The Chapmans

Meant for Each Other Dylan 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 then went our own…

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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 us really could remember.…

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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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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! “We were looking around where…

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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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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 Total Design Interiors. “Every year,…

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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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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 its way through town and…

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