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Rembrandt Foods to showcase new corporate office (09/16/14)
The company known for its egg products will be open to the public when the rooster crows on Friday. Rembrandt Foods officials invite the public to help celebrate new corporate offices at the Great Lakes Mall in Spirit Lake beginning at 7 a.m. They'll cut ribbon at the new location during an 8:15 a.m. ceremony. The open house continues until 10 a.m. The event includes an egg breakfast...
Fire damages unoccupied Spirit Lake home (09/16/14)
Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says a house may be uninhabitable following a fire in the overnight hours leading into Sunday. Firefighters were called at 3:08 a.m. on Sept. 14 to 1810 Lincoln Avenue in Spirit Lake. "We pulled up and we had fire showing on the northwest corner of the house," Daly said. ...
Livestock plan draws more comment, letter from county board (09/16/14)
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted to draft what they call a "factual letter" to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding a manure management plan proposed by Tom Kaiser. Kaiser plans to put a 2,400-head pig confinement facility in rural Milford. It would be located about 2 miles south and 3 miles west of Milford...
DJ found dead after show at hotel (09/16/14)
Shortly after serving as a DJ for a local performance, a man was found dead at King's Pointe resort Sunday morning. Storm Lake Police and Buena Vista County Paramedics were dispatched to the hotel after a man was found unresponsive in a public restroom north of the conference area...
Grape Escape returns for third year (09/16/14)
A one-night event has become the Lakes Regional Foundation's biggest annual fundraiser. The third edition of the Grape Escape wine tasting, dinner and auction brings in nearly $30,000 each year. And new to this year's dinner event is a change in venue. The Grape Escape is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Okoboji Classic Cars in West Okoboji. The event had previously been held at the Pearson Lakes Art Center...
Molloy offers solution to zebra mussel woes (09/16/14)
A public information meeting left several questions unanswered in relation to zebra mussels last Friday. Seats were hard to find inside Mahan Hall at Lakeside Lab as Dr. Daniel Molloy offered his take on the problem. Local DNR officers and protective association members are still looking for a solution to curb the invasive species...
HLP gears up for homecoming (09/16/14)
Harris-Lake Park homecoming week is Sept. 22-26. The homecoming court was recently announced and they include; Alexandra Luitjens, Morgan Eggers, Kaelyn Byers, Megan Hoover and Michaela Heikens for girls. The boys are Brady Van Iperen, Ryan Gembler, Skylar Cudmore, Kole Ruml, Luke Harmon, and Javier Tapia...
Narcisse bid for governor comes to Spirit Lake (09/16/14)
A former Polk County Democratic Party co-chair, talk radio host and Des Moines School Board member recently brought his third-party campaign for governor to Spirit Lake. With just over two months left before the election, Jonathan Narcisse sees an opportunity to move into the governor's home on Terrace Hill...
Commodores greet new Sackett Law Firm branch (09/16/14)
The Iowa Navy Commodores held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Sackett Law Firm's Spirit Lake branch on Friday, Sept. 12. Barry Sackett is the head attorney for the Spirit Lake branch. Sackett Law Firm was established in Milford in 1987. The family firm planted its roots in Spencer in 1918. ...
New recycling center director named (09/16/14)
The Dickinson Recycling Center offers local residents a way to responsibly dispose of certain products, and new manager Sawyer Marco is there to oversee all operations. Marco grew up in Worthington, Minnesota, and graduated from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in 2012 with an associate's degree in criminal justice. He then attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon for natural resources conservation...
CARING IOWANS GREW "LOVE TAKES ROOT" (09/16/14)
"They said that it would take six or seven years, providing that it could be done at all. They didn't know the people of northwest Iowa." That's what Barbara Wilkerson, an orthopedic nurse from Spencer, told the Ladies of the Lake Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, during her Sept.9 power point presentation on "Love Takes Root." She described how, in just three years, with donations and other support largely from Lakes Area residents, a volunteer group acquired a 3.5 acre site and built living quarters, a school, a medical center and a recreational area for children orphaned in Haiti's catastrophic hurricane.. ...
Spirit Lake mayor signs poppy day declaration (09/16/14)
Spirit Lake veterans will distribute buddy poppies on Friday, Sept. 26. Volunteer workers for the Spirit Lake Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) and its Ladies Auxillary will conduct their annual distribution of buddy poppies. Permission has been granted the VFW to have volunteer poppy settlers at designated locations. The VFW buddy poppy day is a highly respected and established program and serves a very useful purpose in helping disabled war veterans and their families...
Local third graders enjoy Ag-citing program (09/15/14)
Elementary students throughout the county received an inside look at the Clay County Fair last week. Since 1995, third-grade students have taken a field trip courtesy of the Clay County ISU Extension Office's Ag-citing program. A new addition -- "Sci-citing" was added to the Extension Office's programs this year. Farmers, livestock owners, professors, and Midway workers give students a first-hand and up close view of what the county fair is all about...
Hill Ave. collision sends one to LRH (09/11/14)
Mary Beck, 82, Okoboji, pulled out of the Presbyterian Church parking lot in Spirit Lake in a 2006 Subaru Legacy Outback around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 in an attempt to head south. As Beck pulled from the driveway onto Hill Avenue, she came into the path of Kelly Christensen, 26, Spirit Lake, in a 2003 Chevy Surbaban. ...
Livestock expansion near Horseshoe Bend draws passionate discussion (09/09/14)
The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday scheduled round 2 of a manure management plan public hearing for livestock expansion in the area of Horseshoe Bend. The public will have a second chance to comment about owner Tom Kaiser's plan for a 2,400-head pig confinement facility in rural Milford. The hearing will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community Building in Milford...
Iowa Lakes levy receives resounding support (09/09/14)
Voters in five counties gave Iowa Lakes Community College another decade of financial support following Tuesday night's special election. The 6 cent equipment replacement levy for Iowa Lakes Community College received 1,224 "yes" votes and 191 "no" votes for 86.5 percent support. The numbers may change slightly following an official canvass of votes in Kossuth County. That's when a handful of ballots from Winnebago County and Buena Vista County are added to the totals...
Dead bacteria could help reduce zebra mussel infestations (09/09/14)
DNR officials and ecology watchdogs have been bracing for an explosion of zebra mussels -- the imported and unwanted water intake clogging mollusks that have a a foothold in the Iowa Great Lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in November confirmed that boat hoists in East Lake Okoboji, West Lake Okoboji and Lower Gar Lake were showing signs of an entrenched zebra mussel population. ...
Iowa Lakes rolls out new robotics program (09/09/14)
A new program at Iowa Lakes Community College is addressing the growing need for extra factory robotic technicians. "The advisory board is really the push behind what we do at Iowa Lakes," said Doug Enger the program coordinator for the engineering tech program. "We meet with the different partners that we have in the industry, including GKN (an Estherville company), Polaris and Pure Fishing. They tell us and kind of dictate where they want that future employee to be at."...
Geo-caching picks up among outdoorsmen (09/09/14)
Dave and Kathy Schultz have explored portions of the country they never thought possible, thanks to a (Global Positioning Satellite) GPS-inspired game of hide and seek. Geo-caching has caught on among outdoor enthusiasts in part because it's a hobby that costs little or no money. Hunters only need a GPS tracker and an interest in exploration...
Resource officer provides sense of security (09/09/14)
Officer Daren Diers has become a familiar face who offers advice and support in the halls of the Spirit Lake High School. He arrived in the 2012-13 school year. The sophomores who met him in the fall of that school year will graduate this year. "I took my turn for a few years and decided that I really liked it," Diers said about the program. "So I have volunteered to be the school resource officer for the last several years."...

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