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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Traffic had to be redirected near the intersection of Keokuk Avenue and Highway 9 in Spirit Lake following a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were called at about 12:53 p.m. to the location near the Spirit Lake Fareway grocery store... >>
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Traffic had to be redirected near the intersection of Keokuk Avenue and Highway 9 in Spirit Lake following a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were called at about 12:45 p.m. to the location near the Spirit Lake Fareway grocery store... >>
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For 58 summers, Broadway-quality musicals and plays have been performed on the Okoboji Summer Theatre stage. It appears the 59th season will be no exception. According to OST Executive Director Ruth Ann Burke, several improvements are underway to insure a memorable experience for each of the... >>
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A key step in the court process has been delayed for an Estherville teenager who faces a first-degree murder trial next month. Judge David Lester on Tuesday postponed a hearing to consider Lee Christensen's motion to have the first-degree murder charge dismissed. The hearing was also a chance for... >>
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District Associate Judge David Larson has scheduled a June 2 preliminary hearing for a Spirit Lake man who is accused of possessing child pornography. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday arrested 41-year-old Chuck Juhl on 10 counts of being in possession of "a visual depiction of... >>
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Because of the sacrifices in the past, we can enjoy freedoms not found in other parts of the world. Memorial Day brings avenues of flags, 21-gun salutes, the playing of taps and colorfully adorned cemeteries. Four communities in Dickinson County will hold ceremonies on Monday to honor the men and... >>
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For the past several months, the Pearson Lakes Art Center was searching for a new executive director to replace the resigning Tim Hoheisel -- but a speaking engagement changed that. Bob Kirschbaum spoke at rotary meeting earlier this year in Spirit Lake. A board member from the art center heard the... >>
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The Spirit Lake woman involved in the car accident last week is listed in fair condition and continues to recover at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls. Kathryn Kline was struck by a 1999 Dodge Dakota around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, on Highway 71 near Taco John's... >>
For the past several months, the Pearson Lakes Art Center was searching for a new executive director to replace the resigning Tim Hoheisel -- but a speaking engagement changed that. Bob Kirschbaum spoke at rotary meeting earlier this year in Spirit Lake. A board member from the art center heard the... >>
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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday arrested a 41-year-old Spirit Lake man for sexual exploitation of a minor. Chuck Juhl was charged though the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with 10 counts of purchasing/possessing material... >>
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The Spirit Lake Police Department responded to a call around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, May 19, of a woman who was struck by a 1999 Dodge Dakota on Highway 71 near Taco John's in Spirit Lake. Police say Kathryn Kline, 39, of Spirit Lake was crossing the highway when 87-year-old Earl Millikan of Lake Park... >>
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The Spencer Dream Center Executive Director and pastor of DaySpring Assembly of God Church has stepped down in the wake of an ongoing criminal investigation. Tom Morse, a DaySpring Assembly of God board member, confirmed that Rev. Kevin Grimes resigned moments before a scheduled worship service... >>
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For more than a century, people have visited Arnolds Park Amusement Park to go on rides, indulge in a variety of foods and explore the history of the region. This year, the tradition continues. Arnolds Park Amusement Park will launch its 126th season with a free ride night from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May... >>
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It's hard to imagine today's Grammy nominees hopping into a bus with a faulty heater or unfolding maps for travel over northern Iowa's snow-covered back roads. Back in 1959, any musician with a record deal and dreams of a better life followed the lead of regional promoters -- there is a generation... >>
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A new location and expanded offerings were showcased this week during the grand opening of Northwest Bank's new facility in downtown Spirit Lake. The 8,000-square-foot building is located on Highways 9 & 71 near the Dickinson County Courthouse (1008 18th St.)... >>
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During his 31 years as a Spirit Lake officer, Rodney Bakker has been deployed on countless patrols, filled out numerous reports and responded to a copious amount of calls. But soon he will turn in his badge. The lieutenant plans to retire at the end of the week. His final day on the force is... >>
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Graettinger-Terril Elementary students got a little messy while they played in dirt on a rainy afternoon last week. Each class at the school participated in a tree planting activity Wednesday, May 11, where 16 trees were rooted into the ground. Barb Jacobson, a first-grade teacher at... >>
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Don't expect an alcohol ban on any of Iowa Great Lakes beaches in the near future. But that might not be the case for two beaches -- Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek -- near Cedar Rapids. The ban considered for southeast Iowa's parks is in response to the high number of alcohol-related incidents... >>
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Three people were injured following a head-on collision Thursday evening. Emergency crews were called at 4:24 p.m. to the 26oo block of 190th Avenue. The crash site was on a gravel road southwest of Milford and less than a mile from the Clay County line... >>
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Authorities have released additional details about a two-car crash along Highway 71 in Dickinson County. The crash took place at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of Highway 71 near the 250th Street intersection. Deputies say 81-year-old Francis Hoffrichter of Milford was southbound... >>

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Community Briefs
Area student rolls at Mid-America Pinewood Derby (05/25/16)
Chayce Forbes received a box containing a block of pinewood, four plastic wheels and a set of axles earlier this year. The Cub Scout and fourth grade student at Harris-Lake Park Elementary sanded, drilled and used his pinewood creation to advance to the Mid-America Pinewood Derby Nationals on May 7 in Omaha...
