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Second suspect pleads guilty in Virgin Lake murder case

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

A second suspect accused of murdering a man south of Ruthven during the summer of 2020 has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the case.

County agrees to pay additional DD48 claim

Pending litigation could delay payment


By Seth Boyes - News Editor

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors agreed on a split vote to pay damages to a local business owner claiming to have been negatively affected during work on the county's Drainage District 48.

West Lake treasures revealed in new book

By Doris Welle - Staff Writer

Lloyd Cunningham is an avid diver. He has searched the bottom of West Lake Okoboji hundreds of times over the years.

“Every dive in Lake Okoboji is a treasure hunt,” he said. “West Lake is a time capsule of water transportation history.”

Spirit Lake man accused of enticing minor pleads not guilty, gets trial date

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

A Spirit Lake man accused of attempting to obtain images and/or video of a sexual nature from a minor has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Court records show Christopher Craig Ingraham's plea was filed July 29. The 47-year-old's plea also indicated he has chosen to waive his right to a trial within 90 days. Other court filings show a Nov. 1 trial is currently scheduled in the case.

UTV accident claims teen

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office said a teenager was killed Sunday afternoon after a UTV collided with a tree. Authorities said a 14-year old was driving a 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 south along Basswood Lane — a rural road on the east side of East Lake Okoboji near the Arthur Heights neighborhood — with a 15-year-old passenger.

Vehicle collides with pedestrian Thursday

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

Authorities said a West Okoboji man was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital after he was struck by a motorist Thursday.

ILCC students receive Kibbie Outstanding Service Award

Iowa Lakes Community College awarded four students the John P. "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award at the 2022 Summer Commencement Ceremony held on July 29 at the Emmetsburg Campus.

Iowa Brewery Running series announces run at West O Beer

The Iowa Brewery Running Series invites the public to participate in a 5K-ish fun run/jog/walk Sunday, Aug. 14 which will start and end at West O Beer. Attendees are encouraged to weave through the surrounding area at any pace and come back for a great local beer. The event's $30-$45 registration fee includes a craft beer, a choice of a collector’s swag item, raffle entry and an array of giveaways and goodies from community partners.

Pair of environmental conferences to be held next week

The 2022 Prairie Lakes Conference will be held Aug. 11-13. A full conference agenda is available at

Sirens 08-11-22

Carmella Sue Howard, age 35, of Alton, Missouri, was charged with operating while intoxicated — first offense — failure to obey a stop sign/yield right of way, possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment at approximately 10:31 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the 2000 block of Highway 9 in Spirit Lake.

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

Allan Saugstad will preside over the Aug. 14 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. His sermon is entitled “Stages of Faith – Can You Ever Outgrow Church?"   

Area Library News 08-11-22

Iowa native Linda Betsinger McCann will be visiting the area to speak on some of her books and will be at several area libraries in mid-September. The author loves researching and sharing information about Iowa's little-known history. She has had 12 books published by Tandem Publishing of Des Moines. She will have all her books with her for purchase. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission charge.

The libraries and subjects of her presentations are:

Youth in Philanthropy accepting online applications

Youth In Philanthropy, a program of the Okoboji Foundation, is currently accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 10 for the 2022-22 school year. Applications are available online at and open to all high school students, freshmen through seniors, in Dickinson County.

Iowa Lakes to hold All-State Choir Camp, community concert

Iowa Lakes Community College will host the first-ever free All-State Choir Camp, an opportunity for high school students to jump-start the All-State process, from Aug. 13-14. The camp will also be the first hosted by Iowa Lakes. The weekend choir camp will end with a free concert for the community featuring more than 100 students from 20 area schools at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus.

Local Ukraine relief effort swells with community support

Correction: An earlier version of this story said The Lakes Project event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10. The story has been corrected to show Aug. 10 falls on a Wednesday.


By Seth Boyes - News Editor

They had to start turning away volunteers.

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