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Community Briefs 03-21-24

Bridal shower to be held for Dreeszen

A bridal shower will be held in honor of Brianna Dreeszen from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Spirit Lake American Legaion - 1102 15th Street in Spirit Lake. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Lisa Dreeszen by calling 712-380-5137 by Tuesday, March 26. The couple is registered at Amazon and Walmart.

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

State subcommittee passes bill which could grant armed school staff qualified immunity

A bill aimed at removing insurance barriers for Iowa schools interested in arming employees is expected to head to the Iowa Senate soon for debate — if successful, the bill would then head to the governor's desk to become law.

'Overwhelming evidence of his guilt'

•Iowa Court of Appeals upholds Goyne-Yarns' 2022 murder conviction

The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of a Spirit Lake man found guilty of murdering the mother of his children outside her place of work February of 2022.

DOT says Highway 71 repaving on track as project's third phase begins

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say the homestretch is in sight as construction crews resumed work along Highway 71 this week.

Veterans Foundation aims to trim plaza project costs during joint meeting

County officials now have an overall estimated price for proposed upgrades to the Veterans Memorial Plaza outside the county courthouse, but they're hoping some additional discussion later this month will help save on the projected costs.

Minnesota man gets 5 years for enticing minor

A Minnesota man accused of enticing a minor in Dickinson County in 2021 has been convicted by a Palo Alto County court and sentenced to five years in prison.

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

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