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Native tribe seeks retirement of Spirit Lake mascot

A Native American tribe in North Dakota is asking the Spirit Lake School District to retire its mascot, saying the Spirit Lake Indian promotes harmful racial stereotypes.

County continues plans to keep drainage districts informed

Some initial plans to keep local landowners better informed of area drainage districts impacting their property got the go-ahead from the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Authorities agree to end probation for destructive driver who absconded to Florida

A man who absconded to Florida after being convicted of seriously injuring a man with his car in late 2019 was unsuccessfully discharged from probation by a district court.

Registration open for 41st annual Walleye Weekend tournament

Officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce are putting out the call for all fishermen and women. The 41st annual Walleye Weekend fishing tournament will kick off in the Iowa Great Lakes once again May 6 and 7, in conjunction with the 2023 walleye season. The tournament offers a $41,000 grand prize — in addition to the opportunity for making memories with family and friends.

OkoboTree receives Empower Rural Iowa Grant to expand tree carving project

Spirit of Okoboji is excited to announce it plans to commission the sculpting of at least a dozen expired trees in 2023 through its OkoboTree project — an effort to preserve trees by transforming them into visual art pieces. The project kicked off last year with three tree carvings funded in part through a Mountain Dew Outdoor grant. Now OkoboTree has received an Empower Rural Iowa grant to expand the project.

AP-O Fire and Rescue receives Polar Plunge funds

A pair of sizable checks were presented to Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Chief Chris Yungbluth March 2 at Okoboji Motor Company in Spirit Lake. Officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce gave the fire chief a check for $2,000. The funds were raised in late January during the 43rd annual University of Okoboji Winter Games' Polar Plunge. Okoboji Motor Company, which sponsors the event, presented Yungbluth with an additional $5,000 for the department.

Wills welcomes CultureALL, Girls Rock! DSM

State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) recently welcomed Rachel Gulick, an ambassador with Girls Rock! DSM, and Katelyn Brockmeyer, community outreach coordinator with CultureALL to the Iowa House.(Photo submitted)

Wills welcomes Iowa Lakes Community College students

State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) recently welcomed a group from Iowa Lakes Community College to the Iowa House. The group was visiting the Capitol for Community College Day on the Hill. (Photo submitted)

Clay County RSVP names new coordinator

Elva Walker began her responsibilities as the new Clay County RSVP coordinator for the Northwest Iowa RSVP program this month. Walker is located on the Spencer Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College and joins the RSVP team with beneficial past experiences, including working with senior citizens and elementary students.

Sirens 03-09-23

Ericshonda Latrice Brown, age 30, of Jackson, Minnesota, was charged with drug/narcotics violation at approximately 2:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 near the intersection of 18th Street and Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 03-09-23

Tumble Book Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to elementary schools and public libraries around the world. Our subscription at the Spirit Lake Public Library, is paid for by the Friends of the Library. It has more than 1,100 titles for grades K-6, and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, nonfiction books and videos, curated playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.

Milford Memorial Library News 03-09-23

Milford Memorial Library would like to congratulate Blind Date with a Book Winners, Pat and Mitzi. We would like to thank everyone who took part in this event. Thank you to the Friends of the Milford Library for providing the Blind Date with a Book prizes.

ILCC offers cosmetology license recertification course

Iowa Lakes Community College will offer a four-hour cosmetology license recertification class on “Styling Your Way to Greatness” and a two-hour law and sanitation class on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the Spencer Campus.

Campus News 03-09-23

Area students rank among ISU's top 2 percent
Iowa State University recently announced students who ranked in the top 2 percent of their respective colleges. Among the honorees were Tyler Adams, a senior from Arnolds Park, and Cail Donkersloot, a senior from Spirit Lake. Both are attending ISU's Ivy College of Business.

South Dakota State announces summer, fall 2022 graduates

Community Briefs 03-09-23

History LIVES to feature lesser-known stories of the Spirit Lake Conflict

Iowa House pipeline restrictions clear committee as deadline approaches

A bill that would require carbon dioxide pipeline companies to get voluntary easements for at least 90% of their routes — among other new requirements — before being allowed to invoke eminent domain was approved 12-7 by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will be eligible for consideration beyond this week.

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