News Archive

Iowa Lakes Community College to receive $1.9 million grant to fund Talent Search Program

Tue 8-31-2021 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Esterville)-Renewal grant from the U.S. Department of Education is to fund program for next 5 years

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Man Pulled Over For Going Over 100 MPH Also Arrested For Allegedly Violating A No-Contact Order

Tue 8-31-2021

A Royal man was pulled over around 6:00 pm on Wednesday of last week for going more than 100 mph in the 1700 mile of Clay County Road B40.

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Public Informational Meeting On Emerald Ash Borer To Be Held Sept. 15th At Mahan Hall At Lakeside Lab

Tue 8-31-2021

An invasive pest that is devastating to ash trees has not been officially confirmed yet in Dickinson county, but officials say they want to be proactive.

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Employees Of Spencer Hospital Are Now Required To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 As Part Of Their Employment

Tue 8-31-2021

Spencer Hospital is now requiring all of its employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 1st, 2021.

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Authorities Say They'll Be Looking Closely For Drunk, Impaired Drivers Over The Labor Day Holiday Period

Tue 8-31-2021

Area law enforcement agencies say they'll be keeping a close eye out over the Labor Day holiday period for drivers who are drunk or impaired in some other way.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present BAT August 31 and The Hit Men September 1

Mon 8-30-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-The Hit Men feature musicians from Foreigner, Toto, Journey and Derek & The Dominos

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Soybean Processing Plant Planned For Buena Vista County

Mon 8-30-2021

It was announced today (Mon.) a new soy processing plant will be built near Alta in Buena Vista county, pending state and local approvals.

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Governor Kim Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation For Several NW Iowa Counties Impacted By Recent Severe Weather

Mon 8-30-2021

Emmet, Lyon and Palo Alto counties are among those included.

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Two Men Wanted On Active Warrants Arrested Over The Weekend In Clay County

Mon 8-30-2021

Two men wanted on warrants were taken into custody over the weekend by authorities in Clay county.

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Masks Now Mandatory In Areas Controlled By Iowa Courts

Mon 8-30-2021

The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court has signed an order making masks mandatory in areas controlled by courts. 

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2021 Clay County Fair To Feature Special Day For A Growing Demographic Of The Region's Population

Mon 8-30-2021

Fair CEO and General Manager Jeremy Parsons says they'll be holding a Hispanic Festival Sunday, September 12th.

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We're Learning Some Additional Details Into That First-Ever Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Proposed To Go Through Several NW Iowa Counties

Mon 8-30-2021

As we reported previously, the proposed pipeline would pass through a number of counties in northwest Iowa, including a portion of Dickinson county. 

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Lakes Regional Healthcare & Dickinson County Public Health Conducting A Needs Assessment Survey

Mon 8-30-2021

Lakes Regional Healthcare and Dickinson County Public Health are seeking input from the community.

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Spencer City Manager Candidate Interviews Rescheduled

Fri 8-27-2021

Jessica Wright, the city's Human Resource Manager, announced late this (Friday) afternoon the interviews are now set for Saturday, October 2nd. 

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Broken Water Main In Wahpeton May Cause Issues With Discolored Water

Fri 8-27-2021

A text sent to residents late today (Friday) says it could result in some discoloration.

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Members Of Media Get Sneak Peak Of 2021 Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Fri 8-27-2021

Fair CEO and General Manager Jeremy Parsons says they're just thrilled to be back after not being able to have a fair last year.

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Spencer Hospital Trustees Approve 5-Year Strategic Plan

Fri 8-27-2021

Hospital President Bill Bumgarner says it focuses on four key areas and includes input from a wide-range of stakeholders.

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Deadline For Open Class Livestock Entries For Clay County Fair Powered By SMU Is Quickly Approaching

Fri 8-27-2021

The deadline for open class livestock entries for this year's fair is midnight this coming Sunday, August 29th. That includes open class cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep and horses.

