Estherville Man Seriously Injured in Rollover Accident Near Milford

(Milford)--An Estherville man was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover accident Friday afternoon near Milford.


The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office says shortly before 3:35 pm, deputies responded to an accident in the 2500 block of 260th street that was reported by an iPhone that detected a crash.


Deputies say 65-year-old Robert Houseman of Estherville was driving a 1968 Chevy pickup westbound on 260th street and lost control, went into the south ditch and rolled into the field. Houseman was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.


Houseman was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare with incapacitating injuries and then life-flighted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. The vehicle was totaled.


Milford Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Milford Fire & Rescue, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance and Terril Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Windom Police Issue Warning About Apparent Coyote Attack

(Windom, MN)--The Windom Police Department is warning residents afte an animal attack Thursday evening at the Environmental Center.


Police say they were dispatched to Windom Area Health regarding an animal bite and upon arrival, spoke with a male who had been walking his pit bull in the Environmental Center at approximately 7:45 P.M. The individual stated that his dog had been attacked by what appeared to be a larger dog with longer hair. The male suffered non-incapacitating injuries to his arm while trying to get his dog away from the other animal. The pitbull was treated for its injuries at the Cottonwood County Veterinary Clinic.


Officers determined that the other animal may have been a coyote. The area of the attack is a wooded area bordering a slough that is conducive to wildlife. After consulting with the Minnesota DNR, officers walked the area to search for the animal. It was not located. As a precaution, Windom Police Officers and Cottonwood County Deputies were on the trail this(Friday)  morning, as students walked to school. There were no incidents.

Spencer School District Awarded Credential to Careers Grant

(Spencer)--The Spencer Community School District is one of 20 school districts in Iowa to be awarded a one-time Credential to Careers grant from the Iowa Department of Education.


The grants, totaling $1.7 million, will help school districts focus on aligning secondary career and technical education programs with student attainment of industry-recognized credentials. The grant awards will support high school students earning credentials with labor market value.


Industry-recognized credentials are certifications, credentials or licenses vetted by employers and endorsed by a nationally recognized trade association or organization in a particular industry. Credentials are available across many career pathways, including health sciences, information technology, construction, manufacturing, child development, culinary and business.

Many Voices Choir Presenting 35th Anniversary Concerts

(Estherville)--The Many Voices Choir will be marking its 35th anniversary with a series of spring concerts later this month. Tim Schumacher has been directing the Many Voices Choir since 1990. Schumacher explains how the choir got started.





The Many Voices Choir presents concerts during the Christmas season and in the spring. Schumacher says the choir usually includes 40 to 60 members from all around the area.





He says the theme for this spring’s concerts is The Earth Shall Rejoice!”





Schumacher says the concert will also feature several Broadway selections.





The concert performances will be on the following dates and venues: Tuesday, April 23rd at the First Methodist Church in Emmetsburg; Friday, April 26th  at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake and Saturday, April 27th at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. All three concerts will start at 7:30 pm.

Admission is a free-will offering.


Northwest Iowa Corridor of Habitat for Humanity Planning Development in Spirit Lake

(Spirit Lake)--Planning is underway for a new residential development in Spirit Lake proposed by the Northwest Iowa Corridor of Habitat for Humanity. The Spirit Lake City Council this week approved a preliminary plat for the project which will consist of multiple lots in the area of 20th Street and Jackson Avenue. Jerry Welter is with the Northwest Iowa Corridor Habitat For Humanity





Welter says the project includes 13 homes, some which will be duplexes and some single family dwellings. He says they hope to begin work on the first home as soon as possible.





He says they alternate projects between Dickinson and Clay Counties.





Northwest Iowa Corridor of Habitat for Humanity has built 13 homes in Clay and Dickinson counties. For more information call 712-363-3479.


Two People Sent to Hospital After Collision in Milford

(Milford)--Two people were sent to the hospital after a collision Wednesday afternoon on the north edge of Milford.


According to the Milford Police Department the accident happened shortly after 4:30 pm on Highway 71.  Police say 61-year-old Gary De Wolf of Milford was driving a 2012 Chevrolet and was following a 2015 Hyundai driven by 23-year-old Kassandra Toben, also of Milford. Police say Toben slowed to make a turn and was struck in the rear by the De Wolf vehicle.


