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The 35th annual U of O Winter Games were held Jan. 23-25. Below are the results from a number of the weekend events. BROOMBALL -- 16 TEAMS First Place -- Fairmont Martins of Fairmont, Minnesota Second -- Designated Drinkers of Sibley Third --Winkelhox of Hull...
Okoboji School Board approves plan for new 5-8 building in Milford (01/27/15)
The Okoboji School Board on Monday approved a two-phase plan for middle school construction near the high school building in Milford. Voters will use a pair of elections to decide if the plans become a reality. The first election, on April 7, would finance $14.7 million for the academic portion of new middle school construction near the high school through the physical plant and equipment levy, or PPEL...
PLAC reveals new executive director (01/27/15)
To Tim Hoheisel, history is art. As the new Pearson Lakes Art Center executive director, Hoheisel hopes to bring his passion for history to an organization that already boasts an extensive history of its own. He takes over for long-time art center director Tom Tourville, who stepped down in 2014...
Vos joins DCN for second semester (01/27/15)
The Dickinson County News is pleased to welcome Okoboji High School senior Anna Vos as she joins the staff for a journalism internship during the second semester. Vos said she is excited to join the DCN as she develops her writing skills and explores the field of journalism...
A Look Behind the Scenes of Chili Cook-Off (01/27/15)
The Dickinson County Expo Building was still fairly quiet at 3 p.m. Friday as participants put the finishing touches on their booths and chili recipes. The annual chili cook-off is one of the most popular events of the University of Okoboji Winter Games. ...
Bank Midwest enters Sioux Falls market (01/27/15)
By June, Bank Midwest hopes to start making an impact in the Sioux Falls banking community. The bank, which has three locations in Dickinson County, recently finalized the purchase of a building in the downtown Sioux Falls. They hope to open the doors by this summer...
Lake Park to decide fate of winter decorations (01/27/15)
A friendly stand-off has erupted in Lake Park. Many residents believe it's time to put the town Christmas decorations back into summer hibernation, while others view the giant 'Frosty' as a winter-long decoration. City administrator Wade Wagoner isn't being completely serious when he describes the kerfuffle as a "major crisis."...
Triton Jazz Festival held at Iowa Lakes (01/27/15)
The second annual Triton Jazz Festival was held on the Iowa Central Community College campus Jan. 15-16. Twenty-one jazz bands from Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools performed for a panel of judges, who provided clinical critiques. A gallery of images from all of the performing schools can be found on Iowa Central's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/iowacentral...
Area schools take home second-place honors at Iowa Lakes (01/27/15)
Central Lyon finished just ahead of Harris-Lake Park in Class 1A and Storm Lake edged Spirit Lake in Class 3A during the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Band Contest on Wednesday. "Congratulations to these and all the musicians and band directors who participated and made this year's 1A and 3A Jazz Band Contest a huge success," said Carol Ayres, Instrumental Music Professor at Iowa Lakes. ...
Fishermen's Hospital is focus of Iowa high school students (01/27/15)
Fishermen's Community Hospital of Marathon, Florida was recently the focus of a group of visiting Iowa high school students. Ten Spirit Lake High School seniors interviewed CEO Hal Leftwich about the hospital's operation, comparing it to Lakes Regional Hospital in Iowa...
Program connects art, nature (01/27/15)
Earth without art is just eh. Dickinson County Conservation environmental education coordinator Karess Knudtson certainly thinks so. An artist herself, Knudtson sees the profound impact when people realize the connection between art and nature. The conservation board is hoping to educate people on this connection through a new series called Art & Nature being implemented at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji...
Kapco offers golf during winter months (01/27/15)
From the luscious, roaming greens of the Old Course to the breathtaking scenery of Pebble Beach, golf purists can travel the golf world without leaving northwest Iowa. Using Full Swing Golf Simulators, virtual vacations are booked to world-famous courses each winter at Kapco Indoor Golf in Spirit Lake...
Spencer Hospital purchases Milford Clinic (01/23/15)
Spencer Hospital has been the primary provider for services at the Milford Clinic located at 2004 Okoboji Avenue. A vote by the Spencer Hospital Board of Trustees means they'll own the location as well. The board approved the $473,000 building purchase on Thursday. No official closing date is set...
Come inside for more Winter Games XXXV activities (01/22/15)
Sure, thick ice and a robust layer of snow add to the festive spirit of the University of Okoboji Winter Games. But, crisp conditions aren't for everyone and there are plenty of events on the schedule for folks who want to leave their boots and mittens behind. Additional information, including registration forms for many events, can be found at www.uofowintergames.com...
Winter Games 35 has plenty of selections for food (01/22/15)
From a zesty cup of chili to an indulgent bite of chocolate, the 2015 Winter Games makes it impossible for participants to go away hungry: FRIDAY, JAN. 23 BREAKFAST KICKS OFF WINTER GAMES The Get Up & Go Kick-off breakfast will be held from 6-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Ritz in Arnolds Park. The event is presented by radio station KUOO...
Brave the elements for Winter Games fun -- Outdoor Events (01/22/15)
Just think of the January's winds as an invigorating pick-me-up. The University of Okoboji Winter Games were founded on outdoor competition and events have been added over the years. Note: Some events have been moved off the ice and other changes may not be reflected in the listings below...
Spirit Lake students take the polar plunge (01/20/15)
Tuesday morning's bone-chilling plunge started with the warm hearts of Spirit Lake High School students and faculty members. The group took a dip in West Lake Okoboji for the inaugural "Freezin' for a Reason" polar plunge -- a fundraiser for Spirit Lake families battling cancer, including the Walz and O'Neal families...
Local Polaris centers make room for electric motorcycle line (01/20/15)
The product catalog may be getting a little thicker for Polaris Industries. The company on Thursday, Jan. 15, announced the acquisition of Brammo Inc. of Talent, Oregon. The purchase extends a financial relationship Polaris had with the West Coast company. Brammo motorcycle production will be moved to northwest Iowa...
Spirit Lake moves closer to Blue Zones certification (01/20/15)
Snow and cloudy skies didn't keep Blue Zones officials away at the start of the week. The representatives met with community and businesses leaders from Spirit Lake Monday and Tuesday. They were also treated to a city-wide tour Tuesday morning. Spirit Lake received Blue Zones community designation in the winter of 2012. ...
Okoboji Schools to decide middle school project Monday (01/20/15)
The Okoboji School board on Monday will hold a special meeting to determine the best plan for construction of new middle school classrooms in the district. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Okoboji District Office. Board members are expected to consider four construction scenarios at the special meeting. Voters would likely consider funding for the project as part of an April 7 special election...

