News Archive

2nd Annual UV Splash October 8th

Fri 9-30-2016 IA"], ["Arnols Park

(Arnolds Park)-Family-friendly event to begin at twilight.

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Storm Lake Man Charged In Death Of Teen

Fri 9-30-2016 []

A Storm Lake man has been arrested for supplying alcohol to an underage individual who passed away last weekend.

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Everyone Reminded To Use Extra Caution As Harvest Season Begins In Ernst

Fri 9-30-2016 []

You'll want to allow some extra travel time if you're going to be traveling on back roads over the next several weeks, as the harvest kicks into full gear.

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LIHEAP Signup About To Begin

Fri 9-30-2016 []

There will soon be more of a chill in the air as we head into October now and the rest of fall.

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Telephone Scammers Again Targeting The Region

Fri 9-30-2016 []

We're getting reports once again of a number of telephone scams targeting the area.

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19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Fest at PLAC September 30

Thu 9-29-2016 IA"], ["2201 Highway 71, Okoboji

(Okoboji)-10 short films from around the world will be screened on Friday evening.

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Man Wanted On Forgery Charges Arrested

Thu 9-29-2016 []

A man wanted on a warrant for forgery has been arrested in Palo Alto county.

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Early Voting Underway for November 8th General Election

Thu 9-29-2016 []

Early voting is now underway across the state of Iowa for the November 8th General Election.

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People for Pets "Petoberfest" October 1st at Spencer Community Theatre

Wed 9-28-2016 IA"], Spencer, ["518 1st Ave E

(Spencer)-New event to include entertainment and live auction.

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Dickinson County Endowment Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

Wed 9-28-2016 []

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund has awarded nearly $85,000 in grants recently to 20 non-profit organizations scattered throughout Dickinson county.

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Spirit Lake Council Orders Demolition Of Fire-Damaged House

Wed 9-28-2016 IA"], ["1405 Gary Ave. Spirit Lake

The Spirit Lake city council Tuesday authorized the demolition of a house that was heavily damaged in a fire.

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Investigation Underway Into Death Of Man Who's Body Was Found In A Jackson Residence

Wed 9-28-2016 Mn"], ["300 State Street Jackson

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who's body was found in a residence in Jackson.

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Award-winning Sue Foley returns to PLAC September 29th

Tue 9-27-2016 IA"], ["2201 Highway 71, Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Guitarist and songwriter performing new music from her forthcoming CD.

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Last Week's Wet Weather Abruptly Halts Harvest Which Is Just Starting To Get Underway In Some Areas

Tue 9-27-2016 []

Last week's wet weather brought an abrupt halt to the harvest, which was just getting underway in some parts of the region.

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Patching Work Continues On Hwy 71 Through Arnolds Park and Okoboji

Tue 9-27-2016 []

Patience continues to be the name of the game when it comes to traveling on Highway 71 through Arnolds Park and Okoboji.

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Palo Alto County Authorities Release Names Of Two People Seriously Injured In Single Vehicle Crash

Tue 9-27-2016 []

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office early this (Tues.) afternoon released the names of the two people injured early Monday in a single vehicle crash.

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Crash On Hwy 18 Near Sheldon Injures Three

Tue 9-27-2016 []

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision this past Saturday on Highway 18 about a half mile west of Sheldon.

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Milford Man Arrested On Sex Abuse Charge

Tue 9-27-2016 []

A Milford man was arrested last week on a sex abuse charge.

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Palto Alto County Crash Results In Serious Injuries

Tue 9-27-2016 []

A single-vehicle crash early Monday in Palo Alto county left two people seriously injured.

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Estherville Chamber 's Big Fall Meeting September 29th

Mon 9-26-2016 IA"], Estherville, ["175th St

(Estherville)-New event is a combination of the Chamber's Annual Meeting and Annual Banquet.

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Child Car Safety Seat Inspection Program To Be Held

Mon 9-26-2016 []

Several entities are teaming up to offer a child car safety seat program this Saturday, October 1st, at the Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Station in Arnolds Park.

