Nebraska law cracks down on invasive carp

One fish, two fish Asian carp fish … no fish. It’s not exactly Dr. Seuss’ original story line, but it is what can happen when an invasive species such as Asian carp enters a lake. Asian carp are voracious eaters. They deplete the food supply for native fish, said Karie Decker, invasive species program coordinator … Read more

Nature Center hosts butterfly festival

The Nature Center hosted the Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was a great event for families and children on the rainy day, as they could tag a butterfly to later track its flight south. Children could also create butterfly wings, puppets, and cloth paintings that involved … Read more

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

Westergard receives photo contest prize

Iowa Great Lakes Association Executive Director Phil Petersen presented Sue Westergard with the prize check for her winning entry in the Iowa Great Lakes Association’s Photo Contest. Westergard receive $250 for the winning photo. The People’s Choice Contest Continues. Vote today on our facebook page.

Corvette Show lines Park with classics

Another rainy Saturday morning brought rain at the beginning of the Corvette Show Saturday, August 11. Corvettes lined the road surrounding the Arnold’s Park Amusement Park. There were old and new and all sorts of colors. People of all ages were enjoying the annual activity! [nggallery id=26]

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute in session

Iowa Great Lakes Association board member Tom Koehn hosted an event for this year’s Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute students Monday, Aug. 6 at his West Okoboji lake home. Area business leaders and members of the Iowa Great Lakes Corridor’s Club E (E for Entrepreneurs) were also invited to attend. The evening kicked off with an informal social … Read more

Creative culture featured at Art in the Park

Despite rain in the morning, the annual Art in the Park festival took place at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park! There were lots of wonderful artists showing off their gorgeous and unique works of art! [nggallery id=25]

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