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Fifth Annual Camp Autumn Ice Fishing Tournament set for Feb. 10

The fifth annual Camp Autumn Ice Fishing Tournament & Fundraiser is just around the corner with the event taking place at Camp Autumn’s 30-acre private lake on Saturday, Feb. 10. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. and the tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and awarding of prizes will take place following the tournament.

Using the essentials

People who like to fish have to make some decisions before they even get on the water.  First, when and where? Most of us have to fit fishing in between other activities, and depending on where you live, there can be lots of places to go fishing.  

Number of donors to the Chickadee Tax Check-off continues to decline

Last year, more than 5,800 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form.

While that may sound like a lot, over the last 20 years, the number of donors has declined by 50 percent and represents only about 0.4 percent of the total taxpayers in Iowa.

Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 1

The paddlefish snagging season on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers opens Feb. 1 and goes through April 30 (sunrise to sunset).

Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag(s).

MAKING WAVES: Spirit Lake swats Storm Lake in Lakes Conference clash


Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team secured a third straight Lakes Conference victory and avenged its only conference loss of the season with a convincing home victory over Storm Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Indians topped the Tornadoes 79-61 in Spirit Lake.

No. 12 Indians earn conference win over Tornadoes


Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team continued its ascent to the top of the Lakes Conference standings with a convincing home win over Storm Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The 12th-ranked (3A) Indians topped the Tornadoes 66-52 in Spirit Lake.

Wolves snap 5-game skid against South O’Brien


Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team ended its five-game losing streak with a weekend win over War Eagle Conference rival South O’Brien. The Wolves walloped the Wolverines 49-30 in Lake Park.

Harris-Lake Park boys drop home game to No. 5 Wolverines


Harris-Lake Park’s boys basketball team suffered a War Eagle Conference home loss to fifth-ranked (1A) South O’Brien on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Wolverines whooped the Wolves 62-46 in Lake Park.

Okoboji boys fall to Warriors in Milford


Okoboji’s boys basketball team battled all night but, ultimately, fell to Sioux Center in a Siouxland Conference clash on Friday, Jan. 19. The Warriors defeated the Pioneers 67-57 in Milford.

Okoboji girls drop home game to Warriors


Okoboji’s girls basketball team suffered a Siouxland Conference home loss to Sioux Center on Friday, Jan. 19. The Warriors defeated the Pioneers 56-39 in Milford.

Ortega wins first-ever conference title for Okoboji/HMS


Okoboji/HMS sophomore Dulce Ortega etched her name in the history books after earning the first-ever individual conference wrestling title in the program’s history. Ortega won the 110-pound crown at the 2023-24 Siouxland Conference Girls Wrestling Tournament held Friday, Jan. 19 at West Lyon High School near Inwood.

Ortega went 2-1 to win the title.

Okoboji/HMS boys compete at Herb Irgens Invitational


The Okoboji/HMS boys wrestling team took part in the Herb Irgens Invitational held Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20 in Ida Grove. The Pioneers placed 18th out of 27 teams and put three wrestlers on the podium at the end of the three-day tournament.

Nathanial Franklin placed fifth at 165 pounds. Michael Gonnerman and James Gellerman placed eighth at 126 and 175 pounds, respectively.

Spirit Lake Park boys wrestle at Bishop Heelan Invitational

The Spirit Lake Park boys wrestling team took part in the Bishop Heelan Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 20 in Sioux City. The Indians placed 11th as a team, and put one wrestler into the championship round.

Tyson DeWall placed second for the Indians at 106 pounds after going 2-1 on the day.

Spirit Lake Park girls compete at Sergeant-Bluff


The Spirit Lake Park girls wrestling team competed at a tournament hosted by Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Indians placed eighth as a team and put three wrestlers into the championship round.

Aroura Preston, Cassie McKeen and Audrina Bennett each placed second for the Indians.

Preston went 2-1 at 100 pounds.

Spirit Lake boys edge Braves at home

Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team earned a narrow Lakes Conference home victory over Cherokee on Friday, Jan. 19. The Indians bested the Braves 72-67 in Spirit Lake.

No. 11 Indians top No. 12 Braves in Spirit Lake

In a matchup of two ranked teams, No. 11 Spirit Lake earned a dominant victory over No. 12 Cherokee in a Lakes Conference girls basketball battle played Friday, Jan. 19. The Indians battered the Braves 65-39 in Spirit Lake.

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