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Arnolds Park Milwaukee Train ride receives mural, among other enhancements

The Okoboji No Boundaries project, a student-led effort which sought to enhance the Milwaukee Train ride at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park, finally wrapped up last week. The group of four students, who had collaborated with the amusement park on smaller projects over the past two years, pitched the idea to enhance the ride back in 2023, and have been working hard to make it a reality for the last eight months.

The Girl in the Net

 A sinister Iowa Lakes mystery hits store shelves

Mystery. Murder. Muskies?

Memorial Day in the Lakes Area; times, places, events

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the surrounding American Legion posts of the Great Lakes Area are busy preparing their events and ceremonies for the big day.

Premier Communications breaks ground in Okoboji

Premier Communications held its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 15, to celebrate the start of a new building project in Okoboji. The new office and retail facility, according to company CEO Ryan Boon, will provide an opportunity to create a more personal presence in the Iowa Great Lakes region.

A lot of ‘new’ at the Dickinson County Museum

The Dickinson County Museum is pleased to announce two new exhibits. Visitors are welcome to visit the photograph studio of L.F. Williamz, famed early area photographer, who captured daily life in stunning images. Besides many print vintage photos, the exhibit includes a selfie station for souvenir photos and Williamz’ photo collection on a digital screen.

IRRMA fills top two positions with locals
Mindy Spinks (Photo submitted)


DC Snowhawks raise funds for Randy Loerch Memorial Scholarship

Earlier in the year, the Dickinson County Snowhawks held a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Randy Loerch Memorial Scholarship Fund. Randy was a long-time member of the Dickinson County Snowhawks and was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last July.

Treasure Village opens season with mini golf and flea market


YMCA of the Okobojis receives gift from Good Neighbor Fund

The Bedell Family YMCA received funding in the amount of $11,464.40 to replace important equipment and supplies used in their aquatics, sports, and health and wellness departments, as well as their youth programming. Funding also supported equipment such as AED replacement pads and AED batteries.

Community Briefs 05-23-24

Lakes Area students make dean's list at Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University congratulates more than 500 students who were named to the spring 2024 dean's list. The dean's list recognizes full-time students achieving a 3.5-grade point average or higher for the semester. These students include Dylan Anderson of Milford, Amy Bents of Milford, Matthew Barnhart of Lake Park and Jenna Syverson of Lake Park.

Glenn Henriksen and Father Kelly in concert June 2 at St. Joseph's

The St. Joseph Arts Council is pleased to announce the upcoming concert with Glenn Henriksen and Father Paul Kelly at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1305 Okoboji Ave. in Milford. Father Kelly and Glenn will share their musical gifts on an array of musical instruments with many favorite selections. Doors will open at 3:30. This is a free concert, a free will donation will be accepted.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-23-24

Milford Memorial Library is closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Milford Memorial Library invites everyone to join us for the 2024 Summer Reading Program: Read, Renew, Repeat. They offer programs and activities for all ages. For more information call MML at 712-338-4643 or stop in and talk with a librarian. They are excited to hang out with you this summer.

Spirit Lake School Foundation Scholarships awarded

Excitement abounds at graduation for all students. To add to the excitement the Spirit Lake School Foundation awarded scholarships to 44 graduating seniors choosing to continue their education.

Sirens 05-23-24

Tyrell Polk, age 36, was arrested on charges of ongoing criminal conduct, three charges of intent to sell false cocaine and three charges of possession of controlled substances at approximately 12:05 p.m. May 10. His bond was set at $58,000.

Spirit Lake Library News 05-23-24

The Youth Summer Reading Program (SRP) at the Spirit Lake Public Library officially kicks off on Tuesday, May 28. That is when the first week’s reading log will be available. Miss Krista and her helpers are in the final stages of preparation for the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The SRP, Read-Renew-Repeat, runs through Friday, July 5. All youth ages 0 through eighth grade are eligible to participate.

Spirit Lake Library News 05-16-24

Read, Renew, Repeat! That is this year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program at the Spirit Lake Public Library. The SRP does not officially begin until May 28, the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but things are beginning to come together as we prepare the events and activities for this year’s Summer Reading Program.

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