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Water Quality Initiatives Drive Discussion, But Likely Will Result In Little Action

Mon 9-26-2016 []

Some of Iowa's most powerful interest groups along with environmental organizations are backing efforts to clean up the state's waterways, but there isn't unity about how to take action on an issue that has frustrated lawmakers in the past.

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Spirit Lake Police Department Requests Public's Assistance In Identifying Driver Of ATV

Mon 9-26-2016 []

Spirit Lake police are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the driver of an all-terrain-vehicle (see photo).

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BVU Professor To Be Honored

Sat 9-24-2016 []

A professor at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake will be honored at an event next month in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Hwy 18 Collision Results In Charges

Sat 9-24-2016 []

A Hartley woman faces charges in connection with a collision earlier this week in O'Brien County.

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Authorities Arrest Man Wanted On Drug Charges

Sat 9-24-2016 []

A rural Hartley man wanted on drug charges in Clay county has been taken into custody.

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Sheldon Man Accused Of Holding Two People Against Their Will For Nearly 5 Hours

Fri 9-23-2016 []

A Sheldon man has been arrested on multiple charges following an incident early Tuesday at a residence near Sheldon.

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25th Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Bike Ride September 24th

Thu 9-22-2016 IA"], Okoboji, ["1405 Highway 71 N

(Okoboji)-Motorists and cyclists urged to exercise caution.

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Corridor Gears Up For Annual Business Recognition Luncheon

Thu 9-22-2016 []

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation holds its annual Business Recognition Luncheon October 19th from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.

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Iowa D.O.T Seeks Comment On Plans To Replace Bridge On Hwy 4 In Palo Alto County

Thu 9-22-2016 []

The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on plans to replace a bridge on Iowa Highway 4 over drainage ditch 49, or about 5.2 miles north of the north junction with U.S. Highway 18 in Palo Alto county.

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Seasons Center Awarded $150,000 Grant

Thu 9-22-2016 []

Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been awarded a $150,000 nine-month planning grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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Because Some Can't Bike Ride to Stop in Iowa Great Lakes September 23rd

Wed 9-21-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-Married firefighters trekking across country to raise awareness & funds.

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Lakes Area To Host Annual EMS Conference

Wed 9-21-2016 []

Emergency Medical Technicians from throughout the region will converge this weekend on the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Combines Start Rolling

Wed 9-21-2016 []

Combines can be seen in some area fields as early stages of the harvest are just starting to get underway in some areas.

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Mandelkow Trial Date Pushed Back

Wed 9-21-2016 []

Trial for a Lake Park man accused of holding up the Barb's Corner Restaurant this past March has been pushed back to December 6th.

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Post-trial Hearing Date Set for October 18th in Christensen Murder Case

Tue 9-20-2016 IA"], ["Estherville

(Estherville)-Motion to be heard at 9:30 am in District Court.

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ISU Forestry Specialist to Speak on Bur Oak Blight September 26th

Tue 9-20-2016 IA"], West Okoboji, ["1500 Harpen Street

(Okoboji)-Dr. Jesse Randall to also discuss the Wooly Tree Gall which is affecting oak trees

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Seasons Center To Open New Location In Emmetsburg

Tue 9-20-2016 []

Officials with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health announced today (Tues.) they'll be opening a new location in Emmetsburg effective this Thursday, September 22nd.

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Unemployment In Iowa Rises Slightly In August

Tue 9-20-2016 []

Iowa's unemployment rate rose slightly again in August to 4.2 percent but remains lower than the national rate.

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Assistant Police Chief Of Pocahontas Faces Domestic Abuse Charge

Tue 9-20-2016 []

The Assistant Police Chief of Pocahontas faces a domestic assault charge.

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Bridge Replacement Plans On Highway 71 In Clay County To Be Topic Of Sept. 29 Come And Go Meeting

Mon 9-19-2016 []

Plans by the Iowa Department of Transportation to replace a bridge on Highway 71 over Prairie Creek in Clay county, about 1.4 miles north of County Road B-40, will be the topic of a public information meeting set for late this month

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Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Board Has New Faces

Mon 9-19-2016 []

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has some new faces on it.

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Clay County Fair Is History For Another Year

Mon 9-19-2016 []

The Clay County Fair is history for another year.

