Humane Society of NW Iowa Kennel Fundraising Goal Nears Finish Line

OUR DOGS' SMILES WILL GO ON FOR MILES! It won't be long before the dogs at the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa in Milford will be frolicking outside in the warm, spring air. After a fun romp around the yard or basking in the sun, the dogs will soon be ...
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Transforming a Property into a Beautiful Home

A transformation took place on the corner of 145th Street near Spirit Lake. A property that had seen better days would discourage many visitors but when Tyler and Paige Lynn walked through the disheveled space, they saw potential. "When we first looked at it, we saw with some hard work ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of ...
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For Your Recipe Box

No Churn Chocolate Malt Oreo Ice Cream 2 1/2 C Heavy Cream 1/2 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/4 C Malted Milk Powder (or use an addition 1/4 C cocoa) 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 T Vanilla Extract 2 t Instant Espresso 1 t Flaky Salt 16-20 Oreo cookies, crushed ...
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Wilson Family Captures Local History for Over a Century!

For over 100 years, a member of the Wilson family has been tracking the ice formation on the Iowa Great Lakes. This love of the water has been a lifelong affair for the family. Moving to the Lakes area in 1889, William Scott Wilson bought the Okoboji Store in 1890 ...
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Telling Stories Through Wood

Sawdust flies from the Stihl blade, like glitter dispersing into the air. The chainsaw carefully crafts the wood, shaping the trunk into a wooden masterpiece. This fall, Nate Hall of 3 Timber Studio out of Lincoln, NE created custom chainsaw sculptures for several homeowners along Lakeshore Drive in Okoboji. Each ...
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Building a Home for a Couple that Love the Sunshine

Fagen Construction Creates a Beautiful Home for Currell's Natural light pours into the bright sunroom on the south side of Jim and Phyllis Currell's new home. Over the years, the couple has had a passion for sunshine, whether it was basking in the Florida sun by the pool or out ...
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Roof Replacement Alternative Could Save A Property Owner Thousands

A vital component of any residence is a solid roof, especially in an area with a variety of weather conditions and temperature variances. One solution for increasing life expectancy of asphalt shingles is Roof Maxx, a natural, plant-based oil that replenishes evaporated petrochemical oils and restores the shingle's flexibility to ...
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Giving Your Space New Life

"A space with more organized storage, a place to store dog food and accessories, a dog kennel, a space to clean and dress birds after hunting, organized laundry area, plus a place to sit and put on shoes and hang coats, all while looking stylish." These were the requests of ...
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The Chapmans

Meant for Each OtherDylan and Brittney began writing their story together 12 years ago, ultimately tying the knot on July 8, 2023. Introduced through mutual friends, their relationship ebbed and flowed until it blossomed into the realization they were meant for one another. "We became good friends and dated and ...
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Lake Life Review

"WE'RE WILD AND FREE, WE'RE THE CLASS OF 43!"It took us a bit but the 8 of us created a cheer for our class. Most of the time we had a line before the one above, it was either we're looking good, or it was we're feeling good. None of ...
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Battle of the Bartenders Kicks-off Winter Games Festivities

A Night of Enjoyment Greatly Blesses the Community Since 1986, people have been gathering at the Iowa Great Lakes to revel in everything Winter. Some travel from a distance, while others walk out their front door for a chance to enjoy Okoboji. In 2013, Parks Marina decided to provide an ...
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An Okoboji Story Tale Wedding

Okoboji is the start of Joel and Regan's story! Not just where they were born, but where they fell in love! When the two were trying to pick the perfect location for their wedding day, it all came down to home. West Lake Okoboji - the heart of their story! ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of ...
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Experience the Magic of Jazzed Up Christmas: A Festive Big Band Extravaganza

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and there's no better way to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit than by indulging in an unforgettable evening of music and merriment. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2, when the Jazzed Up Big Band, under the guidance of managing director Rick Ayres, ...
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Walk Back in Time at the Winchester Store Museum

A hidden gem awaits guests, showcasing a slice of history that once existed in downtown Spirit Lake. Tucked away amongst the trees, a complete rendition of a 1928 Winchester Store is preserved in David and Jane Kruse's personal collection and can be viewed via private tour. David and Jane have ...
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Creating a Christmas Masterpiece

Every room tells a story! Throughout the Radcliffe home, special mementos and pictures are displayed amongst twinkling lights and Christmas decorations. Every inch is tastefully decorated for Christmas and welcomes visitors throughout the holiday season. "Christmas is a special time for me," said Carla Radcliffe, Interior Designer and owner of ...
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Bringing a Historic Building Back to Life

Memory lane has Neil Slater excitedly walking down the sidewalk for the first day of school at Arnolds Park. A "park rat" from Kindergarten through sixth grade, he considers his favorite class PE or maybe the one he didn't create havoc for the teacher. When he was in seventh grade, ...
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For Your Recipe Box

Dad's Chili 1 lb Hamburger, browned 1 pkg Chili-O Powder 2 cans Mrs Grimes Chili Beans in Sauce 1 qt Tomatoes, crushed In a large pot brown hamburger, drain Crush canned tomatoes with a fork. These can be home canned tomatoes or store bought To browned meat add all ingredients ...
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For Your Recipe Box

PB & J Fruit Pizza 1 Tortilla shell Peanut Butter Jelly or Jam Favorite Fruits Bake Tortilla shell for 10 minutes at 375º flat on oven rack. Remove and cool. Spread peanut butter over entire tortilla shell. Drizzle your favorite Jelly or Jam, I chose Raspberry jam. Sprinkle with your ...
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A Farm Boy from Spirit Lake

A farm boy from Spirit Lake never imagined the adventures he'd experience after graduating from Diamond Lake No. 1 in eighth grade. Bob Boettcher not only impacted countless engineering projects across the State, but he also served as mayor of Spirit Lake from 1979-1989. He served in World War 2 ...
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Fair Days

Fair Builds Community When the gates open on Sept. 9 at the Clay County Fair (CCF), young and old will excitedly pour onto the 222-acre fairgrounds to pet baby calves, enjoy world-class entertainment, talk to hundreds of vendors and eat yummy fair food. Blue-ribbon competitions showcase everything from cakes, photography ...
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Escape to Estherville

Enjoy a hike in beautiful Fort Defiance State Park, canoe down the West Fork of the Des Moines River, or fish or hunt in one of the many surrounding public areas. Visitors can learn more about the fallen meteorite while checking out Estherville's history at the Emmet County Historical Museum. ...
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Dee’s Bee and Butterfly Festival

It's a beautiful sight to observe the journey of the Monarch butterfly. Every year, the colorful orange and black butterflies travel south in the early fall and then reside in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico during the winter months. Some of the Monarch butterflies start their migration journey from ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of ...
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Lake Life Review

Another summer and another tractor ride in the books! 2023 was my 9th year participating in the annual Tractor Ride Around West Lake (T.R.A.W.L.) that the Okoboji FFA puts on.  For those of you who don't know what it is, I am sure you have seen or heard it make ...
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Mexican Food At Its Finest Carrying On The Tradition

The tantalizing smells rising from the kitchen at the renown Taco House in Milford regularly draw people to its doors. People are willing to wait, often lining up behind the brick windows to order the famous beef tacos or Nachos Royal. From mid-March to late October, limited advertising draws hundreds ...
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Years of Stocking Fish in the Iowa Great Lakes

Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery Plays Vital Role in Area Fish Production In the late 1800s, fish were so plentiful in the Iowa Great Lakes, people came with their spears and hooks to fish from miles around.  "At the time, there were so many fish, people would catch and throw the ...
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Changing Lives By Transforming Living Space

Arnolds Park Amusement Park Builds New Dormitory for Seasonal Employees A beautiful new three-story building has arisen from the old Parkside Cottages just south of Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park. On Friday, May 19, the community and park staff met to celebrate the completion of the new dormitory for the ...
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Second Annual Animal House Beach Clean-Up

The second annual Animal House Beach Clean-up took place on June 1, with over 75 participants partnering with Animal House, Unsalted No Sharks and Pura Vida to clean up ten popular spots in the Iowa Great Lakes area. The locations included five different beaches in the Okoboji area, including Arnolds ...
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Gingham Inn — A Lakes Area Tradition

When you're craving Grandma's chicken, Gingham Inn To Go in Spirit Lake is the place to stop! The popular restaurant brings years of Lakes Area traditions to the community and is one of the few places to find pan-fried chicken. This Lakes Area tradition initially opened in the early 1900s ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of ...
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Lake Life Review

