OCW CONNECTION CELEBRATES 45 YEARS
Okoboji Christian Women's Connection will celebrate being 45-years-old at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Okoboji Bible Conference Grounds in Arnolds Park. Past chairs and officers will be honored. Jeanne Chapman from Clive will be the guest speaker. Larry Stadler from the Lakes Area will provide music and the special feature of the day will be our yearly silent auction. Anyone with items to donate is asked to come early so the group can get them displayed before the luncheon starts. Cost of the catered luncheon is $10 and reservations are requested. Please call Mona 712-362-4552, Peggy 712-332-5183, Sharon 712-580-4060 or Dorothy 507-847-3566.
FALL FESTIVAL FEAST FEATURES TURKEY DINNER
Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park will serve the annual turkey dinner at the new church (679 West Okoboji Road in Arnolds Park) on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The meal includes turkey, real mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, beans, corn, salads, cranberries, dinner roll, pie and beverage. Serving is from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and under. Carry-out meals are available and the public is encouraged to take part in the food and fellowship.
RESPITE ANGELS PLAN ART PROJECT
Respite Angels participants will be painting wooden coasters at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Calvary Methodist in Arnolds Park. Jill Jennings will be leading the group as they do a small painting project. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Call Respite Angels at 712-229-6064 or the church office at 712-332-2447 with questions.
RIDES BOARD TO MEET
Rides will hold its monty board meeting 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at 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, including Dickinson County.
SWCD BOARD TO MEET
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Dickinson Soil Water Conservation District will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the District Office. A tentative agenda will include: approving the minutes of the last meeting, treasurer’s report and bills, reviewing the mail, approving cost share applications, amendments and vouchers, receiving NRCS and District reports, old and new business and planning for the next meeting. The SWCD Foundation monthly meeting will also be held on the 20th. Anyone in need of accommodation should notify the Dickinson SWCD office by Oct. 19 at 712-336-3782, Ext. 3.
WRITING GROUP FORMING IN SPIRIT LAKE
Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join the newly-formed Spirit Lake Christina Writers Group, which will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Spirit Lake Public Library. All genres and all levels of writing are welcome. Blending prompts, devotions and stories, this writing group will help writers discover their own distinct relationship with language, spirituality and the world around them. Sue Schuerman, leader of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Group, will lead the first group session. She is a personal historian, certified Life Legacy Facilitator and is the co-leader of the annual Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop. There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required, but is welcomed. For more information contact Schuerman at email@example.com or rev. Gary Olson at (319) 230-4972.
BEE PROGRAM PLANNED AT LIBRARY
The 2017 Iowa Honey Queen Carly Raye Vannoy will be giving a presentation about honey bees, honey and beekeeping at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the Spirit Lake Public Library.
ST. MARY’S ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY MARKET
St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be holding its annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1005 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake. Enjoy freshly baked cinnamon rolls, coffee and drinks in the café from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then shop the large bake sale and find Halloween, fall and Christmas decorations.
MILFORD MAYOR FORUM SCHEDULED
A candidate's forum for the three candidates vying for the Milford Mayor position will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Milford Community Center. The three candidates are Steven Anderson, incumbent Bill Reinsbach and Mark Wollenburg. Kiley Miller will moderate the question-and-answer session. The public is invited to attend and to submit questions to the candidates for discussion. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
ITALIAN BUFFET RETURNS
The ever-popular Italian Buffet at Iowa Lakes Community College is just days away.
The Hotel and Restaurant Management students – in cooperation with the Emmetsburg Student Senate –coordinate the buffet. The event is set for Monday, Oct. 23. Tickets are available at the Emmetsburg Business Office of Iowa Lakes, the Smith Wellness Center and the Administrative office in Estherville. Proceeds from the event go back to the groups participating in the buffet. Italian dishes include lasagna, cavatina and spaghetti which can be enhanced with any of three sauces – meat marinara, alfredo or vegetarian. Meatballs will again be included in this year’s offerings. There will also be a large salad bar, bread and a variety of bars for dessert. Beverages are included in the price of the meal. The event is held at the Smith Wellness Center gymnasium at the college on the Emmetsburg campus. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs to 6:30 p.m. For those who are unable to stay and dine at the Wellness Center, take-outs will be available. Advanced tickets are available at a reduced price. Adult tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door. Prices for children ages 6-13 are $5 and children age 5 and under are free with a paid adult. Individuals with questions may call Bill Lapczenski at (712) 852-5207.
ROTARIANS CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST POLIO
Our Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world to end the paralyzing disease. World Polio Day takes place Tuesday, Oct. 24, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. All Rotarians, friends and spouses are encouraged to come to the Nature Trails Clubhouse for a livestream event. Since, Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Refreshments will be served. The live stream begins at 4:30 p.m. and conversation and social time will follow. The Nature Trails are located just north of Milford at 465 202nd Street.