Spirit Lake celebrates Northwest Bank Location (05/24/16)
Market President for Northwest Bank's Lakes Area Dan Kitzinger cut a ribbon Wednesday, May 18, to officially open the bank's new location in Spirit Lake. The new 8,000-square-foot building is located at 1008 18th Street near the Dickinson County Courthouse. ...
Iowa Lakes seeks junior journalists for camp (05/24/16)
Junior Journalists is a new camp being offered by Iowa Lakes Community College for kids ages 9 to 13. Through engaging and interactive games and projects, campers will learn the five "W"s, how to identify reliable sources, as well as different types of digital media. ...
Christian women to meet (05/24/16)
Okoboji Christian Women's Prayer Connection will meet at 11a.m. Wednesday, June 1 at the Bird House Cafe in Milford. Everyone will pay for their own lunch. This is a time of fellowship, prayer for others and finalizing plans for the luncheon on June 15 at the Okoboji Bible Conference. No reservations are necessary for the prayer connection and whey would love to have everyone join them. For questions call Marvis at 712-330-0671...
Ladies night out planned (05/24/16)
Okoboji Ladies Night Out Prayer Connection will have a meeting at the Okoboji Store at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. No reservations are necessary. This is a time of fellowship, prayer and planning for the coming months. A Bible study has also started for this group or any ladies in the area who are interested at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night in the community room at Arnolds Park City Hall...
Diabetic support group to gather (05/24/16)
The Spirit Lake Area Diabetic Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 6. Chelsi Jahn, LMSW with NW Iowa Council Season Center, Spirit Lake office, will present Diabetes, Emotions, and Eating. 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. Jahn will address these aspects of change of living with diabetes for the diabetic, for the family, and friends...
Iowa Lakes choir to be on IPTV (05/24/16)
The Iowa Lakes Community College Chamber Choir will be featured along with seven other choirs on Iowa Public Television at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 6 for the broadcast of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. For the 100th Year Celebration, the Sioux City Symphony invited the Iowa Lakes Choir along with the choirs of Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, Northwestern College, University of South Dakota, Western Iowa Tech Community College, the Sioux County Oratorio, and the Siouxland Master Chorale to perform in a mass choir.. ...
Unitarians to host gaede (05/24/16)
How do we encounter people who are different from us? How do we reach out, especially in our current political climate of distrust and disconnection from our neighbors? The third principle calls us to acceptance of one another, but does "one another" mean only our fellow UUs, or is it even broader?...
Extensioin to host grant-writing workshop (05/24/16)
A grant writing workshop is scheduled to be presented in Dickinson County June 2 for representatives of nonprofits, local government and schools. Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications. The workshop will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Dickinson County Extension office, 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension -- Dickinson County...
Water quality volunteers sought (05/24/16)
Summer is just around the corner, and so is the 2016 lake monitoring season. Volunteers are needed to assist with checking the water quality of Dickinson County lakes with the Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project coordinated by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. ...
