More than 200 elementary students from around Iowa converged at Cutty's Resort Club in Spirit Lake Friday. And each brought an idea to share. Lakeland Talented and Gifted (TAG) program held its products convention last week, where student displays ranged from bright pillowcases made for cancer... >>
Colleen Daly still has a knack for counting -- she's up to 87 heart biopsies, the 5,412 pokes for IV's and 21 surgeries just to keep her veins open. But, mostly the Spirit Lake woman just counts her blessings since June 2, 2005, when a massive heart attack and congestive heart failure almost ended... >>
Poultry farmers across Iowa had to destroy millions of birds, lost months of production and were impacted financially due to the avian influenza last year. This year, they plan on being better prepared. New biosecurity measures were implemented this year to prevent another outbreak. Avian influenza... >>
East Okoboji Lake Improvement Corporation is changing its plan of attack to control the curly leaf pondweed in East Lake Okoboji. The organization initially hoped to use the herbicide endothall on the travel lanes of the northern part of the lake. However, Milford Municipal Utilities officials... >>
Chad Elliott picked up a guitar for the first time while studying art at Graceland University. The Iowa native taught himself how to play and wrote songs based on paintings and images he analyzed in college. Eventually, he performed his first show at Arts on Grand in Spencer... >>
Dickinson County Sheriff's Department were called out to a car accident at 2500 190 Avenue, just southeast of Milford, early Wednesday afternoon. Chief Deputy Tony Petersen of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department said 18-year-old Hunter Baird of Milford was driving southbound on 190 Avenue in... >>
The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called out at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at the apartment complex located at 2102 Gary Avenue in Spirit Lake. Smoke was coming from the doorway as firefighters arrived at the scene. Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said that the blaze originated in the basement... >>
Field Agronomist Paul Kassel has witnessed some tricky springs since he joined ISU Extension in August 1989. He might look back at the spring of 2016 as one of the good ones. "So far so good," he said. "We worried all winter about it being too wet, too wet, too cold, too wet. ... >>
Earlier this month, the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery deployed seven crews of two onto Big Spirit Lake, East Okoboji Lake and West Okoboji Lake armed with only gill nets. They spent nine days straight attempting to catch as many walleye as they could, with the netting ending on April 13. Fisheries... >>
Iowa Lakes Community College Student Senators are trying to make a difference around the world one shoe at a time. The college is accepting contributions for its sixth annual Soles4Souls shoe drive. All donations will be distributed to those in need in the United States and across the globe... >>
Jack Bjornstad, a lawyer located in Okoboji, has erected a dock on Big Spirit Lake for the past few years, but this is the last year that it will be able to sit atop the water. The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted last week to end issuing dock permits on county right-of-way land. It was... >>
Jack Ave and Abbie Shew each admitted to being somewhat argumentative during their time in high school -- it's a trait that still serves them today. They both researched and discussed a multitude of topics while members of the Spirit Lake-Okoboji debate team... >>
As co-author of "The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations," Chad Lewis has made a living out of things that go bump in the night. It could be the thud of an ax in Villisca or the fate of someone who touched a dark angel statue in Iowa City. The Wisconsin-Stout graduate with a master's degree in... >>
Iowa Lakes students participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities
Students at Iowa Lakes Community College had the opportunity in April to participate in a variety of activities on campus in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Educational Counselors and the Student Senate partnered with Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) in order to provide different activity tables with the goal of providing more education on Sexual Assault awareness and prevention...
Fire breaks out at Spirit Lake residence
The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called out at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at the apartment complex located at 2102 Gary Avenue in Spirit Lake. Smoke was coming from the doorway as firefighters arrived at the scene. Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said that the blaze originated in the basement of the two-story building. The fire department spent much the morning trying to remove the excess smoke from the basement...
Commodores welcome Spin - N - Span Soultions
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Spic - N - Span Solutions LLC into the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday. Owners Adam Clausen and Jonny Hansen operate the home and construct clean up company from 1203 North Avenue in Milford.
Riddle Me That joins chamber
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Riddle Me That into the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday. Kara Packebush opened the escape room at the old Burrito Hut location at 589 Highway 71 in Arnolds Park in March. Patrons have to solve a series of clues to attempt to escape from Riddle Me That's puzzle room...
Commodores welcome Boji Bark
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Boji Bark into the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday. Owners Tim and Dr. Angela Ascherl opened the dog day camp and boarding kennel in December of last year at 2404 Okoboji Avenue in Milford. The business offers overnight accommodations and activities for dogs to interact with other dogs...
Fair introduces newest $750,000 'Centennial Vision' investment
Members of the Clay County Fair Executive Committee broke ground Wednesday morning on a pair of capital improvement projects totaling nearly $750,000 that will dramatically transform the Clay County Fairgrounds for years to come. The first project is the construction of a new 12,000-square-foot exhibit building east of the Creative Living Center. The new exhibit building will provide additional commercial and competitive exhibit space beginning with the 2017 fair...
