Winter Games 38: Results are in!

The results are in for the 38th Annual U of O Winter Games

Chili Cook-off sponsored by REMAX Lakes Realty:

Best Business/Overall Winner: All Pets

Best Non-profit: Ingham Okoboji Bible Camp

Best Booth: Mustang Entertainment

 

Chocolate Classic sponsored by Ingvall Real Estate Team:

1st: Mary Abbott

2nd: Creative Cakes

3rd: TIE between Mr. Fudge and Chris Struve

 

Bean Bag Toss Tournament sponsored by BIG Country 107.7 and Parks Marina:

1st: T Baggers

2nd: Tea Baggers

3rd: TNT

Consolation Winner: RJ

Consolation Runner-up: CornHole Cornibean

 

Mega Snow Pong:

1st: Gucci Gang

2nd: The Steamland Cleavers

3rd: Just the Tip and Natron Bach Party 2

 

Broomball sponsored by Shaw’s:

1st: New Ulm

2nd: Fairmont Martin’s

3rd: Kraninger Construction/West O

 

Flag Football sponsored by Parks Marina:

1st: Dry Dock

2nd: JB Excavation

3rd: The Bradski’s

 

Chess:

1st (6-12): James Williams of Estherville, Iowa

2nd (6-12): TJ Ascherl of Spirit Lake, Iowa

3rd (6-12): JJ Breur of Ocheyedan, Iowa

 

1st (Adult): Sam Smith of Jackson, Minnesota

2nd (Adult): Paul Landrew of Des Moines, Iowa

 

5K Road Race sponsored by Lakes Regional Healthcare:

Overall Men’s – Miles Scott

Overall Women’s – Anna Lucs

 

10K Road Race sponsored by Lakes Regional Healthcare:

Overall Men’s – Kyle Read

Overall Women’s – Bryce Gidel

 

Polar Plunge sponsored by Okoboji Harley-Davidson:

136 plungers dove into the icy waters of West Lake Okoboji raising $1,593 in funds that benefit the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue.

 

Battle of the Bartenders:

Over $7,500 was raised in one hour. This will go to the first-place winner’s charity of choice. The winner this year was Outback Lounge, and they chose for the proceeds to go to the Lane Frederick Stop Bullying Campaign – STAND UP – SPEAK UP!

 

Human Dogsled Races:

1st Place – USD Coyotes

2nd Place – The Chows

3rd Place – A-Merkin

 

Keg Toss:

1st Place Men’s – Austin McKenney

1st Place Women’s – Barb Caskey

 

Ice Auger Races:

1st Place – Jacob Jenness

2nd Place – Dewy Dermulth

3rd Place – Sam Harms

 

*More results will be added as we receive them!

We cannot say THANK YOU enough to all our sponsors, Chair/Co-Chair, event chairs, volunteers, and everyone who came from near and far to make the 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games a success!

2018 Cheerleaders Announced

After collecting nominations for all of December and holding community-wide voting on January 3rd and 4th, we have officially tallied up the votes! We now present to you the 2018 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders:

 

John Hight, Okoboji

John was born and raised in Dickinson County and has chosen this as his permanent home because he is passionate about the area. John served as President of the Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis and has volunteered through the club for nearly 10 years. John volunteers his time to coach youth football and wrestling, and is also a champion for water quality through his engineering designs.

 

Susan Hoien, Spirit Lake

Susan has served on the Board of Directors for the Pearson Lakes Art Center and the Iowa Great Lakes Trails. She organized fundraisers for those organizations along with the Okoboji Foundation Lakes Area Dinner table event. Susan has also supported the Blue Water Festival, Sami Center, Lakes Area Hockey Rink, Good Neighbor Fund, and HAPI. She also has a great Cheerleader smile!

 

Jim Hussong, Arnolds Park

Jim is the mayor of Arnolds Park, the city in which a lot of Winter Games itself takes place. He spends countless hours at council meetings to try to make Arnolds Park a great place to live, work, and play. He’s an all-around great guy and will make an enthusiastic cheerleader.

 

Al Krueger, Milford

Al greatly cares about his community. He is always so eager to help out other people. He truly takes pride in his job to protect others and has mentored many youth in the community as well.

