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Emergency 5mph rule to be lifted at 6 a.m. Saturday

As outlined in the Dickinson County High-Water Plan, when the last gauge falls below the pre-determined emergency level, a 72-hour waiting period will begin prior to the 5mph rule being lifted. At 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, West Okoboji fell below 6.20 feet on the USGS gauge. Therefore, the five mile per hour rule will be removed on all lakes in Dickinson County at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 20, barring any rainfall that would bring the level back up to 6.20 feet.

Tons of family fun coming to Dickinson County Fair

The Dickinson County 4-H/FFA Fair is right around the corner, and with it comes a myriad of exciting festivities for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy some farm-fresh food and see displays of critters, creativity and a collection of other activities when the fair begins this Saturday, July 20. The fair is located, as always, at the fairgrounds located at 1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake.


Woodworking crafts career for Milford couple

SAPS of OAKoboji is now open for business

The woodworking gift shop SAPS of OAKoboji opened its doors Memorial Day this year, bringing with it a wide variety of wholesale goods and hand-drawn wood burning artwork.

DCEM discuss flooding, emergency no-wake rule

Lake levels are slowly falling back down to normal, but with most lakes still about an inch over emergency limit, Dickinson County Emergency Management considered what to do about the emergency five mile per hour rule currently being enforced on the lakes. After some discussion, the DCEM board ultimately decided to go by the numbers, and will be lifting the rule as soon as lakes are below the necessary levels for 72 hours straight.

Community Briefs 07-18-24

Dickinson County Fair not hosting exhibit show

The Dickinson County Fair will not host an open class static exhibit show at the 2024 Dickinson County Fair. The fair hopes to reestablish the show for the 2025 fair and apologizes for any confusion this may cause.

Iowa Insurance Institute donates $10,000 to Red Cross

Milford Memorial Library News 07-18-24

At 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, willing workers are invited to join other volunteers and staff, as they set-up for the Friends of the Milford Library Book Sale. Set up will begin that morning with pizza and potluck to follow. Once everything is in place volunteers are able to shop early. Please let the library know if you plan to volunteer by calling 712-338-4643 or email

Sirens 07-18-24

Whitney Alecia Nuebel, age 37, of Spencer was arrested on the charge of driving while under the influence — first offense — at approximately 8:18 p.m. Saturday, July 6 near Clover Lane in Milford.

Marlys Kay Nichols, age 65, of Spirit Lake was arrested on the charge of driving while under the influence — first offense — at approximately 10:55 p.m. Saturday, July 6 near Highway 9 in Spirit Lake.

Marilyn Claussen

A service for Marilyn Claussen, age 88, of Spirit Lake, was held Tuesday, July 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was in Rippey, Iowa. Marilyn passed away July 11 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Spirit Lake local wins National American Miss Covergirl prize

Spirit Lake local Anna Tullis recently won the National American Miss Covergirl prize during the three-day competition in Omaha this June — Tullis additionally received fourth runner up in the Miss Junior Teen Iowa competition. The other states involved in this circuit were Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri.

Ripples in the water

After catastrophic flooding for Dickinson County, what's next for locals?

After an incredibly wet month with more rain to come, citizens of Dickinson County have been hard at work assessing the damages to their homes and local businesses. The historic flooding has had a lasting impact on residents who are now doing what they can to recover from the catastrophic event.


One dead, one injured in Lake Park car accident

A fatal car accident just outside of Lake Park resulted in the death of one teenager and the severe injury of another.

Spirit Lake schools talk new summer school program

In an attempt to boost proficiency, encourage attendance and prioritize academic achievement, Spirit Lake Community School District has made a few adjustments to its policy 505.6 regarding student promotion, retention and acceleration. The changes to the policy will apply to grades pre-k through eighth.

All-Town Garage Sale returns to Pioneer Days

The All-Town Garage Sale is a returning favorite to Milford’s Pioneer Days scheduled for July 26-27 in Milford. To register your garage sale, please contact Cherish Again, formerly Thee Garage Sale, in Milford, at (712) 338-3334. Deadline to register and be listed on the Pioneer Days All-Town Garage Sale Map will be Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

Nature Center to host kayaking program

The Dickinson County Nature Center is partnering with local kayak instructor Mark Foss to bring visitors Intro to Kayaking. Lessons will go from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and occur on July 22, 24, and 31.

Environmental Education Coordinator Danika Cox anticipates that attendees will take advantage of the classes to build their skill set and become comfortable on the water.

Dickinson County Nature Center to host Kenue Coffee Hour

The public is invited to join Dickinson County Nature Center staff for Kenue Coffee Hour at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11. As always, there will be a light coffee bar at the Maser Monarch Lodge and plenty of conversation.

Sirens 07-11-24

Daizon Mikhal Martin, age 30, of Round Lake, Minnesota was arrested on charges of driving without a valid drivers license, speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance and six counts of a controlled substance violation at approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday, June 28 near the corner of 13th Street and Highway 71 in Milford.

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