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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016


A Milford man was taken into custody near Terril Tuesday afternoon following a 30-mile pursuit that came to an end near Terril. Robert Merle Hurd, 52, led law enforcement from Clay County into Emmet County, before coming to a stop 3 miles northeast of Terril... >>
First Stephens College supporters feed you. Then they feed you some information during the University of Okoboji Winter Games. Stephens College owns and operates the summer stock teaching campus known as Okoboji Summer Theatre. Their Winter Games fundraising omelet meal is capped by the... >>
The Dickinson County News received 30 awards and secured the top spot among the state's mid-sized weekly newspapers Friday at the Iowa Newspaper Association 2016 Convention and Trade Show. The event was held Feb. 5-6 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel... >>
It appears construction can begin at the five campuses of Iowa Lakes Community College. Strong support from Emmet County voters helped a $16 million bond referendum pass Tuesday night, based on unofficial results. The measure received 1,984 "yes" votes for 62.4 percent support. The bond referendum... >>
Members of the 2015-16 Spirit Lake academic decathlon team took home a large number of awards from the regional academic decathlon competition, held Jan. 28-29 in Emmetsburg. The team was also one of 24 schools to qualify for the state competition, which will be held March 4-5 in Spirit Lake... >>
DePalma Hotels & Resorts, operator of the historic Inn at Okoboji, announced today that it has retained Arnolds Park veteran and Okoboji Tourism Board Director Scott Pyle to oversee its ongoing management and capital improvements at the Inn. "Scott brings a tremendously well-rounded business... >>
While ice fishing has been in full swing for several weeks, anglers heading out are encouraged to bring a friend and check the ice often as they make their way to their favorite fishing spot. "Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water, even in the middle of the winter. ... >>
Plans are underway for the 12th Annual Lakes Health Conference June 9-10 at Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center. The event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 9, and concludes at noon on Friday, June 10. This year's conference will focus on a variety of subjects including mental health, strokes,... >>
Five Iowa Great Lakes Region churches will highlight the 2016 Lenten season with nondenominational Lenten ecumenical services on Friday mornings in February and March. A different church in the Milford and Arnolds Park area will be hosting the service each week... >>
As the second blizzard in a week pelted Dickinson County with high winds and snow, most residents pondered how bad it would get from the warm safety of their homes. "The first blizzard went a lot better," Dickinson County Emergency Manager Mike Ehret stated. ... >>
For 13 Spirit Lake teens, a trip to the March For Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22 ended up being a marathon of survival in a massive snowstorm. Instead of touring the D.C. area on Saturday, they spent 24 hours stranded in a bus on the Pennsylvania turnpike... >>
Voters will still have a say in a $16 million bond referendum for building improvements at Iowa Lakes Community College. They'll just have to wait a week as the region digs out from Tuesday's heavy snowfall. The National Weather Service Office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota expected 12 inches of snow... >>
Dickinson County officially added its name to a growing list of regions that have policies in place to help veterans work and life in Iowa. County officials and volunteers commemorated the Home Base Iowa designation at a ceremony Thursday. Less than a third of Iowa's counties have achieved Home... >>
The Okoboji Tourism Committee, a committee of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, has selected Rebecca Peters as its next tourism director. Peters is currently the marketing manager for the Clay County Fair, a position she has held since 2011. ... >>
As Marisa Sidles paddles her kayak, the nature around her fills her with artistic inspiration. "I get this up-close and personal view," she said. Using acrylic paintings of sloughs, found metal sculptures of insects and collages of birds, Sidles will display "Birds, Bugs and Wetlands" themed art in... >>
Say "I love you" with a singing valentine, and leave your sweetheart speechless. On Friday Feb. 12, the Iowa Lakes Community College men's quartet will deliver singing valentines for area residents and business people looking for a fun and exciting way to send a valentine message to their... >>
Spirit Lake fifth grader Alia Peterson created robotic programs and costumes for her robots and the effort led her to the Iowa championship in the Wonder League. She also earned a seventh-place national finish for her project. Wonder league is the first mostly-team robotics competition at the... >>
Youth in Philanthropy reminds area nonprofits to apply for grants by March 1st using the online application at www.okobojifoundation.org under the "Grants" tab. Each student will read and score grant requests of less than $25,000. They learn much more about the great work of our area nonprofits... >>
