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Which way, UUA?

Allan Saugstad will preside over the 10 a.m. July 14 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. His message is entitled “Which Way, UUA?.

Should Biden step down from the race?

Recently there have been calls for President Joe Biden to step down from the race for President from media, politicians like Iowa’s own former Senator Tom Harkin, and others. This is a dangerous precedent to set when millions of votes have been cast for President Biden in primaries and caucuses. Having been told that policies I have voted on to make our elections safe and more secure were voter suppression bills, I can’t even explain how I feel when people are talking about nullifying million

Dickinson County supervisors form committee, address flooding

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to form a committee Monday, July 1 in order to tackle the ongoing flooding affecting the area. The committee will consist of two members of the Clay and Dickinson County Boards of Supervisors, the Dickinson County Engineer, Spencer Mayor Steve Bomgaars, Mike Hawkins, Milford Mayor Steve Anderson and Bill Anderson. Their first private meeting was held 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2.

Finding hope in herbs

Megan Fuhrman Wheeler is a clinical herbalist and the owner of Megan & Co. in Spirit Lake, an herbal apothecary shop that seeks to provide support and assistance for various ailments, from the common cold to digestive health and more.

"As a clinician, I can assist the public in a one-on-one setting," Fuhrman Wheeler explained. "My schooling is a certified clinical herbalist, so I can develop protocols and formulas to support your whole body."

Okoboji Council to implement restoration plans

Stating that "time is crucial," Okoboji Mayor Mary Vander Woude called to order a special city council meeting on Friday, June 28. The room was filled to capacity with residents and business owners who heard City Administrator Michael Meyers explain the purpose of the meeting.

“We need to somehow adjust our lakeshore landscape ordinance in order to stabilize the hazardous condition of our shoreline,” he said. “The sheer drop-offs are catastrophic.”

30 YEARS OF SERVICE: Local volunteer receives governor’s award

Northwest Iowa RSVP and Iowa Lakes Community College proudly announce that Leonora "Leah" Streeter of Spirit Lake has been honored with a Governor's Volunteer Award from Volunteer Iowa and presented by Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held on June 25 in Ankeny.

Streeter received a Length of Service award for her 30 years of volunteer service with the Dickinson County RSVP program.

TOPS to perform at Spirit Lake United Methodist Church

TOPS state first-place motivational skit winners from Sheldon will perform their winning entry at the Spirit Lake TOPS meeting scheduled for 10 a.m.o Friday, July 12. The local TOPS members are inviting former members, spouses, kids and grandkids to attend the event, which will take place at Paige Hall at the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, one block east of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

IGL Knights of Columbus to host pancake breakfast

The Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043 invites the entire community, as it holds its monthly pancake breakfast for a very special cause. Proceeds will be donated to flood victim relief in Spencer, Rock Rapids and Estherville. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and continues until noon Sunday, July 21 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 1005 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake.

Sirens 07-04-24

Tavon Kylen Powelson, age 20, of Sioux City was arrested on the charge of driving while barred at approximately 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 near the corner of Highway 71 and 19th Street in Milford.

Spirit Lake Library News 07-04-24

The regular Read, Renew, Repeat Children’s Summer Reading Program has ended, however, the Extended Summer Reading Program begins this week. Keep reading. There are still prizes to earn.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Wednesday, July 10, the Spirit Lake Public Library will host the final Outdoor Endeavors for the summer. Participants are encouraged to sign up to make a recycled CD sun catcher. Also on Wednesday, July 10, all SRP reading logs are due.

University of Okoboji Homecoming Races Countdown


Lace up your shoes and join the fun for the 46th annual University of Okoboji Homecoming Races.

Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp celebrating 100 years

Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps are turning 100 years old this year. The celebration will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 and goes through Sunday, June 30.

"It's going to be like a great, giant family reunion," said Bob Miller, an event organizer.

Repairs to drainage district vetoed

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted to not go forward with the repair or improvement of drainage district 44 or its branches 37 and 50 during its June 25 meeting. In addition to this motion, board member Kim Wermersen made the motion to solicit repairs to a "suck hole" which was addressed by engineering firm ISG.

Major flooding continues in Dickinson County

The rain keeps coming for Dickinson County, with major damage being done to several local businesses, properties and parks as water continues to pool in the area.

Many homes have been affected by sewer backups, flooding and high water found on area lakes. More than a dozen homes have already reported damages in the area, with more to come, according to Dickinson County Emergency Management (DCEM)'s Mike Ehret.

Iowa Utilities Board grants Summit Carbon Solutions eminent domain

On Tuesday, June 25, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) announced its approval of the Summit Carbon Solutions base pipeline project across Iowa. Summit says it will begin construction of the pipeline in 2025, with the pipeline beginning operation in 2026. As part of its decision, the IUB said Summit will be able to use eminent domain to acquire land from landowners who are otherwise unwilling to sell access.

Iowa County Recorders Association benefits Pink Tractor Foundation

Each summer, the Iowa County Recorders Association meets for continuing education in one of the states’ six districts. Last week, Okoboji was the meeting destination.

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