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ILGA Chamber awards Walleye Weekend grants

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce marked the 40th annual Walleye Weekend fishing tournament earlier this year, and although a portion of the proceeds are donated the community, 2022 was the first year in which funds were given away as part of a local grant process.

Treasure Village to perform 'Rapunzel'

Treasure Village is celebrating its 50th season of shows this year. The milestone will also coincide with the final show on the Treasure Village stage. Treasure Village's original musical “Rapunzel” will show at 10 a.m. July 20-23 and July 27-30.

Spirit of Harmony Chorus to provide pre-show performance at OST

The Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present pre-show entertainment under the Okoboji Summer Theatre awning at 7:30 pm, Friday, July 15 before the production of "An Inspector Calls." Suspense rules when a middle-class Yorkshire family meets the enigmatic Inspector Goole, in this English classic whodunit. Celebrating their recent regional first-place competition results, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus is excited to share their harmony with OST audiences again.

Sting Ray Anthony's Jukebox Rock show heads to PLAC

The public is invited to join Sting Ray Anthony for his tribute to Ritchie Valens and other rock 'n' rollers of the '50s during his performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

Having worked alongside Bobby Vee, Fabian, Danny & The Juniors, Chubby Checker and many other original artists of the '50s and '60s, Sting Ray has delighted audiences by singing to what many consider the greatest oldies ever written.

Carving of first OkoboTree sculptures underway

Local nonprofit Spirit of Okoboji announced the first three trees included in the OkoboTree project will be transformed into outdoor sculptures this week. Gary Keenan, a chainsaw carver from Des Moines, started a tree located at Isthmus Park in Spirit Lake on Monday.

OHS recognized at state high school musical theatre competition

The fall of 2021 marked Okoboji High School's first entry into the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards initiative. The debut entry was adjudicated by qualified judges, and nine honors were received for the November 2021 performance of "Into the Woods," composed by Stephen Sondheim.

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association to hold Iowa Rock Music Camp

The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association plans to host its inaugural Iowa Rock Music Camp at Arnolds Park July 26-28 in and around the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. There will be morning and afternoon sessions targeted toward middle school and high school students, depending upon the age group and/or program interest.

Knights of Columbus to host Holy Smokes Classic Cruise-In Food Drive

The Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043 will hold its Holy Smokes Classic Cruise-In Food Drive Friday, July 22 in support of local food sources. They will accept canned goods or cash donations from drivers of classic cars or other vehicles starting at 4:30 p.m. The drive itself begins at 6 p.m. and leaves from St. Mary's Parish on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. The food will benefit area families through Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Spirit Lake.

Chambers welcome Sportsmen's Business Alliance

The Spirit Lake and Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces again last week as they welcomed Sportsmen's Business Alliance to downtown Spirit Lake. Chamber officials made a midday stop on June 22 to hear from Director Of Business Development Levi Wittrock. Sportsmen's Business Alliance, located at 1719 Hill Ave., manages an online directory of businesses which support hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Milford readies for Pioneer Days parade


The marquee event of Pioneer Days in Milford will be the Pioneer Days Parade. This year's parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, marking the 54th anniversary of Pioneer Days.

“As always, the parade promises to be an outstanding event for spectators and participants,” Milford Commercial Club Parade Chairwoman Susan Reiser said.

DCN to arrive on doorsteps Friday next week

The Dickinson County News will briefly adjust its delivery schedule due to the Fourth of July holiday next week. Copies of the July 7 edition will still arrive on news racks throughout the community the afternoon of Wednesday, July 6, but hardcopy subscribers can expect their paper to arrive in the mail Friday, July 8 that week. Distribution will return to normal the following week — being placed on racks Wednesday afternoons and arriving at residences with Thursday mail deliveries.

Sirens 06-30-22

Kayleigh Skye Belseth, age 18, of Spirit Lake was charged with serious assault at approximately 4:48 p.m. Friday, June 17 in the 1900 block of Boston Avenue in Spirit Lake. A criminal complaint said Belseth was engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim and "did walk over to the victim, strike her several times about the head with a closed fist causing pain."

Spencer Hospital earns national accreditation

Spencer Hospital was recently awarded accreditation by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality, a national accreditation organization sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The recognition reflects the hospital’s commitment to care practices and standards which are consistent with patient safety and quality care outcomes.

Area Library News 06-30-22

Michael Albert, an American Pop Artist and author is coming to Iowa for the first time this summer. He is nationally known for making collage artworks from cereal boxes and other printed cardboard consumer brand packages. Albert has created more than 700 collages from cereal boxes and thousands more using the everyday materials. His program includes meeting the artist, a talk and presentation and a hands on collage workshop. Michael will also sign and give away some of his famous prints.

Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association announces Songwriters Showcase


Songwriters Showcase, a new concert series presented by the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, will feature the driving surf guitar sounds of The Surf Zombies at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park. The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association bestowed its Spirit Award to the band in 2017. Doors for next month's concert open at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10, and season pass punch cards will be accepted.

Small Business Development Center featured At Iowa Lakes board meeting

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met last week afternoon on the Spencer Campus for their regularly scheduled board meeting.

Jolene Rogers, executive director of community and business relations, began Tuesday's meeting by introducing Mary Faber, director of the Spencer Campus. Faber welcomed the board to campus and introduced several Spencer Campus employees.

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