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Year in Review - Story No. 1

Murder cases made headlines in 2022, appeals pending

Verdicts were returned this year in several regional murder cases, but appeals filed late in 2022 may put some of the cases back on the court docket.


Year in Review - Story No. 2

Spirit Lake Schools moved forward with arming select staff

A proposal to arm select staff members at Spirit Lake Schools wasn't the only portion of the district's overall safety plan, but it likely attracted the most attention.

Year in Review - Story No. 3

That's my cue - Treasure Village produced final children's theatre show

The summer of 2022 marked the final children's theatre performance at Treasure Village. The business' July 30 performance of "Rapunzel" marked the final curtain for a tradition 50-years in the making.

The Garth and Bonnie Neisess family began offering melodramas on the property's playhouse stage in 1973.

Year in Review - Story No. 4

From ship to shore - Water quality, lake health were major topics in 2022

Group's aiming to protect and improve the health of area lakes had plenty to discuss in 2022. Local lake associations helped prevent shoreline erosion, curtailed the spread of detrimental invasive species and voiced concern over several proposed area development projects.

Year in Review - Story No. 5

U of O Homecoming races returned after two-year hiatus

Some ripples from the COVID-19 pandemic traveled farther than others. The annual University of Okoboji Homecoming races took a two-year hiatus due to public health concerns — the longest gap in its schedule since they were founded in 1978. But starting pistols were heard once more in 2022, as the races returned July 16 under the banner of the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

5 to Remember

Community lost familiar faces in 2022

Many Lakes Area residents both past and present have contributed to their community with selflessness, dignity and heart. The Dickinson County News continues its year-end tradition of honoring just a few such individuals whom the community lost during the past year. In their various roles, these five individuals made a lasting local impact which will continue for years to come.


Arctic air chilled year-end travel across region

The region saw between 6 and 10 inches of snow earlier this month, but Mother Nature wasn't quite done yet. Blowing snow coupled with significant windchills prompted state officials to caution against travel in the days leading up to Christmas.

The National Weather Service warned that cold arctic air was making its way south and would likely cause blizzard conditions in some areas as it travelled across the Midwest and into the Great Lakes late last week.

Applications open for U of O Winter Games Chocolate Classic and Galleria

The Ingvall Real Estate team will again sponsor the delicious and decadent Chocolate Classic and Galleria as part of the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games. Organizers said the annual experience will help cure those winter blues from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 inside the Dickinson County Expo Building.

Iowa Lakes students selected for Iowa All-Star Honor Concert Band

Three musicians attending Iowa Lakes Community College were selected for the Iowa Collegiate All-Star Honor Concert Band as part of the 76th Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Nov. 17-19.

Annika Poeppe, flute; Shelby Hoff, tenor sax; and Haily Green, trumpet, were nominated by their college instructors and then selected by a committee who chose the top musicians for each instrument. The musicians will audition for chair placement during the group rehearsal before the concert.

Spirit Lake KOC to sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship

New location and new time – Bedell Family YMCA

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2023 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local contest will be held at noon Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at the Bedell Family YMCA in Spirit Lake. Registration and practice begin at 11:30 a.m., and age levels have recently been extended to include 9-year-olds.

Sirens 12-29-22

Dominique Juan Osuna, age 35, was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 for failure to appear/contempt of court. Online court documents indicated Osuna was in the Kossuth County Jail and was served a Dickinson County warrant regarding a 2012 case in which Osuna was charged with possession of marijuana — third offense. A bench warrant had been issued in that case in January of 2013.

Spirit Lake supports YMCA’s Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign

The Spirit Lake City Council, on the evening of the Dec. 13 meeting, voted to approve the YMCA of the Okobojis’ request for funding toward its Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign, in the amount of $200,000 this fiscal year and an additional $100,000 paid out over the next five years.

Iowa Lakes earns top ranking for best scholarship options in Iowa

Iowa Lakes Community College has earned top rankings for 2023 from, which recently ranked Iowa Lakes Community College as the top community college in Iowa for Best Scholarship Options and the sixth-best community college overall.

DCNC prepares for 2023 programs

The public is invited to gather during the Dickinson County Nature Center's first Kenue Coffee Hour of 2023. The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Kenue Park in Okoboji. January’s topic is "Plant This, Not That," with a presentation by Iowa Roadside Vegetation Manager Tanner Bouchard. He is excited to share his knowledge on what to plant near right of ways using native plant substitutes that won’t become invasive to Dickinson County.

Community Briefs 12-29-22

New Years Day will delay DCN delivery

Delivery of the Dickinson County News will be delayed following New Year's Day. The newspaper's offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday, and subscribers can expect the Jan. 5 edition to arrive Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.

Mobile Food Pantry to return in January

Keep gas meters clear of snow and ice

Snow and ice buildup on a natural gas meter can create a safety hazard and even cut off the flow of natural gas to heating equipment and other appliances. To avoid trouble, gently remove snow and ice from on and around the meter by hand or with a broom.

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