Photo galleries
Winter Games Freeze Your Fanny (01/28/15)
2014-15 Okoboji Wrestling (01/28/15)
This gallery contains photos of the Okoboji wrestling team from the entire 2014-15 season.
Winter Games Chocolate Classic and Galleria (01/27/15)
CHOCOLATE CLASSIC & GALLERIA - 11 ENTRIES First Place -- Mr. Fudge of Spirit Lake Second -- Creative Cakes by Mindy of Spirit Lake Third -- Mary Abbott of Spirit Lake
Winter Games Flag Football (01/27/15)
Flag Football -- 12 teams 1st Place -- Dream Team 2nd Place -- Noorrvv 3rd Place -- Raw Dawgs
Burning of the Greens (01/27/15)
Winter Games Polar Plunge (01/27/15)
Winter Games Broomball (01/27/15)
Broomball -- 16 teams 1st Place -- Fairmont Martins of Fairmont, MN 2nd Place -- Designated Drinkers of Sibley, IA 3rd Place -- Winkelhox of Hull, IA
Chili Cook-off (01/26/15)
Winter Games Frozen Fanny Fat Tire Race (01/26/15)
Winter Games Human Dog Sled Races (01/26/15)
The first ever human dog sled races were held at Parks Marina on Saturday.
Winter Games Disc Golf (01/26/15)
Winter Games ATV Races (01/26/15)
35th U of O Winter Games (01/24/15)
View photos taken during the 35th annaul University of Okoboji Winter Games.
Consider it an appetizer before the main course: The 35th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games Weekend was off to a fast start Thursday night with the Tiki in the Tent Locals Party featuring the Battle of the Bartenders at Parks Marina. Events...
Spirit Lake Polar Plunge (01/20/15)
Students from the Spirit Lake J-term Winter Rec class as well as many other high school students and even one faculty member took the polar plunge in Arnolds Park this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 20) to raise money for local families.
Milford Holiday Fantasy (12/11/14)
Mild weather greeted the area residents who attended Milford Holiday Fantasy, a weekend festival coordinated by the Milford Commercial Club. Events included Girl Scout bake sales, a visit with Santa Claus and story time with Mrs. Claus. The free...
Spirit Lake apartment fire (12/07/14)
Here are a few photos from a massive apartment fire Sunday, Dec. 7 at Hille Avenue and 16th Street in Spirit Lake.
Spirit Lake City Hall (11/18/14)
The new Spirit Lake city hall opens to the public Thursday, Nov. 20. An exclusive tour was given to staff writer Brandon Hurley for a sneak peek of the finished product on Monday, Nov. 17.
2014 Fall Fest (10/27/14)
The third annual Fall Fest was held Saturday, Oct. 25 in Arnolds Park amidst temperatures that climbed into the 60s. Several hundred families enjoyed activities in the Roof Garden including cookie decorating, a costume contest and a handful of...
OHS Homecoming (10/13/14)
Okoboji's homecoming week was Oct. 6-10. Brandon Lamb and Ana Vos were honored as Okoboji High School homecoming king and queen Friday, Oct. 10 during a pep rally. Also included on the 2014 homecoming court were, from left; Kim Naatjes, Peace...
Oktoberfest bike ride (09/29/14)
The 23rd edition of the U of O Oktoberfest bike ride was held Saturday, Sept. 27. Temperatures in the mid-70s greeted the nearly 500 riders for the annual celebration of fall. Participants were treated to a 27-mile ride as well as German-style...
Harris-Lake Park homecoming coronation (09/25/14)
The Harris-Lake Park homecoming coronation was held last night (Wednesday, Sept. 24) in the HLP elementary gym. Skylar Cudmore and Kaelyn Byers were named homecoming king and queen. Other members of the court included, Morgan Eggers, Michaela...
Spirit Lake Homecoming parade (09/19/14)
The Spirit Lake homecoming parade was held this afternoon (Friday, Sept. 19). Here are a few photos from the celebration.
Spirit Lake Homecoming coronation (09/18/14)
The Spirit Lake Homecoming coronation was held last night (Sept. 17) in the Sami Bedell Center. Trevor Jensen and Josie Hoien were named king and queen.
Bee and Butterfly Festival (09/08/14)
The annual Bee and Butterfly Festival was held Friday, Sept. 5 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Residents enjoyed several different bee and butterfly-themed arts and crafts as well as a bee keeper presentation and a puppet show.
Labor Day Weekend (09/02/14)
The unofficial last weekend of summer went off with a bang. The Labor Day weekend crowd enjoyed the annual Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame Spectacular Saturday and Sunday. Vacationers also enjoyed one last opportunity experience the Iowa Great Lakes,...
Smoke on the Water (08/19/14)
Organizers adjusted two popular events and created an enjoyable weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes. A massive company expansion prevented Polaris from hosting its annual Victory Motorcycle Rally weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes, but officials still...
Car enthusiasts were out and about this past weekend for the 36th annual Old Iron Company Micro-Mini Nationals are set for Aug. 8-9 -- a weekend rod run and car show in Arnolds Park and Spencer. The event began Friday, Aug. 8 at the Clay County...
Art in the Park (08/04/14)
The annual Art in the Park show was held Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Preservation Plaza. Nearly 100 artists from the Midwest displayed their work.
Lake Park Farmer Appreciation Days (08/04/14)
The 30th annual Lake Park Farmer Appreciation Days were held Aug. 1-3.
2014 Milford Pioneer Days (07/28/14)
The annual Milford Pioneer Days were held July 25-27 which included a parade and many other activities.
34th Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous (07/26/14)
The 34th edition of the Boat Rendezvous was held Saturday, July 26 in Arnolds Park.
Hairball Concert (07/21/14)
Hairball performed Sunday, July 20 in the Preservation Plaza for the Okoboji RAGBRAI overnight stop.
Okoboji RAGBRAI Gallery #2 (07/21/14)
RAGBRAI Overnight stop (07/20/14)
U of O Homecoming (07/19/14)
The 37th annual University of Okoboji Homecoming continued throughout the weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes. The University of Okoboji Marathon will began Saturday at 6 a.m. at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Many marathon entrants from across the United...
Color Dash (07/14/14)
The inaugural Color Dash was held Saturday, July 11. The event was hosted by the Bedell Family YMCA and the Pearson Lakes Art Center.
Dickinson County Relay For Life (07/14/14)
The Dickinson County American Cancer Society Relay For Life was held Friday, July 11 in Arnolds Park.
BRASL riders endure weather (07/14/14)
A soggy Saturday morning wasn't able to dampen the fun for several BRASL riders on July 12. The long-running ride featuring routes of 15, 25, and 50 miles travel leaves downtown Spirit Lake and travels around Big Spirit Lake and into Minnesota. The...
Seaplane lands on West Lake (07/09/14)
A seaplane landed on West Lake Okoboji on Sunday. We were fortunate enough to gain the help from several of our readers who submitted photos of the unusual scene.
Fourth of July Weekend (07/06/14)
Emergency Crews (07/02/14)
The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called at about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday to a car fire in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Heavy smoke was coming from the hood of a red, two-door Monte Carlo as firefighters arrived. Officers with the Spirit Lake Police...
University of Okoboji Campus Ride (06/30/14)
The U of O Cycling Classic was held Saturday morning.
Spirit Lake Cruise In (06/30/14)
The annual Spirit Lake Cruise In was held Saturday, June 21 along Hill Avenue.
Dickinson County Scholarship Luau (06/23/14)
The Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation, with support from the Spirit Lake Campus staff and the Lakes community, hosted the 10th Annual Scholarship Luau at the Barefoot Bar in Okoboji on Thursday, June 19. Damon Dotson provided the musical...
Vettes in the Park (06/22/14)
The annual Vettes in the Park event was held this weekend. Check back later as we add more photos to the gallery.
Polaris car fire -- As it happened (06/20/14)
The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called out to a fully-engulfed car fire near the entrance of the Polaris Industries parking lot near Highway 71 in Spirit Lake. The fire was reported at about 1:40 p.m. on Friday. At least two fire trucks, an...
Storm Aftermath (06/17/14)
Here are a few photos from the aftermath of the huge storm system that hit the Iowa Great Lakes on the evening of Monday, June 15. Power was knocked out in parts of the area for more than three hours.
University of Okoboji Youth Soccer Classic (06/07/14)
The University of Okoboji Youth Soccer Classic began its 37th year with a record 51 teams in 2014. The event begins with the color and pageantry of opening ceremonies at the Okoboji High School. The first matches began at 9 a.m. Saturday and...
2014 Lake Park Memorial Day Ceremony (05/27/14)
Retired Marine Captain Wayne Fisher admonished the nearly 200 people attending the Memorial Day Program in Lake Park to remember that "all gave some and some gave all."
Milford Memorial Day 2014 (05/26/14)
LaVonne Siemers gave attendees a history of the Avenue of Flags and First Sgt. Steve Anderson of the South Dakota National Guard was the keynote speaker for Milford's annual Memorial Day ceremony. Milford's Boy Scout troupe was on hand to help...
2014 Okoboji High School Graduation (05/26/14)
The Okoboji Class of 2014 included 49 students. Class colors were maroon and silver, class flower was the white rose and the class motto was "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail."
Spirit Lake Memorial Day Ceremonies (05/26/14)
The Spirit Lake Memorial Day services were held Monday morning on the Courthouse lawn. Commander Denny Perry read off the 14 names added to the pool of flags. Marilyn Strickland, daughter of a World War II veteran, was guest speaker and spoke of why...
2014 Spirit Lake High School Graduation (05/25/14)
Spirit Lake commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2014 were held Sunday, May 25 in the new gym. Class colors are black and silver and the white rose was the class flower. The class motto was "I see now that the circumstances of one's...
Graettinger-Terril Graduation 2014 (05/19/14)
Twenty-six Graettinger-Terril seniors received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies Sunday at the Graettinger-Terril gymnasium. The Class motto was "Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today." Class colors were black and white...
Harris-Lake Park Commencement (05/19/14)
The Harris-Lake Park class of 2014 graduated Sunday. The class motto was "Together we have experienced life. Separately, we will pursue our dreams. Forever, we will hold on to our memories."
LRH construction sneak peek (05/13/14)
Coming up in tomorrow's issue = A look into the LRH construction of a new birthing center, surgery center and a new east entrance. Here is a sneak peek of the tour our reporter Brandon Hurley was given. Check back later today for a full-length...
Epic Iowa Road Trip (05/09/14)
The Iowa Tourism's Epic Iowa Road Trip made a stop in the Iowa Great Lakes yesterday afternoon. Stay turned next week for more on the tour stop.
Hales Slough grass fire (05/05/14)
Shortly before 3:30 p.m. May 5 the Spirit Lake Fire Department was called out to a grass fire at Hales Slough on the east side of Big Spirit Lake.
Walleye Weekend (05/05/14)
The 32nd annual Walleye Weekend took place May 3-4 in the Iowa Great Lakes.
Spirit Lake Prom (05/02/14)
Okoboji High School Prom (04/28/14)
Okoboji students attended a "Roaring Twenties" Jr.-Sr. Prom Saturday night in Milford. The grand march took place at 7:30 p.m. A dance followed at Boji Bay Pavilion. Additional photos can be found at dickinsoncountynews.com.
Harris-Lake Park Prom (04/28/14)
The car parade and red carpet entrance are traditional favorites for Lake Park residents and families. Couples and friends arrived in everything from a limousine to a horse-drawn carriage before walking a red carpet into Harris-Lake Park Elementary...
Public Safety Open House (04/22/14)
A public safety open house was held last night (April 21) at the Milford Fire Station. Safety officials grilled hot dogs and burgers and families toured different stations and vehicles of agencies throughout the county.
Earth Day (04/21/14)
Families young and old enjoyed the annual Earth Day festivities Friday, April 18 at the Dickinson County Nature. Various hikes, presentations, and crafts were held to stress the importance of nature as well as shed light on the beautiful landscape...
Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt (04/12/14)
Ideal weather greeted egg hunters and their families Saturday at the Spirit Lake Little League complex. Most of the plastic eggs contained candy and a few included tickets for larger prizes. The event is coordinated each year by the Spirit Lake Noon...
Minds in Motion (04/07/14)
Elementary students showcased their projects Thursday, April 3 as part of the Minds and Motions event.
OHS spring play (04/07/14)
The Okoboji High School theater department held a rehearsal for "Charlotte's Web" on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 2. The play will be performed for audiences Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. Read about the play in Wednesday's edition of the...
Okoboji RAGBRAI Logo (04/03/14)
The Okoboji RAGBRAI logo and theme were revealed last night. The theme is Ride the Chain! Find out more in Wednesday's edition of the DCN.
Arnolds Park house fire (03/03/14)
2014 Regional Basketball: Okoboji vs. Pocahontas (02/24/14)
2014 Regional Basketball: Spirit Lake vs. Unity Christian (02/24/14)
2014 Regional Basketball: Harris-Lake Park vs. Boyden-Hull (02/24/14)
2014 Regional Basketball: GT/RA vs. George-Little Rock (02/24/14)
81st Shayla Bee Family (02/19/14)
Mike and Nikki Schupbach were greeted by supporters with the Shayla Bee Fund Saturday, Feb. 15. Their baby boy, Knox, was diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot -- a heart defect, a week after he was born. The eight-month old underwent surgery in...
Winter Games Hockey (01/28/14)
Winter Games Extravaganza (01/28/14)
Winter Games Flag Football (01/28/14)
Winter Games Freeze your Fanny bike ride (01/28/14)
Winter Games Chocolate Classic (01/28/14)
Winter Games 34 Misc. (01/28/14)
Winter Games Softball (01/28/14)
Winter Games 34 Misc. 2 (01/28/14)
Winter Games Sports (01/27/14)
Winter Games 34 Chili Cook Off (01/27/14)
The Milford Commercial Club used the past weekend to say thank you to the customers and merchants who make each holiday season a success in the community. Holiday Fantasy Weekend featured a well-attended soup and chili feed. The Milford business...
Lights, Camera, Christmas (12/05/13)
The Spirit Lake 5th and 6th graders presented their Christmas musical this morning at the Sami Center. Many other grades performed throughout the morning as well.
Spirit Lake car fire (11/20/13)
Freedom Rock dedication (11/11/13)
The dedication of the Freedom Rock and Veteran's Memorial was held Saturday, Nov. 9 in Lake Park.
Spirit Lake Veteran's Day program (11/11/13)
The Spirit Lake Veteran's Day program was held on Monday morning at the Sami Bedell Center. Denny Perry was the key-note speaker.
OMS Veteran's Day program (11/08/13)
The Okoboji Middle School hosted their Veteran's Day program on Thursday afternoon. A handful of vets were honored and Jim Kessler of Lake Park was key-note speaker. OMS also invited veterans to lunch and 31 attended on Thursday.
The second annual Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Fall Festival was held Saturday in Arnolds Park. Hundreds of children enjoyed activities, including cookie decorating, painting, bean bag toss, a prize wheel and a costume contest. The lower level of the...
Families enjoyed various Halloween activities amid a cool and breezy afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Horseshoe Bend. The innagural Family Fall Festival was held in support of the Dickinson County Conservation Board. Children of all ages enjoyed...
Harris-Lake Park Homecoming (10/08/13)
Harris-Lake Park students had a memorable week as they welcomed back alumni for homecoming week. Bailey Heikens and Dalton Snow are the school's royalty for the 2013-14. Other members of the court were Jennie McClain, Macy Gunderson, Megan Garms and...
Okoboji Homecoming (10/08/13)
Students in the Okoboji School District broke out the maroon and white for a busy week of homecoming activities. Abby Taylor and Gabe Goehring were named homecoming queen and king. A parade followed Friday's pep rally and coronation. Other members...
Spirit Lake Homecoming (10/08/13)
Spirit Lake High School held their annual Homecoming Coronation Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Sami Center. Matt Hibma was announced as the 2013 King. Bailey Loveall was selected as the 2013 Queen. Also pictured are Carter Hassel, Abbey Horsman, Justine...
Spirit Lake car fire (10/01/13)
Spirit Lake rescue workers were called to the scene of a car fire late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 71 and 30th Street. The fire originated in the area of front passenger side of the Lincoln Towncar shortly after 4 p.m.
Oktoberfest Bike Ride (09/30/13)
LRH Construction (09/26/13)
Construction crews are roughly 12 months along in a $20 million expansion of the east side of Lakes Regional Healthcare. The expansion will be home to a new birth center, surgery center and a new patient registration area. The project is set to be...
Graettinger-Terril Homecoming (09/18/13)
Spirit Lake City Hall Demolition (09/10/13)
Local contractors began tearing down the Spirit Lake City Hall Monday morning.
71st Shayla Bee Family (09/04/13)
The April and Ryan Rubeck family was greeted by the Shayla Bee Foundation last Wednesday, Aug. 28. Their son, Roman, has been having some heart complications. The family was presented with a number of gifts.
The Dickinson County Nature Center staff enjoyed good turnout for the annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday. The festival included games, activities and butterfly releases. It's synchronized with the weather-influenced migration patterns of...
The Iowa Great Lakes Region hosted musicians and music industry icons from all over the country on Labor Day Weekend. The 2013 Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame Induction recognized seven bands, seven individual performers, two...
Spirit Lake School rennovatioins (08/27/13)
This is just a few of the pictures taken during an exclusive tour of the Spirit Lake School construction. Pictured are views of the new weight room, a commons area, locker rooms and other general upgrades. The projects are all expected to be...
Terril Fun Days (08/19/13)
The Terril Fun Days were held over the weekend. Activities included inflatables, bags, balloon animals, face painting and much more.
Victory Rally (08/19/13)
The annual Victory Rally was held in the Iowa Great Lakes over the weekend. Thousands of bikers descended on the area for a weekend packed full of activities.
Habitat for Humanity (08/19/13)
The most recent Northwest Iowa Corridor Habitat for Humanity family was introduced on Sunday, Aug.18 in Lake Park. The Newton family, Kris and John, along with their children, were treated to a brief ceremony. Read more about the project in...
The jewelry sparkled. The rows of classic cars did, too. Throw in some sunny weather at the area's annual sidewalk chalk festival and visitors had plenty of options for weekend entertainment. On Saturday, Aug. 10, A Piece of Work, Inc. hosted the...
Art in the Park (08/05/13)
The annual Art in the Park event was held on Saturday in Arnolds Park. More than 100 artists put their artwork on display for all the public to browse.
Lake Park Farmer's Appreciation Days (08/05/13)
Classic and Wooden Boat Show (07/30/13)
The 33rd Annual Classic and Wooden Boat show was held on Saturday in Arnolds Park. The area near the State Pier and Arnolds Park Amusement Park was a great gathering spot for boat enthusiasts.
Milford Pioneer Days (07/30/13)
Milford's 45th annual Pioneer Days celebration returned to make the last weekend in July memorable for Lakes residents and guests. The young and young-at-heart lined parade routes and spent time at Florence Park in Milford during Pioneer Days...
Firefighters respond to smoky scene at Heritage Landings (07/25/13)
Milford Fire Chief Jim Carpenter says a light ballast is responsible for a smoky scene and evacuation at Good Samaritan Society-Heritage Landings, a senior apartment complex along Jepperson Road near Highway 86 in Milford. Residents looked on...
Dickinson County Fair (07/24/13)
The Dickinson County Fair was held July 19-23. The event was an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their work throughout the year.
University of Okoboji Homecoming (07/23/13)
