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Droegmiller selected for ISU's Cardinal Key

Officials with Iowa State University recently announced Bradenn Droegmiller, a 2019 Okoboji graduate, was honored with the university's Cardinal Key.

Smeltzer to present "Orleans Hotel - The Long and Winding Road"

John Smeltzer will be sharing stories, photos and videos about “the long and winding road” of the Orleans Hotel at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Dickinson County Museum, as part of the popular History LIVES! Speaker series. The event will be live-streamed and later posted to the Dickinson County Museum YouTube channel and website.

Dickinson County Community Gardens kick off spring 2023 plans

The public is invited to the Dickinson County Community gardens kick-off to find out all the growers do outdoors. Turning compost, working dirt, planting seeds, transporting seedlings and teaching multiple generations how to start, maintain and harvest fresh vegetables are just some of the things the group does.

Black Hills Energy reminds public to call before digging

With warmer temperatures arriving this month, homeowners and contractors alike may be anxious to break ground on their outdoor projects. Officials with Black Hills Energy said, regardless of the scope of the project, it’s important to prioritize safety when it comes to projects that require digging.

Sirens 04-20-23

Kelly Scott Wilson, age 55, who was listed as having no address, was charged with disorderly conduct at approximately 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the area of Casey's Convenience Store in Arnolds Park. A criminal complaint said Wilson "was yelling and going after others." He was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 6:24 p.m. the same day. He was later charged with public intoxication at approximately 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the 1300 block of 18th Street in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 04-20-23

Are you trying to find an article or a photo from a past issue of a Lakes Area newspaper? Take a look at the Dickinson County Newspaper Archives on our website. All of the Dickinson County newspapers are available online from 1870 through 2021. This includes Spirit Lake Beacon (1870-1999), Milford Mail (1886-1980), Lake Park News (1916-1987), Terril Record (1928-1956), combined Milford Mail and Terril Record (1929-1998), and Dickinson County News (1999-2021).

Milford Memorial Library News 04-20-23

Community Connections at MML will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20 at the library. This month’s program is called "Who Gets Grandma’s Pie Plate" with Dickinson County ISU Extension and will talk about what to do with your stuff. Community Connections is open to adults wanting to learn and socialize. Coffee and refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Milford Library. This program is held on the third Thursday of each month.

SL Kiwanis to host Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships

The Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring and hosting the 2023 Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships again this year. All area boys and girls ages 7-12 (age as of 12/31/2023) are invited to participate. Fliers with online registration information will be distributed to students in first through sixth grade at Harris-Lake Park, Okoboji and Spirit Lake Schools. Students from surrounding communities not enrolled in these school districts are also invited to attend.

Fuelberth recognized during ODK Honors Convocation

The annual Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Convocation was recently held at Morningside University, during which several students and employees were recognized for their academic, co-curricular, athletic and professional achievements. Among the honrees was Anna C. Fuelberth of Spirit Lake who was awarded the Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Scholarship for Voice. Omicron Delta Kappa is an interdisciplinary honor society with more than 300 circles throughout the United States.

Community Briefs 04-20-23

Klein to perform for Respite Angels

Terry Klein will be entertaining at 10 a.m. Thursday April 20 for Respite Angels at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Questions can be directed to Chelsie at the church 712-332-2447 or Kelly at Respite Angels 712-229-6064.
Annual Methodist dinner postponed

Dry compost believed to have ignited 200-acre blaze

A smoky haze wound through the trees almost 2 miles away Wednesday, after a grass fire was reported in the 2400 block of 190th Street east of Arnolds Park.

Milford Fire Chief Jim Carpenter said the initial call came in around 3:30 p.m. that day, and firefighters found a fire approaching some buildings, plastic paddle boats and a trailer load of plastic floating dock components.

Country View Acres asks for judge to reconsider Woodlyn Hills ruling

A group of homeowners is asking a judge to take a second look at his recent ruling, which found no legal issue with the county's approval of a proposed RV park development east of Milford. Both the county and the developers' attorneys have filed resistance to the homeowners' request.

Wirkus pleads guilty to Pelican Ridge burglaries

A Spencer man charged with stealing almost $30,000 of property from storage units in an Arnolds Park neighborhood last year has pleaded guilty to two crimes in the case.

Feenstra talks pizza and supply pinch points during local stop

Staff at Godfather’s Pizza in Spirit Lake taught U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra a little bit about its business needs — as well as a thing or two about making pizza.

The congressman from Hull stopped at the local business March 5, hoping to glean some information on how he and fellow lawmakers can better serve small-town businesses.

Iowa Lakes to offer ‘Night at the P.A.C.’

The Iowa Lakes Community College music department recently announced Night at the P.A.C. (Performing Arts Center) at 6:30 p.m. April 18. Night at the P.A.C. is free to attend at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville Campus and is open to the public.

Iowa Lakes students, staff, and community members will perform various instrumental and vocal pieces, showcasing a variety of musical genres, including country, jazz, pop, and show tunes.

Sirens 04-13-23

Todd Brown, age 45, of Ruthven was charged with trespassing at approximately 4:40 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the Spirit Lake Walmart.

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