News Archive

South Dakota Man Escapes Serious Injury In Fiery Crash In Sioux County

Fri 7-30-2021

Authorities say 66-year-old Delbert Pieschke of Clear Lake, South Dakota was driving a 2000 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a trailer loaded with scrap southbound on Highway 60 two miles south of Hospers

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O'Brien County Authorities Say Charges Are Pending In A Single Vehicle Crash That Injured A Sheldon Man

Fri 7-30-2021

The Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Kevin Anderson of Sheldon was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on a county road at what appears to have been a high rate of speed.

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A Big Weekend In Terril Kicks Off This (Fri.) Evening

Fri 7-30-2021

A weekend of fun in Terril kicks off this (Fri.) evening and continues through Sunday as the community holds its Fun Days and Quasi Plus One celebration.

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Iowa Supreme Court Ruling Says Trial For The Former Police Chief Of Armstrong Can Proceed

Thu 7-29-2021

Craig Merrill was among five former city officials charged in an investigation into misconduct.

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Milford Police Release Details Into July 23rd High Speed Pursuit That Resulted In Multiple Charges Against A Sanborn Man

Thu 7-29-2021

Authorities say it all started shortly after 1:00 that morning when a deputy on patrol pulled over a vehicle in the 800 block of Okoboji Avenue for an equipment violation.

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Antique & Classic Boat Show to be held on July 31

Thu 7-29-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Boat Show is free and open to the public from 10-3, Boat Parade to follow at 3:30

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A Second Person Has Now Been Arrested And Charged In The Death Of A Lake Park Woman

Thu 7-29-2021

Court documents show Justice Berntson was taken into custody Wednesday by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Berntson was charged with 1st degree murder and was being held on a $1 million bond.

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Special Event Tuesday (Aug. 3rd) Will Talk About The History Of Many Buildings In Downtown Spirit Lake

Thu 7-29-2021

Mary Dreier, Curator of the Dickinson County Museum, tells KUOO news they'll be holding a “Stroll Back In Time” Tuesday evening beginning at the museum at the corner of Highways 9 & 71 and Keokuk Avenue in Spirit Lake

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Farmland Lease Meeting Set For Next Week For Dickinson County

Thu 7-29-2021

Madeleine Smith, Dickinson County Youth and Ag Program Coordinator says the session for Dickinson county is set for 9:00 am Thursday, August 5th

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Single Vehicle Crash South Of Milford Injures Spencer Woman

Thu 7-29-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Hanna Hannegress of Spencer lost control of a 2016 Jeep Patriot while traveling southbound. The vehicle went through the median and rolled.

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Future Make Up Of The Siouxland Conference Will Likely Hinge On Upcoming Mediation Session

Thu 7-29-2021

We could have a better idea soon as to what the future makeup of the Siouxland athletic conference might look like following a mediation session that's set for August 9th.

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County Road N-14 Through Terril To Be Closed To Traffic From 1:00 Until 2:00 PM Sunday (Aug. 1st)

Thu 7-29-2021

Officials say the closure will be in effect from 1:00 until 2:00 pm to accommodate a parade and other events associated with the community's Fun Days and Quasi Plus One celebration.

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High Speed Pursuit, At Times Reaching Speeds Of 115 MPH, Starts In Spirit Lake And Comes To End In Jackson County After Going Through Several Counties

Thu 7-29-2021

The Spirit Lake Police Department says it started when an officer tried to pull over a westbound vehicle on Highway 9 and 71 near the courthouse that was traveling 71 mph in a 25 mph zone

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Appoints James Daane As District Court Judge For Judicial Election District 3B

Thu 7-29-2021

The district is comprised of Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.

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Canadian Wildfires Prompt Air Quality Alerts For Southwest Minnesota

Thu 7-29-2021

Heavy smoke is expected to arrive around mid-morning today (Thursday) in central and southern Minnesota

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association postpones "Boat-in" Rock the Park Concert featuring Rock a La Carte July 30

Wed 7-28-2021 37 Lake Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-"Boat-in" event will now be held August 27

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Annual Wounded Warrior Pro Am Set For Aug. 9th & 10th At Emerald Hills

Wed 7-28-2021

A 21 gun salute will be a part of the event, and the tournament is open free of charge to spectators.

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Restoration Project Is In The Works For Garlock Slough

Wed 7-28-2021

A wetland complex that's vital to water quality in West Lake Okoboji is about to undergo a restoration.

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Arrest Made In December 22, 2020 Death Of Lake Park Woman

Wed 7-28-2021

26-year-old Allison Marie Decker was arrested this past Monday in Woodbury county in connection with the death of Angel Bastman of Lake Park who was found dead in the basement of her residence at 104 Maple Avenue in Lake Park. 