Registered voters began streaming in shortly after the doors of the Dickinson County Expo Building open at 5 p.m. By caucus time at 7 o'clock, parking was blocks away and the room was full. A long line of independent voters spilled out into the long hallway as they registered as Republicans... >>
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton remained in position to essentially split the pool of delegates in Dickinson County. With all 16 precincts reporting, Sanders led Clinton 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent in Dickinson County. Democrats form groups at caucus... >>
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called for significant foreign policy changes as his "Countdown to Caucus" tour passed through Okoboji. The Republican candidate for the White House also said he'd turn to the states as part of an effort to root out entrenched policies -- and politicians -- at the... >>
The majority of us will have joints in our bodies that develop problems as the years go by. We may have an accident that causes fractures or we may overuse and misuse them through our athletic endeavors. Still others of us are the 'victims' of our hereditary gene pool... >>
Since his 20s, John Stanley has been educating those around him to the best of his ability. That education has been in both a professional form as a teacher in the classroom, as well as a volunteer form as someone who takes his time to serve those he comes into contact with in northwest Iowa... >>
Pay a visit to Mae Weaver's home and you're bound to hear a phone ring. "Some days I just wake up and have nothing to do," the 90-year-old said with a chuckle. "Someone calls and I am always going somewhere." Mae belongs to the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church where she is a full-time Sunday... >>

Community Briefs
Scholastic Book Fair open to public (02/10/16)
The entire community is invited to visit the OES Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that allows us all to work together toward a common goal: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. The Book Fair provides a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books for all ages. The book fair will be open for sales from 2-8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 25 and again Tuesday, March 1. Hours are 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and Monday Feb. 29...
Benefit supper planned at Harbor of Joy (02/10/16)
Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church has announced plans for a benefit supper for Molly Gano and Tony Moses to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10 prior to the congregation's Ash Wednesday service. Molly, daughter of Terry and Joann Gano, lost a garage and a portion of the house in a recent fire...
Divorce Care series set (02/10/16)
Divorce Care: The Courage To Heal is a 13-week series of videos, featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce recovery, and small group discussion sessions. This series addresses many phases of working through a divorce including emotional, spiritual, financial, child issues, moving on, etc. ...
Harbor of Joy plans movie night (02/10/16)
A night at the movies is being planned by Harbor of Joy fellowship. The inaugural event is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 11 and will feature the movie "Luther." Doors of the church will open at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:30. Popcorn will be available but attendees will need to bring their own drink...
After school craft party planned (02/10/16)
An after school craft party is planned at the Milford Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 11, for pre-school through fourth grade children. Come and join friends for snacks and "Valentine Bingo." All supplies will be available at no charge. Children are invited to come to the library on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. for stories. Call 338-4643 for more information...
Harbor of Joy announces Lenten services (02/10/16)
Harbor of Joy Pastor Tim Nappe has released the worship theme and schedule for the Lenten services. Nappe said, "The services will focus on the several prayers spoken by Jesus during his ministry." The series will be called "Lord teach us how to pray."...
Rev. Lund to speak (02/10/16)
Rev. Phil Lund, congregational life consultant of the MidAmerican Region of the UUA will present the program, "Faith, Spirituality, and Religion from a Unitarian Universalist Perspective" on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Arrowwood Conference and Convention Center in Okoboji. ...
Rothstein exhibit planned at Minnesota West (02/10/16)
During the month of February, local artist Haley Rothstein will be exhibiting her artwork at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota. The public is invited to a reception for Rothstein from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. The artist will be at the college during the reception to meet and greet visitors...
Goldfinch takes flight at Winter Games (02/10/16)
PHOTO BY JUDY HEMPHILL / About 175 men, women and children formed the shape of a giant American goldfinch during the Ninth Annual People's Environmental Art Project. Sara Lynn Dunkerson of Ankeny created the design. The formation took shape Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of the 36th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games...
