ERNST OFFICE AVAILABLITY HAS NEW HOURS
Due to a scheduling conflict, there will be a slight time change for the Sen. Joni Ernst traveling office hour in Dickinson County. It will now take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Milford Memorial Library.
A member of the senator's staff will be available to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.
MUSIC PLANNED AT CALVARY UMC
The public is invited to join Respite Angels at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park for the Mike and Dawn Country Music Show. The group will have refreshments and this event is free and open to the public.
CHICKEN & NOODLE DINNER APPROACHES
Saint Joseph Catholic Church, in Milford, will host its annual homemade chicken and noodle dinner featuring real mashed potatoes, salad, dessert and beverage beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 18, in the St. Joseph Parish Center. A free-will offering will be taken with the suggested donation of $9 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. The dinner is open to the public. Carry-outs will be available. Proceeds from the dinner will go to St. Joseph Parish events. We will be offering the delivery of meals to persons within the Milford city limits. Persons interested in delivery must call the parish office at 338-2274 prior to the dinner or by 11 a.m. that day to be placed on a delivery schedule.
MOPED SAFETY CLASSES SET TO BEGIN
All area youth desiring a moped license are required to take a moped safety course. This course is open to students under the age of 16 wanting a moped license. Students must be at least 14, or within six months of 14 at class date to enroll. "Moped Safety" fulfills the state requirement of a moped safety education course. Instruction is classroom only. The next Moped Safety class will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 20, on the Algona campus of Iowa Lakes, in room 16. Additional classes will also be held throughout the year on all five Iowa Lakes campuses. To view the full list of scheduled classes for the year, at all campus locations, and to register, visit iowalakes.edu/ce. Cost for the course is $39. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins allowed. For more information, please contact the continuing education office at 1-800-252-5664.
SLES ANNOUNCES STEM FAIR Spirit Lake Elementary’s grade 3-4 students are getting ready for a STEM fair. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and encourages problem-solving and exploratory learning. All are welcome to stop by from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Spirit Lake Elementary to hear students present their projects.
RIDES BOARD TO MEET
RIDES will hold its monthly board meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Regional Transit Office conference room located at 522 10th Ave. E. in Spencer. RIDES is the officially designated public transit provider for nine counties in northwest Iowa.
FISH FRY PLANNED FOR PIONEER BOOSTERS
The Okoboji Pioneer Booster Club's annual Fish Fry and fundraiser is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. This is the booster club's single biggest event of the year.
CAMPUS WOMEN EGG HUNT PLANNED
The Campus Women’s Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Accura Care Center, formerly known as the Milford Care Center. Children who are of preschool age to those in kindergarten are welcome to hunt for brightly colored eggs. Children will be divided into four age categories: ages 0-1, ages 1-2, ages 3-4 and those age five or in kindergarten. Children should bring a basket or sack to gather the eggs. All children will receive a gift bag of candy and a toy.
CDL TRAINING COURSE SCHEDULED
Individuals seeking a Class A CDL, which is required to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are encouraged to attend the Iowa Lakes Class A CDL Training Course. The training includes online coursework, practice range and road time to prepare students on: performing vehicle inspection, basic control of the vehicle, backing up, defensive driving, and hazard awareness. A mandatory introduction session will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes (3200 College Dr.) in the Ag Science Building. Driving and testing labs will be held April 9-13, students are only required to attend one day of driving and testing. Course requirements include: valid driver’s license, email address, access to high speed internet and CDL learner’s permit. New federal standards require that participants obtain a CDL Permit in the state they reside in, that includes successful completion of the general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicle written tests by Tuesday, March 20. Passenger and school bus written test also necessary if seeking those endorsements. Cost for this course is $559, with GAP Tuition Assistance available for those who qualify. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Kevin Fehr, Industry Training Programmer, at 712-852-5206 or to register, call 1-800-252-5664 or by visiting iowalakes.edu/ce.
LIHEAP OFFERS HEATING ASSISTANCE
The 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Applications will be taken until April 30. This program is not designed to pay households total energy costs. The program will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors. Those factors include total household income, household size, dwelling type and type of heating fuel, among others. If you have already applied and have been approved this winter season, you cannot re-apply. For more information and an appointment in Dickinson County call Upper Des Moines Outreach Office at 712-336-1112. The office is located at 1575 18th St. in Spirit Lake.
OMELET BREAKFASTS HELD AT ST. MARY'S
A freewill offering omelet breakfast by the Knights of Columbus takes place every third Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Parish Community Hall. Made-to-order omelets, toast and all the fixings are offered — with special treats periodically like cinnamon rolls, fruit and ham or sausage.
COMPUTER DISCUSSION GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group (MUG) meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Black Box Theater of the Sami Center at the Spirit Lake High School. This group of beginner and experienced computer users discusses the latest trends in computer technology and smartphones — and how to solve problems brought by the users. Local residents and visitors are asked to bring their questions and observations for a lively discussion. The meeting lasts about an hour. Bring your own coffee. The group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled that day due to weather.