Spencer Daily Reporter News http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/news/ News headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us THE BIG REVEAL http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415474.html With the 2016-17 performance year recently completed, the leadership at Spencer Community Theatre were anxious to reveal the next season’s lineup. Thursday night, at a special reveal party,... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:58:39 -0500 ‘Freedom is not free’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415473.html AYRSHIRE — This Memorial Day, veterans will be honored with a new memorial in Ayrshire, during the community’s Memorial Day celebrations. An 8-foot high granite rock, engraved in remembrance of... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:50:43 -0500 Parade to ignite Spencer Memorial Day events http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415468.html Memorial Day celebrations in Spencer will be Monday. The event will begin with a 9:30 a.m. parade, launching from the Clay County Administration Building and ending at the Riverside Cemetery, where... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:39:49 -0500 Hospital compounding room remodel approved http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415466.html During Thursday’s Spencer Hospital Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees voted to approve a $228,283 bid from Midstates Builders, for the remodel of the hospital pharmacy’s compounding room. The... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:31:05 -0500 City provides tree-trimming notice http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415465.html On June 1 the city of Spencer will begin its annual survey regarding trees and branches which hang over public right-of-way in the area of town south of the railroad tracks, listed as the south... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:29:21 -0500 Mandelkow charges amended as trial date approaches http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415464.html The trial date for a Lake Park man accused of robbing a rural restaurant at gunpoint remained on track as of late Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Mandelkow is scheduled to stand trial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday,... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:25:19 -0500 Centennial Birthday Bash to close out ’17 fair http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415458.html A birthday party worthy of 100 years will close the 2017 Clay County Fair. The fair's Centennial Birthday Bash, honoring grandstand spectacles of the past, as well as local entertainers of today,... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:16:46 -0500 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 Moore reflects on 22 years at BVU helm http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415428.html STORM LAKE — "There is very little substance in life when you do things by yourself,” Fred Moore, Buena Vista University president, said as as he discussed the achievements in the 22 years he has... Fri, 26 May 2017 00:11:36 -0500 Destination Iowa: Enjoy an Electric Weekend in Boone http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415451.html BOONE ― When school lets out for the summer, it doesn't mean that the learning has to stop. Two and half hours away, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is hosting a new weekend event focusing... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:21:27 -0500 SHS concert band scores I at state contest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415454.html Students in the music department at Spencer High School were recently rewarded for their hard work and efforts this spring as they received a Division I rating for their performance in Class 3A at... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:04:24 -0500 Giovanni’s: A taste of Italy is coming to Storm Lake http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415450.html STORM LAKE ― He comes from the far reaches of Italy to serve up Italy’s finest cuisine to Storm Lake. Who am I talking about? Giovanni Zequiri will be soon be opening up Giovanni’s Italian... Thu, 25 May 2017 21:37:34 -0500 Milford city zoning to keep Zippers closed http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415424.html MILFORD — An April 9 fire that destroyed Zippers Gentleman’s Club in Milford may have brought an end to exotic performances in the city. “It will not be able to rebuild as Zippers,” Milford City... Thu, 25 May 2017 20:44:10 -0500 St Alban's calls a new priest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415402.html The vestry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Spirit Lake, has called the Rev. Thomas Early to be priest in charge at St. Alban’s, beginning on July 1. Early completed his studies at the School of... Thu, 25 May 2017 20:37:42 -0500 SCT Playhouse presents Tonic Sol-fa http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415398.html The SCT Playhouse will welcome Tonic Sol Fa on Thursday, June 22, for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also... Thu, 25 May 2017 19:50:10 -0500 State’s new fireworks law sparks local discussion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415395.html Local boards and councils are readdressing ordinances and restrictions after state officials broadened Iowa’s fireworks laws. Former Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law earlier this month... Thu, 25 May 2017 19:35:31 -0500 Milford City Council accepts police chief’s resignation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415393.html MILFORD — One of the area’s most established law enforcement officers is stepping down. The Milford City Council on Monday accepted the resignation of their chief of police. Vernon Flack will bring... Thu, 25 May 2017 19:30:16 -0500 IRRMA seeks volunteers for upcoming concert season http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415386.html ARNOLDS PARK — The Iowa Rock ‘n' Roll Music Association will be holding a volunteer meeting on Thursday June 1 at the Iowa Rock ‘n' Roll Museum in Arnolds Park, starting at 6 p.m. Volunteers are... Thu, 25 May 2017 18:38:03 -0500 Countdown to RAGBRAI Spencer overnight stay http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415385.html This is part of a series of weekly updates from the 2017 Spencer RAGBRAI Committee leading up the July 23 overnight stay in Spencer. Look for the weekly updates and information exclusively on the... Thu, 25 May 2017 18:26:28 -0500 Business Brief http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2415381.html Thu, 25 May 2017 18:07:54 -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 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 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 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 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 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