Vision Iowa – Arnolds Park Requests $1-Million Grant

President Bill VanOrsdel and community leaders were in Sioux City to present Vision Iowa with a grant request for their “Restore the Park” campaign. Visit www.arnoldspark.com to learn more about this exciting campaign to restore our park back to its glory days.   #restorethepark #iglapromotes #iglaprotects

Lake Independence turns green; residents sue

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Aug. 21, 2012 10 years after Lake Independence was declared polluted, frustrated lakeshore owners are suing dairy farmer. By mid-summer, Lake Independence is a slimy, gooey mess that grows greener every year, the result of too much fertilizer washing into its waters and jump-starting algae and other aquatic weeds. Frustrated by … Read more

Fisheries biologist receives award

Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stationed at Spirit Lake, received the Ace Cory Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the Okoboji Protective Association (OPA) on July 28, at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. The Ace Cory Conservation Award honors an individual who has contributed substantially to the betterment of the … Read more

Aquatic Invasive Species meeting planned for July 30

For the last two years the State of Minnesota has been strengthening their Aquatic Invasive Species laws. Last fall, Iowa Great Lakes residents asked the DNR and legislature to strengthen Iowa’s AIS laws. Something happened and the AIS changes was not properly drafted for presentation to the legislature. Attached is a DNR letter that explains … Read more

Reighard named new conservation officer

Boaters will encounter a new, yet familiar face on the Iowa Great Lakes this summer. Steve Reighard, a longtime park ranger in the Gull Point State Park Complex, has been selected as a new conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Dickinson County.

Cougar Shot In SW Minnesota

(Round Lake, Mn.,Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) – An investigation is underway into the shooting of a cougar in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the animal was shot Monday morning in Round Lake Township, just north of the Iowa border. The cougar reportedly weighed 125 pounds and was 74 inches long. Cougars … Read more