Citizens voice comments on Aquatic Invasive Species legislation

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a meeting in Spirit Lake Monday, July 30 at the Dickinson County Expo Building to accept comments on a proposal to the 2013 Iowa Legislature which would change the Iowa code as it relates to aquatic invasive species. About 25 concerned citizens were in attendance to hear … Read more

Wood Boats grace Arnolds Park

Despite the rain and storms on Saturday, July 28, there were some brave owners of wooden boats who brought their treasures out to Arnolds Park for people to see. [nggallery id=23]

Okoboji Yacht Club hosts lobster social

The Okoboji Yacht Club hosted its annual lobster fest on Friday, July 27. The event is one of the best attended socials for the club each summer. [nggallery id=22]

U of O Homecoming

The University of Okoboji races – marathon, triathlon, half-marathon, and 10k were Saturday, July 21! The marathon started bright and early at 6 a.m., with the next race starting at 7! Congrats to all he participants of all the races! [nggallery id=21]

Blue green algae causing problems on Big Spirit Lake

Courtesy of Explore Okoboji – Fri 7-20-2012 (Orleans)– Blue-green algae is starting to make an appearance on some of the Iowa Great Lakes. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resouces tells KUOO news it’s most notable right now on Big Spirit Lake. Hawkins says people and pets should stay away … Read more

Western event benefits Trails

The Dickinson County Trails Board hosted the Boots & Boogie Bike Bash fundraiser Friday evening at the Pavillion at Arnolds Park. The event raised thousands of dollars for the Dickinson County Trails System. With a country theme, guests were invited to come in costume, enjoy country cuisine, and try line dancing. [nggallery id=20] See additional … Read more

DNR officials discuss invasive species, lake levels at Iowa Great Lakes meeting

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gathered this week in the Iowa Great Lakes area to meet with local leaders and discuss important issues relating to lake levels and invasive species. Attendees included DNR Director Chuck Gipp, several DNR Bureau Chiefs, other local and state DNR officials, as well as Iowa Great … 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

Spirit Lake Days/BRASL/Wakefest

Spirit Lake hosted a string of summer events this weekend with the annual Spirit Lake Days parade, Bike Ride Around Spirit Lake (BRASL) and Wakefest, a competitive wakeboard competition. [nggallery id=18]

Art Center hosts Austin Deuel exhibit

Artist Austin Deuel was on hand for opening of his exhibit Thursday, July 12 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The Scottsdale, Ariz. artist is a sculptor, painter and muralist. He a member of the American Indian and Cowboy Artists Association. During the Vietnam era, he was a Marine combat artist (the first), completing two … Read more