Friday, June 22, 2007

Dickinson County plans pachyderm party

Candidates for president have been invited to the Dickinson County Republican Pachyderm Party at 5:30 p.m. tonight at The Inn on Okoboji.  Dave Rowley will entertain during the social hour.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by Lauren and Sara Hummel singing special patriotic and popular songs.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, State Sen. David Johnson, State Rep. Mike May, Dickinson County Sheriff Greg Baloun, County Attorney Rosalise Olson, County Treasurer Kris Rowley, and County Supervisors Mardi Allen, Pam Jordan, Paul Johnson, and Wayne Northey will be at the event.  Republicans will enjoy an evening of music, dinner, fellowship, and politics.  John McCain, Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney have all indicated they will try to fit this event into their schedule.

* Call (712) 336-1466 or (712) 332-2726 for more information.

Clay County's Relay for Life June 23-24

The Clay County fairgrounds will serve as the new venue for the 2007 Relay for Life event, scheduled June 23 - 24 in Clay County. Friends and family who join together to celebrate survivors and raise money for the American Cancer Society during the all-night Relay event will find themselves either positioned on the one-mile track, eating in the covered Pavilion building, or gathered around the makeshift stage in the KICD Courtyard.

Arts on Grand to offer beading class for ankle bracelets June 25

Arts on Grand is offering an ankle bracelet class taught by Kim Smith on Monday, June 25 from 7 - 9 p.m. All supplies will be provided, allowing students to choose from a variety of  quality beads and clasps that will create unique ankle bracelets with inserts. Additional inserts for ankle bracelets will be available for a minimal fee.

* To pre-register, call Arts on Grand at 262-4307.

Tie dye party

Arts on Grand is offering a tie dye shirt party by Kim Smith on Tuesday, June 26. Potential participants may range in age from preschool to adult. There will be two sessions to choose from: a morning session from 10:30 a.m. to noon or an afternoon session from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

* To pre-register, call Arts on Grand at 262-4307 to give a shirt size.

Premiere of 'Arnolds Park' set for July

It has been a long wait for online members of and the Lake Okoboji community for the world premiere of "Arnolds Park," but final plans are now in place. "Arnolds Park" is scheduled to play exclusively in the Lake Okoboji region throughout the remainder of July and early August, before it begins an expansion across the Midwest in late August. The theater release schedule for "Arnolds Park" will be made available at the movie's official Web site: Check this Web site often beginning in late July, as cities and dates are added.

Jewelry box and bracelet class 

Arts on Grand is offering a jewelry box and simple bracelet class that will be the start of a series of exciting jewelry club classes to choose from in July. This class will be held from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, June 27 and will be taught by Kim Smith for ages preschool on up.

* To register, call 262-4307.

Dickinson County seeking fair queen

The Dickinson County Fair Board is seeking candidates for the 2007 Dickinson County Fair Queen position. The new Dickinson County Fair Queen will be crowned Monday, July 30 during evening ceremonies at the fair. Complete contestant information must be returned to the Dickinson County Fair office before 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Contestants must be available for the judging contest Monday, July 30, and must be at least 16 years of age and not more than 21 years of age as of Aug. 9, and must never have been married or have had children. A county fair queen must reside in the county she represents or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in the county she represents. Contestants must be active members of at least one service organization in her community, such as a church group, Girl Scouts or 4-H. The newly-crowned Dickinson County Fair Queen will advance to the State Fair Queen competition.

* Queen entries and additional contest information may be obtained by calling Susan Reiser at (712) 338-4674 or Linda Dingel at (712) 336-0479.

Author seeking information

An author researching a book on the Frank Novak-Edward Murray case, an infamous murder which took place in Walford in February 1897, would greatly appreciate any readers who might have information on this case, especially concerning Frank Novak, Edward Murray, M. J. Tobin or C. C. Perrin, to contact him. Pete Kaufman of Silvercrest Publishing, P.O. Box 42097, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, may also be reached by telephone at (513) 608-1112 or e-mail:

Character Counts! in Sports

Character Counts! in Iowa is pleased to announce that a Character Counts! in Sports workshop will be held in Spencer July 16-17. This class is offered at no cost to participants due to financial support from McAninch Corporation. The workshop will focus on how administrators, coaches, players, boosters and spectators of athletic programs can be a dominant force in shaping the culture and character within a school and community. The class will also examine the impact of sports and how they influence the social character of America in a variety of athletic models. Registrations are currently being accepted for this workshop.

* To register or to learn more, visit or call (515) 271-1910.

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