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Investigation Into Suspicious Person Results In Arrest Of Woman On Drug Charges

Fri 8-27-2021

An investigation into a report of a suspicious person in a park in Ruthven landed a woman in jail on drug charges.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to present Rock the Park featuring Vinyl Nights August 27

Thu 8-26-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-"Boat-in" Concert to be held at new Preservation Plaza Patio

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ISU Extension & Outreach Dickinson County To Offer After School Programming For K-3rd Grade Youth

Thu 8-26-2021

K-12 Educator Hanna Dibble says they're still working out the final details

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Cash Rent for Iowa Farmland Up From 2020

Thu 8-26-2021

A new survey finds Iowa had the highest cash rent average for cropland this year at 233 dollars an acre, three dollars an acre higher than last year. 

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Fort Belmont Pioneer Days To Be Held This Weekend

Thu 8-26-2021

President of the Fort Belmont Association, Ken Kruse, says they are happy to be back.

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State Of Iowa Seeing Significant Increase In COVID-19 Cases

Thu 8-26-2021

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa is up 20 percent over the last week

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O'Brien County Crash Injures A Primghar Man

Thu 8-26-2021

A single vehicle crash Tuesday evening in O'Brien county sent one person to the hospital.

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Second Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Lake Park Murder Case

Wed 8-25-2021

Online court documents show Allison Decker entered the plea late Tuesday.

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Chair, Co-Chair Announced For 2022 U Of O Winter Games

Wed 8-25-2021

A major announcement today (Wed.) for the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against A Storm Lake Woman

Wed 8-25-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy saw alcohol in the vehicle and knew the driver was under the legal age after seeing her driver's license.

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Don't Look For Golf Carts To Become Legal On Spirit Lake Streets Any Time Soon

Wed 8-25-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening heard requests to legalize the use of golf carts on city streets.

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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation nearing Fundraising Goal for East Okoboji Shore Protection Project

Tue 8-24-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Foundation has until Labor Day to meet $8.2 million goal

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Emmet County Crash Claims Life Of Graettinger Woman

Tue 8-24-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says deputies were notified a little before 10:30 am Monday of a single-vehicle rollover in the 1700 block of 490th Avenue.

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Spirit Lake And Spencer School Districts Awarded Funding To Assist In Providing Mental Health Services Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue 8-24-2021

Spirit Lake And Spencer School Districts Awarded Funding To Assist In Providing Mental Health Services Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Deal With Drainage-Related Matters; Approve Hiring Of Full Time Assistant In County Attorney's Office

Tue 8-24-2021

October 12th was set as the date for a public hearing on a proposal to annex some land in Osceola county into Drainage District 15 in northwestern Dickinson county. They also set September 21st as the date for a public hearing on a reclassification report for Drainage District 31 in the Superior area.

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Iowa Great Lakes Named A Recipient Of 2021 Community Of Character Award

Tue 8-24-2021

The Iowa Great Lakes Region is a 2021 recipient of the Community of Character Award through the Robert D. and Bille Ray Center at Drake University.

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HMS Middle School Completed Just In Time For Start Of New School Year

Tue 8-24-2021

The Hartley Melvin Sanborn school system has a new middle school and principal

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Milford City Council Tables Setting Date For Public Hearing On Proposed Parking Revisions For Sportsman's Drive

Tue 8-24-2021

The city is in the process of updating its Planning and Zoning Ordinances and councilman Aaron Gephart said he wants to review that first, saying it could have an affect on the issue.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to present EmiSunshine August 25

Mon 8-23-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-PLAC offering 2 for 1 tickets to the concert

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One Of Two Suspects Charged In The Death Of A Lake Park Woman Enters Not Guilty Plea

Mon 8-23-2021

Online court documents indicate Justice Berntson entered the written plea to a 1st degree murder charge this (Mon.) morning in Dickinson County District Court.

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NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Federal Weapons Charge

Mon 8-23-2021

19-year-old Derrick Jager was sentenced last week to more than four years in federal prison after pleading guilty in March of last year to one count of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.

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Terril Woman Arrested On Warrants

Mon 8-23-2021

Authorities say 39-year-old Jamie Williams was arrested shortly before 1:00 am Sunday on a Clay county warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft in the fourth degree and on a Dickinson county warrant for possession of contraband in a correctional facility and possession of methamphetamine.

