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SUMMER IS STILL HAPPENING
AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE
CAN STILL DO SAFELY.
Signature hole at Brooks Golf
offers panoramic view
— SEE PAGE 6
JUNE 27, 2020
SUNSETS AND THE
Movies by the Lake continues at Preservation Plaza on
Wednesday nights through the summer
— SEE PAGE 10
Mary Kennedy shares historical
tidbits about the Iowa Great Lakes
— SEE PAGE 9
The Jungle comes to the Iowa Great Lakes
Treasure Village opens children’s show on June 30 — SEE PAGE 4
Your source for weekend fun in N’West Iowa
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HOMESTEAD COOPERATIVE! Lovely 2-bedroom unit at Homestead
Cooperative! Top notch location with easy access to all amenities and
necessities at The Lakes...from healthcare to shopping, churches, and more!
Nice open room design complete with full kitchen, dining & living rooms.
Very well maintained. Also Homestead offers great Community Room with
Full Kitchen plus Sunroom; easy access to Laundry..Craft Room, Exercise
Room, Library, Workshop, Shelter Rooms; Extra Storage Unit; Secured
Entrance; Handicapped accessible; potential attached garage space. Take a
look...you’ll like it! 2351 27th Street 2331, Spirit Lake, IA. $88,000.
BEAUTIFUL YESTERYEAR HOME WITH CURRENT YEARS’
COMFORT & CONVENIENCES! You will love the design...Living Room
with Bay Window opens to spacious Parlor and Dining Room. Lovely
Wood floors and Wood Crafted Stairway to upper level w/3 Bedrooms.
Enclosed Front Porch with abundance of windows spans front of home.
You’ll like the Patio and deck overlooking nice backyard, also. Large
Double Garage with great lighting. Within short walking distance to
East Lake Okoboji...Gilbert Park! 1110 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA.
EXTREMELY LOW DENSITY CONDO COMPLEX CHALSTROM
BEACH PLANTATION featuring this top floor loft unit in the furthest west
building Folly, this building is also probably the most private. South facing
windows allow the sunlight to stream in making the unit bright & cheerful
throughout the day. (Floor to ceiling height in main living area is 16 1/2
feet!) The loft area (7 1/2’ high) gives additional sleeping space, game
space, or just quiet retreat area, with an amazing view. 1100’ of sand beach
for 72 total units, all on 25 acres of land (includes ‘storage’ land across
road) CBP amenities included. Close to trails, YMCA, Great Lakes Cinema,
shopping; Excellent Location!! 1601 Chalstrom Beach Road F303, Okoboji,
IA. $434,800. MLS#19-399
CAPTIVATING BIG SPIRIT LOCATION AND FINE, FINE
HOME!!! Delightful home designed for The Lake...you will appreciate
room arrangement and attention to details throughout...and nice gradual/
low approach to the Lake. Very well constructed...complete with Main
level living and deck overlooking lake...open staircase to upper level PLUS
Walkout Lower Level with spacious lakeside Family Room w/ brick wood
burning fireplace...additional bedrooms/sleeping rooms. Lake views from
all 3 upper level bedrooms. Attention to Detail throughout...and nice, nice
updates. Fully insulated 2 1/2 stall garage...Great location near Trailand
splendid Big Spirit Lake Location! One of the Most inviting homes and
locations you will find at The Lakes! 13025 253rd Avenue, Orleans, IA.
$595,800. MLS #18-1842
SUPER LOCATION ON WIDE CORNER LOT ACROSS FROM EAST
LAKE OKOBOJI...near the Narrows & 2 of the Francis Sites Accesses...
LOVELY 2014 HOME WITH FULL LIVING ON MAIN PLUS 2019 FINISHED
LOWER WALKOUT LEVEL. You’ll love the views! Much thought & planning went
into this design offering master suite + 2 bedrooms on main level...and just
finished 2019 walkout level w/large family room, 4th bedroom, game/multiuse
room & full bath. Spacious open living/dining and well-appointed kitchen
plus laundry room complete w/sink & cabinetry galore. Both main & walkout
levels offer decks/patios. Main level has exceptional views from the 29’ deck.
