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Sirens 03-02-23

Denver Josephtate Crumpton, age 33, of Spencer was served with Dickinson County warrants in several cases Wednesday, Feb. 22. Court records indicate Crumpton was in custody in Clay County and was transported from Fostoria to the Dickinson County Jail. Crumpton had been charged with fourth-degree theft and two counts of trespassing at the Spirit Lake Walmart in December.

Milford Memorial Library News 03-02-23

Calling all Pokémon trainers! You are invited to Pokémon Card Trading and Training from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Milford Memorial Library is excited to welcome Ryan Schmidt from Okoboji Sports and Collectibles, who will be teaching how to play Pokémon, how to trade and how to collect. Participants will receive a free pack of cards.

LRH ‘Roses Just Because’ fundraiser underway

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation recently announced one of its annual fundraisers, Roses Just Because, has begun. They have teamed up with Ferguson’s Floral and Garden Center again to host the fundraiser. Individuals may purchase a dozen long-stemmed roses for only $25 and help support the area of greatest need within LRH Foundation at the same time. A selection of colors will be available; however, orders for specific colors are not available.

IRMMA announces 20th Rock the Roof season

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association recently announced the 20th Anniversary season of Rock the Roof. The Iowa Great Lakes tradition features a full slate of 12 concert/dances this summer at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park.

ILCC offers cosmetology license recertification course

Iowa Lakes Community College will offer a four-hour cosmetology license recertification class on “Styling Your Way to Greatness” and a two-hour law and sanitation class on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the Spencer Campus.

Local students named to president's and deans' lists at Drake University

Paityne Gehring and Faith Norris, both of Spirit Lake, were recently named to the deans' and president's Lists at Drake University. To be eligible for the deans' list, students must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the fall 2022 semester at Drake. To be eligible for the president's list, students must have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2022 semester at Drake.

Community Briefs 03-02-23

H-LP FFA to host blood drive

The Harris-Lake Park FFA chapter will be hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the Lake Park Community Center — 903 S. Market St. Those seeking to donate are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: HARRISLAKEPARK to schedule an appointment.

Local DNR meeting cancelled

Iowa Senate fails to move modest pipeline bill

There isn’t enough support in the Iowa Senate to enact new legislation that would restrict eminent domain for three proposed carbon dioxide pipelines, the Republican leader of a Senate panel said Monday.

“I don’t believe there’s a legislative answer to this, currently,” said Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig.

Community emerges from mid-week snowstorm

Area residents were battling Mother Nature once again last week when she decided to drop several inches of snow on top of what seemed to be the beginnings of a thaw.

Not Guilty: Titterington's defense prevails against teen's claims of sexual abuse

A jury has found Steve Verne Titterington of Milford not guilty of sexually abusing an Okoboji High School student while the 72-year-old was employed as a school bus driver.

The jury reached its decision Tuesday morning, after less than an hour of deliberation.

"It's sad, but this case should never have gotten to this point," defense attorney Chris Sandy said during closing arguments. "Law enforcement should have done their job."


Attorneys rest in Titterington sex abuse case

Jury expected to begin deliberations tomorrow

Attorneys expect to give their closing arguments Tuesday in the case against a former area school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching a student.

Teen takes stand in Titterington sex abuse case

Defense argues allegations were fabricated

Testimony began Friday in the case against a former area school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching a student.

New pipeline bill gets quick, early support in Iowa House

New legislation that was introduced in the Iowa House on Monday to limit eminent domain for carbon dioxide pipelines got preliminary approval Tuesday from a subcommittee.

“Private property rights have to mean something,” said Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, who is a co-sponsor of the bill and led the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.

Jury selection begins in Titterington case

Update: The Dickinson County Courthouse closed Wednesday, Feb. 22 due to weather, delaying that morning's continued jury selection.


Attorneys expect sex abuse trial to carry into next week

H-LP Schools gets rough figures for potential building project

The Harris-Lake Park School Board received another update Monday on possible improvements to its school buildings — this week's update included rough cost estimates to help guide the board's decision.

Judge agrees with county in Okoboji Harbor drainage dispute



County officials were glad to read a district court judge's recent decision regarding a dispute between an area homeowners association and Dickinson County Drainage District 45.

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