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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Spencer Police are investigating a dog attack on a 10-year-old girl which resulted in a trip to the Spencer Hospital Emergency Room where she received stitches for multiple wounds. The alleged attack occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, in the 10th block of East 25th Street in North Spencer... >>
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An Emmet County Jury will have to decide which version of Lee Christensen to believe. Defense attorney Leon Spies of Iowa City wants the jury to see a heartbroken, but successful, teenager who struggled to meet his own expectations. That version of Christensen lashed out at a rival suitor in a... >>
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The Dickinson County Sheriff Department responded to call at around 2:50 p.m. Thursday of a semitrailer that wrecked just outside of Superior. The vehicle was northbound on county road N-14 when the driver lost control and crashed into the ditch on the right side of the road near Highway 9. The... >>
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A 12-member jury and two alternates are in place to decide if a talented high school cross country runner is responsible for the death of a community college student in his hometown. Lee Christensen was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder just over one year ago. Prosecutors... >>
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Jury selection began Tuesday and is expected to continue Wednesday in Estherville as the Lee Christensen first-degree murder trial gets underway. Investigators think Christensen used a gun to intentionally end the life of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit of Estherville on June 6, 2015... >>
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For 19 years, classic old cars and trucks have trekked to downtown Spirit Lake for an evening of relaxation, good food and fun. Kim Kunzmann of Spirit Lake founded the whole Spirit Lake Cruise In adventure nearly two decades ago. "We starting inviting cars to come right after I opened the doors to... >>
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YMCA of the Okobojis Board President Barry Sackett said the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) organization will help local officials with the search for an interim CEO. Norm Johnson, the longtime CEO of the YMCA of the Okobojis, has accepted a new role with the YMCA of Greater Louisville... >>
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Hundreds of riders hope for blue skies and a gentle breeze as they participate in the 32nd Annual University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride. The popular event is slated for Saturday, June 25. Director of the bike ride is Jim Carpenter of the Milford Fire and Rescue Department... >>
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Some kids from across the Iowa Great Lakes will hear the call of the wild at Lakeside Lab this summer. Lakeside Lab will host Wild Wednesdays at 7 p.m. each week until Aug. 3 at Waitt Lab. Each event will teach area youth about a variety of environmental topics. The weekly program is free to the... >>
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Andy McCoy and Rocky Vest of Des Moines decided to bike from the state capital to stay at a cabin in Okoboji with a group of friends in the summer of 2011. The following year, their ride became about much more. The cyclists saw their journey, now called the Okoboji 200, as a way to help raise funds... >>
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Crash investigators are working with the medical examiner's office as part of an effort to find out what caused 65-year-old Dale Peters to leave the roadway near a creek north of unincorporated Montgomery. For now, authorities know the Lake Park man was last seen as he was leaving for a fishing... >>
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Golfers from around the nation will travel to the Iowa Great Lakes Area this week armed with a different type of driver and putter. Dickinson County Conservation is hosting its second Boji Blowout Disc Golf Tournament at the course in Kenue Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Pro Disc Golf Association... >>
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Four people were charged following an early-morning disturbance Friday in Spirit Lake. Spirit Lake police were called at 5:10 a.m. to 811 Ithaca Ave. Upon further investigation the officer could smell the odor of marijuana inside the residence. The officer's suspicion led to search warrant.... >>
The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Juan Carlos Astello's Kossuth County sentences for first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder. The Estherville man was given a life sentence for kidnapping and 50-years in prison for his role in the murder of Gregory Sky Erickson on June 6, 1997.... >>
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Norm Johnson, the long-time CEO of the YMCA of the Okobojis, has accepted a new role with the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Local YMCA officials confirmed the move Wednesday afternoon. Johnson is leaving the Iowa Great Lakes area to become the leader of the Downtown YMCA -- as well as the newly... >>
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Power lines were snapped, roadways were flooded and trees were pushed into buildings as part of a particularly nasty storm system Tuesday afternoon. Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Ehret measured winds of up to 70 mph. Conditions warranted both a severe thunderstorm... >>
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Growing up along the waters of West Lake Okoboji, Aubrey LaFoy had a strong affection for boats. The well-known area history columnist had written six books when his friend Don Oleson of Arnolds Park enticed him to write a book specifically about the steamboats and their rich history in the Lakes... >>
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A pair of Spirit Lake firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a house fire Saturday afternoon. The Spirit Lake Community Fire Department was called at 2:34 p.m. to a fire at 1405 Gary Avenue in Spirit Lake. Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the building on arrival at... >>
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Each day Dave and Sharee Green care for more than 1,000 head of cattle on their feedlot and farm just outside of Milford. Dave Green said what he does is nothing special, but others in Dickinson County think differently. The Green family was named the winner of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor... >>
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Joseph Miller woke up in hospital bed in November of 2014 unsure where he was or why he was there. Many of his memories were erased. Miller had suffered a stroke and spent the previous month fighting for his life. The 25-year-old's long road to recovery was about to begin... >>

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Brownmed celebrates 50th anniversary (06/21/16)
When Brownmed first launched in 1964, Ivan Brown's father produced the company's sole product in the basement of his family home in Hartley. Today, the medical supply store manufactures 105 products in four different countries, including a facility in the Iowa Great Lakes Region...