Single Spirits to meet (05/24/16)
Single Spirits of Spirit Lake will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, in the Spirit Lake Public Library community room at 702 16th St. Please use the door at the northwest corner of the 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...
Minecraft camp coming to Iowa Lakes (05/24/16)
All area youth, in grades 6-12, are welcome to participate in Minecraft Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-7 and June 13-14 at the Spencer Iowa Lakes campus in room 117. The camp will also be held at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9 at the Emmetsburg campus in room 330...
Commodores welcome The Oakwood Inn (05/24/16)
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed The Oakwood Inn to the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, May 20. Owners Bill and Bridget Johnson purchased the inn and bed and breakfast in April. Oakwood Inn is located at 2525 41 Street in Spirit Lake. The Victorian style building has 11 rooms and people may book a room at theoakwoodinnokoboji.com...
WALLEYE WEEKEND WINNER: Spencer man catches $2,778 walleye on East Lake (05/24/16)
The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Steve Quail of Spencer has caught one of 10 tagged Walleye from the 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend that was held May 7-8 in the Iowa Great Lakes. The tagged walleye was caught at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, on East Lake Okoboji. Quail took the walleye to Stan's Bait & Tackle in Milford, an official weigh-in station for the tournament...
Spirit Lake could benefit from 'tweener' hospital legislation (05/24/16)
Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake is among the organizations that could benefit from a bipartisan bill proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley. Grassley included the Spirit Lake medical center among four "tweener" hospitals in Iowa and many others nationwide in a hospitals bill from the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. ...
Rosenboom announces $16 million expansion in Sheldon (05/24/16)
A company with Spirit Lake ties announced plans for an expansion in northwest Iowa. Rosenboom Machine and Tool Inc. has been selected to supply two key components for the suspension system of the U.S. Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, called a JLTV...
Brownmed acquires Joslin Orthopedic Gear (05/24/16)
Brownmed, a leading manufacturer of quality-of-life medical equipment patients, announced on Monday that it has acquired Joslin Orthopedic Gear and its line of stretch-to-fit arm slings, all of which are designed to provide maximum patient comfort. The announcement came from Brownmed's executives offices in Boston. The company also has a 81,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Spirit Lake. Sales are based out of Kansas City...
Brownmed acquires Joslin Orthopedic Gear (05/24/16)
Brownmed, a leading manufacturer of quality-of-life medical equipment patients, announced on Monday that it has acquired Joslin Orthopedic Gear and its line of stretch-to-fit arm slings, all of which are designed to provide maximum patient comfort. The announcement came from Brownmed's executives offices in Boston. The company also has a 81,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Spirit Lake. Sales are based out of Kansas City...
'Sting' Ray Anthony PLAC concert approaches (05/24/16)
"Sting" Ray Anthony is back again for another great evening of entertainment. He is one of the most acclaimed tribute artists representing the 1950s and 1960s in music today, and is endorsed by the Ritchie Valens estate with his unparalleled tribute to Ritchie Valens and other rock 'n' rollers. Sting Ray has delighted audiences up on their feet dancing and singing the greatest songs ever written wherever he performs...
TWO SHOWS ADDED: Rock the Roof schedule begins (05/24/16)
The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association is pleased to announce the 2016 schedule for the Rock the Roof Concert Series. The Thursday night concerts at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park will kick off with The Trademarkz and Interstate Cruisers set to perform on June 9...
New photo book features Iowa Great Lakes (05/24/16)
A new coffee table book will be released in the Iowa Great Lakes region this Memorial Day weekend titled "Okoboji: Over 160 Years of History and Images." This pictorial history features more than 400 vintage through recent images and provides readers with an opportunity to learn about the history that shaped their community...
Kayaking Adventures camp offered to area youth (05/24/16)
Spending time on the water is the best part about summers in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Teens and pre-teens can learn a new way to enjoy the waves with the Kayaking Adventures day camps through the Dickinson County Conservation Board 8:30 a.m.-noon June 15-16 for ages 8-12 and 8:30 a.m.-noon June 22-23 for ages 13-18...
