Newell Man Facing Multiple Charges After Suspicious Person Reports in Peterson

(Peterson)--A Newell man is facing multiple charges after reports of a suspicious person in Peterson between September 25th and October 1st.


According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation determined that 28-year-old Darrel Pounds had a valid no contact order with a resident in Peterson. A search warrant was applied for and granted in Newell for Pounds' residence and vehicle.

Pounds was arrested on October 9th in Newell and transported to the Clay County Jail.


He was charged with stalking, two counts of burglary and violation of a no contact order.


Pounds was being held in jail to appear before the magistrate.

Estherville Police Investigating Reports of Egged Vehicles

(Estherville)--The Estherville Police Department received several reports of vehicles being egged on Saturday.


Anyone with a vehicle that was egged, or with information about the incidents, is encouraged to contact the Police Department at 712-362-3515.

ELC Elementary and Middle School Students Urged to Take Advantage of Free Meals

(Estherville)--Officials with the Estherville Lincoln Central School District are urging students to take advantage of the free breakfast and lunches offered at the elementary and middle school. ELC Superintendent Tara Paul says the free meals are made possible by a federal grant. Paul says ELC could lose the grant if not enough students use the program.






Paul says the district is serving breakfast earlier than in past years.






Paul says this is the second year that free breakfast and lunches have been available in the ELC district.






Paul made her comments on the ELC Superintendent Spotlight program which can be heard every Saturday at 8:45 a.m. on KILR FM 95.9.

Black Hills Energy Offers Safety Tips for Heating Season

(Estherville)--The cold weather over the past few days likely caused many area residents to turn on their heat for the first time this fall. In an interview with KILR News, Black Hills Energy Community Relations Manager Lynn Porter is offering some safety tips for the upcoming heating season.






Porter says there are several things you can do to make sure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible.






She says there are also steps you should take when the snow starts to pile up during the winter.






Porter says if you think you smell natural gas, you should leave your home immediately.






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MCHS in Fairmont to Conduct Active Shooter Training

(Fairmont, Minn.)--An active shooter training will take place on Tuesday afternoon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.


Although the exact time for the training has not been announced, anyone on the Mayo campus will be notified before the exercise begins. Social media and signage will be used to alert the public to avoid unnecessary panic.


According to Erik Odegard, manager of security operations for Mayo’s southwest region, which includes Fairmont, it will take 5 to 10 minutes for the actual drill to occur.


Odegard stressed that no weapon, real or fake, will be used during the drill, which could involve up to 200 people.


Odegard has spent several months coordinating with local authorities including Fairmont Police Chief Mike Hunter and Martin County Emergency Management Director Abigail Nesbit.


Final Hike the Wild of 2019 Set for Ft. Defiance

(Estherville)--The final Hike the Wild event of 2019, sponsored by Dickinson County Conservation, will be held Tuesday, October 22nd at Fort Defiance State Park in Estherville.


Participants will meet at 10 a.m. on the 22nd at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and then caravan to Fort Defiance State Park for an approximately two-mile hike that will last about an hour. During the program, Environmental Education Coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman will talk about wildlife in the park and the many different kinds of trees, including hawthorn, plum, locust and many species of oak.


The Hike the Wild program is appropriate for a wide variety of ages, but participants should wear outdoor clothing and be prepared for wet conditions.


For more information on Dickinson County Conservation Board programs, visit or call 712-336-6352.

Two NW Iowa Residents Injured in Accident on I-90

(Worthington, Minn.)--Two northwest Iowa residents were injured in a one vehicle accident Saturday on Interstate 90 in Nobles County.


The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident happened around 10:45 a.m. just west of Worthington.


The patrol says a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 61-year-old Darrell Buechler of Hartley was westbound when the driver lost control. The pickup crashed into the cable barrier and rolled into the median.


Buechler and a passenger, 48-year-old Diane Cumming of Hartley, both received non-life threatening injuries. Cumming was taken to the Sanford Worthington Hospital for treatment.


The patrol says road conditions were icy at the time of the crash.


Water to be Shut-Off in Wahpeton

(Wahpeton)-- Water will be turned off in a portion of the city of Wahpeton on Monday.


City officials say it's for a water main replacement project, and that once the water is back on, a boil advisory will be in place for 24 hours.


The outage and boil order will affect those on Burr Oak Road, Burr Oak Circle, Gull Point Place, Edgewood Drive, Mills Park Circle, Harpen Street and Iowa Street.

