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Spirit Lake Man Arrested On An Additional Charge While Being Booked Into The Palo Alto County Jail

Thu 9-16-2021

A Spirit Lake man was arrested on a drug charge Wednesday evening in Palo Alto county.

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Spirit Lake High School J-Term Haiti Team holding Drive-In Fundraiser September 19

Thu 9-16-2021 2701 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Proceeds will be used to help fund J-Term trip in January

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Execution Of A Search Warrant Results In Multiple People Arrested On Drug Charges

Thu 9-16-2021

The execution of a search warrant Monday on a residence in Sibley landed several women in jail on multiple drug charges.

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Dickinson Co. Veteran's Foundation Discusses Condition Of Pavers At Veterans Memorial Plaza At Courthouse

Thu 9-16-2021

The deteriorating condition of pavers in the veterans memorial plaza at the east entrance to the Dickinson County Courthouse was a topic of discussion at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Iowa Corn Day/Ag Appreciation Day Going On Today (Thurs.) At Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Thu 9-16-2021

General Manager Jeremy Parsons says it's a longstanding tradition and stands for what the fair is all about.

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Clay County Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges Against Four Juveniles

Thu 9-16-2021

Authorities say it happened around 5:30 pm when a deputy pulled over a vehicle for a speeding violation.

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Spirit Lake Woman Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

Thu 9-16-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 29-year-old Meghan Renken entered the plea Tuesday to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

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Emmetsburg Police Arrest Three Juveniles Accused Of Making Threats Against Students & Staff At Emmetsburg School

Wed 9-15-2021

In a press release, Police Chief Ryan Veldboom says his department was notified earlier today (Wednesday) by the Emmetsburg Public Schools regarding the threats.

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Iowa Transportation Commission Approves Driver's License Rule Changes

Wed 9-15-2021

The Iowa Transportation Commission is giving the green light to some driver’s license rule changes to comply with changes passed by lawmakers in the last legislative session. 

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Hotel/Motel Taxes Rebound in Iowa Great Lakes This Spring

Wed 9-15-2021

Hotel/motel taxes for the city of Arnolds Park this April, May and June were 52 percent higher than the same period a year ago while Milford saw a 31 percent increase. 

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Iowa Environmental Council to hold Pro H2O Fundraiser September 16

Wed 9-15-2021 22785 Nature Center Road Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Maser Monarch Lodge one of several satellite locations for event

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Growing Scope And Cost Estimate Of Stoplight Pole Replacement Project Has City Of Okoboji Looking At Possible Options

Wed 9-15-2021

City Administrator Michael Meyers told the city council Tuesday that based on recommendations he's received, the foundations for the standards should also be upgraded

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Judicial Magistrate Nominating Commissions Announce Applicants For District Associate Judge Vacancy

Wed 9-15-2021

The Dickinson and O'Brien County Judicial Magistrate Nominating Commissions have received two applications for the upcoming District Associate Judge vacancy.

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Spirit Lake City Council Holds First Reading Of Proposed Ordinance Revising Pay Rates For Mayor & Council Members

Wed 9-15-2021

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance revision.

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Today (Wed.) Is Disability Awareness Day At The Clay County Fair

Wed 9-15-2021

Some of today's highlights include the 4-H and FFA Dog Show; the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the 4-H Building Auditorium; the 4-H and FFA District Horse Show gets underway at 11:00 am; and this evening's grandstand entertainment features IMCA Blue Ribbon Showdown.

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O'Brien County Motorcycle Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

Wed 9-15-2021

O'Brien county authorities have released details into a single vehicle crash this past Friday that sent one person to the hospital.

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Orleans City Council Discusses Crosswalks

Wed 9-15-2021

The city of Orleans is looking at the possibility of putting a crosswalk on 140th Street near the spillway.

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County Auditors Reminding Voters Of Changes To Iowa's Election Laws

Tue 9-14-2021

There isn't a federal or statewide race this fall, but Iowa voters will still head to the polls for municipal and school elections this fall. County auditors hope they're informed about sweeping changes the state adopted this year dealing with voting.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Again Deal With Non-Compliant Driveways

Tue 9-14-2021

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors this morning again addressed issues with driveways not in compliance with permit standards.