DAR honors Colleen Lemkuil, a lady with many hats (06/21/16)
Colleen Lemkuil was honored at the June 14 meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her seven years of "dedicated and inspired leadership." In presenting the certificate, incoming Regent Mary Thunhorst commented that "Colleen will be a hard act to follow."...
Fostoria FD honors MaxYield Cooperative (06/21/16)
Kim Kroger and members of the Fostoria Fire and Rescue recently presented MaxYield Cooperative with a plaque in appreciation for their many years of support of the department. Paul Anderson, a member of MaxYield's grain solutions team, accepted the award on behalf of the cooperative...
Patrol announces 'Safety first -- Then the Fourth' program (06/21/16)
The Iowa State Patrol announced on Tuesday that it will coordinate a special traffic enforcement effort leading up to the Fourth of July celebration. "Safety First -- Then the Fourth" will see troopers working roadways that are part of the Iowa Great Lakes Corridor. ...
To learn basic papermaking (06/21/16)
With much of our lives going digital, paper, as a technology, is becoming obsolete. That's not the case with paper and papermaking as art. Artist, author, and instructor Helen Hiebert will be giving a two-day seminar at Iowa Lakes Community College on hand-making paper using plants (other than trees)...
NW Regional Housing Trust to meet (06/21/16)
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NWIRHTF) will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 30 in the Sheldon Community Room at 416 Ninth Street in Sheldon. The mission of NWIRHTF is to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low to moderate income persons residing in Buena Vista, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties. ...
Superior community picnic planned (06/21/16)
The 40th Annual Superior Community Picnic will take place on Sunday, July 3 at the town's community center. The potluck meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. and drinks will be furnished. A short program will follow which includes the Pledge of Allegiance, reading the Superior Poem and Prayer, sharing special memories and door prizes...
Foundation golf outing approaches (06/21/16)
Area golfers are invited to attend the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation's Palo Alto County Scholarship Golf Outing on Friday, June 24, at the Five Island Golf Course in Emmetsburg. The event features a nine-hole, four-person best shot tournament format. ...
Sioux Falls nature trip planned (06/21/16)
Join Iowa Lakes on Wednesday, July 20, and travel by bus to Sioux Falls for a day of nature. Several activities are planned for this trip. Take in the view of Falls Park while enjoying lunch at Falls Overlook Café. Then, travel to Butterfly House to see over 800 free-flying butterflies from all over the world. ...
Iowa Lakes to host 'I Wonder' camp (06/21/16)
Iowa Lakes will be holding an "I Wonder" day camp for all area students entering into grades 2-5. Students will explore reading, writing, math and science while working interactively with fun projects, games and activities. This is a great opportunity to keep the kids learning all summer long through hands-on experiences. ...
Single Spirits to meet (06/21/16)
(((SUBHEAD))) SINGLE SPIRITS TO MEET Single Spirits of Spirit Lake will hold their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. on June 23 at the Spirit Lake Public Library community room (702 16th St/use door northwest corner of building). The meeting is open to anyone single, widowed, or divorced. For more information call Chris (712) 320-3797, Shirley (712) 832-3266 or Ann (712) 441-6036...
