Spencer Daily Reporter News http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/news/ News headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Meet the Kirbys http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367231.html Steve Sundblad is no stranger to the Spencer Community Theatre stage. He marks his fourth appearance under the lights in the holiday production currently appearing in the playhouse. But taking on the... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:22:45 -0600 Unique class work leads to advanced reading skill http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367202.html Spencer elementary schools promote reading efficiency at an early age through teaching collaboration and thorough individualized curriculum. The system currently in use at the kindergarten and... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:21:13 -0600 Elderbridge aims to extend federal dollars http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367197.html In response to funding challenges, Elderbridge Agency on Aging is taking steps to extend federal funding the nonprofit organization receives. Currently, the agency is finalizing the creation of a... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:20:41 -0600 Sheriff’s office investigating rural vehicle-related crimes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367230.html CLAY COUNTY — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a trio of reported vehicle-related crimes that occurred between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at various locations around the... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:39:24 -0600 Holiday Family Adoption first drop off Saturday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367229.html The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:26:20 -0600 Influenza diagnosed locally; additional flu vaccination clinic planned http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367227.html As anticipated, the flu has hit northwest Iowa with a few cases recently diagnosed locally. Locally, people can get vaccinated against the flu at most pharmacies, the local clinics and Clay County... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:22:06 -0600 Iowa Lakes Dance Team ties for state win http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367228.html The Iowa Lakes Dance Team (above) earned a state title for the third consecutive year at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Championship Dec. 1-2 in Des Moines. The Lakers tied for Community... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:21:18 -0600 UDMO partners to provide Christmas experience for community http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367199.html Clay County Upper Des Moines Opportunity partnered with the Spencer Jaycees and the Spencer Daily Reporter to provide Christmas opportunities for local families. UDMO strives to better the lives of... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:15:17 -0600 County to consider new flood coverage http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367196.html This week, Clay County Zoning Administrator Tammy McKeever informed the Clay County Supervisors that the county has become eligible to enroll in a new program, as part of the National Flood Insurance... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:57:37 -0600 City discusses major projects for CIP plan http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366989.html Nearing the end of the year, the Spencer Committee of the Whole gathered to report on the city's capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Spencer City Mananger Bob Fagen noted... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:13:55 -0600 It's all about the kids http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366965.html This week, the city addressed public perception of the pedestrian crossing on South Grand Avenue. "I'm going to ask you to close your eyes," Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen began. "I want you to look... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:42:48 -0600 Search warrant nets meth arrests http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366931.html The Spencer Police Department executed a search warrant at 6 a.m. Tuesday at 322 E. 10th St. in Spencer leading to the discovery of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and a pair of arrests.... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:26:04 -0600 Library plans prairie-style remodeling http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366963.html The Spencer Public Library has released final plans for floor layout remodeling to take place during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The facility will receive a prairie-style remodeling with new carpeting,... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:21:47 -0600 Branstad agrees to serve as Trump’s ambassador to China http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366958.html Prior to his scheduled visit to Iowa Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump, it was announced that Gov. Terry Branstad has accepted the incoming commander in chief’s offer to assume the role of... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:35:36 -0600 Sioux Central board president honored for excellence http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366932.html DES MOINES — At the Iowa Association of School Boards’ 71st Annual Convention on Nov. 17, Sioux Central board member Lory Krummen was honored with an individual Award of Achievement for 2015-16. The... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:38:42 -0600 Christmas at full swing in Spencer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366046.html Spencer exalted the Christmas season Monday evening with the annual Grand Meander. The city went all out with multiple groups of carolers, a live nativity scene, a visit to the North Pole with a toy... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:57:28 -0600 A morning with Santa at SAAC http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366045.html At the stroke of 9 a.m., the first young ones began to trickle into the Spencer Area Activity Center for A Morning with Santa. Many of the children were immediately enthralled to see Saint Nick, as... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:55:48 -0600 Tour of Homes continues to draw crowds http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366043.html The community came out in force for this year's Tour of Homes, Saturday. Arts on Grand and the Clay County Heritage Center joined together to present the event and provide shuttle transportation for... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:53:49 -0600 Projects approved, delayed and reassessed http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366042.html The Spencer City Council approved a resolution to transfer a portion of city property to the state of Iowa. The western 14 feet of the north half of the lot, which is located on the northeast side of... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:52:42 -0600 Junior LEGO League present year-end showcase http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366041.html Kids from kindergarten through third grade met Sunday evening for the FIRST Lego League Jr. end-of-the-year showcase. For Inspiration and Regcognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, is an... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:34:27 -0600 Spencer teams among local elite http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366040.html ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College hosted 13 teams at the Estherville campus Saturday as part of the FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifying Competition. Three teams have been invited to... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:30:33 -0600 Entertainment Calendar http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367213.html STORM LAKE — The Buena Vista University Concert Band, under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, assistant professor of music, will present its annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. in Schaller Memorial... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:45:24 -0600 Crowder and TobyMac to play RiseFest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367224.html SHELDON — RISE Ministries, the organization behind the Christian music festival RiseFest, is pleased to announce additional artists on the 2017 lineup. Crowd-favorite Crowder will return and Grammy... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:08:52 -0600 Day of Prayer of Solidarity announced http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367222.html STORM LAKE — As the United States Council of Catholic Bishops have declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of Prayer of Solidarity with families of immigrants, all are invited to... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:02:31 -0600 IPTV announces new 'Iowa Press' host http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367212.html JOHNSTON — Veteran political journalist David Yepsen, nationally recognized as an expert on the Iowa political scene, will return to “Iowa Press” as the program host in early 2017. Yepsen takes the... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:04:58 -0600 Henriksen to perform at the Pearson Lakes Art Center http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367209.html OKOBOJI — Glenn Henriksen is back at the Pearson Lakes Art Center to joyously bring in the Christmas season. Come bring your family to see this popular local pianist play and sing for all to enjoy.... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:55:33 -0600 Mencia, Jake ‘The Snake’ bring back-to-back comedy http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2367206.html SIOUX CITY — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City will host back-to-back comedy nights with Carlos Mencia performing Wednesday, Dec. 14, and former WWE wrestler and comedian Jake “The Snake” Roberts... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:53:46 -0600 Sirens http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366961.html Nov. 30 — Chase James Hagedorn, 26, Dickens Domestic abuse assault Driving while license suspended Driving while barred — habitual offender Driving while license suspended, implied consent Possession... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:02:39 -0600 SHRM hosts meeting to build brands for employment http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366964.html The Spencer chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management will be hosting an employer branding opportunity from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 during the organization's meeting at Spencer Municipal... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:24:04 -0600 Maverick girls keep WB-M winless http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366940.html WEST BEND — Something had to give between old Cornbelt Conference rivals Clay Central-Everly and West Bend-Mallard Tuesday night. Both teams entered the game looking to pick up their first win on the... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:14:10 -0600 Judge denies Christensen's new trial bid http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366934.html ESTHERVILLE — Judge David Lester on Friday denied Lee Christensen's bid to have his second-degree murder conviction overturned, saying "Christensen has not met his burden of proving juror bias in... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:46:10 -0600 Ambassadors welcome Thrift 'n’ Pick to Spencer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366925.html The Spencer Ambassadors toured Thrift 'n’ Pick at its new location, 120 12th St. SW, behind Burger King. The Ambassadors welcomed business owner Jennifer Samson, with Samson Development, who... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:17:35 -0600 Military Briefs http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366923.html Pvt. Mackenzie Hansen, of Dickens, and Pvt. Christian Knapp, of Everly, earned Iowa Army National Guard left-shoulder patches from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, during... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:12:49 -0600 Clay County 4-H membership dues decreased http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365982.html MaxYield Cooperative presented Clay County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs. “We are continuing our support of local 4-H and... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:25:26 -0600 Holiday Family Adoption underway http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365474.html The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:06:56 -0600 Laker women win on the road http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366018.html ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team won on the road against the Bethal JV 90-70 Friday night. Iowa Lakes was down 35-37 at half. Iowa Lakes came out of the half outscoring... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:03:55 -0600 Boy Scout program fosters future leaders http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365978.html Local Boy Scout troops give back to their communities through community service projects and training young men to be future leaders. The ideals of scouting teach the boys involved to have required... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:55:04 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365983.html Christmas music is playing on the radio and the holidays are right around the corner. Many youth have already completed their detailed wish list of items they want for Christmas. Today, I have guest... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:39:41 -0600 Churches unite for Festival of Lessons and Carols http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365977.html As the season of Advent began, several area churches came together to provide the community the Festival of Lessons and Carols, Sunday. A unique seasonal celebration, the service intermingled carols,... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:20:39 -0600 Prepare for upcoming shotgun deer season http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364384.html DES MOINES — Hunters planning to participate in Iowa’s shotgun deer season are encouraged to purchase their licenses ahead of time to avoid long lines at the retailer. The DNR expects around 70,000... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:37:49 -0600 Enjoying Winter Birding Can Include Being Part of the National Audubon Society http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364381.html Here is a question for you. “What is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America?” The answer might surprise you, but according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is bird watching... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:33:03 -0600 Checking out the status of walleyes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364377.html I recently attended the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club’s annual fall DNR night, held at Godfather’s Pizza in Spencer. One of the topics was the status of walleye fisheries in northwest Iowa based on... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:25:23 -0600 Catching more big fish http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364379.html Some of the time we hear about the good old days of fishing, back in a time when the fish were bigger and there were more of them. And, while I’m sure there were times and places where the fish were... 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