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Fall community trout stocking starts Oct. 21 across the state

Eighteen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months.

More than $3 million in REAP grants recently approved

The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved 22 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grants during its October meeting. The grants totaled more than $3 million.

Established in 1989, the Resource Enhancement and Protection program has funded nearly $389 million for city, county and state park projects that have included water quality improvements, habitat protection, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education.

PLAYOFF BOUND: Okoboji football earns postseason bid with dominant win over Forest City

It has been nearly 15 years since an Okoboji football team has sniffed the postseason.

After suffering a loss to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows the previous week, the Pioneers’ margin for error was razor thin heading into the last contest of the regular season, but Okoboji pulled through with a thrilling 41-19 win over Forest City at home on Friday, Oct. 13 to place fourth in the district and earn a spot in the Class 2A playoffs.

No. 5 Indians win district title outright with victory over Cowboys

Spirit Lake’s football team, which clinched at least a share of a second straight district title with a win last week over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, won the championship outright with a 21-0 drubbing of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday, Oct. 13. The fifth-ranked (2A) Indians scored three quick touchdowns to open the game before cruising to the win on a rain-soaked night in Clarion.

Game-winning drive lifts Golden Bears over Wolves

The Wolves fought tooth-and-nail Friday night in a battle for district supremacy against Bishop Garrigan. However, after a long touchdown pass from Harris-Lake Park quarterback Lucas Ahrenstorff to Landon Wittrock knotted the game at 14-14, the Golden Bears put together a game-winning touchdown drive to seal a 20-14 victory and earn the district title outright.

Area runners look to qualify for state meet

Dickinson County cross country runners will look to punch their tickets to the state meet this week when the state qualifying meets take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Spirit Lake and Okoboji runners will compete at the Class 2A meet in Orange City, while Harris-Lake Park will compete at the Class 1A meet in Spencer.



Wolves volleyball ends regular season with loss to Jays

Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team ended its regular season with a home loss to Gehlen Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Jays defeated the Wolves 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-7) in Lake Park.

Okoboji volleyball ends regular season with loss to Knights

Okoboji’s volleyball team wrapped its regular season slate with a Siouxland Conference loss to Unity Christian on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Pioneers fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-4) to the Knights in Milford.

Pioneers suffer home sweep to Warriors

Okoboji’s volleyball team suffered a home sweep against Sioux Center on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The Warriors topped the Pioneers 25-19, 25-15 and 25-11 in Milford.

“Our defense played well, but we often times struggled to get a perfect pass off of serve receive,” Okoboji coach Ashley Linquist said. “I was proud of our girls for how we responded to being down four or five points, but would rally back. The fight was definitely there in the first two sets.”

Indians wrap regular season with win over Storm Lake

Spirit Lake’s volleyball team earned a Lakes Conference victory over Storm Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The Indians topped the Tornadoes 3-1 to wrap up the regular season in Storm Lake.

The Indians dropped the first set 25-21, but bounced back with a 25-11 win in the second set and a 25-13 win in the third before ending the night with a 27-25 win in the fourth set.

Okoboji runners compete at 2023 Siouxland Conference Championships

Okoboji’s cross country teams battled the rest of a stacked Siouxland Conference at the conference meet held Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Meadow Acres Golf Course in Larchwood.

Okoboji’s boys squad placed third overall and the girls placed fourth.

Evan Osler led the Okoboji boys with a third-place time of 17 minutes, 19.91 seconds. Akron Jostand placed ninth in 17:15.66 and Lane Larson placed 11th in 17:17.91. All three runners earned all-conference honors.

Greve earns all-conference honors at Paullina

Harris-Lake Park’s Landon Greve earned all-conference honors at the War Eagle Conference meet held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Paullina Golf Course.

Greve placed fourth individually, finishing in 19 minutes, .19 seconds. It was the highest finish for a Harris-Lake Park runner since 2011.

Harris-Lake Park coach Rebecca Matthiesen said Greve’s strategy was to stay true to his run.

Hughes wins Lakes Conference crown

Spirit Lake’s Brandon Hughes secured his spot as the top boys runner in the Lakes Conference Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the 2023 Lakes Conference Championships held at Spencer Municipal Golf Course. Hughes, a junior, finished the race in 16 minutes, 8.20 seconds to place first individually and lead the Spirit Lake boys to a runner-up team finish behind rival Spencer.

Northern Iowa shallow lake management update

Not fishing techniques

Fishing has been a very important part of my life for most of my life. I’ve learned a few things about catching fish, but I’ve also learned a few things about fishing or going fishing that can be very significant. Some of those follow.

Preparing for a November excursion

There is something special about living here in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Living in the area for the past 45 years, my wife and I have taken in everything that is good about the Iowa Great Lakes. It’s to the point where we, our children and our grandchildren all live right here. We work here and we recreate here.

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