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Area cross country teams run at George


Okoboji and Harris-Lake Park cross country teams ran at a meet hosted by George-Little Rock/Central Lyon on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The sixth-ranked Okoboji boys won a team title with 35 total points. The 14th-ranked Okoboji girls placed third with 76.

“I thought the kids competed very hard on a tough, windy night,” Okoboji coach Brad Peter said. “The course set up is challenging and we were really proud of how hard all of our kids battled over the last mile.”

Spirit Lake cross country teams place 6th at Cherokee

Spirit Lake’s boys and girls cross country teams both earned sixth-place finishes at a meet hosted by Cherokee on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Spirit Lake girls totaled 169 points and the boys totaled 154 at Cherokee Golf & Country Club.

Best colors of the year right now


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: fall is a most beautiful and colorful time of the year! With its warm days and cool nights, low humidity, the brilliant fall colors of our grasses, drying crops, shrubs and trees, simply jump out on a vibrant sunny day.

Here in northwest Iowa, each county has its lakes, county/state parks that no matter where we live, give us so many photo taking opportunities.

Establish a pattern for more fish


We’re at that time of year again: Some anglers are starting to think about ice-fishing, but there are still lots of anglers planning their next open water fishing trip. Regardless of where you live, the next few weeks and months can provide wonderful fishing memories. A very good way, probably the best way to create those memories from a day on the water or on the ice is to establish a pattern. Here is what it means to establish a pattern when you go fishing.

‘Learn to Hunt’ program opens registration for upland bird panel discussion


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a virtual program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook upland birds to those with little or no upland bird hunting experience.

The workshop will be held via Zoom, on Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Experienced instructors will teach the basics skills and strategies needed to hunt pheasants. The workshop is designed for participants age 16 and older. There is no fee to participate.

Monarch conservation effort report highlights Iowans’ hard work


Iowa has been steadily adding new habitat for monarch butterflies over the past couple of years. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium recently released its Monarch Conservation Effort Report, which offers a snapshot of monarch habitat establishment through 2020 in all 99 counties across the state.

Spirit Lake volleyball sweeps rival Spencer


Spirit Lake’s volleyball team picked up a Lakes Conference home win over rival Spencer on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Indians toppled the Tigers 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-12) in Spirit Lake.

“I loved the way our girls played against Spencer,” Spirit Lake coach Beau Dielschneider said. “I feel like we really did a good job controlling the serving and passing game. When that happens, a lot of great stuff can get done on the court.”

Pioneers suffer Siouxland sweep to Rock Valley


Okoboji’s volleyball team dropped a Siouxland Conference road match to Rock Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Rockets topped the Pioneers 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-19) in Rock Valley.

Wolves drop conference home match to Hawks


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team dropped a War Eagle Conference home match to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Hawks topped the Wolves 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-11) in Lake Park.

“We had the best offensive game all season that night,” Harris-Lake Park coach April Buss said. “Everyone played as a team, had a positive attitude and didn't let errors affect them. I'm very proud of the way we played.”

Greve medals at Kingsley-Pierson invite


Harris-Lake Park junior Landon Greve medaled at a cross country meet hosted by Kingsley-Pierson on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Greve finished the race in just over 19 minutes to place 13th at Brookside Golf Course in Kingsley. Teammate Chase Hibma placed eighth in the junior varsity boys race, finishing in 24:40.00.

“Chase Hibma and Landon Greve ran hard in Kingsley Tuesday night,” Harris-Lake Park coach Rebecca Matthiesen said. “Both boys medaled and both got a new PR.”

A MIGHTY MAULING: No. 3 Spirit Lake blanks rival ELC 45-0 on homecoming night


In a matchup of heated Lakes Conference rivals Spirit Lake and Estherville Lincoln Central, the third-ranked Indians left little doubt as to who was the better team in a 45-0 mauling of the Mighty Midgets on homecoming night in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake’s defense was especially dominant, holding ELC to just 42 total yards and picking off junior quarterback Owen Larson four times.

A TITANIC UPSET: Harris-Lake Park upsets 10th-ranked Titans on homecoming


Harris-Lake Park took an early lead and forced a late fumble to seal an upset victory over 10th-ranked rival Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in a back-and-forth homecoming battle in Lake Park Friday night. The Wolves topped the previously undefeated Titans 42-40 on Friday, Sept. 30.

Pioneers suffer lopsided loss to No. 8 West Lyon


Okoboji faced an uphill battle Friday night when the Pioneers squared off with eighth-ranked (2A) and returning state runner-up West Lyon. The Pioneers fell behind early in a dominant 49-7 Wildcats victory in Milford.

Okoboji volleyball suffers home sweep


Okoboji’s volleyball team fell 3-0 to Siouxland Conference foe Central Lyon on Thursday, Sept. 29. The Lions topped the Pioneers 25-19, 25-17 and 25-15 in Milford.

GRIDIRON GLANCE - WEEK 7: Dickinson County teams hit the road in Week 7


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


No. 3 Spirit Lake (6-0, 3-0) vs. No. 7 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (5-1, 2-1)

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