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Police Seizures of Cash, Vehicles & Other Property Increases Statewide In Iowa

Mon 9-19-2016 []

An analysis of data from Iowa law enforcement agencies shows they seize cash, vehicles and other private property from at least 1,000 people a year without proof the property was acquired as a result of a crime or was being used to help people commit crimes.

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Grassley Staff Member To Hold Open Office Hours

Mon 9-19-2016 []

A representative of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will hold a series of open office hours Tuesday (Sept. 20th) in several northwest Iowa counties.

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Iowa Great Lakes Association Launching "Did you know" Series on exploreOkoboji.com

Fri 9-16-2016 IA"], ["Okoboji

(Okoboji)-First segment focuses on Bur Oak Blight

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Innovation Pavilion Features Additional Attractions At This Year's Clay County Fair

Fri 9-16-2016 []

You'll find some added attractions this year at the Innovation Pavilion at the Clay County Fair.

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Depressed Farm Prices Continue To Negatively Impact Rural Economy

Fri 9-16-2016 []

Bankers say weak farm income continues to weigh down the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states.

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Things Getting Back To Normal At Clay County Fair After Deluge Thursday

Fri 9-16-2016 []

Things are back to normal today (Fri.) at the Clay County Fair after yesterday's torrential rains force the fair to temporarily suspend its operations.

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Concerns Mount Over Continued Cutbacks To State Patrol

Fri 9-16-2016 []

The Iowa State Patrol once again has an informational booth at the Clay County Fair that's staffed daily by a trooper.

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Spirit Lake Man Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

Thu 9-15-2016 []

Federal child pornography charges have now been filed against a Spirit Lake man.

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Woman Appointed To Fill District 3 Board Of Supervisor Seat On Interim Basis

Thu 9-15-2016 []

Sara Koepp has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the district 3 seat on the Dickinson county board of supervisors.

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Several Area Schools Place High In "Bank Iowa Travelling Challenge Cup"

Thu 9-15-2016 []

Several northwest Iowa schools have placed in the top 10 in their respective class in what's known as the “Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup”.

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Southern Minnesota Collision Injures Arnolds Park Man

Thu 9-15-2016 []

A two-vehicle collision Wednesday in Mankato injured two people, including an Arnolds Park man.

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Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Shuttered Mental Health Institutions

Wed 9-14-2016 []

Attorneys representing a union leader and several state lawmakers argued to the Iowa Supreme Court that Gov. Terry Branstad violated state law by closing two state mental health institutes last year.

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The Wizard of Oz to Feature Local Kids at PLAC September 17th

Wed 9-14-2016 IA"], ["2201 Highway 71, Okoboji

(Okoboji)-72 youth from Lakes area cast in the original musical production.

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Applicants Interested in Filling Remaining Term for District 3 Seat on Dickinson Board of Supervisors to Appear in Forum

Wed 9-14-2016 []

Two people who have applied to fill what's left of the term representing District 3 on the Dickinson county board of supervisors will appear in a forum tomorrow (Thurs.) at 1:30 pm in the Community Room at the courthouse in Spirit Lake.

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HMS Bond Issue Attempts Fails To Receive Needed 60% Approval

Wed 9-14-2016 []

Voters in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a $16.2 million bond issue.

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Siouxland Chapter Of American Red Cross At Clay County Fair

Tue 9-13-2016 []

The Siouxland chapter of the American Red Cross based out of Sioux City is once again at this year's Clay County Fair.

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1st Annual Fall Festival in Lakefield September 17th

Tue 9-13-2016 Mn"], ["Lakefield

(Lakefield, MN)-Costume 5K to benefit Minnesota Foundation for Epilepsy.

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Farm Groups Agree To Pay Legal Fees In Des Moines WaterWorks Lawsuit

Tue 9-13-2016 []

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Corn Growers Association have offered to underwrite the legal expenses for the defense of the drainage districts targeted in the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit.

