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Corridor Corporation recognizes regional businesses

IEDA Director looks to what's next


In the Iowa Corridor Development Corporation's fiscal year 2021, the organization:

Lawmakers approve new district maps, Whiting announces resignation

Iowa lawmakers met once again in the Capitol building Thursday and approved the second proposed draft of the state's new legislative districts.

Spirit Lake man pleads guilty to 2020 hit and run boating charge


A Spirit Lake man has been sentenced for his part in seriously injuring of a fellow boater in August of 2020.

MMU proposes fee increase for new water treatment plant


Officials with Milford Municipal Utilities said plans for a new $18.6 million water treatment plant are in the works. The current plan was built in 1978, and MMU is also proposing an incremental increase in end user fees — the fee for connections to MMU's water main — over three years to help cover the cost. A public hearing on the matter will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 at the Milford Community Building.


Former assistant county attorney disbarred for mishandling divorce case payment


A branch of the Iowa Supreme Court has revoked a Spirit Lake attorney's license to practice law. Lonnie Saunders, who up until earlier this year served as assistant Dickinson County Attorney, signed an affidavit consenting to his disbarment and "does not dispute that he misappropriated client funds." Filings in the decision said Saunders may be eligible for readmission after five years.

Spirit Lake Fire Chief honored by Iowa Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Second jury finds Spirit Lake man guilty of Ireton murder


A Spirit Lake man accused of committing murder in rural Ireton had hoped charges would be dismissed after a new trial was granted in June. However, a jury of his peers found 71-year-old Gregg Eugene Winterfeld guilty of second-degree murder after deliberations this month. The jury chosen for Winterfeld's initial trial in April came to the same conclusion.

Harvest yields vary, recent rains may benefit next year's crop


Many a farm field in the Lakes Area has been reduced to stalky stubble in recent weeks as producers continue the season's harvest.

"The bean harvest seemed like it went a little slower than normal due to the weather conditions that we had, but it looks like they've kind of cleared those beans fields off pretty recently," said Gentry Sorenson, a field agronomist for the regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices. "They've moved on to corn since then."

Second CO2 pipeline may cross region



Lake Park murder suspects ask to be tried separately


The court process for two suspects accused in the murder of a Lake Park woman might split into two trials if a judge approves a motion filed late last month.

'A few appropriate words' - Portrayal of Lincoln's famed speech plays out in Milford

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


No notable photograph exists of President Abraham Lincoln giving his famous Gettysburg Address — it's said the speech was so brief that the photographer hadn't finished setting up his camera before its conclusion. But a number of folks lined up to have their photos taken with "Mr. Lincoln" following his recital of the well-known speech Monday afternoon at the Milford Community Center.

Arnolds Park man enters guilty plea in federal weapons case


A Lakes Area man authorities said likely harbored anti-government sentiments has entered a guilty plea in a federal weapons case which stemmed from a fatal rollover in January of 2020.

Near drowning at Bridges Bay prompts state investigation, pool closures

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


State officials ordered Bridges Bay Resort in Arnolds Park to close its pools after the near drowning of a 2-year-old boy prompted an investigation, which found the pools lacked adequate lifeguard supervision.


Pillsbury Point path dispute dismissed


Judge says court lacks jurisdiction

A district judge has decided there isn't anything the court can do for a group of property owners who hoped to take the city of Arnolds Park and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to court over proposed improvements to a nearby path.

Don't read all about it: Political sign theft leads to bizarre cover-up effort

By Seth Boyes - Staff Writer


A series of minor thefts in early September had Lakes Area store clerks scratching their heads. Newspaper racks were empty. Storefront vending boxes were cleaned out, and copies of the Sept. 2 Dickinson County News were hard to come by just 24 hours after the weekly newspaper was distributed throughout the Iowa Great Lakes.

Local teen stays cool in crisis, saves diver's life

Don't go out alone, 18-year-old Calvin Grosvenor was taught.

It's considered the number one rule for open water diving — and Thursday afternoon it saved a life on West Lake Okoboji.

Grosvenor is credited with not only bringing his diving partner to the surface of the lake during an emergency, but swimming him to shore and performing CPR until help arrived.

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