and Estherville locally.
Iowa Ag Officials Issue Warning After Getting Reports From Residents Receiving Unsolicited Shipments Of Seeds
Officials warn against planting or destroying the seeds. They say once they germinate, they could pose the threat of introducing an invasive plant species or seed-borne diseases that currently do not exist in the United States.
Dickinson Co. Courthouse To Proceed To Phase 3 Re-Opening Wed., Aug. 5th; A County Supervisor Is Quarantining As A Precaution
The Board of Supervisors took the action this (Tues.) morning which also includes the installation of some additional plexi-glass shields in some offices. It also mandates visitors use face masks in offices and hallways.
Hwy 9 Crash Near Spirit Lake Results In Minor Injuries
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Kristina Diaz of Fairmont was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala westbound in the 2600 block of Highway 9 and 41-year-old Andrea Wonder of Denison was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo eastbound.
Milford City Council Adopts Zoning Change For Short Term Rentals; Gives Final Approval To Sewer Rate Increase
The Milford City Council Monday evening adopted an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that makes short term vacation rentals allowable through a special exception use permit in areas zoned three residential multi-family.
Minor Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision (1)
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a 16-year-old Female from Everly was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Impala westbound on 360thStreet at 200thAvenue and a 16-year-old male from Spencer was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry and had stopped at a stop sign when he pulled into the path of the other vehicle, resulting in a collision.
Several Local Housing Projects Awarded Funding Through IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program
A new 25-unit affordable housing development in Spirit Lake is among several housing projects in the region that have been awarded funding through the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Workforce housing Tax Incentive program.
Several Area Communities, Including Spencer, Awarded Grant Funding Through Iowa Department Of Public Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced continued funding of grants to two northwest Iowa cities through a program it began in 2017, with new funding through the same program to one area community.
A Spirit Lake Attorney Is One Of Two Finalists For Judgeship
The Judicial Nominating Commission for the 3A Judicial District has nominated John M. Sandy of Spirit Lake and Lyon County Attorney Shayne L. Mayer of Rock Rapids for the judgeship created by the retirement of District Court Judge Don E. Courtney.
Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Board Of Adjustment, Conditional Use Amendments; Discuss Phase 3 Of Re-Opening The Courthouse
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Tues.) approved amendments to articles for the Board of Adjustment, changing the words "abstractor certificate" to "zoning certificate" as it pertains to conditional use and zoning applications.
Lyon County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Worthington Woman
A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old Nicolette Anderson of Worthington after it was discovered she was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of a controlled substance...methamphetamine.
Authorities say 26-year-old Taylor Sheeks was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on 390thStreet when a vehicle in front of him stopped. Sheeks was unable to stop in time and the vehicle went into the south ditch where it hit a creek embankment.
Farmers Hard Hit By Saturday's Hail Storm Are Continuing To Assess Their Losses
Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services of Lakefield tells KUOO news some of the largest hail fell in portions of Murray and Jackson counties, with hail stones the size of tennis balls in some cases, especially southwest of Lakefield.
Okoboji City Council Member Says The City's Personnel Committee Was Circumvented When It Comes To Salary Adjustments For Non-Union Employees
Council member Julie Andres serves on the city's Personnel Committee. She expressed her frustration after learning the four percent figure had been reached outside of that committee prior to performance evaluations being held
Students In The Spirit Lake Community School District WILL Be Back In The Classroom Next Month; Details Still Being Worked Out
Students in the Spirit Lake Community School District will return to face-to-face learning next month, but Superintendent Dr. David Smith tells KUOO news just exactly how that might work and look is still somewhat uncertain.
City Officials Close Spencer Skate Park Due To Ongoing Littering & Vandalism
In a letter to residents posted on the city's Facebook Page, Jared Elbert, the city's Recreation Director, says an abundance of littering and vandalism over the last several weeks has resulted in the skate park being closed effective today (Mon.) and continuing until further notice.
Hartley Woman Arrested On Multiple Warrants In Lyon County
The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Sarah Graves was wanted on charges of a controlled substance violation, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery or theft of a lottery ticket and theft in the 4thdegree.
Newell Residents Being Told Not To Use The Water Out Of Fear Of Possible Mercury Contamination
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the order was issued after the city's water supply operator noticed what appeared to a small amount of mercury in a wastewater drain at the city's treatment plant this (Wed.) morning.
Most Area School Districts Holding Off Yet On Decision As To What Going Back To School Might Look Like Next Month
The Spencer Community School District issued a statement this (Wed.) afternoon saying it, like most others in the region, is holding off on a final decision so that “we can utilize the most current guidance”.
Youth Programs At Lakeside Lab Receive Sizable Donation
The organization says the $1,500 gift from Jensen Realty will assist them with programs such as "Passport to Nature". Lisa Roti, Executive Director of Friends of Lakeside, says the funding will allow them to continue to distribute free packets for the "Passport to Nature" program through July.
Fair Officials Say 2020 Clay County Fair Would Not Have Been The World's Greatest County Fair, By Far, If It Was To Move Forward
Clay County Fair General Manager and CEO Jeremy Parsons says trying to come up with options to still hold the Clay County Fair during a pandemic were constantly being discussed all the way up until Thursday's formal announcement this year's event won't be held
Illegal Sump Pump Connections Continue To Be A Concern For Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District
Steve Anderson, Superintendent of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District, says while we've had less rain so far this season, that can always change on a moment's notice. And he says it's better to address the issues with sump pumps now rather than waiting until after the fact
Local Health Official Gives Update On COVID-19 Situation
While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to go up in Dickinson county, public health officials say they're encouraged the increase hasn't been as great over the past week or so compared to what it was earlier.
Estherville Police Say They're Getting Numerous Complaints Of Fireworks Being Illegally Discharged In That City
The department is reminding residents that even though the state of Iowa passed a law allowing fireworks a few years ago, the city of Estherville has an ordinance that requires anyone shooting fireworks in the city to have a permit.