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Groups seek to delay Iowa pipeline decision after expansion announcement

State regulators should pause their final deliberations over Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline permit so they can review how the company’s recently announced expansion plans will affect it, the influential Iowa Farm Bureau Federation says.

Eminent domain bill advances in the House

Legislation that would enable people to ask a court to decide whether a pipeline project deserves the power of eminent domain was approved by an Iowa House committee on Tuesday.

State officials say 'Vote23 did Spirit Lake a disservice'

•Anonymous group failed to file as a PAC ahead of 2023 school board election

Proposed pipeline ordinance headed back to county supervisors

•P&Z to take more time to talk through turbine developments

The Dickinson County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended a proposed zoning ordinance for hazardous liquid pipelines move on to the county board of supervisors, but the commission generally agreed more time was needed before doing the same for zoning changes related to local wind turbine developments.


Board of supervisors to vote on pipeline ordinance

Filing window closed for state, federal primary candidates

A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated Friday's filing deadline would include races for city positions. Those races were already held in November.


•Local candidates have until Friday to file

Lake Park man convicted of sexual abuse seeks reduced jail time

•Paulson's hand-written motions contain indicators of sovereign citizen beliefs

A Lake Park man convicted in 2022 of sexually abusing two of his young relatives is asking a court to reduced his 25-year jail sentence — both victims were under the age of 12 at the time of the abuse.

State prosecutors have filed resistance to 39-year-old Elijah Paulson's request.

Minor injuries reported after Arnolds Park collision downs light pole

One person was reported to have minor injuries following a collision the morning of March 14 in the 300 block of Highway 71 in Arnolds Park — near Casey's Convenience Store. The accident also downed a light pole.

Matuska Taxidermy earns ESGR's Patriot Award

Steve Waller and Duane Bates, volunteers with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recently presented the organization's Patriot Award to Mandy Swart, supervisor of Matuska Taxidermy Supply in Spirit Lake, as well as owners Tom and Vickie Matuska.

Ruth Ann And Joe Loebach Nursing Memorial Scholarship established at ILCC

Iowa Lakes Community College recently announced a newly endowed nursing scholarship, established in 2024 by the Loebach family, which will be available starting in fall 2024. The Ruth Ann and Joe Loebach Nursing Scholarship is a tribute to Ruth Ann's exceptional academic achievements, compassionate nature and profound dedication to patient care.

LRH named Top 20 rural and community hospital for third time

Lakes Regional Healthcare was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association, based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health using the Hospital Strength Index. This is the third time Lakes Regional Healthcare has received this honor.

Spencer Hospital among nation’s top 20 rural, community hospitals

The National Rural Health Association recently named Spencer Hospital as one of the 20 highest-ranking rural and community hospitals in the country among approximately 800 mid-sized facilities.

Sirens 03-21-24

Leo Hayes, age 18, of Van Meter was charged with invasion of privacy on Friday, Feb. 23. A Spirit Lake Police report indicated the offense occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 in the 2700 block of Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 03-21-24

Mary Jo Daniels, a Spirit Lake native, will be showing her rock artwork at the Spirit Lake Library in a special display. Some may recall when she displayed several of her rock art pictures a few years ago at the SLPL.

Milford Memorial Library News 03-21-24

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Arnolds Park Library for Paint Night at the Library. This month, Kathy will lead us though a simple watercolor landscape painting. All supplies are provided by the libraries. Spots are limited so pre-register at Arnolds Park Public Library, Spirit Lake Public Library, or Milford Memorial Library. The cost is $15 for registration. Registrants will need to pay prior to the event to secure their spot. You may also register by going to MML’s website.

Hamrick named mortgage loan originator at Northwest Bank in Arnolds Park

Nicole Evans, bank president of Northwest Bank in Arnolds Park and Milford, recently announced LeAnne Hamrick as Mortgage Loan Originator in Arnolds Park. Hamrick specializes in assisting individuals with financing for home purchases, refinancing existing mortgage loans and new home construction financing. She enjoys developing relationships with customers and helping them reach their home ownership goals.

Wagner among student researchers celebrated during U of I's annual ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

David Wagner of Spirit Lake is one of more than 80 University of Iowa undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars blazing new trails in research, scholarship and creative activities in fields — ranging from microbiology to astronomy and artificial intelligence to historical women's fashions.

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