Spencer Daily Reporter Headlines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com News from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Rural School Advocates strive for improvements http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350619.html The Rural School Advocates of Iowa discussed issues that are impeding the best possible education for rural students and chose four key focus points to be set for the 2017 legislative agenda. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:31:42 -0500 'Terrors of the Night' await http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350336.html When the doors on the Jaycees Haunted House open at 8 p.m. Friday, it will mark the culmination of a busy three-plus weeks of preparation by club members. And Jaycees President and Haunted House... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:18:47 -0500 Blue Zones Summit spurs Spencer growth http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350267.html The second Blue Zones Summit concluded in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this week and Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen returned with many new contacts and ideas to further the program. "There were people... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:27:11 -0500 Trees move from Graham to golf course http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350264.html Over the last several days, Spencer Municipal Golf Course Superintendent Brian Mohr has been transplanting trees and shrubs from behind Graham Tire to the Spencer Municipal Golf Course. Graham Tire... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:16:07 -0500 Local car sales stay on track http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350262.html Rising costs associated with new cars have affected the rate at which new vehicles are sold and slowed the availability of used cars. Local car markets report new car prices have been rising at a... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:12:32 -0500 Police, PSY to conduct ‘Drug Take Back’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350261.html The Spencer Police Department and Positively Spencer Youth will partner for a Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Police Department, 712 Grand Ave. Area residents... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:06:31 -0500 SPD, local teens connect over ‘Zombie Tag’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350258.html The Spencer Public Library was alive Saturday night. The library partnered with the Spencer Police Department to offer an after-hours event for teens called Cops and Zombies. Three police officers... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:04:15 -0500 Ernst visits Clay County residents http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350021.html U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, began her day in Clay County Tuesday as part of 99-county tour, discussing politics, Washington, D.C., and agriculture policies. Ernst joined the weekly Coffee With the... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:34:40 -0500 Former Iams owner shares entrepreneurial philosophy http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350020.html Raised on a farm in northern Ohio, Clay Mathile transformed his humble beginnings as the son of a farmer and a school teacher, into a career that led him from General Motors and Campbell's Soup to... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:31:32 -0500 Fertilizer spill reroutes traffic http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350019.html PETERSON — A 21-year-old Greenville man was transported by private vehicle to Spencer Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries following a Wednesday morning accident on Clay County Road M27 leading... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:25:06 -0500 TechKnow, West O, Daybreak honored http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350008.html The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation recognized two individuals and three regional businesses during its annual Business Recognition Luncheon Wednesday at the Clay County Regional Events... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:31:03 -0500 Valero spreads wealth to local charities http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350007.html Valero Renewables-Hartley donated $30,000 to four local charities Wednesday morning as a result of the fundraising events held by the company. The four recipients of the annual charity donations are:... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:21:08 -0500 ADA Council conducts Rural Transportation Forum http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350006.html The Spencer ADA Council with support from Northwest Iowa Care Connections, brought community members, healthcare providers, city officials and county representatives together at the Spencer Community... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:16:56 -0500 CC-E, Conservation Office combine for UDMO food drive http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349989.html The Clay Central-Everly School District in cooperation with the Clay County Conservation Board will conduct a food drive for the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Bank. Canned items, non-perishables... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:31:07 -0500 Final weekend of Addams madness at SCT http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349988.html “The Addams Family: The Musical” will begin its final weekend of shows at SCT with a bonus performance tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows this weekend include 7:30 p.m. curtains on... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:28:57 -0500 Spencer Rotary prepares for fall book sale http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349987.html The Spencer Rotary Club has started collecting books for the 2016 Rotary Book Sale, Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The 25th annual book sale is... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:27:56 -0500 Traffic stop leads to crack-cocaine charges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349986.html A traffic stop by a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy resulted in the arrest of a North Dakota man and a Nebraska woman on traffic and drug charges. At approximately 11:40 p.m. the deputy initiated a... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:24:51 -0500 Caring for children http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349014.html Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Autumn’s Center invite the public to its grand opening from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the new regional children’s center located at 120 E. Fifth St. in... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:20:42 -0500 3-hour standoff ends with arrest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349012.html A 35-year-old Spencer man faces multiple charges, including a felony drug charge, following a three-hour standoff with Spencer Police, the Clay County Sheriff’s deputies and responders from the... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:16:27 -0500 Keeping tenants safe http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349011.html The Spencer Fire Department is preparing to begin a voluntary inspection program for rental properties in the city. Spencer Fire Chief John Conyn stressed that the inspections are on a volunteer... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:12:31 -0500 Council approves subdivision and trail study http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349007.html A motion was passed by the Spencer City Council, approving the plat of Windcrest First Addition as a subdivision of the city of Spencer. As discussed at previous council meetings, the plat, which is... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:56:50 -0500 Local FFA members to attend national convention http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349005.html Members of the Spencer and Clay Central-Everly FFA clubs will be attending the annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 19-22. The CC-E FFA advisor Betsy Schoelerman said nine... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:51:53 -0500 PALS, exchange students spend day at zoo http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348993.html The Clay County PALS spent the day at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Above) Also joining in the group fun for the day were three foreign exchange students... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:58:02 -0500 2 Spencer men arrested on drug charges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348992.html MILFORD — On Thursday, Milford Police arrested a pair of Spencer teens and charged both with felony intent to deliver charges. At 9:42 p.m., during a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Ranger in the area of... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:45:58 -0500 Freewill crop sale to benefit Upper Des Moines http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348988.html Spencer resident Gary Holck will host a freewill sale of his garden yields from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with all proceeds going to Upper Des Moines Opportunity of Clay and Palo Alto... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:26:33 -0500 Iowa Lakes Community College 50th celebration next weekend http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350713.html ESTHERVILLE — The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Iowa Lakes Community College will be held the evening of Saturday, Oct. 29, at the SERT Facility, 2421 Seventh Ave. S. on the Estherville Campus.... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:52:02 -0500 Happy Hauntings: Halloween anticipation brings best out of Delaneys http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350727.html The Delaneys are a typical Spencer family. Brandon is the manager at Sherwin Williams, and Cara is a teacher’s aide at Johnson Elementary School. They have two young boys, Christian and Nicholas, who... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:46:25 -0500 Final weekend of Addams madness http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350726.html “The Addams Family: The Musical” will continue its final weekend of shows at Spencer Community Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. curtain Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday to close out the run. (Above) The... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:45:08 -0500 Pro Ag Outlook Forum to be held in Spencer, Le Mars http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350725.html The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be conducting the Pro Ag Outlook Forum Nov. 9. The forum will be available at the Spencer Schools Administration Building, beginning at 8:30... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:44:28 -0500 Serving Spencer with food safety http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350724.html Tuesday, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Spencer will be conducting a food safety training course for food service managers. The class will be based off of the ServSafe... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:43:45 -0500 Food poisoning initiative in action http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350723.html A new joint initiative to reduce the impact of reported foodborne illness in Iowa provides a hotline and investigation for cases of food poisoning to prevent outbreaks. The Iowa Department of Public... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:43:13 -0500 Attempted murder case receives Jan. 31 trial date http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350722.html SPIRIT LAKE — Dick-inson County Attorney Jon Martin has filed additional charges, and a Spirit Lake man accused of shooting his next door neighbor now has a trial date. Martin thinks 54-year-old... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:42:30 -0500 Melvin Myers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350255.html Melvin “Mel” H. Myers passed away at Mayo Clinic on Oct. 16, 2016. Mel was a devoted friend, adored husband, talented artist, and beloved teacher, whose large frame and gruff exterior belied the... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:41:30 -0500 Lavon Watts http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350721.html Lavon “Bonnie” O. Watts, 100, of Alta, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the Sunset Kn-oll Care and Rehab Center of Aurelia. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at 2... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:40:24 -0500 The happy haunts of Schaller http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350720.html SCHALLER ― “Halloween is a little fake reprieve from the real world. Who doesn;t like to be scared just a little ― that;s the thrill of it.” So says Trevor Toft, mild-mannered banker by... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:38:21 -0500 Fight with Finley: Brunsvolds join Shayla Bee family http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350718.html SPIRIT LAKE — Jon and Elizabeth Brunsvold held their infant son Finley as a slew of motorcyclists rolled up the driveway of their Spirit Lake home. The of sound of roaring engines was soon replaced... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:37:02 -0500 Clay County 4-H youth staff receive national recognition http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350716.html Over the last five years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — Clay County 4-H Youth Development program staff has put into action a clearly defined plan for building capacity through... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:30:52 -0500 Harris-Lake Park superintendent announces retirement http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350714.html LAKE PARK — Harris-Lake Park Community School District Superintendent Dennis Peters greets students each morning as they walk through the middle/high school doors to start the day. He said he also... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:28:18 -0500 True wealth http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350712.html My dad’s father, John Henry Tillison, was in the Air Force for more than 20 years, and he probably had the most rigorous work ethic I have ever known. He always worked harder than anyone around him... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:26:09 -0500 Forgotten northwest Iowa http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350711.html In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the middle of a major election cycle. Don’t fear my liberal friends, I’m not going to do any candidate advocating, though I’m sure most of you who read this column... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:25:40 -0500 Early and often: Tigers pounce on Bulldogs, 56-14 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350710.html It’s never easy to predict how a team will play when they’ve got nothing to lose which was the case for both squads Friday night at Dale Norton Field as Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton had... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:23:07 -0500 Hawks shut down Mavs, 68-6 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350707.html ROYAL — The tone for Friday night’s season-ending tussle between Remsen St. Mary’s and Clay Central-Everly was set from the very beginning as the Hawks forced a Maverick three-and-out on the opening... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:21:20 -0500 Late miscue dooms Rebels, 17-14 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350706.html ARMSTRONG — For the second straight game Sioux Central held a halftime lead only to see a fourth quarter special teams miscue on a punt attempt foil their efforts as the Rebels fell 17-14 to North... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:20:51 -0500 Plant some fall color this year with a packet from the State Forest Nursery http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350617.html AMES — Love fall color? Plant some for yourself with a fall color seedling packet from the DNR State Forest Nursery. October kicks off another year of special seedling packets. This month's features... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:18:14 -0500 Pheasant forecast across the Midwest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350613.html Not long ago, we took a close look at pheasant numbers and what our pheasant season might be here in northwest Iowa. Pheasants Forever puts together a 2016 Pheasant Hunting Forecast for all of the... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:18:04 -0500 Interesting facts about bats http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350615.html Halloween is just around the corner, and one animal associated with this holiday is the bat. Because bats are secretive and active only at night, people don’t understand and are afraid of them. Bats... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:17:49 -0500 7 ways to prep for fall hunting in Iowa http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350616.html DES MOINES — Are you ready for some hunting? Iowa’s most popular hunting seasons are just around the corner. Here are tips and resources to help you get ready: 1. Still time for a hunter education... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:17:34 -0500 Catch crappies right now http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350614.html From now until the lakes freeze over, crappies can, in many bodies of water across the Midwest and elsewhere, be found in deep water. In some lakes, they might be in 30 feet of water right on the... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:17:12 -0500 Unleash Wild Thing http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350705.html Let me preface this by saying I’ve never watched Major League all the way through. I know, I know, it’s one of “those” sports movies that everyone has to see, but to be fair, it came out when I was... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:15:50 -0500 MaxYield hosts grain importers from Mexico http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350630.html BELMOND — On Thursday, MaxYield Cooperative hosted representatives from five Mexican grain importers at the company’s grain facility in Belmond. The grain buyers were visiting cooperatives, grain... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:18:41 -0500 Mom, dad, I'm gay... http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350636.html “You have questions, we have answers.” That was the promise of an LGBTQ+ open panel discussion with gay or transgender students and staff members at Buena Vista University Monday evening, coinciding... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:05:52 -0500 Herd escapee or wandering guest? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350621.html SPIRIT LAKE — Courtney Bolluyt was driving along 240th Avenue on the west side of Big Spirit Lake with her husband on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13, when she spotted something large in the water.... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:28:49 -0500 Local pastors invite Christians to unite in PRAYER FOR AMERICA http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350309.html A group of local pastors hope that the grandstands will be rocking on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30. There won't be any football players on the grass at Dale Norton Field for the audience in the stands... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:26:02 -0500 Photo finish http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350301.html For the second year in a row, Spencer Municipal Golf Course played host to the district's 3A state qualifying meet, and for the second year in a row Bishop Heelan, Humboldt and Spencer have made it... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:03:14 -0500 Gridiron Glance http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350276.html Spencer and Algona last bumped heads in 2013 when Matt Finnern and company ran up 42 points on the Bulldogs in a 42-12 blowout. The Tiger run game put up 394 yards and six touchdowns to overwhelm the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:43:31 -0500 June Campbell http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350257.html Services are pending for June Thiesen Campbell, 88, of Spencer, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Longhouse-Residence in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:52:24 -0500 Juanita Peterson http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350256.html Funeral services for Juanita Grace Haburn Peterson, 91, of Spencer, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Spencer. Rev. Curtis Batschelet will officiate the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:49:04 -0500 Alice Dotson http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350254.html Funeral services for Alice Laota Dotson, 99, of Spencer, formerly of Langdon, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Langdon Methodist Church in Langdon. Rev. Jan Whiteman will... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:39:36 -0500 Hike the Wild comes to Diamond Lake http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350253.html OKOBOJI — "I never knew this place existed!" Dickinson County naturalists Mary Petersen and Charles Vigdal hear this comment during almost every Hike the Wild program, which takes people to public... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:32:41 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350251.html When my wife, Jane, was in Tanzania a year ago at this time on a Lutheran mission trip, the girls at the school they were supporting asked many questions. They were just weeks away from a... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:04:40 -0500 Randy’s Review: ‘The Accountant’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350249.html Ben Affleck took off Batman’s cape and cowl and donned a suit and pocket protector to play a functionally autistic man who is brilliant with numbers as an accountant, needs to finish projects he... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:51:53 -0500 ArtRageous headed to Orange City http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350247.html ORANGE CITY — ArtRageous is coming to Orange City, for a 7 p.m. show Thursday, Oct. 27, in the chapel at Northwestern College. The performance, an interactive arts and music extravaganza, comes to... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:44:21 -0500 All about that bass http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350246.html ESTHERVILLE — The 26th Iowa Lakes Community College Annual Jazz Festival is set for Thursday, Oct. 27. Jazz artists will perform a Convocation/Clinic Concert at 9 a.m. for middle school, high school... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:41:08 -0500 Spencer hosts 3A district XC today http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350031.html Twelve 3A schools, including Spencer, will take to Spencer Municipal Golf Course today for the district state qualifying meet. The girls race is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with boys to follow. The... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:04:11 -0500 Wolverines bounce Rebels in 4 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350030.html PAULLINA — The season came to a close for Sioux Central's volleyball girls Tuesday night. The 7-19 Rebels hit the road for round one, playing against a 15-17 South O'Brien squad. The Wolverines got... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:02:42 -0500 No. 15 'Dogs end Spencer's season http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350029.html LE MARS — The Tigers needed to be at the top of their game to knock off No. 15-ranked Le Mars in the 4A regional opener Wednesday night. The perfect performance wasn't in the cards for Spencer as the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:29 -0500 H-LP knocks off GT/RA with sweep http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350028.html LAKE PARK — Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and its seven wins on the season entered the first round of regional play as the unquestioned underdog against a 20-win Harris-Lake Park team which had... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:57:02 -0500 Mavs done after G-LR sweep http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350027.html GEORGE — The first round of regional play put Clay Central-Everly in an uphill battle Tuesday night as the Mavs entered their postseason opener winless against a 14-14 George-Little Rock squad. The... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:55:43 -0500 Tigers crush Storm Lake, Metro in final dual http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350026.html The regular season finale couldn't have gone much better for Spencer's swim girls. Not only did the Tigers get to host their final double dual of the season at Spencer Family Y, but the team also put... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:55:01 -0500 Tritons dish out sweep to Lakers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350025.html FORT DODGE — The Iowa Lakes women's volleyball team traveled to Fort Dodge Wednesday night to take on Iowa Central. The Lakers couldn't get their offense going until late in the third set, helping... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:51:01 -0500 Juanita Peterson http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349985.html Funeral services for Juanita G. Peterson, 91, of Spencer, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Spencer. Rev. Curtis Batschelet will officiate the service.... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:01:52 -0500 Alice Dotson http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349983.html Funeral services for Alice Dotson, 99, of Spencer, formerly of Langdon, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Langdon Methodist Church in Langdon. Rev. Jan Whiteman will officiate... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:01:01 -0500 Norman Eastman http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349969.html Norman “Norm” Earl Eastman, 79, of Spencer, Iowa, formerly of Rembrandt, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday,... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:55:47 -0500 The best in us http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349968.html It is my understanding that, on Friday, the United Nations will officially name Wonder Woman as the honorary ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Yes, you read that correctly. The UN is... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:53:06 -0500 Iowa Lakes Trustees select officers for ‘new year’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349967.html ESTHERVILLE — The trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College began their new year during a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Estherville. After approving the agenda and accepting the minutes of the last... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:49:00 -0500 Pair of CC-E student to compete at FFA Agriscience Fair http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349965.html INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — More than 20 agricultural teachers and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to determine what FFA members and teams will compete for top... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:45:45 -0500 Ambassadors tour new Bikes Boards and Shades location http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349964.html Jason and Brandy Chaffin welcomed the Spencer Ambassadors to the new Bikes Boards and Shades location on the west side of Grand Avenue. The move — about two blocks from the previous location —... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:41:56 -0500 Iowa Crops and Weather Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349963.html DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:38:07 -0500 Local VFW, Auxiliary collect Poppy Day donations today http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349961.html VFW Post No. 3159 and Auxiliary members will be providing “annual poppies" to all citizens between 5:30-7:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. at Sisters Main Street Cafe, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and the post... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:30:37 -0500 Questions about jury keep Christensen case in limbo http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2349960.html ESTHERVILLE — A pair of court filings before the end of the month will help Judge David Lester decide whether to uphold Lee Christensen's murder conviction — or order a new trial. Attorneys in the... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:26:55 -0500 Spencer can't bump 'the hump' http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348985.html ALGONA — Last Saturday's Algona volleyball tournament not only pitted Spencer against six other quality programs. The Tigers also encountered the always enigmatic barrier to success known simply as,... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:29:32 -0500 Reading — it's not just for classrooms http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348991.html I've written several times about my lifelong love of reading. From my earliest memories, books were constant friends, instantly taking me from my run-of-the-mill life into different lands, different... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:48:28 -0500 Ask A Trooper: 2016 Harvest Season http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348990.html There is an intersection that some say doesn’t exist. Others say these roads have no business intersecting, they are too far apart. And there are others that bury their heads in their devices,... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:38:25 -0500 IGL TeleConnect thanks area farmers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348989.html Wednesday — on National Farmers’ Day, a day to honor and thank the farmers who work tirelessly to provide food for the world — IGL TeleConnect installation technicians delivered more than 900 bags... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:30:01 -0500 Benjamin named president at Northwest Bank in Spencer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348986.html Joe Conover, northwest Iowa regional president at Northwest Bank, announced that Doug Benjamin has accepted the position as bank president in Spencer. Bejamin’s responsibilities include team... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:12:46 -0500 Tigers 4th at LC invite http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348984.html COUNCIL BLUFFS — Spencer's girls swim crew headed south Saturday for the Melissa Fender Memorial Invitaional hosted by Lewis Central. The Tigers tallied 203 team points to place fourth in the... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:07:16 -0500 Tough weekend for Iowa Lakes volleyball http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348983.html COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Lakes women’s volleyball team traveled to Council Bluffs to play in the Iowa Western Invitational. The team went 1-3 on the weekend losing to Pratt Community College (19-25,... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:03:18 -0500