News Archive

RIDES To Resume Normal Operations In Iowa Great Lakes Monday (Aug. 3rd)

Fri 7-31-2020

RIDES announced today (Fri.) they will be resuming normal operations in the Iowa Great Lakes beginning Monday (Aug. 3rd)

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Spirit Lake Police Issue Warning Of New Scam

Fri 7-31-2020

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.

 

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Newly Updated Numbers Show Continued Decline In COVID-19 Infection Rates In Dickinson County

Fri 7-31-2020

It shows as of today (Fri.), a total of 369 confirmed cases of the virus in the county since the pandemic started, with 338 of those having recovered.

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Car Vs Pedestrian Collision Results In Serious Injuries To Woman

Fri 7-31-2020

Serious injuries were reported in a car/pedestrian accident late Thursday afternoon in Rock Rapids.

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Additional Send-Off Planned For Local Troops Being Deployed Overseas

Fri 7-31-2020

This one is scheduled for this Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00 pm in Spencer.

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Abben Golf Classic To Still Be Held This Year But With Some Changes

Fri 7-31-2020

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

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Clay County Fair Announces All Grandstand Concerts Originally Scheduled For This Year's Fair Are Now Re-Booked To The 2021 Fair

Fri 7-31-2020

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.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Issues New School Guidelines

Thu 7-30-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa school districts given permission to conduct classes online due to high COVID case counts may do so for only 14 days.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Announces "Safe Learning Plan"

Thu 7-30-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced the State’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year at a press conference this (Thursday) afternoon.

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NW Iowa Man Facing Federal Mail Fraud Charge

Thu 7-30-2020

A Schaller man has been charged in U.S. District Court with mail fraud in connection with a scheme related to COVID-19.

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Marilyn Maye Concert postponed at Pearson Lakes Art Center

Thu 7-30-2020 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Legendary Singer may make a special appearance at Celebrate the Arts August 9

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Dickinson County Nature Conservation to host Birding on the Green at Brooks Golf August 3

Thu 7-30-2020 1201 Brooks Park Drive, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Program is free, however registration is requested

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State Agency Vowing To Crack Down Hard On Iowa Bars & Restaurants Not Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines

Thu 7-30-2020

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.

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ISU Extension & Outreach To Hold Series Of Land Leasing & Value Meetings

Thu 7-30-2020

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.

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Crash On Hwy 60 In SW Minnesota Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 7-30-2020

A single vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake sent one person to the hospital.

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Okoboji School Board Approves Return To Learn Plan On 3-2 Vote

Thu 7-30-2020

The Okoboji School Board Wednesday evening approved the district's “Return to Learn” plan at 100 percent capacity and highly recommends students wear face masks.

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Federal Judge Rules Milford Man Will Remain Held On Weapons And Explosives Charges Pending Trial

Wed 7-29-2020

A federal judge has ruled Darrell Sorey will remain held, saying the charges are serious enough to warrant the action.

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Special Event Planned Saturday In Estherville To Send Off Local Troops Being Deployed Overseas

Wed 7-29-2020

About 330 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery 2nd Brigade Combat team will be departing for duty overseas. The brigade consists of several units, including those from Spencer and Estherville locally.

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Japanese Beetles Making Their Presence Known In The Area

Wed 7-29-2020

Todd Brockshus of Del's Garden Center in Spencer says they've been seeing evidence of damage caused by Japanese beetles.

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November General Election Still Months Away But Elections Officials Say They're Getting A Lot Of Questions & Inquiries

Wed 7-29-2020

Jordan Moyer of the Dickinson County Auditor's Office says most of the inquiries pertain to requests for absentee ballots.

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Iowa Ag Officials Issue Warning After Getting Reports From Residents Receiving Unsolicited Shipments Of Seeds

Wed 7-29-2020

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.

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Fire Causes Significant Damage At Iowa Drying Plant In Sibley

Tue 7-28-2020

No injuries were reported in a fire Monday evening that caused an estimated $2 million to $3 million in damage to the Iowa Drying Plant in Sibley.

