The death of a high-profile Dickinson County murder suspect has been ruled accidental by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. The agencies were looking into the March 31 death of Jesse Wendelsdorf. ... >>
The entire Iowa Great Lakes Region is invited to participate in an event where residents, visitors, employees, etc. are welcome to show community support. The "Celebrate, Don't Hate" -- event isn't about one person, one organization or one community, it is about celebrating everyone in the Iowa... >>
The Lake Park man accused of armed robbery at Barb's Restaurant & Lounge entered a "not guilty" plea and has exercised his right to a speedy trial. Joshual Emerson Mandelkow entered his plea and requested a reduction to his $250,000 bail on Monday. Defense attorney Michael Johnson of Spirit Lake... >>
There is still time for 15 non-profit organizations around the Iowa Great Lakes to double their money. The Okoboji Foundation's $5,000 July Non-Profit Challenge continues through the end of the month. Contributions can be directed to any of 15 "Family of Funds Nonprofit Partners." The fund with the... >>
A Lakes businessman known for music, construction, family and faith was remembered Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. Gene Krueger passed away Wednesday, July 20, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was 73 years old... >>
A familiar face will replace outgoing YMCA of the Okobojis CEO Norm Johnson. The YMCA of the Okobojis' Board of Directors appointed Andrew Fisher as interim CEO Monday. Fisher served as YMCA program operations director prior to accepting the position and has been with the organization for the past... >>
The time has come for the yearly stroll down Lake Street, drooling over corvettes, fantasizing what it would be like to be behind the wheel and perhaps guessing what that car could do off the line in 60 seconds. The annual "Vettes in the Park" takes place this weekend; July 29-31... >>
An assortment of boats will be on display at the end of the month in the Iowa Great Lakes Area, each one holding more than two decades of history. The 36th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Rendezvous will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, along the public docks in Arnolds... >>
Brandon Aronson started practicing magic when he was a teenager, because he wanted to make his dad laugh. His father was in the United States Navy and the family often moved around the country. The list of stops included Seattle and, at age 17, Aronson found himself in a magic shop with his... >>
The Okoboji Bible Conference has impacted lives in its eight decades of history, a tradition it hopes to continue this year Its 82nd edition will be held from July 30 - Aug. 7 at the conference grounds in downtown Arnolds Park. Ministries Executive Director Rick Porter said he has witnessed... >>
Some corn producers in the Iowa Great Lakes Area may be in line for some compensation. Syngenta is being sued over its alleged impact on corn prices throughout the past few years. The class action suit claims the agribusiness failed to receive import approval from China in 2009 for its engineered... >>
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII office is urging residents across the region to take steps now to prepare their families and communities for extreme heat, by reviewing important safety information. Daily high temperatures into the weekend will climb into the 90s to even... >>
Dickinson County's smallest towns remained steady and communities along and near Highway 71 continued to see growth, according to July population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Arnolds Park remained the fastest-growing town in Dickinson County since 2010. The city added 108 residents for... >>
Family and friends gathered for a memorial service Tuesday morning to pay tribute to longtime Okoboji city clerk and administrator Dennis Daly. Daly was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away Friday at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He was 61 years old... >>
Surviving the Holocaust of World War II became a remarkable story of resilience and bravery for Beatrice Karp of Omaha, Nebraska. Karp's daughter Deborah Pappenheimer wrote a book about her mother's experiences entitled "My Broken Doll." Through a grant from Humanities Iowa, the mother and daughter... >>
The wind will fill the sails of more than 80 boats on West Lake Okoboji at the end of the month, as mariners attempt to navigate their ships to victory. Sailors from nine states will compete in the X Inland Championship Regatta on July 27-30 in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. The Okoboji Yacht Club is... >>
The Spirit Lake Fire Department and Spirit Lake Police Department were on hand after neighbors reported smoke coming from a cottage along Big Spirit Lake. No one was home at 12:45 p.m. Monday when firefighters were paged to 13718 253rd Avenue in Orleans. Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said power... >>
Some Iowa Great Lakes residents will be on the run during the upcoming Pioneer Days. Lakes Regional Healthcare, Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons and Liberty National Bank are hosting a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Proceeds from the event benefit the Milford Commercial... >>
