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Milford Library News 04-13-23

We had an amazing turnout for Milford Memorial Library’s Spring Coloring Contest. The final number of pictures across the four age groups was 193 entries. All of the pictures will be up on our walls and windows for the next couple of weeks.

Lamberts to celebrate Golden Anniversary

A friendship began for Bill and Carleen Lambert of Spirit Lake at college and, on April 28, 1973, they were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. A celebration in recognition of their 50 years of marriage is being planned with family and friends. (Photos submitted)

Community Briefs 04-13-23

Iowa Lakes music department to offer spring recital

The Iowa Lakes Community College music department will welcome spring by showcasing talented musicians at the spring recital starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus.

Lundt appointed to Spirit Lake School Board as Trautman steps down

Editor's note: Though coverage of Tuesday's Spirit Lake School Board meeting is available online as of this week, the article will be printed in the April 13 edition of the Dickinson County News due press deadlines.

The motion to accept Scott Trautman's resignation from the Spirit Lake School Board was made "with regret" Tuesday and seconded "begrudgingly" — but it was approved unanimously. The board also voted to appoint candidate Luke Lundt to fill the vacancy.

Jiu-jitsu self-defense course debuts at H-LP

It's not about teaching students to fight, coach Matt Mentink said. It's about teaching them to deescalate situations while defending themselves and others.

"What students learn in this class are life skills that possibly will help them protect themselves and possibly also help to protect others in risky and dangerous situations that many individuals unfortunately can find themselves in frequently these days," Mentink said.

Victim's extortion attempt comes to light as Ingraham prepares to take plea deal

A Spirit Lake man accused of attempting to obtain explicit images from a teen is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge later this month as part of a plea bargain.

Authorities charged 48-year-old Christopher Craig Ingraham in July of 2022 with enticing a minor. The criminal complaint indicated Ingraham had been communicating electronically with a then 14-year-old girl and attempting to obtain images and/or video of a sexual nature from her between February and March of 2020.

2023 Okoboji Blue Water Festival plans released

The eighth annual Okoboji Blue Water Festival, billed as the foremost clean water event in the state of Iowa, is set to begin Saturday, Aug. 12. The festival is held on the Preservation Plaza green space in Arnolds Park on the shores of West Lake Okoboji, and organizers expect a huge, all-day clean-water celebration.

Plucker paintings donated to Pearson Lake Arts Center

The Pearson Lakes Art Center gained a few more framed works last week, when Mark Plucker donated a number of paintings created by his late wife Anita.

Petersen-McCarroll marks 50 years as realtor

Nancy Petersen-McCarroll of Nancy Petersen Real Estate in Estherville recently celebrated 50 years as a realtor. Nancy is pictured here being presented with a plaque from the Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors Board of Directors. The board extended Petersen-McCarroll their congratulations on her career milestone. Pictured are (front row, from left) Nancy Petersen-McCarroll, Angela Bousquet-Hinn, Amanda Lippon; (back) Max Carlson, Cristy Jones, Leah Hilpipre, Gretchen Lolis and Matt Lippon.

OMS speech team hosts second annual performance night

The second annual Okoboji Middle School Speech Team Performance Night was held Tuesday, March 28. This year's team was made up of 23 seventh and eighth-grade students. The group included four teams which performed in Group Improvisation as well as others which competed in categories including Readers Theatre, Choral Reading, One Act Play and Musical Theatre. Organizers said participating in middle school speech lays a foundation before competitive speech in high school.

Okoboji students featured in the All School Art Show

Okoboji Schools is well-represented at the 2023 Dickinson County All School Art Show. The art show is on display at the Pearson Lakes Art Center until April 15. Okoboji had many participants, as well as 17 students who earned a red ribbon for Honorable Mention. Okoboji also had four students who earned the top blue ribbon for Judge’s Choice.


Judge's Choice awardees

Kayleigh Anderson, “My Shirt” (grades 9-12)

Laylah Kalsow (grades 6-8)

OHS wraps up individual speech season

Okoboji High School had 24 students who competed in 37 events in individual speech contests this year.

At the district contest, Okoboji saw 30 of those events earn Division I ratings and advance to state. The other seven events all earned Division II ratings.

At the state contest, several of the entries could not compete due to spring break and weather but, of the school's 28 entries, 24 earned Division I ratings and four earned Division II ratings.

Spirit of Harmony Chorus to present Friends and Family Night

The award-winning Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present their Friends and Family Program at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church — 2300 27th Street, Spirit Lake, just south of Lakes Regional Healthcare.

Legislators welcome U of I College of Dentistry members

On Thursday, March 30, State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) welcomed members of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to the Iowa House.The group included dental student Tyler Jenness of Spirit Lake, College of Dentistry Dean Clark Stanford, Dr. John Arend of Independence and executive director of the Iowa Dental Association Laurie Traetow. State Sen. Dave Rowley (R-Spirit Lake) also welcomed the group to the Capital. (Photo submitted)

State lawmakers welcome Spirit Lake High School students

On Wednesday, March 29, State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) welcomed students from Spirit Lake High School to the Iowa House. The students joined Wills, State Sen. Dave Rowley (R-Spirit Lake) and Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) for a photo during the visit. (Photo submitted)

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