Lakes Life Story: The Follons

Darcie Follon loves her job as a registered nurse in the Iowa Great Lakes region.

She’s a registered nurse at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. She’s worked at the hospital for the last 11 years.

“I love what I do,” Follon says. “We have probably the best physicians you could imagine to work with.”

The best part of what Follon does, though, is where she does it. That’s the beauty of having a Lakes Life.

“Weekends that I don’t work or days that I have off, we’re on the water with our family, our friends,” Follon says. “There’s just so much to do.”

She’s lived in a bigger community, too. The life she had their doesn’t compare to what she has now, living in the lakes region with her husband, Bill, and their son.

“It’s just that feeling like one big family.”


This community, Follon says, feels more like a home, even though she’s not an area native.

“I did live in Rochester, Minn., and going out to Walmart, the shopping center, you didn’t feel like you were home because you didn’t know anyone,” she says. “Here in the Iowa Great Lakes, you go out for supper, you see a patient, a physician or a nurse you work with. It’s just that feeling like one big family. Even though I wasn’t born and raised in the Iowa Great Lakes, this place will always be home. It’s just a great place to put our roots, and that includes working and living.”

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