IRRMA Announces Fall Roof Garden Series

(Arnolds Park)--The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association has announced their Fall Rock the Roof Concert Series, to be held on the 3rd Thursday of the months of October, November and December at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park.


The Series will kick off on Thursday, October 17th, with a show by Rock a la Carte. The November event will be the Rock 4 Vets Concert featuring Galaxy on Thursday, November 21st. The final concert of the season will be a special Christmas Rock the Roof event with an artist to be determined on Thursday, December 19th.


All of the concerts will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park. Tickets are $8 each, or $15 for couples.


The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association will also hold a Christmas Open House & Jam Session at The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum in Arnolds Park on December 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Fairmont to Host 2020 Pheasant Opener

(Fairmont, Minn.)--Fairmont has been selected as the host community for the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Tim Walz made the announcement Friday night during the 2019 Pheasant Opening banquet.


Visit Fairmont, the local convention and visitors bureau, submitted the application to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Fairmont was selected through an application process that considered available hunting land, event facilities, travel recreation opportunities and community support.


The 2020 event, scheduled for Oct. 9-10, will be the tenth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.


Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.


Grassley Comments on Impeachment Inquiry

(Washington, D.C.)--More witnesses are expected to testify next week in the House Democrats Impeachment Inquiry against President Donald Trump. Many Republicans have been critical of the partisan nature of the impeachment inquiry, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.






The inquiry was started after a whistleblower came forward with information about a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president where Trump allegedly pushed the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Grassley says the whistleblower is deserving of protection.






Grassley says any investigations into foreign involvement in U.S. elections should focus on both parties.









Jackson County Food Pantries Receive Donation

(Jackson, Minn.)--Food shelves in Jackson County are getting some financial help.


Jackson-based Federated Rural Electric Association announced Friday it's donating $3,333 to the Jackson, Lakefield and Heron Lake-Okabena food shelves.


Federated REA General Manager Scott Reimer says the donations were also made possible through their wholesale power supplier, Basin Electric Cooperative and L & O Power Cooperative's CoBank Sharing Success Program.

Estherville Man Sentenced to Prison for Burglary

(Estherville)--An Estherville man was sentenced to prison this week in Emmet County Court on felony burglary charges.


As part of a plea agreement, 25-year-old Johnathan Greene had pleaded guilty to two counts of 3rd degree burglary, a class D felony. Greene was sentenced to up to five years in prison on each count with the sentences to be served concurrently.


Greene was arrested on May 28th after Estherville Police responded to a burglary complaint at 1205 2nd Avenue South. Upon arrival, officers found that a walk-in door to the building had been pried open and located Greene inside the building.


A count of habitual offender, which could have resulted in an enhanced sentence, was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Early, Absentee Voting Open for Combined City/School Board Elections

(Estherville)--If you would like to vote early or vote at home for the upcoming November 5th combined City and School Election, ballots are now available at the Emmet County Auditor’s Office. Voting can be done in person at the Auditor’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


An official absentee ballot request form can be obtained from the Auditor’s Office or online at Click on Auditor’s office and then click on absentee ballot. Completed requests must be received in the Auditor’s office by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 25th. A ballot will be mailed to you and must be returned to the Auditor’s Office.


Anyone who is physically unable to enter a polling place to vote early or vote on Election Day has the right to vote in their vehicle.


For more information, contact the Emmet County Auditor’s Office at 712-362-4261.

ELC Schools to Conduct ALICE Training

(Estherville)--The active shooter training known as ALICE will be held next week at Estherville Lincoln Central schools. ELC School Resource Officer Nate Dunlavy says the training will be held on Tuesday or Thursday depending on the weather.






Dunlavy says while they want to make the drills as realistic as possible, safety is the first concern.






He says active shooter training is becoming common place at schools around the nation.






Dunlavy says he also conducts ALICE training at local businesses.






Dunlavy spoke with Dave Van Roekel Thursday morning on KILR FM 95.9.

Harvest Underway in Northwest Iowa

(Spencer)--Favorable weather conditions over the past several days has allowed harvest to get underway in northwest Iowa. ISU Extension Agronomist Paul Kassel works out of the Spencer Field Office.






Kassel says the soybean yields so far have been good but not outstanding.






He says the outlook for corn depends on when it was planted.






Kassel says the moisture content is also a concern.






Below freezing temperatures are forecast late tonight (Friday night) and early Saturday, which could bring an end to the growing season in northwest Iowa.




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