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Milford pair ejected during Friday-morning collision


Authorities said two Milford residents were taken to separate hospitals after being ejected from a vehicle early Friday.


Okoboji council approves Highway 71 agreement with DOT


Bridge to temporarily close in mid-September

Local and state officials are one step closer to finalizing plans for improving the Lakes Area's main thoroughfare.

Suspect in Milford murder pleads not guilty, trial set


A man accused of shooting and killing a woman outside a Milford business last month has pleaded not guilty.

Possible injuries reported after drive-thru rollover


A Spirit Lake woman was possibly injured Monday morning when her minivan ended up on its roof in the parking lot of a local restaurant.

'The story is unfolding in front of us'

A previous version of this story stated certain paintings displayed at the Abbie Gardner Cabin Museum were painted by Gardner herself. While the Dickinson County Museum houses some items painted by Gardner, it is unclear whether she herself painted the depictions of the Spirit Lake Massacre which once hung in her pioneer museum. This story was updated March 10, 2022.


Local group aims to preserve Gardner Cabin site

Champion State of Mind broadens care options


The staff at Champion State of Mind welcomed the public last week during an open house at their updated facility on 16th Street in Spirit Lake.

The mental health and addiction counseling service has been expanding both its services and its team of providers in hopes of better serving the public.

Second suspect charged in Virgin Lake murder

Authorities have filed charges against an Emmetsburg man in connection with a 2020 murder in rural Palo Alto County. Brice Patrick Colling has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. He was arrested Monday evening by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and agents of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The 22-year-old is among three individuals believed to have participated in the murder of Rollin "RJ" Bontrager in July of 2020.

Renewed Stevens Block aims to beckon businesses


Some remember it as the opera house. Others recall its days as a bank. More recently it was home to the YMCA's Healthy Living Program Center, and current renovation work aims to continue the Stevens Block's iconic role in downtown Spirit Lake.

The building was purchased by Kuhlman Lake Service and Welding in mid-January, and plans are underway to convert the building into several leasable commercial units.

'Pop' art: Nonprofit OkoboTree project recieves Mountain Dew grant

A local nonprofit hoping to preserve and repurpose some of the Lakes Area's oldest trees has gained some support from a well-known soda-pop brand.

Drainage crossing ordinance approved by county


CO2 pipeline company voices qualms


State commission approves Silver Lake shore stabilization project


Some proposed plans for stabilizing Silver Lake's shores got the go-ahead from state officials last month. Iowa's Natural Resource Commission approved the construction project Jan. 19. The recently approved work is just a portion of the overall improvement efforts and will span about 4,000 feet of deteriorated public shoreline in the northwestern portion of the lake. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September this year.

H-LP Superintendent to step down at school year's end



The Harris-Lake Park School District is preparing for some changes in its administration.


Bouse to transition to Storm Lake Schools

He's changed buildings, and he's changed offices once or twice, but Justin Bouse has been with Okoboji Schools for more than 20 years. And now he's preparing to make yet another transition — this time with a change in school colors.

Proposed Lake Park development making waves

Council holds off on rezoning approval

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


The Lake Park City Council members may soon be facing the city's most serious decision in recent history, according to Mayor Matt Carstensen.

Reverts named to H-LP Board of Education



Candidate Jamie Reverts is expected to join the Harris-Lake Park Board of Education later this month.

H-LP Superintendent Andy Irwin said former board member Arin Elser recently stepped down after taking a new job, and Reverts will fill the remainder of Elser's term. If soon-to-be-seated board member decides to seek another term, she will appear on the ballot in November of 2023.

Shake it up: Spirit Lake show choir readies to host annual competition


Months of preparation is about to pay off for the Spirit Lake Schools Music Department.

The annual Shake the Lakes jazz and show choir competition will welcome ensembles from dozens of school districts to the Sami Bedell Performing Arts Center in Spirit Lake next week. The 2022 performances will mark the event's fourth year, having taken a hiatus last year as many things did under the COVID-19 pandemic.

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