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Sirens 06-30-22

Kayleigh Skye Belseth, age 18, of Spirit Lake was charged with serious assault at approximately 4:48 p.m. Friday, June 17 in the 1900 block of Boston Avenue in Spirit Lake. A criminal complaint said Belseth was engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim and "did walk over to the victim, strike her several times about the head with a closed fist causing pain."

Spencer Hospital earns national accreditation


Spencer Hospital was recently awarded accreditation by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality, a national accreditation organization sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


The recognition reflects the hospital’s commitment to care practices and standards which are consistent with patient safety and quality care outcomes.

Area Library News 06-30-22

Michael Albert, an American Pop Artist and author is coming to Iowa for the first time this summer. He is nationally known for making collage artworks from cereal boxes and other printed cardboard consumer brand packages. Albert has created more than 700 collages from cereal boxes and thousands more using the everyday materials. His program includes meeting the artist, a talk and presentation and a hands on collage workshop. Michael will also sign and give away some of his famous prints.

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association announces Songwriters Showcase

 

Songwriters Showcase, a new concert series presented by the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, will feature the driving surf guitar sounds of The Surf Zombies at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park. The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association bestowed its Spirit Award to the band in 2017. Doors for next month's concert open at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10, and season pass punch cards will be accepted.

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association announces Songwriters Showcase

 

Songwriters Showcase, a new concert series presented by the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, will feature the driving surf guitar sounds of The Surf Zombies at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park. The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association bestowed its Spirit Award to the band in 2017. Doors for next month's concert open at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10, and season pass punch cards will be accepted.

Small Business Development Center featured At Iowa Lakes board meeting

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met last week afternoon on the Spencer Campus for their regularly scheduled board meeting.


Jolene Rogers, executive director of community and business relations, began Tuesday's meeting by introducing Mary Faber, director of the Spencer Campus. Faber welcomed the board to campus and introduced several Spencer Campus employees.

Campus News 06-30-22

Thoreson named to Loras College's spring 2022 dean's list

Loras College recently announced the names of students who achieved dean's list status for the 2022 spring semester. Carter Thoreson of Okoboji was among the honorees. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.

Local students recognized by WITCC

Community Briefs 06-30-22

Mobile food pantry returning to Estherville

Decker found guilty of murdering Lake Park woman

 

A judge said state prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that 27-year-old Allison Marie Decker murdered 25-year-old Angel Bastman of Lake Park in December of 2020.

Family Diner to become Toast on Hill

 

Matt and Darlene Hall had decades of experience in food service before they started the Family Diner.


They purchased the building in October of 2004, and customers regularly flocked to the diner near the corner of Hill Avenue and 16th Street in Spirit Lake for breakfast. But the Halls eventually started looking to retire and hand off the keys to their downtown staple — the doors have been locked since the last customer left on May 14.

Prominent local marina excavated Okoboji without permit

 

Parks Marina, a staple of East Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa, removed lake bed sediment last year near its boat forklift station without a permit — a repeat offense, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.


The marina was recently fined $5,000 for the infraction but was granted an “after-the-fact permit” to approve the excavation, DNR documents show.

University of Okoboji to hold 38th Annual Cycling Classic

The 38th Annual University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in Florence Park in Milford. The Boy Scouts will serve their world-famous pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Riders may choose from a 25, 50 or 100-mile bike ride through the Iowa Great Lakes area.

Chamber tours Great Lakes Dental Associates' combined clinic

Staff at Great Lakes Dental Associates in Spirit Lake welcomed representatives of the Spirit Lake and Iowa Great Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce to their Friday open house. The clinic combined several local practices under Dr. Shaun O'Neill, who co-owns the local dental center with Dr. John Clay. The group first acquired Bieri and Christensen Dentistry in 2018, the Great Lakes Dental Center in 2019 and Spirit Lake Dental in 2020.

Commodores help slice ribbon outside West O pizza kitchen

The Iowa Navy Commodores headed to West O Beer Friday afternoon to celebrate the addition of the brewery's pizza kitchen. West O opened for business nine years ago, with a focus on beer rather than food, but owner Matt Matthiesen said the market has changed some in the last several years and West O hopes to attract more customers in the off season by expanding its offerings.

Cook named Spirit Of Okoboji Director of Philanthropy

 

Spirit of Okoboji recently announced Angie Cook has been named its director of philanthropy. Cook assumed the role June 1.


“Our goal with the Spirit of Okoboji nonprofit is to create and foster new opportunities in the Iowa Great Lakes area,” said Tim Kinnetz, president of Spirit of Okoboji. “Angie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization and will help us with the management and oversight the various projects we have under our umbrella.”

Spirit Lake Chamber welcomes new area architect

Representatives from the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce welcomed a nearby business Thursday — a very near one. Architect Edward J. Shannon moved into an office space across the hallway from the chamber's director earlier this year, but waited until the summer weather arrived in earnest to hold a ribbon cutting event. Shannon holds degrees from both Iowa State University and Virginia Tech.

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