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Leann Hatting


LE MARS, Iowa | Leann Hatting, 56, of Le Mars, a beloved daughter, wife, mother and Christian, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake, Iowa. We will celebrate Leann's life with a Mass of Christian ...

Spirit Lake's Kriener says he will be a Hawkeye


On Tuesday, he received a scholarship offer from Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. And on Thursday, he cemented his basketball future, giving a verbal commitment to play for the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior-to-be at Spirit Lake (Iowa) High School ...

Can Polaris Industries Learn From Harley-Davidson's Mistakes?


In its second-quarter earnings report issued last week, Polaris said it continues to scale up production and is adding new capacity at its Spirit Lake, Iowa, paint facility to overcome what is proving to be a particularly nettlesome bottleneck. Although it ...

Spirit Lake, IA development could help with housing shortage


Officials with the city of Spirit Lake, Iowa, are hoping plans for a new development in the south-central part of town will put a serious dent in the community's housing shortage. Omaha developer Lee Seaman owns the 54 acres of land that's located south ...

Kriener Picks Iowa


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (ABC9 Sports)--Siouxland will continue have a prominent role on the Iowa Hawkeye basketball team. Spirit Lake's Ryan Kriener announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes Wednesday night. Kriener, who's entering his senior season, made an ...

July 30th Iowa DNR Fishing Report


Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local ...

Hawkeyes land post player


Spirit Lake post player Ryan Kriener committed to the Iowa men’s basketball program Thursday morning, he announced on Twitter. Kriener, who will be a 6-foot-9 senior this year, averaged 19.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and shot 71.6 percent from the floor last ...

Iowa hoops nabs state's fastest-rising 2016 recruit in Ryan Kriener


It was always about Iowa. The 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound Spirit Lake rising senior got the offer from the Hawkeye coaching staff on Tuesday and announced his verbal commitment on Thursday morning. "Iowa has always been the school I've wanted to go to ...

Iowa all-state softball teams announced


The Iowa Girls’ Athletic Coaches Association named Dudek and ...
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; Mackenzie Thate, jr., Spirit Lake; Brooke Craig, sr., Waterloo Columbus; Cassie Van Beek, so., Boyden-Hull/ Rock Valley; Ali Herdliska, sr., Solon; Aleenah Marcucci ...

A LASTING LEGACY: Longtime Spirit Lake softball coach Chuck Skogerboe inducted to IGCA Hall of Fame


Two players from that era, Katie Brown and current Spirit Lake softball coach Rachel Gerking, were both named to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame after standout prep and college softball careers. On Monday, their former coach joined ...

New blog post! “I’ve doubted more in the last year than my entire life, but as I focus on what I know and as I humble myself to receive the spirit into my life, I am reminded of the truths of the gospel. I am reminded that I have always known the Church is


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Spirit Lake’s Kriener says he will be a Hawkeye


You can’t have a much better week than the one Ryan Kriener had last week. On Monday, he helped the Martin Brothers 17-under basketball team win an AAU national championship in Louisville. On Tuesday,…
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Fighting against human trafficking in SPIRIT LAKE IOWA

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights » Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons » Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim » 20 Ways You Can Help

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking


After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for inpiduals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented inpiduals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant [example].

5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition.

6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.

7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security.

8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.

9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area.

10. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.

11. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival.

12. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

13. Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news.

14. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.

15. Start or sign a human trafficking petition.

16. Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors. Consumers: Purchase items made by trafficking survivors such as from Jewel Girls or Made by Survivors.

17. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum. Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.

18. Law Enforcement Officials: Join or start a local human trafficking task force.

19. Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims.

20. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients. Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible. Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.

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The importance of local education funding in SPIRIT LAKE IOWA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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Giving Every Young Person in SPIRIT LAKE IOWA a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.

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