A morning on the water with Doug Burns Your local fishing guide for the Iowa Great Lakes! For those of us who love getting outside and spending a day on the water chasing fish, we are fortunate to live in such a great community with endless opportunities to do so. ...
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For Your Recipe Box

Baked Chicken Taquitos 2-3 Chicken Breast 8 oz Cream Cheese 1 Ranch Seasoning Packet Bacon (Optional) Flour Tortillas Shredded Cheese Cook and shred chicken. Add shredded chicken to softened cream cheese and ranch, mix well. Add in bacon (optional). Portion out chicken into tortilla and sprinkle with shredded cheese, roll ...
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A Generational Haven For Over 70 Years

Tradition Starts at Triggs Bay Resort For over 70 years, Triggs Bay Resort has been an Okoboji vacation destination for families near and far. The popular family-owned resort is tucked in a bay on the south side of East Lake Okoboji and located in the heart of Okoboji summer fun. ...
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Visit Lake Park

A great place to spend a vacation or a lifetime! Silver Lake A Thousand Acres of Fun The community of Lake Park has grown around the south and east sides of Silver Lake. The lake is 1,041 acres in size with over nine miles of shoreline and has an average ...
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Public Beaches

The pristine blue waters of the Iowa Great Lakes have drawn visitors forhundreds of years. This group of natural lakes were formed along the southwest edge of the Des Moines lob ice sheet, as the glacier pushed south into Iowa. The deepest part of West Lake Okoboji is 136 feet ...
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Discover Immense Beauty Underwater

Boji Divers Provide Diving Service to the Iowa Great Lakes Deep below the surface, a whole new world awaits - treasures, history, and nature. The beauty found in the underwater environment captivates and continuously draws Boji Divers Jose Barba and Kevin Pernick to its depths. "Every piece of water I've ...
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Lake Life Likes

CALICO Our family's favorite type of games are strategy games. Occasionally, we will have family or guests over that play a game based off of mostly luck. To get my husband to play one of those usually takes a look from me that says...without saying...be nice and play the game ...
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Shining Hope At A Difficult Time

Kings & Queens Local Provides Support to Foster and Adoptive Families A hurting and scared child doesn't usually understand the unexpected removal from their home or realize their "ordinary" wasn't necessarily everyone else's normal. Depending on their age, the whirlwind of new and unexpected change can also add to the ...
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Lake Life Review

To be continued… Usually that is at the end of an article. But back in November, I didn't know my winter planter would have a "to be continued" to it! So…I am adding it to the beginning of this review… Do you recall in my article about my winter planter, ...
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Sharing Happiness Through Beautiful Floral Arrangements

April (Zinn) Junge has always viewed life through a lens of artistic creativity! While her sister Holly creates masterpieces through paint and paper, April's art is found in her flowers and how she puts together beautiful floral arrangements. "Throughout my life, I've always enjoyed flowers and their different textures - ...
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For Your Recipe Box

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta halfbakedharvest.com 1 (8 oz) Jar Oil-Packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed 4 t Italian Seasoning 1 t Paprika or Smoked Paprika 3/4 C Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 T Salted Butter 1 Medium Shallot, chopped 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped 1 lb Short ...
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Stay-Properties Transform Local History and Offer Beautiful Short-Term Rentals

In the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes, there are a mixture of colorful properties available for short-term rentals. Whether staying for a week in the summer or desire a quiet getaway in the fall, Stay-Cation properties offer a wonderful opportunity to be close to the action. Many of these ...
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Lee Custom Homes Create A Beautiful Haven

One Sunday afternoon in 2016, Jim and Mette Malek decided to take a drive north. They were loving their life in Sioux City but felt called to visit their roots. As a child, Jim spent many summer days fishing along Sandbar Beach and Mette grew up in Estherville. Inching towards ...
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Silo Ridge Peony Farm Welcomes Vistors

In early summer, Silo Ridge Peony Farm west of Milford will welcome guests for the first time to experience a field of blooms. During peak bloom, 7,000 peony plants will display their immense beauty that will be awe-dropping for visitors and is inspiring to the owner. For Shelly Derner and ...
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Lake Life Likes

DOMINION It is the game that started a new genre: Deckbuilding. Rio Grande Games came up with this game back in 2008, and since, they have added countless expansion packs. The thing about this game, you may say it has A LOT of rules. But really there is just the ...
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Homes For Heroes Helping Local Heroes Buy and Sell Homes

Local Realtor®, Erica Schultes, is always looking to give back to her community and discovered a way to serve those who serve others. Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, the Iowa Great Lakes quickly became a second home to her as she and her family would vacation in the area. "I ...
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Lake Life Review

Oh, the places we go. Or did we go? This time KT from Broadway Market Place of Paullina came to us with the supplies to make wreaths, right here, cozied up in the office space where Lake Life is housed within the United States Powertrain building. Broadway Marketplace didn't do ...
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For Your Recipe Box

Chicken and Quinoa Minestrone Author: Marian Cooper Cairns For The Soup: 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, sliced 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 6 c. chicken stock 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed 2 tsp. dried basil 2 tsp. dried oregano ...
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Summer Wedding Spectacular by Anne Sampson

Sunny days, cool blue water, fireworks lighting the night sky - these are things that make Lake Okoboji special. So when Kelly Elliott's clients launched their life together, they chose to start here. In June 2022, the couple exchanged wedding vows and created a four-day celebration encompassing all the best ...
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Lil Is A Man’s Best Friend

Dogs have a way of warming our hearts and our lives in a powerful way. Lily Plum, a beautiful golden retriever, has done exactly that this past year, as she loves on readers at the Arnolds Park Public Library, local schools and nursing homes, and eventually the Veterans Affairs Hospital ...
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Lake Life Review

Say CHEESE! To say I was a bit self-conscious about this review would be a major understatement. I mean, doesn't everyone love close up photos of their face...let alone their teeth! I guess that is why I got recruited to do the review, Susan didn't want any close up photos ...
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Stories Of Ice Harvesting On The Iowa Great Lakes

Hard labor not for the weary took place every winter for two weeks until the early 1950s. Chunks of ice were cut from our area lakes and moved into warehouses, railcars or trucks, where they were later sent by rail throughout the Midwest or delivered via trucks to area communities. ...
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Lakes Ice Arena Is A Hub Of Excitement And Activity

There are many winter days where the Iowa Great Lakes turns into a winter tundra. The wind howls and the snow flies! For some, the conditions once calm then create the perfect landscape for winter fun. But for our local hockey team, they were grateful for the completion of the ...
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Hi-Lo Club Opens in Spectacular Fashion on New Year’s Eve

A welcoming aura greets guest as they walk through the double red doors of the newly remodeled Hi-Lo Club in Lakefield. Under new ownership, Jim and Tresa Hussong have transformed the supper club with 1950's rat pack fashion and excitedly opened the restaurant to the public on New Year's Eve ...
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A Special Day

Seth and Emily may have attended rival schools throughout their life, but they didn't let their schooling differences effect their relationship. They both graduated from Dickinson County High Schools in 2017; Seth went to Okoboji and later attended South Dakota State University. Emily graduated from Spirit Lake and received her ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and just recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

This holiday season seems busier than usual for me! Your guests will be impressed with your creative culinary talents. Toffee Delights bring together a salty and sweet combination that will bring back memories of Christmas past. Add some chocolate and pecans to enhance the toffee even more. The Delights freeze ...
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Creating Memories For Families

The holidays are often filled with special traditions for many families. The Downing family in Milford loves that their own Christmas traditions create memories for countless families in the area, similar to Brian's memories as a child. "Our family loves Christmas time and creating family traditions," Brian said. "When I ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

One Day in December by Josie Silver A perfect festive drink & a perfect Christmas read!! Absolutely loved this one. "Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who ...
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Sharing A Passion For The Wild to The World

Meticulous perfection. Tom Matuska shapes each individual hair onto the form, creating a realistic masterpiece that showcases passion for nature and the wild. Since 1974, Matuska Taxidermy has been crafting authentic mounts, as well as teaching future taxidermists and developing a growing company that supplies the world with taxidermy supplies ...
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Creating Beautiful Homes For Christmas

The creative juices flow and the possibilities are endless when Karla Kopsas makes wreaths. A mason by day and wreath-maker by night, this successful businesswoman loves her creative outlet at her shop along Highway 86. The idea behind Little Greek Girl Wreaths was born in 2016, when Karla was shopping ...
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Spreading Joy Throughout the Community

