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Rides celebrates completion of Spirit Lake bus barn

Various community members visited the Voss Rides Bus Depot in Spirit Lake Thursday afternoon to recognize the completion of the organization's new bus barn on Peoria Avenue.

Iowa Lakes to host 23rd annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The music department at Iowa Lakes Community College announces the 23rd Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste. This year's festivities will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center in Estherville. Ticket sales began Nov. 4.

The Elizabeth Madrigal Feaste pays tribute to the Christmas Feaste, an annual celebration in early England, showcasing an extravagant display of rejoicing and toasting the 12 days of Christmas.

Nelson earns AAP status

Northwest Bank of Spencer is pleased to announce that Andrea Nelson, treasury management operations manager, has achieved the status of accredited ACH professional, or AAP, after successfully completing an exam through the National Automated Clearing House Association.

Eric Hoien named 2022 Realtor of the Year

The Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors recently presented the award for the 2022 Realtor of the Year to Eric Hoien. Hoien Realty is in its 70th year, with Hoien himself as the broker/owner for 38 of those years. Hoien is passionate about ensuring the Iowa Great Lakes are a place anyone would be honored to call home. He often works with local and state governments to protect the area lakes and natural habitats.

Sirens 11-10-22

Brandon Wade Davis, age 47, of Spirit Lake was charged with domestic abuse/assault — third or subsequent offense — and interference with official acts at approximately 7:31 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the 12700 block of 211th Avenue. A criminal complaint said Davis applied pressure to the throat of the victim.

ILUUF to hold annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be held on Nov. 13 and will be a hybrid service. For those comfortable meeting in person, the service will be held in the Bay Hill Room at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Coffee begins at 10:30 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m. Music by members and friends will be provided before and after the meeting.

Emergency vehicles to stop at Okoboji Middle School Friday

A number of emergency vehicles are expected outside Okoboji Middle School on Friday, but there won't be any cause for alarm. The school district invited local emergency personnel to stop by the school building as part of the middle school's ongoing High Five Friday tradition.

Milford Memorial Library News 11-10-22

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to register for MML’s Young Adult Out of the Box Challenge. This box will be filled with odds and ends to design a game, create an art project and repurpose an item in your home. This is a free activity but does require registration. Pick up and registration may be completed Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Friday, Nov. 18.

Lake Park Library News 11-10-22

The Lake Park Public Library, Dickinson County Museum and Lake Park Historical Society invite you to attend Past Times Lake Park. The program is free, and everyone is welcome. Past Times Lake Park will start at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Lake Park Community Center, 903 South Market St. in Lake Park. Expect to see photos of Lake Park long ago, enjoy some great conversation and learn about the early days of Lake Park.

Local educators receive grant for student-centered project

The Okoboji Education Association and the Spirit Lake Education Association were recently awarded Community Outreach Grants from the Iowa State Education Association to support their respective projects.

Area firefighters busy as dry weather brings high fire danger

Update: This article was updated Thursday, Nov. 3 to include comments from Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly.

Lakes Area fire departments have been busy handling recent blazes in farm fields and ditches.

Prepare for the polls: Know the wheres, whens and whats of Election Day

A number of Dickinson County voters have already cast their ballots early, but many will still vote in person at the polls Nov. 8.

Legend roller coaster restoration on track for 2023 season

The undulating form of The Legend roller coaster has loomed over Arnolds Park Amusement Park since 1930, and the latest phase of restoration efforts aims to keep it that way for many generations to come.

Trespassing case might test state’s pipeline survey law

A land surveyor for Summit Carbon Solutions faces a criminal trial in December for allegedly trespassing on land in northwest Iowa that is part of the company’s proposed carbon dioxide pipeline route, according to court records.

Local chambers cut ribbon at Robinson Funeral Home

Members of the Spirit Lake and Iowa Great Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce gathered at Robinson Funeral Home in Spirit Lake to celebrate a change in ownership. Korey and Kerri Robinson took on full ownership of the former Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in September — the Robinsons had been minority owners of the business for the past six years.

Vigdal to speak on experiences in the Galapagos

The public is invited to attend the upcoming Kenue Coffee Hour and listen to Charles Vigdal revisit his trip through the islands and the impact of the biology of the area.

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