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Outdoors: Wetlands to be established on Okoboji View Wetland Complex

The final touches on the Okoboji View Wetland Complex, a major clean water project near the Okoboji View Golf Course across the road to the west of West Lake Okoboji, are scheduled for this spring with completion by the end of this coming June. The Natural Resources Commission approved the project at its January meeting.

2023-24 Lakes All-Conference Basketball


Boys 1st Team

Jaxon Pauslrud, So., Cherokee

Jordan Jensen, Sr., ELC

*Owen Larson, Sr., ELC

*Dylan Stecker, Jr., Spirit Lake

*Jaidyn Coon, So., Storm Lake


Boys 2nd Team

Coy Lewis, So., Cherokee

Sincere McMurran, Jr., ELC

Cael Bruning, Jr., Spencer

Ethan Stecker, Jr., Spirit Lake

Wesley Walz, So., Spirit Lake

Cameron Boyd, So., Storm Lake

ICCAC Athlete of the Week

Sophomore Brooklyn Bode reached base 10 times in her 18 at-bats last week. Bode hit .555 (10-18) with a total of six RBI, six runs scored, six stolen bases, two triples and one home run. She reached via a hit in every possible way which included a single, double, triple, and home run. Bode produced all of these numbers from the nine spots in the lineup.

Iowa Lakes softball starts 5-1

The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team earned two wins over Southeast Community College. The Lakers took game one 15-12 and game two 6-4 on Friday; and on Saturday, ILCC dropped game one 11-6 before rallying back to win game two 11-9. The Lakers are now 5-1 on the season.




Southeast got on the board first, scoring one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning.

Pair of SHS cheerleaders, Rebels’ Adams among Shrine Bowl participants

Spencer High School football cheerleaders Veronica Studer and Eve Maker, and Sioux Central senior football player Max Adams were recognized Wednesday night at the Clay County Fair Regional Events Center during media night. All three were selected to the participate in the 2024 Iowa Shrine Bowl football game.

Studer to cheer for ICCC

Veronica Studer, a Spencer High School senior, signed to continue her cheerleading experience with Iowa Central Community College, in Fort Dodge. Studer, the daughter of Richard and Susan Studer, was joined Iowa Central cheer coach Mitch Murphy and former Spencer coach Shante Wallen at the signing. (Photo submitted)

Eventual 4-time champs end Rebels’ historic season

DES MOINES — “I can’t say enough about the support we had and thank everyone for helping make this a season to remember,” said Kasey Krager, Sioux Central head girls basketball coach, following his team’s Friday morning’s semifinal exit from the team’s first ever state tournament appearance.

Tigersharks claim Division 3 crown

The Spencer Tigersharks state qualifiers enjoyed a successful weekend at the YMCA State Swim Meet. Members of the team won Division 3 at the YMCA State Meet with 718 points. (Below) Halle Sears broke three state meet records in the 13-14 age group in the 50 back, 100 back and 200 individual medley. Sandy Holck is the team’s coach. (Photos submitted)

Laker men to host Thursday ICCAC title game

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team advanced to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Championship Game with a 85-81 win over Kirkwood. The win moved the Lakers to 26-6 overall.

“Really proud of our guys tonight,” said ILCC men’s head coach Jason McKinney. “We got off to a really good start and then had to fight through some adversity with all the foul trouble. We had to go deep in to our bench and they stepped up.”

Outdoors: Time to stop pruning oak trees earlier this season with unseasonably warm temperatures

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is recommending to finish pruning oak trees immediately to prevent the spread of oak wilt.

“Typically, we suggest to stop pruning oaks around March 15,” said Tivon Feeley, forest health program leader with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “But the unseasonably warm February has moved up that date. Pruning oak trees should stop now out of an abundance of caution.”

Outdoors: Land donors honored during reception in Des Moines

More than 950 acres of Iowa land in 14 counties with an estimated value of more than $3.9 million was permanently protected through donations for conservation.

The donors associated with 12 donations of land or land value will be recognized during a ceremony on March 14, from 2-3 p.m., in the first floor rotunda, at the state Capitol, in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to attend.

Listed below are the donors:

Outdoors: When fishing, patience isn’t a virtue

You’ve seen it before. Maybe even participated. A group has gathered and they’re talking about who-knows-what.

Eventually the conversation turns to fishing, and, often, a non-fisherman in the group says that he doesn’t go fishing because he doesn’t have the patience to sit there and wait for a fish to come along. I think to myself of the successful anglers that I’ve fished with over the years. Usually patience was not an attribute they possessed.

Outdoors: What a weekend

What can I say, but “What a weekend!” I kicked it off on Friday with a trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the 2024 Pheasants Forever National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and Convention Center on Friday. My wife went along to rendezvous with her sister, while I spent over three hours just taking in everything possible!

Billed as the nation’s largest upland trade show and convention … from my perspective, “Yup, they’re right!”

Rebels win first ‘Wells’ game

DES MOINES — In its first ever state game, the Sioux Central Rebel girls basketball team started off hot and managed to hold off a second half surge by Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont to come up with a 52-48 IGHSAU Class 2A quarterfinal win Tuesday night.

ILCC earn No 2 seed in tourney

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team ended regular season play 24-6 overall and 14-4 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play after defeating Iowa Western by a basket — 71-69. The win secures the two seed in the Region 11 Tournament.

The Lakers were led by Kai Evans with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Sam West with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Iowa Western was led by Ikenna Ude Smith with 28 points.

Rebels to face Rockets in 2A opener

SIOUX RAPIDS — “This is the first time ever,” said Kasey Krager, Sioux Central head girls basketball coach.

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