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Preseason opportunities afforded indoors

STORM LAKE — As Spencer’s boys and girls track teams prepare for the upcoming spring season they are participating in a series of indoor warm-up meets. No team scores were kept as both squads participated in the Lakes Conference Indoor Meet, Tuesday, at Buena Vista University.

Several members of the Tigers coed program turned in strong efforts against their conference rivals.

Spencer Special Olympians demonstrate strong skills

Spencer Special Olympics competed in the Spring Classic in Iowa City on March 9. The event included several sport competitions ranging from cheerleading and powerlifting to basketball. Spencer's team participated in cheerleading, basketball skills and 3-on-3 basketball.



Third annual Boji Legends Tournament to tee off June 28

OKOBOJI — The much-anticipated third annual Boji Legends Golf Tournament is back, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Set to take place on June 28, at Okoboji View Golf Course, this year's event will once again bring together golf enthusiasts, sports fans, legendary athletes and supporters of our partner charities for a day of golfing, entertainment and fun.

Outdoors: Trout stocking in northeast Iowa streams starts April 1

DES MOINES — The popular trout stream stocking season starts on April 1. Find a list of stocked trout streams on the Department of Natural Resources trout stream map or the DNR trout fishing webpage.

The DNR Trout Program offers Iowa anglers a variety of trout fishing opportunities, including catchable stockings, fingerling stockings, wild trout, streams with restrictive regulations, easy universal access areas and remote streams with difficult access.

Outdoors: Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter to open for 2024

OKOBOJI — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is opening the Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter for reservations, starting March 20. The facilities were initially closed for the 2024 season due to a planned renovation project, including upgrades to roads and campsite infrastructure. That project is on hold due to construction delays.

The lodge and shelter can be reserved beginning at 9 a.m. on March 20 on the DNR’s reservation site at

Outdoors: Shoreline stabilization project underway at Silver Lake

LAKE PARK — Work is underway to stabilize the shoreline on the northwest section of Silver Lake, in Dickinson County.

The contractor will close segments of the Trappers Bay State Park roadway as work progresses. Road closures and signage will be adjusted to allow as much public access as possible. Access must be restricted when trees are being removed to ensure the safety of park users. The public is advised to not drive or walk past the road closure signs.

Outdoors: Lots of fishing options

In some areas, anglers have no problem finding a place to go fishing at any time of the year. There might be times when the fishing can be better, but those folks always or almost always can find a place to fish.

Outdoors: The journey of the majestic bald eagle

This winter through the month of March has been an incredible time for Iowans throughout the state to enjoy witnessing bald eagles, the national symbol of our country. Winter is the best time to observe bald eagles in Iowa as many eagles from northern states and Canada migrate south to find food.

8-second ride fans pack CCF venue

“Spencer will go down as a highlight event for us,” said Dillon Swanson, owner of Raise ‘Em Rank, who brought the Bulls and Brews event to the Clay County Regional Events Center last Friday and Saturday night.

3 Laker men, 2 women named to ICCAC Division II Basketball All-Region teams

ESTHERVILLE — Three Iowa Lakes Community College men's basketball and two female athletes were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II Basketball All-Region teams.

Kai Evans and Sam West were named to the ICCAC All-Region first team, and Benard Omooria was named to the second team All-Region for the men; while the women were represented by Emma Kanz on the ICCAC All-Region second team and Jordyn Stokes on the ICCAC All-Region third team.

Bull riding returns to Clay County

Two nights of bull-riding action at Spencer’s Clay County Regional Events Center, Friday and Saturday evenings, filled the seats as Raise ‘Em Rank productions coupled with other area breweries for the popular Bulls & Brews event. The battle between man and bull — which the bull more often than not, wins — began at 7 p.m. in the main arena.

Iowa Lakes 1-3 in first 2 days at Florida event

The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team went 1-3 during the team’s first two days in Clermont, Florida. On day two, against a pair of 2023 National Tournament qualifiers, the Lakers split, the Lakers dropped game one to South Suburban 12-5, and then bounced back to beat Jackson College 9-8. ILCC dropped both games on the first day losing to Jackson College, 7-6, and Triton College, 6-3. The Iowa Lakes squad are now 7-5 overall.


Laker men await possible at large national bid

ESTHERVILLE — The 12th-ranked Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team fell to No. 6 Ellsworth 92-84 for the first time in three contests this season Thursday night in the Regional Tournament on the Lakers home floor.

The loss may result in an end to the Lakers season, at 26-7, pending a potential at large bid for the NJCAA National Tournament. The selection show is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Outdoors: Water summary update: extremely dry February extends record drought conditions streak

DES MOINES — February set multiple records for warm, dry conditions and minimal precipitation, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

February 2024 ranks among the top two warmest, top three driest and top five least snowy months on record. Overall winter temperatures also rank among the top five warmest recorded, with February showing a statewide average temperature more than 12 degrees above normal.

Outdoors: Time for spring fun

With the ice gone, our concern becomes the need for rainfall. At this point, strong winds and low humidity levels are raising the fire danger levels. Fires have broken out here and there across northwest Iowa, and there is a lot of praying for rain.

This is also the time to look at our lake levels. Big Spirit Lake is currently 11.4 inches below the spillway, while the Okoboji chain is 3 inches below the Lower Gar outlet.

Outdoors: Waiting for fishing

The period between the ice fishing season and the open water season this year is going to be a bit longer for anglers in some areas. Mild winter temperatures shut the ice fishing season down prematurely, and in those same places, open water fishing isn’t real feasible either, say in areas north of us in Minnesota and Wisconsin. There’s too much ice to put a boat in, and not enough ice to walk on. Additionally, some fishing seasons are closed.

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