The University of Okoboji Homecoming activities unfolded on a warm and humid Saturday morning in locations around the Iowa Great Lakes. Here's a look at some of the participants.
Lake Park Sky Lantern Release (07/19/13)
The second annual Lake Park Care Center Sky Lantern Release was held last night (Thursday, July 18). Lake Park Care Center's Administrator, Gidget Wingad, was inspired by the desire to celebrate the love and memory of her father, Leo Olson, who...
Relay For Life (07/15/13)
The Dickinson County Relay For Life was held Friday evening in Arnolds Park.
Come and Discover Spirit Lake Celebration (07/15/13)
Spirit Lake was full of activity on Saturday, July 13 for the Come and Discover Spirit Lake Celebration. The annual Bike Ride Around Spirit Lake, a parade, the Memorial Park dedication and fire department water fights all kept residents and visitors...
July 4 Holiday Weekend Photos (07/08/13)
Tourists and residents alike were quite busy over the July 4 holiday weekend. The four sunny days were jam packed with music, boating, fishing, swimming, relaxing, and shopping. It sure was a fun-filled weekend for everyone.
July 4 Fireworks (07/05/13)
Hundreds enjoy Boji weekend (07/01/13)
The annual University of Okoboji Campus Classic Bike Ride drew hundreds of biking enthusiasts who were greeted by founders Don Eckard and Herman Rickter and welcomed by Mayor Don Lamb as they departed for the ride from Milford Saturday...
UCA Cheer Camp at Arrowwood Resort (06/24/13)
The Universal Cheerleaders Association held its first of three sessions of cheerleading camps last week at Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji. Over 360 girls participated in the camp from Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, including local squads from...
Vettes in the Park (06/24/13)
The annual Vettes in the Park celebration was moved to June for an even better weekend. Corvettes lined Lake Street and many other events took place throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Smoke on the Water (06/24/13)
The second annual Smoke on the Water BBQ was held over the weekend at the Preservation Plaza. Participants smoked chicken, brisket and pork for the prizes totaling over $7,000. The overall Grand Champion was Fatback BBQ from Des Moines.
Three Dog Night entertains Boatstock crowd (06/18/13)
A stormy afternoon gave way to an ideal evening as music fans converged on Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park for the Boatstock 2013 concert. Three Dog Night headlined the lineup. The band produced a long line of hits including "Joy to the World,"...
Memorial Day photo gallery (05/29/13)
Memorial Day services throughout the county were moved inside on account of inclement weather on Monday. That didn't stop residents from showing their respect to fallen war veterans.
OHS Graduation (05/28/13)
Friends and families of Okoboji seniors filled bleachers in the new high school gym Sunday. The class colors were Maroon and black, the class flower was white rose tipped in silver and the class motto was: "To accomplish great things, we must not...
SLHS Graduation (05/28/13)
Seniors in Spirit Lake wore their class colors of red and silver. The class flower was the white lotus and the class motto, from Albert Einstein is: "Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today."
I-Club visits Okoboji (05/24/13)
Tons of Hawkeye supporters were on hand for the annual I-Club banquet stop Thursday night that featured emcee Gary Dolphin as well as football coach Kirk Ferentz, associate wrestling coach Terry Brands and assistant men's basketball coach Kirk...
Cyclone Tailgate Tour at Okoboji (05/23/13)
Athletic director Jamie Pollard, men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, football coach Paul Rhoads, women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly and three football players were a few members of the Iowa State caravan that made a stop in Okoboji for the 2013...
Shayla Bee helps Milford family (05/23/13)
The Shayla Bee Foundation visited the family of Pete Schmitz and Felishia Rardin of Milford on Tuesday, May 21. Folks with the foundation made donations to help with medical issues Pete and Felishia's two month old son faces.
Harris-Lake Park Graduation (05/22/13)
Harris-Lake Park graduates received their diplomas at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the high school gymnasium in Lake Park. Class colors were black, royal blue and silver. The class flower was the rose and the motto was: "Today is not the end, for today...
Graettinger-Terril Graduation (05/22/13)
Commencement exercises were held at 1 p.m. Sunday May 19, for graduates at Graettinger-Terril High School in Graettinger. Class colors were purple and silver. The class flower was the tiger lily and the class motto was "Life brings us tears, smiles,...
A red carpet night in Spirit Lake (05/07/13)
Spirit Lake students had a Saturday evening complete with food, dance and formal wear as part of the school's 2013 prom. The theme was "Roll out the red carpet" and the night included a grand march at the Spirit Lake High School gym. The dance and...
Planting Memories (OHS Prom) (04/30/13)
Students at Okoboji High School enjoyed their prom with a "secret garden" theme on Saturday, April 27. The young couples showcased their formal attire in front of a crowd of family and friends during a grand march in the Okoboji High School...
Graettinger-Terril has 'the sweetest dream' (04/30/13)
Graettinger-Terril students had a memorable night, complete with a grand march at the G-T High School gymnasium Saturday night. The theme of the prom was "The Sweetest Dream." Couples used a Candy Land-inspired path as their runway.
Warm memories on a cool night (HLP Prom) (04/23/13)
Harris-Lake Park students made a red carpet entrance Saturday, April 20, as part of prom weekend in Lake Park. Students arrived by various modes of transportation -- including tractors and roller blades -- before passing the rope line on a chilly...
Annual Dickinson County Egg Hunt (04/03/13)
Families lined up near soccer fields at the Bedell Family YMCA to take part in the annual Dickinson County Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt Saturday. Volunteers scattered about 2,000 eggs for three different age groups at the Spirit Lake venue. Special...
Area residents pause to remember fallen hero (03/27/13)
Area residents begin lining the curbs along Okoboji Avenue as the procession for Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass approaches the city of Milford on Tuesday, March 26. Community leaders asked Milford-area residents to remember the U.S. Army Sergeant as...
Accident near Polaris sends one to LRH (03/20/13)
Broken glass and car debris were strewn across the east bound lane of Highway 9 as a result of the accident 5 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Memphis Avenue and Highway 9, just north of Polaris Industries. The crash sent a red Sedan into the...
Minds in Motion (03/19/13)
Students from the Spirit Lake Middle School recently showcased their science projects as part of Minds in Motion, a science-fair inspired extracurricular project on Friday, March 22. Community members strolled through the Middle School Gym...
Winter Games 33 Sweet Classic (01/30/13)
The 16th annual Sweet Classic was held in the Expo Center. Guests enjoyed tasty treats from various vendors.
WInter Games 33 Boot Hockey (01/30/13)
The Guns and Hoses Boot Hockey tournament was held at Parks Marina for area law enforcement.
Winter Games 33 Marshmallow Blast (01/29/13)
Winter Games 33 Nature Center Activities (01/29/13)
Winter Games 33 Softball (01/29/13)
Winter Games 33 Chili Cook-Off (01/29/13)
Winter Games 33 Flag Football (01/29/13)
Co-Champions -- Terril Tormentors and the BURG-iss Boys Third Place -- Liberty National
Winter Games 33 Broomball (01/29/13)
Broomball 1st Place -- Bronx Bombers 2nd Place -- Fairmont Martins 3rdPlace -- Kraninger Construction
Cutty's fire (01/22/13)
Spirit Lake Fire Chief Dave Kollasch said an electrical short is responsible for damage to the lower level of a resort eight-plex Thursday morning on the north end of Highway 86.
Christmas in Lake Park (12/11/12)
Businesses and organizations worked together for another successful Christmas in Lake Park weekend in 2012. Many of Sunday's activities began at the Lake Park Community Center including a bake sale, spaghetti fire department fundraiser lunch, prize...
'Tis the season (12/05/12)
The communities of Milford and Spirit Lake had a chance to showcase holiday spirit and shopping options over the weekend. The Milford Holiday Fantasy welcomed kids and adults to stories from Mrs. Claus, ornament making, cookies, and chats with...
Kiss Me, Kate (11/13/12)
Over the past weekend, students from Okoboji High School performed the musical Kiss Me, Kate. The musical involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred...
Spirit Lake Students perform Cats (11/07/12)
Based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' and other poems by T.S., Spirit Lake High Students performed the famous musical 'Cats' Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4 at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake. The musical set in a junkyard where local cats...
Halloween Weekend (10/31/12)
Over the weekend the first ever Fall Festival was held in Arnolds Park. Children enjoyed various games and carnival rides and even a costume contest was held.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (10/15/12)
The first ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held Saturday, Oct. 13 in Arnolds Park. Folks from throughout the region made the three mile trek to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
Spirit Lake Homecoming and Coronation (09/18/12)
Motorcycle Cannonball Run (09/12/12)
Over 70 motorcyclists made their way into Okoboji on Tuesday night as part of the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run. They made their way from Newburgh, N.Y. and will end up in San Francisco on Sept. 23.
Labor Day Weekend (09/05/12)
The Labor Day holiday was filled with activities over the weekend Sept. 1-3. Many enjoyed the various annual Rock N Roll Hall of Fame activities such as the guitar marching band, opening ceremonies, car show and the Fan fest. Others spent their...
2012 Victory Rally (08/23/12)
Bikers are used to traveling in inclement weather. They came out by the hundreds to the Polaris Victory Rally over the weekend. Row upon row of bikes were visible for as far as the eye and camera lens could see. Masses of people browsed through many...
Old Iron Car Show (08/14/12)
The 34th Annual Micro Mini Nationals Old Iron car show and rod run was held over the weekend Aug. 10-11. Hundreds of classic cars were on display throughout the region Friday and Saturday in Spencer and Arnolds Park. The cars came from all over the...
ChalkStock (08/14/12)
The third annual ChalkStock festival was held over the weekend in Spirit Lake. Thirty-one participants tried their had at some sidewalk art Saturday along Hill Avenue.
Vettes in the Park (08/13/12)
The annual celebration of Corvettes new and old was held over the weekend in Arnolds Park. Hundreds of cars were on display for visitors to enjoy. Rain didn't deter any car enthusiasts either.
Inflatable attractions, firefighter games and, of course, a parade were the highlights as Lake Park celebrated its annual Farmer Appreciation Days. The weekend had plenty to offer the young and the young-at-heart including the Living History...
Anitque and Classic Boat Show (08/01/12)
Fans of antique and wooden boats enjoyed the return of a popular event Saturday near the State Pier at Arnolds Park. The Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boats Society hosts the event each year -- weather...
Milford Pioneer Days (07/30/12)
The annual Milford Pioneer Days were held over the weekend. The area was filled with activities for families to enjoy. On Friday evening, July 27, a kiddie parade, a kid tractor pull, and carnival activities were held. On Saturday, July 28, a parade...
Dickinson County Fair (07/24/12)
The Dickinson County Fair got underway of the weekend. A Queen coronation, steak dinner and a performance by The Senders kick-started things. On Monday a horse show was held on the fairgrounds as well as many other activities.
A mix of new and old events welcomed University of Okoboji "students" during the 35th Annual Homecoming Weekend, July 20-22. The mythical campus' scholars were able to participate in a series of staple events: the triathlon, marathon,...
Relay for Life (07/16/12)
Dickinson County Relay for Life attendees had the opportunity to participate in several events as they celebrated progress in the fight against cancer. The overnight event also acknowledges families and loved ones whose lives have been touched by...
Spirit Lake Days (07/16/12)
Residents throughout the community enjoyed the annual Spirit Lake Days activities on Saturday, July 14. BRASL, water fights, totem painting and a parade accompanied the celebration.
Spirit Lake Wakefest (07/16/12)
Youth from throughout the region hit the lake to test out their wakeboarding skills on Saturday, July 14 during the Spirit Lake Days. The second annual Wakefest was held at the north end of East Lake Okoboji.
Enjoying the holiday (07/05/12)
It seemed everyone was out and about over the Fourth of July. On Tuesday before the fireworks, a boat parade was held on Big Spirit Lake. On Wednesday, Arnolds Park was swarmed with people in anticipation of the spectacular fireworks show.
Iowa Great Lakes Fireworks (07/05/12)
Hundreds from all over the county enjoyed two fireworks shows of the weekend. On Tuesday, July 3, spectators saw a show over Big Spirit Lake. On Wednesday, July 4, West Lake Okoboji was lit up by boats and fireworks.
Spirit Lake Cruise-in (06/26/12)
A bevy of new and classic cars lined Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake on Saturday, June 23. Spectators enjoyed getting an up close and personal look at the cars while taking in the music of the Ray Tucker Show and snacking on the varying food items from...
Smoke on the Water (06/26/12)
Smokin' The Bone of Rockford was named overall grand champion of the Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition and Musicfest on Saturday. Papa Bob's BBQ of Pleasant Hill was named reserve grand champion and Mustang Sally Tailgating of Marshall, Minn., took...
Spirit Lake seniors celebrate graduation (05/29/12)
The 2012 graduating class at Spirit Lake High School received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies Sunday at Spirit Lake High School. There were 99 seniors in the graduating class. Class colors were red and black. The class flower was a red...
Harris-Lake Park graduation (05/22/12)
On Sunday, May 2o, the Harris-Lake Park High School bid farewell to the 22 seniors of the 2012 class. The class colors hot pink, lime green and black. The class flower was the stargazer lilly. The HLP 2012 class motto was: "Go confidently in the...
Graettinger-Terril graduation (05/22/12)
The Graettinger-Terril Class of 2012 included 29 seniors. Class colors were black and purple and the class flower was white carnation dipped in purple with sparkles. The class motto was: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
Okoboji graduation (05/22/12)
At Okoboji High School, 57 seniors were dressed in maroon and silver and received their high school diplomas. The class flower was a maroon variegated carnation. The class motto was: "To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible....
Spirit Lake Prom (05/09/12)
Spirit Lake High School students marked another milestone in their high school careers with the arrival of prom night in 2012. The evening's events included a grand march in the high school gymnasium Saturday night.
Okoboji High School Prom (05/01/12)
Students from Okoboji High School enjoyed a night in formal attire Saturday, April 28 as part of prom festivities. A promenade was held in the gym and couples were announced in front of hundreds of OHS supporters. The theme for the night was...
HLP Prom (04/26/12)
The Harris-Lake Park community lined sidewalks near the elementary school building in Lake Park as part of an annual prom night tradition. A car parade precedes a red carpet arrival for students attending prom. Couples arrive in a everything from...
See what matches (04/10/12)
Memorial Park was a hub of activity Saturday morning as families from throughout the Iowa Great Lakes participated in the annual Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt. Children were divided into age groups and about 2,000 eggs were scattered...
Highway 71 collision sends two to LRH (04/03/12)
A two-vehicle collision at about 5 p.m. Monday along Highway 71 sent operators of each automobile to Lakes Regional Healthcare with undisclosed injuries. The crash took place near the intersection of 30th Street and Highway 71. The Spirit Lake...
Spring field fire (03/20/12)
With temperatures reaching the mid 70s in the past week, a simple trash fire suddenly spun out of control for a landowner near Welch Lake. Spirit Lake Fire Department crews were called out to a fire shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. The...
Car Drop removal (03/19/12)
The Arnolds Park/Okoboji Search and Rescue pulled the Sunrise Kiwanis car out of West Lake Okoboji on Saturday, March 17. The crew utilized the situation as an opportunity to simulate a car submergence during the winter.
University of Okoboji Winter Games -- Polar Plunge (02/01/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games- Broomball (01/31/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games-- Chili Cook-Off (01/31/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games-- Winter Extravaganza (01/31/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games- Kids activities (01/31/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games- Hockey (01/31/12)
University of Okoboji Winter Games- Flag football (01/31/12)
Unusually warm December day (12/29/11)
Unusually warm weather for late December brought out the locals on Thursday. Many people enjoyed ice fishing, golf and nature walks.
The holiday spirit (12/21/11)
Emil Richter signs (12/07/11)
Construction crews are busy removing portions of the Rodeway Inn roof in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 22. Firefighters were called at about 2:20 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to the hotel along Highway 71 in Milford. Rodeway Inn owners Andre...
Veteran's Day- 11/11/2011 (11/14/11)
Halloween (11/02/11)
Cool temperatures, overcast skies and gusty winds marked Halloween weekend, but that didn't stop the kids from trick or treating. Spirit Lake hosted a number of opportunities for costumed youngsters to grab some candy. Walmart hosted a...
Okoboji High School Homecoming (10/11/11)
A parade, pep rally power puff competitions and coronation capped off a busy week of activities at Okoboji High School on Friday. Hannah Marsh and Zach Jones (center) were named the 2011 homecoming queen and king. Other members of the court were...
Harris-Lake Park Homecoming (09/29/11)
Spirit Lake Homecoming (09/21/11)
Spirit Lake students finished a jam-packed week of activities in celebration of homecoming week. Wednesday's coronation was a highlight, with Anne Horsman and Nigel Hanson named king and queen. They are joined in the front row by flower girl Alaina...
Labor Day Weekend (09/06/11)
On a Labor Day weekend filled with excitement, from the Iowa Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame inductions, which included a vintage car show and FanFare, to one of the last opportunities for families to enjoy the great weather on the lake, there was plenty...
Weekend photos 8/27 (08/30/11)
Victory Rally (08/23/11)
Old Iron Company Micro Mini Nationals (08/15/11)
Art in the Park (08/12/11)
Lake Park Farmer Appreciation Days (08/12/11)
Dickinson County Fair Queen (07/25/11)
Milford Pioneer Days (07/25/11)
University of Okoboji homecoming (07/19/11)
Thursday's (July 14) heavy rains (07/14/11)
Heavy rains once again came down on the area on Thursday, July 14, leaving many areas flooded. If you have any flood photographs of your own, feel free to submit them.
Dickinson County Relay for Life (07/11/11)
Spirit Lake Days (07/11/11)
4th of July weekend (07/05/11)
Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation Luau (06/28/11)
University of Okoboji Cycling classic (06/28/11)
Cruise-In (06/27/11)
Okoboji High School Graduation (06/16/11)
Tractor Ride (06/16/11)
Harris-Lake Park Graduation (06/16/11)
Spirit Lake Graduation (06/16/11)
Graettinger-Terril Graduation (06/16/11)
Dickinson County Proms 2011 (05/04/11)
Wind, rain, recovery: July takes the Lakes by storm (07/21/10)
2010 Winter Games (02/02/10)
Cooped up Winter Games enthusiasts flocked to the 30th annual event in record totals this year.
Dickinson County Courthouse dedication ceremony (06/17/09)
News Archive

