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U.S. Rep. Steve King and the state senator serving the second-most conservative Iowa Senate district in the state remain sharply divided about Donald Trump and the direction of the Republican Party. State Sen. David Johnson (I-Ocheyedan) is no longer one of the registered Republicans in his... >>
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The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday appointed Todd Johnson of Milford to fill the District 5 position vacated with the passing of David Gottsche. Johnson has worked at United Community Bank in Milford for nearly 20 years and currently serves as Vice President and Chief... >>
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Iowa Assistant Attorney General Coleman McAllister on Tuesday filed documents at the Emmet County Courthouse to oppose efforts for a new trial in the Lee Christensen murder case. Christensen's attorney, Leon Spies of Iowa City, wants a new trial in part because he thinks one or more jurors may have... >>
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For a dozen years, the Pearson Lakes Art Center has been the beneficiary of the talent of six great musicians. That annual event will take place on Friday night with the audience starting to purchase their tickets well in advance. "Dave Rowley and Friends" will play to a packed house in the... >>
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Old world charm and customs, politics and art were experienced by an entourage of 43 Spirit Lake High School students, teachers and chaperones. For nine days at the end of July they toured places of interest in Rome, Florence and Venice. Social studies instructor Cathy Kuker had several goals in... >>
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Several people in Dickinson County are unsure where their next meal will come from, according to the recent Map the Meal Gap report. The report states 11.5 percent overall and 17.6 percent of children in Dickinson County face food insecurity. Food Bank of Iowa President Michelle Book hopes the... >>
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The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint Bill Leupold the new board chairman and Pam Jordan vice chairman Tuesday morning at its weekly meeting. Normally, the board elects a chair and vice chair at the beginning of the year, but the process was expedited due to the... >>
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Antique and vintage car enthusiasts will have a field day this Saturday, strolling through lines and lines of vehicles parked on Preservation Plaza. The annual Black Knights Spectacular Car Show brings cars, pickups and trucks from as far away as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Des Moines and northern... >>
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The truck with a parrot, a penguin and palm trees might find a place near high school football fields on Friday nights. Fans just need to listen for the tropical tune playing from Kevin Vugteveen's Kona Ice of Okoboji truck. Vugteveen, along with driver Lori Hott, bring their flavored, shaved-ice... >>
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Court documents posted Thursday at the Clay County Courthouse are beginning to provide additional details about allegations surrounding a former Spencer pastor. Kevin Grimes faces five counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor through his roles as director of the Spencer Dream Center and pastor... >>
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Thirteen people embarked on a mission trip to teach English to the people of the Ukraine and came back educated themselves. Diane and Jeff Duis of rural Lake Park, youth group leaders, escorted a team of 13 people, five adults and eight students to an English Camp through Arise, a... >>
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A former Spencer Dream Center executive director and pastor of DaySpring Assembly of God Church was charged Wednesday with five felony counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist. The 51-year-old reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 4:43 p.m. and subsequently posted bond, according to... >>
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The Okoboji City Council has decided to take action after a large piece of lakeshore eroded due to a project near Smith's Bay on West Lake Okoboji. The council unanimously passed an up-to six-month moratorium on issuance of any lakeshore landscaping permits Tuesday, Aug. ... >>
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Summer is coming to an end, which means students in Dickinson County will soon return to the classroom to hit the books. Schools in the county's four districts are preparing to welcome students within the next two weeks. The new school year is a chance for students and faculty to reconnect while... >>
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Joe Cuttell is no stranger to the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame. He was inducted with a well-known area band, The Dentairs, back in 2004. He was included in the Bedell Guitar Company induction the same year. "I worked for Tom while I was in high school," Cuttell said. "I gave guitar... >>
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Dickinson County lost one of its most prominent public figures on Monday. Longtime Dickinson County Board of Supervisors chairman David Gottsche passed away at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He was 71. Gottsche was a rural Milford farmer who also served on the Iowa Lakes Community... >>
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After anxious weeks of hoping and waiting, the Milford Pioneer Theatre has reopened for business. Friday night, Aug. 12 the screen lit up again and an appreciative audience saw a movie in Milford for the first time in months. The movie house had closed down when all film distribution went strictly... >>
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Many J-1 international college students choose to come to the Iowa Great Lakes Region each summer to work and learn about a different culture and lifestyle. Most also desire to improve their English skills. The members of the mission committee at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji have the goal... >>
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Revving engines will roar across the Iowa Great Lakes this weekend, as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the Midwest roll into the area for the second annual Boji Bike Rally. The event will be held Aug. 19-21 primarily at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. It is a continuation of the Victory... >>

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Transit Authority Takes the Stage at the PLAC (08/23/16)
Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as a premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $15 for students...