Triple garage. Spacious, lovely..one of the nicest & unique locations...and welldesigned
home...offer lake views and easy living for every season of the year!
16487 255th Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA. $424,900 MLS#19-1086
ELEGANT TOWNHOUSE ON EMERALD HILLS GOLF COURSE
with beautiful crown molding in kitchen, dining, and living room with a
gas fireplace for chilly rainy days. This is a perfect home for a family or a
second home with space for visitors with 4 bedroom, 3 baths, lower level
large family room, bonus room, plus a large storage room. No worries about
mowing, removing snow or even painting outside as association takes great
care of outside. New carpet in living room and guest main floor bedroom on
5/18/20. It is a great opportunity to live in the heart of all the activity in
the area, walk to the amusement park, restaurants, and West Lake! 211
Emerald Meadows Drive, Arnolds Park, IA. $399,000 MLS#20-662
LOW BANK BIG SPIRIT LAKE ONE OF A KIND! Strategically
designed capturing awesome views from variety of lake side windows. Topnotch
detailed solid construction with Contemporary Open Design. Kitchen
opens to Family/Living area. 2 Bedrooms on Main/2 Bedroom on Upper
Family/Game/Theater open area upstairs w/Kitchenette. Spacious Triple
Garage. This home captures what Lake Living is All about...& Contemporary
w/ industrial appeal! GOOD ONE! 13415 253rd Avenue, Orleans, IA.
EXPANSIVE 109’ WIDE LOT ON EAST OKOBOJI is a flat walkout
to the dock. Next neighbor to the south is over 200’ to the south providing
excellent privacy. This solidly built home (poured concrete foundation) has lake
views from every room, except for the bathrooms. This turn key home is being
sold furnished including 24’ Bentley pontoon, hoist, and dock. The floor to
ceiling windows in the sunroom are a joy to behold. Currently on a well, Clay
Regional water runs out from for easy conversion. Natural gas is also available if
someone prefers that for a heat source. Take a look, an you’ll see the value too.
15443 250th Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA. $535,000. MLS#20-536
WONDERFUL WEST LAKE OKOBOJI LOCATION!! 50’ OF
LAKEFRONT ON WEST OKOBOJI! Complete with SANDY BEACH &
DOCK! Lovely 3 bedroom/2 bath home offers ‘’Boji living’’ at its best.
Adjacent to Breezy Heights common ground and offers wide open views.
Plus 2 bedroom/1 bath guest apartment complete w/kitchen & full living
room opening to deck which offers same great lake views as the main
house. 2+ car garage, storage shed, fenced yard. Wonderful West Lake
location. 2704 Breezy Heights Drive, Milford, IA. $768,500 MLS#20-251
QUALITY IN DESIGN, BUILD, AND LAYOUT ARE ALL IN THIS
BEAUTIFUL HOME in the Emerald Meadows neighborhood, a virtual
‘island’ neighborhood surrounded by beautiful Emerald Hills Golf
Course. This Kuchel built home features beautiful red birch cabinetry and
Cambria countertops, the home also features a gracious master suite
with jacuzzi tub and separate walk-in tiled shower, and two great living
areas, one up, one down. Natural gas fireplace in the lower level and
electric fireplace up. And, this super low traffic neighborhood is quiet &
removed, yet close proximity to all the fun summer action & activities.
Great condition, move in ready condition. 233 Emerald Meadows Drive,
Arnolds Park, IA. $428,000 MLS# 20-396
ONE SWEET COMBINATION! East Okoboji Beach completely
remodeled & substantial addition to NICE open Design in 1820 sq. ft.
Home on 6 lots ( 300’ x 100’ total) offers 24/ x 24/ Garage with Loft
Guest Quarters or Family Game Room hangout...AND...Separate Heated
Workshop building. All of this is in great location. Near East Okoboji Lake
public dock & ramp...(current waiting list for potential hoist space)...and
near walking trails! Just a very special opportunity for living at The Lakes!
