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DCN brings home baker’s dozen in awards from hard-fought state newspaper competition

Journalists from across the state gathered in Des Moines on Thursday for the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual awards banquet. The Dickinson County News won an assortment of 13 different awards.

Recent filings reveal additional details in Lake Park murder case

Update: A motion filed the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4  shows Allison Decker has waived her right to a jury trial. This story was updated accordingly the morning of May 5.

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

H-LP offers Douma interim superintendent's position

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

Okoboji Middle School launches speech program


March 29 was an exciting night for Okoboji Middle School students as the newly formed speech team gave their inaugural public performance. Students performed in Group Improv, Readers Theatre, One Act Play, Mime and Ensemble Acting.

OHS team qualifies for nationals in National History Day competition

For the first time in school history, a team from Okoboji High School has qualified in the senior division group performance category for national-level entry in the National History Day competition. Organizers explained Okoboji has had students compete at State and National level before, but never a group for the Senior Division.

Black Hills makes donation for HEAT bus

Officials with Black Hill Energy's Spencer district recently donated $4,000 to the Arnolds Park Police Department to help purchase a new bus for the region's High-Risk Entry and Arrest Team — or HEAT. The bus is equipped with a dispatch center and a negotiation space, and it will carry equipment and personnel to locations in need of the service.

OHS band attends U of M and Timberwolves game

The Okoboji High School Band traveled to Minneapolis on Friday, March 25. The band met with the University of Minnesota’s symphonic band conductor, Dr. Jerry Luckhardt, heard the university's band perform and participated in an hour-long clinic as well as a tour of the marching band facility and football field. The band then loaded up and headed to the Target Center where they performed a 30 minute set before the Minnesota Timberwolves took on the Dallas Mavericks.

Pearson helps plant tree in recognition of Arbor Day anniversary

Second-year horticulture students at Des Moines Area Community College planted trees in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. Pictured from left to right are students Faith Pearson of Okoboji, Lizzie Zimmerman of Ames and Payton Stephens of Shenandoah. The trio dug a hole to plant an Osage Orange tree outside of building No. 4 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The DMACC Horticulture Club and Arboriculture class planted 10 trees on the Ankeny Campus. (Photo submitted)

Pioneers return from Iowa Jazz Championships

The Okoboji High School Jazz Band placed second in Class 2A during the Iowa Jazz Championships. This year was the 27th time the band qualified for the competition. Okoboji received three Outstanding Soloist Awards: Gwen Gehrke (tenor sax), Lydia Downing (drums), Connor Cunningham (baritone sax). A pair of students were also selected for the Class 1A/2A All-State Jazz Band: junior Grace Downing (trumpet) and sophomore Hunter Hallengren (trombone).

Youth In Philanthropy grants $53,000 to local non-profits

The 2022 Youth In Philanthropy program of the Okoboji Foundation concluded its year the evening of Wednesday April 27, with a grant award ceremony. The group of students exceeded their goal of $41,000 by raising $53,000. YIP grants were awarded to three area non-profit organizations:
• $3,000 to Okoboji Yacht Club Sailing Center for sonar motors
• $24,000 to Lakes Area Hockey Association for facility accessibility and inclusion project

Sirens 05-04-22

Spring Run grass fire occupies fire department's morning

OMS jazz musicians hit high notes

Organizers said the Okoboji Middle School jazz band had another successful season. The seventh and eighth grade band members finish their season with two first-place finishes during their competition season. OMS jazz placed first at the Northwest Iowa District competition for 1A/2A bands in February and traveled to Morningside University, where they placed first in the middle school division.

OHS earns 19 Division I ratings at music contest

Music filled the halls at Class 2A Solo and Ensemble Music Contest on Saturday, April 2 at Central Lyon. Entries from the Okoboji High School's instrumental musicians earned 10 Division I ratings as well as three Division II ratings. The high school's vocal music students earned nine Division I ratings, seven Division II ratings and a single Division III rating.

Milford Memorial Library News

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 for a presentation on the book "Breaking Free From Rigid Boxes" by local author Diana Koppen. The program will include an overview of Marion Helland’s 90 years. Diana will also be bringing “artifacts” and copies of her book to sign.

Local women attend GFWC

Lake Park members of the GFWC/Iowa Lake Park Federated Women's Club were among more than 70 women who attended the 94th annual state convention in Okoboji last week. The attendees heard from Liz Markert, whose daughter Emily received donated lungs.

Community briefs 05-04-22

Spirit Lake Library to honor Hinderman

The Friends of the Spirit Lake Public Library will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration in honor of Senor Cliff Hinderman. Come and celebrate this local favorite with cake and lemonade. Please consider writing down your stories about Cliff so they may be added to a scrapbook.

 Spirit Lake audit available

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