Every Christmas, a special tree spreads joy and hope through countless homes in the Spencer community. Through the Tree of Joy, the spirit of Christmas visits over 100 grateful kids and their families because of the generosity of Spencer Jaycees, local businesses, and Upper Des Moines in Clay County. For ...
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Larry Dixon Lives Life To The Fullest

As a child, you dream about being a grown-up and imagine yourself in different occupations. For Larry Dixon, he knew at a young age that he loved music, wrestling, and wanted to be a chiropractor. "I learned young that I had the passion and purpose for these gifts and that ...
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Lake Life Review

Planter pots...is that what you would call them? Every year, I see social media flood with people's winter planters that they either put together themselves or bought, and I love them all. I've always thought I would love to make one but have been WAY too intimidated-I didn't even know ...
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Celebrating Rock N’ Roll Music Association

Iowa Rock and Roll Association's Hall of Fame Weekend Celebrates 25Years The festival kicks off with a Rock the Roof Concert on Thursday evening, September 1, with The Expressions. On Friday, September 2, The Seven Sons and The Fabulous Flippers will be taking the stage at the Roof Garden, in ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Fall is my favorite time of year only,  second to summer. I have a fondness for chilled mornings, sunny afternoons, and mellow evenings with an intimate fire. "Breakfast Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal" brings a warming sensation to all your senses. It fills you up with all the comfort and fiber ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand I absolutely love an Elin Hilderbrand story every year that transports me to Nantucket, a place I have never visited in real life, but could tell you so much about simply from reading all of her books. That's how vivid her descriptions are, you ...
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Mouthwatering Flavors Found on Market Street

Blurry Bigfoot Bakery and Bistro Opens in Lake Park Enjoying the Tour de France in 2016, Shelley and Paige Morris stayed in St. Maxine and woke up every morning to the delicious smells of freshly baked bread and pastries filtering through their door. "There would be a bakery on almost ...
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Taking Time To Play

This 72-year-old retiree is enjoying life in the fast lane. Selling A&B Welding in May 2015, Arlin Kiel has been taking time to play. "After 46 years in the welding business, providing general contracting services in the liquid fertilizer and chemical construction industry, we thought it was time for a ...
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Spillway Dam Creates Water Level Consistency For Big Spirit

The lakes we enjoy for fishing, boating, and swimming are remnants of a retreating glacier, known as the Des Moines Glacier Lobe. This ice sheet held much of Canada and the northern United States in a frigid grip. As temperatures warmed and the ice sheet melted, it gradually retreated northward, ...
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Lake Life Review

Hello, my name is Susan and I can't get enough of VR. Okay the title of this isn't 100% true...until now. I had never done any games in the Virtual Reality world. I am in my 40s. I grew up with Atari, then Nintendo, then SUPER Nintendo and by the ...
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Simply Delicious By Cyndee Dather

I really love to cook and bake, but decided I want to spend as much time as possible outside this summer. I feel like I lost two years of my life because of the pandemic isolation. I have been perusing the calendar of events that the area is offering this ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn I love a good historical fiction novel, especially set in World War II but as much as I have read on this time period, I have never experienced it quite like this. The Diamond Eye is based on a true story & focuses on ...
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A Night At The Ballpark

SLYAA Triple Play Project will Transform Spirit Lake Little League Fields Stepping up to the plate, the butterflies are going as the batter plants his feet. The pitcher stares stoically back, daring the hitter to take a swing. Every year, countless boys and girls gain valuable life lessons during a ...
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A Hidden Gem Along Big Spirit Lake

Templar Park Once Home to a Grand Resort for the Templar Knights of Iowa For those driving along the west side of Big Spirit Lake today, it can be hard to imagine the splendor of days past. Many areas once visited by thousands hide their treasures beneath prairie grass and ...
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Learning Without Walls

No Boundaries Teaches Students Lifelong Skills Lilly and Beans scramble up the catwalk along the wall, while Charles and Khloe lounge near the couch in the sun, licking their paws. Faith and Dylan play with toys in the corner. The new meet and greet room at the Humane Society of ...
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Lake Affect Brings Together the Okoboji Community

Damon Dotson's Music Continues to Make Waves Dreams once never imagined have come true for Okoboji's musician Damon Dotson. Growing up on Miller's Bay, Damon loved music but saw himself more as a sports guy. He played the drums all the way through school and found success with Okoboji's award-winning ...
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Lake Life Review

What's SUP!?!?!?! That is right! On our adventures out and about we went paddleboarding. Well, not only paddleboarding but we did Paddleboard Yoga. I don't know who thought this was a brilliant idea. ONE....I have never paddleboarded, TWO I have never done yoga. What was I thinking? I believe what ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Memorial Day Weekend is "my" official first day of summer and entertaining can begin for me. Dual purpose and/or presentation of food items is the theme. Lazy Day Lemonade is sweetened by your choice of sugar, maple syrup, grenadine, honey or sugar substitute. Pick one or a combination. Love peanut ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I have so much to say about this beautiful book! I was in a huge reading slump when I picked this one up, and couldn't find a book that captured my attention. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry could not ...
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Dive Deep Into the Passionate World of Award-Winning Author, H.D. Thomson

Multi award-winning author, H.D. Thomson loves everything about books. This local author has a passion for creating other worlds where tortured heroes and ordinary people are placed in extraordinary circumstances and over time rise to the occasion. "Diving deep into other worlds and becoming the characters I create, where I ...
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Generations Have Enjoyed Memorial Park in Spirit Lake

For years, children of all ages have found Memorial Park in Spirit Lake a favorite place to relax and have fun. Today, on any hot, summer day, you will find boys and girls running through the streams of water at the popular splash pad or playing on the nearby, colorful ...
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Jackson Center for the Arts Brings Color to Town With Interactive Art Walk

"Greetings from Jackson!" This colorful mural placed on the south side of the Senior Dining Center welcomes guests entering from the south. The bright colors illuminate the seven 4x8 panels, representing what many love and know about their community. One of four interactive murals designed by local artist Blaise Jacobsen ...
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The Thrill of the Water

Boji Surf Co Embodies the Okoboji Boating Lifestyle Splashes of water rise high into the air, the board skimming over the surface, twists and turns and a thirst for another peak. The thrill of riding the crashing waves entices many water enthusiasts! For Rob Rodriguez, owner and founder of Boji ...
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Lake Life Review

Do we have the place for you this summer! Actually anytime of the year! For this issue, we went into the Alley's of Arnolds Park and found the Throwing Post. Have you been? YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! There is nothing to be afraid of. Just newly sharpened axes being ...
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Big Dreams Become Reality with Oak Hill Outdoor Marina

Play, Shop, and Party LOAKAL! Cultivating an ongoing family passion for entrepreneurship and the joy of outdoors, Oak Hill President and Owners Tim and Jennifer Sather have taken a childhood passion and dreamed big with Oak Hill Outdoor and Marina. Originally from Round Lake, MN, Tim has fond memories of ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I love the egg hunts, Easter bunnies, and pinwheels! This year, I am going to celebrate the Easter season at my daughter Brinn's home in Lincoln, NE. She has been planning the activities and menus. They definitely will be different than my usual ...
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Bob Cornell Construction Co. Crafts a Summer Haven for Relaxation and Fun

The Hall Cabins are a place for family and friends to relax and enjoy life! The two properties built along the west side of West Lake Okoboji are a haven from chaos - perfect for weekend adventures and summer vacations. The north property, was gutted in 2015 by Bob Cornell ...
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Total Design Interiors Creates Works of Art

In high school, Carla Radcliffe loved to experiment with color combinations and fabric. She started sewing in 4-H, and after graduating from Spirit Lake, she went onto Wayne State College where she earned a four-year degree in Interior Design. Carla purchased Total Design Interiors in 1995, right after marrying John ...
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Transform Your Home With Interior Sewing By Lisa

Lisa Parks creates beautiful window displays, whether it's via her custom-designed draperies or through Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. Her knack for transforming a space has turned many ordinary homes into personal reflections of style. Interior Sewing by Lisa strives to provide quality products with outstanding details, whether it's through Hunter ...
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Ask The Realtors

For many people, it can be a nerve-wracking situation to buy or sell a house. It can be difficult to understand the legalities and paperwork of the process or even know the right avenue to purchase or sell a home. Qualified real estate agents in our area provide answers to ...
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Steven’s Block Restoring Project Transforms a Community Cornerstone

