Okoboji Yacht Club kicks off 80th season

The Okoboji Yacht Club kicked off its 80th season on Friday, June 1 with it’s first Friday social of the season. The current Okoboji Yacht Club is located on South Manhattan Beach. The yacht club leases the facility from the Okoboji Sailing School. Construction started on the current sailing facility in September, 1997 and was … Read more

Arnolds Park Amusement Park opens for 2012 season

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park opened for the 2012 season the weekend of May 19-20. A family fun free night was held Friday, May 18 despite a bit of rainfall, and the annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) Program Day was held on the 19th with students from several regional schools. The amusement park … Read more

Walleye Weekend draws record number of anglers, no tagged fish caught

A record 2,064 anglers registered and took to the Iowa Great Lakes this weekend for the 30th Annual Easter Seals Iowa Great Walleye Weekend, a 36-hour fishing tournament to benefit the Easter Seals of Iowa. This year’s competition featured a record prize of $30,000 for catching one of the six DNR-tagged Walleye released in the area, … Read more

Yesterdays Restaurant opens for the season

One of the official marks that the Okoboji summer season has arrived is the opening of some of our favorite seasonal businesses. Yesterdays, the area’s premier seafood restaurant for more than 25 years, opened its doors for the season on Thursday, April 26. The restaurant is located on Broadway Street in Arnolds Park. Owners Duane … Read more

Earth Day event celebrates life and impact of Rachel Carson’s work

Supporters of Earth Day and the Dickinson County Nature Center were treated with a special Earth Day event this year as actress and playwright Kaiulani Lee performed her one woman play “A Sense of Wonder” Saturday evening, April 14 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The show was sponsored by the Maser Family Foundation, Wildwood … Read more

Winter Games go on with events off the ice

Questionable ice conditions did not stop the University of Okoboji Winter Games from hosting a fun-filled weekend Jan. 27-19 in the Iowa Great Lakes. A handful of events were cancelled and a few more were relocated because warm temperatures earlier this winter created unsafe ice conditions on Smith’s Bay – the usual location for most … Read more

Oktoberfest Coverage

More than 300 bicyclists enjoyed a Saturday filled with sunshine during the annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Bike Ride. The riders traveled 27.47 miles around West Lake Okoboji with a kick off at Arrowwood in Okoboji.