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Latest draft of turbine ordinances heading back to supervisors

The newest draft of proposed zoning changes related to local wind turbine development is heading back to the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors for approval.

Heerde family provides Hope Haven with $2.5 million grant

The Heerde Family of Spirit Lake recently provided local nonprofit Hope Haven with a farm estate gift of approximately $2.5 million. The nonprofit held a ceremony Thursday, April 11 to recognize the family's sizable contribution.

Two Milford residents hospitalized following crash

The Milford Police Department was dispatched to the 3200 block of Highway 71 in Milford at approximately 4:33 p.m., Wednesday April 10 in regards to a car accident. An investigation made on scene determined that a 2012 Chevy Captiva driven by 61-year-old Gary De Wolf of Milford was following a 2015 Hyundai Tucson driven by ​​23-year-old Kassandra Toben. Toben slowed to turn when De Wolf struck the vehicle from behind.

County gives final approval for hazardous pipeline ordinances

The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors gave final approval this week to establish county zoning ordinances for hazardous liquid pipelines.

Cullen, Jones to speak at 2024 Okoboji Blue Water Festival

Organizers recently announced this year's keynote speakers scheduled for Saturday, August 10 at Preservation Plaza Green Space in Arnolds Park along the shores of West Lake Okoboji.

Two more pieces of the puzzle have come together for this year's Okoboji Blue Water Festival.

ILCC students earn top marks at BPA conference

Iowa Lakes Community College students Emma Foxhoven and Sarah Riesberg recently returned with top honors from the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference held in Des Moines held earlier this year.

Foxhoven, a sophomore in the business specialist program from Emmetsburg, earned first place in integrated office applications and intermediate word processing, and she received an honorable mention in administrative support concepts.

OHS debate team nears end of season

The Okoboji High School Debate team is near the end of another season under coaches Troy Greiner and Cheri Satto.

At the Dec. 2 Johnston tournament, Anna Quanbeck and Aliviah Bibler earned speaker awards in Novice LD, while Declan Donovan earned a speaker award in Novice PF.

OMS closes out successful season

The Okoboji Middle School Speech Team wrapped up their season with a performance on Monday, April 1. Coaches Erin Frerichs and Deborah Clark directed the team in a one act play, a pair of readers theatre pieces, a literary program individual piece and four group improv performances. The coaches expect there will be plenty of talent heading toward the OHS speech program over the next couple years.

LRH to host community-wide baby shower

Lakes Regional Healthcare is hosting a baby shower event at Lake Okoboji Resort and Conference Center (formerly Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center) from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 for area women. It will be a free come-and-go event for hopeful, expectant and new moms. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn about pregnancy, labor and delivery from physicians, nurses, new moms and more.

Lakes Area Farmers Market to open in June

The Lakes Area Farmers Market in Spirit Lake will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Saturday, June 1 through Sept. 28. The market is located on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake. The Lakes Area Farmers Market is made up of about 28 vendors selling home-grown and handmade goods, including fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jelly, handmade soap and lotion, honey and other handmade products.

Morningside students and employees recognized at 2024 ODK Honors Convocation

The annual Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Convocation was held on Thursday, April 11 at Morningside University. Several students and employees were recognized for their academic, co-curricular, athletic and professional achievements. Among them were Haley Hallengren of Milford, who received the Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Scholarship for Voice and Anna Fuelberth of Spirit Lake, who received the Marvin and Merry Klass Endowed Scholarship.

County treasurer now accepting 2024 property tax credit claims

The Dickinson County Treasurer’s Office is now accepting 2024 Iowa Property Tax Credit Claims for property tax assistance for the September 2024/March 2025 property tax payments. There are three types of assistance available.  

Milford Memorial Library News 04-18-24

Congratulations to Milford Memorial Library’s Spring Coloring Contest Winners:

2-3-year-old: JJ

4-5-year-old: Norah

6-8-year-old: Kennedi

9-10-year-old: Rowan

Thank you to everyone for sharing their artistic talents with us in MML's 2024 Spring Coloring Contest. We are looking forward to seeing your creativity next year.

Okoboji Schools prepares to seek bond for new elementary

The Okoboji School Board unanimously approved a proposal to seek voter approval for a bond in the upcoming November 2024 election.

Sirens 04-18-24

Early morning apartment fire quelled

Spirit Lake Library News 04-18-24

Paije Wilson, a Spirit Lake native, has self-published her new book "The Tale of Glom & Mince." The book explores themes of grief, acceptance and the transformative nature of friendship.

The toad is perfectly content with his life. A recluse who detests the company of other creatures, he is all too happy to live out his existence without straying too far from his burrow. As an ugly thing, he has no desire to see more of the ugly world around him.

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