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Three Teens At Forest Ridge Accused Of Stealing A Vehicle And Other Items

Tue 7-27-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says deputies  were notified a little before 7:00 am July 19th of a vehicle that had been stolen from Daybreak Foods, two miles south of Estherville.

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Spirit Lake City Council Schedules Public Hearing On Rezoning Request For Regional Mental Health Treatment Facility

Tue 7-27-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday set August 10th as the date for a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of the location of the former Keo Office Building is located on Keokuk Avenue in Spirit Lake.

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Two Vehicle Collision In Jackson County Claims Lives Of Two People

Tue 7-27-2021

A two-vehicle collision Monday at the intersection of Jackson County Roads 29 and 34 in Alpha claimed the lives of two people. 

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Legendary Singer Marilyn Maye to appear at Pearson Lakes Art Center August 10 & 11

Tue 7-27-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Maye recently appeared on CBS Sunday Morning

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Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against Armstrong Man

Tue 7-27-2021

A traffic stop this past weekend resulted in the arrest of an Armstrong man on multiple charges.

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City Of Arnolds Park To Flush Fire Hydrants

Tue 7-27-2021

Fire hydrant flushing in Arnolds Park will get underway Wednesday (July 28th) and will continue through Friday (July 30th). 

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Cracking Down On Non-Compliant Driveways; Adopt Revised Sign Ordinance; And Hear Updates On Revised Flood Maps

Tue 7-27-2021

Dickinson Co. Supervisors Cracking Down On Non-Compliant Driveways; Adopt Revised Sign Ordinance; And Hear Updates On Revised Flood Maps

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Woman Arrested On Weapon Charge

Tue 7-27-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around midnight after getting a report from a woman saying she was worried about her safety.

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Crop Conditions Slipping As Dry Conditions Continue And Heat Intensifies

Tue 7-27-2021

The new U-S-D-A report says the crop stress from a lack of moisture is most notable in the northern third of Iowa -- which has the worst drought conditions.

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City Of Milford Looking To Re-Draw Some Urban Renewal Districts

Tue 7-27-2021

A public hearing on the proposals is set for next month.

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Sioux County Judge To Rule On Orange City Ordinance On Rental Home Inspections

Tue 7-27-2021

A judge is considering whether to allow an Orange City ordinance that lets the city inspect rental homes without the owner's consent.

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Lyon County Drug Investigation Results In Charges Against Two Men From Melvin And Sibley

Tue 7-27-2021

Authorities in Lyon county say multiple drug charges have been filed against two people stemming from a drug investigation back on July 17 of this year.

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Milford City Council Authorizes Applying For REAP Grant To Help Fund Connector Trail Project

Mon 7-26-2021

The Milford City Council this (Monday) evening authorized the application of a REAP Grant, which if awarded, would help fund construction of the first 1.2 miles of a trail extending south from the existing spine trail, eventually connecting with the Clay county trail system.

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Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Dept. Battles Tree Fire

Mon 7-26-2021

Chief Chris Yungbluth tells KUOO news firefighters were called to the area of 322 Lake Drive in Arnolds Park.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre to present The Marvelous Wonderettes - Dream On July 27-August 1

Mon 7-26-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Friday's performance to feature a Talk Back with Singer Janice Hill

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Forecast For Extreme Heat Has Arnolds Park Amusement Adjusting Its Hours Of Operation

Mon 7-26-2021

In a Facebook post, officials announced the park will be open Tuesday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and that it will be closed all day Wednesday.

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Storm Lake Traffic Stop Results In Massive Pot Bust

Mon 7-26-2021

Authorities in Storm Lake say they seized 27 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop this past Friday.

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Report Of Possible Electrical Fire Prompts Evacuation Of Lake Park Care Center

Mon 7-26-2021

Assistant Lake Park Fire Chief Justin Kracht tells KUOO news residents were all safely evacuated to the nearby Presbyterian Church.

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Two Vehicle Collision Results In Minor Injuries (2)

Mon 7-26-2021

Minor injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision late Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 4 and 490th street in Mallard.

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Harassment Complaint Leads To Multiple Drug Arrests

Mon 7-26-2021

An investigation into a harassment complaint early Saturday in Mallard resulted in multiple drug arrests.