Goertz among dignitaries at GOP picnic (08/23/16)
The Dickinson County Republican party annual summer picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Barefoot Bar at Park's Marina in Okoboji. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door. Food, fun and politics are on the agenda for the evening...
IGL Construction welcomes community to Summer Block Party (08/23/16)
With clear, sunny skies overhead, community members turned out in large numbers on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Gateway neighborhood in Spencer, a project built by IGL Construction. The local family-run construction company teamed up with Spencer USA Young Professionals to open their newly built homes to interested home buyers allowing them to get an up-close look at the vibrant, family-friendly environment at Gateway and receive first-hand testimonials from current residents...
Corridor board welcomes new members (08/23/16)
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation recently welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors. New to the board for the Iowa Lakes Corridor's Fiscal Year 2017 are: Jon Kruse, Mayor of Storm Lake; Dr. Carl Turner, Superintendent of Storm Lake Community Schools; Burlin Matthews, Clay County Board of Supervisors; Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital; John Chappas, Spirit Lake City Council; Sean Sherrod, Polaris Industries; and Beverly Juhl, Emmet County Board of Supervisors...
Hicks to open new family practice clinic in Milford (08/23/16)
Jamie Hicks, certified family nurse practitioner, announced the opening of her new primary care clinic located at 1004 21st Street, Suite 2 in Milford. Hicks Family Healthcare will open Sept. 1 with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday...
Hicks to open new family practice clinic in Milford (08/23/16)
Jamie Hicks, certified family nurse practitioner, announced the opening of her new primary care clinic located at 1004 21st Street, Suite 2 in Milford. Hicks Family Healthcare will open Sept. 1 with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday...
Board suspends Iowa arbitrator for 'embarrassing' mistakes (08/23/16)
An arbitrator has been suspended for writing an embarrassing, error-filled ruling that upheld the high-profile firing of a judge who testified against Gov. Terry Branstad's administration. The Iowa Public Employment Relations Board sanctioned John L. Sandy in August, saying he will be removed for six months from its roster of arbitrators who are paid to decide disputes between unions and government agencies. Sandy, a Spirit Lake attorney, had been a state arbitrator since 1998...
Everett, Lake Park Foods celebrate Evertek's 30th Anniversary (08/23/16)
Evertek teamed up with Lake Park Foods to celebrate Evertek's 30th Anniversary. Flyers were inserted into customer bags with information about the Evertek Security Services and Internet service offered in Lake Park. A grand prize for a $250 gift card to Lake Park Foods was drawn by CEO Roxanne White. Pat Baumgarn was the winner and she was presented the $250 gift card by manager Tiffany Mejia...
Westport Park provides fishing, picnic, play areas (08/23/16)
In June 1981, Dickinson County Conservation Board entered into a maintenance agreement to refresh an exhausted county gravel pit into a county park. It started as only six acres, so small it looks like only a dot on a map of the Iowa Great Lakes area. The original document included on a 10-year agreement, but 35 years later, Westport Park is still being utilized...
Heavy boat traffic expected for Labor Day weekend (08/23/16)
Boaters heading out for the Labor Day holiday will likely find busy waterways across the state. Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said boat operators need to operate with caution and to watch for hazards in the water...
Credit card course offered (08/23/16)
Life is not about money -- but how people manage their money impacts their quality of life, their family's life and the life of their community. A new course from Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach provides the tools Iowans need to work toward financial goals...
