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Iowa Lakes awarded $150,000 to improve digital outreach

Iowa Lakes Community College was one of six community colleges to receive a $150,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to improve and expand its digital presence and mobile outreach capabilities to better connect with potential students.

Campus News 08-03-23

South Dakota State announces spring 2023 graduation list

The following students graduated after the spring 2023 semester at South Dakota State University. More than 1,400 students completed all requirements for a degree and/or certificate program, and those requirements have been verified by the appropriate college.

Katelyn Loring of Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SDSU's College of Education and Human Sciences.

Community Briefs 08-03-23

Dickinson County Water Quality Commission accepting grant applications

High temps prompt local heat warning


Forecasters say Canadian weather front should carry relief

Some particularly high temperatures this week have prompted officials with the National Weather Service to advise caution for Dickinson County residents, and a number of area businesses postponed or cancelled their planned events.

County supervisors defer to P&Z, BOA on turbine moratorium


A proposed moratorium on local wind turbine projects didn't gain any ground during Tuesday's meeting of the Dickinson County Supervisors, after chair Bill Leupold said it would be inappropriate for the board to act on the matter without a recommendation from officials with the county's planning and zoning commission.

Clean Water Panel added to Okoboji Blue Water Festival agenda


In just a matter of weeks, the eighth annual Okoboji Blue Water Festival will take place at Preservation Plaza on the shores of West Lake Okoboji. Co-organizer Greg Drees said he and others have finalized the day-long activities for the Aug. 12 festival, and they've added a State/Local Clean Water Panel Discussion, which he feels will be an exciting educational opportunity. The panel discussion will run from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. under the Big Tent.

Spirit Lake man takes plea deal three months after armed incident


A Spirit Lake man has been given a suspended two-year jail sentence after a domestic incident involving a hand gun earlier this year.

Brian De Jesus Alameda was initially charged with going armed with intent, assault with intent to inflict serious injury, domestic abuse/assault and possession of marijuana after police responded to a call around 10:12 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Hawthorn Apartments in Spirit Lake.

Naig talks land and livestock during first visit to Dickinson County Fair

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig caught a glimpse of everything from the kiddie tractor pull to sheep grooming ahead of the overall showmanship competition during his first visit to the Dickinson County Fair last week.

Spirit Lake alumni wins second Emmy Award

Nicholas Schrunk, a 2004 graduate of Spirit Lake High School, recently celebrated his second Emmy Award win along with director of photography Will Roegge on May 22 at a ceremony held in New York City.

Fareway finalizing plans for store relocation in Spirit Lake

Fareway Stores, Inc. plans to relocate the existing Spirit Lake Fareway store to a new location at the northeast corner of 175th Street and Highway 71 in Spirit Lake. The new construction will provide for an approximately 21,000 square foot store. Site work is set to start in early fall, with construction planned for spring 2024.

Fareway CEO Reynolds W. Cramer said the Spirit Lake Fareway has been serving the area since 1985.

Marilyn Maye to take stage at PLAC

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is anticipating the return of one of its most popular performers to take the Lauridsen Peforming Arts Theatre stage. Marilyn Maye will be performing two nights — Aug. 1 and 2. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lambert and company complete summer showcase

Okoboji High School alumnus Carter Lambert premiered three plays on Saturday, July 15 during the Carter Lambert Summer Showcase in Okoboji. Lambert wrote and directed the three original plays as well as composed original music and lyrics as he challenged himself to become a better writer, director and composer. Carter attends the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where he is a theatre major pursuing minors in songwriting and media production.

TRAWL sees good turn out

Tractors of all sizes, ages and colors made up Sunday morning's Tractor Ride Around West Lake — or TRAWL — during the 2023 Milford Pioneer Days. Organizers said there were 181 tractors, some pulling flat beds and wagons filled with riders who were enjoying the beautiful Lakes Area in reasonable temperatures.

Public invited to 'Stroll Back in Time' with the Dickinson County Museum

Update: As of July 26, organizers have postponed Thursday's "Stroll Back in Time" due to particularly high temperatures. A future date for the event has yet to be announced.


Sirens 07-27-23

Arnolds Park PD charges 17 after Saturday bar checks

Spirit Lake Library News 07-27-23

Even though summer is half over, there is still plenty of time to read. We are currently in the middle of the Extended Summer Reading Program for children, so stop by to pick up a reading log. When completed, return it for a prize. The Extended SRP will continue through Friday, Aug. 11.

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