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Three Vehicle Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 8-23-2021

A three-vehicle collision Friday at the intersection of Highway 18 and Clay County Road N-14 sent one person to the hospital.

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Another Reminder To Use Some Extra Caution As Schools Go Back Into Session

Mon 8-23-2021

Kevin Krull of the Post Six Office of the Iowa State Patrol says it's important to allow some extra time and slow down, especially while everyone gets used to a new routine.

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Manufacturing Expo To Be A Part Of This Year's Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Mon 8-23-2021

The event will be held Friday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the 4-H Auditorium.

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Estherville PD Canine Locates Missing Child

Sat 8-21-2021

Estherville police say their canine was recently successful in finding a missing child for an outside law enforcement agency.

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Getting In And Out Of A Couple Of Popular Public Accesses In The Iowa Great Lakes Could Be A Bit Tricky Over The Next Week

Fri 8-20-2021

Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells KUOO news crews will be working on the first of a two-phase project to improve access roads in the Kettleson-Hogsback and Center Lake areas.

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With Most Schools In The Area Starting Next Week Comes A Reminder For Motorists

Fri 8-20-2021

Trooper Kevin Krull of the Iowa State Patrol Post 6 Office in Spencer says motorists need to especially be aware of stopped school buses and the stop arm law.

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Iowa Sees Slight Uptick In Unemployment

Fri 8-20-2021

Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly to four-point-one percent in July. The rate was four percent in June.

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Clay County Heritage Is Looking For Some Volunteers

Fri 8-20-2021

The museum provides fairgoers with a glimpse into fairs from years past. 

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A New Physician Will Be Joining The Staff At Lakes Regional Family Medicine

Fri 8-20-2021

Dr. Whitney Nelson, a family medicine physician, will begin seeing patients on September 7th.

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Dickinson County Businesses Urged To Participate In Scarecrow Contest

Fri 8-20-2021

This marks the second year for the contest, put on by ISU Extension and Outreach, Dickinson County.

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Bite By The Barn Returning To Clay County Fair This Year

Fri 8-20-2021

The event will be held Thursday, September 16th from 3:00 until 5:00 pm and is completely free to registered entrants.

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The Wild Rose Casino & Resort to present The Buckinghams August 20

Thu 8-19-2021 777 Main Street,Emmetsburg,IA

(Emmetsburg)-Group includes Founding Members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna

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Minnesota's Minimum Wage Will Be Increasing In January

Thu 8-19-2021

The state Department of Labor and Industry says the rates are being adjusted for inflation in 2022. 

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New President/CEO Of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp. Says Housing Continues To Be A Major Need For The Region

Thu 8-19-2021

Shannon Landauer says they continue to work on several new projects and initiatives.

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City Officials In Spencer Looking At Options For Green Industrial Park Now That New Flood Maps Have Portions Of That Area In A Flood Plain

Thu 8-19-2021

Mayor Kevin Robinson updated the city council on the matter at their meeting Monday evening.

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Registration underway for 30th Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest

Wed 8-18-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Early Bird registration for Bike Ride ends September 13

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Unforeseen Circumstance Is Pushing Back Timeline For Hiring A New City Manager In Spencer

Wed 8-18-2021

In a press release, Mayor Kevin Robinson announced today (Wednesday) two of the three candidates for the position are ill and will not be able to attend interviews that were scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

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Low Water Levels Causing Issues At Boat Ramps On The Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 8-18-2021

Greg Harson, Northwest District Supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Bureau, says the dropping water levels are contributing to what's known as "scour holes".

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Local Ag Expert Says Any Additional Rain Now Will Likely Be Too Late For Most Of The Corn; Says Producers Should Be Prepared For Reduced Yields

Wed 8-18-2021

The ongoing drought is likely going to mean less corn in the bin this fall, and possibly fewer soybeans as well.

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Change Of Venue Requested For New Trial Of A Spirit Lake Man Accused In The Death Of A Man In Sioux County

Wed 8-18-2021

The request to move the trial for Gregg Winterfeld out of Sioux county cites “local sentiment”.

