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An excellent start to the pheasant opener


What incredible weather for the pheasant opener! As a matter of fact, by mid-day on Sunday, it was almost too hot — more like short sleeve and shorts weather. From reports from my hunting buddies, they saw lots of birds. Some were able to get a quick limit on Saturday morning, while others worked several hours to get their birds.

Project this fall will repair a portion of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline

Work will begin this fall on a section of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline that, once completed, will reduce the amount of siltation entering the lake and provide protection to the road surface of the adjacent Ingham Lake Road. Drivers who use Ingham Lake Road may experience occasional disruptions at County Road A34 while the work is underway.

State park campgrounds getting ready for winter

Another busy camping year in Iowa state parks is coming to an end and staff are winterizing their facilities, including shutting off water in the campgrounds and closing shower houses.

Campers can check the status of water availability in a particular park by going to The page is updated regularly by park staff.

Spirit Lake standout Brenna Benge commits to Iowa Lakes softball

Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie King recently announced the signing of Brenna Benge to the Lakers’ 2023-2024 recruiting class. Brenna is the daughter of Mark and Amy Benge and attends Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake.

“We are very excited that Brenna decided to be a Laker next year,” King said. “Spirit Lake has always been a very prestigious local softball program and it is great to be able to have their best athletes attend Iowa Lakes.”

LION KINGS: No. 4 Spirit Lake dominates Clear Lake 43-21 in Class 2A playoff tilt


A dominant defense and an opportunistic offense proved to be too much for Clear Lake to handle in Friday's Class 2A second-round matchup with No. 4 Spirit Lake. Save for a successful fake punt, the Indians' defense didn't allow a first down in the opening stanza while the offense turned a 22-0 first-half lead into a 43-21 playoff victory in Spirit Lake.

'Boji boys runners-up; Pioneers' trio earns all-state honors


Okoboji ended its historic cross country season with several stellar performances at the 2022 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships held Friday, Oct. 28 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

The Okoboji boys team, anchored by all-state performances from sophomores Evan Osler and Trigg Heimdal, earned a runner-up finish in the Class 2A team race. The Pioneers' Maryn Frein also earned all-state honors in the Class 2A girls race.

Krieger, Hughes compete at Class 2A state meet


Spirit Lake's dynamic duo of Katelyn Krieger and Brandon Hughes competed at the 2022 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships held Friday, Oct. 28 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Krieger earned all-state honors after placing ninth in the Class 2A girls race. Hughes placed 31st in the Class 2A boys race.

Ice fishing open houses set for November


How can an outdoor person get bored here in northwest Iowa? I mean right now we have hunting seasons going like crazy, the fall fishing is only getting better as the lake water temperatures fall! Oh, but that’s not all. Nope! Because the “pre-ice fishing craze” is just around the corner.

Open water fishing 2022


The 2022 open water fishing season is over for this angler. Unless something very unusual comes up on the open water scene, I’m waiting for ice. It wasn’t that many years ago that there were usually only a couple of days between my last open water trip and my first foray of the season onto the ice.  

IGLFC DNR Night set for Nov. 10


The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) will be hosting its annual fall DNR night at Oak Hill Outdoor located at the north edge of Milford (across the road to the north of Perkins) on Thursday, Nov. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pizza at 6 p.m., followed by the DNR presentations at 7 p.m.

Iowa’s furharvest season starts on Nov. 5

Iowa trappers can expect to find good numbers of furbearers available statewide when the season begins on Nov. 5.

ORABS OUSTED: No. 4 Spirit Lake shakes off slow start, advances to round of 16


What’s orange and black and out of the playoffs?

Sheldon’s football team.

After falling behind 7-0 at halftime of Friday night’s Class 2A playoff opener, fourth-ranked Spirit Lake scored 35 unanswered points to knock the Orabs (a portmanteau of the school’s colors orange and black) out of the postseason with a 35-7 victory in Spirit Lake.

Wolves’ playoff run ends with loss to No. 8 Mustangs


Predator became prey Friday night in the Harris-Lake Park Wolves’ Eight-Player football playoff matchup with the eighth-ranked Newell-Fonda Mustangs. The Wolves hung with their hosts for more than a half, but a 27-6 second-half score put the Mustangs over the top 55-26 and ended Harris-Lake Park’s season.

Pioneers end season with loss to Forest City


Okoboji’s football team saw its season come to an end Thursday, Oct. 20 with a Week 9 road loss to Forest City. The Indians scored three touchdowns in the first half of a 42-6 win over the Pioneers in Forest City.

Spirit Lake volleyball falls to Orabs in volleyball postseason


Spirit Lake’s volleyball season ended Wednesday, Oct. 19 with a 3-1 loss to Sheldon in the Class 3A Region 1 tournament semifinal in Sheldon.

The Indians won a thrilling 30-28 opening set, but struggled to match the Orabs in the next three, falling 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19.

Boji boys win district title; Frein qualifies for state


Okoboji will be well-represented at the 2022 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships in Fort Dodge following a stellar showing at the Class 2A state qualifying meet held Thursday, Oct. 20 in Orange City.

The Okoboji boys squad — led by district champ Evan Osler and runner-up Trigg Heimdal — won a district title and qualified as a team, while the girls fell one point shy of qualifying. Maryn Frein will represent the girls at state after her fifth-place finish.

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