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 and operated it along with…

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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 tree trunk varied but was…

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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 evening of fun for the…

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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 who are more susceptible to…

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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 in Antequera, Spain with a…

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