 

Ann Meyer, Milford

Ann is always willing to support education and the school district. She promotes the Lakes Area when her husband entertains clients from overseas or outside the Lakes area. She came up with the Bean Bag Toss fund raiser for Winter Games which has been a huge success! She always greets you with a smile and is always having fun.

 

Brad Price, Spirit Lake

Brad’s heart runs deep for the area. He is a very behind-the-scenes kind of person who is passionate about economic development in the Lakes Area. His company headquarters could be located anywhere, but not for Brad—the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes is the only place he’s ever considered. HE has a big heart for non-profit organizations and politics, which can be seen by his willingness to serve. Brad’s favorite part of Winter Games is the Chili Cook-off. Brad raised his family here and now enjoys his grandchildren here as well. He is likely a person you may not know, but more than likely his behind the scenes presence has touches your life somehow.

 

Kiley Roth, Spirit Lake

Kiley is a very enthusiastic, happy person who is devoted to the Okoboji area. This positivity is contagious in her role as the Community Relations Coordinator at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Kiley is not only active in her community but also her church. It is a joy to see her assisting the public that visit the Okoboji area.

 

Deanna Wermersen, Okoboji

Dee has volunteered, served, and promoted the Iowa Great Lakes for over 25 years. She was instrumental in bringing the Hershey Track Meet to the Lakes Area for Dickinson County grade school kids. She also served as First Lady for the Nebraska/Iowa Kiwanis District raising funds for pediatric trauma kits for EMS teams. She served as a school board member and VP for the Okoboji School District for 6 years. She volunteers as Treasure for the NW Iowa SHRM Group for Human Resource Managers and Professionals. She also served as past President and Board members of the Spirit Lake Sunrise Kiwanis Club.

 

Congratulations to all those who were nominated. We can’t wait to hear these 8 fantastic individuals cheering loud and proud at the 38th Annual U of O Winter Games on January 25th – 28th! 

 

 

 

 

Winter Games Cheerleader Nominations Sought

In the true spirit of community fun and recognition, the University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee is giving the public the opportunity to nominate a man or woman to serve as a 2018 Winter Games cheerleader. The Dickinson County resident should exhibit:

 

  • a ready smile, generous heart and good nature
  • an enthusiasm for all that our U of O campus has to offer and
  • a sincere desire to give their time and talent to enhance the quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes Area

 

Eight cheerleaders will cheer, cheer, cheer for Boji during the 38th Annual Winter Games January 25-28, 2017. Voting for the cheerleaders will be from 8 AM – 8 PM on Wednesday, January 3th and from 8 AM – 8 PM on Thursday, January 4th. This will be held in the office of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce currently located at 37 Lake Street in the Three Sons store in Arnolds Park.

 

Nomination forms are available at www.uofowintergames.com/cheerleaders or at the Chamber office in Arnolds Park. The deadline for nomination forms is at 5 PM on January 1st, 2018.

Winter Games 38: Chair & Co-Chair Announced!

 

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 25-28, 2018.

 

Chair of the 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games is Ryan Davelaar. Ryan is the Assistant Vice President of Real Estate Lending at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank in Spencer.

 

While originally from Rock Valley, Iowa, Ryan spent a lot of time at The Lakes growing up visiting his grandparents. He lived in the area for a few years following his graduation from Northwestern College, and he returned permanently 9 years ago.

 

Ryan has been active in Kiwanis since returning to the Lakes. He spent 4 years in Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis and the past 4 years in Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis. He is also the current Vice President of the Siouxland Bankers Association and is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake.

 

In addition to working at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank and his involvement in the community, he also co-owns Mammoth Marketing with his wife, Erin. The two married in September of 2013, and she was actually a previous co-chair/chair as well for Winter Games 32 & 33!

 

From participating in the youth fishing derbies in the mid-80’s to the broomball tournament with college friends, Ryan has always loved the excitement that the Games brings to the area in January. Some of his favorite experiences were years when there was a lot of snow and ice, making Smith’s Bay look like a giant tailgate party.

 

Co-Chair this year is Dr. Adelee Dixon. Dr. Adelee is a chiropractor and co-owner of Dixon Family Chiropractic along with her husband, a Spirit Lake native, Dr. Wade Dixon. They moved back to the area following college in 2000, joining Dr. Wade’s dad, Dr. Larry Dixon, at the office. She loves caring for her community, especially athletes and patients with hormonal or nutritional issues. They have two sons at the Spirit Lake High School: Jacob and Isaac.

