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Iowa COVID-19 Update: Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth & Osceola Counties Among Seven Counties With Positivity Rate Over 15 Percent

Thu 9-17-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting 918 new positive tests for COVID-19, increasing the state's total to 76-thousand-968 cases. 

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Spirit Lake Public Library to re-open with some restrictions September 21

Thu 9-17-2020 702 16th St,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Masks will be required for entry, curbside hours to remain in effect.

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Algona Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Thu 9-17-2020

An Algona, Iowa, man has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say he fired a shotgun at another person.

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Collision Of Vehicle & Horse On Hwy 86 On The West Side Of West Lake Okoboji Sends Two People To The Hospital

Thu 9-17-2020

Authorities say David Young of Milford was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox when a horse ran out onto the road. The horse struck the right front of the vehicle, smashing out the passenger side windshield. The horse was then flipped up into the air, and landed on the highway.

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Cherish Center Announces New Executive Director (1)

Thu 9-17-2020

The organization has announced Shantel Pausley has been selected to fill the vacant position.

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Spirit Lake Public Library to launch Brainfuse HelpNow next week

Wed 9-16-2020 702 16th St,Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Program to be accessible from anywhere with Library Card

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Another Area School Confirms Positive COVID-19 Case

Wed 9-16-2020

Tara Paul, Superintendent of the Estherville-Lincoln Central School District, put out a notification to staff, parents and the community this (Wed.) afternoon. 

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Spirit Lake Man Pleads Not Guilty To Firearms Charge

Wed 9-16-2020

A Spirit Lake man arrested August 11th on a weapons charge following an investigation by police into a report of a suspicious person in the Center Lake area has pled not guilty.

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Suspect In Milford Stabbing Pleads Not Guilty

Wed 9-16-2020

29-year-old Darrel Pounds entered the plea last week in Dickinson County District Court. A jury trial is set for November 17th.

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Iowa Lakes Corridor Dev. Corp. Announces "Micro Grant" Program

Wed 9-16-2020

Spokesman Brian Dalziel says the “micro grants” would be available through the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Shop Iowa program and that they don't have to be paid back. He says they could be used for various purposes, including for those businesses wanting to put product up for sale online

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IGL Chamber Gearing Up For Oktoberfest & Announces Return Of Fall Festival

Wed 9-16-2020

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for this year's Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, September 26th

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Several NW Iowa Counties Reporting COVID Positivity Rates Of More Than 15 Percent

Wed 9-16-2020

They include Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth and O'Brien

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Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools Reporting Two Additional Covid Cases; 49 Students In Quarantine

Tue 9-15-2020

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District this (Tuesday) evening is confirming two more students have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That's in addition to one other case confirmed earlier today (Tuesday), also in a student.

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Northwest Iowa Advanced Manufacturing STEM Festival offered in October

Tue 9-15-2020 300 S 18th St, Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Free festival offered to Students in Grades 5-8

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Lake Park Police Issue Warning To Those Climbing On Top Of Basketball Hoops

Tue 9-15-2020

Police Chief Tony Urwin says he's been made aware that individuals are hanging, sitting and having photos taken of them on top of the hoops, damaging them in the process. 

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Estherville Police Charge Two Juveniles In Thefts Of Campaign Signs

Tue 9-15-2020

Estherville Police Chief Brent Shatto announced this (Tuesday) afternoon two juvenile males have been charged in the thefts of some campaign signs.

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Spencer Man Sentenced On Federal Firearms Charge

Tue 9-15-2020

21-year-old Isaiah Mixon was sentenced last week after pleading guilty previously to possession of a firearm by a drug user.

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Okoboji Foundation Disaster Recovery Fund Continues To See Demand & Growth

Tue 9-15-2020

Foundation President Mindy Gress says they remain committed to growing the fund which was established in early April.

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Spencer School District Confirms Positive COVID-19 Case At Fairview Elementary

Tue 9-15-2020

A statement released by the district doesn't say whether it is in a student or a staff member.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Adopt Vehicle Noise Ordinance; Postpone Action On Proposed Agreement With Arrowwood Resort For Use Of Some Of Their Facilities For Upcoming Trial

Tue 9-15-2020

Supervisor Kim Wermersen helped draft the ordinance. He says it was based on complaints and a petition with more than 60 signatures on it calling for something to be done.

