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Lightning strikes twice

(Above) Firefighters were called to 709 N. 7th St. Monday night after a lightning strike ignited a house, resulting in $15,000 damage.-Reporter photo by Chris Barragy. Another home damaged by fire For the second time in as many weeks, lightning has been blamed for causing a house fire in Clear Lake. The Clear Lake Fire…
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City leaders encouraged to act quickly on fireworks ordinance

Clear Lake city leaders are being encouraged to adopt a new ordinance which will restrict the use of fireworks within the city. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Coffey told the Council Monday night his board is concerned about the safety of visitors in light of the recent legalization of fireworks in Iowa. Coffey noted…
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Anxious sellers and buyers: Farmers Market opening early

The 2017 Clear Lake Farmers Market season will kick off Saturday, May 20.  According to Farmers Market board president, Andrea Evelsizer “The Farmers Market is starting a week earlier this season to accommodate our eager customers, as well as, our excited vendors with spring products. Being named this year, on Facebook, as one of the…
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Severe weather blamed for house fire, hail damage

(Above) Clear Lake and Ventura firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire Monday night on 15th Avenue South.  Officials speculate lightning struck the tree (right of house) and started a fire in the attic.  Damage was estimated at $100,000.-Reporter photo by Chris Barragy. Severe weather Monday night caused significant damage in the…
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Fundraising takes off to provide Beckett with ‘bucks for a buggy’

Without speaking a word, Beckett Peterson lights up a room and brings a smile to all those he meets.  Now, it’s giving great pleasure to all those that know Beckett to return the favor. Beckett, a third grader at Clear Creek Elementary, was born with a Mitochondrial Disorder.  He uses a wheelchair and a device…
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Personalized bricks cause a hiccup in sidewalk project

(Above) The City is finding that several personalized bricks salvaged from Main Avenue for re-use in the new sidewalks are decayed beyond the point of re-use.  The City has announced it will pay for new personalized bricks to replace those deemed unusable.-Reporter photo. The goal of reintegrating personalized bricks into the new sidewalks on Main…
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