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Area boosters receive donations from EXIT Realty

EXIT Realty Midwest recently held a drawing at the Spirit Lake vs Estherville football game. Two lucky winners chose a booster club from their respective schools to receive a $100 donation. Congratulations to Anna Coffin, who chose Spirit Lake Music Boosters, and Kelsey Shatto, who chose Estherville Athletic Boosters.  

Iowa Lakes to offer Night At The P.A.C.

The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department recently announced Night at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

The Community Handbell Choir will perform prepared pieces, including a duet with the Iowa Lakes handbell choir. In addition, instrumental and vocal performances from Iowa Lakes students, staff and community members will showcase a variety of musical genres, including country, jazz, pop and show tunes.

Iowa Lakes to recognize military women during Veterans Day program

Iowa Lakes Community College will honor veterans with a focus on celebrating women in the military for this year's Veteran's Day Program. This year's event will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville Campus. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Spirit Lake Middle School band students to perform in Honor Bands

Two Spirit Lake Middle School band students were selected to participate in the 55th annual Northwest Iowa Middle School Honor Band Festival. More than 300 seventh and eighth grade band students from 41 northwest Iowa schools auditioned Saturday, Oct. 15 for positions in two honor bands. Approximately 190 students were chosen. These selected students will perform a concert at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Dordt University in Sioux Center.

Reed to present history of Arnolds Park's Broadway Street

Arnolds Park’s Broadway street wasn’t always just drinking establishments — at one time it had everything a person could want from a small, self-sustaining town. The Dickinson County Museum invites the public to join local author and historian Jonathan Reed as he shares stories and photos of the hotels, rooming houses, theaters, bakeries, stores and drinking establishments that have occupied “uptown” over the years.  

Sirens 11-03-22

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Lakes Area libraries to host All Iowa Reads author

Established in 2003, the purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same calendar year.

Spirit Lake Schools to present 'Seussical: The Musical'

The music and drama departments at Spirit Lake High School will present Seussical: The Musical at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and at noon Saturday, Nov. 12.

All performances will be held at The Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts, located at 612 28th St., Spirit Lake.

Milford Memorial Library News 11-03-22

Young Adults’ Day Off will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the Florence Park Shelter in Milford. Students in grades four through 12 will be creating an animal silhouette painting, eating pizza,and watching "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey." This event costs $10 and registration is required. You may register by calling Milford Memorial Library at 712-338-4643 or Arnolds Park Library at 712-332-2033.

Galaxy to perform during Rock 4 Vets

The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, the Roof Garden Ballroom and Humana are proud to present Rock 4 Vets featuring Galaxy on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the fabulous Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music and dancing will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door, and they can be purchased online at

Community Briefs 11-03-22

Respite Angels to host Steve Lang

Steve Lang will be performing his country music show at 10 a.m. Thursday Nov. 3 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. Lang plays a wide variety of country and gospel music. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Questions may be directed to Chelsie at the church 712-332-2447 or Kelly at Respite Angels 712-229-6064.

Upcoming Nature Tots program focuses on trees

UDMO selected for $5K donation

Area farmer Alberta Nelson recently directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc.

Judge to rule on motion for new trial in Lake Park murder case



Several witnesses took the stand Wednesday, as attorneys debated whether 27-year-old Allison Decker should be granted a new trial after being convicted in June of murdering a Lake Park woman in late December of 2020. A judge's decision is expected after the court reviews the arguments and testimony given during this week's hearing.

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