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Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools Confirm Positive Case Of COVID-19; Affected Students & Staff Now In Quarantine

Tue 9-15-2020

A letter to district patrons doesn't say what grade level the affected student is in

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Clean Up Days In Milford To Be Held For The First Time This Fall Since 2016

Tue 9-15-2020

The Milford City Council Monday evening finalized details for the clean up.

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Estherville Police Investigating Thefts Of Political Signs

Tue 9-15-2020

Police say 16 Biden for President signs have been stolen from yards in recent days.

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NW Iowa Elevator Heavily Damaged In Explosion Last Month Should Be Available For Fall Harvest

Mon 9-14-2020

The company that owns an elevator in Royal that was damaged in an explosion in August says the facility will be available for use during the upcoming harvest. 

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Spencer Chamber of Commerce holding Halloween Decorating Contest

Mon 9-14-2020 1805 Hwy Blvd, Spencer, IA

(Spencer)-Prizes to be awarded in both Residential and Business Categories

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IGL Chamber Unveils 2021 U Of O Winter Games Logo

Mon 9-14-2020

The piece was designed by Andrea McMahon who serves as the chamber's Communications Director in collaboration with Jacob Polaschek, a local designer.

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Graettinger Man Cited In Weekend Crash That Caused Significant Property Damage

Mon 9-14-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Walker Nelson was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram northbound in the 3700 mile of 280th Avenue, or County Road M54. Authorities say the vehicle crossed the center line and went into the west ditch, colliding with a fence and a utility pole before coming to rest on top of an electrical box.

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Jury Trials To Resume This Week In Iowa

Mon 9-14-2020

Jury trials resume this week in Iowa after a couple of pilot trials to try out social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures. 

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Seasons Center Offering Virtual Foster & Adoptive Summit

Mon 9-14-2020

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health will hold their fourth annual “We Are Family Summit” in two different sessions beginning this (Monday) evening.

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Spencer School Officials Confirm Another Case Of COVID, This Time At Middle School

Sun 9-13-2020

Officials with the Spencer Community School District Sunday confirmed another positive case of COVID-19, this time at the Middle School. 

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A Parking Lot Is At The Center Of A Legal Dispute Between City Of Arnolds Park & New Owner Of Former Okoboji Middle School Site

Sun 9-13-2020

The new owner of the former Okoboji Middle School is taking the city of Arnolds Park to court over terms of an agreement pertaining to a parking lot on the site.

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Spencer Community Schools Confirms Two Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Sat 9-12-2020

Two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Spencer High School. 

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Emmet County Sheriff's Office Requesting Public's Assistance In Ongoing Investigation

Fri 9-11-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the pickup truck and an adult male (see photos) in connection with an ongoing investigation. Both are pictured at a convenience store in Spirit Lake at 10:17 am Thursday, September 10th. 

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Jackson County Central School District Confirms Positive Cases Of COVID-19 In Staff Members

Fri 9-11-2020

A statement issued by the district didn't go into detail as to which staff members have been affected.

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Man Wanted In Emmet County Manhunt Has Been Taken Into Custody

Fri 9-11-2020

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens says 45-year-old Joseph Haak of Johnston, Iowa, was arrested shortly after 8:30 this (Friday) morning. 

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SL Varsity Volleyball Temporarily Paused Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Fri 9-11-2020

Superintendent Dr. David Smith tells KUOO news two assistant coaches have tested positive for COVID-19

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2020 Clay County Fair Ordinarily Would Have Started Tomorrow (Sept. 12th), But We'll Still Be Able To Get Some Bits & Pieces Of It

Fri 9-11-2020

Clay County Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons says they'll be holding another Fair Food To Go event the entire coming week

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Flags Being Flown At Half-Staff Today (Sept. 11th) In Honor Of Patriot Day And The Sept. 11th Terrorist Attacks

Fri 9-11-2020

Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered flags be flown at half-staff until sunrise tomorrow (Sat.) in honor of Patriot Day and in memory of those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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Suspect Remains At Large Following Search Thursday In Emmet County Involving Multiple Agencies

Fri 9-11-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says it started when a deputy in the 2400 block of Highway 4 observed a southbound U-Haul with a car dolly attached matching the description of a vehicle possibly involved in a hit-and-run in Estherville minutes earlier.