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Spirit Lake City Council Discusses Sewer Lining Project

Tue 7-28-2020

City Attorney/Administrator Gregg Owens told the council the work would be done in the southeast part of the city

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Seasons Center Awarded Suicide Prevention Grant

Tue 7-28-2020

Officials with Seasons Center For Behavioral Health say they've been awarded a grant for suicide prevention through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Iowa Lakes Community College to hold Building Dedication & Ribbon Cutting of Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center July 30

Tue 7-28-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Speakers, tours and music by Glenn Henriksen to highlight event.

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Estherville Man Charged In Theft Of Funds From E-L-C Booster Club Sentenced

Tue 7-28-2020

54-year-old Timothy Loock received a suspended 10 year prison sentence.

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Dickinson Co. Courthouse To Proceed To Phase 3 Re-Opening Wed., Aug. 5th; A County Supervisor Is Quarantining As A Precaution

Tue 7-28-2020

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.

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Spencer Police Say Missing Teen Has Been Located

Tue 7-28-2020

Police in Spencer say a missing teen they were looking for earlier has been located. 

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Hwy 9 Crash Near Spirit Lake Results In Minor Injuries

Tue 7-28-2020

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.

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Milford City Council Adopts Zoning Change For Short Term Rentals; Gives Final Approval To Sewer Rate Increase

Mon 7-27-2020

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.

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Road Work Results In Street Closure In Milford

Mon 7-27-2020

A portion of a heavily traveled street in Milford is closed to traffic due to road construction. 

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Sioux County Authorities Looking For Man Wanted In Assault

Mon 7-27-2020

Authorities in Sioux county are looking for a man wanted in connection with an assault that took place this (Monday) morning in the parking lot at Perdue Premium Pork one mile south of Sioux Center. 

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29th Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest slated for September 26

Mon 7-27-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Registration for the Bike Ride opens August 1

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Pandemic Results In Major Last Minute Changes For Jackson County Fair

Mon 7-27-2020

In a statement released Friday, the Jackson County Fair has cancelled all entertainment events.

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Officials Say About 20 Percent Of Dickinson County's Population Has Been Tested So Far For COVID-19

Mon 7-27-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare says that was the case as of Friday.

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Minor Injuries Reported In Collision Of Side-By-Side & Pickup

Mon 7-27-2020

Minor injuries were reported Friday in a collision involving a pickup and a side-by-side in Lyon county.

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New Proclamation Signed Friday By Gov. Kim Reynolds Again Impacts Deadlines For Property Taxes, Motor Vehicle Registrations & Driver's Licenses

Mon 7-27-2020

A new Disaster Emergency proclamation signed Friday by Governor Kim Reynolds further extends the deadline in which to pay property taxes without penalty. The new deadline is Friday, July 31st.

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Scottie Miller Band to perform at the Pearson Lakes Art Center July 28

Fri 7-24-2020 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Concert to be held outdoors Tuesday evening

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Test Iowa Clinic To Remain In Spirit Lake Through August

Fri 7-24-2020

However, Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news the hours will be changing somewhat starting next week

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Another Well-Known Person In The Iowa Great Lakes Has Passed Away

Fri 7-24-2020

Irving Jensen of Sioux City, who was also a lakes area resident, passed away earlier this week.

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There Won't Be A Clay County Fair This Year But You'll Still Be Able To Get Your Fix Of Fair Food

Fri 7-24-2020

Andrea Wiesenmeyer, Marketing and Partnership Director tells KUOO news one of the events, “Takeout Tuesdays”, will be held August 4th, 11th and 18th at the Clay County Fairgrounds

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Minor Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision (1)

Fri 7-24-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a 16-year-old Female from Everly was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Impala westbound on 360th Street at 200th Avenue 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.

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An Old Scam Is Once Again Making The Rounds In The Region

Fri 7-24-2020

Police in Estherville say they've had reports in recent days from residents who have received calls stating they have reportedly won prize money from Publisher's Clearinghouse.

