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Public Notice
Legals - Week of 8.24.16 (08/23/16)
PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Initiation of the Section 106 Process-Public Participation in accordance with the FCC's Nationwide Programmatic Agreement. Great Lakes Communication Corp. proposes to construct a monopole telecommunications tower with an approximate height of 150 ft. ...
Sirens 8-24 (08/23/16)
Cali Renee Sagar, 28, of Marshalltown, was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and excessive speeding at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at 2200 165 Street in Spirit Lake. Marissa Marie Origer, 24, of Estherville, was charged with driving under the influence and excessive speeding at 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 22nd Street and Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake...
William Palmer
Oct. 2, 1945 -- Aug. 16, 2016 William E. Palmer, the son of Earl and Velma Palmer, was born on Oct. 2, 1945, at the Spirit Lake Hospital. He grew up in Milford and after high school he joined the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Milford and pursued his interest in metal working by taking classes and becoming a certified welder...

Wilford Dokken
Oct. 6, 1936 - Aug. 20, 2016 Wilford Allen Dokken was born at home Oct. 6, 1936, to George and Wannie (Elam) Dokken in Kensett and passed away at his rural Alden home on Aug. 20, 2016. Wilford was raised, along with nine brothers and sisters, on the family farm in rural Kensett and was educated in the country school, Brookfield 7. ...

Robert D. Jensen
Jan. 7, 1928 -- Aug. 15, 2016 Robert D. Jensen, of Milford passed away on Aug. 15, 2016 at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 88. Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial was at the Calvary Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Milford American Legion...
Former Laker basketball standout Deondre Parks has signed a professional contract with the Newcastle Eagles in the British Basketball League (BBL). "It all started at Iowa Lakes," Parks said. "Playing there made me want to...
Riders rally in the Iowa Great Lakes

Engines roared across the Iowa Great Lakes this past weekend, as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the Midwest rolled into the area for the second annual Boji Bike Rally. The event took place Aug. 19-21 primarily at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds...

Creativity shines near West Lake Okoboji

Organized each year by the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Art in the Park at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park is a chance for artists around the Midwest to display and sell their best pieces of work. This year's event hosted 95 vendors and attracted...

Lake Park celebrates heritage

Lake Park held its annual Farmer Appreciation Days over the weekend. The community celebrated the town-wide festival with a parade, inflatable attractions, a street dance and a grill-out to raise funds for the Lake Park Fire Department.

A CLASSIC WEEKEND: Boats, Corvettes cruise to Arnolds Park

PHOTOS BY DAVE PETRICK Whether by car or boat, Iowa Great Lakes residents and guests had a chance to travel back in time. The 36th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Rendezvous was held Saturday along the public docks in Arnolds Park. The...

Pioneer Days 2016

Rain stopped in time for everyone to enjoy the annual Milford Pioneer Days parade on Saturday. Visitors made their way to Florence Park for food and fun as the weekend continued. The city of Milford will celebrate 125 years in 2017.

Events celebrate Dickinson County heritage

The centennial edition of the Dickinson County Fair came to a conclusion Thursday in Spirit Lake. Area youth showcased their talents and skills for judges.

Survivors -- Celebrating Life!

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Dickinson County "painted the town purple" Friday, July 8, at the Queens Court within Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Money raised will help fund American Cancer Society programs including cancer research...

Legacy Park host major concert

Country star Jerrod Niemann headline the first of three major concerts at Boji Bay Legacy Park over the weekend. Opening for Niemann were u-and-coming country acts LANco and The Old Southern Moonshine Revival. Weekly concerts continue throughout the...

Color Dash 2016

The third annual Okoboji Color Dash blended the worlds of art and fitness for a good cause on Saturday. The Bedell YMCA and Pearson Lakes Art Center combined efforts to raise money for programs at the two Iowa Great Lakes institutions through a 5K...


Cyclists hopped on their bikes and pedaled as part of BRASL, the Bike Ride Around Spirit Lake. The 22nd annual edition took place Saturday, July 9. Proceeds from the event are directed to the Dickinson County Trails. BRASL riders could select from...

Fireworks light up the sky over the Iowa Great Lakes

Four communities in the Iowa Great Lakes Region put on pyrotechnic displays for thousands of onlookers from Saturday, Sunday and Monday night. The Lake Park fireworks display began Saturday night over Silver Lake. Milford and Spirit Lake hosted...

University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride

The weekend started in Milford, where the University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride took place. Riders had route choices: 25, 50 or 100 miles and finished their trek with a barbecue picnic.

Cruise In event

Spirit Lake hosted an evening of food, fun and classic cars Saturday night at the annual Spirit Lake Cruise-In. Iowa State University Extension in Dickinson County welcomed Cy the Cyclone mascot. He was on hand to celebrate the organization's...

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Northwest Iowa Shopper
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Portraits of Okoboji
Experience Okoboji 2016

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Discover Storm Lake

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Diverse group of panelists tackle clean water topics
By Steve Weisman - Outdoor Editor ~ 08/24/16
The Okoboji Blue Water Festival held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Preservation Plaza on the shores of West Okoboji was a true celebration of all that is "good" about our clean water efforts. That being said, there is so much more to do, and in our lifetime so little time in which to do it!...
STATE FAIR OPINIONS: Trump, Grassley win State Fair Straw Poll
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's State Fair Straw Poll indicates Donald Trump is the preferred presidential candidate among fairgoers and Chuck Grassley is the preferred candidate for the U.S. Senate. The poll was conducted at the Secretary of State's booth inside the Varied Industries Building throughout the State Fair. A total of 6,419 votes were cast in the poll...
'Sausage Party': I smell something rotten

'Who are we and what have we done with Jesus?'

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