Bridge Marathon begins (08/23/16)
Calling all bridge players! St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Milford, will again host their annual bridge marathon beginning Sept. 1 thru April 30 of 2017. Persons interested in playing bridge on a round-robin schedule are asked to call the parish office at 712-338-2274 by noon Monday, Aug. 29. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Cost is $10 for the year. A fun night is held in May to announce the winners...
Lund to speak to Unitarians (08/23/16)
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, Aug. 28 at the Arrowwood Conference and Convention Center in Okoboji. ...
SWCD to meet (08/23/16)
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Dickinson SWCD will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 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, approving CRP, HEL, EQIP, WHIP and WRP plans, receiving NRCS and District reports, old and new business and planning for the next meeting...
Paint night at library (08/23/16)
Join area libraries for Paint Night at the Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Arnolds Park Public Library for a fun night of painting, community, and snacks! Register early because there are only 30 spots available. The cost for early registration is $7.50 and registration the day of the event is $15. ...
Salsa making 101 (08/23/16)
Salsa Making 101 with Iowa Lakes Community College takes place soon. Join Iowa Lakes for a fun-filled and educational class, where participants will learn the art of making a variety of hot, sweet, spicy and tangy salsas. Class will be held from 9 a.m. ...
Wills completes regional leadership institute (08/23/16)
State Rep. John H. Wills of Spirit Lake was among 37 lawmakers to complete a leadership training program that identifies and assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest. Representative Wills met with fellow lawmakers from Iowa, 10 other Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces on Aug. 12-16 in Madison, Wisconsin, for The Council of State Governments' 22nd Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD)...
Milford Memorial Library news (08/23/16)
Top 10 reasons to visit the library include: Public Story Time every Friday at 10 a.m. -- Join children's librarian Betty Naab as she shares stories. No pre-registration is necessary. Each week will focus on a new theme. *You can borrow other materials besides books -- Check out the library's selection of audiobooks, DVDs, cake pans, magazines, puzzles and disc golf discs...
Iowa Lakes students pass national surgical technology exam (08/23/16)
Surgical technology students at Iowa Lakes Community College's Spencer campus received word recently that every 2016 graduate of the program passed the national board exam and are now official certified surgical technologists (CST). That means 13 students are officially certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and will begin their jobs with their newly-approved credentials...
Coming up at Lakeside Lab (08/23/16)
The first Lakeside Writer in Residence workshop will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is pleased to announce Corrina Carter as the 2016 Autumn Writer in Residence. This position, sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, gives emerging authors the opportunity to pursue their writing in a quiet, natural setting. ...
S'More Fest raises funds for scholarship program (08/23/16)
Camp Foster held its new fundraising event, S'more Fest, targeted to Iowa Great Lakes Area families. The camp staff deemed the event a success and look to build upon it next year, as 80 people attended. Funds raised went to benefit Project 130. S'More Fest gave families the opportunity to do Camp Foster activities outside the normal day or resident camp sessions. ...
Iowa Lakes Initiative wins Farmers Bank's bronze anniversary prize (08/23/16)
Farmers Bank of Spencer has announced that the Iowa Lakes Initiative has received the $500 bronze anniversary prize as part of the bank's 100-year anniversary charity contest. This was the contest's second group of winning charities. Contest winners were determined by voters...
Late summer underwater weed control for ponds (08/23/16)
Pond plants are essential for healthy fish populations and good water quality but can become a nuisance. Finding ways to reduce plant abundance to make pond access easier, without getting rid of them altogether, is a challenge for many pond owners. Herbicides can be used to kill underwater weeds, but their growing season is nearly over this time of year...
Private land open to hunting this fall (08/23/16)
Iowa hunters this fall will have access to hunt on more than 25,000 acres of private land on 132 sites around the state as part of a program that helps landowners improve habitat on portions of their land in exchange for allowing hunter access. The Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP) provide expertise and funding to landowners who are interested in improving wildlife habitat on their property. Landowner participation varies from three to 10 years depending upon the contracts...