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Algona Police Looking For Man Wanted For Stealing A Purse From A Vehicle And Burglarizing A Residence

Wed 8-18-2021

Authorities in Kossuth county are looking for a man wanted in connection with a theft from a vehicle and burglarizing a residence.

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Okoboji Foundation Board Has Two New Members

Wed 8-18-2021

Kelly Hoien and Kent Stensland have joined the 15-member board that oversees the organization's financials, grant making priorities and strategic planning.

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Officials With Clay County Fair Powered By SMU Announce Change In Grandstand Lineup

Wed 8-18-2021

Fair officials announced Tuesday The Bellamy Brothers will perform with Tracy Lawrence in place of Mark Chesnutt on Monday, September 13th at 7:30 pm.

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Jackson County Commissioners Discuss Dangerous Intersection

Wed 8-18-2021

The intersection of Jackson County Roads 29 and 34 near Alpha has had a history of bad accidents, including some fatalities.

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Registration for Fall Art Classes underway at Pearson Lakes Art Center

Tue 8-17-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Exhibits by Anita K. Plucker and Hank Hall also opening soon at the Art Center

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House Move Could Impact Some Motorists In Spencer Wednesday (Aug. 18th)

Tue 8-17-2021

In a post on the city's Facebook page, city officials say a house will be moved tomorrow (Wed.) morning beginning at 9:00 am from the parking lot north of the Jacobsen Church on West Park Street.

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Latest USDA Crop Report Shows Slight Drop In The Condition Of Iowa's Corn Crop From The Previous Week

Tue 8-17-2021

The latest U-S-D-A report shows Iowa's corn crop is rated at 58 percent "good" to "excellent" -- a slight drop from last week's 61-percent rating.

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Dickinson Co. Public Health To Hold 3rd Dose Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics Next Week For Those Who Are Currently Eligible

Tue 8-17-2021

Burke says both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at next week's clinics and appointments are necessary.

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Spencer City Council Hears Update From Corridor; Gives Final Approval Of New Traffic Flow Around Middle School

Tue 8-17-2021

The Spencer City Council Monday evening heard an update from Shannon Landauer, the new CEO and President of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.

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Burn Ban May Be Forthcoming In Emmet County As Drought Conditions Continue

Mon 8-16-2021

Emmet County Emergency Management Coordinator Travis Sheridan says they're informing residents of that possibility now to give them some advance warning. 

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Spectacular to be held September 3-5 in Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 8-16-2021 243 West Broadway Street,Arnolds Park,IA

(Arnolds Park)-Tickets going quickly for Induction Concert on September 5

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Sioux Rapids Man Injured In Fiery Crash In Clay County

Mon 8-16-2021

A Sioux Rapids man was injured in a fiery crash this (Monday) morning near Greenville.

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Two Vehicle Collision On Hwy 60 Near Heron Lake Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 8-16-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 35-year-old Bernardo Barrera of Rock Rapids was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound and 81-year-old Delores Janssen of Lakefield was driving a 2014 Ford Escape westbound when the two collided.

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Dickinson Co. Officials Say They're Closely Monitoring Plans For Two Proposed Pipelines That Would Pass Through A Portion Of The County

Mon 8-16-2021

Bill Leupold, Chairman of the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, says they've been informed the pipelines would carry liquified carbon dioxide to North Dakota.

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Hy-Vee Pharmacy Offering Third Dose Covid-19 Vaccines From Pfizer & Moderna To Those Who Qualify

Mon 8-16-2021

The new doses were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are only recommended for those with severely or moderately compromised immune systems.

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Property Tax Assistance Available For Those Who Meet Certain Guidelines

Mon 8-16-2021

County Treasurers across Iowa are reminding owners of mobile/manufactured or modular homes that they are eligible for property tax assistance if they have a total household income of less than $24,206.00.

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Several NW Iowa Airports Awarded Funding

Mon 8-16-2021

Several airports in northwest Iowa have been awarded funding through the Iowa Transportation Commission's 2022 State Aviation Program.