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U of O Corvette Club's Vettes in the Park to be modified this Weekend

Thu 7-23-2020 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Show will be open to public from 8-2 on Saturday at Preservation Plaza

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Dickinson County Currently Ranked Last In The State In Census Return Rate; Officials Say It's Highly Concerning For A Couple Of Reasons

Thu 7-23-2020

Schriner says the area has a lot riding on the census, which among other things helps determine the level of federal funding the area receives

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Abben Cancer Center Upgrade Receives A Major Donation

Thu 7-23-2020

It was announced today (Thurs.) the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation has donated $1 million toward the $4 million project. 

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Minnesota Mask Mandate To Go In Effect Saturday (July 25th)

Thu 7-23-2020

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Wednesday a mandate that requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings.

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Several Local Housing Projects Awarded Funding Through IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program

Thu 7-23-2020

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.

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Power To Be Turned Off Wednesday, July 29th On Southwest Side Of Graettinger

Thu 7-23-2020

City officials say electricity will be shut off west from Cedar Avenue to Highway 4, then south to Robins Street to Patterson Street from 1:00 until 4:00 pm that afternoon. 

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Work continues on The Wallace and Bowers Nature Area

Wed 7-22-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Virtual Field Trip of area slated for July 31 with Practical Farmers of Iowa

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Dickinson Co. Hunger Coalition To Distribute Surplus Pork & Chicken August 8th

Wed 7-22-2020

There will soon be some less hungry people in the area thanks to the work of a local organization and a partnership with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and its Farmers To Families program.

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Juvenile Faces Multiple Charges After Trying To Elude Police Early This (Wed.) Morning By Jumping Into East Lake Okoboji

Wed 7-22-2020

The Okoboji Police Department says it started around 1:00 am when an officer pulled over a vehicle in the area of Highway 71 and Gordon Drive for speeding.

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Several Area Communities, Including Spencer, Awarded Grant Funding Through Iowa Department Of Public Health

Wed 7-22-2020

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.

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A Spirit Lake Attorney Is One Of Two Finalists For Judgeship

Wed 7-22-2020

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.

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A Special Event Saturday will pay Tribute To The Late Berkley Bedell

Wed 7-22-2020

A boat parade will be held on West Lake Okoboji to honor his memory.

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Hwy 71 Between Jackson & Windom To Re-Open Today (Wed.)

Wed 7-22-2020

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced the detour will be removed by this afternoon.

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Spencer Business Awarded $20,000 Grant After Winning A Virtual Pitch Contest Through The Iowa Economic Development Authority

Wed 7-22-2020

Pressed, a boutique in downtown Spencer, was among five businesses from Main Street Iowa communities that competed in the Open 4 Business contest

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Residents In Several Area Communities Will Be Surveyed On How COVID-19 Has Impacted Their Lives

Wed 7-22-2020

Communities selected for the survey in our region include Bancroft, Buffalo Center, Cherokee, Estherville, George, Graettinger, Hartley, Humboldt, Lake Park, Pocahontas and Sibley.

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Iowa D.O.T Maintenance Worker Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle

Tue 7-21-2020

An Iowa Department of Transportation maintenance worker has died after being struck by a vehicle in a construction zone in Sioux county.

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Okoboji Bible Conference Will Still Be Held This Year With A Few Changes

Tue 7-21-2020

COVID-19 will NOT prevent one longstanding event from taking place this year in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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West Bend Man Arrested On Sexual Abuse & Incest Charges

Tue 7-21-2020

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 58-year-old Peter Montag was taken into custody around 8:00 pm and was booked into jail on a $25,000 bond. 

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Ruthven Man Arrested On Charges Stemming From An Accident Back In April Of This Year

Tue 7-21-2020

A Ruthven man was arrested this past Friday evening on warrants stemming from a traffic accident back in April of this year in the 3400 mile of 460th Street in Palo Alto county.

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Dickinson Co. Recycling Center Re-Opens But Restrictions Remain On What Is Accepted

Tue 7-21-2020

The Dickinson County Recycling Center re-opened to the public effective Monday.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Board Of Adjustment, Conditional Use Amendments; Discuss Phase 3 Of Re-Opening The Courthouse

Tue 7-21-2020

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.