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Project At Emmet County Fairgrounds Awarded Grant Funding

Tue 9-14-2021

A project at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Estherville has been awarded a grant through the Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift program.

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Today (Tues.) Is Senior Day At The Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Tue 9-14-2021

Today is Senior Day at the Clay County Fair with $6 dollar admission for those 65 and over.

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Latest USDA Crop Report Shows Some Harvest Activity Is Getting Underway In Some Areas

Tue 9-14-2021

There were also instances of old corn crop being moved into towns prior to harvest.

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Milford City Council Considers Proposed Revisions To Zoning Ordinance

Tue 9-14-2021

Several public hearings highlighted Monday evening's Milford City Council meeting.

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Federal Judge Rules Against State Law That Made It Illegal For Schools To Require Masks

Mon 9-13-2021

In his order, Judge Robert Pratt says the state must immediately stop enforcement of the law.

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Good Attendance Reported For Opening Days Of Clay County Fair

Mon 9-13-2021

Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons says didn't go into detail with numbers, but he says they were pleased with the opening weekend.

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Work Getting Underway On Preservation Plaza Stage Replacement Project

Mon 9-13-2021

Work on the project will continue through the fall and winter months with completion scheduled for next summer.

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Judge Declines To Halt Enforcement Of Iowa Law On Mask Requirements

Mon 9-13-2021

Frances Parr of Council Bluffs had sued the state of Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds, and several state officials.

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Ruthven Man Arrested On Warrants (1)

Mon 9-13-2021

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Parker Kolander was arrested around 6:20 pm on active Clay county warrant charging him with burglary in the 3rd degree and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.

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Child Safety Seat Inspections To Be Held Sept. 23rd At Spirit Lake Public Library

Mon 9-13-2021

A free child safety seat check will be held later this month in Spirit Lake.

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Fall Fest Making A Return To The Iowa Great Lakes

Mon 9-13-2021

The event will be held at Camp Foster.

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Today (Mon.) Is Day Three Of The Clay County Fair

Mon 9-13-2021

Today (Mon.) is Veteran's Appreciation Day, with free admission for all veterans.

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Armstrong Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

Fri 9-10-2021

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was called a little before 9:00 am this past Sunday (Sept. 5th) to an apartment in Armstrong regarding an incident that had taken place in Pocahontas county and that the same person at that residence was wanted on drug-related warrants from Buena Vista county.

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

Fri 9-10-2021

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Change Announced In Grandstand Lineup At Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Fri 9-10-2021

It was today (Friday) Tracy Lawrence has had to cancel his appearance, which was scheduled for Monday evening (Sept. 13th).

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Pipeline Safety Training Sessions To Be Held Virtually At Several Locations In The Region Later This Month

Fri 9-10-2021

Organizers say the sessions are intended for professionals involved in crisis planning and are designed to instruct attendees about pipeline safety and prevention strategies.

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Melvin Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charge

Fri 9-10-2021

50-year-old Todd Gruis entered the plea Tuesday to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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Former Employee In Dickinson Co. Treasurer's Office Originally Charged With Fraudulent Practice Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge

Fri 9-10-2021

Online court records show Terri Lynn Foss pleaded guilty recently to non-felonious misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor.

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COVID Cases Continue To Increase Locally; Public Health Officials Say Two Age Groups Seem To Be Affected The Most Right Now

Fri 9-10-2021

As is the case in most places right now, COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise locally.

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American Red Cross To Hold Blood Drives

Fri 9-10-2021

Those attending this year's Clay County Fair will have an opportunity to donate blood.

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Recycling Opportunities Will Once Again Be Available At This Year's Clay County Fair Powered By SMU

Fri 9-10-2021

Some blue bins will be located around the grounds in which aluminum cans and plastic bottles can be placed for recycling.