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Dickinson Was One Of Only Three Counties In NW Iowa To See An Increase In Population In 2020 Census

Fri 8-13-2021

Statistics that were released Thursday show Dickinson county's population was at 17,703, a 6.2 percent increase from the last census.

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Fire Destroys Two Large Turkey Barns

Fri 8-13-2021

Firefighters from 10 different northwest Iowa departments responded to the scene about four miles west of George.

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ISU Extension & Outreach, Dickinson Co. Conservation Board & Iowa DNR To Offer Master Conservationist Program

Fri 8-13-2021

A course that provides hands-on interaction with the area's natural resources will be held for several weeks beginning later this month.

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Single Vehicle Crash Injures Oklahoma Woman

Fri 8-13-2021

A single vehicle crash Thursday in Worthington injured an Oklahoma woman.

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Primghar Man Sentenced On Federal Drug Charge

Fri 8-13-2021

38-year-old Jeremiah Bottjen of Primghar had pled guilty back in March of last year to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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Okoboji Yacht Club to host 2021 Inland Championship Regatta August 15-21

Thu 8-12-2021 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Power Boat Operators urged to slow to No Wake Speed near Sailboat Races

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Palo Alto County Crash Results In Multiple Injuries

Thu 8-12-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office has released details into a single vehicle crash this past Saturday that injured several people.

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Burglary Investigation Results In Arrests Of Two Men

Thu 8-12-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says two men were arrested as the result of an investigation into a residential burglary in Ruthven that occurred in the early morning of August 5th.

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Name Of Another Finalist For Spencer City Manager Released

Thu 8-12-2021

Glen Anderson is the current City Administrator/Economic Development Director and Utility Director for the city of Sibley, a position he's held since 2014.

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Local Crops Expert Says We Could See Another Early Harvest This Year

Thu 8-12-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says overall things are looking pretty good even with the lack of rain most of the region has been experiencing.

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Albert City Woman Pleads Guilty In Federal Money Laundering Case

Thu 8-12-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says as part of the plea, 23-year-old Yesenia Ledesma-Ledezma of Albert City agreed to to forfeit property she acquired with proceeds from her illegal business.

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Clay County Public Health To Hold Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic August 19th

Thu 8-12-2021

Officials with Clay County Public Health say they'll be holding a Covid-19 vaccination clinic one week from today, Thursday, August 19th, from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at the Spencer Middle School.

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Arnolds Park City Council Hears Concerns From Pillsbury Point Residents Over Proposed Shoreline Restoration/Sidewalk Project

Thu 8-12-2021

Councilman Matt Richter, who served as Mayor Pro Tem at the meeting, says the project will be carried out in two phases, with the sidewalk portion scheduled to start later in September.

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Finalists Announced For Spencer City Manager Vacancy

Wed 8-11-2021

Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson late this (Wed.) afternoon announced the top three finalists for the City Manager position which has been vacant since earlier this summer with the departure of Amanda Mack.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center presents Art in the Park August 14

Wed 8-11-2021 37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Event includes Kid's Activities and Music

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Two Vehicle Collision At 41st Street & Hwy 71 In Spirit Lake Sends One Person To The Hospital

Wed 8-11-2021

The Spirit Lake Police Department says 72-year-old Joyce Schwartz of Spirit Lake was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile van westbound on 41st Street and had stopped at a stop sign. Police say she then pulled into the path of a 2003 Volkswagon driven by 59-year-old Mark Campbell of Superior.

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Federal Jury Convicts NW Iowa Man On Drug, Weapons Charges

Wed 8-11-2021

A northwest Iowa man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed a firearm has been convicted by a jury following a four-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

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Okoboji City Council Hears Plans For Sherwood Forest At Former Inn Golf Course; Adopt No Parking On Portion Of Holliday Way Near Metz Beach

Wed 8-11-2021

City Administrator Michael Meyers says the council heard from representatives of an Omaha firm that's designing the project.

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A Longtime Member Of The Okoboji City Council Says He Will Not Seek Re-Election In November

Wed 8-11-2021

Jerry Robinson made the announcement at Tuesday evening's City Council meeting.