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Spencer Messiah Board Postpones Festival Of Lessons And Carols To 2021

Tue 7-21-2020

The event was scheduled to be held December 6th. Instead, it will take place on December 5th, 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation

Tue 7-21-2020

The Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation has received a $10,000 donation from Avangrid Renewables in Lake Park. 

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Lyon County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Worthington Woman

Tue 7-21-2020

 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.

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DNR Investigating Manure Spill In Buena Vista County

Mon 7-20-2020

DNR representatives say they met Sunday with the owner of a hog operation near Albert City regarding a manure release from an above ground storage tank.

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Texas man arrested following incident in Storm Lake on Saturday

Mon 7-20-2020 825 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake, IA

(Storm Lake)-Daniel Joy faces multiple charges after allegedly threatening officer

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation to resume "Best of Iowa" interviews

Mon 7-20-2020 520 2nd Ave E # 2, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Interviews to be expanded with questions related to COVID-19 impact

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Buena Vista University to implement New Policies this Fall

Mon 7-20-2020 Storm Lake, Ia

(Storm Lake)-On campus visits for prospective students to resume July 27

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Iowa Department of Public Health reported 661 new positive COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Mon 7-20-2020 Des Moines, IA

(Des Moines)-State Health Officials say a "significant number" of tests not reported over the weekend due to backlog

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Lake Park Woman perishes following Rollover Accident in Osceola County

Mon 7-20-2020 (Sibley,IA)

Sibley-Sturm was ejected from UTV

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Jackson Motorplex suspends all Scheduled Events for 2020

Mon 7-20-2020 78748 550th Ave, Jackson, MN

(Jackson, MN)-Some events being moved to Huset's Speedway in South Dakota

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Emmet County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against A Juvenile

Sat 7-18-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office has released details into a traffic stop back on July 3rd of this year that resulted in drug charges being filed against a juvenile.

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Man Escapes Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Sat 7-18-2020

Authorities say 26-year-old Taylor Sheeks was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on 390th Street 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.

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Test Iowa Clinic Site To Remain In Spirit Lake A While Longer

Fri 7-17-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news as of late this (Fri.) morning, 438 people have been tested this week at the site

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2020 Dickinson County 4-H & FFA Fair Starts Saturday (7/18) But With Some Big Changes

Fri 7-17-2020

Madelein Bretey, County Youth and Ag Coordinator with ISU Extension, Dickinson County says this year's fair will look a lot different due to COVID-19.

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U.S. Hwy 59 North Of Hwy 9 In Osceola County To Temporarily Close Monday (July 27th)

Fri 7-17-2020

A portion of U.S. Highway 59 north of Iowa Highway 9 in Osceola county will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, July 27th until October of this year, weather permitting, to replace a box culvert. 

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Sioux County Authorities Asking For Public's Help As The Investigate A Collision That Injured A Worthington Man

Fri 7-17-2020

Authorities in Sioux county are asking for the public's help as they investigate a crash Wednesday that injured a Worthington man.

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Hartley Man Arrested On Warrants For 3rd Degree Burglary & Unauthorized Use Of A Credit Card

Fri 7-17-2020

42-year-old Christopher Collins was taken into custody July 8th.

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Spencer Hospital Clinical Educator Receives Special Recognition

Thu 7-16-2020

Jeff Messerole was recently presented with the Experienced Provider award by Wings Air Rescue, a private medical helicopter service out of Sioux City, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

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RISE Ministries announces postponement of RiseFest to 2021

Thu 7-16-2020 Sheldon, IA

(Sheldon)-Organizers offering several options for ticket holders

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Emmet County Treasurer's Office Is Closed After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Thu 7-16-2020

County officials say the office will remain closed until other employees in that office are tested and the results are known. 

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Spencer Community School District Conducting Survey On Options For Classes

Thu 7-16-2020

Residents are being asked to respond by selecting one of three options in the survey.

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Announces Board Of Director Election Results

Thu 7-16-2020

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has announced results from its board of directors election.