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Trial For Two Suspects Accused In The Death Of A Lake Park Woman Is Being Pushed Back

Fri 9-10-2021

Allison Decker and Justice Berntson were both charged with first degree murder in the death of Angel Bastman of Lake Park, who's body was found in her residence in Lake Park in December of last year.

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Vehicle Collides With School Bus In Lyon County

Thu 9-9-2021

Authorities in Lyon county are investigating a collision earlier today (Thurs.) involving a school bus and another vehicle.

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Boil Advisory Previously In Effect For Portions Of Wahpeton Has Been Lifted

Thu 9-9-2021

A boil advisory issued earlier this week for portions of Wahpeton has been lifted as of late this (Thurs.) afternoon.

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Driver Of A Car That Collided This (Thurs.) Morning With A Storm Lake School Bus Charged With OWI

Thu 9-9-2021

Storm Lake police say it happened around 7:30 this (Thur) morning at the intersection of East Lakeshore Drive and 120th Avenue. 

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Two People Charged In A Dickinson County Sex Abuse Case Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges

Thu 9-9-2021

22-year-old Jack Hess and 36-year-old Amanda Cox, both of Spencer, were originally charged with sexual abuse in the 2nd and 3rd degree and child endangerment.

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Semi Tanker Mishap Injures Primghar Man

Thu 9-9-2021

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says the driver, 60-year-old Denton Starkweather, was taken by private vehicle to the Primghar hospital with minor injuries.

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Local Crops Expert Says He's Cautiously Optimistic Corn Yields May Be Somewhat Better Than First Thought

Thu 9-9-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield is basing that on some silage cutting that's currently underway.

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Increase In Cases Among Students & Staff Has One Area School District Bringing Back Its COVID Dashboard

Thu 9-9-2021

Officials with the Spencer Community School District announced Wednesday they're bringing back the COVID dashboard showing regularly updated numbers at the district's buildings.

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I-90 Crash Injures Fairmont Woman

Thu 9-9-2021

The Minnesota State Patrol says 65-year-old Susan Stusse of Fairmont was driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring westbound when the vehicle went into the ditch and rolled.

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Arnolds Park City Council Hears Update On Lakeshore Restoration Plan; Hears Update From Water Quality Commission

Wed 9-8-2021

The Arnolds Park City Council Wednesday evening was updated on plans for a lakeshore restoration and walkway improvements for Lakeview Boulevard and the Pillsbury Point area of West Lake Okoboji.

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Change Of Venue Request Denied For A New Trial For A Spirit Lake Man Accused In Death Of A Cleghorn Man

Wed 9-8-2021

Defense attorneys for Winterfeld requested the new trial be moved outside of Sioux county, arguing that media coverage would make a fair trial difficult

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Disaster Action Team Bootcamp Being Offered In Spencer In Late September

Wed 9-8-2021

DAT responders are Red Cross volunteers that are contacted to assist with fire calls and local disasters.

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Excitement Mounts With Start Of 2021 Clay County Fair Powered By SMU Now Just Days Away

Wed 9-8-2021

Fair CEO and General Manager Jeremy Parsons reminds everyone time is quickly winding down to purchase advance discount tickets.

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Incident Involving A Golf Cart Sends Two People To Jail

Wed 9-8-2021

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says it happened shortly before 10:30 pm when a deputy attempted to stop a golf cart.

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

Wed 9-8-2021

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says the driver, Don Hughbanks of Sioux Falls, and a passenger, Kyra Mills of Harris, were arrested on two counts of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Spencer City Council Rejects Bid On Rocket Slide Project; Enters Agreement With Iowa D.O.T "Clean Air Attainment Program"

Wed 9-8-2021

A higher than expected bid could result in a delay in the completion of the rocket slide project in Spencer.

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Another Major Healthcare Provider In The Region Announces Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

Tue 9-7-2021

Sioux Falls-based Avera Health announced Tuesday it is requiring all of its physicians, employees and volunteers be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by this coming December 1st.

