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IGL Chamber names new CEO (09/30/14)
A familiar name -- and voice -- will be the new face of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Jeff Thee, longtime local television host Jeff Thee was recently named the organization's president and CEO. The Spirit Lake City Councilman will succeed Tom Kuhlman, who served the chamber for the past 33 years. Kuhlman announced his retirement in the spring of 2014...
YMCA ready to cut ribbon at Healthy Living Center (09/30/14)
The signs are up, the equipment is ready and the Bedell Family YMCA is ready to celebrate. The organization invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Healthy Living Program Center at 802 Lake Street in Spirit Lake. Ceremonies begin at 12:15 p.m. ...
Pate brings Secretary of State bid to Spirit Lake (09/30/14)
Republican Secretary of State candidate Paul Pate encouraged families to remind their servicemen and servicewomen about Iowa's early voting process during a roundtable discussion Tuesday afternoon in Spirit Lake. The candidate also said Iowa could do more to reduce the possibility of fraud in the voting process...
Harvest off to slow start, but growers expect big yields (09/30/14)
A wet June and cool conditions since the start of July have crops maturing at a slower pace compared to recent seasons, according to Paul Kassel, a ISU Extension Field Agronomist. But, he said the 2014 pace isn't all that far off from historic norms...
Mau Marine plans Wharf changes (09/30/14)
A property that can be traced back to 1866 is getting a makeover. The restaurant formerly known as The Fisherman's Wharf, officially closed last month. The location, which is just off Highway 71 immediately north of the Okoboji bridge, will remain an eating establishment, but with a new name, menu and look...
Okoboji set to begin homecoming week (09/30/14)
Homecoming festivities at the Okoboji High School begin Friday, Oct. 3 with an assembly at 8:15 a.m. in the high school gym. The student council will announce the spirit days and competitions for the following week Oct. 6-10. The homecoming court will also be announced at the morning assembly...
Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course to host first tournament (09/30/14)
The clang of plastic hitting metal and the sound of chains rustling often ring through Kenue Park as people take on the challenge of the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course. Players are invited to compete in the first tournament on the property Saturday, Oct. 11, as the Siouxland Tour has its finals in Okoboji. Finals tournament director Luther Lampert said registration starts at 8 a.m. with tee off at 9 a.m. The cost to enter is $20...
Plymouth County man sentenced to prison for meth conviction (09/30/14)
The Iowa Great Lakes Task Force and Spirit Lake Police Department are credited for their roles in a federal conviction involving methamphetamine sales in northwest Iowa. Jason Moore, 30, from Le Mars conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced Sept. 11 to more than 11 years in federal prison. He received the prison term after an April 25 guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine...
Two teens die, four injured in head-on accident near Storm Lake (09/30/14)
Two teenagers lost their lives in a collision on a gravel road at 570th Street northeast of Storm Lake Monday morning. A 911 caller reported a collision involving a passenger car and a pickup, half a mile east of County M50 at approximately 10:45 a.m...
Campgrounds, lakes still have plenty to offer (09/29/14)
If summer brings a buzz of activity to the Iowa Great Lakes, then fall offers guests a chance to get away from it all. The days are cooler. The docks are less crowded and the fall months typically bring out some of the most passionate and laid back outdoor enthusiasts...
Rembrandt opens new headquarters (09/23/14)
Attendees were treated to an egg breakfast during the grand-opening of the new Rembrandt Foods headquarters Friday, Sept. 19. Jeff Peterson, Rembrandt Foods CEO, spoke to a crowd of approximately 100 Friday, Sept. 19 during the ribbon cutting ceremony. He thanked the numerous companies and employees who were instrumental in the move. The new corporate office is located in the southwest corner of the Great Lakes mall, moving from its former Okoboji location...
Supervisors draft letter opposing livestock expansion near Milford (09/23/14)
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to send a certified letter to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that will call on the state agency to reconsider and deny the application for a hog building construction project near Horseshoe Bend Park...
Milford Council selects Houge to fill city administrator opening (09/23/14)
Milford officials didn't have to look far to find their next city administrator. Turns out, LeAnn Houge was there the whole time. She was deputy city clerk when Klaussner Home Furnishings closed its factory, leaving 105 employees without jobs. She was also at city hall when city leaders put together an incentive package to bring rapidly-growing Polaris Industries to the vacant building in south Milford...
Early general election voting begins Thursday (09/23/14)
The number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Monday. Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day...
Oktoberfest ready for 23rd ride (09/23/14)
Temperatures in the mid-70s, beers, laughs and old stories will greet riders for the 23rd annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest bike ride Saturday, Sept. 27. "A lot of people don't know, but Oktoberfest actually just started last weekend in Germany so we are right on schedule," said bike ride director Ken Hanson. "We always get riders saying 'Oktoberfest in September, huh?' Well the real one is actually just getting warmed up right now."...
Vandalism reported at Gull Point Chapel (09/23/14)
A quiet chapel tucked in the backwoods of Gull Point State Park was damaged recently in what is believed to be a case of vandalism. The chapel windows were broken and a nearby stone wall was dismantled at some point Sunday or Monday. The incident was brought to Iowa DNR park ranger Tim Richey's attention Tuesday morning...
Currell steps down from SL School Board (09/23/14)
A position has opened up on the Spirit Lake School Board. Julie Currell, who's term expires in 2015, is moving with her family out of the district. She submitted her resignation from the position during last week's board meeting Monday, Sept. 15. "Julie was a terrific communicator," said Spirit Lake Community School District Superintendent David Smith. ...
G-T/R-A to begin homecoming week (09/23/14)
Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire celebrate homecoming week Sept. 29 - Oct. 3. The 2014 homecoming court king candidates are Ethan Eldridge, Kodi Ferguson, Taylor Hauge, Cody Thompson, Marcus Girresand and Bodi Rouse. The queen candidates are Holly VonEhwegen, Ashton Tonderum, Lauren Flaharty, and Whitney Westergard...
PLAC host short film festival entries (09/23/14)
Filmgoers in the Lakes Region will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at 6:30 p.m. ...
Alzheimer's event spreads awareness (09/23/14)
Some walk for their grandma. Others walk for their husband or uncle. Others walk for a friend or a son and some even walk for themselves. Sunday's fourth annual northwest Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer's is a chance for everyone to show support and spread awareness for a devastating and crippling disease...

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