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Indians wrap regular season with loss to No. 10 Wildcats


Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team suffered a narrow loss in the regular season finale with No. 10 West Lyon on Friday, Feb. 10. The Indians fell 60-54 to the Wildcats in Inwood.

Pioneers drop regular season finale to No. 3 Dutch


Okoboji’s boys basketball team dropped its regular season and Siouxland Conference finale to third-ranked (3A) MOC-Floyd Valley on Friday, Feb. 10. The Dutch defeated the Pioneers 77-53 in Orange City.

Wolves advance in postseason with win over Tigers


Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team picked up its first postseason victory since 2016 with a fantastic performance against Trinity Christian on Thursday, Feb. 9. The Wolves topped the Tigers 43-29 in the opening round of the Class 1A regional tournament in Hull.

Indians suffer non-conference loss to No. 6 Wolfpack


Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team dropped a non-conference home game to sixth-ranked (2A) Western Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Wolfpack jumped out to a commanding 22-10 first-quarter lead to defeat the Indians 69-46 in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake girls drop home game to No. 8 Pocahontas


Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team suffered a narrow non-conference home loss to eighth-ranked (2A) Pocahontas Area on Monday, Feb. 6. The Indians fell 59-55 in Spirit Lake.

Pioneers earn conference win over Orabs


Okoboji’s girls basketball team earned a Siouxland Conference road win over Sheldon on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Despite a slow start, the Pioneers defeated the Orabs 59-45 in Sheldon.

Boji boys earn conference win over Sheldon


Okoboji’s boys basketball team edged Siouxland Conference rival Sheldon on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Pioneers defeated the Orabs 70-67 in Sheldon.

The Pioneers took a 14-11 after one quarter and built a commanding 38-22 halftime advantage with a 24-11 score in the second. The Orabs clawed their way back into contention in the second half, outscoring the Pioneers 27-20 in the third and 18-12 in the fourth, but Okoboji was able to squeak out a three-point victory.

Harris-Lake Park boys defeat Dragons at home


Harris-Lake Park’s boys basketball team earned a convincing win over Adrian/Ellsworth in an interstate showdown Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Wolves defeated the Dragons 66-40 in Lake Park.

Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club hosts spring fishing seminar


For members of the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club who attended last Wednesday evening’s annual spring banquet at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly, it was an evening of great food, telling the normal fishing stories, participating in a general raffle topped off by a top-notch fishing seminar by Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism.

Planning tips for open water fishing


Hunters harvest nearly 110,000 deer during 2022-23 season

Iowa’s 2022 deer harvest increased seven percent over the 2021 season, due, in part to the new Excess Tag January Antlerless Season approved by the Iowa Legislature last spring.

Habitat is critical for wildlife survival

State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) is a nationwide Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice within the continuous sign-up administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The SAFE initiative allows public and private organizations and state and federal agencies to propose areas where new CRP acreage is essential to benefit endangered, threatened or high priority fish and wildlife species.

Now’s the time for midwinter boat checkup

A midwinter visit to check on the boat − no matter if stored ashore in a backyard or a marina parking lot − is a wise thing to do. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has four tips to ensure there are no surprises at spring commissioning.


Indians pound Pocahontas Area at home


Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team dominated Pocahontas Area in a non-conference matchup Monday, Feb. 6. The Indians defeated Pocahontas Area 71-32 in Spirit Lake.

The senior night victory kicked off a busy week of four games in five days.

“I thought we did a really good job of coming in and taking care of business to start the long week,” Spirit Lake coach Paul Brown said. “It was a great night to celebrate our seniors, and be able to start five seniors.”

Spirit Lake girls whoop Wolfpack in overtime


Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team earned a narrow non-conference home victory over Western Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Indians defeated the Wolfpack 61-56 in overtime in Spirit Lake.

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