Skip to main content

Cauthron receives state's highest newspaper honor

Randy Cauthron, managing editor of the Spencer Daily Reporter, has received the highest honor bestowed by the state's newspapers.

During the banquet at its annual convention Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel, the Iowa Newspaper Association announced Cauthron as one of three recipients of its Master Editor-Publisher Award.

Trial dates set for two of three Armstrong defendants

At least two pending trials against former Armstrong city officials now have a date on the court schedule.

Attorneys representing former Armstrong Mayor Greg Blum, former city clerk Connie Thackery and Armstrong's Police Chief Craig Merril asked a judge in December to grant separate trials outside Emmet County for each of their clients. A district court judge granted that request in early January, saying it is the court's duty to ensure each of the accused receives a fair trial.

Record-breaking Polar Plunge makes for $10K donation

Organizers with the annual University of Okoboji Winter Games Polar Plunge said this year's turnout shattered previous records, ultimately generating $5,000 for the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue crew on top of another $5,000 donation from event sponsor Okoboji Motor Company. Staff with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce said more than 300 people registered to take the icy dip in West Lake Okoboji on Jan.

Citizens Community Credit Union donates to Spirit Lake fire and police

Citizens Community Credit Union recently awarded $75,000 to fire and police departments serving seven Iowa communities, including Spirit Lake.

“We are thrilled to be able to show our gratitude for all they do to help others and to keep our communities safe," said Citizen's Chief Executive Officer Dan Scott.

OMS students selected for Strong Foundations Honor Band

The Okoboji Middle School sixth grade band was honored to have eight students selected to participate in the Strong Foundations Honor Band in Sioux City. This year’s festival was held Feb. 12.

Regional KOC Spelling Bee Contest results announced

The Iowa Knights of Columbus recently held its annual Spelling Bee Contest for area students in grades 4-7.  Councils from Storm Lake, Pocahontas, Fonda, Emmetsburg, Sheldon and Milford forwarded participants this year — 13 in fourth grade, eight in fifth grade, six in sixth grade and seven in seventh grade.

There were more than 160 people in attendance for the competition, and a total of 44 youth advanced from local to regional competition, hosted by St Joseph Council of Milford.

Registration open for 42nd annual Walleye Weekend

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all anglers to get ready for the 42nd Annual Walleye Weekend May 4-5. Online registration for the annual tournament is now open. The weekend event marks the beginning of the walleye fishing season and offers a $42,000 grand prize.

Sirens 02-15-24

Cassandra Della Marr, age 21, was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 on the charge of failure to appear/contempt of court.

WEL-Life at Spirit Lake Assisted Living receives 2024 Customer Experience Award

WEL-Life at Spirit Lake Assisted Living recently announced it received a 2024 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight. This award recognizes WEL-Life’s performance in personal care; variety of food/menu choices; quality of food; dining service; dignity and respect; move-in process; individual needs; safety and security and overall customer experience.

Spirit Lake Library News 02-15-24

February is known for Valentine’s Day, the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and being the shortest month on the calendar. It is also known as National Library Lovers’ Month.

Libraries have played a role in world cultures since ancient times. From the library at Alexandria to our modern libraries today, they serve us in so many ways.

Milford Memorial Library News 02-15-24

Milford Memorial Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day. We will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The Milford Memorial Library Book Club will be meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 to discuss "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" by Kathleen Flinn. Any interested individuals are welcome to attend.

Minnesota State Mankato announces 2023 fall semester dean's list

Minnesota State University Mankato recently announced its dean's list for the fall 2023 semester. Among the honorees were Sierra Christians of Milford, Emma Hackbarth of Spirit Lake, Maci Higgins of Spirit Lake and Jordyn Tepfer of Spirit Lake.

A total of 1,227 students qualified for the list by achieving a 3.5 to 3.99 average GPA. To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Community Briefs 02-15-24

Audit of H-LP Schools available

Ice Hole Dive Festival returning to Okoboji this week

Many Lakes Area fishermen have already pulled their shacks off the ice amid atypical temperatures, but dozens of divers still hope to make use of this season's ice cover before it's gone.

Injured eagle rescued, heading for recovery thanks to local hunters

An injured bald eagle found last month in southwest Dickinson County has a good chance of recovering, thanks in part to a pair of local hunters who displayed not only keen eyes but warm hearts.

"He's in a nice place now, and they said he's getting stronger and stronger," said Rodger Linn of Milford, one of the hunters who helped rescue the injured eagle. "There isn't a better feeling than that."

Corridor recognizes area business leaders during annual luncheon

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation held its 13th annual Business Recognition Luncheon on Jan. 31 at the Clay County Regional Events Center.

Curt Strouth, the ILCDC’s CEO, gave luncheon attendees an update on the ILCDC’s activities in 2023 and spoke about economic development activity taking place in the four counties which the ILCDC serves. Strouth said ILCDC believes there will be 18 business expansions in the region over the next three to five years.

Subscribe to News