Humble Craftsmen, Visionary Builders — Hafer Boatworks

Over the beautiful, glistening waters of West Lake Okoboji, boats are a common view. Laughter and enjoyment abound from the varieties of boats gliding over the water. Even in the late 1800’s, boats were used for work and enjoyment throughout the Iowa Great Lakes. Back in 1894, the Hafer family ventured to the Iowa Great…

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Date Nights on the Legend

On May 18, excitement fills the air as Arnolds Park Amusement Park officially opens for their 2024 season. Kids of all ages will walk through the gate and race to their favorite ride, especially one fun-loving couple – Tom and Margaret Wuggazer. Since retirement, the Wuggazer’s have made a point to regularly ride the Legend…

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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 and operated it along with…

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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, takes center stage. The group…

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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 spent four decades collecting and…

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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, the school combined with Milford…

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