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Estherville City Council Votes To Renew Neighborhood Facade Grant Program

Tue 9-7-2021

City Administrator Penny Clayton says the program is in conjunction with Excel Estherville and she says it's making a noticeable difference in the community.

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City Wide Clean Up Days To Be Held Later This Month In Milford

Tue 9-7-2021

Clean up days in Milford will be held September 13th-17th for those living north of 13th Street and September 20th-24th for those living south of 13th Street.

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Covid Concerns Result In Cancellation Of Popular Holiday Event That Was Scheduled For Dec. 5th In Spencer

Tue 9-7-2021

The Spencer Messiah Board announced today (Tues.) this year's “Festival of Lessons and Carols”, which had been scheduled for December 5th, will not be held.

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Dickinson County Supervisors Hear From Pipeline Inspection Company

Tue 9-7-2021

As we reported previously, plans are in the works for two liquid carbon dioxide pipelines that would pass through a portion of Dickinson county and a number of other counties in the region.

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Boil Advisory In Effect For A Portion Of Wahpeton

Tue 9-7-2021

City officials say it affects an area extending from roughly city hall to Gull Point State Park.

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Retired Senior Volunteer Program Looking For Volunteers For Pen Pal Program

Tue 9-7-2021

Dickinson County RSVP Coordinator DeNeitt VanDenBroeke says anyone interested in volunteering can contact her directly or apply online.

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Car Vs Motorcycle Collision Results In Serious Injury

Tue 9-7-2021

Serious injuries were reported Sunday in a collision involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 86 and Jackson County Road 34 south of Lakefield.

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Iowa Great Lakes And Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Host Finals Of Iowa Rocks Talent Competition

Mon 9-6-2021

This year's winner is “The Crust”, a cover band from Des Moines.

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East Lake Okoboji Shoreline Protection Project Reaches $8.2 Million Fundraising Goal

Mon 9-6-2021

In an email today (Monday), Abby Hade Terpstra of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation says they have successfully raised the $8.2 million dollars needed to purchase the remaining undeveloped shoreline just north of Elinor Bedell State Park. 

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Driver Of Vehicle Faces Charges For Fatal Collision Involving A Bicyclist

Mon 9-6-2021

Charges have been filed against the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist Friday two miles north of Hull in Sioux county.

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Motorcycle Vs. Deer Collision Injures Archer Man

Mon 9-6-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 51-year-old Christopher Zoet was driving a 2007 Honda VTX 1800 eastbound in the 1400 block of 260th Street, or County Road A-43, when he collided with a deer that came up out of the ditch.

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Motorcycle Crash Injures Terril Man

Mon 9-6-2021

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 62-year-old Gerald Kirchner was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson southbound on 260th Avenue, or County Road M-56 near 160th Street when he failed to negotiate a curve.

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Another Strong Pheasant Season Expected Especially in Northwest Iowa

Sat 9-4-2021

The pheasant season last year saw hunters take the second-highest number of pheasants in more than ten years — and the numbers are lining up for a repeat. 

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Single Vehicle Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital (7)

Sat 9-4-2021

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Connie Post of Sioux Falls was driving a 2014 Honda SUV westbound in the 5100 mile of 390th street and was traveling at a high rate of speed.

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Newly Formed Communications Company Announces Plans To Bring Fiber-Based Services To Estherville

Fri 9-3-2021

Estherville Communications was formed by River Valley Telecommunications of Graettinger and Premier Communications of Sioux Center.

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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Says They Have $100K Left To Raise With Just Days Left To Purchase Land For East Lake Okoboji Shoreline Protection Project

Fri 9-3-2021

Abby Hade Terpstra, the foundation's Director of Philanthropy, says they have also maxed out the Andrea Waitt Carlton Foundation $250,000 challenge grant.

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Texas Man Sentenced In Federal Drug Case Spanning Five States, Including Iowa And Minnesota

Fri 9-3-2021

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 45-year-old Robert Board, most recently from Madelia, Minnesota, was sentenced Thursday to more than a dozen years in prison after pleading guilty in April of this year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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Clay County Fair Powered BY SMU Announces 31 New Foods For This Year

Fri 9-3-2021

Fairgoers to the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU will have 31 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 11-19, including five that have been named as finalists for the fifth edition of the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest.