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Clay County Disaster Recovery Fund Announces Additional Donors & Grant Awards

Thu 7-16-2020

Connie Goeken of the Clay County Community Foundation says the latest businesses to contribute are the Royal Telephone Company and Home State Bank...both of Royal.

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Spencer Skate Park Reopens After Being Closed Earlier In The Week Due To Vandalism & Littering

Thu 7-16-2020

The city's Recreation Director, Jared Elbert, says additional trash cans have been placed in the area, adding they will be emptied more frequently

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Last Dollar Scholarship Program extends Application Deadline

Wed 7-15-2020 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Program encourages in enrollment in high-demand career and technical programs

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Okoboji Foundation Announces New President

Wed 7-15-2020

The foundation's Board of Directors announced today (Wed.) Mindy Gress has been hired to the position and will start in her new role August 12th.

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Farmers Hard Hit By Saturday's Hail Storm Are Continuing To Assess Their Losses

Wed 7-15-2020

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.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Update On 2nd Phase Of Courthouse Reopening; Assistant Co. Attorney Says Mandate Requiring Visitors To Wear Face Masks Is Appropriate

Wed 7-15-2020

The second phase of re-opening the Dickinson County Courthouse to the public kicked in on Monday of this week.

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Investigation Into Domestic Disturbance Lands A Man In Jail On Multiple Charges

Wed 7-15-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around 10:25 pm to 216 Walnut Street in Peterson after getting a 911 call.

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Crews From Two Area Fire Depts. Battle Fire At A Landfill Near Graettinger

Wed 7-15-2020

Firefighters from Graettinger and Emmetsburg were called to the scene around 5:30 pm after getting a report that one of the cells was on fire.

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SL Fire Dept. Called Late Tues. Afternoon To Extinguish Hot Spot From An Earlier Fire That Heavily Damaged A Garage And House

Wed 7-15-2020

Firefighters were called around 4:30 pm after a law enforcement officer on the scene reported seeing smoke coming from the structure.

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Okoboji City Council Member Says The City's Personnel Committee Was Circumvented When It Comes To Salary Adjustments For Non-Union Employees

Tue 7-14-2020

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

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Results from Curly Leaf Pondweed Management Program starting to be known

Tue 7-14-2020 East Okoboji,IA

(East Lake Okoboji)-Officials awaiting Multi-Spectrum imaging results, program may be expanded next year to include Minnewashta

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A Special Event July 25th Will Honor The Late Berkley Bedell

Tue 7-14-2020

A boat parade will be held Saturday, July 25th to honor the late Berkley Bedell.

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Students In The Spirit Lake Community School District WILL Be Back In The Classroom Next Month; Details Still Being Worked Out

Tue 7-14-2020

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.

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Public Health Official Updates Dickinson Co. Supervisors On COVID-19 Situation

Tue 7-14-2020

Brandon Rohrig of Dickinson County Public health reported it's kind of a good news, bad news scenario

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Lutheran Lakeside Camp Receives $7,500 Grant For Trails Project

Tue 7-14-2020

Brittney Swanson, the camp's Executive Director, says the funding will allow them to improve 3.5 miles of trails and more than 40 acres of wilderness.

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Storm Lake Man Receives Deferred Judgement In Insurance Fraud Case

Tue 7-14-2020

The judgement against 25-year-old Nathan Tun was recently handed down in Buena Vista County District Court.

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Significant Damage Reported In Garage & House Fire In Spirit Lake

Tue 7-14-2020

The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called to 1303 Jackson Avenue shortly before 1:00 am after getting a report of a fully engulfed garage with the fire beginning to spread to the house.

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Milford City Council Holds 1st Reading On Proposed Sewer Rate Increase; Approves P Ave. & 13th St. Engineering Agreement

Mon 7-13-2020

The Milford City Council this (Monday) evening approved the first reading of a proposal to hike sewer rates in the city by six percent per year for the next four years.

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Dumpster Fire Causes Some Excitement In Arnolds Park

Mon 7-13-2020

A dumpster fire near The Inn Hotel in Arnolds Park caused some excitement this (Monday) afternoon.

