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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Spirit Lake city hall ahead of schedule (07/29/14)
Come late fall, Spirit Lake government officials should have a brand new place to call home. City administrator Gregg Owens said the construction of the new city hall, which began with demolition in the fall of 2013, is actually ahead of schedule. The exterior of the building will be finished next week...
Woman works to build five-county bike trail (07/29/14)
Kathy Fueston is on a mission. The Spencer resident hopes to one day ride her bike from Okoboji all the way to Des Moines. But the proposed trail system that she hopes to extend through Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, and Sac Counties connecting to the trail in Carroll County needs some extra help. Traveling along county highways is no longer a safe option in Fueston's mind...
Stores gear up for tax free weekend (07/29/14)
Every year, beginning at midnight on the first Friday in August, Iowa conducts its 48-hour Tax Free Holiday Weekend. This year, the tax free holiday begins Aug. 1. "Traditionally, Iowa's tax free holiday has been related to the beginning of the school year, and when we look at the items that are typically bought for back to school, we find clothing and shoes are the big ones people buy," said Kay Arvidson, Iowa Department of Revenue assistant public information officer...
Party in The Park helps Arnolds Park thrive (07/29/14)
A night of food and fun will be held in the shadow of a wooden roller coaster called The Legend. Party in the Park returns to the Historic Arnolds Park Inc. calendar on Saturday, Aug. 2. Last year's annual fundraiser brought in $100,000 in support of the historic venue near West Lake Okoboji. Guests will arrive around 6 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion. Cocktails and a dinner provided by Yesterday's will start off the night...
Pets, pasta featured at upcoming event (07/29/14)
Some of the area's best Italian selections will be featured at an upcoming Humane Society of Northwest Iowa fundraiser. A Taste of Italy will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Majestic Pavilion near Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Food will be furnished by the region's finest restaurants. Okoboji Wines will provide a special selection of Italian wines. A $45 per person donation is suggested...
Cowgirls preview show featured for August First Friday (07/29/14)
A Piece of Work will host a preview show of Cowgirls in August's Exhibition Cove, featuring the work of Carol Herden, Barbara McGee, and Mona Majorowicz. A reception for the three artists will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trek from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. They will be giving artists' talks about their work at about 6:10 p.m. that night...
Spirit Lake releases school registration information (07/29/14)
Spirit Lake Community School registration for students in grades preschool-12 will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the high school commons. New families to the district please contact the office manager of your respective building as soon as possible...
27th annual quilt auction approaches at Ingham Okoboji (07/29/14)
The public is invited to enjoy the "Patchwork, people and plans" event at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp - the 27th annual quilt auction. The dates for the event are 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 with a Scandinavian feast from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2. A quilt viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. t0 1 p.m. Saturday with a lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m...
NEW HISTORICAL MARKER BROCHURE ADDS SITES (07/29/14)
An expanded brochure listing four new historical marker sites for a total of 15 is now available at no charge at libraries, museums and other organizations. It is developed and updated annually by the Ladies of the Lake Chapter of the American Revolution (DAR). The printing of 2,500 copies in black ink on grey glossy paper has been financed by Farmers Savings Bank of Milford and Fostoria. Lakes Print of Spirit Lake, contributed the design work...
Art in the Park is Saturday, Aug 2 (07/28/14)
Ninety-four artists are set to showcase their work as Arnolds Park becomes an outdoor art gallery of sorts Saturday, Aug. 2. Art in the Park, the art show for local artists and Midwesterners alike begins at 10 a.m. in the Preservation Plaza. Pearson Lakes Art Center helps coordinate the show each year...
Pioneer Days tradition continues (07/25/14)
For 46 years, people have enjoyed the many activities and events associated with Milford Pioneer Days. The variety and scope is well-planned to include something for all ages with some new events added to the calendar. FRIDAY, JULY 25 The three-day celebration starts off bright and early on Saturday morning with the All-Town Garage Sales at 8 a.m. Maps of the residential locations are available as people arrive for Pioneer Days weekend...
Tom and Sheri Arends tabbed for Grand Marshall honors (07/25/14)
The Milford Commercial Club has chosen longtime Milford residents Tom and Sheri Arends as this year's Parade Grand Marshalls for the Milford Pioneer Days celebration. The parade takes place on Saturday, July 26. Both were born and raised in Milford. ...
Pioneer Days debuts new BBQ competition (07/25/14)
Mix the sauces, heat up the smoker and get a fork ready for the inaugural Pioneer Days barbecue competition on Saturday, July 27. It was an idea that grew from the annual Kansas City Barbeque Society certification class each spring in Storm Lake. The Milford Commercial Club sent a member to the judging class, hoping to one day create a barbecue competition of their very own during Pioneer Days...
New events greet Pioneer Days visitors (07/25/14)
Four new events will spark up the lineup for the 46th annual Milford Pioneer Days. A 'Four-Person Best Ball Glow Golf' tournament takes place at Woodlyn Hills Golf Course. According to course owner Sharon Mayer, it is meant to be a fun competition with more challenges than a normal golf outing...
U of O Homecoming results announced (07/23/14)
The 37th annual University of Okoboji Homecoming continued throughout the weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes. The University of Okoboji Marathon began Saturday at 6 a.m. at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Many marathon entrants from across the United States entered as a step on their goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states. ...
RAGBRAI director says 'we'll certainly get them back' to Okoboji (07/22/14)
If first impressions count, RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz said the Iowa Great Lakes made a good one Sunday night. The area hosted an overnight stop on the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa for the first time on Sunday. Riders slept in area communities and left Monday morning for the next overnight stop in Emmetsburg...
RAGBRAI overnight stop dubbed a success (07/22/14)
The first-ever RAGBRAI overnight night stop in Okoboji went off without a hitch Sunday evening. Nearly 21,000 riders rolled into the Iowa Great Lakes from Rock Valley for the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Around Iowa and were greeted with open arms. Volunteers and businesses were ready as some of the first bikers rolled in around the noon hour on Sunday. The crowds left Monday morning and headed out toward Terril...
Safety groups give RAGBRAI visit high marks (07/22/14)
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa successfully navigated area's the tricky geography and Iowa Great Lakes traffic, according to committee members in charge of public safety. Okoboji RAGBRAI committee members counted 20,840 riders for the cross-state bike ride's overnight stop in the Lakes Area. Riders and support teams arrived throughout the day Sunday and left Monday morning for the overnight stop in Emmetsburg...
Ribbons still up for grabs at Dickinson County Fair (07/22/14)
The kids in 4-H, the staff at Dickinson County ISU Extension and even the animals aren't done yet. The Dickinson County Fair has a busy Wednesday planned before the event concludes with a pancake breakfast and livestock auction Thursday morning. "We have had a fabulous week here at the fair," Dickinson County Extension Director Karen Byers said. ...
Senators support Dickinson County disaster relief (07/22/14)
President Barack Obama on July 17, received letters from Iowa's U.S. Senate delegation as part of an effort to secure disaster relief for Dickinson County. U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) urged "expeditious approval" for disaster assistance requested by Gov. Terry Branstad on behalf of 26 counties...
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