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Bucket Of Junk Art Contest To Be Part Of This Weekend's Terril Fun Days/Quasi Plus One Celebration

Mon 7-26-2021

Contest organizer Jerri Nissen says the buckets of junk are available for pick up now

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Okoboji School Bd Awards Bid On Bus Barn Project; Rejects Bids On Multi-Purpose, Commons & Kitchen Project At High School After Coming In Much Higher Than Expected

Mon 7-26-2021

Only two bids were received on the project at the high school. Superintendent Todd Abrahamson says both were in excess of $6 million, well over the estimated cost of a little more than $4.4 million

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Law Enforcement Check Sunday Of Bars In Arnolds Park For Underage Drinking Lands 21 People In Jail

Mon 7-26-2021

A press release from the Arnolds Park Police Department says the charges include public intoxication, possession of alcohol under the legal age and misuse of a driver's license to acquire alcohol.

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Progress Continues On Restoration Of Spencer's Iconic Rocket Slide

Sun 7-25-2021

Mayor Kevin Robinson gave an update on the project last week

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There's Been A Change In The Ranks At The Emmet County Sheriff's Office

Sun 7-25-2021

Sheriff Mike Martens has announced effective immediately Deputy Sheriff Justin Schultes has been promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff. 

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A Conservation Group Purchases Former Fox Lake Power Plant Site East Of Sherburn

Sat 7-24-2021

The site was decommissioned through a series of environmental remediation and demolition projects.

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Sibley Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Case

Sat 7-24-2021

A Sibley man has been arrested in connection with an investigation Friday into a report of sexual assault that took place at a residence on 3rd Avenue in Sibley.

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A Rural Water System Serving A Number Of Counties In SW Minn. Issues Special Advisory For Customers

Sat 7-24-2021

The Red Rock Rural Water System has issued a water use advisory for the entire water system including the rural members and cities it serves.

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New Report Shows Iowa Bridge Conditions Are Some Of The Worst In The Country

Sat 7-24-2021

Four-thousand-571 bridges in Iowa are listed as structurally deficient.  That’s more than 19 percent of all bridges in the Hawkeye State.

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Collision On Hwy 60 In Nobles County Sends Two People To The Hospital

Sat 7-24-2021

Both drivers were taken to Sanford Hospital in Worthington with non-life threatening injuries.

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Okoboji Indian Motorcycle To Hold First Annual "Ride To Sturgis" In Early August

Fri 7-23-2021

An inaugural event early next month in the Iowa Great Lakes will serve as a kick off to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Substitute Announcer At Kossuth County Speedway Comes Under Fire For Making Racial Comments Over The Track's P-A System

Fri 7-23-2021

The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona says it will no longer use a substitute track announcer after a video containing racially insensitive comments at the track last week went viral.

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Details Released Into A Crash That Claimed The Life Of An Estherville Teen

Fri 7-23-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says it received a report shortly after 5:30 am Thursday of a vehicle on its top in the 1300 block of 400th Avenue in a rural area of the county.

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Damaging The Bar Area In A Local Hotel

Thu 7-22-2021

A Prior Lake, Minnesota man faces charges for allegedly damaging the bar area at the EconoLodge in Jackson Wednesday evening.

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Estherville-Lincoln Central Schools Mourning The Loss Of A Student

Thu 7-22-2021

An email to district patrons states that James Woodyard died this (Thurs.) morning in a single vehicle crash.

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Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson Says He Won't Seek Another Term

Thu 7-22-2021

Kevin Robinson made the announcement late this (Thursday) afternoon

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to present 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience July 23

Thu 7-22-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Nashville-based Tribute Band to bring authentic sound of legendary group

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Man Wanted On Dickinson County Warrants Taken Into Custody In Palo Alto County

Thu 7-22-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Thomas Wright of Ruthven was wanted on charges from Dickinson county for domestic abuse assault...2nd offense, child endangerment and contempt for allegedly violating terms of a no-contact or protective order.

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A Third Party Vendor Issue Caused Some State Agency Websites To Become Unavailable For A Short Time

Thu 7-22-2021

The outage started at about 10:50 am and affected sites with iowa.gov, state.ia.us and iowadnr.gov domains.

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Lawmakers Questions MercyOne Vaccine Policy

Thu 7-22-2021

More than one dozen Iowa lawmakers are asking Trinity Health to explain their requirement that staff in seven MercyOne hospitals in Iowa get the Covid vaccine by September 21st.

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Iowa Great Lakes Seeing Increase In Native Aquatic Plants This Season

Thu 7-22-2021

Mike Hawkins, a Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says those include native species such as coon tail, sagel pond weed and wild water celery, to name a few, which are extremely beneficial to a lake's ecosystem.

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Area Crops Continue To Develop At A Good Pace, Even With Lack Of Rain

Thu 7-22-2021

Jim Nesseth is a local crops specialist with Extended Ag Services in Lakefield. He tells KUOO news growing degree days continue to run quite a bit ahead of normal with pretty much all of the corn tasseled now.