New apprentice hunting license available (08/23/16)
A new license went on sale July 13 that allows anyone age 16 and older to bypass the hunter education requirement for purchasing a hunting license while he or she hunts under the direct supervision of an experienced, licensed adult hunter. "We want to reach out to our fellow Iowans who missed hunter education when they were 12 and are now in their 20s and 30s and are interested in trying dove hunting or small game hunting," Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said. ...
Iowa Secretary of State, Google form partnership (08/23/16)
As part of an ongoing effort to promote and encourage entrepreneurship in Iowa, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced a new partnership with Google to help small businesses get off the ground, grow their online presence and achieve success. New businesses in Iowa can take advantage of Google's Let's Put Our Cities on the Map program after they file with the Secretary of State's Office. Existing businesses can utilize the resources to enhance their digital footprint...
Earn blue ribbon fun with photography (08/23/16)
With beautiful sunsets and fun activities throughout the summer, it's a perfect time to think about entering memorable prints as photography exhibits at the 2016 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18. Hobby photographers may enter up to 12 photographs total with one picture per class. Classes include color photographs or black and white photographs of people, places or landscape, things, plants, or animals/ insect world...
Hicks to open new family practice clinic in Milford (08/16/16)
Jamie Hicks, certified family nurse practitioner, announced the opening of her new primary care clinic located at 1004 21st Street, Suite 2 in Milford. Hicks Family Healthcare will open Sept. 1 with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday...
Klien to perform at Heritage Landing (08/16/16)
Terry Klien will perform at 5:30 p.m on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Heritage Landing Seniors Living Apartments. A picnic supper will be served and tours of apartments will also be available. Heritage Landing Seniors Living Apartments is located at 1305 Jeppeson Road in West Okoboji. For more information, call 712-338-2909...
Harbor of Joy announces fall musical plans (08/16/16)
The Harbor Heritage Choir will begin preparation for the fall musical Wednesday, Aug. 17. Harbor Music Minister Bob Floss announced the selection for this year is titled "Jubilee." Floss said "Jubilee" has a more southern gospel flavor and promises to be a unique change of pace from previous productions by the choir. ...
U of O to hold slow pitch tournament (08/16/16)
The 39th Annual University of Okoboji Budweiser Men's Slow Pitch Softball Tournament will be played this Saturday and Sunday, Aug 20-21, at the Memorial Park softball fields in Milford. Director Brett Groen said 24 teams from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota will play on the three softball fields at the Milford memorial Park Complex. ...
Plein Aire at Wildwood (08/16/16)
The public is invited to in at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21 for a hands on art experience. Plein aire is a French expression meaning "in the open air" and refers to the act of painting outdoors withe artist's subject in full view. Participants with work with Karess Knudtson in the field as they create their own plein aire painting...
Salsa making 101 (08/16/16)
Salsa Making 101 with Iowa Lakes Community College takes place soon. Join Iowa Lakes for a fun filled and educational class, where participants will learn the art of making a variety of hot, sweet, spicy and tangy salsas! Class will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Estherville-Lincoln Central High School from 9 - 10 a.m. Cost is $20...
Groom joins Avera-Spirit Lake Medical Center (08/16/16)
Mara Groom, D.O., a family practice physician joining Avera Medical Group Spirit Lake Medical Center, will begin seeing patients on Sept. 1. Dr. Groom recently moved to the Lakes Region after completing her family medicine residency in Sioux City. Prior to that, she received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry in 2009 from Wartburg College in Waverly and her medical degree from Des Moines University in 2013. ...
Everett, Lake Park Foods celebrate Evertek's 30th anniversary (08/16/16)
Evertek teamed up with Lake Park Foods to celebrate Evertek's 30th Anniversary. Flyers were inserted into customer bags with information about the Evertek Security Services and Internet service offered in Lake Park. A grand prize for a $250 gift card to Lake Park Foods was drawn by CEO Roxanne White. Pat Baumgarn was the winner and she was presented the $250 gift card by manager Tiffany Mejia...