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Local museum curator killed in Dallas County crash


A Dallas county collision last week claimed the life of 75-year-old Larry Don Adams of Boone, who was the curator of the Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes in Okoboji.

"Larry was a caring person who devoted his life to preserving history," the Boone County Historical Society said in a social media post following the fatal crash. "He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Boone County's history and was willing to share it with anyone who asked."

Milford, Fostoria firefighters tackle field fire

•Winds spreads blaze from hay grinder

In the midst of a red flag warning for the region, strong winds created work for a crew of volunteer firefighters from Milford and Fostoria when a hay grinder caught fire before noon Thursday, Oct. 13 and spread southeast through a ditch and a harvested soybean field on 260th Street, west of 190th Avenue. (Photos by Matt Heinrichs)

An issue of size: Small, flowering trees to replace Hill Avenue ash trees


There won't be quite as much colorful fall foliage in downtown Spirit Lake this year, but residents can expect some decorative hues to eventually return. Crews removed a number of trees earlier this month along Hill Avenue between 15th and 19th Street, and the city plans to replace them with smaller flowering trees.

Uhde takes plea deal in Estherville murder case


An Estherville man accused of taking part in a murder last year has taken a plea agreement in exchange for his testimony during a second suspect's trial. Filings show 20-year-old Connor Jay Uhde has pleaded guilty to amended charges in exchange for his truthful testimony during the trial of 19-year-old CeJay Van Der Wilt of Rockwell City.

‘Let’s Talk Dickinson’ campaign kicks off with farm outreach

The Dickinson County Behavioral Health Coalition is excited to announce Let’s Talk Dickinson, a campaign focused on creating awareness of mental health resources in the Lakes Area and reducing the stigma of asking for help. The program kicked off this week with a Farm Harvest Outreach, which provided treat bags and resource information to local farmers and ag industry professionals.

Rosenboom shares history during National Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing is big business in northwest Iowa. In fact, the manufacturing sector accounts for 14.9 percent of the total employment in the region. That is more than double the national percentage.

October is National Manufacturing month, and officials with Rosenboom — one of the largest manufacturing companies in the area — expressed excitement for the focus on manufacturing and career opportunities the industry presents.

Firm earns recognition for Okoboji Middle School design

FEH Design of Sioux City has received accolades for its design of the Okoboji Middle School in Milford. The design was named an outstanding project as part of Learning By Design Magazine’s Fall 2022 Architectural and Interior Design Awards of Excellence Awards Program. The local middle school has been recognized as an award-winning benchmark facility for its incorporation of next generation learning space design and planning methodologies.

Fight2Fight champions visit local clinics

Okoboji Wellness Clinic and AeroNautix Performance Clinic were recently visited by Josh Himes and Brynn Marie Himes. Josh Himes is a board certified doctor of functional health and former Universal Boxing Federation All America's cruiserweight boxing champion, and Brynn Marie Himes is a singer/songwriter/touring artist. Together they champion a non profit through, with the mission to give hope and healing to people fighting and struggling everyday.

Ladies of the Lake participate in DAR Day of Service

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a service organization founded 132 years ago, asked its 190,000-plus members to participate as a chapter in a day of service this month. The local Ladies of the Lake Chapter did so on Tuesday, Oct. 11, when they met to bake pet treats, pack goodie bags for the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa and collect items on the shelter’s wish list.

Sirens 10-20-22

Mark Alan Kleihauer, age 59, of Spirit Lake was charged with driving under the influence at approximately 5:26 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in the 2300 block of Highway 71 in Spirit Lake.

Milford Memorial Library News 10-20-22

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Arnolds Park Library, for a fun night of painting, fellowship and snacks provided by the three local libraries. This month we will be painting a round wood door sign. Your sign can be fall or Halloween themed. All of the supplies will be provided by the libraries. There are only 30 spots available, so pre-register at the Arnolds Park Public Library, Spirit Lake Public Library or the Milford Memorial Library. The cost is $15 for registration.

Community Briefs 10-20-22

Annual meeting and more planned at Dickinson County Museum

The annual meeting of the Dickinson County Historical Society and Museum, Inc. will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the museum at 1708 Keokuk Ave. in Spirit Lake. Highlights of the meeting will include the dedication of the R. Aubrey LaFoy Resource Room, a showing of vintage area photos and updates on an amazing year. All are welcome.

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

Milford murder case moving to Buena Vista County


A judge has granted a request to have a Spirit Lake man tried for murder in a different county.

Weapons training begins as Spirit Lake Schools refines safety policy


The Spirit Lake School District has begun training staff members to potentially carry weapons in order to respond to active shooters on campus, and Spirit Lake Superintendent David Smith said Monday what he has seen so far has reaffirmed his position on the issue.

Gardner Cabin open house traces ties between tragedy and tourism


Dozens of early Lakes Area settlers were killed by a band of incensed natives in early 1857. Yet, a strong tourist industry began to emerge a little more than a decade later.

State and local historians met with the public Friday during an open house on the site of what is known as the Spirit Lake Massacre. Organizers told visitors about not only what led up to the infamous violence but how the tragic events helped spark the area's tourist-driven economy.

Milford man takes plea bargain in sexual abuse case


A Milford man accused of sexually abusing a woman in July of last year will have to register as a sex offender as part of a recent plea agreement, but he won't be subject to some other restrictions associated with the sex offender's registry.

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