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Winterfeld attorney argues previous counsel shirked self-defense claims

A judge granted a Spirit Lake man more time to spell out why the court should reconsider the second-degree murder conviction handed down in October of 2021 as part of a Sioux County case.

Farm Credit Services of America returns millions in cash-back dividends to customer-owners across Iowa
Farmers and ranchers in Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Humboldt, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties will be receiving an estimated $6.9 million in cash-back dividends returned by Farm Credit Services of America as part of the financial cooperative’s patronage program.
Spirit Lake K of C Tootsie Roll Drive nets thousands

The local Knights of Columbus recently distributed Tootsie Rolls throughout the community, with goodwill offerings benefiting persons with intellectual disabilities.

Reed to discuss historic camping and campgrounds at the Iowa Great Lakes

Local historian and author Jonathan Reed will give a presentation on some of the noted campgrounds and camping areas at Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes as part of the Dickinson County Museum’s popular History Lives series at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Dickinson County Museum in Spirit Lake.

Vermeys named personal banker at Farmers Trust and Savings

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank recently announced Brooke Vermeys has moved into a personal banker position. Vermeys has been an integral part of the Farmers Bank team for more than a year, consistently demonstrating dedication, professionalism and a strong commitment to customer service.

Sirens 02-22-24

Morgan Marie Schroeder, age 29, was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 on the charge of contempt — failure to pay fine/costs. Bond was set at $5,000.

Spirit Lake Library News 02-22-24

If you haven’t checked out our website in a while, now is the time. Last month, we rolled over to our brand-new format. You can still find us at the same address:

It might seem a little confusing at first, but with some time and patience, you will be navigating like a pro. Try playing with it, but if you do have questions, please call us at (712) 336-2667.

Milford Memorial Library News 02-22-24

Visit MML to see an adorable Snowman Collection being shared by Pat Schnell. Patrons will find the snowmen’s smiling faces in the display case. The snowmen will melt away in April, so make sure to stop in during February and March.  

LRH recognized as a top rural and community hospital for sixth year in a row

Lakes Regional Healthcare has been named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States for the sixth year in a row by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Spencer Hospital earns Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital Award

Spencer Hospital has been recognized for the ninth consecutive year as Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Spencer Hospital is the only Iowa hospital to have earned this distinction every year since the award was created.

ILCC announces cast of upcoming Tarzan production

Iowa Lakes Community College recently announced the cast selections for its upcoming performance of Disney's Tarzan. The production will take place April 11-13 at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center in Estherville.

Iowa DNR planning regional prescribed burns

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns within selected wildlife complexes in Dickinson, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux counties between March 1 and May 20 to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and maintain native plant communities.

Gehring, Norris named to Drake University president's list

Drake University recently announced its fall 2023 president's list. Among the honorees were Paityne Gehring and Faith Norris, two education majors from Spirit Lake. To be eligible for the president's list, students must have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2023 semester at Drake. Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling nearly 3,000 undergraduate and more than 1,800 graduate students.

Community Briefs 02-22-24

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

Allan Saugstad will preside over the Feb. 25 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. His message is entitled “Roots and Fruits of White Supremacy.”

County pipeline, turbine ordinances headed back to P&Z

Local zoning officials will take another crack at some zoning updates after the Dickinson County Supervisors attempted to tackle two weighty topics Tuesday — wind turbine developments and hazardous liquid pipelines.

Staff snags score of awards at 2024 state convention

•DCN still among Iowa's top three large weekly newspapers

The sound of hammers briefly echoed through the Dickinson County News offices this week, as staff added a number of award plaques to their walls. The newspaper raked in 21 honors — placing first in eight competition categories — during last week's Iowa Better Newspaper Contest in Des Moines.

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