If the walls could talk, what stories would be told? Looking down the long blue hallway filled with numerous doors, it easy to envision young and old passing by in conversation. Are they there for an appointment with Dr. Klein or the upcoming basketball tournament? Others are dressed in their ...
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Blue Water Prairie Landscape and Design Creates Beautiful, Functional Outdoor Masterpieces

Beautiful outdoor custom landscaping built to suit specific needs is key to Blue Water Prairie Landscape and Design's success across the region. Initially beginning in 2005 with just a trailer and a barn for storage, the company has grown into their property in West Okoboji, and their award-winning landscape designers ...
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Lake Life Pantry Organization

By Tara Rosengren My husband would tell you that this was unnecessary but, gosh, it just feels so much better to open the pantry door and know exactly where things are at. It is also so much easier when I tell him to grab a container of baby food; he ...
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Rodawig Doctors Brought High Quality Compassionate Medical Care to Region for Sixty Years

Dr. Don Rodawig, Jr. credits his father for his passion for medicine and love of the Iowa Great Lakes area. "My father had a big influence on me; he taught me so much!" Dr. Don, Jr. shared. "Spirit Lake was my home, and it was my dream to come back ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Brrrrrrrrr  winter temperatures have arrived in a blustery fashion. Warm up with "Chili Pot Pies" by combining your favorite chili and toppings with savory cornbread. The combination is a true comfort food. Dark chocolate with smooth Irish whiskey results in a luxurious hot chocolate that will warm your senses as ...
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Boji Kites Provides A Huge Splash of Color to Winter Games 2022

Bright shapes of all sizes and colors will be flying high above Arnolds Park during Winter Games 2022, bringing delight to all ages! BojiKites has become a major event over the popular weekend and attracts professional flyers from all over the world. Organizer Steve Boote said 2022 will be the ...
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Eyes Only For Each Other

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Babcock Tommy Babcock and Morgan Walz first met each other at the wedding of her cousin Nicole and his best friend Joe. The two connected on the dance floor where Morgan persistently asked Tommy to dance with her. "I won him over with my awesome robot ...
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Love at First Sight

Tyler and Kaela Feddersen's Love Story Tyler had eyes for Kaela on his first encounter. On a summer day in 2016, Tyler was out with his friends and enjoying a meal at The Hutt in Okoboji. He saw Kaela waitressing and teased with his friends, "I'm going to marry her!" ...
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Lake Life Babies

The Rohlfsen Family Back when my wife Erin and I got married in 2013, we were in our early 20s and figured we would spend a couple years just us. We bought our first home in Mason City that year and made sure to purchase a big enough home to ...
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Simply Delicious by Cindy Dather

It can't be the holiday season already?! Just last week I was putting the beach towels, life jackets, and pool toys away. I especially love the scents, sounds, and tastes of winter; especially the food! These simple and quick recipes will be showstoppers on your holiday table. Even Santa might ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Layla by Colleen Hoover I became an instant CoHo fan when I read Verity last year so when I heard this was the same type of book from her, I had to read it immediately! As much as I loved Verity, Layla quickly surpassed it as one of my new ...
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Making Lives Jolly

Spreading Christmas Cheer, Hope, and Joy "I still believe in Santa!" an elderly man whispered to Mrs. Claus, while she was shopping locally. "Look there's Santa!" another little boy cried! The delight Santa and Mrs. Claus observe on excited faces during the Christmas season is one of many reasons why ...
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Famous Trapshooter from Spirit Lake

Gilbert Park is a favorite spot for people of all ages, whether enjoying a picnic by the water or playing games on the playground. Situated on the north side of Spirit Lake and along East Lake Okoboji, many visitors don't realize the prestigiousness of the park's name. Established in 1926, ...
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A Hidden Gem — Dickinson County Museum Preserves Our County’s History

Located in an original Milwaukee Railroad Depot, the Dickinson County Historical Society and Museum is filled with treasures and hidden gems. The immense collection depicts the area's historical railroad, agricultural, industrial and resort eras, showcasing countless stories from the county's past. "Everything here is associated to a person! Initially, you ...
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Beauty of Christmas — Timber Bay Helps Local Youth Thrive in Life

The aroma of Christmas fills the air, not only bringing delight to new owners of beautiful, fresh evergreens, but also the countless local families the proceeds help support. Timber Bay Youth local director Todd McQuown uses the Christmas fundraiser to support area youth and families he works with throughout the ...
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Lake Life Review

We are at it again! This time we were taken to Spencer to Vermeer Glass to make some art! Our normal crew all had babies. Big congrats to Tara and her baby boy, Wyen. And Max and his twins Molly and Miller! Since they are both trying to catch up ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda The premise of this book had me and I flew through this one. It's a quiet tight-knit neighborhood with barbecues, pool parties and a message board. The kind of place where everyone knows everyone's business, but it makes them feel safe. Harper's former ...
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A Year of the Blast

Ron Knutson's Experience With Nuclear Testing For a year of Ron Knutson's life, he lived on a mile-long island in the Pacific with 10,000 other people. They rarely could leave and looked forward to their nightly movies, Saturday's steak dinners, and Thursday's Prime Rib meals at the connecting Parry Island. ...
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Inspiring Art in All of Us

Hank Hall Showcases "What If" at the Pearson Lakes Art Center A cute little Beagle dog named "Taffy" was the inspiration for Hank Hall's initial artistic interests. These pencil drawings led to an art degree and 34 years of sharing his art passion to students in three Iowa school districts. ...
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Drip Okoboji Provides Another Method for Staying Healthy

When you push your body to the limit, more is lost than just fluids. Other times, the body isn't 100% and requires assistance in overcoming a deficiency. IV hydration therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that administers combinations of electrolyte packed IV fluids directly into the bloodstream, replenishing lost nutrients ...
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Berkley Bedell The Heart of the American Dream

At a young age, Berkley Bedell was often found exploring the waters surrounding the Iowa Great Lakes. His story is the heart of the American Dream-humble beginnings and unexpected success. Growing up in Spirit Lake during the Great Depression, as a young teenager, Berkley acquired his first tastes of fishing ...
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West O Makes High Quality Craft Beer

Known for their specialized craft beer and family-friendly atmosphere, West O Beer's tasting room has been the place to be this summer. Averaging over 1,000 customers a weekend, the West Okoboji location has 14 options on tap ranging from light to dark, fruity to bitter. West O also distributes six ...
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Seeing Iowa Slowly

371 Miles on Foot from Montrose to Spirit Lake in Search of the Iowa Dragoons   On June 8, 1835, the 1st Iowa Dragoons embarked on an expedition for the United States Army to explore Iowa. The commander, Stephen Kearney, previously led a group from the Missouri River near Omaha ...
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A Passion for Horses

Byers Compete at 2021 Pinto World Championship Show Growing up on the family farm, mares and foals were a part of daily life. Karen's love for horses grew as she helped with chores and showed them in arenas like at the Clay County Fair. "I grew up in the Royal ...
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Simply Delicous

Blue Okoboji Splash  Serves: 6 9 oz UV Blue Raspberry Vodka, Chilled 9 oz Coconut Rum, Chilled 48 oz 7-Up or Mountain Dew, Chilled Stir vodka, rum (I recommend Captain Morgan or Parrot Bay), and soda together in a pitcher. Pour "Splash" mixture into glasses and add about 1/4 to 1/2 ...
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Soaring Through The Wind And Waves

The thrill of flying through the glistening blue water hooks many water enthusiasts. The high winds lift the colorful kites high into the air and pull the surfers soaring through the rising waves. Over the past 20 years, a passion for kitesurfing has grabbed ahold of a group of men ...
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Hussong’s Transform Dudley’s Garage in Lakefield

A hub of activity for over 70 years, a popular spot in downtown Lakefield received a facelift this past year. Dudley's Garage opened its doors June 18 during Lakefield's Summerfest to a swarm of excited customers. The charm of yesterday fill the walls of Dudley's Garage. Formerly known as Hage's ...
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Local Teenage Entrepreneurs Bring Neapolitan-Style Pizza to Lake Okoboji

