Spencer Daily Reporter Headlines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com News from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us ILCC rejects bids on new performing arts center http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396899.html ESTHERVILLE — During its meeting Tuesday, the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees rejected all bids for a new performing arts center. Bids of $8,475,800 from Christensen Construction out... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:33:05 -0500 Tree removal surrounding storm sewer project raises questions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396909.html Trees marked with a pink “X” and pink ribbon have been targeted for removal as a result of impending construction (associated with storm sewer work) from West Seventh Street to West 11th Street in... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:46:52 -0500 CC-E High School debuts ‘Anything Goes’ tonight http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396908.html With a cast of 30 Clay Central-Everly High School students, Musical Director Alyda Haack and Co-musical Director Bruce Tepfer will set sail with “Anything Goes,” a musical set aboard a cruise ship,... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:42:24 -0500 Salton charged with ‘displaying dangerous weapon’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396907.html A 58-year-old Dickens man was taken into custody by Clay County Sheriff’s deputies after brandishing a weapon in what the sheriff’s report alleged was a “road rage incident.” William Salton was... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:37:27 -0500 SFD battles fire in vacant home http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396906.html Fifteen firefighters from Spencer Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire at 620 E. 18th St. Tuesday morning. At 11:30 a.m., emergency communications notified Spencer fire responders that a vacant... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:36:00 -0500 Official name change part of CCF's centennial kickoff http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396905.html It’s official, Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons told a large crowd gathered at Tuesday evening’s Business After Hours, that the property will now be known as the Clay County Fair and Events... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:17:30 -0500 Spencer RAGBRAI Committee announce headliner, logo http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396902.html The Johnny Holm Band will take the stage as the headline act when riders stay overnight on July 23. Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:11:21 -0500 Jones supports increased flexibility for schools http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395998.html Wednesday the Iowa House debated and passed House File 564 and House File 565 which will afford school districts more flexibility. House Files 564 and 565 both passed with bipartisan support, with... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:05:09 -0500 Spencer doctor to host 2 seminars http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395597.html Local area orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Yogesh Kolwadkar, is hosting two events focusing on joint and bone pain. Kolwadkar is noted by his clinic as the only fellowship-trained doctor in total joints, and... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:04:40 -0500 Jacobsen sworn in as City Council member http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396000.html Leann Jacobsen was sworn in by Mayor Reynold Peterson Monday as Ward 4's City Council member after winning the special election March 7. After being sworn in, Jacobsen then voted with the council on... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:54:30 -0500 Alice's Tea Party sets the table http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395999.html The annual Arts on Grand event, Alice's Tea Party, created in honor of Joanne Schar's mother-in-law Alice, drew approximately 50 people to enjoy the art and a beverage in one of Alice's signature tea... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:45:56 -0500 Course in agriculture targets women http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395997.html GRAETTINGER — The Women Managing Crops four-week program is a course designed for women of all ages and experience levels. The program will be conducted from Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon beginning March... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:33:20 -0500 Chamber Ag Breakfast Tuesday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395996.html All Clay County business people are invited to attend the 33rd annual Clay County Ag Breakfast, from 6-9 a.m. today at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The meal will include omelets — choice... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:30:15 -0500 Pony Express Riders celebrate 50 years http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395991.html On March 25, 1967, Stub Johnson, Leo Gray and Wayne Nielsen created The Pony Express Riders of Iowa. They each rode a 100-mile loop starting and ending in Spencer, collecting money to be donated to... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:43:18 -0500 Fish Fry tickets available http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395990.html Spencer Daily Reporter Publisher Paula Buenger purchased her tickets for the upcoming Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis and Spencer Coaches Fish Fry scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the high school... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:37:10 -0500 SACRED GIVING http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395595.html Though thousands of miles, ocean waters and language barriers stand in their way, the students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Spencer and their contemporaries at the La Concorde School in Jacmel,... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:02:56 -0500 Clay County passes 2018 budget http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395596.html The Clay County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday and passed the county's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year. This budget details the submitted expenditures from the various county departments... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:12:01 -0500 Local trio share St. Pat's Day Spirit http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395591.html Three green-wearing altruists traveled through Spencer's nursing homes and assisted living complexes Friday for St. Patrick's Day. Winnie Schoenewe, of Spencer, and Doris Salton marked another... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:47:03 -0500 Local conference takes aim at environmental issues http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395590.html The Citizens' Climate Lobby Wind Region Conference will be conducted at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory March 17-19. The conference focuses on environmental issues impacting Iowa as well as the nation... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:44:00 -0500 Little Mavs annual fundraiser Sunday in Everly http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395584.html EVERLY — Little Mavs annual fundraiser is tapping into the March Madness mania, hosting a luncheon and auction Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly. The event will... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:16:04 -0500 County attorney amends charges in Wahpeton kidnapping case http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395583.html Amended charges filed Thursday spell out reduced — but still serious — potential consequences for one of two Spencer residents accused of kidnapping. Tanner Meysenburg now faces a Class C felony... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:12:35 -0500 The Electoral College is an outdated way to pick a president http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396898.html It is time to elect our next U.S. president by national popular vote, replacing the broken electoral college system. It is outrageous that the winner of the popular vote has not become president in... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:45:07 -0500 Spencer Library receives Black Hills Energy donation for Summer Reading Program http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396893.html Spencer Public Library is pleased to announce it has received $500 from Black Hills Energy for the Spencer Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Last summer, the Library had almost 1,000... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:57:53 -0500 Jump Rope for Heart raises over $11,000 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396911.html Above, over 140 participants from Lincoln Elementary, Spencer Middle and Sacred Heart Elementary schools flooded the Field House floor Tuesday night, raising money for the American Heart Association... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:11:17 -0500 Lakers hold on for sweep of Rochester http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396910.html ESTHERVILLE — The Laker baseball team hosted its first home games against the Yellow Jackets from Rochester Community and Technical College Tuesday. The Lakers were able to draw in a small crowd and... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:09:26 -0500 Bonnie Overocker http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396901.html A celebration of life for Bonnie Overocker, 79, of Milford, will be held at a later date. Bonnie passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Turner Jenness... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:57:38 -0500 Jerome ‘Jerry’ Lehr http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396900.html Services for Jerome "Jerry" Dennis Lehr will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Rev. Curt Batschelet will officiate the service. Jerry was born... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:55:02 -0500 Ag Breakfast serves hundreds to celebrate Agriculture Week http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396897.html Approximately 400 omelets were served to Clay County business people and area residents at the 33rd Annual Clay County Ag Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Omelets,... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:35:59 -0500 Farmers Insurance welcomes Ambassadors to new location http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396896.html Lezlie Pohlman welcomed the Spencer Ambassadors to the new location of her Farmers Insurance agency at 221 Grand Ave. Tuesday morning. Pohlman, a Lake Park native and Buena Vista University graduate,... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:31:58 -0500 Borkowski, Cauthron to wed May 13 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396895.html Rebecca Borkowski, of Everly, daughter of Jill Borkowski and Anthony Borkowski of Everly, and Hunter Cauthron, of Spencer, son of Randy and Leah Cauthron of Spencer, announce their engagement and... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:29:18 -0500 Berryhill, Glover wed in Burlington http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396894.html Samantha Berryhill and Scott Glover were united in marriage on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Burlington. Rev. Will Ryan officiated. Amanda Crispen,... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:25:37 -0500 Tigers wrap indoor slate at USD http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396042.html VERMILLION, S.D. — Spencer's busy indoor stretch of the track and field season finished up Monday with the annual Dan Lennon A High School Meet hosted by the University of South Dakota in the Dakota... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:16:59 -0500 Laker softball finishes Florida trip 8-2 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396003.html CLERMONT, Fla — A big sixth inning pushed the Laker softball squad to a 9-6 victory over Waubonsee Community College in game one on Friday. Shelby Davis and Deanna Gerrard each drove in three runs in... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:14:48 -0500 Laker baseball home opener Tuesday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2396002.html ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes baseball team is moving its series with Rochester Community and Technical College from Tuesday, April 4 to this Tuesday, March 21. This will be the Lakers' home opener,... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:57:51 -0500 Leonard Koch http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395989.html Funeral services for Leonard Koch, 90, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Paul Frederiksen will officiate the... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:35:39 -0500 Doris Jespersen http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395988.html Memorial services for Doris Jespersen, 89, of Spencer, formerly of Royal, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Rev. Mark Wilms will... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:33:25 -0500 June Stevenson http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395987.html Longtime Spencer resident June Stevenson passed away suddenly at her home in Grand Junction, Colorado, on March 17, 2017. She was born to William and Mabel Cairns on May 22, 1926, in Canonsburg,... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:32:07 -0500 Janice Mussack http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395986.html Janice Marie (Kruse) Mussack was born April 11, 1926, to Alvin and Clara (Berg) Kruse on the family farm near Royal, Iowa. She passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa,... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:29:41 -0500 Dean Mitchell http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395985.html Dean W. Mitchell, 77, of Arnolds Park passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at his home with family by his side. He was born July 26, 1939, at Pipestone, Minnesota, to Wallace and Helen Mitchell. His... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:26:24 -0500 In defense of the rowdy movie theater http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395984.html There's a fantastic scene in Scorsese's sophomore feature, "Mean Streets," where young Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel have to lay low for a while. They end up sprawled out in a movie theater, chain... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:08:03 -0500 Change brings challenges and joys http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395982.html While a Greek philosopher said those words around 500 BC, they ring as true today. As much as we would like things to stay just the way they are, for a perfect moment to be frozen in time, it never... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:57:08 -0500 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395980.html The power of pet therapy is thought to be stronger than any medication, not only for people going through tough times or in poor health, but also for the elderly as well. Proven to increase mental... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:28:13 -0500 Iowa Lakes starting AAU basketball team http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395607.html ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Ambush AAU Basketball Program will be offering opportunities through Iowa Lakes and will be known as the Iowa Lakes Ambush. They will be offering travel teams, camps, clinics... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:16:22 -0500 Elite meet overloads BVU http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395603.html STORM LAKE — Buena Vista University brought nearly 40 teams to its Dennis Young Indoor Track Friday night for the first day of back-to-back high school elite meets to be held this weekend. The sheer... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:12:37 -0500 Williamson hits half-court shot for $6,600 prize http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395601.html KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Class of 2012 Spencer High School graduate Ashley Williamson went full on Rick Barry from midcourt last Friday during halftime of the Iowa State versus TCU Big 12 Tournament game... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:39:38 -0500 3 Laker women named all region http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395600.html Three Iowa Lakes Community College women's basketball athletes were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Division II Women's Basketball All-Region teams, announced on March... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:29:59 -0500 Postal potatoes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395599.html There isn't much use in myself bragging about how well I'm doing with my bracket this year — mainly because I'm in last place in the entire office. So far, most babies would point and laugh at my... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:27:31 -0500 Archery Scholarship Fun Shoot raises $1,000 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395598.html The Spencer archery team held its first ever Archery Scholarship Fun Shoot during the program's annual fundraiser last Saturday at Spencer Middle School. Local businesses and schools donated $20... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:20:05 -0500 Janice Mussack http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395582.html Janice M. Mussack, 90, of Decatur, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:09:08 -0500 Ruth Ann Bruns http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395581.html Services for Ruth Ann K. Bruns, 88, of Sutherland, and formerly of Peterson, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson with the Revs. James Owens... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:07:43 -0500 The value of local history http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395580.html Friday morning, I had the opportunity to sit down with Eric Johnson of the The Arnold Group to discuss an upcoming exhibit scheduled for the Clay County Heritage Center focusing on the automotive... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:02:13 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395579.html HF 563 is a bill I sponsored, and I am so proud to say we were able to pass it off of the House floor on Wednesday of this week. This bill requires coaches to know how to do CPR. Additionally, this... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:55:48 -0500 The Johnson Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395578.html Thanks to all who attended last Saturday's town halls in Spencer and Spirit Lake. The large crowds are evidence that many northwest Iowans are concerned about the extreme agenda being foisted on them... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:49:39 -0500 She's a grand old lady http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395569.html STORM LAKE — She stands there in her full glory under the reaching-for-the-sky maples. She has seen the comings and goings of Storm Lake for over a century. The Gables on Geneseo has had many faces... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:32:12 -0500 Uncertain political world faces transgender Americans http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395567.html STORM LAKE — Angus Pollock has made the difficult transition from woman to man, but American society is still embroiled in its slow transition to acceptance and understanding. Angus, a student and... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:40:01 -0500 Local joint surgery gets Mako makeover http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395566.html SPIRIT LAKE — Lake Regional Healthcare providers are keeping up with technological advances in the surgical field — even if it means a latex-covered hand isn't holding tools to guide the procedure.... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:27:19 -0500 Maize on Mars http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395561.html AMES — Surrounded by a red rocky surface as far as the eye can see, you look up and gaze at the planet Earth in the distance. Your stomach growls and you realize it is time for dinner. Heading back... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:21:04 -0500 SHS Mock Trial advances to state http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395553.html On Wednesday, the Spencer High School Mock Trial Team sent two teams of lawyers and witnesses to face off in the mock court of law against several other teams from around Iowa in their regional... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:08:20 -0500 ILCC nursing students collect for UDMO http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395550.html EMMETSBURG — The Iowa Lakes Community College nursing class, that will be graduating in July, held a movie matinee Saturday, Feb. 25, showing “Trolls” at the Riviera Theatre in Emmetsburg. Admission... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:02:50 -0500 Around Campus http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395547.html BROOKINGS, S.D. — The following area students graduated after the fall 2016 session at South Dakota State University: Logan Ruth Egland, of Ruthven, Associate of Science, agriculture and biological... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:56:21 -0500 Water Works lawsuit dismissed http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395545.html A United States District Court judge has struck down all of the counts in a high-profile lawsuit in which the Des Moines Water Works sued Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties and drainage districts... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:51:31 -0500 Ducks Unlimited launches new online films in March http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395543.html MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ducks Unlimited is launching another season of its acclaimed online film series, “DU Films,” in March. Watch a preview of this year’s series, as well as films from previous seasons,... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:45:53 -0500 March is Leopold Month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395537.html Sometimes in late winter, we are looking for a good escape. If you can’t travel physically, you can choose a good book that helps you “travel” in other ways. One of my favorite books is Aldo... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:37:09 -0500 Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club offers Jim McDonnell Scholarship http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395533.html This is the time of year that high school seniors spend a lot of time filling out post secondary scholarship applications. Area seniors who are planning on going into programs featuring environmental... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:32:38 -0500 Catch walleyes in rivers now http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395532.html For the most part, ice fishing came to an early end this year. That means that open water fishing will have an early start: In fact, throughout the Midwest, some anglers are already enjoying open... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:31:33 -0500 What is Mother Nature doing? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2395530.html Stunned. Twice, that is. That’s the word I first felt on Monday, March 6, as I watched the wind totally destroy the ice on the Okoboji chain of lakes. By Tuesday, East Okoboji was totally open, and I... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:23:45 -0500