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3A District Court Judicial Nominating Receives 8 Applications For Upcoming Judge Vacancy

Mon 7-13-2020

The commission will hold interviews with the eight applicants July 21st beginning at 8:00 am in the court room at the Clay County Courthouse in Spencer. 

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City Officials Close Spencer Skate Park Due To Ongoing Littering & Vandalism

Mon 7-13-2020

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.

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Hartley Woman Arrested On Multiple Warrants In Lyon County

Mon 7-13-2020

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 4th degree.

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Man Wanted In Connection With A Sexual Abuse Investigation Taken Into Custody In Palo Alto County

Mon 7-13-2020

Authorities say 27-year-old Earnest Charles Jones, Jr. of Magnolia, Mississippi was arrested on two warrants charging him with two counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree.

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No Serious Injuries Reported When Boat Capsizes On West Lake Okoboji

Mon 7-13-2020

Reports from the scene indicated there were five people in the water and that they were all wearing life jackets. 

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Sibley-Ocheyedan J-V And Varsity Baseball Teams In Quarantine After Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mon 7-13-2020

School officials say exposure risk in the case began July 6th

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Severe Storms Saturday Pummel Portions Of The Region With Large Hail

Sat 7-11-2020

Hail the size of tennis balls was reported about eight miles southwest of Lakefield

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Possible Injuries Reported In Single Vehicle Crash In O'Brien County (1)

Sat 7-11-2020

The Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Angela Hetrick of Cylinder was driving a 2006 Dakota westbound in the 6500 mile of 330th Street when she lost control on some gravel.

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Single Vehicle Crash In Clay County Injures Two People

Fri 7-10-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Rosa Guadiana Escamilla of Storm Lake lost control of a 2005 Dodge Dakota while traveling southbound in the 4600 mile of Highway 71.

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Spencer Area Jobs Trust Currently Conducting Two Housing Surveys

Fri 7-10-2020

The Spencer Area Jobs Trust is conducting surveys related to housing needs in that community.

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Clay County Fair Confirms Re-Scheduling Of Herman's Hermits For 2021

Fri 7-10-2020

The grandstand show is set for Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held For Newly Constructed Pickleball Courts In Okoboji

Fri 7-10-2020

Terry Kunkel was among those that served on a committee that raised more than $250,000 for the project in just a matter of months. He says they're thrilled to see the final product.

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Milford City Council & Okoboji School Board Meet In Joint Session

Fri 7-10-2020

Parking at the Elementary and High Schools was a major point of discussion at a joint meeting Thursday evening of the Okoboji School Board and Milford City Council.

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Two Vehicle Collision In Palo Alto County Claims Two Lives & Injures Several Others

Thu 7-9-2020

A two-vehicle collision earlier today (Thurs.) in Palo Alto claimed two lives and injured several others.

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Pools At Former Boji Bay Site To Open Monday (July 13th)

Thu 7-9-2020

The facility will be open from 1:00 until 6:00 pm with special precautions in place due to COVID-19.

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Officials Now Say Water In Newell Is Safe

Thu 7-9-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said this (Thursday) afternoon there was no detection of mercury in water samples that were taken from five different sites.

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Dickinson Co. Officials Still Urging Everyone To Use Alternative Means To Conduct Business Even Though Courthouse Is About To Enter 2nd Phase Of Re-Opening

Thu 7-9-2020

Even though the Dickinson County Courthouse will be moving into the second phase of its re-opening effective this coming Monday, July 13th, entry to the facility will still be greatly limited.

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Imagine Iowa Great Lakes launches Mural Program

Thu 7-9-2020

(Okoboji)-Regional artists sought to create large-scale murals, applications accepted through August 12.

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Iowa Reporting 669 Additional COVID-19 Cases; Dickinson County Reporting 19 Additional Cases Over Past Couple Of Days

Thu 7-9-2020

The statewide increase is one of the highest in recent weeks.

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ISU Extension & Outreach Announces Cancellation Of District Livestock Shows & Communications Events

Thu 7-9-2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County and the Clay County Fair have announced there will be no district livestock shows or communication events this year due to the pandemic.