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SL Citywide Cleanup Days Set For Next Week

Thu 9-10-2020

Spirit Lake residents may want to do some fall house cleaning this weekend. Citywide clean up days will be held Monday through Thursday, September 14th through the 17th.

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ILCC Seeing Increase In Students Applying For Last Dollar Scholarship Program

Thu 9-10-2020

Stephen Pelzer, Director of Financial Aid at Iowa Lakes, says the Last Dollar Scholarship Program is a part of Governor Kim Reynolds' “Future Ready Iowa” initiative.

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DNR Temporarily Relaxing Fishing Regulations On A Northwest Iowa Lake

Thu 9-10-2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be relaxing fishing regulations on Spring Lake near Cherokee beginning this Saturday, September 12th, and will continue through October 4th.

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Dickinson County Traffic Stop Results In Arrests Of Two People On Drug Charges

Thu 9-10-2020

A traffic stop shortly before 7:00 pm Wednesday evening in the 1700 block of Dickinson County Road M56 resulted in the arrests of two people on drug charges.

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Reminder: Road Work Is Scheduled To Begin Thursday (9/10) In The Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 9-9-2020

As we reported previously, some patching is scheduled to begin on Highway 71 between 202nd Street and 41st in Spirit Lake.

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Officials Remind Everyone To Get Their Furnaces Inspected As Many Are Turning Them On Already For The First Time Of The Season

Wed 9-9-2020

Assistant Spirit Lake Fire Chief Chris Hoerichs says it's important to make sure your furnace is functioning properly to avoid any dangers associated with carbon monoxide...which can be deadly.

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Spencer Woman Sentenced On Federal Meth Charge

Wed 9-9-2020

33-year-old Shana Mull was sentenced last week to more than six years in federal prison.

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Pandemic Presents Challenges For Tourism Marketing In Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 9-9-2020

Rebecca Peters of Okoboji Tourism says they were forced to start making changes already at the onset of the pandemic back in March

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Tuesday Evening Fire Temporarily Leaves Residents Of Jackson Apartment Complex Homeless

Wed 9-9-2020

A fire at the Jackson Hi-Rise Apartment Complex has displaced all of the residents of the building.

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Water Rates Could Be On The Way Up In Okoboji & Arnolds Park

Wed 9-9-2020

City Administrator Michael Meyers told the City Council last (Tues.) evening Central Water, the agency from which the cities of Okoboji and Arnolds Park purchases treated water, will be increasing the rates they charge to the cities.

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Okoboji City Council Continues To Review Proposed Ordinance Revisions

Wed 9-9-2020

Among them is one that would prohibit parking on the odd numbered side of Lakeshore Drive and Fairfield Street

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Iowa Transportation Commission Awards Funding For Dickinson County Trails Project

Tue 9-8-2020

Erin Reed of Dickinson County Trails tells KUOO news they were awarded $176,522 for the next phase of a project along former railroad right-of-way between Spirit Lake and Lake Park.

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Vehicle Vs. Bicycle Collision Sends One Person To The Hospital

Tue 9-8-2020

A collision involving a vehicle and a bicycle Monday at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and 5th Street in Spencer injured a Spencer man.

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Dickinson Supers. Consider COVID-Related Requests; Hear Concern Over Speeding In Moore Lake/Twin Hills/Kelly's Beach Area

Tue 9-8-2020

Up until now under the re-opening with COVID-19 guidelines, only the west door of the Dickinson County Courthouse has been open to the public.

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Fire Destroys Garage And Several Vehicles

Mon 9-7-2020

There were no injuries but a considerable amount of property damage was reported in a fire early Sunday in Sanborn.

