Congratulations to Dean Aakhus of Milford and Terry Yarns of Spirit Lake on their induction into the Iowa Rock ’n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame over Labor Day weekend. They were inducted into the Hall with the band called The Torkays. It was great to see them perform again too. Also congratulations to Spirit Lake native Mike Butterworth on his induction with The Nadas. This group is still performing a very busy schedule and I really enjoyed their performance.
Great Lakes Cinema 7 in Okoboji has a unique event coming up on Monday, Sept. 17. A special movie screening of “This Day Forward” will take place. Movie director Brian Ide and actress Jennifer Jensen will be on hand for a meet and greet at 6:15 and a question and answer session at the movie’s end. The movie is an inspiring true story about an Iowa family, the Jensens, and their faith journey as they faced the ravages of brain cancer. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and regular ticket pricing applies.It certainly is rare for us here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region to have the opportunity to sit and talk with a movie's director and actor at a special screening. The subject of the film is important and one most all of us have had to face with a loved one or friend in our lives.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you once more about an upcoming benefit concert. Milford native Andrew Ryker has undergone surgery to remove part of a brain tumor and will undergo more treatment. The benefit will take place Thursday, Sept. 6 at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Performing will be Andrew Duncan, Heath Huberg, John Moore, Travis Richter, Jessica Schable and Karina VanWyhe. All of these outstanding young classical singers and musicians went to school together at Okoboji and have gone on to national and international renown. Some teach classical music, some perform and some do both. They invite everyone to join them and help Andrew with his expenses as he battles what is called craniopharyngioma. I wish him a speedy and successful recovery and look forward to hearing all of his friends perform again back home where it all began. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend but wanting to contribute, a fund has been set up at both United Community Bank locations.
I got to spend a few moments visiting with Roger Stolley the other day. He was here from McAllen, Texas for a 50th reunion. He, along with Herman and Emil Richter, founded the University of Okoboji. He seems pleased with the success of that venture and was having a great time reminiscing with friends.
I would like to give a nod of approval and thanks to those people responsible for the beautiful hanging flower planters along West Broadway Street and the walkway down to the lake in Arnolds Park. They are gorgeous and have been all summer not matter if the weather was scorching hot or we were experiencing a monsoon rain with wind. They are still so pretty as we head into September. Thanks for all your hard work!
This is the final Campus Hotline for 2018. Thank you to all of you who took the time to email information or call me to talk about what was going on. It was a good summer season with lots of notable events to keep us on our toes. I hope you all winter well, wherever that may be. See you next May!