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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

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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...
Simulation provides glimpse into lives of struggling families (04/09/14)
A surprising amount of Iowa families struggle to pay their bills or even make ends meet, according to statistics. But Thursday's poverty simulation in Okoboji wasn't about a spreadsheet. It was a chance to show residents how poverty impact real families in the Iowa Great Lakes. More than 100 community leaders and concerned citizens came out for the simulation at Good News Community Church in Okoboji. The event was sponsored by Dickinson County ISU Extension and the Priority One Coalition...
Okoboji takes runner-up spot at jazz championships (04/09/14)
Okoboji's musicians once again found their familiar spot in the evening finals at the Iowa Jazz Championships. The band, under the direction of Greg Forney, finished second in a Class 2A field dominated by talented western Iowa bands. Alta-Aurelia took top honors and finished ahead of Okoboji for the second consecutive year...
Fast-growing Rembrandt announces new headquarters (04/09/14)
One of the top egg-producers in the world is moving its headquarters to Spirit Lake. Company President Dave Rettig said the move -- from Okoboji to the Great Lakes Mall along Highway 9 -- is part of a next phase of development for Rembrandt Enterprises...
HIGHWAY 9 SEARCH ENDS IN TRAGEDY (04/08/14)
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office along with the Ocheyedan Fire & Rescue, Osceola County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa DNR investigated a report of a missing individual on Tuesday. A search of the town of Ocheyedan and the surrounding area resulted in finding the body of John Michael Dirks, 48, in a ditch along Highway 9. He was pronounced deceased by the Medical Examiner...
Okoboji RAGBRAI logo and theme revealed (04/08/14)
Okoboji RABRAI officials will showcase the area's chain of blue water lakes as part of a theme to greet thousands of bicycle riders this summer. "Ride the Chain" will be the theme for the Okoboji RAGBRAI stop Sunday, July 20. The theme and logo were unveiled in front of an anxious crowd Wednesday, April 2 at Rabab's in Okoboji...
Annual Easter egg hunt set for Saturday, April 12 (04/08/14)
The forecast bodes well for the annual Dickinson County Easter Egg Hunt slated for Saturday, April 12. Hundreds of kids from all over will descend upon the Spirit Lake Little League fields at 10 a.m. in search of 4,000 coveted Easter eggs. The yearly event is sponsored by the Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis. Club member Brooke Tomlinson handles coordination of the popular spring activity...
Residents split car drop prize (04/08/14)
The heavily decorated, red Sunrise Kiwanis car plunged into the icy depths of Smith's Bay early Sunday evening. It means spring is close at hand and someone will have a little extra cash in his or her pockets. Make that two people. The Car Drop fundraiser came to an end at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in West Lake Okoboji, according to a water-sensitive timepiece on the vehicle...
IGHSAU announces girls soccer rankings (04/08/14)
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union recently announced its preseason soccer rankings. In Class 1A, Davenport Assumption earned the top spot coming off a 19-1 overall record and a state championship in 2013. In Class 2A, last year's champion Cedar Rapids Xavier is the early favorite after a 19-1 overall record. In Class 3A, last year's runner up Dowling Catholic returns as the early favorite after a 18-3 record last year and a 1-0 loss to state champion Ankeny in 2013...
OHS students to perform Charlotte's Web (04/07/14)
A wondrous pig and an intelligent spider are the focus of Okoboji High School's annual spring play in "Charlotte's Web" April 11-12. Written by E.B. White in 1952, mysterious words keep appearing in a web (Charlotte) and a young little pig (Wilbur) becomes famous as two creatures form an inspiring bond. It's a story familiar with generations and generations of families and is quite the contrast from last year's play "The Pride and Prejudice."...