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Two People From Lakefield

Thu 7-22-2021

A single vehicle crash Wednesday on Interstate 90 in Nobles county injured two people from Lakefield.

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Concern Is Increasing As Covid Cases Rise Significantly In Minnesota

Wed 7-21-2021

Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says the Delta variant is responsible for about 75-percent of the new cases.

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New President & CEO Of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Gives An Update

Wed 7-21-2021

Shannon Landauer, the organization's new President and CEO, came on board earlier this month.

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President And CEO Of Seasons Center Is Stepping Down To Take A Similar Position At Another Agency

Wed 7-21-2021

Kim Scorza's last day with Seasons Center will be August 31st.

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Spirit Lake Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges In Osceola County In Connection With A Stolen Vehicle Report

Tue 7-20-2021

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over the vehicle as it was traveling on Highway 60 near Sibley.

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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation raising funds for the East Okoboji Lake Shoreline Project

Tue 7-20-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Foundation has fundraising goal of 8.2 million by Labor Day

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Flat Tire Leads To The Arrest Of A Primghar Woman On Drug Charges

Tue 7-20-2021

There's never a good time to have a flat tire but that was especially the case for a woman in Clay county who wound up getting arrested on drug charges.

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Statistics From Iowa DNR Show Iowa Great Lakes Ranked 4th Among The Top 5 Bodies Of Water In The State For BWI Arrests In 2020

Tue 7-20-2021

Statistics from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources rank the Iowa Great Lakes among the top five bodies of water in the state for arrests for boating while intoxicated in 2020.

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Recent Rains Bring Improvement To Crops But Experts Say Much More Is Needed

Tue 7-20-2021

The latest U-S-D-A crop report indicates corn and soybean fields have responded well to recent rain, but Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says more moisture is needed. 

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Route Announced For Spirit Lake Knights Of Columbus "Holy Smokes Cruise"

Tue 7-20-2021

You can see a map of the route by clicking here.

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Officials Break Ground On Jackson Crossroads Retail Center

Tue 7-20-2021

Community and Business Development Specialist Tom Nelson says it's great to see the project become a reality.

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Dickinson Co. 4-H & FFA Fair Is Headed Down The Home Stretch

Tue 7-20-2021

Wednesday will be the final day to view livestock and static exhibits.

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Curtain About To Go Up On Next Production At Okoboji Summer Theatre; First Boji Bantam Production Set For Wednesday

Tue 7-20-2021

The next production of the season opens this (Tues.) evening at Okoboji Summer Theatre. The curtain will go up on “Clue On Stage”.

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Spencer City Council Authorizes Staff To Apply For Grant To Study Second Floors Of Buildings In The City's Historic Downtown District

Tue 7-20-2021

Planning Director Alek Schulz says it would encompass several factors

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Estherville City Council Discusses Options To Fill Upcoming Vacancy; Hears Concerns Over Book Purchase

Mon 7-19-2021

Longtime council member Gene Haukoos has announced he'll be resigning from his at-large seat on the council effective August 4th.

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NW Iowa Native Crowned Li'l Miss Iowa 2021

Mon 7-19-2021

A Spencer native has been crowned Li'l Miss Iowa 2021.

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Backyard Brats & Blues, A Fundraiser For Arts On Grand In Spencer, To Be Held This Saturday, July 24th

Mon 7-19-2021

Tara Brown of Arts On Grand says the event, Backyard Brats and Blues, will be held that evening from 6:00 until 10:00 pm at a residence on the east side of Spencer.

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Bike Ride Among Events Planned For Terril Fun Days & Quasi Plus One Celebration July 30th-August 1st

Mon 7-19-2021

Organizer Tim Fairchild says this year's ride is taking on a bit of a twist

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South Dakota Woman Sentenced In Federal Meth Case That Has Ties To The Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 7-19-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 45-year-old Ruby Blankenship of Brandon, South Dakota was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to more than 5 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in November of last year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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An Incident Early This Past Thursday Lands Milford Man In Jail On Multiple Charges

Mon 7-19-2021

James Jenkins was charged with going armed with intent, carrying a weapon...a knife, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief in the 3rd degree, public intoxication, criminal mischief in the 5th degree and trespassing. 

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River Restoration To Be Topic At Next Lakeside Lab Science Seminar

Mon 7-19-2021

The information will be presented by Molly Hanson, a Conservation and and Community Research Specialist with RDG Planning and Design

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Knights Of Columbus Of St. Mary's Catholic Church In Spirit Lake To Hold Classic Car Show & Golf Tournament

Mon 7-19-2021

The Knights of Columbus of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake will be holding a couple of major events later this week.