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Julie Scheib Returns As Director Of Discovery House

Tue 9-13-2016 []

Julie Scheib has returned as Director of Discovery House in Spirit Lake, a position she has held previously

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Motorists Advised To Avoid Hwy 71 Through Arnolds Park Until Further Notice Due To Road Repairs

Tue 9-13-2016 IA"], ["HWY 71 Arnolds Park

Motorists traveling on Highway 71 through Arnolds Park can expect delays over the next several weeks.

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Coalition To Push Legislature To Raise Sales Tax For Water Quality & Natural Resources Programs

Mon 9-12-2016 []

A coalition of agriculture, business and conservation leaders say they support a plan to increase Iowa's sales tax to raise money for water quality and other natural resources programs.

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Precautions Urged Against Transporting Zebra Mussels

Mon 9-12-2016 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["122 252nd Ave

(Spirit Lake)-Boat owners urged to clean, drain and dry all water related materials including hoists and dock parts.

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Opening Weekend Of Clay County Fair Draws Big Numbers

Mon 9-12-2016 []

The opening weekend of the Clay County Fair posted some big numbers when it comes to crowds.

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Motorcycles Crash To Avoid Vehicle

Mon 9-12-2016 []

Minor injuries were reported Sunday when several motorcycles crashed while trying to avoid another vehicle.

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Minor Injuries Reported In SUV-Deer Collision

Mon 9-12-2016 []

Minor injuries were reported Sunday evening in a collision involving an SUV and a deer.

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Theft Investigation Results In Drug Arrest

Mon 9-12-2016 IA"], ["1405 Gary Ave. Spirit Lake

What started as an investigation into a theft Saturday at a Spirit Lake residence resulted in the arrest of a man on theft and drug charges.

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Ongoing Investigation Results In Drug Arrests

Mon 9-12-2016 []

A three-month drug investigation involving the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Milford Police Department and the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force has resulted in four arrests.

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Report of Suspicious Male in Spirit Lake Results in Arrest

Mon 9-12-2016 IA"], ["1576 Hudson Ave. Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake Police K9 “Cairo” was deployed during the investigation and a search warrant was obtained for a storage unit at 1576 Hudson Avenue.

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Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half Staff

Fri 9-9-2016 []

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Longtime Dickinson County Sheriff's Deputy Retires

Fri 9-9-2016 []

A longtime deputy with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is calling it quits.

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Joint Investigation By Spirit Lake Police & Iowa Department of Corrections Results In Drug Arrest

Fri 9-9-2016 IA"], ["2012 Gary Ave. Spirit Lake

A joint investigation involving the Spirit Lake Police Department and the Iowa Department of Corrections has resulted in the arrest of a Spirit Lake woman on drug charges.

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Semi Collides With Cow

Fri 9-9-2016 []

A Hartley man was injured Tuesday when a semi he was driving that was pulling a trailer loaded with hogs collided with a cow on Highway 9 west of Sibley.

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Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation For Kossuth County

Thu 9-8-2016 []

Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for Kossuth County in northern Iowa to respond to recent storms.

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DNR Investigated Fish Kill Near Sheldon

Thu 9-8-2016 []

DNR officials are investigating a fish kill on the Little Floyd River near Sheldon.

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Spirit Lake Man Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor

Thu 9-8-2016 IA"], ["2704 Keokuk Ave. Spirit Lake

A Spirit Lake man faces charges in the alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

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Clay County Fair To Once Again Feature Specially-Themed Days

Thu 9-8-2016 []

Gates open on the 2016 Clay County Fair bright and early Saturday.

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation To Promote 5 By 5 Program At Clay County Fair

Thu 9-8-2016 []

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will be back at this year's Clay County Fair.

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Area Crops Making Good Progress Toward Maturity

Thu 9-8-2016 []

Iowa's corn and soybean crops continued to progress toward maturity over the past week.

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Milford Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Wed 9-7-2016 []

A Milford man was injured this past Friday when a motorcycle he was operating collided with a vehicle.

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Man Arrested On Drug Charges

Wed 9-7-2016 []

A Sheldon man has been arrested on drug charges after authorities discovered some illegal drugs while serving an arrest warrant around 10:00 pm this past Friday at an apartment just west of Sheldon.

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Entries Sought For Clay County Fair Farm Gadget Show

Wed 9-7-2016 IA"], ["Spencer

Farmers will once again have an opportunity to showcase their ingenuity at this year's Clay County Fair.