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour returns to Events Center (05/24/16)
Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live at the Clay County Regional Events Center, Thursday, Dec. 15. Complete ticket information, including on-sale dates, will be announced this summer...
IGL Recording celebration takes shape (05/24/16)
The Lakes Region will be rocking and rolling during the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Iowa Great Lakes Recording Company and the band Dee Jay & the Runaways. A day and evening of events, including a book signing for the newly released IGL Recording studio History, are scheduled for Saturday, July 16 in the Roof Garden at Arnolds Park...
Inn at Okoboji celebrates 120 years (05/24/16)
An Iowa Great Lakes icon is kicking off its 120th year in Okoboji. The Inn at Okoboji Resort will be kicking off the season this Wednesday, May 25 with a pre-season social from 5:30-7:30. The social will include several stations serving various menu items available at the Landmark Café all summer long as well as punch and birthday cake in honor of the resort's 120th Birthday...
Gardner Cabin set to open for season (05/24/16)
Abbie Gardner Cabin docent Ed Purdy held up a poster board with the word perseverance printed on it. He asked a visiting class of students what they thought it meant and then revealed the definition written below the word, "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success."...
2016 Dickinson County Fair Queen Sought (05/24/16)
The Dickinson County Fair Board is seeking candidates for the 2016 Dickinson County Fair Queen position. The new Dickinson County Fair Queen will be crowned at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on stage at Arnolds Park Amusement Park prior to the Casey Muessigmann/LOCASH concert, which is sponsored by Oak Hill Marina in Arnolds Park...
Spirit Lake Library news: 
Local author tells 160-year history of area (05/24/16)
Cris Hedgpeth will be doing an author visit to talk about her book at the Spirit Lake Public Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Copies of her new coffee table book will be released in the Iowa Great Lakes Region this Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season...
Campus News 5-25 (05/24/16)
Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa, has announced the honor list for the spring semester. Students on the honor list are full-time and have achieved an average grade point of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The students are to be commended for their fine performance in their respective fields. Honorees include:...
Milford Library news (05/24/16)
Join Jeff Cookinham for a volunteer-led evening computer class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Do you have questions about computers or need some help with something? Jeff will be here to answer all of your questions. An open meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Milford Memorial Library will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1...
Area Students Excel at SkillsUSA (05/24/16)
For the 16th straight year, an Algona High School Broadcast Team will advance from the Iowa SkillsUSA State Championship, held recently, to the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer. Conner Yi and Gabby Holmes competed in the TV/video production category. The gold medalists took a broadcast test, then videotaped and edited a one-minute promotional piece...
Trustees set tuition at Iowa Lakes for upcoming year (05/24/16)
The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees approved the tuition and fees for the 2016-17 college year at a its meeting Tuesday afternoon in Spirit Lake. In-state student tuition will be $167 per credit hour. Those living in Minnesota will pay $172 per credit hour. Non-residents and international students will pay $178 per credit hour. Mandatory fees are not changing. Some fees for specific academic programs have been adjusted to reflect actual costs charged to the programs...
Summer Game Design Camp offered (05/24/16)
Summer can be a great time to sharpen new skills in interests other than what happens in day-to-day classrooms. The summer Game Design Camp, at the Spirit Lake campus of Iowa Lakes Community College, can give high school and soon-to-be high school students a chance to design their own video games...
Harris-Lake Park students receive leadership award (05/24/16)
Tessa Ihnen and Cale Hellinga have been awarded the American Youth Foundation's National Leadership Award and the I Dare You Scholarship, in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership. The award was presented by Mr. Travis Popken, Harris-Lake Park Secondary Principal, at their award ceremonies held at the Harris-Lake Park High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 11...
Artist-in-residence studios set to open (05/24/16)
The public is invited to attend the first in a series of Lakeside Artist-in- Residence- Open Studios at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Pammel Lab on the Lakeside campus. Mark Koven, Corey Smith, and Scott Dickson will be on hand to discuss and share their work. Together their mediums of work include drawing, printmaking, painting, collage, music composition and more...