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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Long-time restaurant closes its doors (10/28/14)
An "insane" 37-year run will come to an end Thursday evening. Mrs. Lady's Mexican Restaurant will close its doors at 8 p.m. Oct. 30. It's a time that just felt right, owner Carole Hinders said. "I'm 67, I'm tired and I'm ready for retirement," she said. "We have decided to sell and look elsewhere for our entertainment, if you will. My son isn't doing well enough to take over operations and endure the toll restaurant work takes on you."...
Fisher named to SL city council (10/28/14)
The Spirit Lake city council on Tuesday appointed Donna Fisher to the open city council seat left by Clyde Ihrke. Ihrke resigned from public office Sept. 30 to take a position as the Spirit Lake building and zoning official. He had three years left on his current city council term...
Two candidates vie for county recorder's office (10/28/14)
The county's incumbents want to stay in office and many of them do not face an opponent on the ballot. There is one exception: Democrat Anita Sorensen met the filing deadline to challenge incumbent county recorder Ann Ditsworth. Fellow Republicans William Leupold, Mardi Allen and Paul Johnson appear poised to return to their Dickinson County Board of Supervisors seats during the Nov. ...
King, Mowrer clash in Storm Lake debate (10/28/14)
From the beginning, it was clear this would be a no-holds-barred affair. For one hour Thursday night, Storm Lake was the center of the Iowa political universe, as incumbent Steve King and challenger Jim Mowrer traded sharply-worded accusations in the one and only debate between the combatants for the 4th District congressional seat. Issues ranged from immigration to Ebola, the Farm Bill to terrorism...
State Bar Association gives judges high marks (10/28/14)
Results from The Iowa State Bar Association's biennial survey of judges standing for retention in this year's general election were tabulated. Attorneys evaluated the 70 district court judges and two court of appeals judges based on 12 performance characteristics (10 for members of the court of appeals) specified in the survey. ...
Loras Poll: Braley-Ernst race remains too close to call (10/28/14)
The contentious race between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst remains too close to call one week before Election Day, according to results released today by Loras College Poll. Braley garnered support from 45.3 percent of the more than 1,100 likely voters during polling last week, while Ernst received 44.2 percent. ...
Hope Haven acquires Echo Plus (10/28/14)
Two northwest Iowa agencies are joining forces. Hope Haven Incorporated out of Rock Valley has acquired Echo Plus -- a local nonprofit organization. Executive director David VanNingen said the Echo Plus name will remain but will now be an entity of Hope Haven facilities. The transition becomes official in December...
OHS presents Bye Bye Birdie Nov. 14-15 (10/28/14)
Okoboji High School students will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. "Bye Bye Birdie" is one of the most captivating musical shows of all-time. It is a satire telling the story of a rock 'n' roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the Army...
'Amp Up the Music' comes to Iowa Rock NRoll museum (10/28/14)
The "Amp Up The Music" winter exhibit in the Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum will be introduced at an open house on Saturday, Nov. 1. A unique display of vintage and rare amps used on entertainment stages as far back as the early days of rock 'n' roll will be highlighted in the museum located on Lake Street in Arnolds Park...
Dickinson County Republicans schedule election 2014 activities (10/28/14)
Mike Koenecke, Dickinson County Republican Chairman, has announced the Republican events that will take place through Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 4. The traditional Republican Caravan will be Saturday, Nov. 1 beginning with coffee and a rally at the Hy-Vee in Spirit Lake. ...
Sholly named IGL watershed coordinator (10/28/14)
Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently announced Jim Sholly as the watershed coordinator for the Iowa Great Lakes. A native of Spencer, Sholly earned his bachelor's degree in wetlands ecology from Bemidji State University before joining the Iowa DNR in 2007. After three years with the fisheries bureau, Sholly moved to South Dakota State University to pursue a graduate degree in natural resource management...
New charity event hopes to bring awareness (10/28/14)
Creative Spirits and the JY6 Foundation have partnered to bring a new charity event to help promote awareness of childhood cancers. Canvas for Cancer will give attendees an opportunity to create their own canvassed painting for a cause. On Thursday, Nov. ...
Okoboji students earn top honors at All-State band auditions (10/28/14)
OKOBOJI STUDENTS EARN TOP HONORS AT ALL-STATE BAND AUDITIONS On Saturday, October 25, five students from Okoboji High School competed with 1,000 of the finest musicians from Northwest Iowa for the privilege to perform in the 2014 Iowa High School Music Association's All-State Music Festival. ...
Iowa all-state music (10/28/14)
Congratulations is in order to the seven Spirit Lake High School students that were selected to the Iowa All-State chorus after auditioning in Storm Lake Saturday, Oct 25. The students are; Selected after the first round of auditions: Carly Ites - soprano, Reagan Colt -- alto, Mikaila Gondreau - alto. ...
Halloween arrives in the Iowa Great Lakes (10/27/14)
Neighborhood sidewalks are soon to be filled with the sounds of eager children and spooky music. Local police departments have a few safety tips for families out on the hunt for candy on Oct. 31. A universal tip is to never trick-or-treat alone. "Wear reflective clothing and always travel in pairs," said Milford Police Chief Vernon Flack. "And be very careful crossing the street."...
2014 prep football playoff pairings announced (10/25/14)
The Iowa High School Athletic Association posted its postseason pairings ­and fans will notice some changes this year. Match-ups are reshuffled after each round ­­-- there are no brackets. The Association also focused on limiting travel distances to less than 125 miles for the first round. District champions won't be paired up until at least the quarterfinals...
Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (10/22/14)
The owner of an Arnolds Park business on Wednesday received a sentence of two years and nine months following an Internal Revenue Service investigation into her tax returns. Veronica Fairchild of Canistota, South Dakota was found guilty of four counts of tax fraud following a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls. The three-day jury trial took place June 24-26. She was indicted by a grand jury on July 9, 2013...
Lake Park crews called out to area fires (10/22/14)
Lake Park fire crews responds to a pair of rural fires over a five-day span and fire Chief Brandon Ehret said both fires were contained with a minimal amount of property damage. The department was called at about noon Tuesday to the Kevin Zinn farm in rural Lake Park...
Milford firefighters receive Sullivan award for valor (10/21/14)
They didn't all arrive on the same truck, but Doug Heller, Josh Lieb, Casey Carpenter and Captain Russ Bell of the Milford Fire Department all went up to the second floor of a burning hotel complex together. The men were trying to get to room 205 of the Rodeway Inn in the early morning hours of Sept. 30, 2011. They knew three guests were trapped and they risked their own safety to get them out...
UDMO kick starts annual Adopt a Family program (10/21/14)
Plans are once again coming together for the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Adopt a Family program. The local Spirit Lake UDMO office is accepting applications now for the annual program, which help less-fortunate families during the holiday season. "It's a program that the entire community can participate in," said Upper Des Moines Opportunity Dickinson County Outreach Director Annette Eckert said. ...

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