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Arnolds Park City Council Hears Concern From Farmer's Market Representatives Over Increase In Transient Merchant Permit Fees

Thu 9-2-2021

Dalton Kidd, a board member for the Farmer's Market, told the council they were concerned over the revision increasing their permit fee to $1,000 per week.

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Millers Bay Conservancy holding Ecotourism Day and Cleanup on Sunday September 5

Thu 9-2-2021 Millers Bay,Lake Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-Power boats asked to not anchor in no-wake zone and to observe Diver Down Flags

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Disaster Proclamation Issued For Another County In The Region Impacted By Recent Severe Weather

Thu 9-2-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Pocahontas county Wednesday afternoon. 

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Milford Fire Department To Hold A Pancake Feed Fundraiser Sunday (Sept. 5th)

Thu 9-2-2021

The Milford Fire Department will be holding one of their major fundraisers of the year this weekend.

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Seasons Center To Hold Series Of Workshops In Conjunction With Suicide Prevention Week Next Week

Thu 9-2-2021

Taylor Prather, Prevention and Education Coordinator with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health tells KUOO news suicide prevention is taking on a renewed importance in light of recent statistics.

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Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular is September 4-5

Thu 9-2-2021 243 West Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, IA

(Arnolds Park)-Many of the weekend events are free, tickets required for Induction Ceremony and Concert

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Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire & Rescue Will Once Again Hold Their Labor Day Auction Fundraiser

Thu 9-2-2021

Chief Chris Yungbluth says it will be going on from 1:00 until 5:00 pm Monday (Sept. 6th) at the Barefoot Bar at Parks Marina.

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While Recent Rains Have Been Welcome, They've Also Brought A Hefty Price Tag With Them To Producers In Some Parts Of The Region

Thu 9-2-2021

Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says there are extensive areas of flattened corn in Cottonwood county where there was damaging wind.

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City Officials In Spencer Announce Name Of Another Candidate To Interview For City Manager Position

Wed 9-1-2021

Dan Gifford is a previous City Administrator for West Burlington, Iowa, a position he held for 15 years.

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Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates For Iowa Employers To Remain Unchanged In 2022

Wed 9-1-2021

Governor Kim Reynolds' office says tax rates used to fund unemployment benefits will be unchanged for the fifth straight year. 

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Mid-America Business Conditions Index Points To Slow Down In Overall Economic Growth

Wed 9-1-2021

Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss says the overall index declined slightly in August, but remained above growth neutral.

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We'll Learn More Friday About What's New For Food At This Year's Clay County Fair Powered By SMU; Y 100 Kid's Day Also Returning

Wed 9-1-2021

Y100 Kid's Day is coming back to this year's Clay County Fair powered by SMU.

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City Offices In Milford Temporarily Closed For Renovations

Wed 9-1-2021

The City Clerk's Office is closed today (Wednesday, September 1st) and is scheduled to reopen Thursday (September 2nd).

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Walk To End Alzheimers Set For Sept. 19th At East Leech Park In Spencer

Wed 9-1-2021

Lauren Livingston, Communications Director for the Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, tells KUOO news it's easy to get signed up for the event.

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Buena Vista County Exploring "Tile Zone Wetlands"

Wed 9-1-2021

The Buena Vista County Supervisors on Tuesday approved a request for the drainage department to contact some landowners to gauge their interest in being part of a proposed wetlands project to reduce nitrates.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation For Kossuth County

Wed 9-1-2021

The Governor recently issued a similar proclamation for Emmet, Lyon and Palo Alto counties.

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Ag Officials Say Recent Rains Probably Came Too Late To Help Crops Much

Wed 9-1-2021

Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz says the recent rain provides minimal help right now.

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There Are Some New Developments In The Search For A New City Manager In Spencer

Wed 9-1-2021

One of the three finalists, Al Roder of Independence, has decided to withdraw his name from consideration.

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