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A yellow bass bonanza

(Above) The population of Ventura went up dramatically Sunday, as 308 teams of anglers rushed onto the ice for the Yellow Bass Bonanza. Almost 1,800 pounds of fish reeled in Saturday by Katie Behr [caption id="attachment_40399" align="alignleft" width="245"] Eric and Jackie Meyer, of Clear Lake, earned first place honors at the Yellow Bazz Bonanza. The…
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Good conditions for The Jack

The wait was worth it, as the annual Jack races, held in honor of snowmobile enthusiast Jack Helgren, were held Saturday.  January conditions didn’t allow the races on the orginially scheduled date, but there was plenty of snow in February and more than 20-inches of ice.-Reporter photo by Chris Barragy.
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High speed chase in blizzard lands pair in jail

by Marianne Gasaway A high speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle through Clear Lake in blizzard conditions ended with a pair of arrests. On Thursday night, Feb. 7, 2019, at about 10:15 p.m., a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputy located a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro neat the Interstate 35 and Highway 18 intersection. The Camaro was…
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Police ask for public’s help to find Valens family photos, poster

The Clear Lake Police Department is investigating the reported theft of two picture collages and one movie poster belonging to Ritchie Valens’ family. The family was in town for the Winter Dance Party celebration held at the Surf Ballroom. The items were taken from the Best Western Holiday Lodge in Clear Lake on Saturday, Feb.…
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Twistin’ the night away

(Above) Winter Dance Party headliner Chubby Checker sang and danced his way into the hearts of Saturday audience members. -Reporter photos by Chris Barragy. by Marianne Gasaway The 60th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party was celebrated in Clear Lake in the most fitting of ways— with a gathering of all ages of people singing, dancing…
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Chamber leader announces retirement

Tim Coffey, president and CEO of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced his retirement from the Chamber effective June 1, 2019. In his letter to Board Chair Diana Symonds of the McQuaid Agency, Coffey wrote, “This position has been the most gratifying job that I have ever held, and has given me…
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