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A prom to remember

(Above) Tammy Orr snapped this photo of her son, Owen, clearing snow to be able to drive to town for prom. Clear Lake High School juniors and seniors certainly had a prom to remember.  School officials announced on Friday that Saturday’s prom would be postponed due to blizzard conditions in the forecast.  The prom was…
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GHV Board considers repurposing building

(Above) Ventura school leaders are considering moving fifth and sixth graders from its Intermediate School into the Junior High building located across the street in Ventura, creating a grades 5-8 Middle School.  The Intermediate building would be used in other ways by the school district. Community meeting set to discuss moving 5th/6th graders to Junior…
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County voters pass hotel-motel tax, elect Dirksen

Cerro Gordo County voters went to the polls in small numbers Tuesday, April 10, to elect a new county auditor and approve a hotel/motel tax for the unincorporated areas of the county. Riley Dirksen was the only candidate listed on the ballot for the open county auditor’s position and received a total of 712 votes. …
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Weather disrupts some Earth Day activities

Spring’s late arrival is causing some changes to Earth Day activities scheduled for Saturday.  Most of the Clear Lake Earth Days events will be held as scheduled, but some changes are necessary because of the snow. The Green Expo will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Surf.  It is free and open to…
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Fire destroys Outing Club garage

(Above) Clear Lake firefighters battle a blaze which completely destroyed a garage complex and its contents at 204 10th Ave. S. -Photo courtesy of Clear Lake Fire Department. A garage fire which did more than $25,000 damage Saturday is still under investigation.   The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a garage structure located…
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Former Mirror-Reporter columnist turned famous author Dorothy Garlock dies

One of Clear Lake’s best kept secrets—popular western romance novel author Dorothy Garlock, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at Oakwood Care Center.  Garlock was not a native of Clear Lake, but loved the community deeply and even occasionally wove pieces of local lore into her stories. You might say Garlock got her start in…
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