Cast named, ticket sales begin for Les Mis
The cast for the Iowa Lakes Community College community production of Les MisÚrables will include over 60 actors and actresses, including college students, adults, and children from northwest Iowa and Minnesota. Les MisÚrables is now the world's longest-running musical and seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries. The legendary classic sweeps its audience through a tale of passion and destruction and love and forgiveness in 19th Century France...
(UPDATED) Fire destroys Arnolds Park home
Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue crews are working with the State Fire Marshall's Office, but the group likely won't be able to determine the cause of a massive structure fire Monday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched at 3:05 p.m. to 184 Park Place just southwest of the Central Emporium. ...
RAGBRAI informational meeting date arrives
Preparing for a RAGBRAI overnight stop is a marathon, not a sprint, according to RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz. Now's the time to lace up the sneakers. The organizing committee for the Okoboji and Iowa Great Lakes overnight RAGBRAI stop is asking local residents to attend an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake...
World Day of Prayer kicks off ecumenical services
Friday's gathering of congregations will continue a Lakes Area tradition that goes back more than 35 years. Weekly nondenominational ecumenical services of the 2014 Lenten season are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 7. Area churches in Milford and Arnolds Park have been sponsoring the services since 1978...
(UPDATED) Two-vehicle crash results in injuries
Five people were taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare and damage totaled $12,500 following a two-car accident Monday afternoon in Spirit Lake. Police say 24-year-old Nicole Marie Hike had a green light and was traveling west in a 2006 Chevrolet Heritage High Roof wagon when she entered the Highway 71 intersection at 23rd Street near Lakes Regional Healthcare...
Treasure Village staff looks ahead to 2014 season
There's no such thing as an offseason for Treasure Village Creative Director Deborah Clark and Business Manager Linnea Lambert. While we are raking leaves and taking kids to homecoming week events, Clark and Lambert fit in time polishing three scripts for the upcoming children's theatre season at Treasure Village...
(Updated) Estherville man charged in shooting death
A 35-year-old Estherville man is being held on $2 million cash-only bond for his suspected role in a shooting death at the Green Acres Village trailer complex in Estherville. A 911 call brought the Estherville Police Department to 2302 3rd Avenue South, Lot 108 at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found 30-year-old Michaela Lynne Jordan of Estherville at the location. She was dead upon arrival from a single gunshot wound, according to a police statement...
Details still sketchy regarding Estherville shooting
Authorities at the Estherville Police Department say Chief of Police Eric Milburn is in charge of releasing future information about an apparent shooting in the Emmet County city Wednesday night. Iowa Lakes Community College Facilities Management Director Delanie Hiney sent out a text to provide students with an update early Thursday morning...
Sky Erickson case brings Wedebrand back to court
One of the youngest defendants in the Gregory Sky Erickson murder case will have a judge take a fresh look at his prison sentence. Judge David Lester on Feb. 18 ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and an April 21 resentencing hearing for Ryan Wedebrand...
(Not the last picture show after all) Pioneer Theatre owner readies for another season
The area's one-screen downtown movie theater has a little more time. Sharon Mayer on Tuesday confirmed plans to open Pioneer Theatre in Milford for the season on Friday, March 7. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" will be the feature. Mayer had doubts at the start of the year about the prospect of keeping doors open...
THE GIVING SPIRIT Local residents step up for baby on life support
All the Rubeck family can do now is wait. But they aren't waiting alone. April and Ryan's seven-month old son, Roman, is currently on life support waiting for a heart transplant in Rochester, Minn. Several hundred residents back home in Spirit Lake have come together to raise funds for Roman's new heart...
Steady stream is key to safe water lines
City and water utility administrators throughout Dickinson County are encouraging residents to monitor their water lines if they want to avoid costly damage. The advisories are a symptom of the deep frost from an unusually cold winter. "Really, you don't know until you don't have it (water)," said Ron Newman of Lakes Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Spirit Lake. ...
G-T schools ready for 2nd annual Feb Fest
The Graettinger-Terril Community School District is getting ready for a second-annual event aimed at strengthening the bond between faculty members and families. Feb Fest will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Graettinger-Terril High School in Graettinger...
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW Road crews work long hours, dodge motorists to clear streets
Josh Vanderweide had just put his three children to bed when his thoughts immediately turned to the snow falling outside his window. A storm blew through the area earlier in the day, but Mother Nature conspired to undo the snowplow operator's hard work. Vanderweide would soon make the dark, slippery drive from his Spencer home to Spirit Lake to help clear snow from the downtown streets...