On any given summer weekend, you will find a group of teenage boys hustling around serving pizzas on the Mau Marine gas dock. Located on the west side of East Lake Okoboji, these local entrepreneurs are quickly creating, baking, and serving Neapolitan-style pizza pies to the Iowa Great Lakes. The ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I have so much to say about this beautiful book! First of all, I was in a huge reading slump before I picked it up, barely reading at all. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry could not have been a ...
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Hope Rolls Dickinson County, IA Is Making A Difference

Excitement Fills the Air for an Upcoming Park in the Iowa Great Lakes! It may seem like a huge undertaking for some people but Hope Rolls - Dickinson County is excited to raise a million dollars for an accessible community playground for all ages and abilities located near the Spirit ...
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Vierkant Crowned Jr. Miss Queen at Iowa Miss Amazing

"The 2021 Iowa Miss Amazing Jr. Miss Queen is….Megan Vierkant!" As she was crowned by her sister Maddie, excitement filled the room and her family and friends cheered with joy. "I was thinking that's my name! They called my name," Megan said excitedly. "I was so happy! Everyone was so ...
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Entrepreneur Spirit Lives Strong In Ron Heiman

Ron Heiman is an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is president of Sioux Falls-based Heiman Fire Equipment, G3 Fire and distributor for Rosenbauer International. He makes things you can't live without, whether you realize it or not! Heiman Inc. sells or manufactures everything you would see in a fire hall: ...
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Serving Our Country Overseas

In high school, Cassidy Howard was unsure of his future. Several friends mentioned joining them in the National Guard, and it was something he was strongly considering. Then September 11, 2001 took place. "This event made it clear to me that the military was something I wanted to do," Cassidy ...
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We Ride So They May Be Free!

Cyclists Fight the Battle Against Human Trafficking in Iowa Megan met a man online and traveled a long way to meet him. During their "relationship," he forced her to become addicted to heroin and then began trafficking her for sexual exploitation to various cities around the United States. Megan's mother ...
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Lake Life Review

The gang of Tara, Max, Joy and myself, Susan, had so much fun with the burger review that we decided to see what the Lakes area had for pizza places for this issue. Once again, our local restaurants have so many good things and unique options. Pizza, is just pizza, ...
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Mike Peschon Relishes the Thrill of the Search

Every time Mike Peschon pulls out his metal detector, he is like a little boy on a hunt. The thrill of finding someone's treasure, whether on land or in the water, pulls him out the door several days a week. Over the past 33 years, Peschon has collected nearly 4,400 ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Take a boat ride everyday that weather permits. Go on a picnic every week. Attend every concert at Preservation Plaza. Create endless memories with my grandchildren. Ride the roller coaster, bumper cars and wooden slide. Patronize the weekly Farmers Market at the Amusement Park. Swim in my pool every day. ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett I love dystopian stories but I have read a million and have seen so many played out in movies, so I was skeptical going into this one. Plus, there was a ton of hype surrounding it which can be scary. The Grace Year completely ...
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Fillenwarth Beach — 103 Years of Perfecting Okoboji Fun!

One of the oldest operating resorts in the Iowa Great Lakes and located in the heart of Arnolds Park, Fillenwarth Beach offers their guests the ultimate summer vacation. Open May 1 through October 3, something is always happening, and laughter is commonplace. "We are more than just a place to ...
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Cycling Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Okoboji Cyclist can Assist with All Your Biking Needs The Dickinson County trail system is a wonderful way to explore the Iowa Great Lakes region, whether biking the Spine Trail or enjoying the new addition of the Tatanka Ska Trace Trail. Many families enjoy the trails for a leisurely trek ...
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Relax With Your Family at The RedBrick Farm B&B!

With over 35 on-site amenities, the RedBrick Farm Bed and Breakfast is one of Lake Okoboji's newest places to make lifelong memories. Located just west of Vick's Corner and with West Lake Okoboji in sight, this ten-acre private farm has been beautifully transformed into a haven for families craving a ...
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Spend a Magical Evening with Your Princess!

Every little girl wants to feel like a cherished princess - to have a special day to dress up and feel treasured and wanted. Cherished Center will be holding this magical evening on Sunday, June 6, at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park property. Join DJ Spin X at the famous ...
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Lake Life Review

It's Susan, and we're back at it! Oh, and did we start with a good one! The only rule was to come hungry; stretchy pants were optional. That's right, it's a food review! Anyone that has ever gone out to lunch with me, could order for me, right Tara? Guilty! ...
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Imagine Iowa Great Lakes Update

The ongoing mission of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes is to beautify and enhance Lake Okoboji for the residents and visitors of tomorrow. The Imagine Board of Directors meets monthly to ensure the goals of the non-profit are being met. "After a year of completing a number of significant projects in ...
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Okoboji Tourism Showcases the Iowa Great Lakes to the Outside World

For those of us who reside in the Iowa Great Lakes area, we often take for granted this beautiful hidden gem we call home. Whether you live along one of our gorgeous lakes or have a house in an adjoining community, the opportunities for summer activities in this region are ...
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Simply Delicious by Cyndee Dather

Bakers Bread in a Bag  1 Pkg Yeast (1/4 Ounce) 3 C Flour 1 T Sugar 1 t Salt 2 T Margarine or Butter 1 C Very Warm Water Put yeast, 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, and salt into the bag. Add butter and warm water. Press most of the ...
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Bob Cornell Construction is Known for Innovative, Quality Work

Craft. Integrity. Community. Elijah Cornell learned about building from one of the best craftsmen in the construction industry - his father. Founded in 1975 in Spirit Lake, Bob Cornell Construction was built on the vital principles of craft, integrity, and community, and the goal of always creating a high-quality product. ...
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April is National Donate Life Month

Scott and Elaine Greer Understand True Sacrifice "For better, for worse, … in sickness and in health, ..." Many times, these words are simple abstractions, something said between lovers on their special day. In this moment, the thought of future turmoil often seems impossible and happiness is largely hovering over ...
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Carve Out Space in Life With the Perfect Man Cave For You

While the first "man caves" were quite literally actual caves, for today's man fortunate enough to have an entire space dedicated to his favorite things, these rooms or even houses have evolved into specialized spaces designed to show off a particular design style. A man cave can be created within ...
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Lake Life DIY Review

Do you have that one wall in your house that just needs some love? Don't we all! Inspiration struck when I found a stash of unused picture frames from the move, as well as some other wall decor that never got put up. Being "moved in" to a new home ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Guest List by Lucy Foley The Guest List was my first novel by Lucy Foley and I really enjoyed it. So many people compare her writing to classic Agatha Christie and I totally got that vibe, plus she had the same atmospheric quality about her writing that Ruth Ware ...
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Plantin’ Posies Brings Joy Through Beautiful Flowers

Many of us enjoyed the beauty and fragrance of the gorgeous flower beds along the Arnolds Park Promenade this past summer. From gorgeous purple alliums to white hydrangeas, the thousands of plants were cared for by crews of Plantin' Posies, a local landscaping business. Owner Erin Radcliffe keeps her crews ...
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Locally Owned United Community Bank Strengthens Area Communities

Since 1931, United Community Bank has been dedicated to helping countless businesses, farmers, and citizens throughout the Iowa Great Lakes region. From day one, this locally owned community bank has been devoted to serving the needs of their communities and providing their customers with a full range of financial services ...
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Spirit Lake School District Takes Education Outside of the Box

School's Partnership with Lutheran Lakeside Camp Positively Changes the Lives of Children The joyful sounds of children running around Lutheran Lakeside Camp generally is the norm during the summer months, but often unfamiliar sounds throughout the rest of the year-until 2020-2021. Since August 24, 2020, Spirit Lake seventh graders have ...
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Simply Delicious

Caramel Corn Prep Time: 15 minutes Serves: 7-10 5 Qts Yellow Popcorn, Popped. Remove uncooked kernels 1 C Butter 2 C Light Brown Sugar 1/2 C White Corn Syrup 1/2 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Baking Soda In a large saucepan or medium to large skillet melt butter, ...
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Meals on Wheels Brings Hope to Dickinson County

Nutritious Meals Delivered Monday through Saturday The thankfulness brought forth in a smile after a delivery reminds Brock Holman the reason why he signed up to help today - or any day. Every day, Meals on Wheels of the Iowa Great Lakes provides a balanced, nutritious meal to clients along ...
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Dreams Come True with the Opening of Grand Bridal

Many little girls dream of weddings and "ooh and aah" at all the pretty princess dresses. For Denice Schoelerman, she even aspired to own her own bridal shop. At age eight, she fell in love with sewing and eventually worked her way through college by providing alteration services at Classic ...
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Playful Cupcaketions Makes Sweet Masterpieces