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Preliminary Figures Point To Another Successful Tourist Season In Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 9-7-2016 []

While it's still a bit early just having come off the Labor Day Holiday weekend, preliminary numbers are pointing toward another highly successful tourist season in the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Friday Is Deadline For Those Interested In Applying To Temporarily Fill Seat On Dickinson Board of Supervisors

Wed 9-7-2016 []

A committee charged with the task of filling a vacancy on the District 3 seat of the Dickinson county board of supervisors has announced how it plans on going about the process.

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Motorcycle Crash Injures Chicago Man

Wed 9-7-2016 Mn"], ["I-90 Fairmont

A motorcycle crash Tuesday on Interstate 90 near Granada (gruh-NAY-duh) injured a Chicago man.

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Southwest Minnesota Crash Injures California Woman

Tue 9-6-2016 []

A California woman was injured Sunday when a car she was driving left the road and hit a power pole.

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Rollover Injures Milford Man

Tue 9-6-2016 []

A Milford man was seriously injured Saturday in a single vehicle crash on Dickinson County Road M56 just north of 200th Street.

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Spencer Park Board & City Staff To Present Preliminary Trail Plans

Tue 9-6-2016 []

The public will have an opportunity to view preliminary plans for a trail project in Spencer.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor To Visit Southwest Minnesota

Tue 9-6-2016 []

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith will be making a stop tomorrow (Wed.) in southwest Minnesota.

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Dickinson Soil And Water Conservation District To Hold Annual Outdoor Classroom

Tue 9-6-2016 []

The Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District holds its annual 6th Grade Outdoor Classroom this Thursday, September 8th at the Kettleson-Hogsback Area.

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IRRMA Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular this weekend in Iowa Great Lakes

Sat 9-3-2016 IA"], Arnolds Park, ["91 Lake Street

(Arnolds Park)-Public invited to the Battle of the Bands & Ice Cream Social at Roof Garden with free admission at 2 pm.

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Buena Vista University President Frederick Moore announces retirement

Sat 9-3-2016 IA"], ["Storm Lake

(Storm Lake)-Moore says he plans to move to Florida to be closer to family.

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Iowa Lakes Community College Receives Grant of Nearly $1.7 million

Sat 9-3-2016 IA"], ["Estherville

(Estherville)-Grant request approved by U.S. Department of Education

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Longtime Clay County Fair Manager Phil Hurst Passes Away

Fri 9-2-2016 []

(Spencer)-Hurst well-known from his many years at the Fair.

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Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire and Rescue Labor Day Fundraiser at Barefoot Bar

Fri 9-2-2016 IA"], Okoboji, ["24457 178th St

(Okoboji)-Funds raised to go toward Fire Boat

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Rock Valley Man dies of Injuries Following South Dakota Crash

Fri 9-2-2016 SD"], ["Sioux Falls

(Sioux Falls)-Rohit Shah was injured Tuesday when semi rear-ended his car

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Governor Branstad Proclaims Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Weekend September 2-4

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], ["Arnolds Park

(Arnolds Park)-Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Spectacular to be held in Iowa Great Lakes.

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120th Annual Labor Day Celebration this Weekend in Graettinger

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], ["Graettinger

(Graettinger)-Town has unique distinction of celebrating holiday since 1896.

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Wilson taken into custody in Storm Lake

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], ["Storm Lake

(Storm Lake)-Storm Lake schools were placed on precautionary lock down Thursday while Wilson was located

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Dickinson County Bee & Butterfly Festival September 2nd

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], Okoboji, ["2279 170th Street

(Okoboji)-Annual event includes Monarch tagging, bee keeping demonstration and magic show.

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O'Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson Retires After 42 years of Service.

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], ["Primghar

(Primghar)-Anderson became the longest serving Sheriff in the State upon his retirement Wednesday.

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Iowa State Patrol Urges Safe Driving During Labor Day Weekend

Thu 9-1-2016 IA"], ["Spirit Lake

(Spirit Lake)-6 fatalities occurred in Iowa during the holiday weekend in 2015.

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