$179,800 ! Worth your time to see! MLS#19-1902
WHOA!! Very nice solid, updated 3+ bedroom, 2 bath home with full
finished basement complete with bar area, family room, remodeled
bath, extra room used as 4th bedroom(non-conforming)! Sweet home
enhanced by open feel but with nice extra design factors ie: sweet
breakfast nook. Well maintained with new roof in October 2016. New
furnace in 2014, plus newer windows, siding, & central air. You’ll love
the location close to schools, shopping & easy access to all amenities.
Fine looking & solidly constructed. Very much worth your time to see!
2403 Jackson Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA. $162,500 MLS#19-1093
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We are EXCITED to be able to open. We are family-owned
and operated and we VALUE THE HEALTH of our people
and the health of our audiences MORE THAN ANYTHING.
LINNEA LAMBERT, managing director at Treasure Village
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Movies by the Lake is a free event that takes place on the green space of Preservation
Plaza on Wednesday nights at sunset at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
Treasure Village opens
“Jungle Book” on June 30.
Signature hole at Brooks
Golf offers panoramic view.
New releases for the
big screen and good new rentals.
Mary Kennedy shares
historical tidbits about Okoboji.
Event: Free Movies by the Lake
continues through the summer.
I’d forgotten how miserable it can be to
sleep without air conditioning.
Growing up, hot muggy nights were normal
as our big white farm house never had
air conditioning. It was shaded by mature
elm trees, and we slept
with the windows
open. Most nights
there was a bit of a
breeze to cool things
The last two weeks,
due to a construction
project, we’ve had no
air conditioning in
our place at the Lakes.
At first I tried keeping
the windows closed
and shades drawn,
running the ceiling
fan to circulate air, but we didn’t make it
through one night with that approach.
Next we opened windows to the north
and south, pulling cooler evening air in
from one end and trying to push the hot
air out the other side. That worked — it just
took a long time, and by about 4 a.m. the
house was cool enough for sound sleeping.
Our third approach was the one that
worked best — open every window you can
and run as many fans as you can find. It
only lowered the interior temperature to 79
degrees on the first night, but on night two,
when the wind changed direction to the
north, we woke to a chilly 67 degrees and
everyone feeling well rested.
The downfall was the noise. Fans running
at high speed for hours on end gets on
your nerves. Add the washer and dryer, dish
washer, microwave and television and I was
ready for a strong dose of Excedrin.
This morning the HVAC crew came to
reconnect, so all is back to normal. I have
renewed appreciation for modern conveniences
and admiration for our ancestors
who survived hot summers on the prairie.
Maybe that’s what first attracted them to
have summer homes at the Lakes — cooling
off in the clear Okoboji water.
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At a Glance:
WHAT: “Jungle Book”
WHERE: Treasure Village, 2023
Highway 86, Milford, IA
WHEN: Performances will begin
at 10 a.m. and will run from June
30-July 18 on Tuesday-Saturday
mornings. Doors will open at 9:15
COST: $5.50 for ages 3-10, $7 for
ages 11 and up
KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER
comes to Iowa
We have made a lot
of choices to make
sure everyone stays
safe and we hope we
can provide people
a chance to enjoy
some time to escape
In Milford, a jungle adventure
Treasure Village will be opening
their family theater with their first
show of the season on Tuesday, June
30, with “Jungle Book.” Performances
will begin at 10 a.m. and will run
from June 30-July 18 on Tuesday-
Saturday mornings. Doors will open
at 9:15 a.m.
They are excited to be able to offer
up their particular brand of entertainment
during this completely
abnormal summer due to the coronavirus
“The governor did extend her proclamation
to include our theater so it
will be open in addition to our flea
market and miniature golf,” said Linnea
Lambert, the managing director
at Treasure Village. “We usually have
over 330 seats but we have removed
over half our capacity to just have
150. We have it set up for groupings
of 4-6 that can sit together with the
next group being six feet from anyone
This year the actors will be wearing
microphones and the first row has
been pushed back to make it as safe
as possible for the actors and the customers.