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Efforts To Locate A Regional Mental Health Treatment Facility In Spirit Lake May Now Be Dead

Tue 8-10-2021

Efforts to locate a regional mental health facility in Spirit Lake are likely dead after the Spirit Lake City Council this (Tues.) evening denied a zoning revision.

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Suspect Who Has Been Eluding Authorities In SW Minnesota The Past Several Days Has Been Taken Into Custody

Tue 8-10-2021

The Nobles County Sheriff's Office says the suspect, Michael Spath, was apprehended this (Tues.) morning in the same vicinity where he had last been seen on Sunday, near a corn field in the Brewster area.

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Okoboji Summer Theatre presents Urinetown: The Musical through August 15

Tue 8-10-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Musical Comedy wraps up season for OST 

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Pursuit Results In Arrest Of Man On Multiple Charges (2)

Tue 8-10-2021

Authorities say it started when a state trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic offense but the driver refused to stop.

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Crews Rescue Two Men Who Became Trapped In A NW Iowa Grain Elevator

Tue 8-10-2021

Two men were rescued Monday from a grain elevator in the Cherokee county town of Marcus. 

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Dickinson Supervisors Hear Request To Hire Additional Full Time Attorney In County Attorney's Office; Informed The Francis Sites Wetland Project Is Substantially Completed

Tue 8-10-2021

The supervisors had previously authorized the hiring of an additional part-time attorney but Zenor says trying to find someone for a part-time slot has proven very difficult.

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Finalists For City Manager Position In Spencer To Be Announced Later In The Day Wednesday (Aug. 11th)

Tue 8-10-2021

City officials say 47 applications were received from 20 states, with 17 coming from the state of Iowa.

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Spirit Lake School Board Hears Update On Covid Protocol For Upcoming School Year

Tue 8-10-2021

Superintendent Dr. David Smith says for the most part it's going to stay pretty much the same as last year, with mask wearing being optional.

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Two Vehicle Collision Results In Minor Injuries To Both Drivers; Totals Vehicles

Tue 8-10-2021

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says Kaleb Kuyper of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on the county road and Brent Johnson of Estherville was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on Highway 9.

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Milford City Council Hears Safety Concerns Regarding Sportsman's Drive; Formally Requests Study Of Highway 71 Through The City

Tue 8-10-2021

The Milford City Council Monday evening heard concern over traffic on Sportsman's Drive and a request to restrict parking on at least a portion of the road.

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Marilyn Maye to perform at Pearson Lakes Art Center August 10 & 11

Mon 8-9-2021 2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Legendary singer getting rave reviews following recent performances on East Coast

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SW Minnesota Authorities Are Looking For A Man Wanted In Nobles County

Mon 8-9-2021

The Nobles County Sheriff's Office says they're looking for an individual identified as Michael Layne Spath, a while male in his 40's. He's described as being 6 feet three inches tall, weighing 260 pounds with a beard and a tattoo on his neck.

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Hometown Heroes Event To Be Held Wed. (Aug. 11th) In Spirit Lake

Mon 8-9-2021

A special event Wednesday evening in Spirit Lake will pay tribute to some very special people in the community.

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Lakes Area Dog Park Vandalized

Mon 8-9-2021

Authorities are asking for the public's help as they investigate some vandalism at the Lakes Area Dog Park.

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Suspicious Vehicle Investigation Results In Arrest Of Woman On Multiple Drug Charges

Mon 8-9-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says an occupant of the vehicle, 34-year-old Heather Thomas, was wanted on drug-related warrants from Nobles county, Minnesota and Woodbury county, Iowa.

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Name Change Being Proposed For Dickinson County Landfill Commission

Mon 8-9-2021

If approved by the Board of Supervisors and city councils, the entity will be re-named the “Dickinson County Recycling Commission”.

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Collision Involving A Motorcycle And A Deer Sends One Person To The Hospital

Mon 8-9-2021

A collision Sunday morning involving a motorcycle and a deer near Windom sent one person to the hospital.

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Isolated Severe Produces Funnel Clouds And Tornado Touchdowns In Portions Of The Region Late Sunday

Mon 8-9-2021

An isolated severe thunderstorm that developed Sunday afternoon in southwest Minnesota brought threatening weather with it as it dropped into northwest Iowa.

