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Milford man injured in highway collision

A Milford man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle collided with a semi Tuesday afternoon.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office said 64-year-old Walter Frank was heading south along Highway 86 around 12:58 p.m. that day, when the Pontiac Vibe he was driving crossed the center line near the intersection of 170th Street. The vehicle struck the front drivers side tire of an oncoming semi 50-year-old Samuel Deppa of Ottawa, Kansas, was driving.

Lawsuit expected as county tasks P&Z with CO2 pipeline ordinance

County officials anticipate that adopting an ordinance to regulate hazardous liquid pipelines in Dickinson County will result in a lawsuit, but the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors chose to move in that direction. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday, directing the county's planning and zoning commission to design such an ordinance. The expected ordinance would need to return to the supervisors for final approval.

Milford Holiday Fantasy to usher in Christmas season

Last week's flurries may help set the stage for this year's Milford Holiday Fantasy, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Milford.

The annual celebration is hosted by the Milford Commercial Club and features activities and other events among the community's various local businesses.

Man who pleaded guilty in 2020 Milford stabbing now claims self defense

A now 32-year-old man is claiming the stabbing to which he pleaded guilty in March of 2021 was committed in self defense.

Highway 71 reopens to through traffic

Motorists moving across the middle of the Iowa Great Lakes no longer need to take the scenic route now that roadwork along U.S. Highway 71 has largely ended for the season.

Knights of Columbus donate Coats for Kids at H-LP, G-T

The Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043 again held its Coats for Kids campaign in October. They distributed new hats, coats, gloves, boots and snow pants to children in the Harris-Lake Park and Graettinger-Terril school districts.

Members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake and the public had helped by donating cash and new winter clothing to help keep children warm and dry this winter.

Hanrahan installed as IAFP president

Dr. Kate DuChene Hanrahan of Iowa City was installed as president of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians at the organization's installation and awards banquet held Nov. 17, 2023, at the West Des Moines Sheraton.

Sirens 11-30-23

Tiffany Virjean Kollasch, age 41, was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 1:03 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 on a previous court decision. She was scheduled for release Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.

Spirit Lake Library News 11-30-23

The staff at the Spirit Lake Public Library can help you find the resources to get ready for Christmas.

If you are looking for ideas to decorate or make crafts, go to the non-fiction 745.954 section. You will discover several books in adult non-fiction, and one in juvenile non-fiction. There’s also a new one in browsing, "The Eco-Christmas Craft Book" by Miall.

Milford Memorial Library News 11-30-23

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 6, for Dickinson County Library Staff Development Day. We look forward to seeing everyone at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

OMS recognized as 2024 Top 10 School in Iowa by US News and World Report

Okoboji Community Schools recently announced Okoboji Middle School has been named one of the top 10 middle schools in the state of Iowa by US News and World Report. School officials said OMS' recognition out of 700 middle schools in Iowa serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment and dedication of both the educators and students in Okoboji.

Gruys receives recognition from IASB

The Iowa Association of School Boards presented its 2022-23 Board Awards on Nov. 16 during the IASB Annual Convention in Des Moines. Spirit Lake School Board Member Greta Gruys was one of 218 school board members, representing 92 Iowa PK-12 boards, who were presented with Individual Achievement Awards.

Community Briefs 11-30-23

Mobile Food Pantry returning in December

H-LP aims for completion of new elementary by fall 2025

Officials at Harris-Lake Park Schools have a few logistical decisions to make before they begin picking out paint and tile samples for the district's new elementary school.

Highway 71 detour to be removed this week

Things may be largely back to normal for motorists heading through the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes this week.

Court ruling keeps punitive damages on the table in 2021 wrongful death case

Judge finds jury may consider 'longstanding failures' at Keelson Harbour

A judge has ruled jurors in an upcoming wrongful death case may consider "longstanding failures" at a local care facility, as the jury decides whether to award additional damages to the family of a resident who froze to death outside the building in late 2021.

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