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Southern Minnesota Crash Injures A Northwest Iowa Man

Mon 7-19-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 30-year-old Nicholas Sorenson of Dickens was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado westbound when the vehicle left the road.

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Dickinson County Relay for Life "Onward to a Cure" Event is July 21

Fri 7-16-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Survivors and Loved Ones asked to send photos for slide show presentation

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Iowa Dept. Of Transportation Warning Of Possible Scam

Fri 7-16-2021

The D.O.T's Driver's License and Identification Services Bureau says they've become aware of Iowans receiving text messages under the guise of confirming information related to your driver's license or driving record. The agency says the messages are misleading and that they are not the ones sending them out.

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Arnolds Park & Okoboji Moving Ahead With Grant Application For Stop Light Networking Project

Fri 7-16-2021

Two lakes area cities are applying for a grant for a project they say would better coordinate the flow of traffic on Highway 71 between 202nd Street (just south of Emerald Hills), and Stakeout Road in Okoboji.

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Plans Are Underway For 2021 U Of O Oktoberfest

Fri 7-16-2021

We may be in the middle of summer right now, but planning is already well underway for a popular fall event in the Iowa Great Lakes: Oktoberfest.

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Another Reminder About Availability Of COVID-19 Home Test Kits

Fri 7-16-2021

Free take-home COVID-19 test kits are being made available as all Test Iowa sites will be shutting down at the end of the day today (Fri.).

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Plea Deal Reached In Case Involving A Man Accused Of Leading Authorities On A High Speed Chase Last December In Two NW Iowa Counties

Fri 7-16-2021

A plea deal has been reached in a case involving a Sutherland man who was the subject of a high speed pursuit involving a stolen vehicle that went through portions of Osceola and O'Brien counties in December of last year.

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Collision Near Lakefield Sends One Person To The Hospital

Thu 7-15-2021

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says Carrie Wieres of Lakefield was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on County Road 14 and Tyler Holmes was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on County Road 17 when the two collided in the intersection.

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Milford Businessman Tim Kinnetz Selected As Grand Marshall For 2021 Pioneer Days Parade

Thu 7-15-2021

Kinnetz, RN Paramedic, founder and now managing director of annLeo, LLC and Grape Tree Medical Staffing, LLC, grew up in Milford and is a 1990 graduate of Okoboji High School. 

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Local Ag Expert Says Recent Rains Came At A Real Critical Time For Crops

Thu 7-15-2021

Crop conditions across the region have been seeing a big improvement thanks to the timely rains recently.

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Curly Leaf Pond Weed Mitigation Wraps Up For Another Season

Thu 7-15-2021

A representative of a lakes area protective association says it was another successful year for curly leaf pond weed mitigation.

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Disturbance At Forest Ridge Results In Charges Against Four Juvenile Females

Thu 7-15-2021

Four female juveniles have been charged in connection with a disturbance June 28th at Forest Ridge School in Gruver.

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Fire Damages Jackson, Mn. Manufacturer

Wed 7-14-2021

Jackson Fire Chief Dave Bond says they were called to Full Tilt Performance in the city's industrial park area near Interstate 90

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park to present George Thorogood and The Destroyers July 15

Wed 7-14-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(ARnolds Park)-Veteran Rocker's Tour includes a stop at the Minnesota State Fair September 4

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Brian Dalziel Announces He'll Be Resigning From Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp.

Wed 7-14-2021

It was announced today (Wed.) Brian Dalziel, Senior Vice President and Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will be stepping down at the end of the month. 

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Jackson County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two Men On Drug Charges

Wed 7-14-2021

Two men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop this past Saturday on Highway 60 near Heron Lake.

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Iowa DNR Reports Large Pheasant Harvest In 2020

Wed 7-14-2021

The COVID pandemic is credited for helping with a huge Iowa pheasant harvest in 2020. 

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Hospitals Being Required To Abide By New COVID-19 Mandates From OSHA

Wed 7-14-2021

Jason Harrington, President and CEO of Lakes Regional Healthcare, says among the requirements in the 44-page document is a mandate that patients and staff, even those that have been fully vaccinated, are still required to wear masks

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Keep Iowa Beautiful Hosts Their 12th Annual Photography Contest

Wed 7-14-2021

Pictures can be submitted to the Keep Iowa Beautiful website until December 18th. 

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Clay County Fairgrounds Will Be Off Limits To The General Public July 19th-25th For National Convention That Will Be Taking Place There

Wed 7-14-2021

Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons says the National Trappers Convention will be going on, and that the organization will be using the entire fairgrounds, including the north parking lot and north campgrounds.