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Authorities In Jackson Say There's A Problem With Young Kids Jumping Off The Ashley Street Bridge

Thu 7-9-2020

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says some of them are as young as 10 years-old.

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Complaints Of Underage Possession Of Alcohol On Boats In Little Miller's Bay Results In Multiple Citations

Thu 7-9-2020

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office and Iowa Department of Natural Resources checked a number of people, resulting in 28 citations being issued for minor in possession of alcohol.

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AP City Council Hears Requests To Adopt Animal Control Measure

Wed 7-8-2020

The Arnolds Park City Council heard requests from two residents Wednesday evening requesting a leash law be put on the books

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Newell Residents Being Told Not To Use The Water Out Of Fear Of Possible Mercury Contamination

Wed 7-8-2020

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. 

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Most Area School Districts Holding Off Yet On Decision As To What Going Back To School Might Look Like Next Month

Wed 7-8-2020

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”.

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While Crops Are Looking Excellent Locally, There Are Issues With Some Corn Fields Off To Our West

Wed 7-8-2020

Recent storms packing high wind have caused some damage to corn fields in areas off to our west.

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City Of Spirit Lake Fire Hydrant Flushing Continues

Wed 7-8-2020

City officials say beginning Thursday, July 9th, flushing of hydrants will take place in the southern portion of the city, south of Highway 9. 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Reduction In Speed Limit Along Portions Of A Road On The South Side Of Center Lake

Wed 7-8-2020

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a proposal to reduce the speed limit on portions of 165th Street from 30 mph currently to 25 mph.

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New Test Iowa Clinic Opening In Kossuth County

Wed 7-8-2020

The clinic will be located at the former Ernie Williams Harley Shop on Highway 18 in Algona.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present Farewell Angelina July 14

Tue 7-7-2020 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Concert to be held in Outdoor Amphitheatre Tuesday night

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Minor Injuries Reported In Collision Of Two Pickups In Spencer

Tue 7-7-2020

One person was injured Monday in a collision involving two pickups at the intersection of 11th Avenue Southwest, or Highway 71, and 25th Street Southwest in Spencer.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Award Bid To Pave Next Segment Of Rail Trail Between Spirit Lake & Lake Park

Tue 7-7-2020

Erin Reed, Director of the Dickinson County Trails Board, told the supervisors this will extend the new trail further west out of Spirit Lake.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Plans & Specs & Set Date For Bid Letting On Phase 1 Of Francis Sites Wetland/Drainage Project

Tue 7-7-2020

John Hight of Beck Engineering outlined details of the first phase of what will now be a two phase project.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Fill Newly Created Vacancies On Board Of Adjustment & Planning & Zoning Commission; Decide To Proceed To Phase 2 Of Reopening Courthouse

Tue 7-7-2020

The vacancies were created after the Iowa Legislature passed a bill requiring all members of the boards come from unincorporated areas of the county.

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Registration underway for Iowa Rocks Talent Competition

Mon 7-6-2020 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to hold virtual competition for musicians 21 and under

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Keep Okoboji Blue seeking Volunteers for Beach Clean-up July 11

Mon 7-6-2020 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Organizers requesting sign-up on facebook to have an idea of number of participants

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It Was A Very Busy 4th Of July In The Iowa Great Lakes In Spite Of A Pandemic Going On; Communication Center Reports High Call Volumes

Mon 7-6-2020

Statistics provided by Dickinson County Emergency Management shows the volume of calls over the 4th of July weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes was up in most categories.

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Youth Programs At Lakeside Lab Receive Sizable Donation

Mon 7-6-2020

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. 

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Annual Fundraiser For Spencer Police Dept. DARE & School Resource Officer Programming Is Going Virtual This Year

Mon 7-6-2020

Officer Kyle Van Oterloo of the Spencer Police Department says the virtual fun run will be held August 1st.

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Pursuit Through Portions Of Three Counties Results In Arrest

Mon 7-6-2020

A pursuit Friday that started on Highway 9 west of Lake Park ended near Worthington with an arrest.

