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A 'resourceful' man: County museum names resource room after local historian

This article appeared in the Feb. 16, 2023, edition of the Dickinson County News as part of the special "Ageless Living" section.

Local historian Aubrey La Foy has more than a few stories to tell. The retired teacher has written numerous books on the history of Dickinson County, and he said he was both honored and humbled when the Dickinson County Museum chose to name its resource room after him.

County sets max levy hearing amid state miscalculation

County auditors expected to begin anew under legislative remedy

A single word  — "maybe" — was offered as further discussion when the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors decided to set Feb. 28 as the public hearing date for the county's proposed maximum tax levy.

Judge finds no reason to reconsider Miles' 20-year jail term

Defendant claimed he was high on meth while signing plea bargain

A district court has denied a former Dickinson County man's request for his drug convictions to be reconsidered by a judge.

Sheldon man accused of sexual abuse in Orleans

A Sheldon man has been accused of sexually abusing a woman the morning of New Year's Eve in a home on the east side of Big Spirit Lake.

Authorities charged 22-year-old Mauro Alejandro Dominguez Gandara with third-degree sexual abuse in late January after being informed earlier that month of a possible incident which took place Dec. 31, 2022, in the 13000 block of 253rd Avenue in Orleans — a Spirit Lake Police report listed the offense as forcible rape.

Former Spencer High music instructor's license suspended

Kardell claims contact not inappropriate, agrees evidence could support violation

A document, from the Board of Educational Examiners of the State of Iowa, stamped Nov. 21, 2022, announced a settlement involving former Spencer High School music department educator Katie Kardell and an allegation of inappropriate behavior involving a former student. She has not worked in the district since her resignation in 2021.

SL Chamber draws up to The Well

Representatives of the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce paid a visit to The Well Coffeehouse and Eatery the afternoon of Feb. 8. The Well, located on the south side of Highway 71 just west of Memphis Avenue, offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items in addition to many of the traditional coffeehouse staples. Owner Diane Duis said she opened the business with the goal of providing a gathering space for the community — an extension of her role as a mother, she said.

Petrick, Thompson earn recognition in Des Moines

Local photographers Dave Petrick and Rocky Thompson earned Top-10 recognition from the Professional Photographers of Iowa earlier this month. The organization held it's convention Feb. 3-6 in Des Moines. Each photographer was allowed to enter up to four prints in various categories for the competition. Entries are scored by a panel of judges, and total scores are tallied to name a first, second and third place photographer in the master and non-master categories.

Two named to new positions at Northwest Bank

Walhof named regional president

Okoboji Large Group Speech students nominated for All-State

Congratulations were extended to Okoboji High School’s Large Group Speech Team on a successful season.

At district contest on Jan. 21, all nine events received Division I ratings and advanced to State. At State contest on Feb. 4, the team earned six Division I ratings and three Division II ratings.

Sirens 02-16-23

Ethan Kyle Vande Griend, age 24, of Spirit Lake was charged with simple assault at approximately 12:39 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the 400 block of 21st Street in Spirit Lake. A criminal complaint said Vande Griend and and a woman were arguing over property in the home when he "pushed the victim out of the way to take control of said property, causing the victim to fall onto the box of property."

Local UDMO service area awarded First Five Grant funding

Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. Executive Director Julie Edwards recently announced the awarding of two Iowa First Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative competitive grants. UDMO is now the First Five Local Contact for Collaborative Service Areas 1 — which includes Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Palo Alto, O’Brien and Osceola Counties —  and CSA 4  — which includes Calhoun, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright Counties.

Spirit Lake Library News 02-16-23

The KonMari Method was created by Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and star of the popular Netflix series "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." This style of tidying focuses on decluttering and organizing your space by keeping only those items you love. By visualizing the home and lifestyle you dream of, you can finally let go of unnecessary items causing clutter and truly live a life that Sparks Joy.

Okoboji Fine Arts seeking speech contest volunteers

Okoboji High School and the Okoboji Fine Arts booster club will be hosting the Individual Events District Speech Contest on Saturday, Feb. 25. The contest starts at 8 a.m. and the competition is expected end before 4 p.m. Organizers invite the community to come see the speech competition and support students from all over northwest Iowa.

They are also still seeking volunteers to help with the event.

Milford Memorial Library News 02-16-23

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

IRMMA releases amended hall of fame inductee list

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association released its annual list of hall of fame inductees last month. The association amended that list in a Feb. 9 press release. Many of the names in the various hall of fame categories remained unchanged, while a few names were added or replaced.

Iowa Lakes sees enrollment growth

Iowa Lakes Community College has measured enrollment growth for the 2022-2023 academic year, moving the college’s enrollment closer to pre-pandemic figures.

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