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Local historians mourn Purdy's passing

Ed Purdy's voice traveled far.

The former speech instructor and local museum docent was remembered for his love of local history, which he passed down to many over his lifetime.

Winter weather came calling over Christmas

It wasn't exactly a white Christmas in northwest Iowa this year, but Old Man Winter certainly made a year-end visit.

IGL Chamber opens Christmas tree drop-off points for Burning of the Greens

As the Lakes Area wraps up the holiday season, the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber would like to remind the community of the annual Burning of the Greens — a component of the traditional University of Okoboji Winter Games.

Hinshaw wins grand prize in Milford Holiday Fantasy raffle

Milford Commercial Club Treasurer Susan Reiser (left) recently presented Nathan Hinshaw (right) of Arnolds Park with the grand prize in the 2023 Holiday Fantasy Raffle drawing, which was held during the celebration in Milford on Dec. 2. The winner had the opportunity to spend the $500 prize at any Milford Commercial Club business member. Hinshaw chose Boji Junction in Milford. Hinshaw's name was drawn from more than 3,000 tickets purchased. (Photo submitted)

West Okoboji residents honored with Iowa State’s highest journalism honor

Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication named Alan and Steve Mores the recipients of its 2023 James W. Schwartz Award in November. The annual award recognizes distinguished service to journalism and is the highest honor conferred by the school. Alan Mores is a resident of West Okoboji and his brother, Steve resides in West Okoboji and Harlan.

Sirens 01-04-24

Abby Jo Hough, age 39, of Terril was charged with operating while intoxicated — first offense — at approximately 6:53 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 near the intersection of Highway 9 and 155th Street. She was booked into the Dickinson County Jail at 7:47 p.m. the same day.

Spirit Lake Library News 01-04-24

Here at the Spirit Lake Public Library, there are two different levels of access to our digital resources. One group is available to only our provisional and residential patrons. The other is available to anyone who uses our website.

Milford Library News 01-04-24

January is off and running, and Milford Memorial Library has great things happening for your family. We have three more opportunities this month for youth programming. They include two Building Bookworms (Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m.) and Minds in Motion (Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m.). If you haven’t checked out our library website ( or our Facebook page, you are definitely missing out. We have so much information, pictures, and program reminders.

Community Briefs 01-04-24

SLFD audit available

Winther Stave and Company LLP of Spencer recently released an audit of the Spirit Lake Community Fire Department for the year ended June 30, 2023.

The department's operating receipts totaled $240,403. Operating dispursments for business-type activities totaled $201,401. Non-operating disbursements, net of non-operating receipts totaled $436,446. Cash basis net assets decreased by $397,444 to $345,575.

YEAR IN REVIEW - No. 1: County residents questioned wisdom of proposed major projects

•Turbines and pipelines

There have been plenty of issues for area landowners to discuss during local government meetings this year — some old, some new.

YEAR IN REVIEW - No. 2: 2023's local elections saw increased voter turnout

•Area school board races were well-populated

YEAR IN REVIEW - No. 3: Highway 71 repaving project half-way done

•On the road again

YEAR IN REVIEW - No. 4: Community rallies around injured student


•'Be a Hero, for a Hero'

YEAR IN REVIEW - No. 5: Local abuse, enticement cases held public's attention


•One man cleared, one man guilty

Dickinson County Endowment Fund awards special project grants

In 2023, the Advisory Council awarded $123,751 to 18 nonprofit applicants and also chose to make four Special Project Grants. Area school districts were contacted and asked to consider projects which would directly impact students. The school districts then submitted their ideas for funding.

Northwest Bank donates to school Backpack Programs

Northwest Bank locations in Milford, Arnolds Park and Spirit Lake organized efforts to raise money and gather food items for the Okoboji and Spirit Lake Schools Backpack Programs. These programs help supply food to youth and families in need.


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