It seems like just yesterday Heather Baumgard was making cakes from a box, throwing a few ingredients together and calling it good. This perspective changed when their daughter Olivia was celebrating her first birthday. This special occasion 11 years ago challenged Baumgard to think outside the box, as she crafted ...
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Lake Life Wedding Review

Let me tell you a long love story. Not that the story itself is long, but the amount of time it took to get to the wedding part, now that was a long time. The year was 2012; the place was Buena Vista University; the class was Japanese History. Minding ...
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Creating Lifetime Memories on West Lake Okoboji

Michael and Alexandria Smith Find Blessings in the Uncertainties of 2020 Michael and Alexandria Smith have a special appreciation for green grass! In 2018, not only did their professions require countless hours out on the greens, but the start of their relationship began amongst the holes of Sea Island Golf ...
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Dreams Coming True

On any given day, happy yelps, barks, and meows shower the staff and volunteers at The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa. Located on the northeast side of Milford, this non-profit no-kill animal shelter serves Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, O'Brien and Osceola counties and currently has partnered 93 dogs and ...
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Simply Delicious by Cindy Dather

I am wishing for a white Christmas this year and the holiday treats for this issue support that dream.  My family and I are celebrating Christmas early this year by opening our gifts on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My son and his family are traveling to Colorado to visit his ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Little Secrets  by Jennifer Hillier “All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…” This year is all about thrillers for me and I have to say, this is one of my favorites! Little Secrets is my first Jennifer Hillier novel and I’m thoroughly impressed yet not surprised ...
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Shaffer Showcases the Automobile Past in His “Man Cave”

Through the years, many of us have played the license plate game to pass time down the road. We would call out different letters, hoping to be the first one to make it to the letter Z. These unique plates share not just letters and numbers but also showcase where ...
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Making Christmas Special with Santas

Whimsical Santa Clauses of all shapes and sizes line the shelves of Diane Dykema’s craft room. Each handcrafted Santa is one of a kind and uniquely made for customized orders, online clients, and craft shows. An accomplished seamstress, Diane thoroughly enjoys each Santa she creates and loves the personalized orders ...
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Birding Brings Joy & Color to Winter Months

During the winter months, a flash of color against the white snow or dark tree bark often brings delight to those who enjoy watching for birds. Inside or out, birds can be observed eating, resting, or soaring through the air. Many Iowa Great Lakes residents will place bird feeders in ...
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Libby Leinbaugh Creates Marvelous Macaron Masterpeices!

This spring, 13-year-old Libby Leinbaugh took her education to a whole new level. Bored with quarantine and an avid baker, she decided to master the art of macarons. “I saw macaron recipes on Pinterest and thought they looked cute, so I decided to try them,” Libby said. “I also love ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand It’s no secret that I absolutely love Elin’s books. I started with The Blue Bistro when I was 19 years old, working in my hometown at a bar on Lake Okoboji in the summertime. It’s not Nantucket, but I could always relate so much to ...
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Priceless Stories — Line the Walls of an Area Historian

If only the relics and artifacts lining the walls and shelves in Darrell Frerichs’ basement could talk. The history displayed throughout the room is priceless, showcasing everything from petrified turtles unearthed in the Badlands to prehistoric shark’s teeth found along the shores of Silver Lake. The walls are covered with ...
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Good Neighbor Fund Assists Fellow Non-Profit Organizations

The Iowa Great Lakes area is blessed with countless non-profit organizations who pour their energies and monies into bettering our community. Whether it is Camp Foster, Cherish Center or the Pearson Lakes Art Center, these numerous groups reach all ages in different ways. However, like any non-profit agency, funds can ...
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Simply Delicious

Comfort foods are great for fall gatherings, football, and fieldwork meals. Start with my Mild Chicken Curry Soup. It’s not too spicy, but has superb flavor. The vegetables, creamy broth and shredded chicken blend together and will be your soup must-have at your next chilly day meal. If you are ...
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The Creative Endeavors of Drew Dau: Photo and Film

Capturing Breathtaking Views from Above Anyone who has been around Drew Dau knows he lives with passion. He puts full effort into every task and pushes himself towards increased excellence in whatever he does. For many in the community, they observed this fervor when he played basketball at Spirit Lake ...
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A Family Adventure Awaits at Local Destination Farms

As the air starts to cool and the leaves begin to turn colors, the weather tells us fall is fast approaching. For many farmers in the area, the days quickly become busy as they work hard to gather in their harvest. Two local farmers from Milford have created exciting environments ...
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16-Year-Old Teddy Salzman Runs His Own Company, Creates Aqua Spool

Despite his youth, Teddy Saltzman has always had big dreams and a knack for innovation. The 16-year-old businessman has accomplished far more than others his age, considering he runs his own company and owns a patent. The Bishop Heelan junior has developed the popular “Aqua Spool,” a plastic spool that ...
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Simply Delicious

Italian Tortellini Salad Prep Time: 20 min Serves: 6   20 oz Fresh Tortellini 3/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 T Balsamic Vinegar 1 T Honey 2 tsp Salt 2 tsp Pepper, Freshly Ground 3 oz Italian Dry Salami, Cut into strips 1/2 C Sun Dried Tomatoes Packed in ...
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Okoboji Bible Conference Brings Hope to the Heart of Arnolds Park

Through the years, generations of families have attended the Okoboji Bible Conference. Some families have never missed or attended as a child and later returned with their families as an adult. The new nursery recently built on the grounds is a testament to this long-lasting legacy. Ella’s House is the ...
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Tourville and Peters Release “Rockin’ The Green­ — The Music Of Arnolds Park Amusement Park-1989-2019.”

Since the Roof Garden was built in 1926, music has been at theheart and soul of a visit to the shores of West Lake Okoboji. In their fifth book together, Tim Tourville and Rebecca Peters continue to capture this musical story with their recently released “Rockin’ The Green-The Music Of ...
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Cast a Line in the Beautiful Iowa Great Lakes

Fishing the Iowa Great Lakes should be on any angler’s bucket list! The region’s gorgeous blue waters teem with unprecedented amounts of fish, allowing all skill levels the ability to entice a fish onto their hook. Whether a fisherman throws a cast off their home dock or enjoys a trolling ...
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A Servant Heart Flying the Skies

When Jan Bennett Despain was in high school in the 1970’s, a guidance counselor rebuked her dream of flying, telling her it was impossible and she should find a different career. “Women don’t fly planes!” Instead, Jan was one of the first women to receive her pilot’s license from  Mapleton, ...
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Food Trucks in the Iowa Great Lakes

FOOD TRUCKS IN THE IOWA GREAT LAKES Brand new to the area this year, all though you may recognize the owner. Mike was the owner and operator of Farm to Fork Food Truck. He sold that and decided to focus on his passion...BBQ! During the summer he will be open ...
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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. You can find me on Instagram ...
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Dickinson County Community Garden Brings Fresh Produce to the Community

Many of us love the rich, sweet flavors of a garden tomato and the taste of fresh green beans, more readily available during the summer months. Others love playing in the dirt and caring for the bountiful vegetable plants. The problem is not everyone has access to a large garden ...
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Create Family Memories at Farmer’s Market in the Park

Meander the Boardwalk on Saturday Mornings in Arnold’s Park. Summer at the Iowa Great Lakes is filled with excitement, activity, and families. Farmers Market in the Park is no different, as the Saturday community-based event is a haven for people looking to spend several hours browsing for a niche product ...
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Lake Life Review

The Lake Life team is at it again! You know that song Where in the World is Carmon Sandiago? I think our team needs a theme song. I would call it Where in the Lakes Are They? Don't try to sing the title as you did with Where in the ...
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Blue Lake Maps — Celebrating 60 Years!

