Okoboji – A Winter Wonderland

There’s been this idea that people have passed around about Okoboji over the years, and I even believed it a bit myself when I was younger - that there’s nothing to do in Okoboji when the summer ends and it starts getting cold. Everyone goes away and the area shuts ...
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Hard Work Breathes Success for Norris in Toronto

Spirit Lake Native Wins Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon With a fist pump of excitement, Spirit Lake native Will Norris accomplished a dream when he was first to cross the finish line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon in a time of 1:05:30. The international race was held October 21, 2018, ...
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Hope & Help to Older Adults

It’s easy to feel discouraged and depressed during the long and dreary winter months. The days can be long and hard, providing numerous challenges from the cold, snow, and ice. These cold days impact everyone’s ability to get out and about the community, but difficulties especially increase for older adults ...
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Heartfelt Pain Provides Inspiration to Others

Levi and Shai Markwardt and Alissa Van Middendorp Compete with Team USA in November. With hands torn up and sweat running down her face, Alissa (Christoffer) Van Middendorp didn’t have anything else to give. The Team USA competitor stood on an international platform at the Kettlebell IKMF World Championship Marathon ...
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YMCA is There for ALL Ages – Strengthening the Community

There are few buildings in Dickinson County that bring together the entire community and surrounding area. Fewer still draw in all age groups on a regular basis. On any given day, the Bedell YMCA is a meeting place for families, older adults, and students. Programming is created for all ages, ...
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Make Meal Planning a Priority for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Hy-Vee’s Dietitian Abby Kipfer Provides Tips for Eating Healthy When life seems crazy, it can be difficult to prioritize and plan nutritional meals and snacks for your household. It’s sometimes easier to reach for frozen pizza or go through a fast food drive through. While both can be enjoyed now ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Listening to books is an interesting experience. I think you take away different things, and the performance can really sway one’s opinion on the book. However, it’s a wonderful way to discover more literature and take time otherwise spent driving to enjoy ...
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Cyndee’s Cooking Corner

This issue of Lake Life magazine provided a challenge for me to incorporate the three themes of Winter Games, Weddings and Wellness into my recipes. At first, I let out a deep sigh. It’s winter people! Don’t you know? The time of year I hibernate and I just want to ...
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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Preparing for a wedding can be a bit stressful. You can become so focused on the big things such as booking the venue, the menu, and the guest list, it can easily become overwhelming and something little is forgotten. After your special day has come and gone, you don't want ...
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Okoboji Weddings Bridal Affair

For any engaged couple, the Okoboji Weddings Bridal Affair on Feb. 17 is the place to be. There will be over 40 vendors showcasing their talents, whether they are a DJ or a caterer. There are cake designers, bridal gowns, and even a limo service. Held in the Wimbledon Room ...
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Bringing Dreams To Life All Year Long

Grand Occasions Hosts Okoboji Weddings Bridal Fair in February Magical dreams come to life at Grand Occasions. With over twenty years of local event experience, Grand Occasions' passion is to create the unforgettable wedding or party. From the linens to the centerpieces, this design and rental boutique knows how to ...
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2019 Style Guide for Brides

THE BOLD BOW The soft and romantic bow is back! This trend isn't shocking, but it is making a huge comeback for 2019! THE SHAPED TRAIN Shaped train gowns are made for the classic yet modern bride! This new take on a traditional train is both unexpected and refreshing! OFF ...
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Deck the Halls of Christmas Throughout Your Home

Tips for Holiday Decorating This Season The aura of the Christmas season often centers on a gorgeous Christmas tree, lights, and other decorations scattered around your home. Decorating takes place together as a family or as a surprise for when they come through the door. It’s a beautiful season where ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and currently living in the literary hub of Portland, Maine! I have Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction, and now hope to begin a novel writing career. As with most writers, one of ...
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The Nutcracker: American Midwest Ballet Company

Local Dancers Join American Midwest Ballet Company for Performances November 30 - December 1 The tale of a little girl at Christmas, her toy nutcracker and their adventure into a kingdom of sweets has become a family tradition for so many during the holiday season. This well-known story of The ...
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