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Vehicle collision temporarily closes local restaurant

A local bar and grill will be closed for repairs after a vehicle passed through its south wall Saturday.

Community supports Engeltjes family after tragic loss

Funeral services were held Saturday in Sioux Center for an area woman and her unborn child who died Sept. 27, following a single vehicle car accident in Clay County.

Cunningham earns additional scholarly honor

The Okoboji Community School District extended a second congratulations to Connor Cunningham, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program — the Okoboji High School Senior also recently earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs.

Spirit Lake signs Constitution Day/Week proclamation

Spirit Lake Mayor Bruce Keenan, recently signed a proclamation recognizing Constitution Day/Week. Alice "Pokey" Jensen of the local DAR chapter said the occasion serves as a reminder to all that they can acquaint themselves with the U.S. Constitution or review its points — which she called the seven basic principles and the six big ideas — any time of year. (Photo submitted)

Lakes Partnership School receives grant from Care Connections of Northern Iowa

Students and staff at Lakes Partnership School will benefit from special funding provided by Care Connections of Northern Iowa.

IGL Chamber marks another successful Oktoberfest

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce had another successful University of Okoboji Oktoberfest last weekend. With nearly 600 registered bike riders and hundreds more attendees from near and far, the Iowa Great Lakes was filled with fall fun. The chamber and its staff would like to thank the countless volunteers for their time and assistance in making this year’s event a success.

Sirens 10-06-22

James Lambert, age 37, of Spirit Lake was charged with trespassing at approximately 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the 1600 block of Ithaca Avenue in Spirit Lake.

Third-parties charging veterans for free military records

The Iowa County Recorders Association wants to make all veterans aware that recording or requesting military records is always free of charge for a veteran. In recent weeks it has been reported that a third-party company has been charging veterans to record these documents. Please remember to always contact the local county recorder for assistance recording or requesting military records.

Milford Memorial Library News 10-06-22

Milford Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Columbus Day. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Community Briefs 10-06-22

Dickinson County News office to be closed Oct. 14

Due to staff commitments, the Dickinson County News office will be closed Friday, Oct. 14. Those with urgent business may contact the Spencer Daily Reporter at 712-262-6610. The Dickinson County News office will be open for business as usual on Monday, Oct. 17.

Spirit Lake Library plans WWII discussion

Man accused of Milford murder seeks change of venue


Editor's note: This article was sent to press the night of Oct. 4 to appear in the Oct. 6 edition of the Dickinson County News. A district court judge found Goyne-Yarns competent to stand trial during an Oct. 5 hearing, and the judge has yet to decide on a court date and location for the expected trial. Click here for coverage of the Oct. 5 hearing.

Ernst learns about foster, adoptive care support during local visit

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst paid a visit to Okoboji Monday afternoon during her 99-county tour to learn how a local nonprofit is helping support area foster and adoptive families.

The senator stopped at Kaden's Kloset, which provides gently used clothing and other items to families free of charge, and met with Tina Vande Hoef, director of the nonprofit Kings and Queens Local, which helps operate the resource closet.

New name, same faces: Robinsons rename funeral home after becoming full owners

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Some area residents have been perplexed by a sign reading "Robinson Funeral Home" which recently appeared outside the former Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. They've called up Korey at the funeral home to ask what has happened to the business. For some, that's when they learn Korey's last name — Robinson.

County green-lights funding for communication upgrades

Approval of provider contract yet to come

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Dickinson County is one step closer to upgrading its communication equipment in order to join Iowa's statewide interoperable system.

Sand delivers PIE honors to Fostoria, Sioux Central

State Auditor Rob Sand hand-delivered a pie to the city of Fostoria and the leaders of the Sioux Central Community School District Friday afternoon in recognition of their Public Innovations and Efficiencies — or PIE — Award.

Sioux Central CSD was named the runner-up for best performing community school district in the 3A Division, and Fostoria was named the best performing city in the fifth-smallest category, which was based on 2020 Census numbers.


Iowa Bankers Association honors Neal and Dwight Conover with Leach Leadership Award

The Iowa Bankers Association presented two brothers and community banking leaders — Neal and Dwight Conover — with the 2022 James A. Leach Leadership Award on Sept. 20 during the IBA Annual Convention at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The brothers represent a combined 100 years of banking experience. Neal Conover and Dwight Conover are co-founders of Northwest Financial Corp. which includes two bank charters, Northwest Bank based in Spencer and First National Bank in Creston.

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