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A FREE WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE FROM IOWA INFORMATION PUBLICATIONS

Reminder

SUMMER IS STILL HAPPENING

AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE

CAN STILL DO SAFELY.

MICHAEL JENSEN

Signature hole at Brooks Golf

offers panoramic view

— SEE PAGE 6

Hole in

One

DISCOVER! MAGAZINE

JUNE 27, 2020

SUNSETS AND THE

SILVER SCREEN

Movies by the Lake continues at Preservation Plaza on

Wednesday nights through the summer

Teach

Me

Something

— 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

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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

ON THE COVER10

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.

6

Hole in

One

4

Playbill:

6

Sports:

8

Screen:

9

History:

10

4

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.

Side Trip:

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

down.

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

MYRNA

WAGNER

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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northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northeast

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Playbill

MARK YOUR

CALENDARS!

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

a.m.

COST: $5.50 for ages 3-10, $7 for

ages 11 and up

CONTACT: 712-337-3730

ONLINE: www.treasurevillage.org

KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER

JUNGLE

comes to Iowa

The

Treasure

Village

theater

show

opens

June 30

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.

Linnea Lambert

In Milford, a jungle adventure

awaits.

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

pandemic.

“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

else.”

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

on stage.

“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

generous businesses

that have

donated prizes that

will be hidden in

theater programs

for audience members

to win.”

The show that

will start things off

this year is adapted

from Rudyard

Kippling’s “Jungle

Book.”

“It’s the story

of Mowgli, the

man-cub, who

has been raised

in the jungle by

Baloo, the bear,

and Bagheera, the

panther,” said

Lambert. “Unfortunately,

a new

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

safety guidelines.

“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

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LIGHT SKY

UP

THE

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.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS INCLUDE GIFTS OF

Golden Glittering Comet............. $5,000 and above

Dynamic Bombs.................................$1,000 - $4,999

Rockets......................................................$500 - $999

Starbursts..................................................$250 - $499

Sizzlers......................................................$100 - $249

Sparklers...................................................... up to $99

The BIG BANGS do cost BIG BUCKS and your generosity allows this

Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce tradition to continue.

DONATIONS MAY BE SENT TO:

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or made online at www.okobojichamber.com


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Sports

Hole in

One

RYLAN HOWE | STAFF WRITER

Rylan Howe tries his hand at

golfing one hole at Brooks Golf

in Okoboji. PHOTOS BY RYLAN

HOWE

At a Glance:

WHAT: Brooks Golf

WHERE: 1201 Brooks Park Dr.,

Okoboji, IA

WHEN: Tee times start at 7 a.m.

Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.

Friday-Sunday

COST: Rates range from $30-$75

depending on day, time, season

and number of holes

CONTACT: 712-332-5011

ONLINE: www.brooksgolfclub.

com

LAUNCHPAD I N T H E

SKY

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

challenges.

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

exhibition matches.

Both would probably cringe

watching me attempt to hit a golf

ball.

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

entire course.

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

like me.

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

ball.

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

rope.

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

the fairway.

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

the hole.

Two-putting from there put me at

double-bogey, but I suppose I should

tack on a penalty stroke for that first

out-of-bounds drive.

Seems about right for the first time

out in quite some time. F

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History | 9

KATE HARLOW | STAFF WRITER

History

in

making

the

Part One: Fun historical

tidbits about life at the

Iowa Great Lakes

The Iowa Great Lakes has a long

history.

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

stories.

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

the pond.

— 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

Great Lakes

WHERE: Iowa Great Lakes Maritime

Museum, 243 W Broadway

St, Arnolds Park, IA

COST: Free

CONTACT: 712-332-5264

ONLINE: https://arnoldspark.com/

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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

not exist.

— From Hattie P. Elston, Spirit Lake

Beacon, July 21, 1932 F

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At a Glance:

WHAT: Movies by the Lake

WHERE: Preservation Plaza, Arnolds

Park, IA

WHEN: Showtime starts at sunset

COST: Free

CONTACT: 712-320-7245

ONLINE: www.buygreatlakes.

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Schedule:

July 1 — “The Lion King” (live

action)

July 8 — “Frozen II”

July 15 — “Toy Story 4”

July 22 — “A Beautiful Day in the

Neighborhood”

July 29 — “Guardians of the Galaxy,

Vol. 1”

Aug. 5 — “Jaws” (original)

Aug. 11 — “Yesterday”

Shout Out:

Even award-winning actor

Dick Van Dyke encourages

folks to go enjoy one of the

films in the Movies by the Lake

summer series.

Jensen Real Estate posted a

video message from Van Dyke on

their Facebook page promoting

this summer’s slate of movies.

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Sunsets

and

theSilver

SCREEN

Movies by the

Lake continue at

Preservation Plaza

Big screen blockbusters and with Disney’s

views of West Lake Okoboji. live action remake

of “The

Combine both for a fun family

outing with Movies by the Lake at Lion King” as

Preservation Plaza.

well as other

And it’s free!

blockbusters

This is the fifth summer that Jensen

Real Estate has organized the free of Mickey

from the house

movie series.

Mouse, including

“Frozen II”

“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

titles that

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.”

current block-

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.

Captain’s!”

“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

description.

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

as

Disney characters. It’s just something

fun and everyone has a good

time.”

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.

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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

said.

“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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