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Registration price increase soon for U of O Homecoming Races

The countdown is on for the 46th Annual University of Okoboji Homecoming Races. Save the date of Saturday, July 20, where athletes from around the country will compete in a variety of races including a 5K, 10K, half marathon, triathlon, and team triathlon.

Sirens 06-27-24

Courtney Darrin Obermann, age 62, of Spirit Lake was arrested on the charge of domestic assault at approximately 11:25 p.m. Friday, June 21 near the 3000 block of Center Lake Drive in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 06-27-24

The first week of July will be a little quieter at the Spirit Lake Public Library, but there are still plenty of activities to keep all our readers engaged.

On Wednesday, July 3, Miss Krista will be hosting Nature Story Time in the Community Room at the SLPL. This event will be in collaboration with the Dickinson County Nature Center, and they will be bringing in a live animal for the children to see.

University of Okoboji 40th Annual Cycling Classic slated for Saturday

The 40th Annual University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride is this Saturday. The Boy Scouts will serve their world famous pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The bicycle ride will start at 9 a.m. from Florence Park in Milford. Riders will experience a 25, 50 or 100-mile bike ride through the Iowa Great Lakes Area.

Tremendous winds tear down trees

Emergency boat speed restriction in effect in Dickinson County

Heavy rains continued to assault Dickinson County this past week, while strong winds and thunderstorms rolled into the area Saturday evening.

Iowa DOT finishes road construction for the summer

Construction on Highway 71 through Arnolds Park, Milford and Spencer is finished for the time being, until the final phase of construction starts back up in the fall. The project has been in development since spring of 2023.

Local schools tackle SF 496

One year after it was passed into law, Senate File 496 — which pertains to the rights and decisions of parents or guardians regarding their children's schooling in Iowa — has been fully integrated into the local schools of Dickinson County. With new laws come some uncertainties, but Spirit Lake High School's Angela Olson helped to clear some of the air.

Three best friends turn 100

Three lifelong friends from the Iowa Great Lakes Region have turned 100 years old this year. Elveda Ross, Vergene Donovan and Raeburn Newell Louscher celebrated together Wednesday, June 12 in the Lakes Area Senior Center, Ross's birthday being the most recent, June 7. Over the years, the tried and true trio, who had met through their husbands, have enjoyed a variety of activities with one another; be it visiting the lakeside or a good game of bridge in the evenings.

Harris-Lake Park High School receives funding for flag

Lake Park American Legion Post #371 presented a check totaling $9,266.36 to purchase a 12-foot-by-18-foot roll down American flag to be hung in the Harris-Lake Park High School gymnasium and displayed prior to the playing of the national anthem at the start of athletic contests. (Submitted photo)

Mobile food pantry has second food bank in June

The mobile food pantry from the Food Bank of Iowa is returning again. The free distribution will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Good News Estherville Church.

Milford Memorial Library News 06-20-24

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, join Arnolds Park Library, Milford Library, and Spirit Lake Library for Sam Rezz, Circus Performer. Be wowed by Sam’s acrobatic skills and tricks. Some lucky audience members will be invited to the stage to show off their own acrobatic moves. This event is sponsored by the local libraries and no registration is required.

Hotel California packs the house

Hotel California is a multi-talented group of musicians who perform a salute show to The Eagles, traveling all across the country each year. Last week, they made their annual stop in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. The show has been presented here for 10 years; only missing one year because of COVID. The guys performed for a sold out crowds not one night but two, last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sirens 06-20-24

Shannon Lee Bonnicksen, age 38, of West Okoboji was arrested on multiple charges of violating a no contact/protective order at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 11. According to the criminal complaint, Bonnicksen violated the active no contact order by calling the victim by cell phone at 11:19 a.m., 11:25 a.m. and 11:29 a.m. on April 1, 2024.

Spirit Lake Library News 06-20-24

Join us in the community room at the Spirit Lake Public Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 to hear sister authors Diana Koppen and Pam Doocy-Curry talk about their latest book, “Crossing the Threshold: A Love Story Unparalleled.” This is the sequel memoir to their earlier book, “Breaking Free From Rigid Boxes” that was published in 2021.

Community Briefs 06-20-24


More than 1,200 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the president's list for the 2024 spring semester.

Area students on the president’s list were:

• Benjamin Fisher, Spirit Lake

• Sarah Gulick, Spirit Lake


Iowans haven’t changed

I recently read an article that outlined how Iowans haven’t changed but the political leadership has changed from “Iowa Nice” to “Iowa Nasty” according to the writer of that article. I guess I don’t agree with that statement. Iowan’s haven’t changed and they are still Iowa nice. The writer of the previously discussed article used pancake feeds, change buckets for charity coins, and people helping neighbors in need as examples of how Iowans are nice. Iowans are nice as demonstrated by those ac

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