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'Welcome To Medicare' event to be held June 14

An upcoming, two-hour Welcome to Medicare event offered by Lakes Regional Healthcare SHIIP counselors can help the public understand what Medicare offers and what benefits you are eligible for. Organizers feel the session may be beneficial to those who will be eligile for Medicare in the near future, those helping a family member navigate Medicare and those who may have been on Medicare for some time but want to better understand what it offers.

Class offered on navigating workplace injuries

Iowa Lakes Community College and the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center will offer an online Navigating Workplace Injuries class from 6:30-8 p.m. June 2.
From an unfortunate incident at a worksite to the injured worker returning to work, this session will explore the employer's responsibilities, the insurance carrier, the doctor and the employee — all working toward a favorable outcome and the worker's safe, expedient return to work.

Area Library News

The Spirit Lake Public Library, Arnolds Park Library and Milford Memorial Library have been shouting from their rooftops about the upcoming 2022 Summer Reading Program. Well, the week has finally arrived, and they can’t wait to see everyone at the kick off celebration at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Milford Pioneer Theatre. There will be two free movie showings of "RV," and the libraries will have information about their own programs for the kiddos.

Community Briefs 06-01-22

Early to speak on Lake Park's historical ties to railroad

Faces of local veterans

Editor's note: The United Service Organizations notes Memorial Day is specifically intended to honor "service members who have died in military service to the nation." During the course of this project, it came to the attention of the Dickinson County News that one or more of the photos submitted for use on this page may be of living military veterans. Rather than scrutinize each of the submitted photos, the decision was made to print each one which was received.

Decker awaits court decision in Lake Park murder case

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

The defense wants her acquitted. The state wants her found guilty of all charges.

Monday's closing arguments in the case against murder suspect Allison Decker capped off the 27-year-old's five-day trial.

Community readies for Memorial Day programs

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Local American Legion Posts are once again preparing to honor those who served their country in the armed forces. Memorial Day programs are scheduled for Monday morning in Spirit Lake, Milford and Lake Park. The public is welcome to attend and participate.


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Cyclists celebrate Tatanka Ska trail head debut

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


A towering yellow crane lifted a stainless steel diner off the corner of Lake Street and Peoria Avenue in December of 2019, and yellow ribbon was cut on the same site Saturday to recognize the completion of the Tatanka Ska Trace trail head — the phrase meaning white buffalo in the Lakota Sioux language.


The shelter and rest area is one of the most visible additions along the Dickinson County Trail system.

Pair of candidates vie for supervisor seat in GOP primary

Though three seats on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors are open this election cycle, only one will see a contested race on the ballot. Incumbent Bill Leupold will face off against challenger Barb Clayton on June 7.

State Senate seat sought by two GOP candidates

A pair of Republican candidates will go head to head during the June 7 Primary Election as they seek an open seat in the Iowa Senate. David Dow of Emmetsburg and Dave Rowley of Spirit Lake were the only candidates to file papers to appear on the upcoming local ballot. The two men previously threw their hat in the ring to fill the District 1 State Senate in November of 2021, after it was left vacant due to the resignation of then State Sen. Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake in October that year.

Candidates both Rep. and Dem. enter contested primaries for U.S. Senate seat

Iowa's U.S. Senate race this year features contested primary races on both sides of the political aisle. The winners of those primaries will have to compete at the ballot box again come November. Incumbent U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley has been challenged by fellow Republican State Sen. Jim Carlin. On the Democrats' side of the ballot, three candidates will seek the primary win to take on the GOP victor.

IGLA Chamber receives Chamber Event of the Year Award


Hunter donates to Okoboji Protective Association

Scott Hunter, licensed real estate agent with Sexton Real Estate, recently made a donation of $2,500 to the Okoboji Protective Association. The donation stems from a portion of his proceeds from the recent sale of his lakefront listing on West Lake Okoboji.

Spirit Lake School Foundation scholarships awarded

The Spirit Lake School Foundation awarded scholarships to graduating seniors choosing to continue their education. Pictured above are some of the scholarship recipients.  

Getting achieves membership in Million Dollar Round Table


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Local law enforcement to conduct traffic project

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