Okoboji School Board approves plan for new 5-8 building in Milford (01/27/15)

PLAC reveals new executive director (01/27/15)

Vos joins DCN for second semester (01/27/15)

A Look Behind the Scenes of Chili Cook-Off (01/27/15)

Bank Midwest enters Sioux Falls market (01/27/15)

Lake Park to decide fate of winter decorations (01/27/15)

Triton Jazz Festival held at Iowa Lakes (01/27/15)

Area schools take home second-place honors at Iowa Lakes (01/27/15)

Fishermen's Hospital is focus of Iowa high school students (01/27/15)

Program connects art, nature (01/27/15)

Kapco offers golf during winter months (01/27/15)

Spencer Hospital purchases Milford Clinic (01/23/15)

Come inside for more Winter Games XXXV activities (01/22/15)

Winter Games 35 has plenty of selections for food (01/22/15)

Brave the elements for Winter Games fun -- Outdoor Events (01/22/15)

Spirit Lake students take the polar plunge (01/20/15)

Local Polaris centers make room for electric motorcycle line (01/20/15)

Spirit Lake moves closer to Blue Zones certification (01/20/15)

Okoboji Schools to decide middle school project Monday (01/20/15)

Former teacher, probation officer's trial delayed (01/20/15)

Orleans housing development in the works (01/20/15)

Program connects art, nature (01/20/15)

Two Spirit Lake artists selected for Ames exhibit (01/20/15)

Spirit Lake K of C crowns youth free throw champions (01/19/15)

SLMS students selected for honor band (01/19/15)

OHS Jazz Band earns second place at ICC Triton Jazz Fest (01/19/15)

Paleo diet sees uptick in popularity (01/16/15)

New year brings new energy at area YMCAs (01/16/15)

Winter Games 35 cheerleaders revealed (01/16/15)

Events moved off ice as 35th Winter Games approach (01/14/15)

40th anniversary of the "Blizzard of the century" (01/13/15)

Okoboji Foundation 2015 grant application available (01/13/15)

Schrunk's film career includes travels around the world (01/13/15)

Winter Games prep continues, cheerleaders revealed (01/13/15)

LRH-Hey, Good Cookies! partnership reached (01/13/15)

Cherish Center to host 'No Apologies' (01/13/15)

OSL debate takes third at state (01/13/15)

Thee honors a legend with Elvis impersonations (01/12/15)

Final Winter Games meeting cancelled due to winter weather (01/08/15)

Walz family touched by community support (01/06/15)

DVD drive keeps younger students in mind (01/06/15)

County board continues work on New Fashion Pork letter (01/06/15)

Silver Lake drainage ditch focus of Jan. 28 public meeting (01/06/15)

2015 Iowa RockNRoll inductees announced (01/06/15)

Cleanup underway following Spirit Lake basement fire (01/06/15)

Christensens welcome first LRH baby of 2015 (01/06/15)

Take Care 2015: Take care of your health (01/06/15)

Hackarth earns Eagle Scout distinction (01/06/15)

Weisman captivated by ice fishing (01/05/15)

Snowmobilers rescued after falling through ice (01/04/15)

Two injured in NYE accident (01/02/15)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 1 - Hill Avenue apartment fire claims one life (12/31/14)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 2 - Iowa Great Lakes hosts RAGBRAI overnight stop (12/31/14)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 3 - Severe storm batters Dickinson County (12/31/14)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 4 -- Popular Mexican restaurant closes, draws headlines (12/31/14)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 6-10 (12/31/14)

Top Stories of 2014: No. 5 - One murder case ends as another begins (12/31/14)

Armed robbery suspects still at large (12/30/14)

Webb named to Luther College Nordic Choir (12/30/14)

Sirens 12-29 (12/30/14)

Final Winter Games organizational meeting Jan. 5 (12/30/14)

Area lost several community fixtures who left their mark (12/30/14)

12th annual NWIA home show approaches (12/30/14)

Black Hills Energy doubles donations to energy assistance program (12/30/14)

Celebrate blood donor awareness month (12/30/14)

Northey recognized by Iowa Soybean Association (12/30/14)

Iowa Lakes holiday e-card created by students (12/30/14)

Johnson introduces abortion waiting period bill (12/23/14)

Jan. 13 meeting set for trap and skeet range (12/23/14)

Newest Habitat home dedicated (12/23/14)

State growth reflected in latest census estimates (12/23/14)

Iowa Lakes employee visits Antarctica (12/23/14)

Goetzinger honored for years of service (12/23/14)

IDPH urges Iowans to get influenza vaccine (12/23/14)

SLPD's Shop with a Cop helps families (12/23/14)

Brownmed's Katzfey appointed to U.S. District Export Council (12/23/14)

U.S. Cellular rewards efforts in Terril (12/22/14)

Iowa Lakes Trustees review technology (12/22/14)

Girl Scouts visit Lake Park Care Center (12/22/14)

Iowa Lakes receives 'Military Friendly School' designation (12/22/14)

Board puts livestock plan near Superior on hold (12/17/14)

Victim identified in Spirit Lake fire (12/16/14)

Could later school starts be a $1M decision? (12/16/14)

Superintendent calls April 7 'probable' for OMS election (12/16/14)

Police investigate Spencer woman's death (12/16/14)

Charges dropped in Mrs. Lady's cash seizure case (12/16/14)

Wills, Jones get committee assignments (12/16/14)

Get outside with nature center events (12/16/14)

Winter Games Cheerleader nominations sought (12/16/14)

Middle School building update (12/16/14)

Principal's Christmas decorations light up community (12/15/14)

Okoboji hires architect to explore middle school options (12/11/14)

Victim in fatal apartment fire identified (12/10/14)

Victim of scam receives holiday surprise (12/10/14)

UPDATED: Fatality confirmed in SL apartment fire, cause undetermined (12/09/14)

OHS backpack ministry receives large donation, grant (12/09/14)

Christmas in Lake Park arrives Saturday (12/09/14)

Kitzinger named market president at Northwest Bank (12/09/14)

Brownmed acquires NüRoo, Inc. (12/09/14)

Ice Bowl disc golf planned (12/09/14)

Winter Games Chili Cook Off forms available (12/09/14)

Spirit Lake students share sounds of the season (12/09/14)

Three Lego League teams advance to state (12/09/14)

Leifeld named new Estherville dean (12/09/14)

Campus Women's Club hosts Secret Santa (12/09/14)

Updated -- Firefighters called to major fire in Spirit Lake (12/07/14)

Zebra mussel census includes mixed results (12/02/14)

Area lawmakers remember Rep. Alons (12/02/14)

Hitchcock named Kiwanis Citizen of the Years (12/02/14)

Firefighters leave family dinners to douse fire on Thanksgiving (12/02/14)

Milford Holiday Fantasy Dec. 5-6 (12/02/14)

Forum brings OMS space concerns into focus (12/02/14)

SLHS music department announces Christmas concert (12/02/14)

Corridor businesses recognized at business recognition luncheon (12/02/14)

2014 Garden Club scholarship awarded (12/02/14)

Bonnstetter, Rothstein join local firm (12/02/14)

Young Investigators tailored to children's interests (12/02/14)

Chamber honors Kuhlman at annual meeting (11/25/14)

Okoboji meeting to address crowded classroom concerns (11/25/14)

Estherville jailer charged after out-of-county traffic stop turns fatal (11/25/14)

Ribbon cutting and open house held at SL city hall (11/25/14)

Winter Games 35 prep begins (11/25/14)

UDMO offers assistance during winter months (11/25/14)

Caution urged around areas of thin ice (11/25/14)

Milford Holiday Fantasy weekend approaches (11/25/14)

Spirit Lake PD youth Academy (11/25/14)

Public input sought for 2015 People's Art Project (11/25/14)

Iowa Lakes to host Lego League competition (11/25/14)

GrapeTree receives Blue Zones designation (11/25/14)

(Updated) Des Moines family reunited with Sammy, the missing kennel dog (11/18/14)

Milford Santa House returns (11/18/14)

November off to cold start (11/18/14)

Work on final leg of Hwy 86 trail approved (11/18/14)

New Spirit Lake city hall set to open Thursday (11/18/14)

PLAC releases 2015 entertainment schedule (11/17/14)

Des Moines family reunited with Sammy, the missing kennel dog (11/12/14)

Holocaust education program comes to Spirit Lake (11/11/14)

Milford city attorney resigns (11/11/14)

City leaders work with Corridor to address housing needs (11/11/14)

Northwest Bank announces Spirit Lake construction plans (11/11/14)

Veterans Day celebrated at area schools (11/11/14)

Geocaching comes to the Dickinson County Nature Center... (11/11/14)

USDA Farm Bill meeting planned in Spirit Lake (11/11/14)