They also won’t be hosting
their regular intermission activities
where kids in attendance can go up
“Adhering to guidelines, there will
be no face painting this summer.
There will be photos with the cast but
set back six feet. Intermission will be
different as we dismiss sections but
play games from our seats,” according
to their news release. “We also have
donated prizes that
will be hidden in
for audience members
The show that
will start things off
this year is adapted
“It’s the story
of Mowgli, the
has been raised
in the jungle by
Baloo, the bear,
and Bagheera, the
threat has arisen
as Shere Khan, the
tiger, has returned
to the jungle after many years away.
He does not like Mowgli and the animals,
with the help of the audience,
try to outwit Shere Khan.”
This show has been a fun one for
the company’s actors.
“We have actors who haven’t done
animals and they are enjoying it
but saying that it’s hard,” Lambert
said. ”We’ve spent a great deal of
time in rehearsals studying footage
of their animals and learning to create
animal sounds and discovering
how that animal would move when
played by a human.”
Concessions will be available and
have been adapted to comply with
“We are excited to be able to open.
We are family-owned and operated
and we value the healthy of our
people and the health of our audiences
more than anything,” Lambert
said. “We have made a lot of choices
to make sure everyone stays safe and
we hope we can provide people a
chance to enjoy some time to escape
and unwind.” F
Milford | Iowa
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this 4th of July!
Did you ever wonder who made
the amazing 4th of July fireworks
extravaganza possible over West Lake
Okoboji each and every year?
For over 40 years the amazing display has been made
possible thanks to the generosity of individuals and
businesses throughout our community.
The awe-inspiring show can be enjoyed from Spirit Lake
to Milford by thousands and thousands of people.
Your generous gift of $250 and above to the
4th of July Fireworks Fund will be acknowledged
during a patriotic salute on KUOO 103.9 Campus Radio
prior to the 10:07 p.m. show on Saturday, July 4th.
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Dynamic Bombs.................................$1,000 - $4,999
Rockets......................................................$500 - $999
Starbursts..................................................$250 - $499
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The BIG BANGS do cost BIG BUCKS and your generosity allows this
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DONATIONS MAY BE SENT TO:
Fireworks- IGLACC - PO Box 9, Arnolds Park, IA 51331
or made online at www.okobojichamber.com
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RYLAN HOWE | STAFF WRITER
Rylan Howe tries his hand at
golfing one hole at Brooks Golf
in Okoboji. PHOTOS BY RYLAN
At a Glance:
WHAT: Brooks Golf
WHERE: 1201 Brooks Park Dr.,
WHEN: Tee times start at 7 a.m.
Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.
COST: Rates range from $30-$75
depending on day, time, season
and number of holes
LAUNCHPAD I N T H E
Signature hole at Brooks Golf offers panoramic view
At a whopping 27 choices,
Brooks Golf has plenty of options
for a signature hole.
The course was originally constructed
as an 18-hole layout in 1932
and expanded to 27 in 1995, now
offering a mix of parkland and linksstyle
They’ve hosted the Iowa PGA Section
Championship and Barb Thomas
Pro-Am and once upon a time
even attracted famous names such
as Sam Snead and Walter Hagan for
Both would probably cringe
watching me attempt to hit a golf
But that’s what I tried my best to
do on a beautiful, sunny day earlier
this week in Okoboji.
We had previously singled out various
holes on Iowa Great Lakes courses
in the July 2017 issue of OKOBOJI
magazine, so I immediately knew
what hole I would attempt to conquer.
Dubbed “Kame,” the seventh hole
on the white course is a par five with
an elevated tee box giving golfers
a commanding view of almost the
With the right breeze at your back,
it’s easy to feel like you could smash
a drive all the way to Highway 71.