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Sioux Falls Man Faces Multiple Charges Following Pursuit In Osceola County

Mon 9-7-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says it started shortly after 9:00 pm Sunday after a report was received about a vehicle being driven recklessly on Highway 9 near Little Rock.

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Southwest Minnesota Crash Injures Bancroft, Iowa Man

Mon 9-7-2020

The Minnesota State Patrol says 89-year-old William Dudding of Bancroft was driving a 2015 Ford Focus westbound on Highway 30.

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Rock Rapids Drug Arrests

Mon 9-7-2020

A traffic stop Sunday in Rock Rapids resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges. 

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Not Guilty Plea Entered In Palo Alto County Murder Case

Sun 9-6-2020

An Emmetsburg man has pled not guilty in the death of a Washington, Iowa man who's body was recovered earlier this summer from a Palo Alto county lake. 

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A New Scam Is Being Reported In NW Iowa

Sun 9-6-2020

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office has received complaints about a scam that is starting to circulate in the area.

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Reminder: Spirit Lake Test Iowa Clinic Will Be Closed Labor Day

Sun 9-6-2020

The clinic will reopen Tuesday (Sept. 8th) and will be open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

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Two Vehicle Collision In Nobles County Claims A Life

Sun 9-6-2020

The Minnesota State Patrol says 75-year-old Terry Meyer of Reading, Minnesota was driving a 1995 Ford pickup westbound on Nobles County Road 14 and 22-year-old Kasey Hix of Ellsworth, Minnesota was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Highway 59 when the two collided in the intersection.

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Estherville-Lincoln Central School Officials Confirm Positive Test For COVID-19

Sat 9-5-2020

They aren't saying if it's a teacher, administrator or student, citing privacy laws.

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Large Crowd Turns Out For Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Of State Pier

Sat 9-5-2020

The iconic attraction was also officially dedicated in the honor of the late Berkley Bedell, who played an integral role in the Save The Park campaign.

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Suspicious Vehicle Investigation In Emmet County Results In Arrests Of Two People On Multiple Charges

Sat 9-5-2020

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says authorities were called around 2:46 pm August 20th after getting a report of a vehicle parked in front of a rural Estherville farmstead. 

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Investigation Into A Report Of Suspicious Vehicle Results In Arrests Of Two People On Drug Charges

Sat 9-5-2020

Two people from Luverne, Minnesota were arrested on drug charges after authorities investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in a park in Rock Rapids.

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Multiple Injuries Reported In Two-Vehicle Collision

Sat 9-5-2020

Multiple injuries were reported in a collision Friday in Pocahontas county.

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Practical Nursing Program at Iowa Lakes Community College ranked Best in Iowa

Fri 9-4-2020 3200 College Dr, Emmetsburg, IA

(Emmetsburg)-Nursing Program credits Faculty for dedication to Students

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Seasons Center Awarded $1,000 Grant From Dickinson County Endowment Fund

Fri 9-4-2020

Kim Scorza, CEO/President of Seasons Center, says they'll use the funds to support individuals and families in Dickinson county impacted by COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase Both Locally & Statewide

Fri 9-4-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting an additional 1,183 confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19 in the state from 10:00 am Thursday until 10:00 am today (Fri.)

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Secretary Of State's Office Says Absentee Ballot Request Forms Are In The Mail

Fri 9-4-2020

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced today (Fri.) active, registered voters in the state should start receiving absentee ballot request forms in the mail this weekend.

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Another Reminder Of Saturday's Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Of The Newly Renovated State Pier

Fri 9-4-2020

The attraction will also be dedicated in honor of the late Berkley Bedell as part of the ceremony, which begins at 11:30 am.

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Healthcare Providers Concerned Many Are Delaying Or Cancelling Screenings & Appointments Due To Covid Concerns

Thu 9-3-2020

Dr. Andrew Mueting of Lakes Regional Family Practice tells KUOO news not following through with those screenings and appointments could actually put you more at risk should you actually contract COVID-19.

