Spencer Daily Reporter Headlines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com News from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us February Fireworks http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387546.html It took a while to get there, but once the topic of last week’s collective bargaining legislation hit the floor at Saturday’s Eggs & Issues session, the gloves came off in council chambers at Spencer... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:50:18 -0600 Wahpeton break-in leads to kidnapping charges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388419.html Two Spencer residents face assault, robbery and kidnapping charges after a break-in at an occupied apartment Monday night in Wahpeton. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is still putting together... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:28:54 -0600 Maurer employees celebrate CircleR unveiling http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388860.html Just in time for the ConExpo-Con/AGG event in Las Vegas, Maurer Manufacturing, of Spencer, introduced its its new CircleR side-dump trailer. The new piece of equipment was unveiled Tuesday at a... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:57:06 -0600 Wahpeton break-in leads to kidnapping charges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388865.html WAHPETON — The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office has released new information stemming from its assault, robbery and kidnapping investigation Monday night in Wahpeton. Authorities on Tuesday filed a... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:54:30 -0600 Leibold provides insight to global, local markets http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388863.html Area farmers took advantage of professional advice from area agriculture experts during the 33rd Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show. One of the presenters was Kelvin Leibold,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:11:06 -0600 Kruse gives CommStock insight at Ag Outlook http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388867.html The 2017 Ag Outlook kicked off Tuesday morning with a presentation from CommStock Investments President David Kruse. He spoke about the current risk of the agriculture sector due to changes in the... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:36:28 -0600 All that power http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388864.html Agricultural producers and businessmen gathered at the Clay County Regional Events Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday as they took part in the 33rd Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook. The event,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:06:51 -0600 Comedian ends Ag Outlook on a light note http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388862.html On a day typically characterized by heavy farm equipment, market conditions and production practices, the final presentation at the 33rd Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook had producers and... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:56:20 -0600 Early thaw not expected to last http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388859.html Unseasonably warm temperatures have served as a reminder to northwest Iowans of the days to come. Unfortunately, spring is still several weeks away and residents should prepare for the thawed ground... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:35:22 -0600 Fair, Arts on Grand to host centennial art contest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387450.html The Clay County Fair and Arts on Grand are collaborating on a commemorative art project contest, "100 Years of The Clay County Fair" to help commemorate the centennial celebration of the “World’s... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:41:16 -0600 Spencer native donates for new park shelter http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387454.html A donation of $100,000 has been given to the Spencer Parks Department to be put toward a new shelter in North School Park. Former Spencer resident Robert Wright, who was born in Spencer in 1927,... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:17:21 -0600 Lifelong resident seeks to give back on council http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387453.html Lifelong Spencer resident and Spencer Hospital employee Dana Kramer has entered his name for consideration to fill the vacant Ward 4 Spencer City Council seat left by recently elected Clay County... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:13:24 -0600 Wilson re-enters supervisors race http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387451.html Mike Wilson has once again entered his name for consideration in the race for Clay County supervisor. Wilson initially campaigned for one of two open seats on the board of supervisors during the... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:56:35 -0600 ‘Do not get too comfortable with this, it’s not going to last forever’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387449.html Don’t break out the bathing suits and suntan lotion just yet. That caution provided courtesy of Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, who suggested the current warming... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:44:41 -0600 Self-started golf ball recycling business comes to Spencer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387423.html As a resident of Arizona, David Brink spent his childhood collecting abandoned golf balls with his friends and selling them at garage sales. What started as a way to earn a little extra money has now... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:19:24 -0600 Donna Pena http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388857.html Funeral services for Donna Louise (Selzer) Pena, 82, of San Fernando, California, formerly of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:47:47 -0600 Boettcher, Petzenhauser, Wilson named all district http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388868.html Sioux Central's Dani Boettcher, Spencer's Keeley Petzenhauser and Clay Central-Everly's Kennedy Wilson earned postseason recognition Wednesday from the Iowa Girls' Athletic Coaches Association being... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:38:36 -0600 Kevin Franker http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388858.html Services are pending for Kevin Franker, 54, of Viborg, South Dakota, formerly of Royal. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:17:04 -0600 Larry Haydter http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388856.html Larry Edward Haydter, 75, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Feb. 18, 2017, from a stroke. Larry was born May 30, 1941, in Spencer, Iowa. After serving four years in the Navy, Larry spent most of... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:11:37 -0600 Area FFA chapters diligence recognized http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388854.html Each year the the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee encourages area FFA chapters to submit a detailed account of their activities during the previous year. Prior to the Ag Outlook, the... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:02:40 -0600 Need help with your heating bill? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388853.html The 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:00:22 -0600 Driving the wedge http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388852.html There are a great many divisions in our society that have come to light over the course of our latest election. Some of them, I will admit, are more worthwhile than others. However, you can rest... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:58:07 -0600 Track and field parent meeting Thursday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388089.html The Spencer High School track and field coaching staff will be holding an open meeting with the parents of Tiger boys and girls track and field athletes Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in the SHS lunch room.... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:05:13 -0600 Sirens - Feb. 21 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388372.html Feb. 9 — Gasim John Zakarya, 31, Spencer Probation violation --- Feb. 9 — Randall Lee Bates Jr., 26, Spencer Lottery Ticket — theft/forgery --- Feb. 9 — Kaycee Jo Hughes, 20, Spencer Fourth-degree... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:29:52 -0600 Coming up short http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388093.html SPIRIT LAKE — Brady Kluender left it all on the floor Monday night in district play against the Spirit Lake Indians. The Tiger junior poured in a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the third... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:19:04 -0600 Hoefling places 8th http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388092.html DES MOINES — Spencer heavyweight Nic Hoefling (36-7) met a familiar foe in the 2A, 285-pound seventh place match at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships this past Saturday, taking on Sioux Center’s... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:17:12 -0600 Southeastern rallies to top Laker women http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388091.html WEST BURLINGTON — The Laker women's basketball team fell on the road at Southeastern Community College 75-59 Saturday. The Lakers played a tough first half with Southeastern down 28-26 at half.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:15:49 -0600 Lakers trounce Warriors http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388090.html ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team moved to 18-7 on the season with an 88-73 win over Little Priest Tribal College Saturday. The Lakers were led by Kyle Beisch with 24 points. Mitch... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:15:18 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388088.html This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “Million Hearts” — a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017 — are... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:13:18 -0600 ‘Change Lanes to Pass’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388087.html I am aghast at how many people — both cyclists and non-cyclists — believe that requiring cyclists to operate with bicycle lights will solve the growing number of fatalities on Iowa roadways. Iowa... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:12:05 -0600 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388086.html Nasty rumors have been “floating” around out there about Lost Island Lake, the Iowa DNR, and what was going to happen with the lake — and there’s not a “floating” truth to them. The rumors included... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:10:53 -0600 Mainstream? Nah, we’re Main Street http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388085.html Man, it’s easy to get depressed about the state of the world when you turn on the television or look at a national magazine or newspaper. Yes, we have challenges. Yes, our nation is more polarized... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:09:29 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388084.html I recently attended a training about agriculture in the classroom. This training was put on by Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom and Clay County Farm... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:08:43 -0600 Jones welcomes Spencer insurance agent http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388083.html DES MOINES — Last week Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, met with Scott Simpson, an Independent Insurance Agent of Iowa. Simpson was visiting the Capitol to talk with legislators as a part of... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:06:42 -0600 Scouts attend Klondike Derby http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388082.html After a few modifications to accommodate for the lack of snow, the Boy Scouts’ annual Klondike Derby was held at Scharnberg Park Saturday. A variety of events, including the state wrestling... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:03:21 -0600 Family Fest set for March 4 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388081.html The Clay County Regional Events Center and Positively Spencer Youth will host Clay County’s seventh annual Family Fest at the Events Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Family Fest is... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:01:59 -0600 Koenig wants to keep county in the black http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388080.html While Marty Koenig had been somewhat interested in county politics in the past, he had never run for office. However, with the unexpected passing of Clay County Supervisor Linda Swanson, Koenig... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:00:30 -0600 City storm sewer project to include Cobbs Court http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388079.html The city staff has continued to keep several plates spinning as multiple improvement projects continue to progress in Spencer. Monday night, contracts were awarded for the Grand Avenue Bridge... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:58:58 -0600 Location of former pastor’s trial still undecided http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388078.html Judge Nancy Whittenburg heard arguments on Monday to determine if a well-known pastor and nonprofit director could get a fair trial in Clay County. As of now, Kevin Grimes is scheduled to stand trial... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:57:35 -0600 Podium bound http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387503.html DES MOINES — Spencer heavyweight Nic Hoefling entered the Iowa State Wrestling Championships as the No. 7-ranked big man in 2A. He'll grapple for that very position Saturday in Wells Fargo Arena... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:30:14 -0600 The successful addiction http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387499.html All through middle school, high school and college I did a lot of volunteer work. For the most part, I volunteered because of my involvement in Boy Scouts. However, when I got to college, and didn't... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:14:06 -0600 Lakers to host LPTC http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387481.html ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes basketball will play the Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) Warriors today at 3 p.m. The men’s basketball team defeated North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) this past... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:52:07 -0600 Mark it down http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387480.html Working this job and being a graduate of Clay Central-Everly isn't always the easiest thing in the world. From one perspective, it's pretty great. Starting this type of work pretty fresh out of... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:50:36 -0600 Briar Cliff announces new football coach http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387476.html SIOUX CITY — Briar Cliff University is excited to announce the hiring of the new head football coach, Dennis E. Wagner. Wagner comes to Briar Cliff with experience at all levels of collegiate... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:46:56 -0600 Around Campus http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387433.html MANKATO, Minn. — The academic high honor and honor lists (dean's lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato, have been announced by Provost and Senior Vice President for... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:49:43 -0600 Louis Hansen http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387448.html Louis R. Hansen, 63, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born on Oct. 16, 1953, in Spencer, Iowa, to Edgar Andrew and... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:22:12 -0600 The migration begins http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387447.html Trumpeter swans arrived at King’s Pointe in Storm Lake Tuesday, joining the hundreds of Canada geese who have rested on the melting ice on their journey north, and some resident birds who have ridden... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:19:31 -0600 Jackson County man faces child solicitation charges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387446.html LAKEFIELD, Minn. — As Jackson County deputies were entering his home, Gregory Fitzloff, of Lakefield, Minnesota, was locking himself in a bathroom on the main level of the house. He had his phone... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:17:50 -0600 Questions and assumptions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387445.html In today’s critical political climate, any story in print or broadcast media is under scrutiny for the “slant” or “angle” from which it is intended to sway public thought. While most of this targeted... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:13:39 -0600 The Johnson Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387444.html If Republicans get their way in the Iowa Legislature — and they will — you can kiss your Valentine good-bye if you are a teacher, county or city employee, or state worker. The GOP is out to scrap the... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:09:10 -0600 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387440.html HF 291 makes reforms to public employment. This was the "hot button" bill this week and you probably heard of it referred to as "the collective bargaining bill." First and foremost, this bill does... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:05:10 -0600 ILCC Trustees receive progress report on grant to strengthen education http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387438.html The Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon and learned about the positive impact of the Title III grant which will help the college strengthen education through technology, curriculum and... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:00:47 -0600 Former Arnolds Park man placed on Florida sex offender registry http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387435.html The former Arnolds Park man who was caught in a 2012 child predator sting has been released from a Florida prison. Frederick Joseph Wilson was added to the list of Florida sexual offenders and... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:53:51 -0600 Sacred Heart students CDA posters advance http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387434.html Fourth- to sixth-grade students at Sacred Heart School in Spencer recently entered the Catholic Daughters' of the Americas, Court No. 408, annual poster contest. Entries were to reflect one of the... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:47:40 -0600 Business Briefs http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387428.html Spencer Municipal Utilities recently promoted Mike Carlson as the company’s new assistant general manager. Carlson has been with SMU for almost five years and has gained a vast knowledge of SMU... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:29:40 -0600 Recycled Fish transitions to new leadership http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386254.html Started in 2004 by Teeg Stouffer, Recycled Fish focuses on a lifestyle of stewardship to protect waters and fisheries for future generations. Over the past 13 years, the organization has grown to a... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:02:43 -0600 Permanent ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386253.html The Iowa DNR has issued a reminder that permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Monday, Feb. 20. Anglers are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:59:36 -0600 Plant edible habitat and conservation cover http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386252.html DES MOINES — Create some habitat and conservation foodscapes, with the Wild Edibles Specialty Packet from Iowa’s State Forest Nursery. “The packet consists of tree and shrub species selected for... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:58:05 -0600 Various fish through the ice http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386251.html Boy oh boy what an ice fishing season it’s been across the Midwest, and it’s not done yet. There is still lots of time to go fishing and lots of fish are still out there waiting to be caught. This... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:55:30 -0600 Late ice and big crappies http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386250.html There is something special about late ice fishing. The fish can really go on a fantastic bite. Of course, this is also the time to be careful of ice conditions. This year, especially, ice depth isn’t... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:49:44 -0600