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Police Find Nearly 300 Pounds Of Pot And Stolen Items In Storage Locker In Spencer

Mon 8-9-2021

The unit had been rented by William Cole, who was arrested in late July in Laurens.

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A Local Dog Boarding Facility Temporarily Closes To Help Prevent The Spread Of Canine Pneumovirus

Sat 8-7-2021

Dickinson County Small Animal Clinic in Spirit Lake says it has temporarily closed its boarding facility in an effort to try to slow the spread of the disease.

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Trespassing Investigation Results In Arrest Of Estherville Man

Fri 8-6-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old David Lobato was charged with trespassing, criminal mischief in the 5th degree and possession of a controlled substance...marijuana.

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Sportsman's Tiki Ride is August 7

Fri 8-6-2021 1605 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-This year's event will include a silent auction

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Iowa Lakeside Lab appoints Ashley Hansen to Education Coordinator position

Fri 8-6-2021 1838 Highway 86, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Hansen previously worked as a Naturalist with Dickinson County Conservation

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Local Engineering Firm Receives Special Recognition

Fri 8-6-2021

Beck Engineering, Inc. with offices in Cherokee, Orange City, Sioux Center and Spirit Lake was recently named to the 2021 PSMJ Resources Circle of Excellence as one of the top-performing architecture and engineering firms in the nation for four years in a row.

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Crews From Multiple Northwest Iowa Agencies Respond To Report Of A Person Trapped In A Grain Bin

Fri 8-6-2021

Authorities say the farmer was attempting to knock down some grain that had become lodged in the bin when it suddenly broke loose.

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Clay County Fair Powered By SMU Announces Some New Free Entertainment Acts For This Year

Fri 8-6-2021

This year's Clay County Fair powered by SMU will feature some new strolling acts and performance venues, in addition to some popular ones from the past.

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Additional Assistance Being Made Available To Livestock Producers In Several Counties Where Drought Conditions Are Worsening

Fri 8-6-2021

Linda Stuckenbroker of the Jackson County, Minnesota FSA Office says producers in the eligible counties can now apply for help through the Livestock Forage Program.

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It's Shaping Up To Be A Full Weekend Of Fun In Lake Park

Fri 8-6-2021

It's a fun packed weekend in Lake Park as the community celebrates Farmers Appreciation Days through Sunday.

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Drought Conditions Are Worsening Locally, With Several Counties, Including Dickinson, Classified As Being In Extreme Drought

Thu 8-5-2021

The latest U-S Drought Monitor shows 11 Iowa counties are now in "extreme" drought.

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Okoboji Blue Water Festival returns August 7

Thu 8-5-2021 Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Organizer Greg Drees says things get started at 8:30 am with a special artistic event for the kids.

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Area Veterinarians Say They're Treating An Outbreak Of A Virus In Dogs That Can Make Them Extremely Sick

Thu 8-5-2021

Dr. Reid Den Herder, a veterinarian at Dickinson County Small Animal Clinic, says it was first diagnosed locally by a veterinarian in Spencer from a sample isolated from a coughing dog recently boarded at a local facility in the region.

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Lyon County Crash Injures Sibley Man

Thu 8-5-2021

Authorities say Dalton Marco of Sibley was driving a 1997 Ford pickup eastbound on a county road shortly before 11:00 pm when he fell asleep behind the wheel.

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Emergency Crews Rescue Man From A Well Near Lake Park

Wed 8-4-2021

Lake Park Fire Chief Brandon Ehret tells KUOO news they were called around 4:00 pm after getting a report of a man who had fallen into a well.

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Okoboji Foundation Announces Winner Of This Year's July Nonprofit Challenge

Wed 8-4-2021

Dickinson County Trails is this year's winner of the Okoboji Foundation's July Nonprofit Challenge, after amassing more than $36,000 in donations. 

