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DAR tours local Freedom Rock

James Kessler recently gave a tour of the Dickinson County Freedom Rock to a group of The Daughters of The American Revolution. The local freedom rock stands in Lake Park and honors veterans in each branch of the U.S. military. The tour started with recognizing and giving respect to the flag of The United States of America. Kessler feels the meaning of the flag is important for each individual to understand.

Sirens 11-17-22

Jack Anthony Hess, age 23, was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 and held for another agency.

Vicki Lynn Forcht, age 48, of Spencer was charged with driving while barred and failure to provide proof of financial liability at approximately 8:48 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the 1000 block of 18th Street in Spirit Lake. She was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 9:03 a.m. the same day.

Hemiller completes Commercial Lending School

Mike Hemiller, ag/commercial banker and AVP with Northwest Bank in Milford, successfully completed the 2022 Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School held Oct. 3-7 in Ankeny.

Spirit Lake Library News

The days are growing colder, but we have lots to do inside at the library where it is warm! You can join our mah-jongg group at 1 p.m. every Monday and/or Thursday to play in our community room. They always seem to enjoy the competition and camaraderie. On Tuesdays, there is a sewing/quilting group that meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome, but you need to bring your own sewing machine. The Adult Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.

Milford Memorial Library News 11-17-22

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

Campus News 11-17-22

Eckard named to the dean's list at Palmer College of Chiropractic

Matthew Eckard of Milford was recently named to the summer 2022 trimester dean's list at Palmer College of Chiropractic's main campus in Davenport.
Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport; San Jose, California; and Port Orange, Florida.

Community Briefs 11-17-22

DCN to distribute early before Thanksgiving

The Nov. 24 edition of the Dickinson County News is expected to be printed and distributed early next week in order to reach readers before Thanksgiving. Subscribers should not expect home delivery on Thursday, Nov. 24 due to the holiday.

St. Joseph to host yearly harvest dinner

County attorney charged with public intox in courthouse

Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly said Zenor ran for her first full term as Dickinson County Attorney in November of 2020. That election was to maintain the position after being appointed to it in late 2019. This story was updated Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Authorities have charged Dickinson County Attorney Amy Zenor with public intoxication.

Late-night fire destroys Lake Park home

• Recent rains likely spared neighborhood further damage

No injuries were reported during a late-night fire which destroyed a Lake Park home a few hours after polls closed Nov. 8.

Firefighters were paged around 11:40 p.m. to 26 Ave. B West in Lake Park. County property records show the residence was formerly the Lake Park United Methodist Church, and the building was originally built in 1891 — the church sold the property in 2003.

Dickinson County votes Wills for Iowa House

This story has been updated to include district-wide totals from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

Dickinson County voters chose a familiar face to represent them again in Des Moines.

Gov. Reynolds takes Dickinson County on way to reelection

This story has been updated to include statewide totals from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

Unofficial election night results show Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds won Dickinson County's support in the governor's race with 6,062 votes. Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear came up almost 4,000 votes behind Reynolds in Dickinson County, and Libertarian candidate Rick Stewart garnered 142 local votes.

Dickinson County ballots favor Feenstra

This story has been updated to include statewide totals from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

Election night tallies show Dickinson County voters preferred U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra over both Democrat Ryan Melton and Liberty Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder in the race for Iowa's District 4 seat in the U.S. House.

Grassley carries Dickinson County in U.S. Senate race

This story has been updated to include statewide totals from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

Unofficial election night results show Dickinson County was a win for U.S Sen. Chuck Grassley in his bid for reelection.

Area communities prepare to recognize veterans

The area's American Legion posts are preparing to once again partner with local school districts as they ready for their respective Veterans Day programs this week.

Milford man sentenced after plea deal in sexual abuse case

A Milford man has been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree sexual abuse as part of a recent plea bargain.

Jury finds Van Der Wilt guilty of lesser charge in Estherville killing

Sentencing expected next month


A Rockwell City man is awaiting his sentence after an Emmet County jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an Estherville man last year. CeJay Van Der Wilt had initially been charged with first-degree murder in the case, but the jury found the 19-year-old guilty of a lesser charge.


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