In reality, the hole plays 535 yards
from the farthest tee, or 505 yards
from the tee box for a regular schmo
In that issue of OKOBOJI magazine,
course superintendent Brett
Hetland said, “You can really bomb
a drive on this one, but with out of
bounds and sand on the left you
have to be careful. You can also go
for the green with a good second
shot, but it’s protected with a pot
bunker as well.”
Hetland also noted that wind plays
a big factor on this hole and often
determines whether someone goes
for the green in two or three shots.
Considering I probably average
one round of golf every couple years,
and it had been at least that long
since I’d last swung a club, I was just
hoping I’d make contact with the
With my expectations set appropriately
low, I stepped to the tee for
my drive, making a surprisingly solid
connection but pulling it left, exactly
where Hetland said to avoid, and I
could see the ball roll past the out-ofbounds
Buoyed by confidence from making
solid contact, I decided to take
a mulligan. Yeah, I hit a second tee
shot, and actually connected better
and managed to keep it straight
ahead landing inside the left edge of
With plenty of distance left to go
I just hoped to follow the fairway as
it curved to the left and give myself a
reasonable approach to the green for
my third shot.
Instead I sliced it low and into the
first cut of the rough. At least the ball
covered a fair amount of distance before
it came to rest atop a short hill.
A good shot from here would
make the green, but the bunker had
me worried. I avoided the sand, but
also the fairway, and left it short of
the flag by about 30 yards.
I left my pitch similarly short, leaving
a long putt for what I was going
to consider par, but instead I over
compensated and the ball sailed past
Two-putting from there put me at
double-bogey, but I suppose I should
tack on a penalty stroke for that first
Seems about right for the first time
out in quite some time. F
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KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER
Part One: Fun historical
tidbits about life at the
Iowa Great Lakes
The Iowa Great Lakes has a long
For over a hundred years,
people have flocked to the state’s
summer playground for fun and relaxation.
That’s a lot of history.
And you can learn all about that
history and more at the Iowa Great
Lakes Maritime Museum at Arnolds
Park Amusement Park.
The museum is curated by Mary
Kennedy and she shared with us
some historical tidbits about the
Iowa Great Lakes that you probably
don’t know about as well as some
topics she is asked about at the
museum. We will be sharing these
historical fun anecdotes in multiple
There were alligators in
the Majestic Roller Rink.
When C. P. Benit bought Stevens
Park in 1918, the first big thing he
added was the Majestic Roller Rink
in 1919. In the middle of the rink a
pond foundation was installed and a
gazebo type structure was added on
top of the floor to go over the pond.
You would skate around the pond.
About 1920, C.P. Benit returned
Mary Kennedy is the curator of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum at Arnolds Park Amusement
Park. PHOTO BY RYLAN HOWE
C.P. Benit created a pond foundation
in the Majestic Roller
Rink that he filled with alligators
in 1920. PHOTO SUBMITTED
from Florida with a dozen alligators,
which were put in the pond. They
did not survive a long time, but some
were stuffed by Harry Tennant (taxidermist
at the Kurio Kastle) and one
of those remained in the Benit Family
for many years. It is not believed
that goldfish or fish were ever put in
— As told by Gordy Benit, grandson of
C.P. Benit, to Mary Kennedy. 2017
Why is the steering
wheel on the right side?
The steering wheel is on the right
side of power boats for mechanical
reasons. Boat propellers usually turn
clockwise and the torque on the propeller
causes the right side of boat
hulls to rise out of the water. Boat
designers placed the steering wheel
on the right so the weight of the boat
operator would help keep the boat
even in the water. A few boats have
the steering wheel on the left side, so
it is thought in that case the propeller
turns counter clockwise.
The legend of Chief
Okoboji is fiction.