Winter Games 35 planning meeting approaches (11/11/14)

UDMO realeases Sharing Christmas list (11/11/14)

Iowa Department on Aging seeks ombudsman volunteers (11/11/14)

Spirit Lake students selected for music honor festival (11/11/14)

Northwest Iowa Concert Band Celebrates 30 Years (11/11/14)

Youth in Philanthropy forever grateful (11/11/14)

SL Key Club serves tacos in Sioux Falls (11/11/14)

Residents urged to stay informed during winter months (11/10/14)

May 2015 date likely to settle Mrs. Lady's case (11/04/14)

Republicans dominate local races (11/04/14)

Ernst carries Dickinson County in history-making Senate bid (11/04/14)

Veteran's Day -- A time to honor those who serve their country (11/04/14)

Velaires' Bourret starts 'Third Saturday' season (11/04/14)

Lakes Regional Healthcare says Ebola protocols in place (11/04/14)

Okoboji RAGBRAI event donates nearly $24,000 (11/04/14)

Construction underway at Marble, West Hottes Lakes (11/04/14)

Harris man injured in fatal Clay County crash (11/04/14)

SDSU students raise money on nationwide bike ride (11/03/14)

Five Okoboji High School students named to NWIBA Honor Band (11/03/14)

Farmers, firefighters limit field fire damage near Superior (10/30/14)

Long-time restaurant closes its doors (10/28/14)

Fisher named to SL city council (10/28/14)

Two candidates vie for county recorder's office (10/28/14)

King, Mowrer clash in Storm Lake debate (10/28/14)

State Bar Association gives judges high marks (10/28/14)

Loras Poll: Braley-Ernst race remains too close to call (10/28/14)

Hope Haven acquires Echo Plus (10/28/14)

OHS presents Bye Bye Birdie Nov. 14-15 (10/28/14)

'Amp Up the Music' comes to Iowa Rock NRoll museum (10/28/14)

Dickinson County Republicans schedule election 2014 activities (10/28/14)

Sholly named IGL watershed coordinator (10/28/14)

New charity event hopes to bring awareness (10/28/14)

Okoboji students earn top honors at All-State band auditions (10/28/14)

Iowa all-state music (10/28/14)

Halloween arrives in the Iowa Great Lakes (10/27/14)

2014 prep football playoff pairings announced (10/25/14)

Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (10/22/14)

Lake Park crews called out to area fires (10/22/14)

Milford firefighters receive Sullivan award for valor (10/21/14)

UDMO kick starts annual Adopt a Family program (10/21/14)

'Laker Zombieland' planned for Iowa Lakes homecoming (10/21/14)

Rock4Vets (10/21/14)

Late harvest but bigger yields (10/21/14)

Ernst makes area stops on 99-county tour (10/21/14)

Dickinson County youth enjoy Pheasants Forever hunt (10/21/14)

Arnolds Park man earns national customer service award (10/21/14)

La Rue wins prestigious Ace Cory award (10/21/14)

Former Iowa Lakes student returns to share success stories (10/21/14)

Fall Festival returns for third year (10/21/14)

Walleye Weekend check presented (10/21/14)

Conservation board receives grant for gardens (10/21/14)

Iowa Lakes shooting sports club awarded $10,000 grant (10/20/14)

Grosvenor wins the "Tournavelt" at Des Moines Roosevelt (10/20/14)

Company gives back with roof promotion (10/17/14)

Chainsaw sculpture spruces up yard (10/17/14)

(Updated) Polaris launches Slingshot motorcycle line (10/14/14)

$3 million expansion underway at HLP (10/14/14)

Local church to feed the hungry (10/14/14)

West O Beer wins gold at beer festival (10/14/14)

Iowa Great Lakes task force assists with federal drug investigations (10/14/14)

Well-known art gallery to close its doors (10/14/14)

Hamm tabbed for open school board seat (10/14/14)

Married duo create Rythmicure rock group (10/13/14)

Local resident wins free fuel from Cenex (10/13/14)

Northwest Bank donates $500 to Pioneer Booster Club (10/13/14)

OSL dominant at Bishop Heelan Invitational (10/13/14)

Lakes area leaders tour Healthy Living Center (10/09/14)

New trial date set in Estherville murder case (10/08/14)

Family plans to rebuild after Sunday night fire (10/08/14)

Roti named Friends of Lakeside Lab exec. director (10/07/14)

Queen II set for new engines, restoration (10/07/14)

Ihrke takes new city position, steps down from council (10/07/14)

EPA, Shine Bros. Corp. settle on stormwater violations (10/07/14)

Federal grant to benefit Iowa Lakes (10/07/14)

Dickinson County Endowment Fund Awards 2014 Grants (10/07/14)

Okoboji FFA's annual pumpkin patch returns (10/06/14)

OHS homecoming court announced (10/03/14)

OHS homecoming court announced (10/03/14)

IGL Chamber names new CEO (09/30/14)

YMCA ready to cut ribbon at Healthy Living Center (09/30/14)

Pate brings Secretary of State bid to Spirit Lake (09/30/14)

Harvest off to slow start, but growers expect big yields (09/30/14)

Mau Marine plans Wharf changes (09/30/14)

Okoboji set to begin homecoming week (09/30/14)

Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course to host first tournament (09/30/14)

Plymouth County man sentenced to prison for meth conviction (09/30/14)

Two teens die, four injured in head-on accident near Storm Lake (09/30/14)

Campgrounds, lakes still have plenty to offer (09/29/14)

Rembrandt opens new headquarters (09/23/14)

Supervisors draft letter opposing livestock expansion near Milford (09/23/14)

Milford Council selects Houge to fill city administrator opening (09/23/14)

Early general election voting begins Thursday (09/23/14)

Oktoberfest ready for 23rd ride (09/23/14)

Vandalism reported at Gull Point Chapel (09/23/14)

Currell steps down from SL School Board (09/23/14)

G-T/R-A to begin homecoming week (09/23/14)

PLAC host short film festival entries (09/23/14)

Alzheimer's event spreads awareness (09/23/14)

Car seat safety checks to be held at Okoboji Motor Company from 1-4 p.m. (09/23/14)

Blood donors support the fight against cancer (09/23/14)

U of O Mutt Strutt approaches (09/23/14)

IGL Chamber releases Fall Fest details (09/23/14)

Constitution event includes many words, many readers (09/23/14)


Rembrandt Foods to showcase new corporate office (09/16/14)

Fire damages unoccupied Spirit Lake home (09/16/14)

Livestock plan draws more comment, letter from county board (09/16/14)

DJ found dead after show at hotel (09/16/14)

Grape Escape returns for third year (09/16/14)

Molloy offers solution to zebra mussel woes (09/16/14)

HLP gears up for homecoming (09/16/14)

Narcisse bid for governor comes to Spirit Lake (09/16/14)

Commodores greet new Sackett Law Firm branch (09/16/14)

New recycling center director named (09/16/14)


Spirit Lake mayor signs poppy day declaration (09/16/14)

Local third graders enjoy Ag-citing program (09/15/14)

Hill Ave. collision sends one to LRH (09/11/14)

Livestock expansion near Horseshoe Bend draws passionate discussion (09/09/14)

Iowa Lakes levy receives resounding support (09/09/14)

Dead bacteria could help reduce zebra mussel infestations (09/09/14)

Iowa Lakes rolls out new robotics program (09/09/14)

Geo-caching picks up among outdoorsmen (09/09/14)

Resource officer provides sense of security (09/09/14)

Spirit Lake homecoming approaches (09/09/14)

Sky Lantern celebration at LPCC (09/09/14)

Kiwanis members complete ALS challenge (09/09/14)

Great Okoboji Lakes Finale Golf Tournament (09/09/14)

Sixth graders participate in outdoor classroom (09/09/14)

Tips lead to firearms charges, arrest of local teenagers (09/07/14)

Utility pole toppled following Highway 86 crash (09/05/14)

Milford motorcycle crash injures one (09/04/14)

Mother arrested for playing 'pass out' game with kids (09/04/14)

Lawsuit: Okoboji woman spent 280 days in isolation cell (09/04/14)

ATF, firearms industry offer reward in Spencer firearms theft (09/03/14)

Puppy mills concern pet shelter supporters (09/02/14)

College cuts ribbon on $4.5 million sustainable energy building (09/02/14)

Arnolds Park veteran's ashes returned to family (09/02/14)

Voters to consider renewal of Iowa Lakes equipment replacement levy (09/02/14)

Brownmed named Inc. Magazine top-growing company (09/02/14)

SLPD to implement body worn cameras (09/02/14)

Corridor, community honors Evert (09/02/14)

Northwest Bank's Conover named regional president (09/02/14)

Hilltop staff takes ice bucket challenge (09/02/14)

Lake Park flag raising ceremony held (09/02/14)

Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 5 (09/02/14)

Memories of Vern & Coila's for Hall of Fame band Spectrum 70 (08/29/14)

Streit tapped for Hall of Fame honors (08/29/14)

Daly's volunteerism garners him Spirit Award (08/29/14)

Some missing property located, burglary investigation continues (08/28/14)

Okoboji woman faces cocaine, mushroom charges (08/28/14)

Inductees lured to Lakes Region for Hall of Fame weekend (08/26/14)

Search for veteran's stolen ashes continues (08/26/14)

Reinsbach, Pederson cruise to special election wins (08/26/14)

Branstad tours Lake Park data center (08/26/14)

VAC names new executive director (08/26/14)

Branstad visits nature center (08/26/14)

Lake Park announces second treasure hunt (08/26/14)

OHS music students take talents to East Coast (08/26/14)

College to open new S.E.R.T. building in Estherville (08/26/14)

Local entries fare well on grand stage (08/26/14)

Milford interim city administrator submits resignation (08/22/14)

Campers ready for Labor Day weekend (08/21/14)

Branstad, Ernst headline GOP event (08/20/14)

Lake Park announces treasure hunt (08/20/14)

Milford candidates prepare for special election (08/20/14)

Area schools set to begin classes (08/19/14)

Spirit Lake to host free outdoor movie (08/19/14)

Shine to be honored for contributions (08/19/14)

Polaris hiring as it expands line of motorcycles (08/19/14)

Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular approaches (08/19/14)

Branstad plans series of area stops (08/19/14)

Chalkstock winners announced (08/19/14)

Local Dollar General employee receives honor (08/19/14)


OHS student embarks on ambassador trip (08/18/14)

Fostoria woman accused of trying to set ex-boyfriend on fire (08/14/14)

Superb dining with stellar view at Maxwell's (08/14/14)

Family fun and nostalgia enhance dining options (08/14/14)

Maye's journey from talk shows to Okoboji continues (08/12/14)

Girl Scouts visit founder's birthplace in Georgia (08/12/14)

Civil War vets long dead but not forgotten (08/12/14)

9th annual OEI comes to a close (08/12/14)

35th Annual Winter Games chair & co-chair announced (08/12/14)

Wohlfarth arrested for cocaine possession (08/12/14)

Accurate Coats opens in Milford (08/12/14)

Iowa Lakes students presented Outstanding Service Award (08/12/14)

Smoke on the Water returns Aug. 16 (08/11/14)

Motorcycle-squad car collision injures one (08/08/14)

Micro-mini Nationals set for Aug. 8-9 (08/07/14)

Buffalo and wine mix well at Little Swan Lake (08/07/14)

Accident on Hwy 71 diverts traffic (08/06/14)

Immigration activist presses King at Okoboji event (08/05/14)

Possible presidential hopeful stumps for King in Okoboji (08/05/14)

Dickinson County cities see population growth (08/05/14)

Dollar General to close after 22 years (08/05/14)

OEI participants join the 18th TAI event (08/05/14)

Taste of Italy supports local humane society (08/05/14)

Living History Rendezvous calls on a simpler era (08/05/14)

Judges named for upcoming Chalkstock (08/05/14)

Hess appointed to government oversight committee (08/05/14)

Patrick Fisher (08/05/14)

Two candidates meet Milford election deadline (08/01/14)

Lake Park celebration marks 30 years (08/01/14)

City of Lake Park remembers past, looks to future (08/01/14)

Lake Park natives chosen to lead parade (08/01/14)

Wyman arrested on drug, domestic abuse charges (07/30/14)

Okoboji Bible Conference marks 80th Anniversary (07/30/14)

Spirit Lake city hall ahead of schedule (07/29/14)

Woman works to build five-county bike trail (07/29/14)

Stores gear up for tax free weekend (07/29/14)

Party in The Park helps Arnolds Park thrive (07/29/14)

Pets, pasta featured at upcoming event (07/29/14)

Cowgirls preview show featured for August First Friday (07/29/14)

Spirit Lake releases school registration information (07/29/14)

27th annual quilt auction approaches at Ingham Okoboji (07/29/14)


Art in the Park is Saturday, Aug 2 (07/28/14)

Pioneer Days tradition continues (07/25/14)

Tom and Sheri Arends tabbed for Grand Marshall honors (07/25/14)

Pioneer Days debuts new BBQ competition (07/25/14)

New events greet Pioneer Days visitors (07/25/14)

U of O Homecoming results announced (07/23/14)

RAGBRAI director says 'we'll certainly get them back' to Okoboji (07/22/14)

RAGBRAI overnight stop dubbed a success (07/22/14)