Both De Wolf and Toben complained of pain and were taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.


The Milford Police Department was assisted by the Arnolds Park Police Department, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Milford Fire Department and Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance.


Harris Man Facing Additional Drug Charges After Arrest on Warrant

(Harris)--A Harris man wanted on a warrant faces additional charges after a traffic stop early Tuesday.


The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Steven McClain was arrested after a traffic stop around 12:30 am on Main Street in Harris.


McClain was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in Osceola County District Court on previous charges of second-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, second-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia filed in August.


During the traffic stop, a straw was found in McClain’s coat pocket that had a crystalline residue inside it that field tested positive for methamphetamine.


McClain faces further charges of second-offense possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Lakefield Police Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(Lakefield)--In Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month, Lakefield police have tied teal and blue ribbons to light poles in the downtown area.


In 2023, the Lakefield Police Department responded to 6 calls for service regarding sexual assault and 19 reported child abuse/neglect cases.  Police say working with Southwest Crisis Center,  Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services and neighboring law enforcement agencies, their goal is to reduce these numbers  through enforcement and awareness. 

Emmet County to Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week

(Estherville)--ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 15th -19th. The week will be celebrated with several events in Emmet County. Sue Boettcher is Extension Adult Program Coordinator for Emmet and Dickinson counties.





Boettcher says on Monday, April 15th there will be a Bird Nest Basket Workshop.





She says there will be a celebration at the Emmet County Extension Office in Estherville on Thursday, April 18th.





For more information, contact the Emmet County Extension Office at 712-362-3434.

Iowa House Passes Bill to Regulate Automated Traffic Cameras

(Des Moines)--The Iowa House has voted to establish statewide regulations for automated traffic cameras that generate tickets for speeding and running red lights. Under the bill, tickets could only be issued if a vehicle is caught going at least 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Before the bill was passed, area State Representative John Wills, a Republican from Spirit Lake, pushed for an amendment that would ban automated traffic cameras.





Wills says the traffic cameras violate people’s rights.





He says the automated traffic camera system can also be abused.





Wills amendment was defeated Tuesday on a 50 to 47 vote. The bill was then passed the House by a vote of 85 to 12. Advocates say studies show a reduction in accidents on highways with automated traffic safety cameras. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Ruthven Woman Arrested on Felony Theft Warrant

(Ruthven)--A Ruthven woman was arrested on a felony theft warrant earlier this week.


At around 12:10 pm on Monday, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44-year-old Sarah Cassiday of Ruthven on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.


Cassiday was unable to post the $7,500 cash only bond and was placed in jail to await her initial appearance before a judge.


Minor Injuries Reported in Semi Rollover in Palo Alto County

(Fenton)--Minor injuries were reported in a semi rollover accident Tuesday afternoon in Palo Alto County.


According to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred shortly after 2:05 pm in the 5400 block of 330th St. Investigators determined 74-year-old David Lynch of Lone Rock was driving a 2013 Volvo semi-truck northbound on a private drive. Lynch drove the semi on the east shoulder of the drive and due to the soft shoulder as well as being loaded with grain, Lynch's semi was pulled into the ditch. Once entering the ditch, Lynch's semi rolled once and came to rest on the passenger side. Lynch sustained minor injuries.


The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Fenton Ambulance Service and the Fenton Fire Department. 

Estherville Police Issue Safety Reminder After Recent Burglaries

(Estherville)--The Estherville Police Department has taken several reports of car burglaries recently   


In a Facebook post, Police say they’ve also apprehended a person taking packages from a front porch. 


Police remind residents to be vigilant and keep vehicles, houses and garages locked and secured.


If you see something or if an event happens in your neighborhood, call the police department immediately.  If you have video that can assist officers, that would also be helpful.


Schedule Announced for 2024 Lakes Health Conference

(Estherville)--The schedule has been announced for the 2024 Lakes Health Conference sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College. Chantel Teeter, Allied Health Industry Training Programmer on the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes, says the conference will be held on June 6th and 7th at the Lake Okoboji Resort and Conference Center, formerly known as Arrowwood. Teeter says this is the 20th year for the conference.





