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Lakes Area Chamber pays visit to Red Brick Farms

Members of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce pulled into Red Brick Farms — along Highway 9 west of Spirit Lake — to recognize the business and cut a ceremonial ribbon. The 10-acre property is available for vacation rentals as well as other events and boasts several buildings and numerous amenities. Owner John Eller said he had driven by the property along Highway 9 many times in his life, but took little notice until he saw a for sale sign posted outside in 2020.

Card shower planned for Dressel's 80th birthday

The family of Gwen Dressel would like to honor her with a card shower in celebration of her 80th birthday on June 11. Those who would like to help celebrate may send cards to:

Gwen Dressel

PO Box 80

Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Sirens 05-18-23

Spirit Lake man led authorities on chase Sunday night


Andrew David Phillips


Spirit Lake Library News 05-18-23

The Summer Reading Program at the Spirit Lake Public Library officially kicks off on Tuesday, May 30. That’s when the first week’s reading log will be available. Miss Krista and her helpers are in the final stages of preparation for the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The SRP runs through Friday, July 14. All youth ages from infant through eighth grade are eligible to participate.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-18-23

Paint Night at the Library will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Arnolds Park Library. This month we will be pour painting. All of the supplies will be provided by the libraries. There are only 30 spots available so pre-register at the Arnolds Park Public Library, Spirit Lake Public Library or the Milford Memorial Library. The cost is $15 for registration. Registrants will need to pay prior to the event to secure their spot.

Lake Park Library News 05-18-23

It is time for the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Find Your Voice. The program is easy — read books and do fun tasks to win a prize. Please stop by the library to sign up.   

The public will have several changes to attend Summer Reading Performances in the Park this year. Voices of the Barnyard with the Dickinson County Extension will take place at 2 p.m. May 30 in City Park. Visitors may enjoy story time, songs, ice cream and even try their hand at milking a cow.

Judd Grant applications now available at area libraries

The Avera Lakes Healthcare Volunteers Auxiliary will be awarding four $500 Judd Grant scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. Clarence Judd was a long-time resident of the Lakes Region and bequeathed money to the LRH volunteers with a stipulation the money be used to provide grants from prospective nurses. Those receiving the Judd grants are chosen by a random drawing.

Local co-op earns IRFI grant for biodiesel terminal

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board approved 15 project applications and 11 supplemental grant requests for a total of more than $800,000 during its quarterly board meeting on May 9. Among the awardees was the Pro Cooperative in Milford, which was granted $30,908.34 for a biodiesel terminal. Of the 15 selected projects, 12 are for E15 infrastructure and three are biodiesel terminals.

Campus News 05-18-23

Cohrs to graduate from Augustana University

Community Briefs 05-18-23

Soil and Water Conservation meeting to be held

Officials hopeful after months-long milfoil treatment

Curlyleaf pondweed likely curtailed for now

Applying an aquatic herbicide during an Okoboji summer is one thing. Applying it during a February blizzard is another, but officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are hoping their work over more than seven months has eradicated an invasive species which many feared would render the local lakes unnavigable — and by extension severely stunted the area's summer-based economy.

Spirit Lake man nets unexpected Walleye Weekend winnings

Officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce said Dennis Weerheim of Spirit Lake is likely the fastest winner of the annual Walleye Weekend's extended contest on record.

Weerheim hooked one of the specially tagged walleye from this weekend's tournament during an evening fishing session off his own dock on the east side of Big Spirit Lake — too late to claim the tournament's $41,000 grand prize, but still in plenty of time to earn a check for $5,080.

McKim announces planned resignation from Spirit Lake School Board

The Spirit Lake School Board will soon be seeking to fill another of its five seats.

Board member Kerri McKim announced Monday that she plans to resign after approximately six years on the board. A statement from the school district said McKim's resignation will take effect May 22 — about a week after the high school's graduation, when McKim noted her youngest child will cross the stage.

Judge declines to reconsider Country View Acres decision

The judge in a case aimed at reversing the county-level approval of an RV campground east of Milford has declined to reconsider the matter.

Local students recognized by Gov. Reynolds for academic excellence

Several area students were recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 21st Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 30 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Among the honorees were Okoboji's Connor Cunningham, Spirit Lake's Jacob Cornwall and Harris-Lake Park's Tyce Gunderson.

Okoboji Foundation introduces scholarship program

Since the Okoboji Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program began in 2010, more than 200 area students have participated, learning the importance of community involvement, gaining experience in fundraising and learning to thoughtfully consider grant applications to ensure grant dollars can make the most impact in their communities.

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