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Snowhawks to offer snowmobile course

The Dickinson County Snowhawks are offering a public snowmobile education course. The course will is at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake. The course is open to those ages 12 and up. Cost is $10 for Dickinson County Snowhawks Members and $15 for non-members. A social security number is required. Snacks, lunch and beverages will be provided.

Dickinson SWCD to meeting

The Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at at the district office. A tentative agenda will include: approving the minutes of the last meeting, treasurer's report and bills, reviewing the mail, approving cost share applications, amendments and vouchers, receiving NRCS and District reports, old and new business and planning for the next meeting. The SWCD Foundation monthly meeting will also be held on the Dec. 15.

BVU event explores the role of protest

As part of Buena Vista University's "First Amendment Week," the campus hosted Iowa activist Ed Fallon for a discussion Thursday, "Protesting in America."
The events lead up to the 215th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights, Dec.15.

Thank you from the Vaage family

The Vaage family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your kind words, thoughtful gifts, supportive prayers and humble service toward our family following the unexpected death of our beloved husband and father, Pastor Bob Vaage. We were inspired by how the entire community came together to honor his life. Bob would have loved the common goodwill evident that day.

Q&A: 21st Century Cures Act

__Q: What is the "21st Century Cures Act?"__

Thank you for voting

The people of Iowa once again showed they are among the most civically-minded in the nation, thanks to their turnout in the 2016 general election. More than 1.58 million Iowans made their voice heard. Iowa's 72 percent turnout ranks among the top five states in the country for voter participation.

Unending gratitude for our military families

This year, I was fortunate to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Force Base surrounded by some of our nation's finest men and women in uniform. I had the opportunity to visit with two Iowa companies stationed at Bagram: the B Company, 2-211th AVN, and the 185th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion. While my visit was far too brief, it filled me with gratitude knowing that Iowans are providing such outstanding support in defense of our freedoms.

Sirens 12-14

Joseph Rummens, 23, of Windom, Minnesota, was charged with shoplifting at 9:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at 2200 17th Street in Spirit Lake.
Alexis Smith, 31, of Windom, Minnesota, was charged with shoplifting at 9:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at 2200 17th Street in Spirit Lake.
Dylan Haldeman, 22, of Mt. Lake, Minnesota, was charged with shoplifting at 9:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at 2200 17th Street in Spirit Lake.

South Dickinson Community fund report released

Secretary Betty Naab passed along the gratitude of the South Dickinson Community Fund Board of Directors who would like to express their thanks to the residents of South Dickinson County. Contributors made it possible for the board to distribute $11,400 to the following agencies listed below as designated by the contributors.

Ethanol, biodiesel retailer award nominations sought

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, Dec. 9, encouraged Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the Secretary's Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize fuel retailers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels. Awards are presented for both the marketing of ethanol and biodiesel.

State grants target affordable housing

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors has approved a total of more than $6.2 million in grants to 25 local housing trust funds to support local affordable housing initiatives, which will assist 2,326 Iowa families. The funding is provided from the State Housing Trust Fund's Local Housing Trust Fund program.

Fitzgerald offers tips to protect your gift cards

Over the years, gift cards have become one of the most popular gift items to give and receive. State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants Iowa consumers to make sure they take full advantage of their gift cards.

Crop Advantage Series to bring crop information to Okoboji

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to Okoboji on Jan. 5 for the 2017 Crop Advantage Series. The meeting location is Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Auction raises $30,000 for Autumn's Center

At the end of October, 117 community members came together to raise $30,000 in Orange City at a dessert auction to support northwest Iowa children. Proceeds from the dessert auction will benefit Autumn's Center, a regional children's center in Spencer, serving children up to age 21 who have experienced abuse, neglect, bullying, grief, loss, divorce of parents, parental substance abuse or who have developmental conditions such as autism.

Nature Center to explore history of yule logs

Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees -- but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from?
Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Kenue Park in Okoboji.

'LAWRENCE WELK SHOW' PERFORMERS: Lennon Sisters to appear at area venue

The Lennon Sisters, entertainment icons for the past 60 years, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Wild Rose Casino and Resort.
As one of the most acclaimed, admired and longest performing female vocal groups in popular music, The Lennon Sisters are entertainment icons who have captivated audiences with their legendary harmonies throughout a dazzling 60 year career.

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