Spencer Daily Reporter Headlines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com News from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Hanson returns to county conservation as naturalist http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378998.html Naturalist Brianne Hanson has returned to some familiar stomping grounds at the Clay County Conservation Office. Hanson took up her new post, previously held by Stacie Young, as of Jan. 4. Clay... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:30:05 -0600 ISU design team stops the sands of time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378995.html Beginning Monday, a team from Iowa State University will participate in a five-day design competition at the Walt Disney Imagineering campus in Glendale, California. The team — comprised of Spencer... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:49:33 -0600 Clay County to seek public input on flood insurance http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378993.html Last month, Tammy McKeever, with Clay County Planning and Zoning, informed the Clay County Board of Supervisors that the county now has the opportunity to enroll in the National Flood Insurance... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:39:24 -0600 IGL TeleConnect utilizes ahead of the fixed wireless curve http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378991.html Wireless connection is made more efficient with the fixed wireless system used at IGL TeleConnect, according to company representatives, which utilizes LTE technology and point to point connection.... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:36:01 -0600 Cherish Center offers 'No Apologies’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378989.html No Apologies returns for its 15th year with parent and youth worker training on Sunday, Jan. 22, and teen night on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Both events will be conducted at the Clay County Regional Events... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:32:44 -0600 2017 Leadership Spencer applications being accepted http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378988.html Now in its 28th year, The Spencer Chamber of Commerce will again offer the Leadership Spencer class for 2017. The 10-week course will begin on Monday, March 6, and conclude on Monday, May... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:29:14 -0600 Spencer couple awarded for lifelong snowmobile dedication http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378987.html After 40 years of riding and volunteering with the Clay County Sno Broncs, Spencer's Larry and Donna Dailey received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa State Snowmobile Association. The award... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:26:05 -0600 For King & Country to headline Christian concert during fair http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378569.html The Clay County Fair is proud to announce that For King & Country, joined by Sidewalk Prophets and Jordan Feliz, will take the U.S. Cellular Grandstand stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:51:29 -0600 Former Blue Zones Committee shifts health focus to county http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378547.html With the recent announcement that Wellmark Insurance will no longer be sponsoring the Blue Zones Project, the Spencer Blue Zones Committee has been left with some questions as to how exactly... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:10:01 -0600 Election Integrity proposal receives mixed response http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378566.html Secretary of State Paul Pate recently unveiled his proposed Election Integrity legislation, designed to increase election security within the state. The proposal includes instituting electronic poll... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:38:00 -0600 Trapped falcon rescued from downtown flashing http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378570.html The Clay County Conservation Office and Spencer Municipal Utilities collaborated on the rescue of a falcon from a downtown rooftop Thursday morning. Clay County Conservation Director Dan Heissel said... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:18:04 -0600 Shake it, don’t break it http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378563.html Since 2004, the Spencer Tigers Pas, comprised of the fathers of Spencer High School juniors and seniors, have been entertaining halftime audiences once a year in an effort to help raise money for the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:04:49 -0600 Spencer Chamber asks public to spruce up slogan http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378562.html After approximately a decade, the phrase, “See It, Shop It, Love It,” will no longer be the slogan of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has announced that it would like to update the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:58:34 -0600 CCCVB announces revised tourism grant opportunities http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378561.html The Clay County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Committee has announced that grant applications are currently being accepted for the newly revised Clay County Tourism Grant. With the support of the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:55:18 -0600 Salt and ice http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378275.html After Monday's icy conditions, residents in Clay County are beginning to see the icicles and the slick sidewalks melt away. Salt spreaders became less prevalent on the road as the week waned on and... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:09:30 -0600 ‘All of the Steve King wish list is now possible’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378263.html U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, has been of high spirits since the November 2016 general election which saw his party gain control of the presidency as well as the House of Representatives and U.S.... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:08:29 -0600 OSHA training, safety gear provided to SHS students http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378262.html Spencer High School seniors participating in the Extended Career Experience program began their required 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Act training Wednesday. The training is offered at no... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:17:36 -0600 Riverfront Kickoff draws community interest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378277.html The public offered its input at the first Spencer Riverfront discussion Tuesday night. Project leaders from RDG Planning and Design presented a series of possibilities for the area redesign and took... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:48:09 -0600 Riverfront Kickoff continues with open studio http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378276.html The doors of Start Up City were open to the public over the noon hour Wednesday as representatives of RDG Planning and Design worked to conceptualize public input regarding the Spencer Riverfront... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:44:02 -0600 State auditor to join local legislators for Eggs & Issues http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378269.html The Spencer Chamber of Commerce will host the first of four scheduled Eggs & Issues sessions from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. Doors open for seating at 8:30 a.m.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:34:36 -0600 Ambassadors join Thrifty White Pharmacy for ribbon cutting http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378268.html The Spencer Ambassadors joined staff and corporate representatives at the new Thrifty White Pharmacy location in the 700 block of South Grand Avenue for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Recently relocated... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:31:34 -0600 Spencer selected as RAGBRAI 2017 host city http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2379187.html Spencer was officially announced as a host city for RAGBRAI 2017 during the unveiling in Des Moines Saturday. This will mark the first time the cycling event has gone through Spencer in nearly a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:58:16 -0600 Spencer selected as RAGBRAI 2017 host city http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2379182.html Spencer was officially announced as a host city for RAGBRAI 2017 during the unveiling in Des Moines Saturday. This will mark the first time the cycling event has gone through Spencer in nearly a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:57:36 -0600 Mother, daughter revamp old bank into coffee shop http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378999.html STORM LAKE — Lana Fort and daughter Sasha Stevenson are opening a new coffee shop together called Coffee Tree, located on Lake Avenue in downtown Storm Lake. The shop will have a short menu including... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:02:57 -0600 Pheasants Forever annual report: 1.7M wildlife acres conserved in 2016 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378971.html ST. PAUL, Minn. — In 2016, Pheasants Forever Inc., including its quail division, Quail Forever, improved habitat for pheasants, quail and other wildlife on more than 1.7 million acres. These... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:27:42 -0600 A day of historical moments http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378985.html I had a different column planned for today, but as I prepared to write it, I found myself glued to the coverage of the inauguration of our 45th United States President Donald Trump. Among the... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:13:27 -0600 Tow drivers deal with ice storm challenges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378984.html The worse the weather, the busier your local tow truck drivers get. “It’s not very glamorous. It’s miserable, and you can wear the best Carhartt Extremes and Under Armor, and you’re still going to be... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:01 -0600 LM, PAC schools forge potential sharing deal http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378982.html LAURENS ― After a successful joint meeting between the school boards, Laurens-Marathon will host a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 23, on a new proposed full-day academic sharing agreement with... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:08:40 -0600 Marketing efforts at ILCC featured at trustees meeting http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378981.html ESTHERVILLE — The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday afternoon in Estherville and reviewed the college’s marketing efforts to attract students of all ages. Jane Campbell,... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:03:26 -0600 Around Campus http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378980.html DES MOINES — Recognition for outstanding academic achievement has been given to the following Grand View University students for the 2016 fall semester. Chance Tatman, of Spencer, was among those... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:22 -0600 Ruebin's sale marks end of era http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378977.html ARNOLDS PARK — Ruebin's Theater in Arnolds Park has been sold and will close its doors on Sunday night, Feb. 5. This ends a 34-year era of socializing, live musical entertainment and dancing in the... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:53:21 -0600 Wassink named ICCAC Athlete of the Week http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378976.html Iowa Lakes women's basketball player Mia Wassink was critical in helping secure two wins last week for the Lakers. In a double-double against Central-Columbus (Nebraska), last Wednesday, Wassink... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:48:08 -0600 Laker softball clinics approaching http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378974.html The Iowa Lakes softball team will be holding an advanced clinic on Saturday, Feb. 4 and a youth clinic on Sunday, Feb. 5. The advanced clinic is open to grades 7-12 and is split up into three... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:46:12 -0600 When kids become a product http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378972.html Last week the Iowa High School Athletic Association mailed out press credentials to all the papers across the state, granting access to the various state tournaments held throughout the year. Well,... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:43:04 -0600 Hunters turning attention to the wily coyote http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378970.html DES MOINES — An expected 15,000 Iowa hunters will turn their attention to pursuing the state’s top predator after Jan. 10. That’s when most of Iowa’s hunting seasons close, and coyote hunting begins... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:25:19 -0600 Time to fund I-WILL http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378969.html My husband came home a week ago and set on the kitchen floor a plastic bucket with the walleye he had landed ice fishing that day. I heard a “hey!” and a laugh and turned around to see the adorable... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:20:38 -0600 Midwinter ice fishing tips http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378968.html We’re entering the midwinter ice fishing season. Ice fishing this time of year can be productive, but it can also be challenging. If we have answers for those challenges, we can be successful at... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:16:33 -0600 Midwinter bird feeding opportunities http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378966.html Although ice fishing is definitely one of my passions during the winter, there is another hobby that I love. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s taking the time to sit down and watch out our... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:12:30 -0600 Paying it forward http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378965.html I have heard the expression "paying it forward" a dozens times throughout my life. However, I had never seen it in action first hand until I visited Rome. At the end of my semester in Germany two... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:01:46 -0600 Randy’s Review: ‘Live By Night’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378597.html Once more, Ben Affleck has put pen to paper and comfortably wriggled into the director’s chair to oversee the total development of his most recent starring project ― fear not, we’re not talking... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:28:43 -0600 Tigers unable to reclaim Lakes dual title http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378596.html With the Lakes Conference dual crown hanging in the balance, Spencer's wrestlers knew they'd need strong performances throughout the lineup to knock off reigning champion and 2A No. 8-ranked Spirit... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:24:08 -0600 Music lovers mourn death of legend http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378593.html Many Lakes area musicians and fans are mourning the death of music icon Tommy Allsup at the age of 85. Scheduled to spend four days in Clear Lake the first week in February, the Branson, Missouri,... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:06:09 -0600 BVU tackles hunger for MLK Day http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378588.html STORM LAKE — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr day on Monday, Jan. 16, BVU held the MLK Day of Service. Students and volunteers packed food for a variety of organizations and experienced a food... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:00:45 -0600 NIACC drops Laker women http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378572.html ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes women's basketball team fell at home to the NIACC Trojans 85-80 Wednesday night. The Lakers and Trojans battled evenly throughout the first half with the Lakers taking a one... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:22:25 -0600 Lakers storm past NIACC http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378571.html ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team moved to 10-5 on the season and 1-1 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play with a 100-78 win over NIACC Wednesday night. The Lakers were... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:20:49 -0600 Roy Kinyon http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378553.html Roy Dayrel Kinyon, a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Jan. 15, 2017, at the age of 89, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:15:06 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378552.html I was able to visit Argentina a few years ago and was treated to a farm tour there. They have a very productive agriculture benefiting from high quality land and resources that allowed them to... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:05:29 -0600 Pastor’s Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378550.html With the new year comes new resolve (at least temporarily!) to better ourselves. Of course, the statistics make us wonder what good these resolutions are. Of the 133 million Americans who make... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:59:16 -0600 RiseFest ‘Battle of the Bands’ is live http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378549.html SHELDON — RISE Ministries, the organization behind the Christian music festival RiseFest, is pleased to announce that the annual Battle of the Bands is now up and running for the 2017 festival. For... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:50:26 -0600 AOG to host Iowa Watercolor Traveling Show http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378548.html Arts on Grand will present the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2016-17 Traveling Show beginning Feb. 1 and continuing until March 30. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:46:09 -0600 Spencer outlasts Storm Lake in the pool http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378279.html STORM LAKE — Spencer's swimmers needed every last race to put away Storm Lake in a heads up dual held Tuesday night in Buena Vista University's Finkbine Pool. The Tornadoes held a 56-55 lead on the... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:37:48 -0600 Spencer's girls grind past E-Hawks http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378280.html It wasn't the prettiest game of the season — not by a long shot, but the Tiger girls got it done Tuesday night against Emmetsburg, using their best defensive performance of the season to overcome a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:25:31 -0600 Tigers soar past E-Hawks http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378278.html Anchored by a stellar defensive effort that held Emmetsburg to just eight points and one made field goal in the second half, Spencer's boys avenged an early season loss against the E-Hawks Tuesday... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:12:38 -0600 Jan Muilenburg http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378267.html Funeral services for Jan Muilenburg, 74, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Royal, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. John Syvertson will officiate... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:28:00 -0600 The line between yours and mine http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378266.html In my opinion, social media posts are often akin to the image of the Peanut's character Linus standing in a pumpkin patch, shouting toward the sky and assuming that The Great Pumpkin is listening. I... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:26:35 -0600 Ambassadors welcome new Exact Eye Care doctor http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378265.html Dr. Jessica Curran greeted the Spencer Ambassadors Tuesday morning after having recently joined the Exact Eye Care team at 714 S. Grand Ave. The Everly native returned to the area after having spent... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:11:04 -0600 Owens, Johnson to wed in St. Louis http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378264.html Terry and Eileen Johnson, of Milford, are happy to announce the engagement of their son, Milan Johnson, to Samantha Owens, of St Louis, Missouri. Samantha is the daughter of Bruce and Mindy Owens, of... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:08:02 -0600 Sirens and sex offender registry http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377809.html Jan. 9 — Jade Michael Hotz, 20, Cherokee Consumption in public/intoxication --- Jan. 9 — Cameron Daniel Shuck, 27, Spencer Arrest of parole violator --- Jan. 9 — Lee Rae Gesisinger Jr., 30, Milford... 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