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Terril school building celebrates centennial (04/22/14)
If those walls could talk. The Terril school building celebrates its centennial Thursday, April 27 -- a tribute to a building that welcomed generations of students. Thursday's event will give former students and faculty members a chance to reminisce over century's worth of classes and extracurricular activities...
King targeted in Zuckerberg immigration reform ad (04/22/14)
A pro-immigration reform group backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is set to air campaign ads targeting U.S. Rep. Steve King. The Washington Examiner and Time.com say the pro-reform group FWD.us will air ads criticizing the 4th District Congressmen for his opposition to the ENLIST Act. ...
Milford hosts Public Safety Open House (04/22/14)
The area's firefighters, police officers and ambulance crew members are part of the community -- their job usually requires them to arrive at the worst moments of a person's life. That wasn't the case Monday. The county H.E.A.T. (High Risk Entry and Arrest) team rolled out their armored vehicle and the Milford Fire Department's prized classic, red fire engine was on display as part of an April 21 public safety open house at the Milford Fire Station...
Counties approve Silver Lake improvement study (04/22/14)
Lake Park is growing and Silver Lake is still a highly-regarded destination for visitors who want an out-of-the-way experience in the Iowa Great Lakes. But Lake Park City Administrator Wade Wagoner is concerned about his community's biggest selling point...
Plea agreement closes Spirit Lake murder case (04/21/14)
A December murder case that drew authorities to the outskirts of Spirit Lake came to a close with a hearing and series of court filings Monday. The Dickinson County Attorney's Office agreed to drop Tailer James Handsaker's first-degree murder charge as part of a plea agreement reached Monday. The Class A felony charge would have carried a sentence of life in prison...
A GLASS OF WINE & A SPLASH OF COLOR (04/21/14)
Creative Spirits Okoboji started with a simple enough concept -- teach a class the basics of canvas painting and encourage socializing and relaxation. Founder Barb Clayton's customers can have a glass of wine or beer while creating their own art. "The paint/sip concept is becoming nationwide, it's a booming industry," she said. ...
Police pursuit ends in OWI charge (04/21/14)
Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, April 20, the Spirit Lake Police Department attempted to stop a gold 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan for a traffic infraction. The driver, later identified as Timoty Higgins, 33, of Spirit Lake, refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit through city streets -- eventually heading east out of town on Highway 9. ...
Terril Elementary 100-year anniversary (04/18/14)
Next Thursday, April 24, the Terril Elementary is holding an open house in honor of the 100-year birthday of the building. The Terril School Building was built in 1914 at the cost of $50,000 thousand dollars. Keep an eye out next week for a full-length feature of the historic buidling...
Milford Fire Department to host safety open house (04/16/14)
The Milford Fire Department will host a series of exhibits as part of an open house, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Milford Fire Station. Planned presentations include a storm safety reenactment trailer used by the area's fourth-grade students, K-9 demonstrations by the Spirit Lake Police Department, a grain bin rescue program by Lake Park emergency personnel and other exhibits from emergency crews around the county. ...
Don't tell the fish -- Walleye Weekend no longer a 'live' tournament (04/15/14)
Walleye Weekend is filled with stories about "the one that got away." Now, it can be about "the one that passed away" as well. That's because the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce is making an important change to the popular Easter Seals fundraiser...
Arraignment date set in Estherville murder case (04/15/14)
A $2 million bond remains in place for an Estherville man accused in a late-February fatal shooting at the Green Acres Village, a residential complex on the east side of the city. Trial information filed April 9 formally charged 35-year-old Scott Sudbeck with first-degree murder on suspicion that he "did go to the residence of Michaela Jordan and did willfully, deliberately and with premeditation fire a hand gun at Michaela, striking her, which caused her death," according to court documents...
Local officials mark Tele-Communicators Week (04/15/14)
The three most important rules to remember in emergency response are location, location, location. "It's the number one thing we always need to know," said Jarrod Fischer, Dickinson County Dispatch Supervisor. "It's also important for us to know the county well. We need to know all the bays and different parks. We need to memorize everything. We use a lot of landmarks."...
City Seal design contest announced (04/15/14)
The city of Lake Park is conducting an art contest to design the official city seal. City seals should be circular, in color, and tell the history of Lake Park. The winner will get $50 and the runners up will get $25. The winning design will also be engraved into the city's stone sign adorning the building and appear on all city bonds, contracts, and proclamations...
YMCA to host spring Special Olympics (04/15/14)
Something big is happening Thursday, April 17, in the Iowa Great Lakes. The Special Olympics athletes from the North area will be coming to the Bedell Family YMCA to participate in the regional spring games. This will be the first year that the county will be hosting this special event. It is a huge undertaking, and the YMCA of the Okobojis employees, along with many dedicated volunteers, have been working for months to make this happen...
Construction planned for Highway 9 east of Spirit Lake (04/15/14)
Travelers between Spirit Lake and Estherville should prepare for a few delays in the upcoming months. The Iowa Department of Transportation will resurface both lanes of an 11-mile stretch of Highway 9 starting in May. The project is set to finish around the July 4 weekend...
Highway crossings approved for ATVs in Spirit Lake (04/15/14)
ATVs and off-road vehicles can now legally cross the highway in Spirit Lake at two intersections because of a decision by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The agency recently approved highway crossings at Peoria Avenue by Hy-Vee and 23rd Street near Lakes Regional Healthcare...
State fines Spirit Lake assisted living center (04/14/14)
SPIRIT LAKE (AP) -- The state has fined an assisted living center in Spirit Lake, saying it presents an "imminent danger" to residents. The Des Moines Register reports that Keelson Harbour Assisted Living has been fined $3,000. The state says the center has not adequately trained workers, used nonmedical staffers to inject diabetic residents and borrowed medical supplies from residents to meet other residents' needs. The center has 68 residents...
Sheriff's Office announces several area arrests (04/14/14)
Juveniles cited for drug charges Dickinson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a bonfire around 11:15 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Horseshoe Bend Campground. The four individuals there did not pay for a campsite and were there after hours. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office K-9, Sasha, was used to walk around the vehicles to check for illegal narcotics. One of the deputies located drug paraphernalia that had been tossed. One of the juveniles admitted that it was theirs...
Earth Day activities held at nature center (04/14/14)
Temperatures have begun to flirt with the 60s and 70s, the snow has melted and the ice is nearly gone, making way for next week's Earth Day celebrations Friday, April 18. The day is seen as an opportunity to shed awareness and appreciate one of the more spectacular planets in the entire solar system...