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Dickinson Co. 4-H & FFA Fair Kicks Off Friday (July 16th)

Wed 7-14-2021

Sue Boettcher, Human Sciences Program Coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach, Dickinson County, says there will be no shortage of food at this year's event

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Spirit Lake City Council Awards A Bid Of Just $1 Million For Street Light Replacement Project

Wed 7-14-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday awarded a bid of just over a million dollars to replace street lights along some of the city's major thoroughfares.

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Iowa Department of Public Health Offering Home COVID Testing Kits Friday

Wed 7-14-2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health is shifting over to COVID home testing as the Test Iowa sites close down. 

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present Scottie Miller Band July 14

Tue 7-13-2021 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Show has been moved indoors to the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre

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Two More Environmentally Sensitive Areas Are Now Under Dickinson Co. Board's Auspices

Tue 7-13-2021

One is the former Inn golf course.

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Local Governments Beginning To Feel Increasing Impacts Of Material Shortages & Cost Increases

Tue 7-13-2021

This (Tues.) morning's Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting was further proof

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Man Who Was At The Center Of An Intense Manhunt Monday In Milford Has Been Taken Into Custody In South Dakota

Tue 7-13-2021

A post on the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page indicates that Patrick Miles has been apprehended.

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Armstrong Man Sentenced For Defrauding Federal Govt. Out Of $1.3 Million In Scheme Involving The Paycheck Protection Program

Tue 7-13-2021

57-year-old Donald Trosin was sentenced Monday to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in February of this year to one count of major fraud against the United States and one count of money laundering.

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O'Brien County Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against An Estherville Man

Tue 7-13-2021

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a vehicle for an equipment violation around 3:40 am Saturday near the intersection of Highways 18 and 60. The driver was identified as 34-year-old William Bingen of Estherville

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two Women On Drug Charges

Tue 7-13-2021

Two women were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop late Saturday night in Sheldon.

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Manhunt Results In Downtown Milford Being Cordoned Off Late Monday

Mon 7-12-2021

A manhunt resulted in downtown Milford being cordoned off for several hours late Monday, with Highway 71 traffic being detoured during that time.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre to present Weekend Comedy July 13-18

Mon 7-12-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Guest Artists Rob Doyen and Jeannie Marlin to appear in show

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New Economic Survey Shows Signs Of Additional Optimism Among Some Of Iowa's Largest Businesses

Mon 7-12-2021

Iowa Business Council executive director Joe Murphy, says it is the fourth straight survey where they have a positive trend.

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NW Iowa Man Accused Of Intentionally Running Over Another Person Is Charged With Attempted Murder

Mon 7-12-2021

The Rock Valley Police Department says about 2 o’clock Sunday morning, officers responded to a car vs pedestrian accident in Rock Valley.

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Okoboji School Board Wants Legislature To Address A Funding Inequity They Say Is Unfairly Impacting The District's Property Tax Payers

Mon 7-12-2021

Board members want the Iowa Legislature to extend the uniform per student funding to include Okoboji. That is currently at $5.40 per student but Abrahamson says Okoboji doesn't get that full amount because of the district's high property valuation

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Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Archer Woman On Multiple Charges

Mon 7-12-2021

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says the vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Avenger, had been reported stolen earlier in the afternoon on Friday from Sheldon.

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Okoboji School Board Sets Date For Bid Lettings For Two Construction Projects

Mon 7-12-2021

The Okoboji School Board this (Mon.) morning voted to proceed with plans for the commons and multi-purpose addition at the high school and construction of a bus barn.

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Friends of Lakeside Lab announce new Executive Director Madeline Gulick

Fri 7-9-2021 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Milford)-The Summer Celebration of Science fundraiser slated for August 1

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Estherville Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against A Man & Juvenile

Fri 7-9-2021

The Estherville Police Department says an officer pulled over the vehicle for a minor traffic infraction and smelled marijuana coming from it as he approached.

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Okoboji Foundation Once Again Holding Their Non Profit Challenge

Fri 7-9-2021

Director Mindy Gress says it's going on through the end of the month

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Rabbit & Poultry Exhibits Will Move To A New Location At This Year's Clay County Fair

Fri 7-9-2021

Officials say those exhibits will move to the new Farm Nutrients Small Animal Barn on the south side of the fairgrounds, where the former Ag Marketplace was located.

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Man Wanted On Theft Charges Taken Into Custody In Clay County

Fri 7-9-2021

The Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Dorian Stinnett was taken into custody in the 3000 mile of 310th Avenue in Clay county on Wednesday.

