Skip to main content

Local parties prepare for 2024 Iowa Caucuses

Iowa's biennial caucus has long been known as the first in the nation, often gaining the attention of many presidential hopefuls. This year's caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 15, but only one of the state's two major political parties will be deciding their preferred presidential candidate that night.

'It's a symbol of Triboji' - Funds being raised for Percival Island preservation

The Triboji Beach Betterment Association has been taking gradual steps to improve Percival Island over the years — the man-made acre of land is situated in the middle of the Triboji area's Lazy Lagoon. And now members have turned an eye to stabilizing the island's shoreline.

"This is a unique fixture in the Iowa Great Lakes that we all want to have preserved for future generations," said Steve Brennan, president of the Triboji Beach Betterment Association.

Settlement reached in wrongful death case against local care facility

The case against a local care facility has officially been dismissed, following a settlement with the family of a resident who died outside the building in December of 2021.

Dickinson County enticement, indecent exposure case dismissed

•Palo Alto authorities take up charges after defendant says incidents took place there

A man accused of exposing himself to two teenage girls in 2021 has had his case dismissed by a Dickinson County court after similar charges were filed by authorities in Palo Alto County — where, according to court records, the man said the incidents actually occurred.

2024 Winter Games Cheerleaders announced

After collecting nominations during the month of December and holding a community-wide vote Jan. 3-4, the University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee has officially tallied up the votes. This year more than 1,100 ballots were counted both electronically and in person at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The local chamber officials announced the 2024 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders the morning of Jan. 5. This year's Winter Games are scheduled for Jan. 25-28.

Lakes Regional Healthcare welcomes New Year’s baby

Congratulations were extended to Paula Arellano and Jose Sanchez of Spirit Lake. They are the proud parents of Jonathan Tenoch, Dickinson County’s New Year’s baby. Jonathan was born at Lakes Regional Healthcare at 7:03 a.m. Jan. 2, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length.

The parents were surprised to have the New Year’s Baby since their son was born so soon after the New Year.

Sirens 01-11-24

Gary Ellis Jones, age 66, of Spirit Lake was charged with operating while under the influence — first offense — and open container at approximately 6:43 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the 2100 block of Jackson Avenue in Spirit Lake. Jones was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 7:04 p.m. the same day.

Post-election audits successfully verify election results in all 99 counties

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced that post-election audits have been successfully completed in all 99 counties. Once again, the post-election audits matched 100 percent with the machine count in all counties.

Okoboji Foundation accepting 2024 grant applications

The Okoboji Foundation, serving as the community foundation for the Iowa Great Lakes, recently announced the commencement of its 2024 grant application process.

Greiner earns National Speech and Debate Association's Diamond Award

The National Speech and Debate Association recently announced Troy Greiner of Okoboji Community School as a winner of the Diamond Coach Award. The award recognizes a professional career which combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is Greiner's first Diamond Award, and organizers said it is the highest honor the association can bestow upon a coach.

Spirit Lake Library News 01-11-24

The Spirit Lake Public Library will host the presentation “Hospice 101 with Gentiva Hospice” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. The speaker for the evening will be Christine Hindt. This will be an opportunity to learn about the history, mission and purpose of hospice services. Hospice, as a service, has evolved greatly over the past few decades. This educational program will explore myths and facts surrounding hospice eligibility and practices.

Milford Memorial Library News 01-11-24

Students in grades four through 12 are invited to build a wood block snowman and create a giant brown paper bag snowflake by registering for MML’s Young Adult Snow Challenge. This is a free activity and runs until Friday, Jan. 19. Registrations can be made by calling MML at 712-338-4643 or online at

Nature Center to host Winter No-School Camp

Families with students in grades five through 8 may register for Winter No-School Camp, hosted by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Horseshoe Bend. Environmental Education Coordinator Danika Cox looks forward to attendees creating shelters, learning about survival skills and learning how animals survive harsh, snowy conditions.

Campus News 01-11-24

Wartburg names local students to fall dean's list

Wartburg College recently recognized 484 students who were named to the 2023 fall term dean's list. Among them were Maxwell Miller and Megan Sandison, both of Spirit Lake.
Wartburg College, a four-year liberal arts college which enrolls about 1,500 students.

Butcher named to SNHU dean's list

Community Briefs 01-11-24

Rieke to present at ILUUF

County supervisors name 2024 appointees

With the calendar now reading 2024, Tuesday's meeting of the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors largely focused on formally selecting appointees to various boards and commissions. However, the board did choose to table one appointment.

Subscribe to News