Bible school offered (06/21/16)
Calvary United Methodist Church of Arnolds Park is hosting a vacation bible school at 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 5 through July 7. Children 4 years of age and older are invited to meet at Sawmill Bridge Shelter House in Arnolds Park. A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. ...
Harbor of Joy host hog roast fundraiser (06/21/16)
Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church announced a hog roast fundraiser to benefit a mission in Guaymas, Mexico from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Jeff and Deb Kyle from Milford and Art and Brenda Koenes from Manhattan, Montana will host the event. All funds raised from the free-will offering at the event will be used to help purchase a home for pastors Gilberto and Candy Ruiz. ...
Heritage Landing hosts cook-out (06/21/16)
Heritage Landing Senior Living Apartments is hosting a free cook-out featuring music by Adam Layman. The free event will be held on Thursday, June 23 and will include a meal starting at 5:30 p.m. with music to follow. Sign up to win a free door prize. Apartment tours will also be available...
Rummage, bike sale (06/21/16)
A rummage and bake sale takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 3501 Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake on Friday, June 24 (4-7 p.m.), and Saturday, June 25 (8-noon). No early sales, no checks please. Bring your cash and sweet tooth! Many gently used household/garage/yard items! Collectibles, garage light fixture, tools, silk flowers, toys, punch bowls, home decor, misc. small furniture/appliances, books, lamps, fireplace tools, life jackets, rugs, and more plus homemade baked goods...
Davis to speat at Cutty's (06/21/16)
Bill Davis Ministries invites you to Cutty's Resort located just outside of Spirit Lake on June 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. During this three-night event, Davis will be preaching on "Living Through The Cross." Bill and Darlene Davis have been in ministry for 43 years and mission and itinerant ministry for 32 years. ...
Dickinson County Central Committee elects officers (06/21/16)
The Dickinson County Central Committee met for the biennial election of officers Monday evening at the Spirit Lake Library. Elected to head the county committee for the next two years was chairman David Rowley, co-chair Mike Koencke, secretary Vergene Donovan and treasurer Chuck Wetzeler. ...
Briefcase Open rescheduled (06/21/16)
The "Briefcase Open" Chamber Golf Tournament is being rescheduled to Friday, Aug. 26. There was simply too much flooding at the golf course to offer a quality outing for our members and participants. The Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce is certainly sorry for the inconvenience, but is hopeful that participants will mark their calendar and join them for a fun day of golf and networking -- and hope for a "Chamber of Commerce Day" on Aug. 26...
'Tempest' slated for PLAC (06/21/16)
Young actors can be a part of "The Tempest" on stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on July 25. Students grade 4-12 will rehearse daily from 1-4 p.m. with a final performance on July 29. Deadline to register is July 18. Actors will be directed by Marta Barnard an Iowa Arts Council performance artist and artist in residence. For more information contact martabarnard@yahoo.com or call 712-332-7013 to register...
Spirit of Harmony chorus names 2016 'Sweet Adeline of the Year' (06/21/16)
Spirit of Harmony Chorus, an award-winning chorus of Sweet Adelines International, has named Marcia Klingbeil of Estherville its Sweet Adeline of the Year award recipient. Klingbeil was honored on May 23 at the annual Spirit of Harmony banquet. She was also honored as a woman of note at the regional competition in Rochester, Minnesota...
Dickinson County Nature Center to hold Nature Kids camp (06/21/16)
The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji will host a Nature Kids camp on July 18-20 to explore the wonders of the world. "Nature is an amazing place to spark the imaginations and all the senses of our kids," said naturalist Mary Petersen. "A great reminder to parents is that many studies have shown great benefits to both academics and the health of kids who regularly get outside and are involved in nature-related activities."...
OST presents 'A Murder is Announced' (06/21/16)
The Okoboji Summer Theatre is pleased to present its second production of the summer: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie and adapted by Leslie Darbon. This classic mystery is set in an early Victorian house. The production runs from Tuesday, June 21, through Sunday, June 26 and is generously sponsored by Anne Thorne Weaver and Rosemarie and Dennis Ward...
Annual Jewelry Splash date set (06/21/16)
Local jewelry artist Kathy Evert announced today the sixth annual Okoboji Bead and Jewelry Splash will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 23 and July 24 at the Dickinson County Community Building. The event is open to the public and admission is $2 at the door...
