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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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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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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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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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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