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Semi Crash Injures Hartley Man

Thu 9-3-2020

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Slone La Cour of Hartley was driving a 2017 Freightliner owned by Cooperative Farmers Elevator of Rock Valley.

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Dickinson County Looking At Leasing Larger Venues For Jury Selection For Upcoming Trials

Thu 9-3-2020

The need for social distancing with the pandemic and the fact that initial jury pools can consist of 100 or more people is what's driving the issue.

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O'Brien County Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital (1)

Thu 9-3-2020

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Jenn Baier of Royal was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion eastbound on 455th Street when she missed the curve at Yew Avenue.

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Pearson Lakes Art Center to hold Fall Fundraiser September 10

Wed 9-2-2020 2201 Highway 71,Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Proceeds from event to help pay for new outdoor sound system

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association to present Iowa Rock & Roll Festival September 3-5

Wed 9-2-2020 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-All performances to be held outdoors

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Sewer Lift Station Project To Result In Road Closures

Wed 9-2-2020

Grundman Hicks, the general contractor on the project for the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary Sewer District, says the intersection of 220th Avenue and 165th Street will be closed to the north and to the east beginning shortly after sunrise Tuesday, September 8th.

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Collision Of Car And Semi At North Y In Spencer Sends One Person To The Hospital

Wed 9-2-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Emily Stoneking of Spencer was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 18 when she collided with the rear of a 2017 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer driven by 59-year-old Troy Krengel of Ankeny who was waiting to turn northbound onto Highway 71.

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Road Construction About To Get Underway On Two Major Highways In The Iowa Great Lakes

Wed 9-2-2020

Dakin Schultz of the Iowa Department of Transportation tells KUOO news one of those will involve Highway 71 through the lakes corridor.

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Special Enforcement Project To Focus On Hwys. 9 & 71 Through Spirit Lake

Wed 9-2-2020

Expect to see an increased presence of law enforcement officers on Highways 9 & 71 through Spirit Lake this coming Friday evening.

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Single Vehicle Rollover Results In Minor Injuries (3)

Wed 9-2-2020

Minor injuries were reported Monday evening in a single vehicle crash southwest of Sheldon.

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Two-Vehicle Collision In Dickinson County Results In Minor Injuries

Wed 9-2-2020

Minor injuries were reported late Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 220th street and 270th Avenue between Milford and Terril.

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Spencer Woman Escapes Serious Injury In Single Vehicle Crash

Tue 9-1-2020

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Rachel Martinez of Spencer was driving a 2017 Infiniti eastbound on County Road B-24 near Moneta when she lost control of the vehicle after apparently falling asleep.

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RE/MAX Preferred Announces New Ownership Group

Tue 9-1-2020

RE/MAX Preferred, based in Sioux City, has announced a new ownership group including Aaron Jones, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Lakes Realty in the Iowa Great Lakes along with Amy Kokacek of RE/MAX Preferred and Jeff and Rachel Carlson of Sioux City.

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State Pier Ribbon Cutting/Dedication To Be Held Saturday (Sept. 5)

Tue 9-1-2020

Michele Goodenow of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes, which was involved in the renovation of the project, says it will be a very fitting tribute to a man who did a lot for the Iowa Great Lakes.

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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Hear Update From NW Iowa Housing Trust Fund; Table Action On DD31 Improvement Project

Tue 9-1-2020

Spokeswoman Kristin Larson told the supervisors they continue to offer a number of programs to income eligible homeowners to assist with various improvements.

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Lakes Area Appliance Store Changing Ownership

Tue 9-1-2020

Okoboji Wholesale in Okoboji has purchased Melander's Appliance and TV in Milford.

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Local Authorities Say They're Getting Numerous Reports Of So-Called "Package Delivery Scam"

Tue 9-1-2020

Spirit Lake police say they've had reports of many local residents receiving texts from an unknown number stating they have a package waiting to be delivered.

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Milford Man Wanted By Federal Authorities Found After Manhunt At Fort Defiance State Park In Estherville

Tue 9-1-2020

A Milford man wanted on federal charges was taken into custody Monday evening after leading authorities on a manhunt at Fort Defiance State Park in Estherville. 

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