Spencer to Host "She Is" Conference

(Spencer)--A conference to empower rural women will be held next week in Spencer. The “She Is” conference will be held next Friday, January 31st at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Kelly Bay is one of the organizers of the event.






Bay says there will be a couple of featured speakers.






This will be the second “She Is” conference. Bay says the first one was held last September in Emmetsburg.






The deadline to register for the conference is today. You can register on-line at

Spencer PD Investigating Burglary at JC Penny

(Spencer)--The Spencer Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday at approximately 2:00 a.m. at JC Penny, located in the Southpark Mall. 


The Spencer Police Department responded to a report of a burglary, and upon arrival at the business discovered that there were signs of forced entry. The suspects were able to remove miscellaneous merchandise from within the business. 


The Spencer Police Department is asking for anyone with information on this crime to report it to the Spencer Police Department by calling 712-262-2152 or going to the City of Spencer website and submitting a confidential text-a-tip located under the Police Department tab. 

Rodman Man Arrested on Felony Warrant

(Emmetsburg)--A Rodman man was arrested Wednesday evening on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant.


At 5:45 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office arrested 61-year-old Kenneth Clabaugh of Rodman on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for felon in possession of a firearm, a class D felony.


Bond was set in the amount of $9,500 cash only. Clabaugh was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail. Clabaugh was unable to post bond and was subsequently booked into jail to await his initial appearance in front of a magistrate.


This charge is related to a search warrant that was executed on January 10th in Rodman.

40th U of O Winter Games Underway

(Arnolds Park)—The 40th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games are underway in the Iowa Great Lakes. Kiley Zankowski with the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce says event registration for this year’s events went very well.






Tens of thousands of people visit the lakes area each year to participate in the Winter Games. Zankowski says this evening’s schedule is highlighted by the annual Chili Cook-Off at the Dickinson County Expo building from 5 to 7 p.m.






A full day of activities is on tap for Saturday including the broomball, flag football and snow softball tournaments. Zankowski says for those who don’t like being out in the cold, there are also plenty of things to do indoors.







Saturday evening is highlighted by the Burning of the Greens and Fireworks Extravaganza at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park.






The Winter Games will wrap up on Sunday with an indoor pickleball tournament, an omelet brunch and a bowling tournament. A complete schedule of events is available online at:

Harris Man Arrested After threatening Neighbors with Hatchet

(Harris)--A Harris man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened some people with a hatchet in an incident this past Saturday.


According to Osceola County Court records, 60-year-old Danny Kramer was charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and public intoxication.


A criminal complaint says at around 4:30 p.m., Kramer discovered a snowmobile had driven on his sidewalk at 214 Main Street in Harris. A witness reportedly saw Kramer walk to a nearby residence where he allegedly confronted the homeowner's son in a garage, grabbing him while he raised a hatchet in a threatening manner. The son pushed Kramer away, telling him a friend who was at the same residence had been driving the snowmobile. Kramer then allegedly went into the residence yelling and displaying the hatchet in a threatening manner.


The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene and after performing a preliminary breath test determined Kramer was intoxicated.


A no contact order has also been issued barring Kramer from having any contact with the homeowner's son.

Authorities Investigating IEDs Found After Truck Accident That Killed Arnolds Park Man

(Des Moines)--An investigation continues into the discovery of explosives following a fatal truck accident earlier this month in Marion County that claimed the life of an Arnolds Park man.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety says at 3:00 p.m. on January 12th, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal Division to investigate suspected improvised explosive devices or IEDs recovered from a fatal single-truck crash which occurred east of Knoxville around 12:05 a.m.


Following an autopsy, the State Medical Examiner and Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory identified the driver in the crash as Del Sorey of Arnolds Park. Sorey was the only person in the vehicle. The truck caught fire and much of it and its contents were destroyed.


Search warrants related to the IED’s were served on January 15th at three addresses in Milford and Arnolds Park.


The case remains under investigation.

Possible Injuries in Semi Accident Near Ringsted

(Ringsted)--Icy road conditions are blamed for a semi accident with possible injuries Wednesday morning near Ringsted.


The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year-old Kevin Bruhn of Fenton was driving a 2014 Mack semi-tractor and trailer northbound on County Road N-60 and was going around a curve when the trailer began to slip toward the ditch. The trailer entered the ditch and tipped over  causing the semi-tractor to be pulled into the ditch and tip over as well.


Bruhn was taken to Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona with possible injuries. Damage to the semi and trailer owned by Stateline Cooperative was estimated at $10,000.


Iowa DNR Urges Winter Games Participants to Use Caution on the Ice

(Spirit Lake)—The Iowa DNR is reminding those planning to attend the University of Okoboji Winter Games to use caution when venturing out onto the ice. DNR Conservation Officer Steve Reighard says despite the recent cold, ice conditions are extremely variable.






He says there’s still a lot of current going through the lakes.






Reighard has a reminder for snowmobile and ATV riders.






Non-resident user permits are available anywhere that sells hunting and fishing licenses.

Gassman Concerned About Impact of Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

(Des Moines)--Increasing funding for mental health is expected to be one of the major issues of the 2020 Iowa Legislative session. Area State Representative Tedd Gassman, a Republican from Scarville, says he’s especially concerned about the impact of mental health issues on education.






