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Brownmed names Kissane as president

Brownmed, recently announced the appointment of Chris Kissane as its new president, effective immediately. Company officials said Kissane brings a wealth of expertise and a demonstrated history of generating substantial revenue for his previous companies, with more than 20 years of sales leadership experience.

IGL Chamber donates makes Leap Day donations

This year, the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber participated in #LeapofKindnessDay, a day invented in 2016 by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. The event challenges local businesses, organizations and individuals to help make a difference for area schools and children in need.

Local readers to present ‘The Howe Letters - A Local Treasure Discovered’

The Howe Letters, recently discovered by Dickinson County Museum volunteer Kathy McNeill, share personal observations and thoughts about the earliest days of life in the area. Beginning with the rush to plat a county seat in Spirit Lake, to the Spirit Lake Massacre, to the siege days of 1862, these letters highlight the hardships and dreams of those who first called Dickinson County home.

Compost available for the public

The Dickinson County Regional Collection Center in Milford turns last year’s green waste into valuable compost. Those interested in compost for plants and gardens may stop and pick some up this spring.

Wills welcomes constituents from Lakes Regional Healthcare

State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) on March 6 welcomed a group of constituents representing Lakes Regional Healthcare to the Iowa House during the Iowa Hospital Association's legislative day. Pictured are (from left to right) Cate Davis of Spirit Lake, Nancy Heikens of Spencer, Randy Heikens of Spencer (seated), Nate McCormick of Spirit Lake, Rep. Wills and Jason Harrington of Spirit Lake. (Photo submitted)

Sirens 03-14-24

Spirit Lake teen jailed after interfering with fire department response  


A prison mug shot of Cable Daniel Crosby
Caleb Daniel Crosby


Spirit Lake Library News 03-14-24

At the Spirit Lake Public Library, we provide public computers that are free for anyone to use during our open hours, though they do turn off 15 minutes prior to closing. However, there are a few rules to follow. You must be at least 10 years old to use the computers. Everyone needs to sign in and out of the computer user’s log. Only one person at a time may sit at each computer station. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the computer lab area. All items printed out must be paid for.

Milford Memorial Library News 03-14-24

Milford Memorial Library would like to congratulate Blind Date with a Book Winners, Kendra and Leighton. 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.

Biggest Walleye Tournament to return during Walleye Weekend

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the Biggest Walleye Tournament will once again return as part of the 42nd Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend. The optional tournament add-on was a favorite staple of the event in the past, and chamber staff said its return was a roaring success in 2023.

Campus News 03-14-24

Coburn graduates from Morningside University

A total of 52 Morningside University students graduated with bachelor’s degrees in December of 2023, and 53 students earned graduate degrees. Among the December graduates was Owen Coburn of Spirit Lake, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Area students rank among top 2 percent at Iowa State University

Community Briefs 03-14-24

County VA office to host PTSD awareness walk

Atlas announces new director

The Board of Directors of Atlas of the Lakes Area recently announced the retirement of Dave Butterworth, as he hands the baton over to Atlas' new Executive Director Tonya Kuranda. Butterworth has helped build ATLAS of the Lakes Area after serving there and at Atlas Spencer for many years. The board thanks him for his efforts.

Kuranda, who has been on staff with Atlas of the Lakes Area for over a year-and-a-half, was elected executive director effective Dec. 1, 2023.

Biden emerges as Iowa Democrats' preferred candidate

•Mail-in participation less than 3 percent of Iowa's registered Democrats

Unofficial results show Democrats across the state have expressed their support for President Joe Biden in the coming election. State-level organizers conducted the party's presidential preference process by mail this year and released the results Tuesday afternoon. The initial tallies show 11,083 Iowans voted in support of the incumbent president – 56 of them from Dickinson County.

Decker seeks new trial after 2022 murder conviction

•New attorney claims previous defense failed to prepare, pursue key testimony

A woman convicted in 2022 of murdering a Lake Park resident is again asking the court to grant her a new trial.

Applications being accepted for Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend Grants

The 42nd Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend tournament will kick off on Saturday, May 4. The annual event welcomes more than 2,000 anglers from more than 15 states seeking the $42,000 grand prize. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Walleye Weekend registration fees is donated back to the community to benefit angling in the Iowa Great Lakes, and grant applications are now being accepted for 2024.

ILCC highlights music department

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees convened last month for their regular board meeting, with a spotlight on the Iowa Lakes Music Department. Robert Leifeld, vice president of administration, began the meeting by recognizing the exemplary dedication of the Iowa Lakes music faculty members.

Carol Ayres Stueven, a professor and instrumental music director, boasts a three-decade tenure at Iowa Lakes, and she actively supports her peers in online learning initiatives.

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