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Pioneers drop home match to Dutch


Okoboji’s volleyball team dropped a Siouxland Conference home match to MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Dutch defeated the Pioneers in straight sets, winning 25-17, 25-16 and 25-21 in Milford.

Spirit Lake North Project to become reality


For many years, as I have traveled east of the Mini-Wakan State Park entrance (north side of Big Spirit Lake) on the Grade road or Stateline road, I’ve noticed on the north side of the road (Minnesota side) a parcel of cropland that during wet weather turns into a huge temporary wetland. Unless it is dry weather, it seems to always flood. If it is around long enough, lots of shore birds and waterfowl take up residence. Perhaps you have observed this, too, in your travels.

End of the season fishing thoughts


The end of the 2022 open water fishing season is in sight for this angler. As the years progress, for me, fishing has taken on a different meaning. In many ways, going fishing becomes more important, and catching fish becomes less important:  

It’s the experience of just going fishing that is most important to me at this point in my life.  With that in mind, following are some thoughts from this fisherman’s most recent open water fishing season.

Fall community trout stocking starts Oct. 19


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.

Check docks and equipment for invasive species before storing for the winter


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds lake property owners to check their boat and trailers, and docks and lifts, for aquatic invasive species before storing them for the winter.

Pioneers name 6 to all-conference cross country teams


Okoboji’s boys and girls cross country runners earned six all-conference honors at the 2022 Siouxland Conference Championships held Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Emerald Hills Golf Course in Arnolds Park.

Spirit Lake runners compete at Lakes Conference meet


Spirit Lake cross country runners competed at the 2022 Lakes Conference Championships held Monday, Oct. 10 at Estherville.

Katelyn Krieger, Brandon Hughes, Damon VandenBerg and Connor Kueper earned all-conference honors on the day. Krieger placed second in the girls race, finishing in 19 minutes, 25.32 seconds. Hughes placed second in the boys race, finishing in 16:36.06. VandenBerg was fifth in 17:10.18. Kueper was ninth in 18:26.10.

Greve earns all-conference honors for Wolves


Harris-Lake Park junior Landon Greve earned all-conference honors after placing 15th at the War Eagle Conference cross country meet held Monday, Oct. 10 in Hawarden. Greve finished the race in 19 minutes, 36.40 seconds.

ONE-TRICK PONIES: Third-ranked Indians rally to top seventh-ranked Cowboys in Clarion


Clarion-Goldfield-Dows used the quarterback run effectively to keep the score close Friday night, but Spirit Lake’s defense made the necessary adjustments in the second half to prove the Cowboys were simply one-trick ponies. The third-ranked Indians blanked the seventh-ranked Cowboys 28-0 in the second half of a 56-21 district victory in Clarion on Friday, Oct. 7.

Pioneers drop back-and-forth battle with Braves


Okoboji put together its best offensive performance of the season Friday night, but — despite rushing for nearly 400 yards — the Pioneers were unable to run away with a victory over Cherokee. The Braves defeated the Pioneers 34-28 on homecoming night in Cherokee.

Wolves football suffers setback in West Bend


Harris-Lake Park’s football team entered Friday night’s contest against West Bend-Mallard on a five-game win streak — including a thrilling two-point victory over 10th-ranked rival Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on homecoming night last Friday — and with a chance to clinch at least a share of a second consecutive district championship.

However, the Wolves left West Bend a bit bewildered following a 48-6 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines.

Comets earn conference win over Pioneers


Okoboji’s volleyball team battled but, ultimately, dropped a 3-0 match to Boyden-Hull on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Pioneers fell 25-17, 25-16 and 25-20 to the Comets in Milford.

GRIDIRON GLANCE - WEEK 8: Regular season winding down for area football teams

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment of a weekly series previewing prep football in Dickinson County. The rankings are according to the Associated Press.


No. 3 Spirit Lake (7-0, 4-0) vs. Southeast Valley (3-4, 1-3)

Wolves volleyball goes 0-3 at home tournament


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team dropped three matches at its home tournament held Saturday, Oct. 8. The Wolves fell to 2-0 to Storm Lake St. Mary’s, Rock Valley and Manson-Northwest Webster in Lake Park.

“We played some really good teams and had some good rallies but couldn't come away with any wins,” Harris-Lake Park coach April Buss said. “I’m really proud of the girls’ attitude and hard work they've been putting in.”

Wolves volleyball falls to Westerners


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team dropped a War Eagle Conference home match to Akron-Westfield on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Westerners topped the Wolves 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-8) in Lake Park.

"We had a really good effort in the first set but lost momentum right away in the second and couldn't come back,” Harris-Lake Park coach April Buss said.

Indians earn rivalry win over Midgets


Spirit Lake’s volleyball team picked up a Lakes Conference road win over rival Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Indians topped the Midgets 3-1 in Estherville.

“It was a great game against ELC,” Spirit Lake coach Beau Dielschneider said. “Anytime you play a team three times, it gets tough. I was proud of how our girls played and really happy with what I saw from our entire team.”

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