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Incident On East Lake Okoboji Claims Life Of An Omaha Man

Wed 8-4-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says it received a 911 call shortly before 11:30 am from the 16000 block of 255th Avenue in the Francis Sites area on the west side of East Lake Okoboji. The caller reported a man was having trouble staying up and had gone underwater. 

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Storm Lake Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Distributing Large Quantities Of Methamphetamine

Wed 8-4-2021

31-year-old Christian Ramirez had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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Spirit Lake Man Sentenced To More Than 5 Years In Prison On A Federal Firearms Charge

Wed 8-4-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 30-year-old Dylan Hurd pled guilty in February of this year to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Okoboji Foundation Accepting Applications For Youth In Philanthropy Program For Upcoming School Year

Wed 8-4-2021

Mindy Gress of the Okoboji Foundation says applications are open to all high school students in Dickinson county.

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Three ILCC Students Named 2021 Recipients Of John Patrick "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award

Wed 8-4-2021

The award is presented annually to students of Iowa Lakes Community College who exemplify the spirit of service and strong leadership and contributions to the community and college.

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Bill Maas, Mayor Of Orleans And A Former Teacher, Receives Special Honor

Wed 8-4-2021

Bill Maas is the recipient of the Iowa State Education Association's “Retired Distinguished Service” award for 2021.

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Wondering What To Do With All That Excess Produce From Your Garden?

Wed 8-4-2021

Sue Boettcher of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dickinson County says there's a special place you can take it to.

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Estherville Sweet Corn Days to be held August 5-8

Tue 8-3-2021 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Festivities get underway Thursday with Opening Ceremonies and The Burning of the Cobs

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Minor Injuries Reported In Two Vehicle Collision (1)

Tue 8-3-2021

Minor injuries were reported late Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 350th Street and 240th Avenue, or the east bypass of Spencer.

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A Technical Issue Is Resulting In Property Tax Statements In Iowa Being Mailed Out Later This Year

Tue 8-3-2021

Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley says it's due to a technicality on the state's end of things.

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Fire Damages Jackson Business

Tue 8-3-2021

The Jackson Fire Department responded to a fire on Saturday evening at Dvorak's Trucking in Jackson.

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Central Emporium Re-Opens

Tue 8-3-2021

As an update to a previous story, the Central Emporium in Arnolds Park has re-opened following a minor fire on Monday afternoon.

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Boji Brew Fest Returning Aug. 14th Following Last Year's Absence Due To Covid

Tue 8-3-2021

Kathy Fahy of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club says a limited amount of tickets is available for both the general admission and VIP sessions.

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Fire Forces Evacuation Of Central Emporium

Mon 8-2-2021

Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth tells KUOO news they were called to the Big Acai store in the Central Emporium a little after 2:00 pm

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Okoboji Summer Theatre to present Ken Ludwig's The Gods of Comedy August 3-8

Mon 8-2-2021 2001 US-71, Okoboji, IA

(Okoboji)-Guest Artist Kyle Montgomery leads cast in new farce

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Iowa Lakeside Lab and Imagine Iowa Great Lakes partner to present Pop-up Art Projects in August

Mon 8-2-2021 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Series of temporary exhibits to be produced over next 2 weeks

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Mobile Museum Once Again Making Stops Throughout Iowa

Mon 8-2-2021

The mobile museum led by the State Historical Society of Iowa began visiting various counties in July, with more stops planned for this month and September

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Local Public Health Official Says Dickinson County Is Starting To See Another Uptick In Covid-19 Cases

Mon 8-2-2021

Katy Burke of Dickinson County Public Health says they've been seeing the uptick just in the past week or so

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Charges Against 17-Year-Old

Mon 8-2-2021

The Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old from Sutherland in the 3900 mile of County Road M-27.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Appoints Several NW Iowans To Various Boards And Commissions

Mon 8-2-2021

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Harris Man Sentenced On A Charge Of Assault While Displaying A Deadly Weapon

Mon 8-2-2021

62-year-old Danny Kramer was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but 14 days suspended with credit for time already served

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Collision Involving A Martin County Sheriff's Office Squad Car And Another Vehicle Sends Three People To The Hospital

Mon 8-2-2021

Three people were injured last week in a two vehicle collision in Fairmont.

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