Gassman says the state needs to make sure all students have the opportunity to learn.






On another topic, Gassman says a bill is being drawn up to make a correction to the Last Dollars Scholarship program.






Area State Representative Tedd Gassman.


ILCC to Host Annual Show and Jazz Choir Festival

(Estherville)--The annual Iowa Lakes Community College Show and Jazz Choir Festival, featuring show choirs and jazz choirs from area high school and middle schools, will be hosted on January 28th and 29th on the college’s Estherville campus.


The choirs will be performing for two clinicians – Clay Blackman from Omaha who will work with the show choirs, and Dr. Kurt Runestad of Doane College who will be working with the jazz choirs.  The clinicians provide the groups with on-stage feedback to help them prepare for future competitions and performances.


The festival is free and open to the public to attend. Show choirs will perform in the gymnasium. Performances by the Jazz choirs will be in the auditorium on the Estherville campus. A schedule with performance times for each group will be available at a later date.

(Fairmont, Minn.)--The Martin County Commission on Tuesday approved a motion to authorize recruitment for an additional attorney for the County Attorney’s Office. County Attorney Terry Viesselman says the need is due, in part, to the addition of prosecution duties for cities in the county as well as an increased case load over the years.


Viesselman says over the past nine years in Martin County, felonies increased 83 percent, gross misdemeanors increased 47 percent, and the major crime total increased 66 percent.


Cases of dependency or neglect showed an increase of 195 percent from 2010 to 2019, while termination of parental rights cases have increased 367 percent, primarily due to meth use in families. Juvenile felonies were also up 53 percent.


ILCC Announces Musical for 2020

(Estherville)--Iowa Lakes Community College has announced the 2020 Spring Musical will be “Mamma Mia!”  Featuring music from the group ABBA, “Mama Mia!” will be performed in April at the college’s new Performing Arts Center.


Iowa Lakes’ production of “Mamma Mia!” will be directed by Carol Ayres Stueven and Brett Fuelberth with auditions held on February 3 and 4th on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.


Auditions for children will begin at 6 p.m. with adult auditions scheduled to follow at 7 p.m. More Information about audition requirements will be posted on the Iowa Lakes Music Facebook page.


“Mamma Mia!” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.


For more information contact Carol Ayres Stueven at 712-330-3647.

Martin County Veterans Memorial to Display Helicopter Flown in Vietnam

(Fairmont, Minn.)--Martin County’s Veterans Memorial Site will permanently display an actual Bell Cobra-Fixed Wing Attack Helicopter 327 beginning later this year. Dedication Chairman Steve Chase says the helicopter is internationally famous for three reasons.






Chase says after the war, the Cobra 327 was retired to public service for the Kern County Fire Department in California to fight night fires because it could see through the smoke with its military infrared scanners and locate people. Chase says the Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee is currently restoring the helicopter in Fairmont.






Chase says a Dedication Ceremony is set for August 1st.  






For more information contact Steve Chase at 612-799-3367.

Emmet County Supervisors Approve LOSST Requests

(Estherville)--The Emmet County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard three requests for funds from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton requested funds to help with the construction of the new municipal swimming pool. Clayton says a contribution from the county is needed as part of the city’s application for a state grant.






Clayton says the new pool will benefit the entire county.






The Supervisors voted to approve $50,000 in LOSST funds for the project. The Board also heard a request for funding from the Emmet County Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Club President Mike Blomstrom says the club is asking for assistance after the purchase of a new trail groomer.






Blomstrom says the groomer could be used as a rescue vehicle during a winter storm.






Sheriff Mike Martens attended the meeting and expressed support for providing assistance to the Driftbusters. The Board approved a $7,500 donation to the club. The board also heard from Kenny Billings of the VFW about a program to honor all first responders in Emmet County. Billings asked the county for LOSST funds to help pay for the meal at the March 27th event. The Supervisors approved providing matching funds up to 75-percent, not to exceed $2,500.


The board also approved a 2.5 percent salary increase in the 2020-2021 fiscal year for elected officials. The Emmet County Compensation Board has recommended a 4-percent increase.

Okoboji Summer Theater Association Hosting Annual Omelet Brunch During Winter Games

(Okoboji)--The Okoboji Summer Theatre Association will host their annual Omelet Brunch on Saturday during the Okoboji Winter Games. During the event, the line-up will be announced for the 63rd season of the theatre.


Association President John Barrow says the Omelet Brunch this is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.  Barrow says the money raised will go to scholarships for students and also sponsor a show. 


He notes that voucher books will be available at the brunch.  The books contain 9 tickets, 5 for the plays and 4 for the musicals.  He says voucher books will save you about $20 off the box office prices, and you also get one ticket for a student on a Friday. 


The brunch will be held at the Okoboji Bible Conference from 8 am to 12:30 p.m., with the season announcement scheduled for 1 p.m.


Gruver Firefighters Respond to Clothes Dryer Fire

(Gruver)--The Gruver Fire Department was called to a clothes dryer fire Tuesday morning.


Assistant Fire Chief Wes Baddeley says the fire was reported around 8 a.m. at 505 1st Ave. in Gruver. Baddeley says the fire was contained to the clothes dryer but there was smoke damage throughout the house. He says a damage estimate wasn’t immediately available.


Firefighters were on scene for about an hour.


The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


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