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Minor injuries reported after Arnolds Park collision downs light pole

One person was reported to have minor injuries following a collision the morning of March 14 in the 300 block of Highway 71 in Arnolds Park — near Casey's Convenience Store. The accident also downed a light pole.

Matuska Taxidermy earns ESGR's Patriot Award

Steve Waller and Duane Bates, volunteers with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recently presented the organization's Patriot Award to Mandy Swart, supervisor of Matuska Taxidermy Supply in Spirit Lake, as well as owners Tom and Vickie Matuska.

Ruth Ann And Joe Loebach Nursing Memorial Scholarship established at ILCC

Iowa Lakes Community College recently announced a newly endowed nursing scholarship, established in 2024 by the Loebach family, which will be available starting in fall 2024. The Ruth Ann and Joe Loebach Nursing Scholarship is a tribute to Ruth Ann's exceptional academic achievements, compassionate nature and profound dedication to patient care.

LRH named Top 20 rural and community hospital for third time

Lakes Regional Healthcare was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association, based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health using the Hospital Strength Index. This is the third time Lakes Regional Healthcare has received this honor.

Spencer Hospital among nation’s top 20 rural, community hospitals

The National Rural Health Association recently named Spencer Hospital as one of the 20 highest-ranking rural and community hospitals in the country among approximately 800 mid-sized facilities.

Sirens 03-21-24

Leo Hayes, age 18, of Van Meter was charged with invasion of privacy on Friday, Feb. 23. A Spirit Lake Police report indicated the offense occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 in the 2700 block of Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake Library News 03-21-24

Mary Jo Daniels, a Spirit Lake native, will be showing her rock artwork at the Spirit Lake Library in a special display. Some may recall when she displayed several of her rock art pictures a few years ago at the SLPL.

Milford Memorial Library News 03-21-24

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Arnolds Park Library for Paint Night at the Library. This month, Kathy will lead us though a simple watercolor landscape painting. All supplies are provided by the libraries. Spots are limited so pre-register at Arnolds Park Public Library, Spirit Lake Public Library, or Milford Memorial Library. The cost is $15 for registration. Registrants will need to pay prior to the event to secure their spot. You may also register by going to MML’s website.

Hamrick named mortgage loan originator at Northwest Bank in Arnolds Park

Nicole Evans, bank president of Northwest Bank in Arnolds Park and Milford, recently announced LeAnne Hamrick as Mortgage Loan Originator in Arnolds Park. Hamrick specializes in assisting individuals with financing for home purchases, refinancing existing mortgage loans and new home construction financing. She enjoys developing relationships with customers and helping them reach their home ownership goals.

Wagner among student researchers celebrated during U of I's annual ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

David Wagner of Spirit Lake is one of more than 80 University of Iowa undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars blazing new trails in research, scholarship and creative activities in fields — ranging from microbiology to astronomy and artificial intelligence to historical women's fashions.

Community Briefs 03-21-24

Bridal shower to be held for Dreeszen

A bridal shower will be held in honor of Brianna Dreeszen from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Spirit Lake American Legaion - 1102 15th Street in Spirit Lake. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Lisa Dreeszen by calling 712-380-5137 by Tuesday, March 26. The couple is registered at Amazon and Walmart.

Saugstad to speak at ILUUF

State subcommittee passes bill which could grant armed school staff qualified immunity

A bill aimed at removing insurance barriers for Iowa schools interested in arming employees is expected to head to the Iowa Senate soon for debate — if successful, the bill would then head to the governor's desk to become law.

'Overwhelming evidence of his guilt'

•Iowa Court of Appeals upholds Goyne-Yarns' 2022 murder conviction

The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of a Spirit Lake man found guilty of murdering the mother of his children outside her place of work February of 2022.

DOT says Highway 71 repaving on track as project's third phase begins

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say the homestretch is in sight as construction crews resumed work along Highway 71 this week.

Veterans Foundation aims to trim plaza project costs during joint meeting

County officials now have an overall estimated price for proposed upgrades to the Veterans Memorial Plaza outside the county courthouse, but they're hoping some additional discussion later this month will help save on the projected costs.

Minnesota man gets 5 years for enticing minor

A Minnesota man accused of enticing a minor in Dickinson County in 2021 has been convicted by a Palo Alto County court and sentenced to five years in prison.

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