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Memories of Vern & Coila's for Hall of Fame band Spectrum 70 (08/29/14)
In late 1970 a band called Spectrum 70 began playing regularly at Vern & Coila's Supper Club on the south shores of West Lake Okoboji. The band's upcoming induction into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame brings mixed feelings to its members. Inductee Clark Marshall of Spencer said he had two reactions when told the band was to be honored...
Streit tapped for Hall of Fame honors (08/29/14)
HALL OF FAME FEATURE Steve Streit strapped on a guitar and started performing 47 years ago. Only 15 at the time, he entertained all over the United States before returning to his roots in Milford to settle down and raise a family. His years of performing and the scope of his work have garnered him induction into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 31...
Daly's volunteerism garners him Spirit Award (08/29/14)
HALL OF FAME FEATURE The Iowa RockNRoll Music Association (IRRMA) gives a Spirit Award each year during the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to a person for continuing to keep the music alive and thriving. Steve Daly of Spencer is an honoree for 2014...
Some missing property located, burglary investigation continues (08/28/14)
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance with a burglary investigation. Numerous items have been recovered that were believed to be stolen from the areas of East Lake Okoboji, Center Lake, and in and around the city of Spirit Lake, on the night of Saturday, Aug. 23 into Sunday, Aug. 24...
Okoboji woman faces cocaine, mushroom charges (08/28/14)
An Okoboji woman was transported to the Clay County Jail on numerous drug charges. The investigation began when a Clay County deputy made a traffic stop at about 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and confronted the driver. Upon further investigation, marijuana was located and 22-year-old Asia Re Naye Visocsky was placed under arrest...
Inductees lured to Lakes Region for Hall of Fame weekend (08/26/14)
The 2014 edition of the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular is a three-day event filled with entertainment, camaraderie and events for all ages. "We have planned many events for people of all ages to enjoy," said IRRMA President John Senn. "The inductees come from all over the country and beyond. We want them and their families, as well as area residents and visitors, to enjoy a great time all weekend long."...
Search for veteran's stolen ashes continues (08/26/14)
Relatives of the late Bobby Rickman say they have contacted authorities and are seeking the public's help after the veteran's cremated remains were reported missing from an Arnolds Park residence. Rickman's granddaughter, Kathy Stockdale, released the family's hand-written request for tips on Tuesday. She thinks the theft took place sometime between Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25...
Reinsbach, Pederson cruise to special election wins (08/26/14)
Milford's appointed mayor and appointed city council member will continue to serve their community through the 2015 election cycle. William J. Reinsbach received 340 votes for mayor from the 368 ballots cast for 93.2 percent support in Tuesday night's special election to fill vacancies...
Branstad tours Lake Park data center (08/26/14)
Gov. Terry Branstad was on hand Thursday, Aug. 21 to christen a new $1.4 million data center just outside of Lake Park. A grand opening was held for the Great Lakes Communication Corporation facility. A small crowd of supporters enjoyed tours and listened to a short presentation from Branstad...
VAC names new executive director (08/26/14)
The Board of Directors of the Voluntary Action Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Peterson as its new executive director. Peterson has lived in the area since 2006 and has recently worked as a freelance writer doing publicist work for various organizations and as a grant writer and nonprofit consultant. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in new media journalism in order to bring the VAC to a new level of community engagement...
Branstad visits nature center (08/26/14)
Dickinson County Nature Center had the honor of hosting a reenactment of the signing of Senate File 2349 by Gov. Terry Branstad Saturday, Aug. 23. About 20 members of the public attended the event outside the Okoboji nature center. President of the Iowa Great Lakes Association Bill Van Orsdel introduced Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds who made a few remarks before passing the podium off to Gov. Branstad...
Lake Park announces second treasure hunt (08/26/14)
The first Lake Park treasure hunt was completed after just the first clue was announced Monday, Aug. 25. The winner will be revealed Friday at 1:30 p.m. during the Lake Park flag raising ceremony. "After having only the first clue, we have a discoverer of the Lake Park medallion," said Lake Park city administrator Wade Wagoner. "We will endeavor to make the clues more difficult in future hunts."...
OHS music students take talents to East Coast (08/26/14)
The Okoboji High School Music Department provides students the opportunity to travel to the East Coast to perform and see historic sites once every four years. This allows students who participate in music one chance to take part in this trip. No student is required to go on this trip and the trip is paid for by fundraising projects so no school or tax dollars are used...
College to open new S.E.R.T. building in Estherville (08/26/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College will take a huge step forward in its ongoing effort to be as green -- and sustainable -- as possible when it opens a new educational building next week on the Estherville campus. A ribbon will be cut to officially mark the opening of the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (S.E.R.T.) facility at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28...
Local entries fare well on grand stage (08/26/14)
It's been the focus of a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical and the New York Times called it one of the 1,000 places to see before you die. The Iowa State Fair routinely attracts more than 1 million visitors -- and a healthy number of northwest Iowans pass through the gates...
Milford interim city administrator submits resignation (08/22/14)
Interim city administrator Mark Stevens will submit his letter of resignation as part of Monday's Milford City Council meeting. "Due to my upcoming move to Des Moines, I am no longer able to actively serve as the interim city administrator for Milford," he wrote in an Aug. 21 letter obtained from the clerk's office. "My last day will be Aug. 29, 2014, and I will resign from the administrator/clerk position that day."...
Campers ready for Labor Day weekend (08/21/14)
Most of the campsites with electricity in Iowa state parks available for reservation have been snapped up for weeks ahead of the Labor Day holiday. The unofficial end-of-the-summer holiday remains one of the more popular weekends during the peak camping season...
Branstad, Ernst headline GOP event (08/20/14)
Republican party supporters ate sandwiches under umbrellas Wednesday night as a pair of high profile candidates took the stage for a campaign push. Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst will be at the top of Iowa ballots on Nov. 4. Branstad was governor from 1983 to 1999. He moved into the private sector, then returned to office following the 2010 election cycle. The Republican is seeking his sixth term as governor in 2014...
Lake Park announces treasure hunt (08/20/14)
The city of Lake Park is ready to have a little fun with its residents. A city-wide treasure hunt begins Monday, Aug. 25 with the release of the first clue. Residents will look high and low for a medallion featuring the city's new city seal. "We are trying to bring attention to art in our community," said Lake Park City Administrator Wade Wagoner. ...
Milford candidates prepare for special election (08/20/14)
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday as Milford residents fill a seat on the city council and decide their selection for mayor. William J. Reinsbach was appointed to serve as mayor by the Milford City Council. He is also the only mayoral candidate to meet the filing deadline for the Aug. 26 ballot...

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