Music Factory secures Division I rating (02/10/16)
PHOTO SUBMITTED / Congratulations to the Spirit Lake Music Factory High School Show Choir for their very fine performance at state show choir contest held Feb. 1 at Sioux Center High School. The Spirit Lake show choir received Division "I" (Superior) ratings from all 3 judges. This is the highest award possible. The show choir performs next at Waconia Show Choir invitational at Waconia, Minnesota...
Spirit Lake K of C takes top chili honors (02/10/16)
The votes were tallied even before the Iowa Caucuses began and the winner of the 2016 University of Okoboji Winter Games Chili Cookoff -- nonprofit division was the Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043, with ingredients by Fareway of Spirit Lake...
Deadline approaching for Hall award nominations (02/10/16)
The Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award was established in 1992 by the Iowa Lakes Alumni & Friends Association. The award is presented annually at spring commencement to prior graduates of Iowa Lakes who exemplify outstanding support for community, business, school, service clubs, etc. Nominations are once again being sought by the association for the 23rd annual presentation being held this spring. Individuals who know someone who would be a good candidate are encouraged to nominate...
Girl Scout cookie sales underway (02/10/16)
The Girl Scout Cookie program is once again offering direct sales for 2015. Local scouts are excited about this as it means the girls will have packages of cookies on hand to sell door to door. No more taking orders, waiting weeks, and then returning for the delivery and collecting money. ...
Corridor's Glaser named to leadership post (02/10/16)
Young Professionals of Iowa (YPIowa) has announced its new officers and board members for 2016. Board members began their term on Jan. 1. The 2016 officers include Okoboji's Libby Glaser of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. She will serve as secretary on the leadership team...
Gas meter maintenance encouraged amid heavy snowfalls (02/10/16)
Snow and ice buildup on natural gas meters can create a safety hazard and even cut off the flow of natural gas to heating equipment and other appliances. To avoid trouble, gently remove snow and ice from on and around the meter with your hands or a broom...
State seeks farm-related student artwork (02/10/16)
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, Feb. 5, encouraged students from Iowa to consider submitting artwork to be considered for inclusion in the "From the Farm to You" calendar. The calendars are distributed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at the Iowa State Fair and include artwork that emphasizes the connection between the production of Iowa's farmers and the products used by people every day...
Spirit Lake J-Term students visit Polaris (02/10/16)
Twelve students from Spirit Lake High School spent two weeks at Polaris learning about lean manufacturing. The students put their education to work by doing various projects alongside Polaris employees. Students spent the first week in the classroom, learning lean manufacturing procedures and skills. ...
H-LP Academic Letterwinners (02/10/16)
2015-2016 -- first semester Keegan Carpenter Jon Cozart Blake Gunderson Trevor Gunderson Avery Heikens Zach Heikens Bryce Perkins Brandon Rowe Skylar Sheppard Bret Sohn Sadie Breitbach Brandon Bunkers Zach Ehret Ashley Erne Zach Garms James Harmon Cale Hellinga...
Campus News (02/10/16)
Several students from the area are among the students named to the fall 2015 semester dean's list at the University of Northern Iowa. Lake Park -- Emily Chiochon and Bailey Heikens Milford -- Jennie McClain Sydney Boeckholt and Isaac Floss Spirit Lake -- Grace Schoenthal, Kayla Aeikens, Brittany Greig, Magretta Ostrum and Jessica Sandy...
H-LP Honor Rolls - first semester (02/09/16)
Carlie Jo Ahrenstorff Natasha Bremer Gavin Elser Tessa Gunderson Zella Ingham Tyler Jurva Wyatt Lorch Leila Muftah Addison Popken Ava Rasche Savanna Wuebker Abby Bannor Jocelyn Ehret Lucas Gunderson Hannah Harmon Alex Heikens Carson Hellinga Alexis Huff...
H-LP perfect attendance -- first 2 quarters (02/09/16)
Tessa Gunderson Abby Bannor Hannah Harmon Eric Tapia Logan Van Ede Mauricio Mena Marianne Nebelsick Jaden Rueter Owen Sidles Kaitlyn Vyskocil Jeff Bunkers Alex Morales Perez Jon Cozart Avery Heikens Bret Sohn Brandon Bunkers Zach Garms James Harmon Slone LaCour...