A group of men who put God first will find their spot at the front of Saturday morning's Pioneer Days parade. Pastors Tim Nappe, Bob Vaage, Perry Aalgaard, Karl Whiteman along with Fathers Tom Flanagan and Shinoj Jose were named parade grand marshals for their efforts to nurture and unite the... >>
Pioneer Days promises fun for everyone BY DORIS WELLE STAFF WRITER Gearing up to Milford's 125th Celebration next year, the 2016 Pioneer Days committee has filled three days with activities for all ages. Friday through Sunday, July 22-24 Hundreds of people will participate in competitions, attend... >>
Milford firefighters will be on call for more than fires and emergency situations during the upcoming Pioneer Days. The Milford Fire Department is holding a "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign at the Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday, July 23. Funds raised will go to support the Muscular Dystrophy... >>
Boji Bay Legacy Park will be the venue for a pair of concerts during Pioneer Days Weekend. United Community Bank is sponsoring Sioux Falls-based Main Avenue Warehouse for a free concert from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 22. The nine-piece horn band from South Dakota performs in the tradition of Tower of... >>
Okoboji City Hall will close at 3 p.m. Monday and will remain closed Tuesday as the city staff pauses to acknowledge and celebrate the life of longtime city clerk and administrator Dennis Daly. Daly was surrounded by friends and family when he passed passed away Friday at Lakes Regional Healthcare... >>
Care Connections contracts with Seasons Center
Northwest Iowa Care Connections, a Mental Health and Disability Services region serving residents of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto Counties, is pleased to announce its contract with Seasons Center effective July 1 for the region's 24/7 crisis phone line. ...
Iowa Lakes to visit State Capital
Iowa Lakes Community College has organized a trip to the Iowa State Capital on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The trip will feature a private tour of the Iowa State Capitol and a visit to the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Cost for the trip is $149, which includes transportation and tours. Meals are an additional cost...
Pediatric CPR/first aid class
Childcare providers, foster parents or anyone else who works with children on a daily basis is welcome to join Iowa Lakes for the pediatric CPR/first aid online with skills class. Individuals should complete the online portion first, then bring certificate of completion to class and attend skills night to complete the certification. Certificate must be brought to skills night or rescheduling will be required...
Heritage Landing welcomes Kaercher
Heritage Landing Senior Apartments will be hosting a free event featuring: Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and host of "Iowa's Simple Pleasures" and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television and other public television stations nationally. Kaercher will be sharing his knowledge of "Exploring the foods of Iowa and the Midwest."...
Annual meeting set for EOLIC
The annual meeting of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation will be held at the Dickinson County Nature Center located at Kenue Park at 9 a.m.on Saturday, Aug. 6 with coffee and rolls at 8:30 a.m. At this year's meeting there will be a presentation by Jay Michels, who is known for his work throughout the Upper Midwest and Canada as an educator on low impact development, storm water management and erosion and sediment control...
Iowa Lakes, Hy-Vee host cooking class
The public is invited to join Iowa Lakes Community College for the Hy-Vee Savvy Kids' cooking Class in Spirit Lake. Kids will join Spirit Lake Hy-Vee Dietitian, Grace Phelon, for a fun-filled and educational cooking class. Kids will tour Hy-Vee, learn how to pick and shop for healthy snacks, as well as prepare super easy snacks that they can recreate at home...
Diabetic support group to gather
The Spirit Lake area Diabetic Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. "Type III and other external motives" will be the topic presented by Marcia Young. Diabetes is a chronic disease that takes self-discipline a non-diabetic doesn't understand. Dealing with a chronic disease is an emotional, physical, and social adjustment. Young will address the positive partners for successful diabetes management...
SWCD to meet
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Dickinson SWCD will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 28 in the District Office. A tentative agenda includes: 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...
Single Spirits to meet
"Single Spirit's of Spirit Lake will hold their regular meeting 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at the Spirit Lake Public Library community room (702 16th St/use door northwest corner of building). The meeting is open to anyone single, widowed, or divorced. For more information call Chris (712) 320-3797, Shirley (712) 832-3266 or Ann (712) 441-6036...
