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Milford Memorial Library News 08-31-23

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day. We will welcome you back at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. Have a fun and safe holiday weekend.

1964 The Tribute, coming to the Roof Garden

2023 Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame inductees re-create the Beatles experience  

Okoboji Public Schools educator awarded statewide honor

Okoboji Community Schools Teacher Leader Erin Frerichs was named a runner-up for the 2023 Excellence in Education Award, which is sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association. Frerichs was chosen from a field of top educators nominated by colleagues, students, parents and community members because of the difference she makes in the lives of her students.

Young graduates from Clarke University

Clarke University in Dubuque recently extended congratulations to Shelbie Young of Spirit Lake, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Young graduated in May as part of the class of 2023, according to the university.

Community Briefs 08-31-23

Cherry Lane Farm to host microgreens field day

Stolen History - Part I
A piece of history spent almost two years in the offices of the Dickinson County News. This five-part series chronicles a four-year journey DCN News Editor Seth Boyes embarked on in order to help return a native artifact, which was said to have been stolen from the Gardner Cabin Museum in Arnolds Park some 70 years ago, to its display case. What initially seemed like a simple courtesy to the local museum became a major research project and called for deep dives into newspaper archives, formal record requests to government officials, help from fellow journalists, coordination with the State Historical Society of Iowa and contact with other individuals across the country.
Debate over proposed wind turbine moratorium continues


A county committee aimed at potentially updating local ordinances on wind turbine development is expected to meet next week, but members of a local group calling themselves Dickinson County Concerned Citizens — or DC3 — feel that may not be fast enough to address three wind development sites proposed across the county.

H-LP bond vote will now be on November ballot

The Harris-Lake Park School board voted unanimously Monday night to place an $18.6 million bond issue on the local ballot this November.

The board had previously voted to take the general obligation bond issue to the polls this September, but H-LP Superintendent Gary Richardson said some changes at the state level prompted the district to push the date back to Nov. 7.

Feenstra champions agriculture education at IILCC

Congressman Randy Feenstra, representing Iowa's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg on Aug. 3. During his visit, he engaged with attendees, toured the college farm and discussed legislation he helped introduce— the Community College Agriculture Advancement Act.

Sirens 08-24-23

Keaton Gene Otto, age 24, of Spirit Lake was charged with first-degree theft at approximately noon Monday, Aug. 7 in the 2700 block of 17th Street in Spirit Lake. A criminal complaint said Otto purchased a pickup from the Motor Inn dealership, using a personal check. The complaint said Otto was aware there were insufficient funds in the account to cover the $33,000 purchase. A warrant was issued for Otto on Friday, Aug.

Community Briefs 08-24-23

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

Allan Saugstad will preside over the Aug. 27 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. His message is entitled “Media, Tech, and A.I. – Oh My!”

Highway 71 reconstruction to resume next month


Bridge closure and local detours expected

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say Lakes Area residents can expect to hear the rumble of construction equipment early next month. Crews are expected begin the second stage of a major reconstruction project along Highway 71 as soon as Sept. 5.

Judge: Summit should reveal communities threatened by pipeline leaks


An administrative law judge has decided that Summit Carbon Solutions should give documents of its “dispersion modeling” to groups that seek them as evidence for the company’s upcoming pipeline permit hearing.

That modeling attempts to predict whether populated areas near the pipeline route would be at risk if the pipeline is breached and releases carbon dioxide.

Humble Army aviator remembered during Spirit Lake ceremony

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert "Jon" Dickinson was described by his family as a quiet hero with a kind and generous heart as well as a quick, dry wit that could come out of nowhere.


Putting the 'kettle' on


Athletic Republic bringing nation's first international kettlebell event to Spirit Lake

When Levi Markwardt graduated from Okoboji High School 27 years ago, he was like many teens and expected to leave small town life behind him. But he stayed, and now he and his local gym are preparing to put an international spotlight on the Lakes Area.

2023 Okoboji Blue Water Festival hits a home run


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