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City of Fairmont asking for public’s help

FAIRMONT, Minn. (KEYC) - The city of Fairmont is asking for the public’s help in ways to revamp one of their biggest parks; Gomsrud. For the 2022 budget, city officials included $30,000 to hire a consultant for future plans for Gomsrud Park. Officials say needed improvements include the pavement,...
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Home On East Lake Okoboji Heavily Damaged By Thursday Fire

Spirit Lake, IA (KICD)– A home on East Lake Okoboji was heavily damaged by a fire that required attention from multiple Dickinson County fire departments Thursday evening. Spirit Lake fire crews got the initial call just before six o’clock from 404 8th Street where flames could be seen coming from the lake side of the structure which led to the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire Department being called in with a fire boat to pump water from the lake to other responding units.
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Kyle Rehm, 21, of Graettinger

Services for 21-year-old Kyle Rehm of Graettinger will be Saturday, July 2nd, at 8 p.m. at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Graettinger. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and continue Sunday starting at 5 p.m. at the Graettinger Little League Ball Fields. Henry-Olson Funeral Home in...

Music on the Water

Annual Lake Affect concert slated for Saturday, July 2. There isn’t much that says summer more than enjoying some sun on the water or catching some great music in an outdoor setting. Damon Dotson’s annual concert combines the best of both ideas into one big, blowout event: Lake Affect....

Milford Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Distribution; Awaits Sentencing

Sioux City, Iowa — A Milford man faces at least ten years in jail and a fine of ten million dollars after he pleaded guilty to the distribution of meth. This week, 46-year-old Justin Haubrich of Milford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The plea was taken in federal court in Sioux City.

Milford Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

Sioux City, IA (KICD) — 46 year old Justin Haubrich of Milford entered a guilty plea on Tuesday for the charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Haubrich said at his plea hearing that he was involved in an operation that distributed at least five pounds of meth between May 2018 and January 2019. He reportedly received meth from sources in Denison and Council Bluffs to distribute in Northwest Iowa.

Seven for 7: Pitch a Tent

Visitors enjoying the Iowa Great Lakes do so from a variety of vantage points. Summer homes and condos dot the shoreline while hotels and resorts fill up with folks flocking to the lake. Still others prefer a different base of operations for their vacation. For those looking to pitch a...
Lakefield Standard

Progress being made on new middle school space

Progress continues to be made on the new middle school addition to Pleasantview Elementary School in Lakefield. “The building seems to be going well,” Barry Schmidt, superintendent of schools at ...
Lakefield Standard

Gerald “Jerry” Benjamin, 88

Gerald “Jerry” Benjamin, age 88 of Jackson, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson, with Pastor John Schuetz officiating. Burial will be following the service at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson, with Military Honors performed by Jackson American Legion Post #130.

Grassley Visits Estherville Pharmacy to Discuss Drug Pricing

(Estherville)--Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley discussed transparency in prescription drug pricing Thursday afternoon during a visit to Estherville. Grassley is cosponsoring a bill that would direct the Federal Trade Commission to hold pharmacy benefit managers or PBMs accountable for unfair and deceptive practices. Estherville Pharmacy owner Andy Spurgin outlined the problems faced by small independent pharmacies when it comes to PBMs.
Sioux City Journal

MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Spirit Lake senior Jack Latham had a hunch about special season

Jack Latham knew from the beginning of the season his senior campaign would be an unforgettable one. The Spirit Lake High School senior — and this year’s Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year — ran a fast time at an indoor meet. He saw how quickly he ran the 60-meter hurdles and later this season, he made history on track’s biggest stage.

Rising gas prices impacting lake life

FAIRMONT, Minn. (KEYC) - In Fairmont, shorelines are filled with boats and owners who can’t get enough of the city’s five lakes. Like Jacob Dikken whose family houses two boats on Budd Lake. “Since I was born and I am 22, we’ve always had a boat. We’ve grown...

City of Fairmont prepping for fireworks show

FAIRMONT, Minn. (KEYC) - It’s been a long running tradition for the city of lakes 29 years for the Fairmont Fire Department. The fireworks are positioned on Sisseton Lake and boats will anchor in the middle of the lake. Residents will set-up shop on shore at Ward Park. The...
Lakefield Standard

Gail Janet Henry, 76

Gail Janet Henry, daughter of Roland Alexander and Betty Cordelia (Blackenburg) Koster, was born on Monday, July 23, 1945, in Lakefield, Minnesota. Gail was one out of 10 children in the family. She was baptized at the Rost Lutheran Church and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Gail attended and graduated from Lakefield High School in 1963. Upon graduation, Gail was united in marriage to Lonnie Henry, and the couple moved to Saint Louis, Missouri. They were blessed with 3 children Lance, Robin, and Lee. Gail moved to Edwardsville, Illinois where she attended Southern Illinois University, earning her degree in Psychology. She relocated to Arlington, Texas. Gail was employed at Texas Workforce Commission, where she helped individuals secure employment. After Gail retired, she remained living in Arlington, Texas, where she passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the age of 76 years, 4 months, and 11 days.

Seven for 7: Times Gone By

Explore local museums and make history come to life. Many think that history lives in books and possibly in a documentary or period drama on TV, but history is a thing that you can see, touch and explore. The Iowa Great Lakes has much to offer in terms of fun...
Jackson County Pilot

Post 130 beats another top team

On Monday, the Jackson American Legion Post 130 baseball team beat Windom, which won the Big South Conference championship this spring. On Thursday, Post 130 did even better, topping Fairmont, the team that just won the Class AA state title, 11-9. Jackson led 7-1 going to the bottom of the fifth, then Fairmont scored four runs to get back in it. Jackson answered with four runs in the seventh, then held on when Fairmont plated four of its own in the bottom half.

Seven for 7: For a Good Cause

Meet and learn about seven area organizations doing good. “Do well by doing good,” advised Benjamin Franklin. And there are plenty of people dedicated to “doing good” in the Iowa Great Lakes. There are a number of nonprofits working to help fundraise, care for people, kids and animals in times of need and so much more.

73rd Year for Estherville 4th of July Flight Breakfast

(Estherville)—You are invited to start off your 4th of July celebration by attending the 73rd annual Estherville Flight Breakfast. The event will be held on Monday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Estherville Airport. Lexie Ruter, Director of the Estherville Area Chamber, says the Flight Breakfast is a great way to kick-off the holiday.

Iowa Lakes Community College Names Executive Dean For Estherville Campus

Estherville, IA (KICD) — Iowa Lakes Community College has named it’s new Executive Dean at the main Estherville Campus. Erin Latona is currently the Dean of Students and Academic Services at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Latona says working at colleges in Washington State, Nebraska, and now...