Safety groups give RAGBRAI visit high marks (07/22/14)

Ribbons still up for grabs at Dickinson County Fair (07/22/14)

Senators support Dickinson County disaster relief (07/22/14)

Area police investigation leads to federal sentences (07/22/14)

34th boat rendezvous set for Saturday (07/22/14)

Vierkants honored as Special Olympics Family of the Year (07/22/14)

Shine receives award from Armed Forces Foundation (07/22/14)

Osprey-cam back online (07/22/14)

Great Lakes Marine announces Bryant Boats agreement (07/22/14)

Corridor elects new board members and officers (07/22/14)

RAGBRAI team, local police department plant tree in Speier Park (07/21/14)

University of Okoboji Homecoming arrives (07/18/14)

RAGBRAI riders, volunteers reminded to be sun-safe (07/17/14)

Rand Paul plans Okoboji stop (07/17/14)

Okoboji RAGBRAI committee gears up for guests on two wheels (07/16/14)

Dickinson County Fair returns July 19-24 (07/15/14)

Stopping in Terril -- a RAGBRAI experience (07/15/14)

How to get around during RAGBRAI (07/15/14)

RAGBRAI stop features many menu options (07/15/14)

Milford sets Aug. 26 special election date (07/15/14)

Headeast, Hairball to perform this weekend (07/15/14)

RAGBRAI briefs (07/15/14)

Souvenirs plentiful at Roof Garden Expo (07/15/14)

Spirit Lake community picnic (07/15/14)

Wadsworth's art showcased at PLAC (07/15/14)

Carlson to hang up stethoscope (07/15/14)

On To State (07/15/14)

Milford brothers have taken us to school all these years (07/14/14)

Spencer man charged with burglary, possession of throwing knives (07/14/14)

U of O World Tennis Classic approaches (07/10/14)

Maciuba workshop showcases landscapes (07/10/14)

Updated: Highway 71 crash ends in fatality (07/09/14)

Milford files petition for council, mayor special election (07/08/14)

Seaplane causes local stir with Sunday arrival (07/08/14)

Possible fatality reported in north Milford (07/08/14)

Popular 'Picker' makes northwest Iowa stop (07/08/14)

Spirit Lake Days set for Saturday, July 12 (07/08/14)

Inaugural Color Dash kicks off Saturday (07/08/14)

House fire claims lives of two G-T elementary students (07/08/14)

Splash pad opens for season (07/08/14)

George man linked to high speed chase in Arnolds Park (07/07/14)

Annual Relay For Life event set for Friday, July 11 (07/07/14)

DINING GUIDE: Bob's in Arnolds Park (07/03/14)

Pedersen steps down from IRRMA post (07/01/14)

Lakes Redemption opens doors (07/01/14)

Iowa Lakes Corridor names new President and CEO (07/01/14)

Local community preps for 38th annual picnic (07/01/14)

Adams, Tourville join Parks Marina (07/01/14)

Wedebrand denied parole at latest hearing (07/01/14)

Cast of the Broadway hit musical "13" announced (07/01/14)

Choose a Pea or a Frog! (07/01/14)

Emergency crews respond to car fire at Wal-Mart (07/01/14)

Donations drive annual fireworks displays (06/30/14)

Bicycle Adventurers pedaling 3,600 miles for affordable housing (06/30/14)

Dickinson County Endowment Fund grant supports Lake Park (06/30/14)

Fundraiser planned for Legacy Museum Project (06/26/14)

Rumbles return for Plaza show (06/26/14)

Kory and the Fireflies return for Independence Day concert (06/26/14)

Electric fish barrier now active (06/24/14)

Local drive-in weathers storm (06/24/14)

Okoboji Foundation set to announce $2 million milestone (06/24/14)

Recent rains revive most of state from drought conditions (06/24/14)

Spirit Lake Cruise In Weekend arrives (06/24/14)

University of Okoboji 30th Annual Cycling Classic arrives (06/24/14)

Reinsbach appointed as Milford mayor, Pederson fills council seat (06/23/14)

Corvette culture holds true 60 years later (06/23/14)

Cherish Center celebrates 15 years (06/23/14)

Golke to take on 100-mile ride (06/23/14)

JUST IN: Mayor, council appointments on Milford agenda (06/20/14)

Emergency crews respond to car fire at Polaris (06/20/14)

Stop and smell the roses (06/19/14)

Residents begin cleanup on land and lake (06/17/14)

UPDATED: Smoke on the Water postponed (06/17/14)

Elser chosen to fill H-LP school board spot (06/17/14)

IRRMA joins Backpack Program (06/17/14)

New dock built at State Pier (06/17/14)

Former BV court worker, local teacher accused of trading court favors for sex (06/17/14)

U of I mobile museum makes visit celebrating natural history (06/17/14)

Area destinations play host to Vettes in the Park (06/13/14)

PLAC to welcome famous songwriter (06/13/14)

Updated: Milford mayor, council member resign (06/11/14)

U of I president trumpets impact of college offerings (06/11/14)

It's greener pastures for Cisco these days (06/10/14)

Motivational speaker overcomes cancer (06/10/14)

Antique tractor riders go Silver to Silver (06/10/14)

'Survivor' headlines Boatstock 2014 (06/10/14)

HLP to fill open school board position (06/10/14)

County officials still mulling over can redemption (06/10/14)

ECHO Plus Special Olympics team (06/10/14)

'Imagine No Malaria' ride includes Spirit Lake stop (06/10/14)

Fostoria shooting range announced (06/10/14)

'Frog Prince' opens at Treasure Village (06/10/14)

This week at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (06/10/14)

'Ace of Cakes' star to speak at Seasons' annual fundraiser (06/10/14)

Okoboji RAGBRAI announces Roof Garden expo plans (06/10/14)

Professionals team with students for 57th OST season (06/09/14)

Single car mishap reported near Milford (06/05/14)

Great Lakes Chamber issues fraud alert (06/05/14)

37th annual University of Okoboji Youth Soccer Classic (06/05/14)

Summer concerts bring variety to music lovers (06/05/14)

Dickinson County 4-H dues decreased (06/04/14)

Wills secures GOP nomination (06/03/14)

Johnson wins nomination for District 4 County Supervisor seat (06/03/14)

Ernst wins Iowa Republican primary for US Senate (06/03/14)

New Arnolds Park restaurant set to open (06/03/14)

RAGBRAI inspection team makes Okoboji stop (06/03/14)

Pearson Lakes Art Center CEO announces resignation (06/03/14)

Hartley man snags tagged Walleye (06/03/14)

Buy Rite promotes Starr, Bastman (06/03/14)

Lake Park selects new city seal (06/03/14)

Lake Park City Clerk retiring (06/03/14)

Spirit Lake residents arrested on multiple drug charges (06/02/14)

Inspection team to pre-ride RAGBRAI route across Iowa June 1-7 (05/30/14)

Pure Fishing receives Blue Zones designation (05/29/14)

Perkins arrested following high speed pursuit (05/29/14)

Cottage construction begins on OST campus (05/29/14)

Spirit Lake native spearheads monument drive (05/29/14)

Early morning fire destroys garage in Spirit Lake (05/28/14)

Open statehouse seat draws three candidates (05/28/14)

Local band inducted into South Dakota RnR Hall of Fame (05/27/14)

Hussong appointed to Arnolds Park mayor's seat (05/27/14)

Two seek spot on county board (05/27/14)

DNR presents Marble Lake, West Hottes Lake, updates (05/27/14)

VFW hosts inaugural home brewer's contest (05/27/14)

Hwy 71 accident sends three to LRH (05/27/14)

Woodley retires from zoning office (05/27/14)

152 species found during Bird-A-Thon (05/27/14)

Polar Plunge proceeds donated (05/27/14)

'Big Bangs Cost Big Bucks' campaign continues (05/27/14)

Water fountain installed in Iowa's Silver Lake (05/27/14)

Farm meets the playground: OES students learn the importance of ag, 4-H (05/26/14)

State line field fire draws Spirit Lake assistance (05/26/14)

Celebrate EMS Awareness Week (05/22/14)

Memorial Day launches season of boating concerns (05/20/14)

Bedell Family YMCA announces expansion plans (05/20/14)

State agrees to fund Polaris expansion (05/20/14)

Sites hard to find as camping season begins (05/20/14)

End of year nears for local school districts (05/20/14)

SLFD extinguishes two Sunday house fires (05/20/14)

Ribbon cutting held for LRH expansion (05/20/14)

Residents can help with courthouse flags (05/20/14)

A Piece of Work, Inc. announces new glass artists (05/20/14)

Winter Games 35 logo contest announced (05/20/14)

Roof Garden 'Beach Blast Off' concert to feature DC & The Drifters (05/20/14)

Area cities commemorate Memorial Day (05/19/14)

Lake Park 'water-breaking' ceremony moved to Tuesday (05/19/14)

UPDATED Life sentence stands, but Wedebrand granted parole possibility (05/16/14)

Performing arts shine on Spirit Lake campus (05/15/14)

New nature center bee hive exhibit (05/15/14)

Spring Bird-A-thon planned at nature center (05/15/14)

Blues/Rock & Roll Jam arrives (05/15/14)

Marble and West Hottes Lake open house announced (05/14/14)

Voter pre-registration deadline Friday, May 23 (05/14/14)

LRH east wing construction complete (05/13/14)

State to consider additional Milford Polaris funding (05/13/14)

Ex-Iowa Juvenile Home resident's claim rejected (05/13/14)

'More smoke than fire' Monday night at Spirit Lake factory (05/13/14)

Woodward named Okoboji Tourism Committee director (05/13/14)

Phase III completed at St. Joseph (05/13/14)

Plants to provide photo processing style (05/13/14)

Epic Iowa Road Trip makes stop in Iowa Great Lakes (05/13/14)

Arnolds Park Amusement Park readies for 124th season (05/12/14)

Lake Park contestant crowned pageant queen (05/12/14)

H-LP students to perform national anthem at state track (05/12/14)

32nd annual Walleye Weekend results (05/09/14)

Hey, Good Cookies! ready for summer season (05/09/14)

Arnolds Park moves ahead to fill mayor's office vacancy (05/06/14)

Great Lakes Communication Corp. constructs data center near Lake Park (05/06/14)

RAGBRAI committees focused on planning (05/06/14)

DePalma group to maintain Inn at Okoboji operations (05/06/14)

Spirit Lake carrier food drive readies for 16th year (05/06/14)

40 acres burn at Hales Slough (05/06/14)

Protective Association marks a century of preservation (05/05/14)

Judge to review Wedebrand life sentence (05/05/14)

Wings and Wetlands celebrates 20 years (05/05/14)

Sternitzke arrested on drug charges (05/01/14)

Spirit Lake educator named semifinalist in national Teacher Search (04/29/14)

SL School District hires new principals (04/29/14)

Community taking a dive for young cancer patient (04/29/14)

32nd annual Walleye Weekend set for May 3-4 (04/29/14)

Trial date set in Estherville murder case (04/29/14)

Primary election early voting underway (04/29/14)


Iowa Navy Commodores visit local businesses (04/29/14)

Iowa Lakes instructor earns national certification (04/28/14)

Well-known Lakes businessman passes away (04/25/14)

Cosby finds humor in the world around him (04/24/14)

Polaris cancels 2014 American Victory Rally (04/23/14)

Terril school building celebrates centennial (04/22/14)

King targeted in Zuckerberg immigration reform ad (04/22/14)

Milford hosts Public Safety Open House (04/22/14)

Counties approve Silver Lake improvement study (04/22/14)

Plea agreement closes Spirit Lake murder case (04/21/14)


Police pursuit ends in OWI charge (04/21/14)

Terril Elementary 100-year anniversary (04/18/14)

Milford Fire Department to host safety open house (04/16/14)

Don't tell the fish -- Walleye Weekend no longer a 'live' tournament (04/15/14)

Arraignment date set in Estherville murder case (04/15/14)

Local officials mark Tele-Communicators Week (04/15/14)

City Seal design contest announced (04/15/14)

YMCA to host spring Special Olympics (04/15/14)

Construction planned for Highway 9 east of Spirit Lake (04/15/14)

Highway crossings approved for ATVs in Spirit Lake (04/15/14)

State fines Spirit Lake assisted living center (04/14/14)

Sheriff's Office announces several area arrests (04/14/14)

Earth Day activities held at nature center (04/14/14)

Fast-growing Rembrandt announces new headquarters (04/09/14)

Simulation provides glimpse into lives of struggling families (04/09/14)

Okoboji takes runner-up spot at jazz championships (04/09/14)


Okoboji RAGBRAI logo and theme revealed (04/08/14)

Annual Easter egg hunt set for Saturday, April 12 (04/08/14)

Residents split car drop prize (04/08/14)

IGHSAU announces girls soccer rankings (04/08/14)

OHS students to perform Charlotte's Web (04/07/14)

Five charged following apartment investigation (04/04/14)

Heavy snowfall causing public works headaches in Lake Park (04/04/14)

Okoboji voters approve revenue purpose statement (04/02/14)

Spirit Lake girl receives successful liver transplant (04/01/14)

Census: Dickinson County growth continues (04/01/14)

Okoboji RAGBRAI logo, theme to be revealed (04/01/14)

Spirit Lake splash pad faces uncertain start date (04/01/14)

Florian concert approaches at PLAC (04/01/14)

