The ambulance transporting Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly received a fire apparatus escort into town. Daly continues to recover closer to home, at Lakes Regional Healthcare.
Wedding bells rang for Ron Lefever and Connie Siebenbruner a few days back. There were no kids, grandkids, siblings or friends present except the couple who stood up with them. With the pandemic not letting up, they didn't want to put any of those folks at risk. Having postponed the event by a few months, Ron and Connie decided a private ceremony was the best option. Congratulations to you both and I hope you have many happy years ahead of you!
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Steve Daly Memorial Concert last Friday night on Lake Street. Also thanks to all who donated to the 50/50 we held in his honor. Over $2,300 was raised. The American Cancer Society will receive half of the money collected since Steve was an 18-year cancer survivor. The other half will go to the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Museum that he loved.
Please keep Steve's brother, Pat Daly in your prayers as he continues to recover from a near-fatal bout with COVID 19.
Pat lost his wife Colleen a couple of weeks ago to the same disease. Pat is the fire chief of Spirit Lake. His ambulance trip from the hospital in Sioux Falls, was escorted back to the hospital in Spirit Lake by an impressive parade of fire trucks and emergency equipment (pictured), letting him know how much everyone is rooting for him. I hope Pat continues his slow, steady improvement. The Daly family has been through enough.
I am looking forward to seeing Denny Charnecki Friday night (Aug. 14). His band, the D C Drifters are playing for the Live on Lake Street concert. You can read all about his band in Rockin' Retro found elsewhere in this publication. A year ago right now, Denny was fighting a brave battle with throat cancer. He is now able to return to the performing stage. To hear him vocalize again seems like such a miracle to all of his friends. Denny lives in Austin, Minnesota. Welcome back to the Iowa Great Lakes Region Denny! By the way, the location of the Live on Lake Street concert has been moved from Lake Street in front of the Roof Garden to Preservation Plaza. The show begins at 7 p.m. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs.
Kudos to rural Dickinson County resident Alana Dodge. She applied to America's Famers Grow Communities Foundation for a grant. Thanks to her diligent efforts, the Okoboji Schools FFA organization will receive $2,500 from the foundation that is sponsored by the Bayer Fund. That is a great financial boost to a local group of young people who do many great things for the entire area. Thank you Alana!
I took the opportunity to hear the Jazzed Up Big Band of Okoboji in the Roof Garden the other night. It was their last summer concert and it was great. Fifteen outstanding individual musicians got together each Tuesday night for the past few weeks to play for our listening pleasure. Eight of those musicians came from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one from Vermillion, South Dakota; one from Worthington, Minnesota; two from Sioux City; one each from Twin Lakes, Storm Lake and Spirit Lake. They want to play more so are hoping to schedule at least one trip to Okoboji a month during the "off season." I have Sept. 26 written on my calendar and can hardly wait.
If you have a reunion, family party or special event coming up this summer, let me know. Email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 712-320-2850.
Have a great week and be safe this weekend. We will chat again next week!