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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. ...
'Laker Zombieland' planned for Iowa Lakes homecoming (10/21/14)
Students at Iowa Lakes Community College will celebrate a "Laker Zombieland" homecoming-themed after the popular movie Zombieland -- Oct. 24-Nov. 1. Organizers are encouraging graduates of Iowa Lakes and the public to show their Laker pride and participate in the planned activities...
Rock4Vets (10/21/14)
The tradition of honoring all United States Military Veterans continues with the annual Rock4Vets event presented by the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association. Rock4Vets 2014 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11 -- Veteran's Day -- in the ballroom at Village West on the west side of West Lake Okoboji...
Late harvest but bigger yields (10/21/14)
Area farmers may be looking at some long days as harvest nears crunch time. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said corn and soybeans are running behind schedule, but the late harvest won't effect yields. "I think statewide we will have one of our best harvests -- we are hearing of some big yields," Northey said. ...
Ernst makes area stops on 99-county tour (10/21/14)
About 100 people set aside a portion of their Monday night to hear Republican U.S. Senate Joni Ernst at Parks Marina in Okoboji. With the Nov. 4 general election just around the corner, Ernst is crisscrossing the state on a 99-county tour in her quest to reach out to as many constituents as she can face-to-face. ...
Dickinson County youth enjoy Pheasants Forever hunt (10/21/14)
"They cleaned us out," Rod Sheldon said with a smile as he talked about last Saturday's Dickinson County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. "We had 42 youth hunters attend along with 60 adult volunteers. They went through 1,300 clay targets. We cooked 200 brats and 200 hamburgers, and there were only half a dozen of each left."...
Arnolds Park man earns national customer service award (10/21/14)
Arnolds Park resident Randy Kelley was recognized this month by his employer, Mediacom Communications, for earning top honors in the company's national awards program that recognizes employees for exceptional customer service. Kelley earned the national gold "Payment Center Representative of the Year" award...
La Rue wins prestigious Ace Cory award (10/21/14)
The 9th annual Ace Cory Conservation Award was presented to Chris La Rue, wildlife management biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, at the 2014 annual meeting of the Okoboji Protective Association.
La Rue was born and raised on a Family Century Farm near New Sharon in south-central Iowa. ...
Former Iowa Lakes student returns to share success stories (10/21/14)
After graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College with a degree in commercial art in 1983, Bob Holt began a new career that would take him some big places. Due to today's technology, sending e-cards has become a standard way to wish someone a "happy birthday," "happy holidays," or just to brighten up someone's day. Some of the most popular e-cards circulating the web feature the hilarious Hallmark duo "hoops&yoyo."...
Fall Festival returns for third year (10/21/14)
Batman, Spiderman, wizards, ghosts, goblins and even a Buzz Lightyear or two will take over the Roof Garden Saturday. The third annual Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce Fall Fest is set for Oct. 25. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. area children and their families can enjoy several Halloween-themed activities at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park. A portion of the rides at Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be open during the two-hour event as well...
Walleye Weekend check presented (10/21/14)
Tom Kuhlman, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, presented Krable Menzterof Easter Seals Iowa with a check for $16,114.82. These funds were collected during the 33rd Annual Great Walleye Weekend this past May 3-4. The 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend will be held May 2-3, 2015. Visit www.okobojichamber.com for updates and a calendar of events...
Conservation board receives grant for gardens (10/21/14)
The Dickinson County Conservation Board received a $6,200 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund to expand the native gardens outside the nature center's Butterfly House within Kenue Park in Okoboji. This grant funding will be used toward three specific additions in and around the existing gardens...
Iowa Lakes shooting sports club awarded $10,000 grant (10/20/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College has received word that it is the recipient of a grant which will help the college develop a shooting sports club at the collegiate level. The National Shooting Sports Foundation grant provides funds of $10,000 which will greatly aid the club as they recruit and retain students in the Iowa Lakes region...
Grosvenor wins the "Tournavelt" at Des Moines Roosevelt (10/20/14)
Hannah Grosvenor followed her Lincoln-Douglas championship at Heelan last week by winning the championship at Roosevelt in much the same way. She was the top speaker, again, and she avenged a preliminary round loss by defeating the same debater in the final round. ...
Company gives back with roof promotion (10/17/14)
Fifty-two nominations came in and they were all deserving, according to Devon and Amber Oberman. The couple operates Roof Guard and the company recently completed a free roof giveaway promotion. Nominations of 100 words or less came through Facebook. Others were dropped off at Bomgaars or the Boondocks convenience store in Arnolds Park. They each suggested a family in need that was deserving of some help...
Chainsaw sculpture spruces up yard (10/17/14)
Two summer storms inspired an artistic fall home improvement project at the Carole Lochmiller home. The Spirit Lake resident found a way to spruce up her lawn with the help of an artist, a few chainsaws and a broken tree. Duane Nelson of Jackson, Minnesota spent most of Monday, Sept. 29 building a sculpture out of a bur oak tree at Lochmiller's home at 212 18th Street. Nelson uses chainsaws to create figures out of wood --including Indian chiefs and animals big and small...
(Updated) Polaris launches Slingshot motorcycle line (10/14/14)
A centerpiece of a $20 million expansion at the Spirit Lake Polaris Industries plant is ready for the showroom. Company officials on Thursday formally launched its Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycle line. Polaris President and COO Bennett Morgan and Slingshot Vice President Mike Jonikas joined Spirit Lake Plant Director Brian Hines for the event...

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