Middle schooler joins dad on mission trip (03/31/14)

SLPD search turns up gun charge (03/28/14)

Twetten's ownership changes hands after almost 60 years (03/26/14)

Community members come together for poverty simulation (03/26/14)

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues (03/26/14)

Les Mis comes to northwest Iowa (03/26/14)

Long, harsh winter could impact fish population (03/25/14)

Okoboji School sales tax vote approaches (03/25/14)

Popular scoutmaster, parade marshal passes (03/25/14)

Candle near footstool triggers Spirit Lake fire (03/24/14)

Students try hand at Minds in Motion (03/24/14)

Hwy 71 collision results in injuries (03/20/14)

Milford Churches come forward in time of need (03/20/14)

'Picking Cotton' authors forever linked by 1984 events (03/18/14)

Spirit Lake man shares gambling story (03/18/14)

Fireworks expansion draws mixed reviews in area (03/18/14)

Long winter could impact fish populations (03/18/14)

'Hey, Good Cookies!' ownership to change hands (03/18/14)

Lt. Gov. attends area town hall meeting (03/18/14)

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 24-28 (03/17/14)

City of Okoboji receives stormwater award (03/14/14)

Milford churches unite to benefit Philippines typhoon relief (03/14/14)

RAGBRAI route to take riders through Terril (03/12/14)

SL mock trial moves on to state (03/12/14)

RAGBRAI planning meeting held, call for volunteers increases (03/11/14)

Nine years later, wind turbine still generates benefits (03/11/14)

CrossFit takes region by storm (03/10/14)

(UPDATED) Fire destroys Arnolds Park home (03/04/14)

RAGBRAI informational meeting date arrives (03/04/14)

World Day of Prayer kicks off ecumenical services (03/04/14)

(UPDATED) Two-vehicle crash results in injuries (03/04/14)

Treasure Village staff looks ahead to 2014 season (03/04/14)

(Updated) Estherville man charged in shooting death (02/27/14)

Details still sketchy regarding Estherville shooting (02/27/14)

Sky Erickson case brings Wedebrand back to court (02/25/14)

(Not the last picture show after all) Pioneer Theatre owner readies for another season (02/25/14)

THE GIVING SPIRIT Local residents step up for baby on life support (02/25/14)

Steady stream is key to safe water lines (02/25/14)

G-T schools ready for 2nd annual Feb Fest (02/25/14)

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW Road crews work long hours, dodge motorists to clear streets (02/24/14)

Stolen generator case leads to charges (02/21/14)

Local manager, prolific volunteer steps down after 38 years (02/19/14)

TAKE A GUESS? Tickets on sale for 8th annual Car Drop (02/19/14)

Little successes add up; Okoboji's Stevens reaches career milestone (02/18/14)

Owens to succeed Stevens as Spirit Lake City Administrator (02/18/14)

Smith announces plans to leave office; Sibley man makes District 1 House bid (02/18/14)

NOT ALONE Shayla Bee helps out Spirit Lake family (02/18/14)

Head-on collision sends pair to LRH (02/17/14)

Compass Pointe offers support to residents in need (02/12/14)

Evert announces plans to leave Corridor (02/11/14)

OST schedule announcement warms winter months (02/11/14)

DCN wins second-consecutive 'General Excellence' trophy at INA convention (02/11/14)

Blue Zones Project announces YMCA as a designated worksite (02/11/14)

Hess announces re-election plans (02/11/14)


EXPLORING THE TROPICS SLHS students spend J-term in Florida (02/10/14)

SLPD to partner with Iowa ABD (02/10/14)

RAGBRAI volunteers needed (02/05/14)


Say 'I love you' with a song (02/05/14)

Iowa's ag secretary responds to farm bill passage (02/04/14)

It's been cold ... but has it been record cold? (02/04/14)

Legend Roller Coaster renovations near completion (02/04/14)

Spirit Lake officials award city hall bid (02/04/14)

Okoboji Classic Car contribution helps generate $1.1 million for veterans (02/04/14)

THE HAND IS QUICKER THAN THE EYE Spencers Magic duo primed for Okoboji performance (02/03/14)

Apartment search turns up drug charges (01/31/14)

AN EYE IN THE SKY local 'team' makes People's Art project possible (01/29/14)

Propane prices crunch family heating budgets (01/29/14)

(Updated) Okoboji, Lakes Area selected for RAGBRAI overnight stop (01/29/14)

Sprinkler system causes heavy damage at Bridges Bay (01/28/14)

Hospers man arrested on Dickinson County warrant (01/28/14)

Updated Unstable ice causes havoc on Iowa Great Lakes (01/25/14)

Spirit Lake trailer fire causes extensive damage (01/25/14)

Court date set in Spirit Lake murder case (01/22/14)

Legislative session begins on optimistic note (01/22/14)

SO MANY MEMORIES, SO LITTLE SPACE RockNRoll Museum eyes new home (01/22/14)

BEWARE OF THICK ICE? Frozen lakes still require caution (01/22/14)

Milford loses longtime fire chief (01/22/14)

Bedell home hits real estate market at $14.9M (01/22/14)

Fire displaces local family (01/22/14)

SPIRIT TIME - WG 34 cheerleaders announced, event nears (01/15/14)

Fire has another Lakes family starting from scratch (01/15/14)

Boji Bay ice arena unveils upgrades (01/15/14)

UPDATED: SL family displaced after house fire, gains community support (01/15/14)

WINTERTIME FUN Families enjoy Horseshoe Bend sports facility and tubing hill (01/15/14)

UPDATED: Omelet meal added to help Zemler family (01/10/14)

SL family displaced after house fire (01/10/14)

Roof Garden alumni remember Phil Everly (01/08/14)

Pioneer Theatre future remains uncertain (01/08/14)

Please help us remember Michael Fischer (01/08/14)

Spirit Lake woman knocked off bridge near Waterloo (01/08/14)

Central Bank acquires Des Moines Liberty locations (01/08/14)

FOR THE KIDS SLHS ushers in first Dance Marathon (01/08/14)

Spirit Lake woman knocked off bridge near Waterloo (01/03/14)

STORIES OF THE YEAR - no. 1: Court cases (12/31/13)

STORIES OF THE YEAR - no. 2: Highway 86 construction (12/31/13)

STORIES OF THE YEAR - no. 3: Lake Park ice storm (12/31/13)

STORIES OF THE YEAR - no. 4: The year in politics (12/31/13)

STORIES OF THE YEAR - no. 5: Clean water concerns (12/31/13)

The next five (STORIES OF THE YEAR 6-10) (12/31/13)

SLFD battles morning house fire (12/31/13)

Dickinson County fires 911 dispatcher caught sleeping (12/27/13)

Judge appointed, arraignment set in local murder case (12/24/13)

PEACE ON EARTH Pearson spirit of giving continues (12/24/13)

Spirit Lake considering bike boulevard (12/24/13)

Locals support Relay Life through polar plunge (12/24/13)

Okoboji School District unveils new logo (12/23/13)

PRESS ON Clothing drive supports SL girl's cancer battle (12/18/13)

Has Milford's Legion Post served its last meal? (12/18/13)

Robotic Engineering (12/18/13)

ROOM AT THE TABLE Calvary's Christmas dinner marks 14th year (12/18/13)

Local resident issues warning about veteran's charity (12/18/13)

Attorneys with local ties apply for judicial opening (12/18/13)

Spirit Lake accepting contract bids for new city hall (12/18/13)

Okoboji to finalize high school entrance construction plans (12/18/13)

Parole granted for parent in Duis abuse case (12/17/13)

UPDATED: Spirit Lake man faces murder charge (12/11/13)

Ready for ice? Be careful in some areas (12/11/13)

OES unveils Blue Ribbon award (12/11/13)

Spirit Lake considering bike boulevard (12/11/13)

Echo Plus to close redemption center (12/11/13)

IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY Alexander brothers are just having fun (12/11/13)

BREAKING: Spirit Lake man faces murder charge (12/09/13)

THE RESULTS ARE IN County's top election official counts last ballot (12/04/13)

Brown named Kiwanis Citizen of the Years (12/04/13)

National award has Okoboji students thinking blue (12/04/13)

THE JOY OF OUTDOORS Nature Center hires new naturalist (12/04/13)

Lake Park targets shooting range concept (12/04/13)

State Patrol christens new driving simulators (12/04/13)

Dickey Lee joins Senders for New Year's Eve bash (12/04/13)

Residents voice support for Lakes RAGBRAI visit (11/27/13)

HIGHWAY 86 UPDATE 'Old Goat Trail' reopens (11/27/13)

Winter Games 34 prep underway (11/27/13)

Winter Games 34 planning meeting announced (11/20/13)

RAGBRAI meeting planned in Arnolds Park (11/20/13)

Arnolds Park adopts ATV ordinance (11/20/13)

Grieving families learn to endure the holidays (11/20/13)

TURKEY TROT Nature Center offers plenty of offseason activities (11/20/13)

Lake Park dedicates Freedom Rock/Veterans Memorial (11/13/13)

Okoboji staff discusses the unthinkable (11/13/13)

Records: Spirit Lake veteran died after alarms shut off (11/13/13)

DEFINE YOURSELF Aaron Thomas speaks to SLHS students (11/13/13)

Inn ownership could be changing hands (11/13/13)

THE COLD IS HERE Winter weather awareness hits Iowa (11/13/13)

Hunting duo pulled from West Hottes Lake (11/06/13)

PART III: BULLYING AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL Sticks and Stones author shares views on Bullying (11/06/13)

Vander Woude wins fifth term as Okoboji's mayor (11/05/13)

Football: Indians' furious comeback effort falls short (11/05/13)

Football: Six Podraza TDs powers Newell-Fonda past Titans (11/05/13)

Incumbents retain seats in close Orleans council race (11/05/13)

Milford residents name three new council members (11/05/13)

Mau Andres, Mendenhall join Robinson on Okoboji Council (11/05/13)

Mitchell nabs mayor's spot, city council seats filled in Arnolds Park (11/05/13)

UPDATE: Norem convicted of kidnapping, sexual abuse (11/01/13)

Football: Titans pull playoff upset (10/31/13)

No. 7 Indians topple MOC-Floyd Valley (10/31/13)

Candidates vie for three Okoboji City Council seats (10/30/13)

Milford voters to decide three council seats (10/30/13)

Vander Woude, Parks vie for Okoboji mayor's position (10/30/13)

Council seats and Mayor's office contested in Arnolds Park (10/30/13)

Orleans residents to vote on three-way city council race (10/30/13)

Traffic slows to one-lane during Hwy 71 construction (10/30/13)

ENTER IF YOU DARE G-T middle school students host haunted house (10/30/13)

Kidnapping, sex abuse trial underway (10/29/13)

2013 Area Football Standings (10/24/13)

BUSINESS IS FOAMING West Okoboji brewery plans expansion (10/23/13)

PART I Social media: A new outlet for bullying (10/23/13)

G-T community school adds new facilities (10/23/13)

Plagge takes American Bankers Association gavel (10/23/13)

A 'SPOOK'TACULAR TIME IGL Chamber hosts second Fall Festival (10/23/13)

'Legend' construction begins second phase (10/16/13)

Lakeside Lab group receives statewide honor (10/16/13)

Shayla Bee helps 74th area family (10/16/13)

East Lake Industrial Park makes headway (10/16/13)

ARE YOU READY? Business professionals speak to SLHS students (10/16/13)

JACK-O-LANTERNS AND HAY RACK RIDES Family Fall Fest set for Saturday, Oct. 19 (10/16/13)

Central Bank acquires seven Liberty Bank branches (10/09/13)

Area beans half done, corn at 25 percent, yields could bring mixed bag for growers (10/09/13)

A NEW CHURCH HOME Milford's Harbor of Joy on the move (10/09/13)

Spirit Lake Schools to host Healthiest State Walk (10/09/13)

IS IT HAUNTED? Group investigates the paranormal, educates public (10/09/13)

Milford Library announces new executive director (10/09/13)

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE ... Milford FD visit Okoboji Elementary for Fire Prevention Week (10/09/13)

A meal on the go: Lake Park uses goats to clear away unwanted plants (10/02/13)

Okoboji Elementary receives national recognition (10/02/13)

Lake Park woman pleads guilty in theft case (10/02/13)

CAASA adds domestic violence advocate (10/02/13)

West Lake trail loop nears completion (10/02/13)

Even weather impacted by federal shutdown (10/02/13)

Artisans Road Trip returns for 2013 (10/02/13)

Johnson sees trials, triumphs during military service (09/25/13)


City election ballot takes shape (09/25/13)

LRH expansion set for spring completion (09/25/13)

IRRMA names new executive director (09/25/13)

Oktoberfest Ride gears up for 22nd year (09/25/13)

State, local groups discuss public dock plans at State Pier (09/18/13)

15th Street in Spirit Lake set for reconstruction (09/18/13)

COLORFUL SEASON Fall great for camping, fishing (09/18/13)

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds Castillo-Alvarez verdict (09/18/13)

Highway 86 nears completion (09/18/13)

Federal charges possible following Lake Park arrest (09/18/13)

Electric co-ops, Iowa delegation meet over disaster aid (09/18/13)

This week in sports (09/12/13)

Update: Toppled excavator pulled from city hall basement (09/11/13)

