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House, Senate advance competing bills on property tax reductions

Both the Iowa House and Senate passed separate bills on property tax relief Wednesday as the chambers try to find a compromise on the best way to limit costs for property owners.

State GOP senators’ property tax plan focuses on reducing levies for local governments

An Iowa Senate panel started discussion Tuesday on a wide-ranging property tax bill that would consolidate and reduce local governments’ levy rates and change course on lawmakers’ approach to debt levies.

H-LP moving forward with plans for elementary addition

$17.1 million bond referendum vote expected Sept. 12

Decker dismisses her own appeal in Lake Park murder - Defense preparing to seek new trial for convicted client

A woman convicted in June of murdering a Lake Park resident is no longer seeking an appeal, but will be requesting a new trial.

Highway 71 work on track as first phase nears mid point

Contractors repaving the Lakes Area's main thoroughfare are nearing the mid-point of the project's first phase. The Iowa Department of Transportation has undertaken a multi-phase construction project along about 2.5 miles of Highway 71, and DOT officials say the work is coming along well.

"The contractor has been able to complete the portions of the stage-one work they anticipated and are on schedule for spring 2023," said Iowa DOT Planner Dakin Schultz.

Rotary car finally falls amid warm weather

Lakes Area residents eagerly watch Smiths Bay on West Lake Okoboji as the temperatures climb each year, in hopes of seeing the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car finally fall through the ice.

Window closing for Walleye Weekend grant applications

The 41st Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend will kick off on Saturday, May 6. This event welcomes more than 2,000 anglers from about 15 different states across the nation as they cast for their chance to hook one of the 10 tagged walleye worth a grand prize of $41,000. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend registrations are donated back into the community to benefit angling in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Spirit Lake students featured in PLAC All School Art Show

A number of Spirit Lake students created artwork which was recently on display at the Pearson Lakes Art Center as part of the annual All School Art Show. The show concluded Saturday April 15.


Best in Show

Charlotte Pritchard, chalk


Judge's Choice awardees

Jaimee Hazelett (grades 9-12)

Isabelle Vanderleest (grades 6-8)

Bailey Snedeker (grades 3-5)

Winslet Nelson (grades K-2)

Iowa Lakes students give back via mission trip to Chicago

During Iowa Lakes Community College's spring break in March, students from the Laker Life campus ministry volunteered their time to serve others on a week-long mission trip to Chicago. These students gave up their week of relaxation to spend time working with underprivileged children as well as preparing and serving food at shelters for people experiencing homelessness. 

Family Nature Night to highlight animal architects

Families with children of all ages are invited to join the staff at the Dickinson County Nature Center for Family Nature Night. This month's event will focus on animal architects and will start at 5 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Horseshoe Bend in Milford.

Naturalist Britney Snell expressed her enthusiasm for the event.

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).

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