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Clay County Fair Officials Working On Possible Fundraising Opportunity For Nonprofits Following Announcement There Will Not Be A Fair This year

Mon 7-6-2020

Clay County Fair CEO and General Manager Jeremy Parsons says they recognize the impact it will have on those groups.

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Single Vehicle Crash On I-90 Near Lakefield Injures Missouri Man

Sun 7-5-2020

The Minnesota State Patrol says 77-year-old Lloyd Belt of Poplar Bluff, Missouri lost control of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado while traveling eastbound at mile post 58.

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I-90, Hwy 86 Collision Injures Lakefield Woman

Sun 7-5-2020

A two-vehicle collision Sunday on Highway 86 at the eastbound on ramp of Interstate 90 injured a Lakefield woman.

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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

Fri 7-3-2020

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

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Test Iowa Clinic Will Remain In Spirit Lake Through Atleast July 17th But Will Be Moving To A New Location

Fri 7-3-2020

Jennifer Gustafson of Lakes Regional Healthcare tells KUOO news since June 22nd, 1,576 people have been tested at the site

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City Of Spencer Terminates Employee Accused Of Making A Racial Comment

Fri 7-3-2020

The city announced earlier in the week it was launching an internal investigation after a photo of the incident at the Spencer Wal-Mart store surfaced on social media.

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Clay Co. Fair General Mgr/CEO Jeremy Parsons Addresses Cancellation Of This Year's Clay County Fair During Press Conference

Thu 7-2-2020

Parsons says the decision was extremely hard to make. He says it based in part on a survey they recently conducted

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association postpones Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Memorial Day Weekend of 2021

Thu 7-2-2020 243 West Broadway Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Association is hosting several outdoor concerts including Live on Lake Street featuring Jason Walsmith of The Nadas on July 3

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Illegal Sump Pump Connections Continue To Be A Concern For Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District

Thu 7-2-2020

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

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***BREAKING NEWS*** 2020 Clay County Fair Will NOT Be Held

Thu 7-2-2020

The Clay County Fair Association announced today (Thursday) the 2020 edition of "The World's Greatest County Fair" will NOT be held and has been postponed to September 11th-19th, 2021. 

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Heat, Humidity & Occasional Rains Have Crops Thriving

Thu 7-2-2020

Corn won't be knee high this year by the 4th of July. Instead, it's more like waist to chest high in many cases.

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Local Health Official Gives Update On COVID-19 Situation

Thu 7-2-2020

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.

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Animal Experts urge Owners to take extra care with Pets during 4th of July Weekend

Wed 7-1-2020 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Experts suggest calming agents and products to assist with pet care.

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Estherville Police Say They're Getting Numerous Complaints Of Fireworks Being Illegally Discharged In That City

Wed 7-1-2020

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.

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Okoboji Foundation Once Again Holding Its July Nonprofit Challenge

Wed 7-1-2020

July is now upon us and it's time once again for the Okoboji Foundation to launch one of it's annual events that helps nonprofit organizations in the lakes area build their endowments.

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Mueske Family Foundation To Match Donations To The YMCA Of The Okoboji's Up To $100,000 Through August 1st

Wed 7-1-2020

Andrew Fisher, CEO of the YMCA of the Okoboji's says they're very grateful for the foundation's support saying it comes at a very critical time.

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Cause Of Northern Iowa Diecast Fire Traced To Ventilation Fan

Wed 7-1-2020

Lake Park Fire Chief Brandon Ehret says a rooftop ventilation fan was the likely cause of a fire this (Wednesday) morning at Northern Iowa Diecast in Lake Park.

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Two Vehicle Collision In SW Mn Sends Three People To The Hospital

Wed 7-1-2020

A two vehicle accident yesterday (Thursday) afternoon on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake has sent three people to the hospital.

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No Injuries Reported In Fire At Northern Iowa Diecast In Lake Park; Production Is Temporarily Suspended

Wed 7-1-2020

Jeff Skalbeck, President of Northern Iowa Diecast, tells KUOO news the plant was evacuated and no one was hurt.

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