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Heritage Square Museum to open June 1

The Friends of the Museum (The Lake Park Historical Society) is happy to announce that the Heritage Square Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from June 1 through Aug. 31. Heritage Square Museum is located on Railroad Avenue, one block west of Market Street.

Individuals interested in local history are encouraged to join the Friends of the Museum. Their next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on June 8 at the Lake Park Public Library.

Lake Park Library news 05-30-24

It is summer reading program time — this year’s theme is Read, Renew, Repeat. Summer reading at the Lake Park Public Library includes both a summer reading program where you can read books and perform tasks to win prizes. Every Tuesday in June, the library will host performances in the park. Here is this year’s schedule:

Milford Memorial Library News 05-30-24

The summer reading program is in full swing. Reading logs for all ages can now be picked up at MML and can be completed from now until Friday, Aug. 2. The youth program is for kids up to fourth grade, young adult is for students in grades 4-12., and adult is for everyone else.

Mobile food pantry returns in June

The mobile food pantry from the Food Bank of Iowa is returning again. The free distribution will take place from 4-6 p.m.

Sirens 05-30-24

Chad Michael McKeen, 57, of Spirit Lake was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence at approximately 10:58 p.m. Friday, May 24 near 240th Avenue in Spirit Lake. McKeen was reported to have allegedly been crossing the solid yellow lines of the road into oncoming traffic multiple times, as well as having swerved over the white fog line.

Spirit Lake Library News 05-30-24

The summer reading program at the Spirit Lake Public Library officially kicks off this week. The first week’s reading log is now available. All children through eighth grade and young adults ages 14 to 22 are eligible to participate. Pick up an age-appropriate log from the library and start reading today.

Arnolds Park Milwaukee Train ride receives mural, among other enhancements

The Okoboji No Boundaries project, a student-led effort which sought to enhance the Milwaukee Train ride at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park, finally wrapped up last week. The group of four students, who had collaborated with the amusement park on smaller projects over the past two years, pitched the idea to enhance the ride back in 2023, and have been working hard to make it a reality for the last eight months.

The Girl in the Net

 A sinister Iowa Lakes mystery hits store shelves

Mystery. Murder. Muskies?

Memorial Day in the Lakes Area; times, places, events

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the surrounding American Legion posts of the Great Lakes Area are busy preparing their events and ceremonies for the big day.

Premier Communications breaks ground in Okoboji

Premier Communications held its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 15, to celebrate the start of a new building project in Okoboji. The new office and retail facility, according to company CEO Ryan Boon, will provide an opportunity to create a more personal presence in the Iowa Great Lakes region.

A lot of ‘new’ at the Dickinson County Museum

The Dickinson County Museum is pleased to announce two new exhibits. Visitors are welcome to visit the photograph studio of L.F. Williamz, famed early area photographer, who captured daily life in stunning images. Besides many print vintage photos, the exhibit includes a selfie station for souvenir photos and Williamz’ photo collection on a digital screen.

IRRMA fills top two positions with locals
Mindy Spinks (Photo submitted)


DC Snowhawks raise funds for Randy Loerch Memorial Scholarship

Earlier in the year, the Dickinson County Snowhawks held a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Randy Loerch Memorial Scholarship Fund. Randy was a long-time member of the Dickinson County Snowhawks and was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last July.

Treasure Village opens season with mini golf and flea market


YMCA of the Okobojis receives gift from Good Neighbor Fund

The Bedell Family YMCA received funding in the amount of $11,464.40 to replace important equipment and supplies used in their aquatics, sports, and health and wellness departments, as well as their youth programming. Funding also supported equipment such as AED replacement pads and AED batteries.

Community Briefs 05-23-24

Lakes Area students make dean's list at Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University congratulates more than 500 students who were named to the spring 2024 dean's list. The dean's list recognizes full-time students achieving a 3.5-grade point average or higher for the semester. These students include Dylan Anderson of Milford, Amy Bents of Milford, Matthew Barnhart of Lake Park and Jenna Syverson of Lake Park.

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