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16-Year-Old Charged With Drunk Driving, Other Offenses, After Being Pulled Over Going 90 Mph In 65 Mph Zone

Fri 7-9-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says the 16-year-old male, who's from Emmetsburg, was charged with operating while intoxicated...1st offense, possession of alcohol under the legal age, excessive speed, no seat belt, and violation of a graduated drivers license condition.

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LifeServe Asking For More Donors Amidst Blood and Staffing Shortage

Fri 7-9-2021

LifeServe only has a day's worth of blood on hand and is also short on staff to work blood drives. 

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Terril Gearing Up For Its Quasi+1 Celebration July 30th-August 1st

Thu 7-8-2021

Organizer Patrick Fairchild says the original quasi event was scheduled for last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.

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BRASL 2021 Trails Festival is July 10

Thu 7-8-2021 1609 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-15, 25 and 50 mile routes offered for various abilities

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Rhythm Of The River Is This Saturday (July 10th) In Jackson

Thu 7-8-2021

Event coordinator Anja Weets says there is no restriction on how many tickets can be sold

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Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig Named To BVU Board Of Directors

Thu 7-8-2021

Naig is a native of Cylinder and is a 2000 graduate of BVU

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We're Learning Additional Details Into The Deaths Of Three People In Algona Who's Bodies Were Found At A Residence

Thu 7-8-2021

Algona police are investigating an apparent double-murder suicide that has left two young boys dead.

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Kingsley Man Injured When Motorcycle He Was Driving Collided With A Semi Trailer In Clay County

Wed 7-7-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Dakota Nelson was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson northbound on County Road M-27 and 43-year-old Booker Bell of Sioux Falls was driving a 2014 Freightliner semi eastbound on 270th Street.

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Investigation Into Possible Drunk Driver Results In Arrest Of Estherville Man On Drug Charges

Wed 7-7-2021

The Estherville Police Department says officers were called to the 2700 block of 7th Avenue South where they found a pickup matching the description of one that was stated in a complaint they received.

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Collision On Hwy 86 Near Cutty's Resort Results In Minor Injuries; Both Vehicles Involved Were Totaled

Wed 7-7-2021

The collision took place around 4:15 pm Tuesday and resulted in traffic being re-routed for about 45 minutes.

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Investigation Into A Suspicious Vehicle Results In An Arrest

Wed 7-7-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle in the construction of a new housing development in the area of West 4th Street and 32nd Avenue West.

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A Rural Water System That Serves Nine Counties In SW Minnesota Is Replacing Its Water Treatment Facility

Wed 7-7-2021

The Red Rock Rural Water System that serves nine counties in southwest Minnesota, including Jackson, is replacing its water treatment plant

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Spencer City Council Hears Info. On Updated Flood Plain Maps

Wed 7-7-2021

The Spencer City Council Monday evening heard an update on the status of updated flood plain maps recently completed by federal officials.

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Estherville City Council Updated On Pool Project; Approves Formation Of Committee On Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Wed 7-7-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton reported the pool project is running ahead of schedule because of the dry weather.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park presents Ricky Nelson Remembered at the Roof Garden Ballroom July 7

Tue 7-6-2021 37 Lake Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Matthew and Gunnar Nelson celebrate the Royal Family of Entertainment with their show

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Man Faces Multiple Charges For Allegedly Sexually Abusing A Child

Tue 7-6-2021

Estherville police have charged a man in connection with an investigation into a child sex abuse case.

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Palo Alto County Crash Sends Teen To The Hospital With Possible Injuries

Tue 7-6-2021

A single vehicle crash early Monday in Palo Alto county sent the 16-year-old driver to the hospital.

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Milford Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

Tue 7-6-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 32-year-old Jared Wolthuis conspired to distribute more than three pounds of pure meth from July, 2018 through about March of 2020 in Dickinson county.

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Final Preparations Being Made For This Year's Dickinson County 4-H And FFA Fair

Tue 7-6-2021

Madeline Smith, Youth and Ag Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County says this year's fair will run from July 16th through the 22nd.

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Murder Investigation Underway In Algona

Tue 7-6-2021

Police say three people were found dead Monday evening in an apparent homicide at a residence in the 400 block of South Harlan Street in Algona.

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Physical Altercation Results In Arrest Of A Man On Multiple Charges

Tue 7-6-2021

A disturbance early Monday morning in George resulted in the arrest of a man on multiple charges.

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Some Severe Thunderstorms Made Their Way Through Portions Of The Region Monday Evening

Tue 7-6-2021

The Iowa Great Lakes escaped the activity, but that wasn't the case to our west.