 

Dr. Adelee spent years serving on the Youth Wrestling Board and Middle School Parents In Education Board, is currently active at her Crosswinds Church, and serves on the Indian Athletic Booster Board. She stays busy watching her boys in their numerous sports and music activities. She is also an instructor at the Bedell Family YMCA. In her free time she enjoys riding her bike, boating, cross country skiing, walking her three dogs, and yoga. Her favorite Winter Games activities are the fat tire race and burning of the greens.

 

Ryan and Adelee are excited for the preparation ahead for this awesome winter tradition, and they are ready to make this year the best yet!

 

To get involved in the University of Okoboji Winter Games, please contact Kara Matheson at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber: kara@okobojichamber.com or 712-332-2107.

Winter Games 37: That’s a Wrap!

The results are in for the 37th Annual U of O Winter Games

Bean Bag Toss Tournament sponsored by KICD​ and Parks Marina​:
1st: Team Smith
2nd: Lumberjacks Shacks
3rd: Bayside Tigers
4th: Garmins
Consolation Winner: Ash Creek
Consolation Runner-up: Shuck This

Broomball sponsored by Shaw’s of Okoboji​:
1st: Martins
2nd: Winkelhox
3rd: Bat Removal

Flag Football sponsored by Parks Marina:
1st: Dry dock
2nd: RIP Norv
3rd: Revolution

Tug-a-War at Okoboji Boat Works​:
Ryan Milbrandt, Chris Jeffery, Michael Hansen, Sunita Stanton, Nate Meyers, and Anthony Zessman

Human Dogsled Races at Parks Marina:
Team USD Coyotes: Jack Hopkins, Spencer Hopkins, Brian Woodward, Joe Franks

Softball sponsored by The Ritz​:
1st: Snowballs,
2nd: Finnas, Spirit Lake
3rd: Girl Scout Drop Outs, Milford

5K Road Race sponsored by Lakes Regional Healthcare​:
Overall Men’s – Mason McCaffery, Spirit Lake
Overall Women’s – Zoe Schneider, Spirit Lake

10K Road Race sponsored by Lakes Regional Healthcare:
Overall Men’s – Ty Fluth, Sioux Falls
Overall Women’s – Paige Foster, Minneapolis

Polar Plunge sponsored by Okoboji Harley-Davidson​:
115 plungers dove into the icy waters of West Lake (with additional donations) totaling $2,230 benefitting Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue​

Cribbage at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center​:
1st: Donald Miller
2nd: Jack Dittman
3rd: Brandon Dittman
4th: Mina Fear
5th: Chuck Matthiesen
6th: Chad Pedersen
7th: Kent Rick
8th: Mark Leiss
9th: Keith Dwire
10th: Jerald Clark
66 participants

Chess at Arnolds Park City Hall​:
1st (K-5): James Allen, Okoboji
2nd (K-5): Damien Leckband, Sibley

1st (6-12): James Williams, Estherville
2nd (6-12): Riley Rockman, Sibley
3rd (6-12): Calvin Grosvenor, Okoboji

1st (Adult): Jodene Kruse, Sibley
2nd (Adult): Jacob Bibble, Spirit Lake

Mega Snow Pong at Okoboji Store​:
1st: Team Balls of Fury
2nd: Team Mega Hawk Pongers
3rd: Tema Timon and Pumba

Keg Toss at The Gardens​:
James Koerselman

Kapco Indoor Golf​:

1st Flight
1st: Mike Clark & Kyle Rehnstrom
2nd: Nick Fear & Josh Wolterstorff
3rd: Seth Vogel & Josh Wolterstorff

2nd Flight
1st: Adam Eckard & Darrin Kness
2nd: Andy Earl & Chance Millard
3rd: Nate Fairchild & Joel Anfinson

3rd Flight
1st: Steve Schatzberg & Jake Schatzberg
2nd: Marvin Smith & Jerrod Hansen
3rd: Bill Vos & Kevin Krieger

Closest to the pin:
1st: Dave Koerselman
2nd/3rd: Nick Fear & Jeff Danbom

Bedell Family YMCA​ CrossFit Throwdown:
Men’s Prescribed Division
1. Bernie Lawton, Omaha
2. JD Smith, West Des Moines
3. Tony Boster, Mason City