Many years ago there was a legend
of Okoboji told which was purely
fiction but which struck the popular
At a Glance:
WHAT: Fun History of the Iowa
WHERE: Iowa Great Lakes Maritime
Museum, 243 W Broadway
St, Arnolds Park, IA
fancy for legends. The tale said there
at one time lived a great and powerful
Indian chief named Okoboji and
that upon his death the highest place
in the lake region was chosen for his
burial. This place is to be seen now
on the west shore of the lake. It is
just above Miller’s Bay and is known
to be the highest point in Iowa. It
is not, however, the burial place of
Chief Okoboji, for such a person did
— From Hattie P. Elston, Spirit Lake
Beacon, July 21, 1932 F
Arnolds Park | Iowa
JUNE 27, 2020 | DISCOVER!
Going on Now!
At a Glance:
WHAT: Movies by the Lake
WHERE: Preservation Plaza, Arnolds
WHEN: Showtime starts at sunset
com/movies and www.arnoldspark.com
July 1 — “The Lion King” (live
July 8 — “Frozen II”
July 15 — “Toy Story 4”
July 22 — “A Beautiful Day in the
July 29 — “Guardians of the Galaxy,
Aug. 5 — “Jaws” (original)
Aug. 11 — “Yesterday”
Even award-winning actor
Dick Van Dyke encourages
folks to go enjoy one of the
films in the Movies by the Lake
Jensen Real Estate posted a
video message from Van Dyke on
their Facebook page promoting
this summer’s slate of movies.
RYLAN HOWE | STAFF WRITER
Movies by the
Lake continue at
Big screen blockbusters and with Disney’s
views of West Lake Okoboji. live action remake
Combine both for a fun family
outing with Movies by the Lake at Lion King” as
well as other
And it’s free!
This is the fifth summer that Jensen
Real Estate has organized the free of Mickey
from the house
“We wanted to do was create an
event, and lots of communities at and “Toy Story
the time were starting to do outdoor 4.”
movies,” said Michael Jensen of “Every year
Jensen Real Estate. “We approached we work at
the Park, had a good meeting and finding a nice
decided Wednesday would be the mix of interesting
ideal day since there aren’t as many
things going on. The partnership are appropriate
works out great for us, the park and for large groups
the community. Year-round folks, — that are fun
vacation folks, everyone can come and people
and enjoy it.”
want to see,”
Moviegoers get to enjoy recent Jensen said. “I
films on a 26-foot screen with a highdefinition
projector and a view of the ally well getting
think we do re-
lake stretching out to the horizon. top-level, fairly
“It’s a really cool experience,” Jensen
said. “We have a great, top-level busters.”
sound system. When we show and He’s seen that reflected in the size
action movie you can here it up at of the crowds on any given night.
“Sometimes we can easily have
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” 200-300 people there and from all
on June 24 and “Guardians of the different age groups,” Jensen said.
Galaxy, Vol. 1” are the films on this “The last movie of the year we usually
do a more adult film and this year
summer’s schedule that best fit that
that’s ‘Yesterday,’ a Beatles movie,
The series opened June 17 with whereas with ‘Frozen II’ there will
“Mary Poppins Returns” and continues
throughout July and early August and half of them will be dressed
probably be a crazy amount of kids
Disney characters. It’s just something
fun and everyone has a good
The unique nature of this particular
screening area also allows plenty
of room for everyone to spread out.
“I think for our current time
frame this is about as perfect an
event as you can have for people,”
Jensen said. “It’s outdoors. We even
painted 13-foot diameter circles on
Movies by the Lake takes
place at Preservation Plaza
for free every Wednesday
night at sunset at Arnolds
Park Amusement Park.
the green space — it’s an easy way
to keep track of the amount of
people — and everyone can have
their family or group in their own
circle and just be respectful of
each other’s space.”
Jensen said they talked about
other options, but believed this
setup outside was the safest option
for everyone involved.
“The green space is the perfect
venue with plenty of room to spread
out and watching the sunset by the
lake is never a bummer!” Jensen
“This is a great way for families,
people in any age group, to get out
of the house and have some normalcy.
It’s a reminder that summer
is still happening and this is something
we can still do safely.” F
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