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Okoboji Fine Arts seeking speech contest volunteers

Okoboji High School and the Okoboji Fine Arts booster club will be hosting the Individual Events District Speech Contest on Saturday, Feb. 25. The contest starts at 8 a.m. and the competition is expected end before 4 p.m. Organizers invite the community to come see the speech competition and support students from all over northwest Iowa.

They are also still seeking volunteers to help with the event.

Milford Memorial Library News 02-16-23

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

IRMMA releases amended hall of fame inductee list

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association released its annual list of hall of fame inductees last month. The association amended that list in a Feb. 9 press release. Many of the names in the various hall of fame categories remained unchanged, while a few names were added or replaced.

Iowa Lakes sees enrollment growth

Iowa Lakes Community College has measured enrollment growth for the 2022-2023 academic year, moving the college’s enrollment closer to pre-pandemic figures.

Insects to be featured at Family Nature Night

The Dickinson County Nature Center is inviting all nature-lovers to attend Family Nature Night: Love Bugs at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Visitors will investigate the characteristics of insects and learn what makes an insect an insect. The free event will take place at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Kenue Park, where attendees will learn how these small animals play a big role in the environment.

DCNC prepares for summer camps

The Dickinson County Nature Center invites the public to think about summer. The nature center is offering summer camp programs, and registration begins at 8 a.m. March 1.

“Summer camp is an excellent way to build friendships, connect to nature and enjoy hands-on activities," naturalist Britney Snell said.

Campus News 02-16-23

Sandbulte named to dean's list at George Fox University

Community Briefs 02-16-23

Storm Spotter Training planned for next month

The annual Clay/Dickinson County Storm Spotter Training class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the Milford Fire Station. The class is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not necessary. The session will be taught by the Sioux Falls National Weather Service and coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa, which runs March 27-31.

Ethanol executive: Carbon capture might be ‘life or death’ for producers

An increasing demand for low-carbon fuels will imperil ethanol producers unless there is widespread adoption of equipment to capture emissions from ethanol plants, the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said Tuesday.

“I honestly don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that capturing and sequestering carbon will be life or death for most ethanol plants over the next five years,” Monte Shaw said at the organization’s annual summit in Des Moines.

President Biden's 2023 State of the Union Transcript

The White House released this transcript of President Biden's 2023 State of the Union Address, as prepared for delivery. It was delivered Tuesday, Feb. 7.


Mr. Speaker. Madam Vice President. Our First Lady and Second Gentleman.

Members of Congress and the Cabinet. Leaders of our military.

Mr. Chief Justice, Associate Justices, and retired Justices of the Supreme Court.

And you, my fellow Americans.

Bystanders rescue Milford man from frigid waters Saturday

They didn't know they'd be called heroes that Saturday afternoon, but a group of five spectators at the annual Okoboji Vintage Snowmobile Races — including a 17-year-old Okoboji High School student — were credited with saving a Milford man whose Jeep had fallen through the ice.

DCN earns trio of top awards at state convention

Staff at the Dickinson County News were once again pleased to have made a solid showing Thursday at the Iowa Newspaper Association's annual convention in Des Moines.

From Beautiful Voice to Beautiful Water: The namesake lake of John Other Day

Dickinson County was once home to three Gar Lakes. Upper and Lower Gar still exist today, but the third, once known as Middle Gar Lake, was renamed Minnewashta in the late 1800s in reference to a native man who aided the region's settlers during turbulent times.

Archives of the Spirit Lake Beacon said E.R. Woley of Maquoketa built a cottage around 1885 on the shores of what was then Middle Gar Lake.

Okoboji Middle School Receives STEM BEST + HD Program Award

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced Okoboji Middle School will receive $40,000 to launch the school's new Curious Minds program. Okoboji Schools was one of the 37 school districts to join the STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) + HD (High Demand) Program.

Iowa Lakes offers singing valentines

The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department is offering a local favorite, singing valentines, again this year. The Iowa Lakes Men's and Women's Quartets will perform the singing valentines on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2023.

2023 ILCC Jazz Band Contest results announced

The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department recently announced the winners from the 2023 Jazz Band Contest, which was held on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center. Many area high school bands performed jazz classics throughout the competition. Julie Forney and Greg Forney judged the jazz bands based on ensemble playing, rhythm section, style comprehension, solos, improvisation and programming.

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