Women’s Prescribed Division
1. Heather Brandt, Algona
2. Barb Caskey, Sioux City
3. Miranda Tesch, Spencer

Frozen Fanny Fat Bike Challenge:
1. Frank Mayall
2. Dave Richter
3. Clint Loveall

Ping Pong:
Youth Tournament:
1st Dylan Stecker, Spirit Lake
2nd Ethan Stecker, Spirit Lake
3rd Caleb Frostestad, Spirit Lake

Teen’s Tournament
1st Tim Frostestad, Spirit Lake
2nd Lauren Goth, Spirit Lake
3rd Jesse Bockman, Milford

Adult Tournament:
1st Doug DeVore, Terril
2nd Sally Bohmer, Estherville
3rd Brent Hopp, Estherville

Chili Cook-off sponsored by REMAX Lakes Realty​:
Best Business/Overall Winner: Minerva’s
Best Non-profit: Camp Foster
Best Booth: All Pets

Chocolate Classic sponsored by Ingvall Real Estate Team​:
1st: Minerva’s
2nd: Mary Abbott
3rd: Goodies

Battle of the Bartenders at Parks Marina:
1st: Zippers
2nd: The Waterfront
3rd: The Shed


We cannot say THANK YOU enough to all our sponsors, Chair/Co-Chair, event chairs, volunteers, and everyone who came from near and far to make the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games a success!

Winter Games Cheerleaders: VOTES ARE IN

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the 8 Dickinson County residents who have been elected to cheer loud and proud at the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games presented by Parks Marina.

On January 4 & 5, the general public was encouraged to visit the Chamber office and vote for 8 of the 15 very-worthy candidates nominated. 158 ballots were cast over the course of the two days of voting and the results are as follows:

Kevin Bice of Spirit Lake

Kevin is a long time member of the Spirit Lake City Council. He is a lifelong resident of the Iowa Great Lakes and truly has a passionate love of the area.

Jona Forbes of Spirit Lake

Jona has spent a lifetime working for the betterment of the people of the lakes area and those who come to enjoy themselves here. She is a Past President of Sunrise Kiwanis and current member of Milford Morning Kiwanis. She volunteers at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, is active in Lakes Regional Healthcare Auxiliary, and assists with judging at the Dickinson County Fair.

Bethany Huseman of Milford

Bethany is a fantastic leader and inspiration in our area. She is a lifetime resident that is President of the Iowa Navy Commodores and volunteers her time tirelessly to welcome new businesses and assist with Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber events.

Gayla Place and Greg Place of Spirit Lake

Greg and Gayla are described as simply “fantastic” with the enthusiasm they exhibit in our community. They are huge supporters through Immanuel Lutheran Church, Community Table, Spenser’s Underground, Christmas at the Ritz, and grooming trails for the Dickinson County Snowhawks. They are tireless in their efforts and willingness to donate, prepare and distribute healthy meals. They exemplifying what the Lakes Area is all about.

Doug Stueven of Spirit Lake

Doug has been a volunteer fire fighter for Spirit Lake for over 30 years. Doug has been a volunteer for Winter Games events as well as the Community Theater and Iowa Lakes Community School System. He is very active in his church—serving in a variety of capacities. Doug teaches in the Spirit Lake Community School District and makes children his #1 priority.

Amy Pas

Amy is a true Okoboji enthusiast. She loves the Lakes area and greets everyone with a smile. This past year Amy achieved her goal of the opening of the Lakes Area Dog Park, the first of it’s kind in the Lakes region, improving the area for our Canine friends.

Abby Wilson of Spirit Lake

Abby is a 2009 graduate of Spirit Lake High School. Abby was the 2015 Miss Amazing Queen and runner-up at the National Pageant held in Los Angeles that same year. She works at Echo Plus, Aspasia, and Little Hands Daycare. She exhibits her school and community spirit by supporting all the local teams and fine arts programs. Abby always has a big smile and an encouraging word for those around her.

We are so excited for January 26-29 to arrive, and we couldn’t be happier to have such a great group of individuals elected as the 2017 Winter Games Cheerleaders. They will be cheering on all the participants throughout the weekend, so go get registered for those events at www.uofowintergames.com.

