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Outdoors: Check docks and equipment for invasives before winter storage

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

Outdoors: Preparing for a November excursion

There is something special about living here in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Living in the area for the past 45 years, my wife and I have taken in everything that is good about the Iowa Great Lakes. It’s to the point where we, our children and our grandchildren all live right here. We work here, and we recreate here.

Outdoors: Not fishing techniques

Fishing has been a very important part of my life for most of my life. I’ve learned a few things about catching fish, but I’ve also learned a few things about fishing or going fishing that can be very significant. Some of those follow.

Outdoors: Northern Iowa shallow lake management update

During my weekly outdoor radio show, “Following the Great Outdoors,” on KILR-95.9 FM, this past Friday, I had the opportunity to have Mike Hawkins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries management biologist in the Spirit Lake District, on as my special guest. He and his team manage public fishing waters in Clay, Emmet, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux counties.

Deja vu

A combination of less than favorable weather conditions and a hungry Spencer defense set the Tigers up for some early scores, reaching the end zone three times in a 2 1/2-minute span in the first quarter. They put up 40 first half points and tacked on 21-0 more in the final two quarters for a 61-0 win at Dale Norton Field.

It marked the second straight 60-plus-point contest and second win in a row as the purple and gold played their final home game of the season.

Volleyball Class 4A Region 1 First Round Preview

Spencer Tigers (7-25) at Sioux Center Warriors (9-12)

Tuesday, Oct. 17 — 7 p.m.






Madelyn McWhirter, SO

AST 148, PER 4.6

Rebel runners claim second in TLC

ALTA — Both the girls and boys programs at Sioux Central ran to runner-up finishes in the Twin Lakes Conference meet Saturday at Alta Golf & Country Club. The boys finished second to Class 2A eighth-ranked East Sac County, 47-33, and the Rebel girls found themselves to short of Class 1A ninth-ranked Alta-Aurelia, 40-65.

Cross-Country District Preview


3A Girls and Boys Cross-Country District

4 p.m., Wednesday — Spencer Municipal Golf Course


  • Algona
  • Bishop Heelan
  • Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
  • Denison-Schleswig
  • Gilbert
  • Humboldt
  • Le Mars
  • MOC-Floyd Valley
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton
  • Sioux Center
  • Spencer
  • Storm Lake
  • Webster City


ILCC women roll Marshalltown 18-0

MARSHALLTOWN — The Iowa Lakes Lakers women secured their seventh triumph of the season, putting on a stellar display against Marshalltown.

Their impressive performance in October has solidified their position as a formidable contender to watch out for in the playoffs.

Maria Vilhena scored five goals on 14 shots on goal; and teammate Cameran Renneke and Isabel Hernandez Diaz each recorded hat tricks both recorded hat tricks in the lopsided victory.

Iowa Lakes take down NIACC in 4

MASON CITY — Iowa Lakes’ volleyball team traveled to Mason City for a third rematch with North Iowa Area Community College. NIACC ended up taking the match in four.

Laker men make it 4 straight at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN — Iowa Lakes men's soccer visited Marshalltown on Saturday, winning 2-1, to make it four straight wins. The scoring started in the 35th minute when Keiji Sugiura found Garbhan Feeney on the left flank for a brilliant goal. Garbhan took on his defender and cut inside to place the bending ball in the far upper 90 of the goal.

Sioux Central unable to snag playoff spot

WALL LAKE — Win and you’re in.

Those were the stakes of Friday night’s district matchup between Sioux Central and East Sac County. Although the Rebels held an advantage statistically, ESC captured the only statistic which mattered in the end, the final score, 13-6.

Ferguson, Gross lead Spencer at Fender invite

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The competition was tough at the LC Melissa Fender Memorial Invitational swim meet, Saturday, in Council Bluffs. Host Lewis Central edged runner-up Sioux City Metro, with the Spencer Tiger girls coming in a distant fourth out of five teams, despite a strong showing in a few events.

“The swimmers had a good meet today and we had some great swims,” Spencer coach Amie Lawrence said.


Peyton Morey and Adalyn Schoelerman finished one-two, Alexandria Palmer crossed fourth, and Ava Morey and Sadie Kahley broke the top 15 to help Spencer to a Lake Conference girls cross-country championship Monday.

Likewise, Van Munson paced the Tiger boys, completing the Spencer Municipal Golf course, in sixth place, with teammates Nolan McCusker and Rylei Koppie ran within a second of one another in seventh and eight to complete the Lakes sweep for the boy’s.

Falling in 4: Spencer grabs 1 set in loss to NU

Tiger Tyrianna Vail gets ready to serve during Spencer’s four game volleyball loss to North Union Tuesday night in the Spencer field house. Spencer fell 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-23. The loss marked 17 straight contest’s the Tigers have surrendered, falling to 7-23 overall. No individual statistics or comments were available at press time Thursday. The purple and gold will face Algona, St. Edmond, Forest City and Lake Mills Saturday at the Algona Invite beginning at 9 a.m.


There’s no place like home.

On back-to-back nights, Spencer girls swim team hosted Algona and Perry at the Spencer Family YMCA. The Tigers would win both programs, doubling up on the Bulldogs Monday, and claiming a hard fought win 96-73, Tuesday.



The Tigers would sweep the relay competitions against Algona; while claiming top spots in five individual races at the event.

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