CAREER PATH CLASSES OFFERED
Iowa Lakes Community College is holding free classes in Emmetsburg to assist individuals who are thinking about a new career. The classes will offer assistance in resume writing and interview skills from the college’s career coaches. The two-hour sessions make the discussion process possible for individuals to contemplate careers they might not have considered.
Those interested may sign up for one of the following openings:
• 9-11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
• 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
All classes will be held on the Emmetsburg campus at 3200 College Drive.
“We value our opportunity to be part of your transition, whether we are your career coach, cheerleader or motivator,” said Melissa Lutat, Career Coach. “We want to help you write your own success story.”
To register for one of the free classes, please call (712) 852-5306.
Individual appointments with a career coach are also available. Career coaches at Iowa Lakes help individuals select a path which will help them make positive changes in their professional lives.
For more career classes and other locations for those classes, visit the college website at iowalakes.edu/CE.
COLLEGE ANNOUNCES DAY TRIP TO SIOUX FALLS
The public is invited to a guided tour of the United States Eros Center of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the world’s largest land remote sensing centers used to better understand the ever-changing Earth. Participants will look back in time and have lunch at the Phillips Avenue Diner. The tour continues at the Butterfly House which contains over 800 butterfly species from around the world. Following the Butterfly House, participants will visit the 20,000-gallon aquarium with hundreds of different fish species while getting hands-on learning by petting sharks and stingrays in the touch pool. Lastly, finish the day off with the story of agriculture by visiting the Stockyards Ag Experience at Falls Park. The day trip will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, departing from the Emmetsburg Wellness Center (departure at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m.) Spencer campus — entrance #1 (departing at 7:35 a.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m.) and Spirit Lake campus, entrance #1 (departing at 8 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.). The cost of this trip is $79, which includes transportation and admissions fees, meals are an additional cost. To register for this event, visit iowalakes.edu. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664.
REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO HOST EVENT
The Dickinson County Republican Women will once again host “Pancakes and Politics” at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30. The event will take place at O'Farrell Sisters Restaurant at 1109 Lake Shore Drive in Okoboji. Everyone is invited to come and listen to local and state politicians and candidates as they discuss topics of importance to our area and our state. In honor of 70 years in business, O'Farrell Sister's is offering 70 cent pancakes. Breakfast meat will be free compliments of Butch and Debbie Parks. For more information contact Dickinson County Republican Women President Kris Rowley at 330-4148.
PEST COURSE TO BE HELD LOCALLY
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dickinson County office will offer the mosquito/public health pest management continuing instruction course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, Nov. 1. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa. The local attendance site for the Nov. 1 CIC is 1600 15th Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 25 and $45 after Oct. 25. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County office at 712-336-3488.
The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7D (Community Insect Management), 8 (Public Health Pest Control), and 10 (Research and Demonstration). The course will cover topics such as safe handling and storage of pesticides; pests, pest management, and pesticides, including nonchemical control methods; laws and regulations; and personal protective equipment.
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN MEAL DATE APPROACHES
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake is hosting their soup and pie supper from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. The church is serving chili, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, and creamy potato soups with a variety of pies.
KEY CLUB ANNOUNCES DANCE MARATHON
The Spirit Lake High School Key Club invites the public to attend Dance Marathon from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, N0v. 5, in the lunchroom of Spirit Lake High School. Dance Marathon is an international movement that is dedicated to raising awareness and fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It is a life-saving organization that is built upon the idea of this generation fighting for the next generation. Last but not least, it is a celebration of life, joy and miracles. It’s hoped that many community members and students will come to the event to take part in raising awareness and money for Dance Marathon. There will be games, crafts, music and food. Doors open at 5 p.m. with an admission charge of $5, which will go to Dance Marathon. Speakers will open the event at 5:15 p.m. and then participants can go to different stations to have fun. There will be a table with silent auction items. If desired, those attending can also take part in a talent show and/or a dodgeball tournement, but these both require pre-registration. Many Spirit Lake High School students and staff will take part in these events, but they willingly invite everyone to share your time and talents as well. The cost to be in either event is $5. To pre-register email firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Payment will be received at the event.
ERNST DIRECTOR TO MAKE MILFORD STOP
Regional directors from U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of November in all 99 counties in Iowa. The schedule includes a 10-11 a.m. stop Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Milford Memorial Library (1009 9th St.). These staff members will be available in counties throughout the state 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.
MORNING USERS GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Sami Center’s Black Box Theater at Spirit Lake High School. The public, including residents who returned to the Iowa Great Lakes for the summer, are invited to attend. This group of beginner and experienced computer users discusses the latest trends in computer technology and how to solve problems brought by the users. Come and listen to how others have fixed their computer problems and learn possible solutions to your computer issues. The meeting lasts about an hour. During colder times of year, the group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled due to weather.
ST. MARY’S OMELET BREAKFAST PLANNED
The Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake offer an omelet breakfast the third Sunday each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon at St. Mary's Parish Hall, 1005 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake. Free will donations benefit local charities. Includes toast, juice and coffee, and often features cinnamon rolls or other surprises.