Teeter says there is a change in registration options for this year’s conference.





Teeter says you can still register for the entire conference. She says there is a discount for registering early.





To register for the conference or for more information, visit and click on the continuing education tab or call any of the Iowa Lakes campuses and tell them you want to register for the Lakes Health Conference.




Emmet Co. Supervisors Discuss Future of ECCOG

(Estherville)--The Emmet County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday met with Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton to again discuss the future of the ECCOG transfer station.  The transfer station is currently operated under a 28E agreement with Emmet County and the cities of Estherville, Gruver, Wallingford, Ringsted and Dolliver.  ECCOG is administered by Clayton and another city employee.  The issue was first discussed at a meeting in May of last year due to an increase in audit costs. One solution discussed was the county taking over day to day operations. Clayton says since then the ECCOG governing board has been exploring a number of issues.





Clayton says the cost of an audit would likely be cheaper if the transfer station was part of a larger government entity.





She outlines the next step in the process.





In other business, the Supervisors approved a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Emmet County Public Health Director Kari(Kar-ee) Batman.





Batman says Emmet County has the 5th highest child abuse rate in Iowa. She says the effects of child abuse can last into adulthood.





For more information, visit


Fairmont Council Hires New City Administrator

(Fairmont, MN)--The city of Fairmont has a new city administrator.


The Fairmont City Council on Monday approved the hiring of Mathew Skaret, former administrator for the city of Jackson.


Fairmont has been without a full-time city administrator since May 2023. Jeff O’Neill has been serving as interim city administrator since last September.


Prior to serving as city administrator for Jackson, Skaret has been city administrator for Springfield, Minn., Milford Iowa and Madison, Minn. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Dakota.


Skaret was one of two finalists interviewed for the position. He will begin his duties in Fairmont on April 29 with a starting salary of $153,961, as well as $3,000 for moving expenses.

Spencer Man Facing Charges After Disturbance at Armstrong Business

(Armstrong)--A Spencer man is facing charges as the result of a recent disturbance in Armstrong.


Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens says shortly after 11:10 pm on March 31st, the sheriff’s office received a report of an intoxicated person in the Casey’s Store in Armstrong who was refusing to leave.


A sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene within a minute of the call and upon investigation at the scene, arrested 26-year-old Alexander Vrieze of Spencer.


Vrieze was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for public intoxication and trespassing.


Two Emmetsburg Men Arrested After Traffic Stop Near Estherville

(Estherville)--Two people are facing charges after a traffic stop last Friday near Estherville.


According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, a sheriff’s deputy observed a traffic violation and initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Highway 4 at around 5:25am. Upon investigation at the scene, it was determined that the driver 53-year-old Jayson Groninga of Emmetsburg had a suspended driver’s license. Additional investigation at the scene led to the discovery of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.


Groninga and a passenger in the vehicle, 58-year-old Billy Henderson, also of Emmetsburg were placed under arrest at the scene and transported to the Emmet County Jail. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container of alcohol on a public roadway, Groninga was also charged with driving with a suspended license, and failure to provide proof of financial liability.


Community Blood Bank Hosting Blood Drive in Estherville

(Estherville)--Community Blood Bank will be hosting its next community blood drive at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville on Tuesday, April 16th  from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Ken Versteeg, Executive Director of Community Blood Bank, says recently there’s been a drastic decrease in blood donations.





Versteeg says all blood donations will stay local for use with all blood types in immediate need.





He says one donation will save up to three patients’ lives.





Versteeg says there are some requirements to give blood.





Donors can schedule a donation time by logging onto the website:, select “events”, and “April 16” or call Community Blood Bank at 605-331-3222. Those donating will receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card as a thank you gift.


Monday Was National Line Worker Appreciation Day

(Estherville)--Monday was National Line Worker Appreciation Day as designated by the nation’s electric cooperatives. Matt Kilgore is in his 15th year as a lineman with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. Kilgore explains why he was interested in becoming a lineman.





Kilgore outlines a typical day for a line worker.





He discussed the challenges of being a line worker.





Kilgore was asked about his most memorable moment as a lineman.





Kilgore says a dozen linemen from three states worked on project which took about a month to complete.



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