Spencer Daily Reporter Headlines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com News from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us DeWitt tenders resignation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415101.html Spencer Schools Elementary Principal Lucas DeWitt has resigned his post effective the end of June. DeWitt's resignation was submitted to the school district just before Tuesday night's meeting. "Mr.... Wed, 24 May 2017 23:41:10 -0500 SMS hosts project-based learning museum http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415135.html Eighth grade students at Spencer Middle School presented projects on history as part of their language arts class Tuesday afternoon. The projects were selected because of the district's focus on... Wed, 24 May 2017 23:40:47 -0500 RAGBRAI town meeting held http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415136.html The Spencer RAGBRAI Team conducted it's town meeting Tuesday night at the Stables on the Clay County Fairgrounds to talk to the community about everything planned during RAGBRAI's overnight stop in... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:59:46 -0500 Citizens, supervisors engage in further turbine discussions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415137.html During Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, the discussion of planned turbines in the northwest part of the county drew more than 60 citizens to hear discussions and opinions... Wed, 24 May 2017 21:52:50 -0500 County fireworks permits discontinued http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415100.html A long-standing permit process used by the county to grant permission for fireworks use has now been discontinued — effective immediately — in the wake of state legislation making fireworks legal in... Wed, 24 May 2017 18:49:50 -0500 Rising Waters http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414293.html The Little Sioux River near Grand Avenue in Spencer was sitting at a minor flood stage of 12 feet according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association on Monday. NOAA also listed the... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:27:38 -0500 Annual Garden of Life planned for Hospital Park http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414292.html Community members are invited to join in creating the annual Garden of Life in Spencer Hospital’s Grand Avenue Park. Each donation given in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special caregiver to... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:01:26 -0500 Art meets science at Lakeside Lab http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414291.html MILFORD — The public is invited to experience the intersection of art and science in two different venues at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on Thursday, May 25, and Tuesday, May 30. At 7 p.m. Thursday, May... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:58:29 -0500 Gage joins Reporter as summer intern http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414272.html During her journey from high school to college, Leah Gage, never imagined she would find herself living anywhere but northeast Iowa. A 2012 graduate of Valley Community High School, the Wadena native... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:12:23 -0500 Students create Pearl Harbor experience http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414271.html Spencer Middle School teacher Cindy Glover's sixth-grade language arts class presented its Pearl Harbor project to students and community members Monday afternoon. The project was part of the... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:07:54 -0500 Cashflow game offers finance lessons http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414270.html Spencer High School sophomores and juniors flexed their financial muscle Monday afternoon by playing the board game Cashflow. "They have played it a couple of times in this class. Then I decided to... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:06:33 -0500 Clay Central-Everly Graduation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414064.html "Congratulations. Today is your day. You're off to great places. You're off and away," Clay Central-Everly Senior Class President Kennedy Wilson quoted from Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the places you'll go!" to... Sun, 21 May 2017 23:17:55 -0500 Spencer High School Graduation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414062.html • 'Good Life’ seniors ready for next stage in life After one final introduction of Spencer High School’s Class of 2017 by Senior Class President Nick Sundblad, the caps went airborne and the students... Sun, 21 May 2017 23:17:08 -0500 SHS seniors showcase experiences http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414083.html (Left to right) Chloe Mohr, Brittany Holmes, Emily Bryan, Kaitlyn Hassman, Mackenzie Folsom, Ashley Szafraniec, Andee Youngdahl, Cassie Soma, Cameron Cantrall and Brady Seier were among Spencer High... Sun, 21 May 2017 23:16:23 -0500 Ready to walk http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414084.html Spencer High School graduating seniors walked the halls at area elementary schools Friday, including Fairview Elementary (pictured). High-fives and hugs welcomed the seniors as part of the senior... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:46:57 -0500 Avenue of Flags committee seeking help for Memorial Day display http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414082.html The Avenue of Flags committee is seeking volunteers to help locate flag pole holes at Riverside Cemetery beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25. This organization runs 100 percent on volunteer... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:41:46 -0500 High winds damage new beef technology facility at college farm http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414081.html EMMETSBURG — High winds which blew through Palo Alto County Wednesday afternoon have caused damage to a portion of the Beef Technology facility at the college farm laboratory west of Emmetsburg.... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:40:07 -0500 Jaycees fill area sandboxes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414080.html The Spencer Jaycees conducted their annual Sandbox Fill, despite the damp weather, Saturday morning. The project generates funding which will go toward Spencer youth — with focused projects such as... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:37:42 -0500 Water, water everywhere http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414037.html Despite the wet weather, progress on the 2017 Fourth Avenue West Storm Sewer Project is progressing smoothly. Construction in Cobb's Court related to the project is noted by Spencer Public Works... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:53:53 -0500 City union supports Special Olympics http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414036.html Chris Ingledue and Nick Laubenthal (center), with the city of Spencer Local Bargaining Union, presented the Spencer Community Special Olympics program with a check for $500. The union donates its... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:50:30 -0500 Preparing for RAGBRAI http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414035.html The Spencer RAGBRAI Team is inviting the community to attend a town meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at The Stables on the Clay County Fairgrounds. This will be the only town meeting conducted for the... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:37:10 -0500 Spencer Schools to recognize retirees http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413502.html Spencer Community Schools will host a District Retirement Reception from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Central Office, Conference Room B, 23 E. Seventh St. The retirees (above) being honored are... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:57:28 -0500 Spencer boys camp registration http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415169.html The Spencer boys basketball program will be hosting its annual youth basketball camp. The camp is open to anyone in the area and will run from 9:30-noon, June 12-15 at the Spencer Middle School. The... Wed, 24 May 2017 23:02:50 -0500 WB-M walks off on Rebel girls http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415168.html WEST BEND — Sioux Central’s softball girls experienced a little early season heartbreak Tuesday night, falling to West Bend-Mallard 10-9 in their season opener by way of a three run walk-off single... Wed, 24 May 2017 23:01:37 -0500 Sirens - May 25 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415108.html May 9 — Bryan Ray Haburn, 52, Spencer Harassment --- May 10 — Nathan Paul Bell, 36, Spencer Deface property --- May 10 — Jereca Jean Schroder, 25, Spencer Third-degree burglary --- May 11 — Ricky... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:37:22 -0500 Kenny Arnold Foundation to host golf outing in Storm Lake http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415166.html STORM LAKE — The Kenny Arnold Foundation has scheduled its first major fundraising event, a “Teammates For Life” golf outing at Lake Creek Country Club in Storm Lake on June 24. The four- person,... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:36:15 -0500 Register for Iowa Lakes basketball camp http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415165.html Registration is still open for the 29th Annual Iowa Lakes Community College Basketball Camp which will be held June 26–29 on the Estherville campus. The camp is one of the finest in the area, with... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:22:39 -0500 Tiger girls basketball camps http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415164.html Spencer girls varsity basketball coach Matt Stevenson will be hosting camps for girls entering grades 4-12 this summer. The camps will focus on all basketball fundamentals (with a strong emphasis on... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:21:29 -0500 Chute offensive skills camp http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415163.html The Chute Offensive Skills Camp will be holding a girls only camp at Spencer High School on July 12-13 with 9-12 grade girls training 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-8 grade girls training 12:30-3:30 p.m. The... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:20:03 -0500 Tigers reach substate final http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415162.html STORM LAKE — Wednesday night’s substate semifinal matches at Buena Vista University slated Spencer against No. 14 Denison-Schleswig and Webster City against No. 3 Storm Lake with the winners... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:18:19 -0500 HMS finishes Mavs early http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415142.html Clay Central-Everly shortstop Brian Schmidt whips a throw to first for an out during the Mavs’ 12-0, five inning defeat at the hands of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Everly Wednesday night. The Hawks... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:13:19 -0500 Prior dominates in Rebel opener http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415141.html GILMORE CITY — The West Bend-Mallard Wolverines had no answer for Sioux Central’s Mac Prior Tuesday night as the Rebel senior struck out 12 while allowing zero hits and three walks in six innings.... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:11:01 -0500 Carpenter K’s 11 in Tiger shutout http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415138.html Kade Carpenter was dealing during the Spencer Tigers’ home opener Tuesday night, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits in what became an 8-0 Tiger shutout of Denison-Schlewsig. Carpenter punched... Wed, 24 May 2017 22:07:18 -0500 Charles Turnquist Jr. http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415134.html Services are pending for Charles William Turnquist Jr., 82, of Papillion, Nebraska, formerly of Spencer. Turnquist passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Welcov Healthcare in Papillion, Nebraska.... Wed, 24 May 2017 21:33:30 -0500 Thomas John Campion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415133.html Thomas John Campion of Las Vegas, Nevada was born Nov. 2, 1954 and died peacefully on May 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by both parents and one son, Scott Campion. He is survived by his son, Ian... Wed, 24 May 2017 21:32:37 -0500 Spencer School Board recognized during board month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415132.html Spencer School Board members Bill Zinn, Marti Bomgaars, Dean Mechler, Kris McDermott and Bob Whittenburg were recognized at Tuesday night's board meeting for their contributions to the district. May... Wed, 24 May 2017 21:29:42 -0500 Student loan forgiveness is important to attracting public servants http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415131.html Society needs talented public servants and the 2007 Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and the Obama administration's expansions of the program in 2010, 2012 and 2015, were good ways of... Wed, 24 May 2017 21:27:17 -0500 Memorial Day and the price of freedom http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415129.html Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitude and remembrance on the part of Civil War... Wed, 24 May 2017 20:47:06 -0500 Memorial Day weekend http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415119.html It’s estimated that about 40 million people will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend to reach their vacation destinations or backyard barbecues — the highest number of travelers in 12 years. But... Wed, 24 May 2017 20:39:50 -0500 Mental Health Month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415110.html May is Mental Health Month. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. People experience symptoms of mental illnesses... Wed, 24 May 2017 20:38:13 -0500 Spencer Schools honors retiring support staff http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415109.html Spencer schools conducted a public reception for retiring support staff Marjean Siepkes, Carolyn Gustin, Vicki Peterson, Vicki Johannsen, Barb Garberson and Sandi Nielsen Tuesday afternoon at the... Wed, 24 May 2017 20:35:18 -0500 Ambassadors learn about Dream Center, McCreary's partnership http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415107.html Members of the Spencer Ambassadors met Tuesday morning at Terrazzo Coffehouse to welcome McCreary's Creative Catering to the Dream Center. Owners of McCreary's Creative Catering, Mark and Cassie... Wed, 24 May 2017 19:20:39 -0500 Iowa Crops and Weather http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415106.html DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released... Wed, 24 May 2017 19:17:22 -0500 Baschke, Sievers to wed in Storm Lake http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415105.html Roger and Ann Baschke of Spencer are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Bradi Baschke, to Mitchell Sievers, son of Trent and Jill Sievers of Albert City. Bradi graduated from... Wed, 24 May 2017 19:11:19 -0500 Fegley, Johnson to wed in August http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415104.html Trent Johnson and Allison Fegley are pleased to announce their engagement and pending nuptials. Trent is the son of Greg Johnson of Spencer. He graduated from Spencer High School and Central College... Wed, 24 May 2017 19:09:20 -0500 Club Meetings http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415102.html The Clay County Federated Garden Club met on Tuesday, May 9, at Del's Outdoor Elements Studio. The members were treated to an excellent educational program, Bartender's Garden by Todd Brockshus. Todd... Wed, 24 May 2017 19:02:38 -0500 Grow a Kitchen Garden in a Pot http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415099.html Grow fresh ingredients for your favorite recipes in a sunny spot right outside your kitchen door. You’ll enjoy the convenience of planting, tending and harvesting fresh vegetables growing in pots on... Wed, 24 May 2017 18:42:46 -0500 No. 7 Tigers pay back No. 12 East http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414323.html After allowing a brief thunderstorm to roll overhead, Spencer’s 2A No. 7-ranked soccer girls took to their home pitch Monday night for a final tuneup battle before regional play begins. The Tigers... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:28:43 -0500 Mixon signs with Wartburg http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414325.html Spencer senior Isaiah Mixon, joined by his mother Tara Mixon, signed his letter of intent Monday afternoon in the Field House to continue his football career at Wartburg College in Waverly this... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:24:14 -0500 Spencer’s girls 6th at regionals http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414321.html DENISON — The season came to a close at Majestic Hills Golf Course for Spencer’s girls Monday as the Tigers carded a team score of 426, placing sixth in the 10 team 4A regional tournament. Humboldt... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:18:37 -0500 Boone eliminates Tigers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414319.html FORT DODGE — The next step on the journey to the state team tennis tournament came Monday for the Tiger boys as Spencer matched up with undefeated Boone in substate play. The Tigers were unable to... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:15:25 -0500 Tigers advance past Carroll http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414318.html STORM LAKE — The road to state began Monday night at Buena Vista University for Spencer’s soccer boys as the Tigers took on Carroll in the opening round of substate play. The purple and gold seemed... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:12:03 -0500 Tiger bats hot in opener http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414317.html SHELDON — Spencer racked up 12 hits in its baseball season opener Monday night, bringing in nine runs to beat the Sheldon Orabs 9-3. Brady Kluender led the way for the Tigers, going 4-for-5 in the... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:10:08 -0500 Shayla Bee team welcomes twin boys http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414290.html At the May 2017 Shayla Bee Board meeting, the members voted to welcome Tyler and Amanda Jarvis, from Albert City, into the Shayla Bee Family of Families. The couple’s twin sons, Noah and Jonah, were... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:52:30 -0500 Summer fun can be had outside your door http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414278.html Every year, as Memorial Day approaches, I consider my summer options. It could be due to my role putting together our Explore Spencer magazine which focuses on activities and events in our area. I'm... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:41:11 -0500 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414277.html Memorial Day weekend is typically recognized as the official start to the summer vacation season. Now that warmer temperatures have arrived to stay, motorists will be ready to make the most of this... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:35:14 -0500 Music stream or music ocean? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414275.html In the 20th century, you could listen to music in a variety of ways. Analog formats like a record, or AM/FM radio stations made up most possible choices. With the dawn of digital music, there are... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:25:44 -0500 Milford man sentenced to federal prison http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414274.html A Milford man who was accused of using a pickaxe during an assault has been sentenced to federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa accepted a guilty plea from... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:21:52 -0500 IGL TeleConnect expands wireless service to Dickens, Terril http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414273.html IGL TeleConnect is now able to provide internet service in Dickens and Terril. The company is also expanding their footprint into Sioux Rapids with additional equipment and will erect another tower... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:15:56 -0500 Curlyleaf harvester hits the water http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414113.html OKOBOJI — The East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation recently partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and two cities to do a little weed-whacking in the Iowa Great Lakes.... Mon, 22 May 2017 00:38:35 -0500 Spencer Municipal Band invites musicians http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414111.html The Spencer Municipal Band will begin rehearsals for their summer season on Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 P.M. in the band room at the Spencer Middle School. Rehearsals will continue on June 13,20,27 and... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:35:50 -0500 Rebel girls 8th at state http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414102.html DES MOINES — After getting off to a strong start during day one of the Iowa State Track Meet, Sioux Central’s girls continued to put up quality performances on days two and three to amass 23 points... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:38:55 -0500 State Track Wrap-Up http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414092.html DES MOINES — Spencer sent 12 events into competition during the final two days of the Iowa State Track Meet Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium. Highlighting the individual contributions were... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:27:18 -0500 More views from Drake Stadium http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414086.html Spencer’s Ashlyn Nissen starts off the Tigers’ 4x200 relay at the state meet Friday. Spencer placed 13th in the event. (Photos by. Nate Shaughnessy) --- GT/RA’s Toni Alesch begins the 200-meter... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:58:27 -0500 Going through the motions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414085.html The NBA Finals won’t start until Thursday, June 1, but somewhere in the second half of Cleveland’s game two apocalyptic evisceration of the Boston Celtics, TNT announcer/NBA star 15 years ahead of a... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:55:59 -0500 Simple suggestions to take with you http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414079.html Like many columnists in community papers this time of year I generally like to throw a few thoughts toward our area graduates as they transition from this special milestone in their life — high... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:36:06 -0500 Them’s the rules http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414078.html The first day of summer isn’t for almost another month, but school’s just about out and that makes it summer. Those are the rules. At least it feels that way. A lot of other rules are coming to the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:35:19 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414077.html On Thursday, May 11, Gov. Terry Branstad signed SF 238 into law. I have been working on this issue since August of 2013. SF 238 expands the definition of sexual exploitation by a school employee to... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:33:39 -0500 Business Brief http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414076.html The Spencer Family YMCA preschool program announced Amy Kuehler as the new 3-year-old preschool teacher beginning in fall 2017. Kuehler, a graduate of Buena Vista University has worked with youth for... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:31:58 -0500 Area students pay it forward http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414075.html Each year the Realtor Foundation of Iowa contributes thousands of dollars to promote programs across the state. Project Jack is a program created in memory of Jack Lindaman, who passed away from... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:30:48 -0500 Pre-K students celebrate end of school year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414074.html A special ceremony in the fellowship hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Friday over the noon hour allowed Sacred Heart’s preschool students the opportunity to experience their first graduation.... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:29:40 -0500 Around Campus http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414065.html SIOUX CITY — Morningside College in Sioux City presented degrees to undergraduate students during its 119th spring commencement held on May 13. Among the graduates Valarie A. Hernandez, of Linn... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:12:55 -0500 Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414061.html DES MOINES — Peregrine falcons have increased their presence in Iowa, with peregrine partners and volunteers now reporting 20 peregrine falcon territories in the state. One of Iowa’s newest nest... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:24:51 -0500 Dragging and slow trolling plastics http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414060.html So often with walleye fishing, we get conditioned to think a certain way regarding a presentation. We fish live bait rigs below the boat. We troll crankbaits. We pitch jigs. We get locked into how a... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:22:59 -0500 9 ways to save money, improve the air and breathe easier http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414052.html DES MOINES ― As we learn more about air pollution’s effects on human health, it makes sense to do everything we can to keep our air clean and our communities healthy. Saving energy cuts air... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:16:47 -0500 A tip of the hat to all mothers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414043.html What a wonderful Sunday it was for Mother’s Day. Sunny weather and low 80s certainly helped. Even though Mother’s Day has past, I want to give a tip of the hat for the mothers and grandmothers that... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:16:02 -0500 Planning fishing trips http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414044.html It’s a new open water fishing season across the Midwest. Most of the states that have a closed season for some species of fish have opened, and in places where the season never closes, anglers have... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:32:48 -0500