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Youth In Philanthropy grants $60,000 to local non-profits

The 2023 Youth In Philanthropy program of the Okoboji Foundation concluded its year the evening of Wednesday April 26 with a grant award ceremony. Together, participating students reached out to more than 250 community members and asked for their support, raising $60,000 which were awarded to four area nonprofits:

• $24,500 to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa for dog kennel and training renovation project

Sirens 05-04-23

Docker John Staebler, age 29, of Okoboji was charged with operating while under the influence — third or subsequent offense — and interference with official acts at approximately 11:20 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the area of Country Club Drive in Okoboji. A criminal complaint said Staebler "had driven himself and his girlfriend home from the bars in Arnolds Park," and an argument ensued once they reached their apartment building.

Hays to speak at ILUUF

Allen Hays will be the speaker at the May 7 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hybrid service. Hays is co-chair of the Iowa Justice Action Network, a statewide network of citizens concerned with ending mass incarceration in Iowa and the nation. IJAN is collaborating with The Sentencing Project to sponsor major events and discussions around the complex factors contributing to the U.S. having the highest incarceration rates of any country in the world.

LRH invites prospective volunteers to informational brunch

For more than 50 years, volunteers at Lakes Regional Healthcare have assisted patients and staff in various ways, such as escorting and transporting patients throughout the facility, delivering patient meal trays to cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy and assisting gift shop customers.

Spirit Lake Library News 05-04-23

Have you ever tried listening to a book instead of sitting down and reading one? It’s a nice option if you have lots to do and not much time to sit and relax with a book in hand. There are several types of audiobooks, and the staff at the Spirit Lake Public Library would be happy to help you discover which type works best for you.

Milford Memorial Library News 05-04-23

Join the Lakes Area Libraries for avisit from author William Ken Kruger at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. This is a free event and is sponsored by the Friends of the Arnolds Park Library, Friends of the Milford Memorial Library and Friends of the Spirit Lake Public Library.

Lakes Area Library News

The Spirit Lake Public Library, Arnolds Park Library and Milford Memorial Library are teaming up again for the 2023 Youth Summer Reading Program entitled Find Your Voice.

Lake Park Library News 05-04-23

The Lake Park Public Library, the Dickinson County Museum and the Lake Park Historical Society will offer a second installment of Past Times Lake Park at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Lake Park Community Center. Dr. Kevin Mason will present a talk on Inkpaduta and the Sioux of northwest Iowa. This is a free program and everyone is welcome.

Jett Threatt to play the Roof Garden this month

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association recently announced plans to bring Jett Threatt – A Tribute to Joan Jett and The Blackhearts to the Roof Garden Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available now at

ILCC to host ribbon cutting, open house for Regional Career Academy

Iowa Lakes Community College plans to host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Spirit Lake Regional Career Academy at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 18 on the Spirit Lake Campus at 800 21st Street. The day will include a tour, a program, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a reception.

Local students accepted by ILCC associate programs

Caleb Frostestad of Okoboji and Kaleb Lee of Spirit Lake have been accepted into separate associate programs at Iowa Lakes Community College for the fall of 2023 — Frostestad to the Associate in Science Program and Lee to the Associate in Arts Program. Iowa Lakes officials said completion of the programs satisfies the first two years of general requirements at several area colleges and universities as well as some requirements at other institutions.

Trio of area fire departments contain grass fire near county line

An Emmet county landowner's controlled burn got out of hand last week and was blown across the county line Tuesday, igniting a swath of conservation land in Dickinson County northeast of Superior. No injuries or damage were reported, but Superior Fire Chief Kevin Swalve estimated the blaze consumed between 70 and 80 acres.

Courthouse protest planned ahead of Ingraham plea

County attorney: 'We're not done with this case.'

Protestors plan to host a silent protest Monday morning outside the Dickinson County Courthouse — the protest will overlap with a plea taking for 48-year-old Christopher Ingraham of Spirit Lake who was charged last year with enticing a minor.

Committee to discuss Lower Gar bridge project

County and city officials plan to meet and discuss plans for a bridge across the Lower Gar outlet east of Milford.

Court affirms Winterfeld murder conviction

The Iowa Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court's decision to admit certain voicemail messages as evidence in a case against a Spirit Lake man convicted of second-degree murder in October of 2021.

Cover comes off Gardner Cabin as organizers anticipate roof repairs

Organizers say efforts to protect the deteriorating Abbie Gardner Cabin in Arnolds Park during the winter months paid off.

A large temporary structure was put over the historic site's original pioneer cabin in early December to keep Mother Nature from chipping away at the structure, which a number of local nonprofits hope to repair and refurbish in the near future.

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