Every decade, Kyle Hamilton of Blue Lake Maps designs and creates a new snapshot of the Iowa Great Lakes region, showcasing new additions alongside the area’s long history. For the past 60 years, these maps have become family keepsakes at area homes and businesses. Blue Lake Maps were first released ...
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Brooks Golf is a Gem Found in the Heart of the Iowa Great Lakes

Nestled in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes, for almost 90 years, Brooks Golf has drawn all levels of golfers to their 27-hole course complete with three distinct nine-hole layouts. From smooth greens to bent grass tees and fairways, the course’s masterful design has created superb playing conditions for ...
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Our Pets Brings us Smiles

A pet is often one of our very best friends! Cats, dogs, and multiple other animals bring huge value to our lives. These cuddly animals are valued companions, extremely loyal and constantly willing to bring a smile to our faces. A loveable pet will run to us in excitement when ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Wild at Heart by KA Tucker In the last issue I recommended The Simple Wild and when I finished it, I immediately started the follow up, Wild at Heart. It’s official, KA Tucker has ruined me for all other romance novels! All I want is a third novel to continue ...
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Welcome to Camp Foster of Okoboji — Where Kids Get to be Kids

Past and Present Camp Counselors Share Their Love for Camp FosterThe idea that “Kids Can Be Kids” is one reason campers love to come back to Camp Foster year after year. Parents, who once attended or worked as counselors, now send their own children. Kids of all ages travel from ...
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K & K Masonry, Inc Creates Beauty One Brick at a Time

The art of masonry takes exact technique and temperament to withstand the physical rigors of the profession, as well as an eye for detail, in order to create beautiful, quality designs often seen on homes and businesses. This was an art Gus Kopsas began learning at age 16 and later ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker 2020 has been an exceptional reading year for me and The Simple Wild is at the top of that list. I have to say, it easily became one of my favorite romances ever! This book was beautiful and adventurous. I always love a story ...
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Simply Delicous

The recipes this month are geared towards everyone who is young at heart! Chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, pussy willows and tulips are some of my favorite spring things. Personally, I miss the days of Easter Sunday, when the little boys wore their best suits and ties while the little girls ...
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The Wilkerson Cottage is a Summer Haven for Family

The minute you walk into Dr. Rick and Barb Wilkerson’s summer cottage along West Lake Okoboji you feel at home. The warm environment entices a sit-down conversation, knowing a “How are you?” is soon to come. At the same time, the house built in 1920 is filled with pockets of ...
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Concrete Used in Flooring

Walk out your front door and look around. Concrete is everywhere. It paves our driveways, forms our houses and provides porches to sit on. And for good reason — for thousands of years “concrete” has been used as a building material. Over this time it has evolved into the concrete ...
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Cottage Gardens Creates Blooming Beauty for the Iowa Great Lakes

A Hidden Gem! You may have wondered where the beautiful plants seen around the Iowa Great Lakes have come from. Cottage Gardens in Milford has been creating stunning planters along the Okoboji Bridge and the Arnolds Park State Pier for years. Cottage Gardens has also been supplying annual and perennial ...
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Solar Made Simple

Simpleray Provides Solar Energy Options for the Midwest Simpleray has brought renewable energy to homeowners, farms, businesses, and communities throughout the Midwest for over ten years. Over the past decade, they’ve learned how to successfully install solar power by creating individualized design plans, using the right equipment and technology and ...
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Carefree, Stress-Free Patio Home Living

Berkley Heights Development in the Heart of Spirit Lake There are numerous housing options in the Iowa Great Lakes region but few quite like the homes being tucked behind the Highway 9/71 hub of Spirit Lake businesses. The Berkley Heights Residential Development is being built in the heart of Spirit ...
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Lake Life Review

I just want to start with, many people have their own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, leaving not even two of us the same. Our personalities, hobbies and passions intermingle and cross paths with each other. But each to their own. No judging here! This brings us to this ...
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Ahrenstorff: Named NAM Jr. Teen Runner-Up

We introduce Carlie Jo Ahrenstorff, National American Miss (NAM) Jr. Teen Runner-up, from the “Field of Dreams!” Selected as one of the top five at the national NAM competition in Anaheim, CA on Sunday, Dec. 1, the nerve-wracking minutes on the big stage were anxiety-filled for this outwardly poised 16-year-old ...
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Simply Delicious

The unseasonably cold temperatures and snow seemed to put me into hibernation early this year so I was ready for Winter Games in November. The only thing missing was the lake wasn’t frozen yet. With the temperatures bouncing around, fingers are crossed for a frozen lake by the end of ...
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Snow Happens, Trails Don’t

Dickinson County SnowHawks Maintain 120 Miles of County Trails The glittery of white snowflakes fluttering through gray skies inwardly brings delight to a group of Dickinson County individuals. These men and women, boys and girls have a passion for snowmobiling and love exploring the area’s unique landscape. The Dickinson County ...
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Martinson Wedding

Kevin Martinson and Taylor Glover Enjoy Gorgeous Fall Wedding Day A 400-meter oval track has been a common bond between a Spirit Lake boy and a Spencer girl. The one lap race brought the two together, connecting Kevin Martinson and Taylor Glover in 2012 at an Indoor Lakes Conference Track ...
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Dermus Skincare Offers Bridal Makeup Packages for the Special Day

A wedding day is a moment in time where beautiful dreams come true! The couple is in their finest and countless preparations have taken place leading up to the special event. For a bride, she finds a gorgeous gown and has her hair specially done. Many brides will also utilize ...
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A Helping Hand to Fight the Daily Food Battle

Over 82% of us are too stubborn to give up the foods we like in order to live a healthier lifestyle. We love our French fries over the choice of a salad. A frozen pizza or fast food drive-through can be easier on a busy night. Why choose an available ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan I have to give a shoutout to my mom, Donna, who gifted this book to me and introduced me to Jenny Colgan. The Bookshop on the Corner was the most delightful reading experience I have had in a very long time! This ...
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Lake Life Review

A group of us recently completed the "Mission Possible" program at the Family Bedell YMCA. I need you to all re-read the last line. This is Mission POSSIBLE not Mission IMPOSSIBLE! While Tom Cruise has been my Hollywood crush since I was probably eight, I will be talking more about ...
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Bob’s Drive-Inn Expanding to Year-Round Location in Iowa Great Lakes

Continuing to Carry on Iconic Family Traditions Kevin Kass grew up learning how to run a business from the pros – his family! His grandfather Bob Kass opened Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, IA in 1949, creating an eating establishment that quickly became a popular hangout for people of all ...
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Holiday Traditions at the Dinner Table

A person could find traditions every where they looked.  The tradition of the biggest pep rally before your favorite's team homecoming football game. The tradition of decorating for the seasons. The tradition of visiting your grandma every year for her birthday who is now 97! The tradition of taking first ...
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Young Hearts for Giving

Elementary Students Raise Funds for Local Public Services Some could say youth don’t have the means or the skills to make a difference. But sometimes their enthusiasm and innocence have a bigger impact than those much older. This is true for a group of elementary girls who have big hearts ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh This was my first book from Clare Mackintosh and had I known she was a former police officer, I definitely would have picked her work up sooner! Let Me Lie is both a psychological thriller and a character-driven, beautiful narrative. If you decide to ...
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Creating Family Memories for a Lifetime

A Magical Family Tradition: Picking Out a Christmas Tree Magical memories are created every year when families carve out a special time to pick out a Christmas tree together for their home. The entire experience is centered on finding that perfect tree. Is it tall or plump? Maybe short and ...
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The Toews Embrace Old and New Holiday Traditions

Family Blessed by Foreign Exchange Students Back in fall 2013, Marcy Toews was waiting for her son Carter to finish soccer practice at the Bedell YMCA. During those moments, she spotted a random post on Facebook about a family announcing the exciting news, “It’s a boy!” The story went on ...
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Sharing Music from the Heart — Family Style

St. Joseph Church in Milford Hosts Brown’s Family Christmas Dec. 8 Some of the Brown family’s first musical recollections together are singing Christmas carols door-to-door in Le Mars. Shelly dressed up the three kids in Victorian costumes, top hats for the boys and full skirts for the girls. While those ...
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Lake Life Review

The other day, six of us ventured onto the "Riddle Me That" grounds to put our minds together and master the riddle of one of their rooms. Walking in we were greeted…by someone…I wasn’t aware of exactly who, because I was soaking up  all the puzzles, they are everywhere! As ...
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Gathering For A Showdown

The work to prepare for such an event starts months in advance. The representatives from each of the ten counties gather to plan, fundraise and promote the Northwest Iowa Showdown starting in the fall, keeping in touch through email and phone conversations throughout the entire year. It takes an army ...
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Sailing Is About The Thrill Of Competition

Alexander Brothers Have Eyes Set on the Future The Alexander brothers love the thrill of competition. Their drive for success is perfected against one another, as these three brothers love competing against each other and anyone else out on the water. They have big dreams of sailing at high levels; ...
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Simply Delicious