Iowa Lakes to host 'I Wonder' camp
Iowa Lakes will be holding an "I Wonder" day camp for all area students entering into grades 2-5. Students will explore reading, writing, math and science while working interactively with fun projects, games and activities. This is a great opportunity to keep the kids learning all summer long through hands-on experiences. ...
Harbor of Lutheran to hold summer Bible school
Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church will host its Summer Street Bible School program at 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 and Aug. 3, 10 and 17 at Florence Park. The theme for this year's program is: "Heaven is for Real." Each weekly meeting will include a meal from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by a lesson from 6:30-7 p.m. Crafts and closing activities will last until 8 p.m. Lessons are geared toward grades 2-6, but all grade levels are welcome. There is no registration required...
Take me out to the ballgame
Camp Okoboji is hosting a bus trip to see the Minnesota Twins play the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday July 27. Cost is only $60, and includes transportation, game ticket and snacks. The bus will leave the camp at 12:30 p.m. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Call the Camp Office at 712-337-3325. More information is also available at www.campokoboji.org...
Inaugural Y-Kids Feeding program a success
The first annual Block Party Charity on June 25 brought in $4,000 in donations all going to the Y-Kids Feeding Program. Kozy Heat Gallery, Integrity, Katy Lynn Boutique and Verizon hosted the event, located at 584 Highway 71 South, Arnolds Park. A raffle was held and the prizes, that were donated from each business, were; a Weber Grill from Kozy Heat Gallery, a $100 gift card to Maxwell's Beach Café from Integrity Reality, a $50 gift card from Katy Lynn Boutique and Verizon Tones from Verizon. ...
Ditsworth earns recertification
Dickinson County Recorder Ann Ditsworth was recently honored for completing the Iowa County Recorders Association's recertification program, allowing her continued status as an Iowa Certified County Recorder. The graduation event occurred in conjunction with the Iowa County Recorders Association's summer school Wednesday, June 22, in Moravia...
Wills announces sales tax holiday weekend
State Rep. John Wills on Tuesday released information regarding the annual Iowa Sales Tax Holiday. This year beginning at 12:01a.m., Aug. 5, through midnight Aug. 6, 2016, no sales tax will be collected on select clothing or footwear having a selling price of less than $100 per item...
Mid-July challenge update
A short window of time remains to help your favorite nonprofit fund win the $5,000 July Non-Profit Challenge through the Okoboji Foundation. July 15 online gift total was $5,550. Seven of the 15 participating nonprofit funds have received online donations through GiveOkoboji.com. ...
Alice visits Treasure Village Wonderland
Join Alice in her wild adventures in Wonderland, as she tries to make sense of a world where nothing is quite as it seems. A tea party without tea! Her cat can talk to her! Games where the rules keep changing! She discovers that patience is very helpful in Wonderland...
Watch the sky Friday, Aug. 5
Just look up. Meteors will streak through the night sky at the beginning of August, and you can learn all about these upcoming celestial events during the next Star Trekking program 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji...
Second City funny as ever
Each year The Second City sends us talented young actors who put on a funny, often irreverent show. This year's troupe was no exception. Their improvisational skills, I feel, were quicker overall than last year's group of performers. They were funny and played off each other well. There were only a few glitches when one actor or another wasn't sure if he or she should take over or not but overall, it went relatively smoothly...
OST presents 'The Game's Afoot'
The Okoboji Summer Theatre will present its seventh production of the summer, "The Game's Afoot" by Ken Ludwig. The production runs from Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31. Rob and Joanie Peters sponsored the production in memory of Bob Herbert...
U of O open water swim approaches
The Bedell Family YMCA will once again coordinate the University of Okoboji Open Water Swim. This year's event is Saturday, Aug. 6. This 3.5 mile swim in West Lake Okoboji starts at Gull Point State Park and ends at Pikes Point State Park. Race time is 7 a.m. with registration closing at 6:30 a.m...
Painting workshops planned
There will be two "Dance a Painting" workshops on stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Tuesday Aug. 2. A creative movement class using the rhythm of the paintings and murals to inspire dance moves for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 begins at 1:30 p.m. ...
