For Your Recipe Box

Granny’s 7 Layer Dip 11/2 C Refried Pinto Beans 11/2 C Sour Cream or plain Greek Yogurt 1-2 C Guacamole (I always use 2) 1/2 C Chunky Salsa 2 C Shredded Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese, mixed 1 C Black Olives, pitted 1 C Fresh Cilantro, chopped 1/2 C Scallions, chopped Lime Juice Sea Salt…

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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 my passions is discovering and…

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Inspirational Moments Out on the Trail

Listen to Your Heart and Embrace the Impossible An impossible dream some might say, but to an individual like 2012 Spirit Lake graduate Sawyer Harms, hiking the 2,650-mile footpath along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was fulfilling a lifelong ambition. This four-month trek meant taking off work and leaving family and friends behind. It meant…

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Athletes of All Levels Compete in the 2024 U of O Homecoming Races

Family Memories are Made During Homecoming Weekend This year, on July 20, the 46th University of Okoboji Homecoming Races will be showcasing athletes of all levels, as they compete in a variety of races around beautiful West Lake Okoboji. “The U of O Homecoming Races are so much fun because athletes of all levels, ages…

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Nutritious Meals for the “Vacation Mom”

The Market Scratch Kitchen bestows a breath of fresh air for visitors walking through their door. Whether you’re a “Vacation Mom” or a busy mom needing a reprieve, Owner Jodi Wollmuth understands the dilemma of not always having the time or energy to put together fresh and nutritious food options for a hungry family. The…

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The Okoboji Project

The Okoboji Project Creates Living Archive through New Medium Stories of the past often shape the present, drawing people of all ages together to benefit tomorrow. This is true for “The Okoboji Project,” a local podcast recently created by Ryan Maris and Emma Myhre that’s diving deep into the waters of area history. Over the…

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Take a Scenic Drive Around West Lake Okoboji

Every July, the Okoboji FFA holds a tractor ride that showcases the beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes area. Over 200 tractors meet at Florence Park in Milford to take part in a scenic tour along a specified route around West Lake Okoboji. “This will be our 18th year putting on TRAWL, which stands for…

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Lake Life Review

You know how on vacation, when you get to the end of your stay, you are just ready to go HOME? How much nicer would it be if you could go on vacation and stay home all at the same time? I bet that is what the person who thought up the idea of VRBO…

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