Summer’s end and the onset of fall brings out the baking maniac in me. It’s time for harvest dinners in the field, tailgate parties and back to school lunch boxes. I have brought you comfort and simplicity for the changing of the seasons. The peanut butter cookies are easy and ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager I've decided that Sager's books should come with a printed warning: Enjoy with a friend or loved one, DO NOT consume alone, whatever you do. By now most of you know thrillers are everything to me. I want to write suspense, so I spend ...
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Smith Family Creates Legacy in the Iowa Great Lakes

Okoboji Dairy and Ice Cream Store are From Days Past Life has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. The simple days of milk being hand delivered to your door in glass bottles or 5¢ ice cream cones from Smith’s Okoboji Dairy are from days past. It was a time ...
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Northwest Iowa Bone, Joints and Sports Surgeons

Whether you are an injured athlete or just want to be able to walk without pain, the physicians at NWIA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons will do their best to help you achieve your goal. The success in helping patients reach their goals is what attracts people from NW Iowa ...
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Magical Beauty of the Monarch Butterfly

Dickinson County Conservation Board Hosts Bee and Butterfly Festival September 6th. There is something absolutely magical about the Monarch Butterfly. Their indescribable beauty fills the air like orange clouds of fluttering confetti. They flicker through the air, some big and some small. They add moments of color to flowers, gathering ...
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Lake Life Review

The other day we took out a Moke. Two Mokes actually. Does anyone know if the plural of a Moke is actually Mokes or is it something like mouse/mice? Moke/Mike? Who’s Mike? When you take out more than one Moke would that be a herd? Maybe a fleet. I think ...
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Dickinson County Fair

Rylee Johannsen has been showing cattle at the Dickinson County Fair for the past four years. She picked out her calves in the fall and began working with them right away. The seventh grader is bringing three calves to show this year at the fair named Gus, Whiskey, and Vegas. ...
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Dr. Kolegraff’s Passion for Medicine Impacts the Community

re*be® Skin and Vein Clinic Provides Professional Certified Medical Care Well-known for his medical expertise in Iowa, Dr. Ronald Kolegraff MD, FACS has a passion for helping people better their lives. Dr. Kolegraff and his staff at re*be® Skin and Vein Clinic enter each day providing professional certified medical care ...
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Cyndee’s Cooking Corner

This is going to be the Best Summer Ever! I love living in Okoboji with all the amazing things to see and do. The weather is balmy and sunny and to be honest, I feel like a teenager again. Exciting! One thing I love is a house full of people ...
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Sailing is a Lifetime Family Sport

Four Generations of the Rierson Family Enjoy Sailing on West Lake Okoboji There’s no sound but the hum of the wind and the crash of the water against the boat. The beautiful white sails are full out. With a personality all of its own, the boat speeds up. The constant ...
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Lakeside Lab — The Best Kept Secret in the Iowa Great Lakes Area

Lakeside Lab’s Outdoor Classrooms Immerse Students in Nature Every year, thousands of students of all ages discover a hidden jewel on the west side of West Lake Okoboji. Open to the public, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents. ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves Tracey Garvis Graves won me over years ago with her debut novel On the Island and even with my high expectations/the buzz around this novel, this story blew me away. We meet our protagonists Annika and Jonathan in present day ...
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Ready for Adoption!

LET RESCUE BECOME YOUR FAVORITE BREED! MEET REMY! Remy is a three-year-old Shepherd/Heeler Mix. She is good with kids, she does not care for other cats and is very dog selective. She is a HUGE lover who can melt your heart with those BIG BEAUTIFUL eyes and is a gentle ...
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Trail System Connects Communities in Dickinson County

Bikes – Brews – Bites Dickinson County Trails Benefit on July 27 The trails looping throughout Dickinson County are family favorites, whether it’s for a bike ride or a jog. These paths link communities throughout the Iowa Great Lakes area, providing a safe path for enjoying nature and recreation. Many ...
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Love For Our Iowa Great Lakes

The 2018 plan treated 61 acres of curly leaf with a combination of mechanical harvesting and the use of an aquatic herbicide. 4.25 miles of shoreline was treated. The beautiful clear, blue waters of the Iowa Great Lakes are a summer mainstay for locals and residents! The Okoboji chain is ...
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Iowa Lakes Region Welcomes In The World

Residents of the Iowa Great Lakes region don’t always realize the blessing of living in this area. Surrounded by complete beauty and Midwestern values, the area is appealing to hundreds of young people from around the world. Every summer, these amazing young people come from places around the world to ...
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Creating Memories for a Lifetime

Arnolds Park Amusement Park Opens for the 2019 Season The smiles on faces and the laughter in voices bring such delight to the observer. This joy seen in the eyes of children year after year is one reason Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park is an area favorite by locals and ...
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A Day On The Lake

“The Bridge” joins Okoboji to Arnolds Park, over a channel connecting East and West Lake Okoboji. The junction of all traffic – rail, bicycle, foot, auto, horse, and, of course, boat, this area has drawn people together for over a century. One such person was a man named W.S. Wilson. ...
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Let Rescue Become Your Favorite Breed

MEET COPYCAT! Copycat was surrendered to us in 2017 and is 12 years old. He is good with other cats yet has a dominant personality. He likes to be held and loves attention. He has had several teeth pulled, but eats well and is very healthy. Adoption Fee: $25   ...
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Cyndee’s Cooking Corner

Memorial Day is the official first day of summer for me.  It means picnics, gatherings, boating, and lazily reading a book by the pool. Easy, quick, great taste and appearance is what you will find in the 5 recipes.  Some I created, others were shared.  With these recipes I believe ...
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Kylie’s Book Nook

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson Peter Swanson does it again in a big way, so creepy, so shocking. He is the thriller master. Just when I thought this story was as twisted as it could be, it turned in a way I did not expect. It all starts ...
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Animal House — Celebrating 30 Years

Growing up, Steve Strom never imagined retail sales in his future. The Jackson, MN native went to college for teaching, completed student teaching, and was focused on impacting children. However, when he was in high school, he remembers standing in the middle of the Animal House and daydreaming, “this would ...
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Shop Chop A GoGo’s Home Cooked Meals

Merten Shares Tips for Healthy Cooking The intermingling of flavors and ingredients bring warmth to a home and welcome anyone who comes through the door. Who doesn’t love the smell of a home-cooked meal seeping from the oven! While so many of us love a home-cooked meal, the ability to ...
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Fagen Construction

BRINGS PEOPLE'S DREAMS TO LIFE From an early age, Jay Fagen’s favorite place has been in the middle of a build. He gained his passion for building dreams, whether it’s a house remodel or a new build, when his parents built a family home in 1973 in Humboldt. Fagen was ...
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Northwest Bank

NORTHWEST BANK HELPS BRING NEW CONSTRUCTION TO THE IOWA GREAT LAKES The anticipation of a new build is an exciting process for a lot of different parties. From the homeowner to the contractor, it’s the start of a new adventure. However, for most people, the whole process doesn’t take place ...
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Midwest Modern

Midwest modern Offers Modern Comfort& Timeless Style Selections Modern Furniture Showroom Opens This SpringThrough the years, Shannon Dunham has known when a niche needs to be filled in the Iowa Great Lakes area. It will be no different when she opens Midwest Modern in early May. The grand opening for ...
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Transform a Home Into a Haven

The gorgeous white lines found throughout Chip and Jeannie Goodwin’s home near Pocahontas Point are their haven amongst life’s craziness. This summer home is a retreat for their family of four, located alongside the blue waters of West Lake Okoboji. However, the building didn’t start this way. In fact, in ...
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Ferguson’s Garden Center — Beautifies Homes & Gardens Throughout the Lakes Area

  Vibrant buds blossom out of colorful planters and baskets located throughout the greenhouses at Ferguson’s Garden Center. With planting season right around the corner, Ferguson’s has been preparing for its fellow garden lovers since last year. On February 22, the staff enjoyed digging in the soil and planted succulents, ...
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Garage Doors Can Transform the Aesthetics of a Home

A garage door not only protects a residence from the outside elements, but is the finishing touch to the home and adds a tremendous amount of curb appeal. Nicole Norgaard has a passion for helping homeowners find the right garage door to complement their home while also making the home ...
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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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Let Rescue Become your Favorite Breed

The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal shelter that proudly serves Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, O'Brien and Osceola counties. Our mission is to promote the ethical and humane treatment of all animals, as well as provide care, housing and rehabilitation for animals in need while ...
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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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