Second-annual Farm Gadget Show now taking registrations (06/21/16)
The second-annual Farm Gadget Show is now accepting entries for the 2016 Clay County Fair. During the nine days of the fair, these unique gadgets can be found in and around the Innovation Pavilion in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. "All entries should be something that can be used on the farm," Karen Schwaller, superintendent of the Farm Gadget department, said. "Farmers are some of the most creative people I know."...
Iowa Lakes to establish 'We Believe' scholarship (06/21/16)
A new scholarship is being established at Iowa Lakes Community College to recognize sophomore international students who have high academic skills and leadership qualities. The scholarship will be called the "We Believe" Academic Excellence Scholarship...
Iowa Lakes students attend national conference (06/21/16)
Surgical technology students at Iowa Lakes Community College's Spencer campus recently attended the Association of Surgical Technologists National Conference. This year's conference theme was "Forging-Ahead" and focused on moving ahead, against the odds, when things get tough. The conference encouraged surgical technologists to never lose sight of their own strengths and resolve...
Spirit Lake Library news (06/21/16)
Dan Kaercher will present Amazing! Awesome! Iowa for Kids! at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Spirit Lake Library's community room. The program is designed to assist youth in developing an awareness about Iowa and what makes it so special. Kaercher will try to instill a sense of pride about Iowa and what makes it unique with hands-on props and several brief activities on a level children can relate. ...
Spirit Lake High School students install Little Free Library (06/21/16)
Spirit Lake High School's J-Term class "Repurposed Reading" planted two of the six Little Free Libraries that they made during J-Term 2016. These libraries can be found on Hill Avenue and on 28th Street in Spirit Lake. Little Free Libraries is an international initiative started in Hudson, Wisconsin. Its mission is to promote literacy in neighborhoods. The philosophy is: "take a book, return a book." The location of all registered Little Free Libraries can be found at LIttleFreeLibrary.org...
Milford Library news (06/21/16)
If you are in grade 4-12, come to the Milford Memorial Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Bedell Family YMCA Fitness Coordinator, Brittney Janicek, will be at the library to talk about the benefit of warming up and cooling down from physical activity and have an activity with basic body weight exercises. For more information about the Summer Reading Program contact the Milford Memorial Library...
Iowa Lakes Foundation hosts Clay County golf outing (06/21/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation hosted the Clay County Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, June 6, at Spencer Municipal Golf Course. This year's event featured a nine-hole, four-person best ball tournament format. The shotgun start was at 5 p.m. ...
Ernst accepting fall internship applications (06/21/16)
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst announced that her office is seeking Iowa college students and recent graduates for internship opportunities in her Washington, D.C. and state offices during the upcoming fall semester. Applications are due on Aug. 1 and can be found on Ernst's website...
Commodores welcome Summerwind Gallery to the area (06/21/16)
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Summerwind Gallery to the Iowa Great Lakes Area Wednesday, June 8. The summer-season gallery features original Midwestern artwork from 27 artists. The gallery is located in Arnolds Park at 28th Allen Avenue. Owner Roberta Williams purchased the building last July. For more information, visit summerwindgallery.com...
Chamber welcomes Twetten's at new location (06/21/16)
The Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce welcomed Twetten's Interior Design to its new location at 1621 Hill Avenue in downtown Spirit Lake with a ribbon cutting. The interior design firm sells furnishings for homes and conducts special decorating orders. Owners Teresa Truog and Sarah Larson moved from their old location on Highway 9 earlier this year and opened on April 1. For more information, call (712) 336-6488...
Campus news 6-22 (06/21/16)
Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon has announced the honor list for the spring semester. Students on the honor list are full time and have achieved an average grade point of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The students are to be commended for their fine performance in their respective fields...
Commodores return to Riddle Me That (06/21/16)
The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Riddle Me That into the Iowa Great Lakes Area Wednesday, June 8, with a ribbon cutting. Kara Packebush opened the escape room at the old Burrito Hut location at 589 Highway 71 in Arnolds Park in March. Patrons have to solve a series of clues to attempt to escape from Riddle Me That's puzzle room. For more information, call (712)332-8072 or visit escaperoomokoboji.com...