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Great panfish bite going on

BY STEVE WEISMAN - OUTDOORS EDITOR

Golly, have anglers been doing well on the Okoboji chain for all kinds of fish. West Okoboji, especially, has been on fire for bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass. Just check out the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club Facebook page or just the posts by area guides on Facebook.

An overdue fishing trip

BY BOB JENSEN - FISHING THE MIDWEST

Some friends invited me to spend a day on the water with them earlier this summer. Scott Soderquist, Mike Frisch and I go way back. We used to work together at sportshow booths, seminars and other fishing industry related functions.  

Badgers are tough customers

Badgers are tough. We’ve all probably heard of the African Honey Badger and how it doesn’t give a hoot. Well our American Badger is just as tough and probably doesn’t care much either!  

Iowa DNR sending firefighters to Alaska, Texas and Colorado

As wildfires continue to rage in parts of the west, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has started to dispatch wildland firefighters to Alaska, Texas and Colorado.

The fire program recently sent six Iowa wildland firefighters to Alaska for three weeks and two firefighters to Colorado for two weeks. Three wildland firefighters along with the DNR type 6 fire engine are in Texas fighting the Dempsey Fire.

Celebrate a child’s first fish

Preserve the memory of your child or grandchild hooking their first fish this summer with a special certificate. Print the certificate yourself from an electronic file posted online or request a printed certificate.

SENIOR MOMENT: Spirit Lake seniors Isaac Early, Riley Reynolds blast Pioneers in Indians’ rivalry win

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake seniors Isaac Early and Riley Reynolds combined for six hits, six RBIs, three doubles and three runs scored in a 9-3 postseason baseball win over Dickinson County rival Okoboji on Wednesday, July 6.

With teammate Jake Cornwall out of commission due to an injured ankle, Early especially shouldered the run-producing load, as he pounded the Pioneers for five RBIs in Estherville.

Indians’ season ends with walk-off loss to No. 5 Midgets

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

Offense was at a premium throughout Saturday evening’s postseason softball battle between Lakes Conference rivals Spirit Lake and Estherville Lincoln Central. Neither team collected a hit or a run through the first six innings, as starting pitchers Morgan Fine (Spirit Lake) and Rylee Yager (ELC) put on a performance for the ages.

In the end, however, it was Yager who came out on top.

Spirit Lake’s baseball season ends with loss to No. 2 ELC

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

After a slow start, Spirit Lake had a glimmer of hope in the top half of the fifth inning of a postseason baseball battle with second-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central on Saturday, July 9.

Okoboji softball drops postseason contest to No. 5 Midgets

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team hung with fifth-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central to the bitter end, but the Pioneers’ offense was unable to take advantage of an unusually low-scoring contest with the Midgets in the opening round of the Class 3A regional tournament played Wednesday, July 6. The Midgets ended the Pioneers’ season with a 2-0 loss in Estherville.

Schneider’s round-trippers power Indians to playoff win

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake got out to a slow start in its first contest of the Class 3A regional softball tournament with Sheldon on Wednesday, July 6, but a pair of late home runs by junior slugger Taylor Schneider powered the Indians to a 9-1 playoff victory over Sheldon.

Grants awarded for area lake improvements

BY STEVE WEISMAN - OUTDOORS EDITOR

The Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce, who handles the Iowa Great Lakes Area Walleye Weekend registration and activities, recently awarded $23,500 in grants to several area groups based on the registrations from this spring’s Walleye Weekend.

Changes for better fishing

BY BOB JENSEN - FISHING THE MIDWEST

If an angler wants to become a better angler, that angler needs to be willing to make changes.  Becoming a better angler means different things to different anglers.  

What’s with this weather?

BY STEVE WEISMAN - OUTDOORS EDITOR

I’ve always been infatuated by the weather. That’s one of the reasons I have found living in the Midwest to be so interesting. It’s like you never know what’s coming next. There have always been wild swings and records, whether it is a snowstorm, a huge rainstorm, a record high or a record low — those were kind of expected.

Sign up for 2022 Iowa State Park Passport

The Iowa DNR is bringing back the Iowa State Park Passport in 2022 with new prizes and opportunities to enjoy state parks.

Park visitors are encouraged to sign up for the 2022 Iowa State Park Passport and make it a family-friendly challenge to visit and track visits to more than 60 parks and forests featured on the pass.

From July 1 – October 31 2022, visitors can check in for a chance at prizes:

DNR seeks help counting turkeys

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for help with its annual wild turkey production survey.  During the months of July and August wild turkey sightings are recorded to estimate this year’s nesting rates and nest success.

RIVALRY RENEWED: Okoboji, Harris-Lake Park softball teams square off for first time in nearly a decade

BY MATT HEINRICHS - SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji and Harris-Lake Park found themselves on opposing sides of the softball diamond for the first time since 2013 this past week, as the Pioneers and Wolves battled for Dickinson County bragging rights in Milford.

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