THE WORLD'S LARGEST SCIENCE CLASS Iowa Lakes and CCF gear up for world record attempt (09/11/13)

Voters fill area school board seats (09/11/13)

SLPD introduces new K9 (09/11/13)

Rising costs alter city hall construction plans (09/11/13)

Multiple suspects nabbed for drug possession at Spirit Lake business (09/11/13)

Iowa Lakes focuses on continuing education (09/11/13)

RELYING ON NATURE Local contractor builds energy-efficient home (09/11/13)

UPDATED: Fire near Superior destroys more than 300 hay bales (09/04/13)

A NIGHT OUT Grape Escape supports Lakes Regional Foundation (09/04/13)

Grassley makes Spirit Lake, Okoboji stops (09/04/13)

Voters to fill school board seats Tuesday (09/04/13)

California theatre bears Spirit Lake grad's name (09/04/13)

Clean Water petition questions answered (09/04/13)

RSVP and the Voluntary Action Center (09/04/13)

A GIFT OF LOVE Shayla Bee Foundation supports Spirit Lake Family (09/04/13)

Massive building upgrades nearing completion for Spirit Lake schools (08/28/13)

Donovan named new RSVP coordinator (08/28/13)

20 YEARS LATER Remembering the flood of '93 (08/28/13)

Stars coming to PLAC in 2014 (08/28/13)

Van goes up in flames in Lake Park (08/28/13)

Rockin' weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes (08/28/13)

Spencer Invite postponed due to heat (08/27/13)

LENDING A HELPING HAND Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for Dickinson County family (08/21/13)

Crash near Lake Park injures two (08/21/13)

County, Spirit Lake strike agreements SL Council meetings have temporary home (08/21/13)

Dickinson County kidnapping trial sees another delay (08/21/13)

California Most Wanted suspect located in Lake Park (08/21/13)

Boji Junction ownership changes hands (08/21/13)

BACK TO SCHOOL New technology, new administrators await area students (08/14/13)

Terril Fun Days returns to summer schedule (08/14/13)

Inland Regatta skims West Okoboji waters (08/14/13)

Grassley announces Spirit Lake stop (08/14/13)

Northwest Iowa Bone welcomes Spencer native (08/14/13)

OEI wraps up eighth year with graduation (08/14/13)

Arby's coming to Iowa Great Lakes (08/14/13)

Polaris hosts Victory Rally weekend (08/14/13)

Avera nears relationship with LRH (08/07/13)

$12M water treatment plant expansion complete (08/07/13)

Cherish Center names new director (08/07/13)

Local grocer: Labor laws make it difficult to hire teenagers (08/07/13)

Altercation sends officers to LRH (08/07/13)

Newcomers surface on area school board ballots (08/07/13)

State Education Board rejects school start date proposal (08/07/13)

PASTA -- FOR THE PETS Italian dinner fundraiser helps local animal shelter (08/07/13)

A DIFFERENT WORLD Spirit Lake students spend 10 days in Turkey (08/07/13)

READY TO PARTY Historic Arnolds Park Inc. fundraiser approaches (07/31/13)

Okoboji Bible Conference marks 79th year (07/31/13)

Iowa's sales tax holiday returns (07/31/13)

Trails system moves forward under new leadership (07/31/13)

FOR THE PEOPLE West O Beer strives for enjoyment (07/31/13)

Farmer's Market vendors help 'Kookie Lady' (07/31/13)

Hope Eternal (07/31/13)

UPDATED: Firefighters respond to smoky scene at Heritage Landings (07/25/13)

Cyclospora outbreak reaches Dickinson County, Health experts say numbers decreasing overall (07/24/13)

UDMO director to retire after 22 years (07/24/13)

Northey sees promising future during ethanol plant visit (07/24/13)

Grass fire burns 40 acres near Wahpeton (07/24/13)

A species that's good for the Lakes? (07/24/13)

AQUATIC LIFE ON LAND Local artists creates massive wooden sculptures (07/24/13)

Northey confirms third Iowa Ag Secretary bid (07/17/13)

MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR Milford Commercial Club launches 'goating' fundraiser (07/17/13)

Maye to mark 57th Okoboji visit (07/17/13)

City of Spirit Lake to extend sidewalk along Hill Ave. (07/17/13)

Okoboji City Hall parking lot construction underway (07/17/13)

Northern Iowa Die Casting to see 12,600 ft. expansion (07/17/13)

Sky lanterns to brighten Lake Park skies (07/17/13)

IT'S FOR THE KIDS County Fair begins this week (07/17/13)

COME AND DISCOVER SPIRIT LAKE Annual city celebration set for Saturday (07/10/13)

Memorial Park grand re-opening set for Saturday (07/10/13)

Local fisheries biologist hooks regional award (07/10/13)

BRASL marks two decades (07/10/13)

School board filing period underway (07/10/13)

Local company establishes relationships overseas (07/10/13)

Arnolds Park to host 10th Relay for Life (07/10/13)

Fireworks to light up night skies (07/03/13)

The past comes to life at the Okoboji Classic Car Museum (07/03/13)

Conservation Board hires new director (07/03/13)

Library says good-bye to therapy dog Grant (07/03/13)

'Making Waves' day sets young worries aside (07/03/13)

DNR reopens Emerson Bay Campground (07/03/13)

Brown Med adds 51,000 sq. feet to Spirit Lake facility (07/03/13)

Spirit Lake officials finalizing new city hall blueprints (07/03/13)

Wastewater discharge reaches Big Spirit Lake (06/26/13)

Reception planned as Tagami nears retirement (06/26/13)

Lakes philanthropist Bill Krause dies at 78 (06/26/13)

Lake Park man faces second theft charge (06/26/13)

More zebra mussels found in Iowa Great Lakes (06/26/13)

White bass fish kill at Silver Lake (06/26/13)

COOKING FOR A CAUSE 'Culinary Challenge' highlights Okoboji Foundation gala (06/26/13)

Kiwanis group keeps tornado victims in mind (06/26/13)

Longtime Cherish Center director announces retirement (06/26/13)

Extensive Furniture Mart remodel now finished (06/26/13)

Lakes advocate, Kum & Go co-founder William Krause dies at 78 (06/19/13)

Smoke fills Arnolds Park home (06/19/13)

Extended Walleye Weekend contest yields another winner (06/19/13)

House fire displaces Lake Park family (06/19/13)

Locals raising funds for new Masonic Center (06/19/13)

OUR ANGELS Shaw family spreading awareness for CdLS (06/19/13)

FIRE UP THE GRILL BBQ competition ready for year two (06/19/13)

Branstad brings ABI Conference to conclusion (06/14/13)

Ford praises strides in health issues (06/12/13)

No action taken on Parks related agenda items (06/12/13)

BEING ULYSSES S. GRANT One-man show comes to Lake Park (06/12/13)

Kelley named new Humane Society director (06/12/13)

ECHO Plus provides opportunities for disabled residents (06/12/13)

Bacteria levels remain at safe level in Iowa Great Lakes (06/12/13)

Treasure Village continues 41st year (06/12/13)

State leaders plan area stops (06/12/13)

2013 Spirit Lake Softball Invitational pairings (06/06/13)

Okoboji bids farewell to longtime council member (06/05/13)

Extended contest yields tagged walleye winner (06/05/13)

PLAC announces lineup for '13 Bud Pearson Celebrity Golf Classic (06/05/13)

Lake Park man faces felony theft charge (06/05/13)

Milford grain company clears buildings for expansion (06/05/13)

Electric fish barrier at Lower Gar activated (06/05/13)

Okoboji Foundation reaches milestone (06/05/13)

U of O Youth Soccer Classic marks 36th year (06/05/13)

CORRECTED: Construction accident claims Okoboji man's life (06/05/13)

Lakeside Lab director to retire (06/05/13)

EXPANDING LEARNING OES students get creative on last day of school (06/05/13)


A 'BEE'UTIUFL NIGHT Shayla Bee visits 68th family in Milford (05/29/13)

Lakeside Lab artist seeks 'lay of the land' (05/29/13)

MAN'S BEST FRIEND Dog, owner bounce back from difficult year (05/29/13)

Two men arrested for Spirit Lake burglaries (05/23/13)

Win tickets to Rocket Suzie music festival (05/23/13)

May inducted into SL Hall of Achievement (05/22/13)

Northwest Bank to consolidate Spirit Lake locations (05/22/13)

Veterans conduct memorial tributes throughout Dickinson County (05/22/13)

LEARNING LIFE SKILLS Inaugural OMS career fair set for Thursday (05/15/13)

Wintery spring makes for busy hoist and dock season (05/15/13)

Spirit Lake's Northey passes on Senate bid (05/08/13)

Youth in Philanthropy announces 2013 grant recipients (05/08/13)

STOCKING THE PANTRY Mail carrier annual food drive returns May 11 (05/08/13)

Okoboji hosts 'Bizarre Foods' personality (05/04/13)

First Lutheran to host Milford Community Gardens (05/01/13)

LET'S GET 'REEL' Annual Walleye Weekend unofficial "kick-off" to summer (05/01/13)

Community members raising funds for SL K-9 (05/01/13)

Iowa Supreme Court issues 'Fish House Lounge' ruling (04/26/13)

Local rockers inducted into S.D. Hall of Fame (04/24/13)

Spirit Lake hires Camanche Elementary Principal (04/24/13)

Spirit Lake native provides medical help during Marathon bombings (04/24/13)

Jason Lindsay named DCN general manager (04/24/13)

G-T superintendent to leave district (04/19/13)

Earth Day programs about to take flight (04/19/13)

Victims in crash near Superior identified (04/18/13)

Spirit Lake hires Camanche Elementary Principal (04/17/13)

ALWAYS ON CALL April 14-20 is National Tele-Communicators Week (04/17/13)

Milford Cable ownership changes hands (04/17/13)

Winter storm damages trees, disrupts power (04/17/13)

Deadline approaches for Lake Park storm debris (04/12/13)

GriefShare series returns (04/12/13)

Branstad issues disaster proclamation (04/11/13)

Whitrock to leave local pet shelter (04/10/13)

Kiwanis car breaks through W. Okoboji ice (04/10/13)

Notorious 'Vikings Love Boat' finds home in Iowa Great Lakes (04/10/13)

Highway 86 closure possible Monday (04/10/13)

Bouse announced as new OES Principal (04/10/13)

Ave continues groundbreaking debate season (04/03/13)

Iowa Lakes wind program draws Turkish delegation (04/03/13)

Son's sudden death prompts parents' appeal (04/03/13)

'Boji Voices' places third at state Spirit Lake takes 7th in 3A (04/03/13)

Center Lake watershed project set to begin in July (04/03/13)

Bank officials issue debit card alert (03/29/13)

Area residents pause to honor fallen hero (03/27/13)

UPDATED: Local woman with 'Broken Arrow' ties faces new charges (03/27/13)

Family, friends say 'goodbye' to SSG Blass (03/27/13)

G-T music class returns from Orlando trip (03/27/13)

THE HUNT IS ON Annual County Egg Hunt moved to YMCA grounds (03/27/13)

Family, friends say 'goodbye' to SSG Blass Fallen soldier laid to rest next to his grandfather in Spence (03/27/13)

GLOBAL MEDICINE Spirit Lake grad returns from medical tour in Ghana (03/27/13)

Plans to honor Blass take shape (03/25/13)

Local dive team assists in Sioux Falls search (03/20/13)

DNR: Camping options shrinking for Memorial Day (03/20/13)

Lakeside Lab creates new position, branches out to state universities (03/20/13)

LAVA LAMPS & BOTTLE ROCKETS Second Minds in Motion a success (03/20/13)

AN OUNCE OF CAUTION Severe Weather Awareness Week arrives early in 2013 (03/20/13)

Iowa Lakes students to take trip to Haiti (03/20/13)

Dickinson County ice arena naming rights unveiled (03/19/13)

Highway 86 to undergo construction near border (03/13/13)

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Annual fire, EMS conference marks 21 years (03/13/13)

Even forecasters feel turbulence at 10,000 feet (03/13/13)

Polaris to add Brutus line in Milford (03/12/13)

OES principal to leave district (03/06/13)

Voters approve funding for SL City Hall (03/06/13)

Apartment fire causes $500,000 damage (03/06/13)

GOP Senate contenders expect 'collegial' winnowing process Spirit Lake's Northey among possible candidates (03/06/13)

Webb participates in UI science and humanities symposium (03/06/13)

Recent snowfall does little to help lake levels (03/06/13)

THE BEAT GOES ON Both OHS and SLHS jazz bands show continual success in jazz competitions (03/06/13)

STRANDED AT SEA Jackson, Minn. couple returns from cruise ship Triumph (02/27/13)

SL voters to decide city hall fate (02/27/13)

Electric fish barrier fully operational (02/27/13)

G-T/R-A partial day sharing agreement reached (02/27/13)

THE SHOW MUST GO ON Young performers return for Talent Follies encore (02/20/13)

HOLDING STRONG Annual Car Drop welcomed by solid ice (02/20/13)

Wilson's jury trial cancelled, guilty verdict reached (02/20/13)

Polaris donates GEM cars to Minnesota zoo (02/20/13)

Dickinson County News wins 'General Excellence' trophy at INA convention (02/13/13)

Area shops ramp up preparations for V-Day (02/13/13)