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Spirit Lake Police Chief clarifies concerns on school district arming staff

Spirit Lake's Chief of Police expressed concerns with the Spirit Lake School District's drafted plan to potentially train and arm up to 10 non-teaching staff members who could respond during an active shooter situation.

Both sides request summary judgement in HOA drainage dispute

A judge will decide whether a local drainage dispute will ultimately go to trial, after hearing arguments from attorneys for both the county and a local HOA — both of whom have asked for summary judgement in the case.

Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids

The Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043 held its Coats for Kids campaign in the month of October. They accepted community donations of new hats, coats, mittens and snow pants to distribute to children at Spirit Lake Elementary School. Children were delighted to show off the cold weather gear.

Iowa Lakes Concert Choir performed with Sioux City Symphony

The Iowa Lakes Community College Concert Choir sang with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 12, packing the stage of the historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux City with more than 200 performers.

Iowa Lakes to hold ‘Ring in the Holidays Concert’

Let music bring joy to your holiday season by attending the Ring in the Holidays Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.

The free concert will feature the Iowa Lakes Handbell Choir, various instrumental ensembles, and the Lakes Area Community Handbell Choir under the direction of Carol Ayres.

Lake Park Auxiliary recognizes local teachers and staff

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 371 of Lake Park, recognized National Education Week. Unit 371 Secretary Marilyn Kessler presented Kayla Shaw, a third-grade teacher at Harris-Lake Park Consolidated School District, with apples for the teachers and staff in recognition and appreciation of those teachers and staff who have chosen education as their profession and who help the young minds of their students acquire the knowledge needed to benefit them for the balance of their lives.

Cooperative Energy announces ‘Fill Your Tank For A Cause’’

Cooperative Energy Company will be donating a penny to Camp Courageous for every gallon of fuel sold Nov. 21-26 at Boji Junction in Milford, Hartley Junction, Jackrabbit Junction of Sibley and Wildkat Junction of Larchwood. The camp is located in Monticello and provides activities for those with special needs. Organizers encouraged the public to fill up for the holidays and make a difference together.

Sirens 11-24-22

Luis Javier Aguilar Ceron, age 28, of Arnolds Park was charged with no valid drivers license at approximately 8:23 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 near the intersection of Highway 71 and Lake Street in Arnolds Park.

YIP learns impact of past grant to Okoboji Yacht Club

During its second meeting of the year, the Youth in Philanthropy students of the Okoboji Foundation received an update from Okoboji Yacht Club Director Steve Powers about the grant the club received from last year’s YIP students.

The Okoboji Yacht Club and Sailing Center requested grant dollars to purchase a sonar sailboat motor and motor mount.

Winter Games apparel now available

The countdown is on for the 43rd annual University of Okoboji Winter Games presented by GrapeTree Medical Staffing. With the holidays right around the corner, officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce remind the public they now can purchase this year's Winter Games apparel.

Spirit Lake Library News 11-24-22

To kick off the Thanksgiving holiday, the Spirit Lake Public Library will be hosting a “No School Movie Matinee” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 23. The film is "Minions: The Rise of Gru," which is rated PG. If possible, please sign up ahead of time so that we have enough drinks and popcorn.

Milford Memorial Library News 11-24-22

Milford Memorial Library is calling on all families, organizations and businesses to consider bringing a tree to be displayed and judged for the Festival of Trees on Saturday, Dec. 3. Entries will be judged in categories such as Best Business, Best Personal/Family, Best Organization, Most Creative and Librarian’s Choice. Winners will receive $20 in Milford Bucks sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Library.

Community Briefs 11-24-22

Milford city audit available

Hansens to celebrate 50 years

Dave and Linda Hansen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. They were married at St.

Public asked to weigh in on proposed Spirit Lake safety plans

This story was updated to include statements made by Spirit Lake Police Chief Shane Brevik in a Nov. 16 email to the Spirit Lake School District. The previous version of the article was sent to press prior to Brevik's statement being issued. Staff authored a separate article outlining Brevik's concerns to print in the Nov. 24 edition of the Dickinson County News for the public's benefit.


Area veterans honored during local assemblies

Several Veterans Day programs were held throughout the region last week.

The origins of today's Veterans Day ceremonies can be traced back to the first Armistice Day, held at  11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918 in recognition of the end of WWI. Congress officially designated Nov. 11 as Armistice Day in 1926, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the day was made a national holiday 12 years later. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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