Occupants escape serious injuries following truck rollover
Dickinson County Sheriff's Department were called out to a car accident at 2500 190 Avenue, just southeast of Milford, early Wednesday afternoon. Chief Deputy Tony Petersen of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department said 18-year-old Hunter Baird of Milford was driving southbound on 190 Avenue in his 1991 Ford Ranger when he lost control and rolled the truck into a field...
Honor Flight to be held in May
Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight will be conducting its 12th Honor Flight on May 7. All of the participating veterans have been notified. Veterans who have applied but are not on this flight need not reapply, as their application forms will be kept on file for future flights...
Spirit of Harmony Chorus to host special program
The award-winning Spirit of Harmony Chorus will be presenting its Friends and Family program at at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 27th Street, Spirit Lake (just south of Lakes Regional Healthcare). The group will be preforming its competition package plus some of its favorites. Affinity, Spirit of Harmony's award winning quartet, will also be performing its competition package. Admission is free and refreshments will be served...
Changing landscape adds challenge for turkey hunters
Iowa's timber can change quickly in the spring as turkey hunters are well aware. That perfect hunting spot with a large panoramic view of the woodland through leafless trees during first season has been reduced significantly by the third season as trees and plants are busy trading their buds for leaves...
Birding returns to greens in May
The sight of a line of golf carts driving through Brooks National Golf Course is not unusual. However, the reason these golf carts are out the first Monday of each summer month is a bit out of the ordinary. The people driving them don't have clubs. They don't have a balls. They don't even have golf bags...
SLMS students selected for honor choir festival
Fifteen seventh grade students from Spirit Lake Middle School participated in the 2016 Northwest Iowa Choral Director's Association Honor Choir Festival. Spirit Lake was represented by (girls from left) Shelby Hoff, Ajulu Ochala, Ashlyn Paulsen, Anna Fuelberth, Noli McCarthy, Chloe McFarlane and Cadence Meyer. Also participating (boys from elf) Gunner Dean, Gage Wingad, Gavin Siemers, Gavin Erickson, Walker Radcliffe and Nick Mingus. Faith Nielsen and Emma Jerge also participated...
Wind career, TRIO-SSS open a world of possibilities for Iowa Lakes alum
There's a saying posted on the wall in the Student Achievement Center on the Estherville campus that offers a good perspective of attending college. "Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself." Like many others, Jacob Hansen didn't know where life would take him when he was studying at Iowa Lakes. The 2008 graduate came to Iowa Lakes to study wind energy and turbine technology...
Goehring recognized at Torch Award ceremony
Grace Goehring of Okoboji received one of five Student of Integrity awards, which goes to students who demonstrate superior ethics, reliability and trustworthiness. The Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Iowa will recognized the winners at the BBB Torch Awards Luncheon, on Thursday, April 21, at the Downtown Marriot in Des Moines...
Okoboji students participate in experiential learning
Students from Spencer and Okoboji High Schools are participating in an Entrepreneurship Academy. Since January, the students have explored entrepreneurial curriculum and have read startup books, including "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries, "The Ultimate Sales Machine" by Chet Holmes, and "Who: The Method for Hiring" by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. ...
Spirit Lake 2016 NHS inductees announced
Spirit Lake held its National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on March 30, 2016. Terry Miller was the key-note speaker. There were 18 returning members and 36 new inductees (row one): Delaney Quance, Allyson Whiting, Merabeth Heinitz, Carly Hassel, Morgan Wolff, Bailee Newman, Kelsey Delperdang, Meredith Hickerson, Kaylee Boelter, Alison Bueltel, Olivia Peschon, Paige Petersen, Maddie Richter, Allison Black (row two) Abigail Eckert, Aubrey Browning, Noelle Yost, Lauren Laven, Kailee Jenness, Gracie Scott, Charlie Duncan, Tyler Jenness, Kaitlin Kuker, Josie Fagen, Marissa Gjerde, Houston Hawkins, Lucy O'Hagan (row three) Brittany Lende, Alec Harrington, Lauren Sandison, Katelyn Brockmeyer, Erin Block, Matthew Fuelberth, Hannah Gulick, Meghan Wickham, Savannah Wiedow, Zach Renken, Aaron Carr, Ryan Maris (row four) Macy Smith, Lauren Wickham, Erin Dau, Jacob Vos, Logan Backhaus, William Brown, Andrew Seeman, Ben Wetzeler, Nicholas Goodenow, Kyler Vugteveen, Madeline Gulick, Grace Grommesh, Hannah DeWild and Mark VanderVeen. ...
Milford Library news
Milford Memorial Library is celebrating Star Wars day at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Milford Memorial Library. The event we feature a showing of The Force Awakens, Star Wars themed snakes, life-sized lightsabers and crafts. The program is free and open to all ages. All food and supplies are provided by the library at no charge to the attendees...
