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Fuelberth recognized during ODK Honors Convocation

The annual Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Convocation was recently held at Morningside University, during which several students and employees were recognized for their academic, co-curricular, athletic and professional achievements. Among the honrees was Anna C. Fuelberth of Spirit Lake who was awarded the Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Scholarship for Voice. Omicron Delta Kappa is an interdisciplinary honor society with more than 300 circles throughout the United States.

Community Briefs 04-20-23

Klein to perform for Respite Angels

Terry Klein will be entertaining at 10 a.m. Thursday April 20 for Respite Angels at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Questions can be directed to Chelsie at the church 712-332-2447 or Kelly at Respite Angels 712-229-6064.
Annual Methodist dinner postponed

Dry compost believed to have ignited 200-acre blaze

A smoky haze wound through the trees almost 2 miles away Wednesday, after a grass fire was reported in the 2400 block of 190th Street east of Arnolds Park.

Milford Fire Chief Jim Carpenter said the initial call came in around 3:30 p.m. that day, and firefighters found a fire approaching some buildings, plastic paddle boats and a trailer load of plastic floating dock components.

Country View Acres asks for judge to reconsider Woodlyn Hills ruling

A group of homeowners is asking a judge to take a second look at his recent ruling, which found no legal issue with the county's approval of a proposed RV park development east of Milford. Both the county and the developers' attorneys have filed resistance to the homeowners' request.

Wirkus pleads guilty to Pelican Ridge burglaries

A Spencer man charged with stealing almost $30,000 of property from storage units in an Arnolds Park neighborhood last year has pleaded guilty to two crimes in the case.

Feenstra talks pizza and supply pinch points during local stop

Staff at Godfather’s Pizza in Spirit Lake taught U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra a little bit about its business needs — as well as a thing or two about making pizza.

The congressman from Hull stopped at the local business March 5, hoping to glean some information on how he and fellow lawmakers can better serve small-town businesses.

Iowa Lakes to offer ‘Night at the P.A.C.’

The Iowa Lakes Community College music department recently announced Night at the P.A.C. (Performing Arts Center) at 6:30 p.m. April 18. Night at the P.A.C. is free to attend at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville Campus and is open to the public.

Iowa Lakes students, staff, and community members will perform various instrumental and vocal pieces, showcasing a variety of musical genres, including country, jazz, pop, and show tunes.

Sirens 04-13-23

Todd Brown, age 45, of Ruthven was charged with trespassing at approximately 4:40 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the Spirit Lake Walmart.

Milford Library News 04-13-23

We had an amazing turnout for Milford Memorial Library’s Spring Coloring Contest. The final number of pictures across the four age groups was 193 entries. All of the pictures will be up on our walls and windows for the next couple of weeks.

Lamberts to celebrate Golden Anniversary

A friendship began for Bill and Carleen Lambert of Spirit Lake at college and, on April 28, 1973, they were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. A celebration in recognition of their 50 years of marriage is being planned with family and friends. (Photos submitted)

Community Briefs 04-13-23

Iowa Lakes music department to offer spring recital

The Iowa Lakes Community College music department will welcome spring by showcasing talented musicians at the spring recital starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus.

Lundt appointed to Spirit Lake School Board as Trautman steps down

Editor's note: Though coverage of Tuesday's Spirit Lake School Board meeting is available online as of this week, the article will be printed in the April 13 edition of the Dickinson County News due press deadlines.

The motion to accept Scott Trautman's resignation from the Spirit Lake School Board was made "with regret" Tuesday and seconded "begrudgingly" — but it was approved unanimously. The board also voted to appoint candidate Luke Lundt to fill the vacancy.

Jiu-jitsu self-defense course debuts at H-LP

It's not about teaching students to fight, coach Matt Mentink said. It's about teaching them to deescalate situations while defending themselves and others.

"What students learn in this class are life skills that possibly will help them protect themselves and possibly also help to protect others in risky and dangerous situations that many individuals unfortunately can find themselves in frequently these days," Mentink said.

Victim's extortion attempt comes to light as Ingraham prepares to take plea deal

A Spirit Lake man accused of attempting to obtain explicit images from a teen is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge later this month as part of a plea bargain.

Authorities charged 48-year-old Christopher Craig Ingraham in July of 2022 with enticing a minor. The criminal complaint indicated Ingraham had been communicating electronically with a then 14-year-old girl and attempting to obtain images and/or video of a sexual nature from her between February and March of 2020.

2023 Okoboji Blue Water Festival plans released

The eighth annual Okoboji Blue Water Festival, billed as the foremost clean water event in the state of Iowa, is set to begin Saturday, Aug. 12. The festival is held on the Preservation Plaza green space in Arnolds Park on the shores of West Lake Okoboji, and organizers expect a huge, all-day clean-water celebration.

Plucker paintings donated to Pearson Lake Arts Center

The Pearson Lakes Art Center gained a few more framed works last week, when Mark Plucker donated a number of paintings created by his late wife Anita.

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