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Organizers gearing up for Birding on the Green

The Dickinson County Nature Center is collaborating with Brooks Golf to start another season of Birding on the Green from 7-9 a.m. Monday, May 6. This free program is offered to anyone — regardless of whether they've just opened a field guide or already an experienced birder. Attendees are encouraged to bring their binoculars, but the nature center will also provide a limited number to lend.  

Community Briefs 05-02-24

Birds of Iowa showing at Lakes Area Senior Center

The Lakes Area Senior Center will be hosting Birds of Iowa at 2 p.m. May 6. The program will feature more than 120 birds photographed by Kim Pagel in the state of Iowa. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Mayor Bice to sign proclamation for Older Americans Month

Ring in spring with the ILCC Handbell Choir Concert

The public is invited to welcome the spring season with a handbell concert, presented by the Iowa Lakes Handbell Choir at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at First Presbyterian Church — located at 3501 Hill Ave. in Spirit Lake.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-02-24

MML’s Building Bookworms (storytime) will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 6 and focus on community helpers from the area. These special guests will answer questions and show their equipment and vehicles.

Join MML for Afterschool Adventures at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Youth will be creating stained glass chalk art.

Sirens 05-02-24

Cyrus Bjorklund, age 18, of Lakefield, MN was charged with serious assault at approximately 1:02 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the 3300 block of Highway 71 in Spirit Lake.

Corey McLaughlin, age 33, of Spirit Lake was charged with aggravated domestic assault at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the 200 block of 28th Street in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 05-02-24

The whir of a saw, the buzz of a sander, the pounding of a hammer — these are the sounds of a home improvement project. Whether you are remodeling your home to add a deck or would like to enhance your garden with trellises and an arbor, we can help you find books for all sorts of outdoor building projects at the Spirit Lake Public Library.

Harris-Lake Park 2024 All Academic students announced

The All-Academic Team is a feature in the Dickinson County News to showcase those students who have worked hard in the classroom over the past four years.

Okoboji 2024 All Academic students announced

The All-Academic Team is a feature in the Dickinson County News to showcase those students who have worked hard in the classroom over the past four years.

Spirit Lake 2024 All Academic students announced

The All-Academic Team is a feature in the Dickinson County News to showcase those students who have worked hard in the classroom over the past four years.

Volunteers help create 'chlorine producing units' for countries in need

 

Safe Water International Ministries — or SWIM — collaborated with Spirit Lake Methodist Church on Friday, April 19 in the construction of 120 chlorine producing units to be sent out to African villages in need. Members of multiple community churches banded together to create the devices — dubbed CPUs — under the guidance of SWIM board members.

Governor signs bill removing insurance barriers for armed school staff

A bill which would remove insurance barriers for Iowa schools interested in arming their employees was signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds on April 19.

Court to decide next year whether Decker gets new trial in 2020 murder case

Recent court filings show it will be nearly a year before a court decides whether a woman convicted of murdering a Lake Park resident in 2020 is entitled to a new trial.

H-LP students recall tour of Washington D.C.

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Iowa DOT gives update on phase 3 of Highway 71 project

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say phase 3 of the Highway 71 project is still on track for completion by May 24.

"The rain this last week slowed some of our work," said Darwin Bishop, district construction engineer for Iowa DOT. "But the contractor made great progress during the mild weather prior."

Spirit Spa open for business

Members of the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce recently visited Spirit Spa ahead of its April 21 grand opening. The spa, located in the Great Lakes Mall, is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays as well as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Owner Rose Nguyen said the spa offers manicures, pedicures, waxing and other spa services. She went on to say hot oil massages and hot stone massages are available as a package deal with the spa's manicure and pedicure treatments.

42nd Annual Walleye Weekend quickly approaching

Anxious anglers are just one week away from the chance at catching a fish worth $42,000 — the 42nd Annual Walleye Weekend officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Entrants will have the following 36 hours to catch one of the 10 tagged walleye in the hopes of taking home the coveted grand prize.

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