Save 'Blue Ribbon' bucks with advance gate admission
Clay County fairgoers have the opportunity to save big for "Blue Ribbon Fun" through several pre-fair deals. Advance adult gate admission tickets are available for $6, saving fairgoers $3 before the gates open Sept. 10. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Clay County Regional Events Center Box Office, or at more than 70 locations throughout northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota. ...
Races, tractor pulls take center stage at 2016 Clay County Fair
Six thundering dirt events, including a significant change to the fair's tractor pull schedule, will fill the U.S. Cellular Grandstand during the nine days of the 2016 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18. "Many fairgoers have great memories attending dirt events at the fair and this year will be no different," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "For tractor pull fans especially, the return of the Outlaw Pullers will be a welcome addition."...
Arts At St. Joseph presents Iowa Lakes Music Festival concert series
'The Arts at St. Joseph' presents the third annual Iowa Lakes Music Festival concert series on Sunday, Aug. 7 and Friday, Aug. 12. The free concerts will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1305 Okoboji Ave. in Milford. The first concert on Aug. ...
Iowa Lakes Algona campus featured at trustees meeting
The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College held its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon in Algona and received an update on the latest happenings at the Algona campus. Scott Stokes, vice president of administration, joined with Theresa Waechter, supervisor and advisor for the Algona campus, in sharing news from the campus. Waechter updated the trustees about improvements to two classrooms which occurred within the past few months...
Milford Library news
The Milford Memorial Library staff and the Friends of the Milford Memorial Library would like to thank everyone who volunteered and came to the annual book sale. The book sale was a big success and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year...
St Alban's annual service aboard the Queen II
St. Alban's Episcopal Church will hold its annual service on West Lake Okoboji Sunday, July 31. There will be no meeting at the church building on 23rd Street in Spirit Lake. Instead, the congregation will hold its Holy Eucharist service aboard the Queen II. Rev. Terry Dinovo will lead the service...
Arnolds Park Library news: End of summer reading bash
Our "Library Olympics" saw record numbers this year as the kids challenged themselves to read to each of the Olympic medal levels. So far the kids have read 8,920 books or chapters, and we had an average turnout of 105 kids for our summer programs which included: "Ready, Set, Sign-up," "Experiment, Exercise and Eat," "Science Center of Iowa: Fantastic Forces," "Blank Park Zoo: Animal Athletes," and "Library Olympics" held at Central Park (formerly known as City Park)...
Local business receives performance award
Local entrepreneurs Randy & Jeri Colsrud of Servpro of Estherville and the Lakes Area were recognized with the "Director's Gold" award for outstanding revenue performance during an Awards ceremony at the 47th Annual Servpro Convention. A record-setting group of more than 2,800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives attended the convention, which was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from June 26-30...
Medical assistant program at Iowa Lakes receives accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has announced it awarded continuing accreditation to the medical assistant program at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer. The recent peer review conducted by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and CAAHEP's Board of Directors, recognized the program's substantial compliance with the nationally-established accreditation standards...
This week at Lakeside Lab
Wild Wednesdays: "Pollination: The Bees and the Breeze" will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, in Waitt Lab. Wild Wednesdays are a fun, free, family-orientated program. How do bees pollinate plants? What kinds of plants need pollinated? Come to Wild Wednesday to find out...
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary celebrates club's philanthropy
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club will be recognized for years of philanthropic giving at its upcoming meeting at noon on Wednesday, July 27, at the Arrowhead Center in Okoboji. Jim Coloff, district governor, will recognize the club on behalf of Rotary District 5970...
New HIV diagnoses up 27 percent in Iowa
The Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) annual HIV Surveillance Report for 2015 found there were 124 new HIV diagnoses last year, an increase of 27 percent from the 98 cases reported in 2014. "This increase marks a return to the levels we saw in 2013 and is a reversal from the drop in cases from 2013 to 2014," Jerry Harms, Iowa Department of Public Health HIV and AIDS Surveillance coordinator, said...
FSA nomination process ends Aug. 1
The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to all farmer operators and agricultural land owners, whether they be a beginning or longtime producer, or whether they have a large or small operation. ...