Spirit Lake J-Term students visit Polaris (02/09/16)
Twelve students from Spirit Lake High School spent two weeks at Polaris learning about lean manufacturing. The students put their education to work by doing various projects alongside Polaris employees. Students spent the first week in the classroom, learning lean manufacturing procedures and skills. ...
Milford Library News (02/09/16)
At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, all grade 5-12 students are invited to come to the Milford Memorial Library to decorate sugar cookies. All supplies are provided by the library at no cost to the students. If you are in preschool through fourth grade and need something to do after school on Thursday, Feb. 11, stop by the library. Join Betty Naab, our children's librarian, as she hosts the after school craft party. The theme for this month is "Valentine Bingo."...
MercyMe booked for Clay County Fair (02/08/16)
The Clay County Fair announced that platinum-selling Christian artists MercyMe will be joined by special guest Phil Wickham on the U.S. Cellular Grandstand stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. "It's an honor to bring these two exceptional artists to the fair for the first time," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "Our Tuesday night contemporary Christian concert is rapidly becoming one of our newer traditions at the fair."...
St. Joseph spaghetti dinner weekend arrives (02/04/16)
Saint Joseph Catholic Church, in Milford will host its 15th annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the St. Joseph Parish Center. Spaghetti with homemade "secret recipe" sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage will be served. ...
Library storytime moved to Thursday (02/04/16)
Kids and parents are invited to the Spirit Lake Public Library for Nighty-Night Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. It will have a valentine theme. Call the library at 336-2667 to sign up but walk-ins are always welcome too. Be sure to wear your "jammies" and bring a blanket or favorite stuffed friend to share this time with...
ISU Extension course date approaches (02/04/16)
ISU Extension and Outreach -- Dickinson County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Tuesday, Feb. 9. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP)...
Iowa Lakes Coffee House planned (02/04/16)
Iowa Lakes will be hosting its next coffee house ... mark your calendar for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Student Center on the Estherville Campus. Showcasing their musical talents will be vocal and instrumental performers from Iowa Lakes, as well as community members. ...
Benefit supper planned at Harbor of Joy (02/04/16)
Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church has announced plans for a benefit supper for Molly Gano and Tony Moses to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10 prior to the congregation's Ash Wednesday service. The family lost their garage and a portion of the house in a recent fire...
Lenten at Grace Lutheran announced (02/04/16)
Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake is offering Lenten services each Wednesday starting with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Service times are 12:05 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
Jackie Bird to perform (02/04/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College would like to extend an invitation to you to see the performance of American Indian hoop dancer and speaker, Jackie Bird. The event is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. The dance she will be performing is a dance for healing that has been passed down through her family from generation to generation. ...
'Grape Escape' fundraiser planned (02/04/16)
Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation is hosting their fourth annual "Grape Escape" fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. The event will consist of a wine and bourbon tasting upon arrival and a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Brendan Waltz, each paired with a select wine. Some of the entrees include seared sea scallops and root beer braised pork belly...
Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged returns (02/04/16)
The upstairs portion of Cary's TV & Electronics in Spencer will once again host the Arts on Grand foreign film series. Each movie is screened at 7 p.m. Mondays at the store's Grand Avenue location. The series begins Feb. 8 with "Bliss" from Turkey. It is followed on Feb. 15 by "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" from France. Another French film "Of Gods & Men" will be screened Feb. 22...
Carpenters tribute band comes to Okoboji (02/04/16)
Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics with 'Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters' at Pearson Lakes Art Center on Feb. 11. Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. ...
Sorum latest local Iowa Lottery winner (02/04/16)
Merle Sorum of Spirit Lake was the latest big instant-scratch game winner in Dickinson County during calendar year 2015, winning $100,000 playing Cash Frenzy with a ticket purchased at Dyno's in Spirit Lake. Harley Leaders of Council Bluffs was the Dickinson County's latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $5,001 playing Mega Millions with a ticket purchased at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits in Spirit Lake...