The consuming darkness of winter makes the nights seem endless. People snuggle down and stay in because after the sun goes down there isn’t much to see.

Summer in the Iowa Great Lakes is many things to many people. It’s hard to pick a favorite. We asked a few familiar folks to give it a try.

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Author Jonathan Reed’s new book “Lost Resorts of the Iowa Great Lakes” was published June 29 and is available at several area establishments including the Maritime Museum. The book includes nearly 200 photographs and covers several decades of Lakes area hotel and resort history.

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Rachel Meyer starts Rainbow hunts for Kids Movement

Michele Goodenow serves as executive director of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes

Carlie Jo Ahrenstorff earns title of Miss Iowa Preteen, Miss Iowa Jr. Teen