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District 3 supervisors candidates address local issues ahead of June primary

The race for the district 3 seat on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisor falls between two local Republican politicians -- Steve Dullard and incumbent Jeff Thee.

The Dickinson County News posed a series of questions to each candidate in preparation for the upcoming primary elections. Here are their answers:


Iowa congressional candidates talk inspiration, policy in coming primaries

Iowa's race for a spot on the U.S. House of Representatives features contested primary races for the Republican vote, though Democrats seem to only have one candidate contesting the spot on their behalf. The winners of the following primaries will have to compete at the ballot box again come November. Republican Representative Randy Feenstra has been challenged by fellow Republican Kevin Virgil. On the Democrats' side of the ballot, Ryan Melton.

Commercial building ablaze in Spirit Lake

The Great Lakes Restoration storage building set ablaze at approximately 3:16 a.m. Tuesday, May 14. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire coming out of the rear and through the roof of the commercial building. The structure is considered a total loss, and the fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office. Additional departments called for mutual aid include Arnolds Park/Okoboji and Superior.

The Queen II returns to Lake Okoboji


After a season of hibernation ashore — and some much-needed refurbishing to the hull — the Queen II is back on the waters of Lake Okoboji. The vintage steamboat was commissioned in 1986, after the 89-year run of the original Queen ended in 1983. When she first launched in Arnolds Park, the Queen II was dubbed the "Flagship of the Iowa Navy." (Photos by Stewart Chisham)


County wind ordinance approved, despite objections

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to a conditional use article for the upcoming Red Rock wind turbine project.

Spirit Lake man charged with attempted murder, vehicular theft

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office took a Spirit Lake man into custody Sunday following a violent incident in Montgomery.

Many local businesses planning expansion amid recruitment shortages

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation presented a summary report on business retention and expansion — or BRE — for the counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet.

Take a walk in another's shoes

Dickinson County locals participate in PTSD Awareness Walk

Iowa Supreme Court asked to weigh after Country View Acres successfully appeals Woodlyn Hills decision

County officials and private developers have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to review a state appellate court decision which found the Dickinson County Board of Adjustment acted improperly in 2022 by approving a permit for a proposed RV Park east of Milford.

NEW Cooperative Supports Okoboji FFA

The NEW Cooperative Foundation recently presented the Okoboji FFA chapter with a contribution totaling $2,500. Each year, Okoboji FFA hosts the Tractor Ride Around West Lake — or TRAWL — which serves as the chapter’s main fundraiser.

Scheffer to present at ILUUF

Mark Scheffer will be the guest speaker for the May 12 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. His message is titled “The Baha'í Faith: Religion Renewed for a Changing World.”  This presentation will explore the vision that unfolds in the writings of the Baha'í Faith.

Terril Terminal expansion phase one completed

Pro Cooperative’s expansion project at the Terril Terminal Facility has reached a significant milestone with the completion of phase one in time for the spring 2024 planting season. Gales Design & Consulting, the firm overseeing the project, announced the newly expanded seed and chemical warehouse, along with the 1.5 million-gallon liquid urea ammonium nitrate tank, is ready for use in time for the planting activities.

Milford PD remind public of routes and law during A34 closure

The Milford Police Department says they have received numerous phone calls about traffic and routes during the road construction project along county road A34. Weekly updates on the project are being posted on the city of Milford's website. The site also lists road closures and routes that are to be used during the construction process.

Community Briefs 05-09-24

Grant applications now being accepted by Dickinson County Endowment Fund

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund Advisory Council recently announced the beginning of their 2024 grant cycle. Grants are awarded to I.R.S. 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations and 170(b) unit of government organizations benefiting residents of Dickinson County. Non-profit organizations without either status may apply by seeking a fiscal agent which does.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-09-24

Join us for CrAFTER Hours from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. This month, bring and work on your own craft project, while engaging in conversation. This is a free activity and does not require registration.

Younger kids and their guardians (and older siblings too) are invited to Minds in Motion at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20. This is a sensory play time, where kids can freely explore, play, and learn with others. All materials and services are provided by the library.

Sirens 05-09-24

Newman Lee Wiley Jr., age 61, was charged with obstructing emergency communication and two counts of domestic assault at approximately 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the 3300 block of Sunner Avenue in Spirit Lake. Wiley allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing the victim to fall to the bed where Wiley would attempt to strangle them. According to the criminal complaint, Wiley took the victim's phone and hid it to prevent the victim from calling for help.

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