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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

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Board puts livestock plan near Superior on hold (12/17/14)
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday delayed action on a confinement feeding permit application in the northeast part of the county. New Fashion Pork, LLP, wants to construct a single 328-foot-by-101-foot single barn to house 4,400 head of finished market hogs. The count equals 1,760 animal units and makes the expansion eligible for review through the master matrix process...
Victim identified in Spirit Lake fire (12/16/14)
The State Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday, Dec. 10, identified Edwin Gerald Dowd as the resident who perished in a recent Spirit Lake apartment complex fire. The Dec. 7 fire destroyed the 25-unit building at 1514 Hill Avenue. Dowd's body was found around 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, while rescue workers surveyed the rubble. Fire Chief Pat Daly said the 48-year old was the lone resident unaccounted for...
Could later school starts be a $1M decision? (12/16/14)
A decision made in Des Moines could mean big changes for educators and the area's vacation industry. Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday asked Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck to no longer automatically grant waivers to districts that request an early start to the school year...
Superintendent calls April 7 'probable' for OMS election (12/16/14)
The time line could still shift, but Okoboji Superintendent Gary Janssen said an April 7 election date is "probable" for voters to consider a property tax levy increase for middle school construction. Okoboji school leaders are trying to anticipate a surge in student numbers at middle school building in Arnolds Park. ...
Police investigate Spencer woman's death (12/16/14)
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has been called to help find answers related to the death of a 23-year-old Spencer woman Monday night. The Spencer Communication Center received numerous calls about a male yelling for help at about 8:10 p.m. ...
Charges dropped in Mrs. Lady's cash seizure case (12/16/14)
Attorneys from Arlington, Virginia say "the most contentious civil forfeiture fight in the nation" is nearing an end. Federal prosecutors are dropping an effort to seize nearly $33,000 from Carole Hinders, who operated Mrs. Lady's Mexican Food restaurant in Arnolds Park for 38 years...
Wills, Jones get committee assignments (12/16/14)
Dickinson County's representatives will have assignments in hand when they return to the Iowa House for the legislative session, beginning Jan. 12. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) recently announced that Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) will serve as the chairwoman of the House Environmental Protection committee...
Get outside with nature center events (12/16/14)
Jack Frost is active this time of year, but just bundle up and you can still have plenty of fun outdoors. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is planning two upcoming outdoor activities and see just where "the Great Outdoors" got its name. (((SUBHEAD)))) WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE...
Winter Games Cheerleader nominations sought (12/16/14)
In the true spirit of community fun and recognition, the University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee is giving the public the opportunity to nominate a man or woman to serve as a 2015 Winter Games cheerleader. The Dickinson County resident should exhibit a ready smile, generous heart and good nature, an enthusiasm for all that our U of O campus has to offer and a sincere desire to give of their time and talent to enhance the quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes...
Middle School building update (12/16/14)
The school board will make a decision soon on what type of facility upgrades are needed to address projected enrollment increases at the middle school. As discussions have been held, several questions have been asked. In the coming weeks, I intend to answer those questions in upcoming editions of the local newspapers and by posting responses on the district website. ...
Principal's Christmas decorations light up community (12/15/14)
You could say Okoboji High School principal Brian Downing is a Christmas fanatic. He even dubs himself a Christmas nerd. His Christmas lights display at his home in Milford grew from his love for this very special time of year. "Clark Griswald (of 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation') is one of my heroes," Downing said. ...
Okoboji hires architect to explore middle school options (12/11/14)
The Okoboji School Board on Monday took the next cautious step in a process that could increase tax rates and ease overcrowding concerns at the middle school in Arnolds Park. Okoboji Superintendent Gary Janssen said the district is trying to find a balance of spending money wisely and doing what's in the best interest of students and their families...
Victim in fatal apartment fire identified (12/10/14)
The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday night said it positively identified the person who died Sunday during a gas line explosion and apartment complex fire along Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. Edwin Gerald Dowd is the 48-year-old Spirit Lake man who was unable to escape the building. The fire broke out at about 12:12 p.m. Sunday at 1514 Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. His remains were located during search efforts Monday...
Victim of scam receives holiday surprise (12/10/14)
When Linda Harders was victimized by a Facebook-based scam in September, she had little hope of seeing the $1,068 she lost again. Last week, Harders received an envelope from Western Union with a big holiday surprise -- a $1,068 check for money never collected...
UPDATED: Fatality confirmed in SL apartment fire, cause undetermined (12/09/14)
The Spirit Lake Fire Department on Monday night was able to confirm one fatality as a result of a downtown apartment fire Sunday afternoon. The name of the victim has not been released. A body was found during search and rescue efforts after the fire was extinguished at Lakes Apartments on the corner of Hill Avenue and 16th Street on Monday...
OHS backpack ministry receives large donation, grant (12/09/14)
The Okoboji Community School Backpack Ministry will be able to expand its mission, thanks to a recent donation. A check for $6,200 was presented to juniors Noah Bouse and Grace Goehring at center court before the OHS boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 5. Daria Zellmer, missions coordinator from First Lutheran Church, joined the two students and presented the check...
Christmas in Lake Park arrives Saturday (12/09/14)
Full bellies, laughs, baked goods, Santa and Christmas trees will fill the Lake Park Community Center Sunday. The annual "reason for the season" Lake Park Christmas celebration is from 11-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. "This event celebrates community involvement and gets people into the true Christmas spirit," Heikens said. "It also acknowledges the true meaning of the season."...
Kitzinger named market president at Northwest Bank (12/09/14)
Joe Conover, Northwest Iowa Regional President at Northwest Bank, is pleased to announce that Dan Kitzinger has accepted the position of Lakes Area market president. "I'm excited to join Northwest Bank, and being part of a family-owned organization that is known for making a positive impact in the communities they serve," Kitzinger said...
Brownmed acquires NüRoo, Inc. (12/09/14)
Brownmed, a leading manufacturer of products aimed at improving the quality of life for patients, announced that it has acquired NüRoo, Inc. and its entire line of products, which help foster the bond between mother and baby. "The acquisition of NüRoo reflects Brownmed's continued commitment to innovative, patient-focused medical devices," said Ivan Brown, president and CEO of Brownmed, Inc. ...
Ice Bowl disc golf planned (12/09/14)
"No wimps, no whiners." That's the motto of the international Ice Bowl disc golf tournament, and only tough cookies will be accepted at the Siouxland Disc Golf Ice Bowl with tee off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, a part of the University of Okoboji Winter Games...

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