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Landowner concerns linger as local pipeline easements reach 60 percent

Officials with Summit Carbon Solutions, one of two companies aiming to construct liquified carbon pipelines across Dickinson County, said this week that about 60 percent of local landowners along the project's proposed route have signed voluntary easements with the company — up by about 7 percent since late January.

Local legions make Memorial Day preparations

Organizers with the county's American Legion posts have been busily preparing to recognize veterans during next week's Memorial Day ceremonies. The various posts will be offering several events to honor those who have served in the country's various military branches and passed on. The scheduled activities are free and open to the public.


Mouw appointed to Spirit Lake School Board

The first time around, he chose to withdraw his name from consideration — he had a few other commitments he needed to see to their end. But when a second seat opened up on the Spirit Lake School Board, Jeromy Mouw threw his hat back in the ring, and he was appointed Monday night to fill the vacancy left by board member Kerri McKim's resignation.

H-LP begins new superintendent search

Harris-Lake Park Superintendent Les Douma called the situation "a tad bittersweet" as he requested the H-LP School Board accept his resignation Monday night.

"I've really enjoyed this year," Douma said. "It's been great. I've enjoyed working in the Harris-Lake Park School District. The students have been outstanding. The staff and the community and quite frankly everybody has been very accepting and very willing to just put up with this old guy if you will."

Cedar Rapids man drowns in Millers Bay

Local authorities said a Cedar Rapids man couldn't be revived after a drowning incident Saturday afternoon on West Lake Okoboji.

Community tours Iowa Lakes Career Academy in Spirit Lake

Coursework began earlier this spring within Iowa Lakes Community College's new Regional Careers Academy on its Spirit Lake campus, and college staff said several more academy classes are expected to begin this fall.


Arnolds Park turns key on new seasonal employee dorm

Some at Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park would have thought it impossible even a year ago, but officials gathered just west of the park Friday to celebrate the completion of a new three-story dormitory for the park's seasonal employees.

SLFD expects new truck to make for more effective emergency responses

It's an old tradition, but one that Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said is new to his crew.

About a dozen of Spirit Lake's volunteer firefighters placed their hands on the front bumper of the department's newest rescue vehicle last week as they collectively pushed the truck into the firehouse. Daly said the push-in tradition likely came about during the era of horse-drawn fire brigades, who pushed their equipment inside after releasing the horses.

Memorial Day will push back DCN publication

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, production of next week's Dickinson County News will be moved back one day, and delivery will occur on Friday, June 2. Please note that this will also be the case the week of Labor Day. The Dickinson County News' office will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Online content may be posted to the newspaper's website ahead of the June 2 hardcopy distribution.



SLFD quells fiery car Saturday afternoon

No injuries were reported Saturday afternoon following a report of a burning car outside Fareway Meat and Grocery in Spirit Lake. Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said crews were called away from a grass fire to get the flaming vehicle under control. Crews focused their efforts on the area around the car's engine. Daly said the owner indicated a popping noise had been heard before trouble started, and Daly said the flames may have ignited after a backfire of some kind.

Deals on display Memorial Weekend

Those seeking a bargain on some vintage items in the Lakes Area will have plenty of options Memorial Day weekend.

The community's main antique shows and flea markets will once again be welcoming the public to browse the displays for that perfect find.

OHS musical 'Peter Pan' receives honors

Okoboji High School has been recognized with several awards and honors for their November production of “Peter Pan.” Directed by Zane Knudtson and Jo Gehrke, “Peter Pan” was part of the 2023 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards — a year-long, signature education initiative of Des Moines Performing Arts. The high school's production itself was awarded honors for Outstanding Outstanding Overall Performance and received special recognition for its ensemble and student orchestra.

SLMS Marching Band takes top trophy at Tulip Festival

The Spirit Lake seventh and eighth grade marching band participated in the 82nd Annual Orange City Tulip Festival Parade on Friday, May 19. It was the band’s 36th year of participation in the festival parade, which draws 150,000 tourists annually.

Mueske Family Foundation donates $125K to the Y’s Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign

The YMCA of the Okobojis recently announced that the Mueske Family Foundation awarded a gift of $125,000 to the YMCA’s Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign.

Duane and Willia Mueske have long supported the YMCA, through their donations toward COVID relief, annual campaign efforts and previous contributions to the Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign.

Dickinson County Nature Center renames lower level in honor of Barbara Tagami

The Dickinson County Nature Center recently announced the renaming of its lower level in honor of Barbara Tagami (1947-2022), a former naturalist for Dickinson County Conservation.

Tagami was a passionate advocate for nature and the environment for more than 40 years. She had served as a member of the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County for 15 years and was instrumental in the development and expansion of the Dickinson County Nature Center in Kenue Park.

Trio of churches build devices for clean water efforts abroad

Organizers with Safe Water International Ministries — or SWIM — organized another event to build devices capable of providing chlorine, which can then be used abroad to treat contaminated drinking water. Three local churches — Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, Good News Community Church and Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church — hosted the event on April 28 and 29 at Wesley Place near the Methodist church in Spirit Lake.

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