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Crash Near Storm Lake Involving Three Motorcycles Claims Two Lives And Injures A Third Person

Mon 7-5-2021

A crash Friday night involving three motorcycles outside of Storm Lake claimed the lives of two people and left a third injured.

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City Of Milford Looking Into Possible Options For Storm Sewer Projects On The Town's West Side

Mon 7-5-2021

Mayor Steve Anderson says the city is looking into the possibility of using some old gravel pits on the west side of town as outlets for new storm sewers they hope to build

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Preliminary Info. Shows It Was A Fairly Typical 4th Of July In The Iowa Great Lakes When It Comes To Arrests

Mon 7-5-2021

It was a busy 4th of July holiday weekend for area law enforcement agencies but authorities locally say no major incidents were reported.

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Grass Fires Keep Area Firefighters On The Run Over The Holiday Weekend

Mon 7-5-2021

Grass fires had some area firefighters on the run over the holiday weekend.

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No Injuries Reported In West Lake Okoboji Boat Fire

Sat 7-3-2021

No injuries were reported earlier this (Saturday) afternoon in a boat fire about a half mile from shore off of Village West on West Lake Okoboji.

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Spirit Lake Police Seeking Info. In Theft Case

Sat 7-3-2021

Police say it involved a full cooler of soda taken from McKeen's Pub and Grill in Spirit Lake.

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Damon Dotson's 14th Annual Lake Affect starts at Noon on July 3

Fri 7-2-2021 Millers Bay,Lake Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Emergency Lane will be added this year

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Bridges Bay Pools Reopen

Fri 7-2-2021

The indoor and outdoor pools at Bridges Bay have reopened effective today (Friday).

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Spirit Lake Fire Dept. Responds To Two Grass Fires Within 24 Hours

Fri 7-2-2021

Both fires were very small in size, and firefighters were on the scene at each location only a few minutes. They're concerned, though, that may not be the case with any grass fires in the future.

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Pandemic-Related Regulatory Relief Ending Later This Month in Iowa

Fri 7-2-2021

Last year, Governor Kim Reynolds temporarily suspended many of the deadlines for renewing state licenses and many of those suspensions already have ended

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Student Senate At Emmetsburg ILCC Campus & Estherville Conservation Club To Be Honored With Governor Volunteer Award

Fri 7-2-2021

The two groups were nominated for the honor by the Iowa Department of Transportation for their participation in the D.O.T's “Adopt A Highway” project

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Multi-Vehicle Chain Reaction Crash Results In Minor Injuries To One Of The Drivers Involved

Fri 7-2-2021

Minor injuries were reported Wednesday afternoon in a five-vehicle chain reaction collision at the intersection of Highway 18 and Clay County Road N-14 near Dickens.

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Spirit Lake Officials Remind Everyone It Is Illegal To Shoot Off Fireworks In The City

Thu 7-1-2021

Spirit Lake officials have a friendly reminder for those celebrating the 4th of July: it is illegal to shoot off fireworks in the city.

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Pet Owners encouraged to take Precautions during 4th of July Weekend

Thu 7-1-2021 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Preventative measures urged to defray anxiety during fireworks

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New Gun Permit Law Now In Effect In Iowa

Thu 7-1-2021

Iowans no longer have to get a permit to purchase or carry a handgun under a new state law that takes effect today (Thursday).  You still have to undergo a background check to buy a gun from a federally-licensed dealer. 

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Disturbance Lands Two Men In Jail On Multiple Charges And A Citation Being Issued Against A Teen

Thu 7-1-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called a little after 9:00 pm to 401 East Robins Street in Graettinger.

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Iowa Wildlife Officials Remain Vigilant For Mysterious Ailment That's Been Affecting Songbirds In Eastern U.S.

Thu 7-1-2021

Wildlife officials are closely monitoring a mysterious illness that's been affecting songbirds in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S and has now been detected as close to us as Indiana.

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Spencer Municipal Band Leaders Stepping Down At End Of Season

Thu 7-1-2021 Spencer, IA

Kurt Schwarck and Janet Boyens will be stepping down having lead the band since 1999. 

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LifeServe Blood Drives July 2nd and 9th

Thu 7-1-2021

LifeServe Blood Drives are Friday July 2nd at St Joseph and Friday July 9th at the Dickinson County Community Building.

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Local Crop Expert Says The Recent Rain, For Those Lucky Enough To Get It, Was Extremely Valuable

Thu 7-1-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services of Lakefield says it definitely came at a very critical time, even though it was pretty spotty.

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Area Law Enforcement Agencies To Participate In "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Through The 4th Of July Holiday Period

Thu 7-1-2021

Agencies throughout Iowa will be participating in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign that starts Friday and runs through July 5th. 

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