Registration open for Winter Games 37!

Great news for all our Winter Games fanatics, REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Winter Games 37 is under two months away, and spots fill up quickly! Visit www.uofowintergames.com/event-registration-information to get signed up for all your favorite events.

We know things get busy during the holiday season, so we want to help make your lives a little easier. We are excited to introduce our NEW online registration platform! This is available for your complete convenience, and it will help ensure that your spot is immediately reserved for your desired event from Broomball to Mega Snow Pong.

If you are interested in getting involved with Winter Games and hosting a new event, visit www.uofowintergames.com/calendar to fill out the event form. The deadline is January 13th. Remember to take a peek at our selection of apparel and merchandise while you are on here as well!

For more information on the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games, contact Kara Matheson at 712-332-2107 or kara@okobojichamber.com. We can’t wait for another great year of Winter Games!

2017 Winter Games Apparel has ARRIVED!

Just in time! Winter weather hits the Iowa Great Lakes Area just as this year’s Winter Games apparel arrives. We are excited to announce that we have added a few new items to this year’s selection. Take a peek for yourself at www.uofowintergames.com/wgapparel.

Apparel will be available for purchase online as well as in stores around the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Visit Walmart, Fareway, Hy-Vee, and The Look in Spirit Lake; Boonedocks and the Chamber in Arnolds Park; and Three Sons and Sunshine Foods in Milford to get your Winter Games gear today!

Make sure your calendars are marked for January 26-29, 2017 for the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. If you are interested in holding a new event at this year’s Winter Games, fill out the form under the “event registration” tab of the website. If you are looking to participate in an event, note that registration will be opening soon!

Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UofOWinterGames for updates on all things Winter Games related!

Please contact Kara Matheson at kara@okobojichamber.com or 712-332-2107 with any questions.

Winter Games 37 Chair & Co-Chair Announced

 

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 26-29, 2017.

Chair Greta Gruys is an Iowa Great Lakes Area native who returned to the area with her husband Nate to raise their three young children; Ilsa, Henrik, and Petra.

She enjoys being involved in the community—currently serving on several boards including the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Dickinson County Conservation Foundation, and the Child and Parent Council of Dickinson County (CHAPCO). She is also the President of the T.T.T. Chapter CD and enjoys volunteering at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. In her free time, she enjoys boating, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

She is thrilled to be the chair of the 37th Annual Winter Games and looks forward to this extremely fun, action-packed weekend each year. Her favorite Winter Game memories are of the bonfire with spectacular fireworks afterwards and cheering on the crazy polar plunge participants!

Co-Chair of the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games is Ryan Davelaar. Ryan is a Real Estate Loan Officer at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank in Spencer.

While originally from Rock Valley, Iowa, Ryan spent a lot of time at The Lakes growing up visiting his grandparents. He lived in the area for a few years following his graduation from Northwestern College, and he returned permanently 8 years ago.

Ryan has been active in Kiwanis since returning to the Lakes. He spent 4 years in Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis and the past 3 years in Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis. He is also the current treasurer of the Siouxland Bankers Association and is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake.

In addition to working at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank and his involvement in the community, he also co-owns Mammoth Marketing with his wife, Erin. The two married in September of 2013, and she was actually a previous co-chair/chair as well for Winter Games 32 & 33!

From participating in the youth fishing derbies in the mid-80’s to the broomball tournament with college friends, Ryan has always loved the excitement that the Games brings to the area in January. Some of his favorite experiences were years when there was a lot of snow and ice, making Smith’s Bay look like a giant tailgate party.

Greta and Ryan are excited for the preparation ahead for this awesome winter tradition, and they are ready to make this year the best yet!

To get involved in the University of Okoboji Winter Games, please contact Kara Matheson at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber: kara@okobojichamber.com or 712-332-2107.

First Winter Games 37 Meeting

Next Tuesday, November 1st is the first University of Okoboji Winter Games Meeting. We will meet at 5:30 PM in the Hedberg Theater located in the Maritime Museum in Arnolds Park.

Event chairs, volunteers, and community members are invited to discuss the plans for this fun NW Iowa tradition. If you would like to host a new event or donate your time and talent to an existing one, we would love for you to attend!