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Spirit Lake Chamber visits BlackEarth Java

The Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce stopped at BlackEarth Java in Spirit Lake over the noon hour Thursday. Owners Natasha and Andrew Mohror opened the location on June 18, after having operated the Black Earth Java in Spencer for the past nine years. Natasha Mohror said the business is the same BlackEarth Java their fans have known and loved for years, adding the business has not franchised at this point. Their new second location — located at 2902 Aurora Ave.

Nattress named 2022 Fair Dean

Shirley Nattress of Milford (left) was crowned the 2022 Dean of the Dickinson County Fair. Nattress is shown with Dickinson County Fair Board President Doug Loerts, accepting the honor Sunday night during the Fair Board concert night. The award is given annually to a person who volunteers at and supports the Dickinson County Fair. Nattress was recognized for her 30-plus years of providing auction services at the fair. (Submitted photo by Susan Reiser)

Iowa Lakes student attends Okoboji Entrepreneurial institute

Christian Hookfin of Spencer represented Iowa Lakes Community College at the exclusive Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute at the Okoboji Bible Conference Campus, held June 23-26.

IRMMA and PLAC partner to produce River

The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association and the Pearson Lakes Art Center are proud to co-produce River – The music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Lauridsen Theatre at the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Spirit Lake. Tickets are $30 and are available at or at the PLAC Box Office.

Spirit Lake KOC inducts new officers

The Knights of Columbus Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 inducted officers for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The dinner and monthly meeting was held July 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake.

Officers inducted by Field Agent Rob Waterhouse and Rev. Flanagan included:

Brian Nokleby – Grand Knight

Jed Skogerboe – Deputy Grand Knight

Wayne Mathine – Financial Secretary

Ron Smith – Treasurer

Bob Wegelin – Warden

Sirens 07-21-22

Morgan Paulson, age 24, of Estherville was charged with violation of a no contact order and driving while suspended at approximately 2:14 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 in the 2300 block of Circle Drive West in Spirit Lake.

Thoreson to speak at ILUUF

David Thoreson will be the speaker at the July 24 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hybrid service. Thoreson will share his story of immersing himself into the conservation community at the local level in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Thoreson will also share how he merged this passion with his love of sailing, photography and adventure to document planetary changes to cultures and ecosystems in the Arctic.

OST invites audiences to upcoming shows

Purely Patsy Cline takes OST stage

Okoboji Foundation hosts nonprofit challenge

The annual nonprofit challenge hosted by the Okoboji Foundation encourages giving to local nonprofits who have partner funds with the Okoboji Foundation. The nonprofit fund which receives the most donations totaling more than $5,000 during the month of July will receive a matching grant of $5,000 from the Okoboji Foundation.

Discovery House seeking sponsors for new beds

Staff at Discovery House and Daniel House said a recent increase in residents at the two buildings has made the need for more beds evident. The nonprofit has had many generous donations over the years, sometimes including beds, linens and handmade quilts.

Kiaya Pernick honored at BVU's Senior Recognition Celebration

Buena Vista University recognized 52 students during its annual Senior Recognition Celebration this spring. The event honors students for their academic excellence, civic engagement and leadership.

Kiaya Pernick of Milford, a senior majoring in psychology as well as criminology and criminal justice, was honored with the Wendy Waugaman Women and Leadership Award for her interest in leadership development at Buena Vista University.

U of O Homecoming races to return

IGL Chamber to take baton this year

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

After a two-year hiatus, organizers with the University of Okoboji Homecoming Races are preparing to once again welcome runners, swimmers and cyclers from across the country — and possibly a few from abroad.

Area youth ready to learn and inform during Dickinson County Fair

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

The Dickinson County Fairgrounds will soon be bustling with activity as area 4-H and FFA competitors seek recognition during the 2022 Dickinson County Fair.

The fair will run from Friday, July 15 through Thursday, July 21. Some events will be centered on competitive agriculture, some will be focused on family fun, but all are aimed at helping the public connect with the agricultural industry.

Homeowners ask court to void Woodlyn Hills permit

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

A recently approved conditional use permit for a proposed RV park east of Milford may be headed for legal limbo.

Amusement Park officially dedicates Lake Street upgrades

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

It took nine months and a 100-foot long tent over the winter, but upgrades to Lake Street in Arnolds Park are complete.

Initial excavation at Gardner Cabin nears end

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

Several small dig sites near the Abbie Gardner Historic Site in Arnolds Park have gone from a few inches deep to several feet deep in a matter of weeks.

Students from Iowa's regent universities have been helping conduct an archaeological field study on the property. The team began their work last month as a precursor to preserve the site's original pioneer cabin and improve the nearby museum facilities.

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