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Milford grad receives scholarship to Western Theological Seminary

Milford's Dallas Johnson, a Dordt University senior majoring in theology and social work, has received the Trustee Scholarship, which provides him with a 75 percent tuition break to Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an invitation to conduct research with Director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination Dr. Winn Collier. He will begin his studies this fall and will ultimately earn a master of divinity degree as well as a master of social work degree.

CDA awards scholarships

Congratulations were recently extended to Dylan Jones and Courtney Wittrock, who each received a $500 scholarship from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas during a senior breakfast on Sunday, May 7. The scholarship is based on educational goals and involvement in the Catholic faith. The funds will be given to the students during the second semester of their freshman year in an accredited program. Jones is the son of Bryan and Sarah Jones.

Jones delivers DMACC student welcome

Camry Jones of Okoboji, a student on Des Moines Area Community College's Boone Campus, delivered the student welcome at the 95th DMACC Boone Campus Commencement ceremony held May 5 in the Boone Campus Gymnasium. Jones, who also played basketball for the Bears, graduated with a degree in journalism. Nearly 170 students graduated from the Boone Campus this spring semester. (Photo submitted)

Mason to present 'Inkpaduta in Iowa'

The stories of Abbie Gardner and the area settlers during the 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre are well known. The stories of Inkpaduta and the Dakota Sioux who were involved in the massacre are less so. Kevin Mason, associate professor of history at Waldorf University, will be presenting these lesser known stories during his presentation “Inkpaduta in Iowa: Dakota Decline, Dispossession and Erasure" at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

Dau recieves ESGR Patriot Award

Steve Waller and David Kimbell, volunteers with the Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented Spirit Lake Community School District Transportation Manager David Dau with the ESGR Patriot Award on May 4, at the school’s administration office.

Local CdLS event aims to expand circle of families this fall

Andrea Schacherer and Kate Shaw know that May 13 will mark Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day, but they also know few people have heard of the rare condition.

Newly formed county museum alliance encourages bike tour during kickoff event

A coalition of 13 local museums recently announced the formation of the Lakes Area Museum Alliance. Organizers said the mission of the Lakes Area Museum Alliance is to collaborate in order to increase visibility and attendance at all Dickinson County Museums as well as educate the public on the history of the area and thereby help to not only ensure the sustainability of historical preservation but also to enhance Lakes Area tourism.

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Seasons Center awarded ARPA Health IT and Infrastructure Grant

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received $119,643 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act Health Information Technology and Infrastructure Grant to enhance, improve and expand the delivery of home and community-based services for Iowa Medicaid members.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-11-23

The Lakes Area Libraries would like to invite you to a visit from author William Kent Kruger. Join us at 3 p.m. Saturday, May at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. This is a free event and is sponsored by the Friends of the Arnolds Park Library, Friends of the Milford Memorial Library and Friends of the Spirit Lake Public Library.

Okoboji realtor launches Hunter Real Estate

Okoboji realtor Scott Hunter recently announced the opening of Hunter Real Estate. Hunter has established a niche with lakefront properties, although he enjoys working and building relationships with individuals, families, and businesses throughout northwest Iowa. Hunter has a business degree from Buena Vista University, over a decade of sales experience and has always been in the business of helping others.

'Reel' good time expected at upcoming Family Nature Night

Families with children of all ages are invited to join the Nature Center staff at 5 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Westport Park near Everly for a free and fun-filled Family Nature Night. Please note the date change due to the upcoming holiday. The program is expected to last approximately one hour, and all are welcome to attend this free event.

Fishing offers valuable opportunities to connect with nature, cultivate patience and foster self-sufficiency.

Dickinson County Endowment Fund grant applications now open

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund Advisory Council recently announced the beginning of its 2023 grant cycle.

Grants are awarded to I.R.S. 501(c)(3) ‘tax exempt’ organizations and 170(b) ‘unit of government’ organizations benefiting residents of Dickinson County. Non-profit organizations without either status may apply by seeking a fiscal agent which does.

Caucus and tax relief bills passed ahead of session's end

Thursday, May 4, was the final day of the 2023 session. Much of the week was taken up with debate over the $8.517 billion budget. The standings bill was the largest budget bill and drew the most attention as the Democrats claimed funding for the Area Education Associations was being cut. In FY 2023 AEAs received $241.5 million, which was a net increase of $4.8 million over the appropriation made in FY 2022.

Judges in two states differ on pipeline land surveys

A North Dakota judge has granted a carbon dioxide pipeline company access to private land for surveys and denied claims that the state’s law that allows that access is unconstitutional, according to court records.

'Challenge by choice' - Spirit Lake Middle School debuts sixth-grade triathlon

There was no podium.

There were no medals.

But that wasn't why dozens of Spirit Lake's sixth-grade students were running, pedaling and paddling their way through the school's debut triathlon last week.

Rather, Spirit Lake Health and Physical Education teacher Tim O'Hagan had offered each student the opportunity to find their strengths and areas for improvement as they prepared for the optional event, which he hopes will become a yearly happening.

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