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Complete List of 2015 Drake Relays Qualifiers

Spirit Lake Park; Maci Masching, D.C.-Grimes; Shaua Folchert, Sioux City North. Heat 4—Olivia Sandvig, Decorah; Mia Smith, Clear Creek-Amana (Tiffin); Hannah Schau, Waukee; Amanda Riniker, E Buchanan; Valerie Welch, Iowa City West; Billie Mottet ...

Drake Relays qualifiers run for records

Spirit Lake Park; Maci Masching, D.C.-Grimes; Shaua Folchert, Sioux City North. Heat 4—Olivia Sandvig, Decorah; Mia Smith, Clear Creek-Amana (Tiffin); Hannah Schau, Waukee; Amanda Riniker, E Buchanan; Valerie Welch, Iowa City West; Billie Mottet ...

Gill-netting season produces more than 3,000 walleye

walleye or muskie in the area lakes that wasn't raised by the Spirit Lake Fish hatchery. For roughly two weeks each spring, Northwest Iowa Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins and his colleagues take part in a grand fishing expedition of sorts -- right in ...

Spirit Lake Wal-Mart Shop-Lifter Identified

SPIRIT LAKE, IA - Police say they've identified the man wanted for shoplifting from the Spirit Lake, Iowa Walmart. On Thursday, police posted surveillance pictures of the shoplifting suspect on their Facebook page this morning, asking for the public's help ...

Siouxland school hoping for best when looking at funding

The deadlock in the Iowa Legislature over school funding has made budgeting for school districts a real guessing game. The deadline for certifying budgets for the upcoming school year was Wednesday. Dr. David Smith, Superintendent of the Spirit Lake ...

GOLF: Boys open with win

Jackson County Central senior Joe Brinkman was in midseason form as he led the boys’ golf team to a dominant season-opening win over Spirit Lake, Iowa, last Friday. Brinkman and company beat the Indians 163-183 in a match that was delayed a day due to ...

This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local ...

Area vocal Jazz groups place well at Iowa Championships

Two local vocal jazz groups wrapped up successful seasons at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships Tuesday, April 7, at Morningside College in Sioux City. The Harris-Lake Park Vocal Jazz team placed third in Class 1A while the Spirit Lake ensemble received an ...

"Colon Cancer Is Killing Young People Too," Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

Now she's a two-time cancer survivor and wants others to know that colon cancer doesn't only affect people 50 and over. Spirit Lake, IA (ABC9 News) - Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in America. It's commonly known to ...

Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

NPAA members, Brian Bashore & Brian Fowlds are giving a Walleye Workshop at the First Walleye Weekend Kick Off Party at Spirit Lake IA, May 1st from 5-9pm. This is the 33rd annual Great Walleye Weekend. Set for May 2-3, this two-day fishing tournament ...

Harlem Globetrotters visit Spirit Lake

In North Dakota, 63% of Native American students graduate from high school. That’s about 25% below the state average, according to the Department of Education. Four Winds School on the Spirit Lake Nat…

Harlem Globetrotters visit Spirit Lake

In North Dakota, 63% of Native American students graduate from high school. That’s about 25% below the state average, according to the Department of Education. Four Winds School on the Spirit Lake Nat…

Indians, Pioneers compete at Spirit Lake Invite

PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Spirit Lake’s Caleb Jennings soars to a third place finish in the high jump in Spirit Lake on Tuesday. [Order this photo] Spirit Lake played host to an invitational track meet …

Spirit Lake NOW Available!

It’s here! Spirit Lake is here! And I couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact, I’m doing a little happy dance (even though you can’t see me). It’s been a long journey, after all. Special shout out to my …

eBook Giveaway: Spirit Lake

Hey, everyone! TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Spirit Lake, my debut novel, will be released on Amazon Kindle. You can still pre-order a copy by clicking HERE. (And, I will love you FOREVER if you do!) But…guess…< /li>

Heritage Health in Spirit Lake

Mark your calendar, because Heritage Health is coming to Spirit Lake, Idaho. http://www.my heritagehealth.org/Herita ge Health is a community governed non-profit, comprehensive health care organization …

Throwing and trimming two butter dishes in Spirit Lake

Brad Sondahl throwing and trimming two butter dishes...
Right here in Spirit Lake, Idaho they offer a wide range of handmade pottery. Bubble Boy Boutique owns coffee cups (it's sort of a sin around he…

OFFICIAL Release Date for Spirit Lake!

Hey, lovely readers! Just a quick post today to share a very exciting announcement: Spirit Lake, my debut novel in the Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Spirit Lake Series, will officially be released on Ap…

Firefighters battle grass fire east of Spirit Lake

Local fire departments were dispatched shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, to a field near 175th Street and 272nd Avenue east of Spirit Lake. The blaze burned hundreds of acres in the Spring Run …

Ready for growth in Spirit Lake

SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake is planning for future growth, which means buying property to dispose of its treated wastewater. The city is purchasing 34 acres a mile north of town in Bonner County for $12…


Protect Your Business in SPIRIT LAKE IOWA from Spring Weather Threats

This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts. Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

WHAT: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT

Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/springprepsba

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SPIRIT LAKE IOWA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.


1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.

2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.


Seven steps to keep your phone number when changing provider in SPIRIT LAKE IOWA

With a simple phone call you can reach someone who has not contacted in a while. This is one reason why many people prefer to keep their telephone number when they change provider or telephone company.

You can keep your local phone number or mobile if it remains within the United States. But before finalizing any changes, you should follow some suggestions:

1. Verify that you have completed your contract , if you have one supplier. Otherwise, the current company may charge you a penalty.

2. Contact the new provider to start the transfer number.

3. Make sure the provider can keep your current phone number.

4. Verify that there are no additional charges for service change. If so, try to reach an agreement with the supplier.

5. Read through the terms and conditions of the new contract before signing.

6. Provide the new phone company your 10-digit number and any other required, as your customer account number, access code and your 5-digit zip code information.

7. Cancel the previous service after obtaining the service with your new provider. Try to do the day of your closing date to avoid monthly outstanding balance.

Note: You can also transfer a local phone number to a mobile phone, but this process can take longer. Check with your supplier before making the change.

What can you do if you have some problems to transfer your number

If the provider can not solve it, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by calling 1-888-225-5322 (English) 1-888-835-5322 (TTY for hearing impaired), or through Internet (in English).

This issue of keeping the phone number is known as Number Portability (keeping your number if you change providers). [26]


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If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the
business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda,
it is all the more important that the public understand
that difference,and choose their news sources accordingly.
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