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Elderly property tax assistance claims now being accepted

The 2021 session of the Iowa legislature expanded property tax assistance to those Iowans who are 70 and older. County treasurer offices across Iowa are accepting claims now for those who were 70 or older as of Dec. 31, 2022, based on their 2022 household income, which must be less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2023.

Spirit Lake Library News 04-27-23

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Milford Memorial Library News 04-27-23

Congratulations to Milford Memorial Library’s Spring Egg Hunt Winners: Willow, Stella and Luna. Thank you to everyone who participated in MML's 2023 Spring Egg Hunt. We are looking forward to next year. Thank you to the Friends of the Milford Library for sponsoring the prize.

Community Briefs 04-27-23

Spirit Lake Schools to host auction, talent show

Organizers with Spirit Lake Schools recently announced they plan to host an art show, silent auction and talent show from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday May 9 in the Spirit Lake Middle School gymnasium. The event will feature art and performances by students in transitional kindergarten on up to eighth grade. Admission is free.

Respite Angels plans container gardening session

Senate modifies public notices bill to maintain newspaper requirement

An Iowa Senate bill that would have eliminated a requirement for public entities to publish certain notices in newspapers was significantly altered on Thursday to keep the newspaper requirement.

Senate File 546 was then approved by a 37-12 vote.

Supreme Court denies appeal in pipeline trespassing case

Legal challenges to carbon dioxide pipelines continue amid changes to a board that oversees them

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a carbon dioxide pipeline surveyor who was charged last year with trespassing in northwest Iowa and wanted the case dismissed before trial, according to court records.

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.

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