Lake Park library news
The Lake Park Public Library is planning a bake and share/Mother's Day craft event for all students grades 3-5. It will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the library. The library recommends to bring a dish, the recipe and a guest. The Mother's Day craft is put on by the Royal Neighbors...
Farm Bureau donates to local library
Krista Elmquist, Youth Service Director at the Spirit Lake Library, received a $25 check from Dickinson County Farm Bureau for the 2016 summer reading program. The funding is used for incentives and prizes to challenge children to read. The theme for 2016 is "on your mark, get set, read."...
Veterinary technician program becoming popular at Iowa Lakes
The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College learned about the veterinary technician program as part of its Tuesday afternoon meeting in Emmetsburg. Iowa Lakes launched the program after working with area veterinarians to develop a curriculum in the fall of 2011. The first graduating class received their degrees in the spring of 2013...
Bedell Family YMCA to hold Healthy Kids Day
The Bedell Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active on Saturday, April 30. YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, the Y's national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is intended to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home...
Welcome to medicare presentation to be held at Lakes Regional Healthcare
Lakes Regional Healthcare is hosting "Welcome to Medicare," a event designed to help explain Medicare to those who are eligible. The presentation will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Big Spirit conference room at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake...
Local business supports 'Vitalboards' initiative
Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home & Crematory has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives. Owner Jayme E. Lentz recognized an opportunity to assist local first responders through a marketing initiative that could help save lives...
U.S. Cellular's Community Connection program returns
U.S. Cellular will continue its Community Connections program for the second consecutive year to support local youth organizations. Last year, the company sponsored more than 700 school groups and youth sports teams through a partnership with Pear, an online platform that connects local brands with local community needs. Academic and athletic groups in grades K-12 can sign up at www.pearup.com/uscellular to receive sponsorship from the company to go toward group needs...
Ag secretary commemorates soil, water conservation
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, April 22, highlighted Soil and Water Conservation Week, which runs from April 24 to May 1. The week is an opportunity to recognize the important conservation practices placed on Iowa's landscape and bring attention to the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state's soil and water resources...
Lakes Area Title earns ALTA compliance certification
Lakes Area Title announced that it is now certified by a national, independent and third-party accounting firm, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, as compliant with the American Land Title Association's (ALTA) Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices, along with its affiliated offices of the Title Resource Network...
Okoboji students create to donate
Mrs. Leiss' kindergarten class at Okoboji Elementary serves as a reminder to us all to be contributing members of our community. These young citizens spent weeks creating art they could then sell and donate the proceeds. This project started with a "Time for Kids" magazine article about ways to give to your community. Mrs. Leiss' kindergarten class then thought of ways they could give. Many ideas were discussed but the final decision was made by a class vote...
Iowa Lakes student wins photography award
Iowa Lakes photography student Natalie Rosenberg attended the Professional Photographers of Iowa's Spring Print Competition in February and was accompanied by Iowa Lakes Photography Instructor, Dave Petrick. Not only did Natalie come home with three distinguished awards, she was also recently presented with a plaque naming her the second-place winner among the top five student photographers in the state...
Century, Heritage Farm program continues
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, April 22, reminded eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2016 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms...
Severe weather training to be offered to the public
Severe weather awareness training will be held Monday, May 9, at the Clay Regional Events Center in Spencer. The storm spotter training class will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the pubic at no charge. A representative from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls will teach the class...
Win-win negotiation class planned
A class at Iowa Lakes Community College, being held in May, can help individuals turn many negative situations into positive solutions. Some topics to be covered are: How to avoid fighting aggressively when trying to prove a point, in order to win the resources needed and how to avoid being taking advantage of continuously...
May Day dance at Pearson Lakes Art Center
Dance enthusiast of all abilities are encouraged to come and dance on stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1. A ballroom dance class is being offered for dancers and non-dancers alike. In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, the class will learn some easy salsa dance steps. ...
Iowa Lakes offers writer's block courses
Iowa Lakes Community College will offer four courses at the Spencer Campus on April 26 to help people with writer's block. The first course: "Meet the Publisher -- Get Your Manuscript Critiqued," will run from 3-4 p.m. This course will go over how to talk to a real publisher and avoid the frustrations of having a non-professional critique individual manuscripts. ...
Hilderband featured at Unitarian program
Richard Hildebrand will speak to the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Arrowwood Conference and Convention Center in Okoboji. Services follow at 11 a.m. The presentation, "Building Schools in Haiti," will address Hildebrand's experiences while doing missionary work. ...
10th Okoboji Chess Open comes to Arrowwood
The 10th Annual Okoboji Chess Open will be held at the Arrowwood Resort on starting at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, and ending on Sunday, April 24. Players come from all over the United States. Anyone can come and watch or play. To play, you with need a USCF membership ($25 scholastics and $49 for adults). Entries fees for the Open is $60 and Reserve is $40 cash or $5 more by check. Players have a two- or three-day option to play five games...