Grandma Bartels’ recipe box: Bean Hot Dish

Recipe box - Mildred Bartels - McClelland's Beach - Spirit Lake - IA - 51360

We recently discovered a recipe box belonging to Mildred Bartels, descendant of William and Margaret McClelland, who founded McClelland’s’ Beach. Mildred and her husband, Ed, also a checkers champion in two states, ran McClelland’s Beach for many years. Many of Grandma Bartels’ delicious recipes were humbly named “Hot Dish” along with their main ingredient as the title. Grandma Bartels’ “Bean Hot Dish”, shown on the little white piece of paper to the left of the recipe box, looks like it would be welcome at any McClelland’s Beach picnic or potluck.

Mildred Bartels’ Bean Hot Dish

1/2 C. chopped bacon
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 lb. hamburger
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. dry mustard
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 can pork and beans
1 can lima beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can navy beans

Brown bacon, hamburger and onion. Mix with other ingredients. Bake at least one (1) hour at 325 to 350 degrees.


Musky club Chapter 29 to host nationally-known ‘Keys Outdoors’ star

“Mike is an avid muskie fisherman, and our club is excited to offer this opportunity.”
– Larry Perry, president Musky Club, Chapter 29

What an exciting opportunity for all the fisherpersons in the area! “Keys Outdoors” is the largest nationally televised musky show in the country. The seminar is slated for Saturday, March 21 at the Pelican Ridge Club House, Okoboji, Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Read the full Dickinson County News story.

Fed signals patience with low interest rates has run thin

“Buyers should act now––delayed purchases will only result in higher monthly mortgage payments as prices and rates rise. In fact, our forecast data show affordability may decline as much as 10% over the course of the year.”
– Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at

Well, it had to happen sometime. All the people who took the plunge at McClelland’s Beach over the last few years should be feeling pretty good right about now.

Arnold’s Park welcomes vacation volunteers for 125th anniversary celebration

“We’re hoping to get as many people there (at Monday’s meeting) as we can. I’ve had some emails from people who don’t live here in the wintertime. They’ve emailed me that they would like to be involved. So, if they can’t make the meeting, just email me at, or give us a call here at the office.”– Di Lorenzen

Arnolds Park in nearby Okoboji, one of only five amusement parks in the nation operated by a non-profit, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Find out how even non-wintertime residents can help. Read the full Dickinson County News story.