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Imagine Iowa Great Lakes announces Lake Street beautifications are complete

Imagine Iowa Great Lakes is pleased to announce the completion and grand opening of Lake Street at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference at 2 p.m. on July 9.

Koerselman awarded Iowa Hospital Association scholarship

Allison Koerselman of Milford, an employee of Lakes Regional Healthcare has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation, which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association. Koerselman is studying radiology in the radiation sciences, R.T. to B.S. program through the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. She is among 60 students from Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

Young attends state PEO convention

Marcia Young recently attended the Iowa P.E.O. State Convention as a voting delegate of Chapter MO, Spirit Lake held at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel. At the State Convention, delegates voted on business of this International Philanthropic organization, shared chapter fund-raising ideas and renewed friendships. P.E.O. is a sisterhood based on the principles of friendship and loyalty.

Sirens 07-07-22

Spirit Lake firefighters respond to lakeshore blaze

Milford Pioneer Days notebook 2022


Pioneer Days is the annual town celebration for the City of Milford. This year the Milford Commercial Club is celebrating their 54th Annual Pioneer Days Celebration. The Milford Commercial Club sponsors the celebration. Look for additional press releases and advertisements regarding all of the Pioneer Days events in the coming weeks or check out the information on the website at


Mystery returns to the OST stage with 'An Inspector Calls'

Mystery returns to the Okoboji Summer Theatre stage with J.B. Priestley’s "An Inspector Calls." Suspense rules when a middle-class Yorkshire family meets the enigmatic Inspector Goole, in this English classic "whodunit." The show will run from Tuesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 17, The cast of this production includes returning actor Chad Fess, newcomer Jesse Graham Galas and Resident OST actor Rob Doyen.

Field day to explore row crop prairie strips as water quality tool

Landowners Eric and Kelly Hoien will host Prairie Strips and Conservation on Big Spirit Lake, a free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day exploring how integrating prairie strips into row crop fields can benefit water quality. The field day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9 on land they own adjacent to Big Spirit Lake in Orleans — a field directly north of 13026 253rd Ave.

Area Library News 07-07-22

 Lake Park Library News

Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Reading Program Performances in the Park and to the wonderful volunteers who helped with the shows.

Our Summer Reading Challenge “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” continues through the month of July. The program is easy — read books and do fun tasks to win a prize. The Summer Reading Challenge is free to enter. Each child can complete the challenge up to three times by July 31.

Local youth organizing local food shipments to Ukraine

For the last several months, the people of Ukraine have been torn from their homes. More than 4.9 million people are now refugees in other countries and starving. Much like northwest Iowa, the Ukraine is an agricultural area and is known for its wheat production — it is the breadbasket of Europe. Due to farmers being forced out by the Russian invasion, crops are not being planted, which will have a potentially longterm impact on the area.

Iowa Lakes receives federal funding for TRIO Upward Bound Program


The U.S. Department of Education recently funded the Iowa Lakes Community College TRIO Upward Bound program for five more years. Contingent on annual congressional appropriations, the award is expected to total $1,488,005 over the next five years. The Iowa Lakes TRIO Upward Bound program serves 60 students in grades nine through 12 attending Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Spencer and North Union High Schools.

Campus News 07-07-22

DMACC announces spring 2022 president's .ist

Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson recently released the names of students eligible for the spring semester president’s list. To be eligible, a student must have completed a minimum of six credits and earned a 4.0 grade point average for that semester. The honorees included Tyler Grems of Milford — auto mechanics technology, and Khloe Arndt of Spirit Lake — pre-dental occupations.

Community Briefs 07-07-22

Milford Past Times to present on the Milford Opera House

The Dickinson County Museum and the Milford Public Library are collaborating to offer an evening of photos and conversation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 in the Milford Community Room. Some of the photos to be shown are from a private collection and have never been publicly seen. The public is invited to bring their stories and curiosity.

Archaeological field study team breaks ground near Gardner Cabin

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Inch by inch and yard by yard, students from all three of Iowa's public universities are sifting through soil in search of local history.

Sex abuse trial delayed as judge considers call for confidential info

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

A judge will decide whether prosecutors must provide the court with confidential mental health records regarding an Okoboji High School student who accused a bus driver of sexual abuse.

Board of Adjustment to resume Twin Hills development talks next month

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly described the proposed development as being west of the city of Arnolds Park rather than east of the city.


By Seth Boyes - News Editor

The nearby city street light had switched to a flashing yellow signal by the time the Dickinson County Board of Adjustment adjourned Monday night. The board heard from Travis Hulstein and his family who were representing Twin Hills LLC.

Lake Park man appeals sexual abuse conviction

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


A Lake Park man has filed an appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court after being found guilty in March of sexually abusing two of his young relatives — both under the age of 12.


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