Spencer Daily Reporter News http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/news/ News headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us County supervisors, attorney candidates forum provides insight http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354754.html The candidates for Clay County Supervisors and Clay County attorney discussed beliefs and answered questions from a media panel and the community on a televised forum Wednesday evening. Moderator... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:22:40 -0500 Centenarians recognized for longevity http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354752.html Local centenarians were recognized Wednesday afternoon at a celebration for members of the area who have reach the age of 100 and above. Each centenarian was presented with certificate from the Iowa... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:10:10 -0500 School board discusses additional spending, needs assessment http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354701.html The Spencer School Board discussed an application to the School Budget Review Committee, the district needs assessment and facilities updates on Tuesday evening. Spencer Superintendent Terry Hemann... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:50:44 -0500 Spencer responds to SEA contract requests http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354721.html The city of Spencer has responded to the Spencer Employees' Association's requests in renegotiating its contract. The city specifically addressed five of the requests made by the SEA and proposed six... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:41:43 -0500 Clay County Fair invites you to 'Come Home' http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354720.html The tables were set, the center pieces were arranged and the ballot box was waiting, as the trio Reception Jazz began to play at the Clay County Fair Association's annual meeting. "This is one of the... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:37:50 -0500 County supervisors, attorney candidates to meet in public forum http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351213.html The Spencer Daily Reporter and other local media will be hosting a public forum Wednesday, Oct. 26, in council chambers in Spencer City Hall to allow area voters to hear from three Clay County Board... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:07:45 -0500 Superintendent warns of alleged ‘child enticement’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351203.html A warning was sent out via email and social media throughout the Spencer Community School District to families, students and staff over the weekend following an alleged “child enticement” near the... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:35:35 -0500 Noon of the living dead http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351201.html As the sun drew near its pinnacle on Saturday, zombie enthusiasts gathered at the Spencer Area Activity Center for the second annual Spencer Main Street ZombieWalk. Volunteers were on hand to provide... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:29:57 -0500 MFPRSI reduces rate for Iowa cities http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351199.html The Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa, or MFPRSI, announced a reduction in the rate that employers will pay during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The MFPRSI Board of Trustees approved a... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:26:00 -0500 Community lends support toward winter preparation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351198.html A free weatherization program, coordinated by the Volunteer Network of Clay County, will assist with preparation for the winter season to Spencer residents. The volunteer network will partner with... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:23:16 -0500 Spencer police, PSY properly dispose of medications http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351197.html After placing a bag of expired medication in the drop box, Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton made sure the lid was secure during Saturday's Drug Take Back event. The Spencer Police Department and... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:19:34 -0500 Branching out with tree planting http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351195.html A Spencer Early Head Start classroom, together with volunteers, planted a tree at the program’s playground last week. Laura Bussel, of Busy B’s Cupcakes, donated an Autumn Blaze Maple. “I was happy... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:12:12 -0500 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 Ambassadors welcome Chris Thornton Agency http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354707.html The Spencer Ambassadors welcomed new American Family Insurance provider Chris Thornton to town. The Chris Thornton Agency will operate out of the 520 Grand Ave. office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:18:44 -0500 VFW supports St. Luke’s Alzheimer’s effort http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354705.html VFW Post No. 3159 recently hosted a benefit breakfast for St Luke's Alzheimer's Association. Receiving the donation from Commander Frank Lehman were David West, CEO and administrator for St. Luke’s;... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:15:15 -0500 Sirens http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351207.html Oct. 14 — Derrick Alan Wolfert, 25, Ringsted Arrest of parole violator --- Oct. 14 — Robert Leroy Peters, 42, Hartley Judgment entry --- Oct. 14 — Bo Gene Schnetter, 35, Milford Driving while license... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:12:27 -0500 Area centenarians to be recognized Wednesday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351194.html In an effort to recognize Iowans celebrating 100 years or more of life, Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department on Aging and the state’s Area Agencies On Aging have planned a number of regional... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:09:17 -0500 $20.5M Methodist Manor facility breaks ground http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351189.html STORM LAKE — The revolution in senior care is gaining a beachhead, and the front line will be along the Storm Lake waterfront. Wednesday evening, board members of Methodist Manor retirement community... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:47:58 -0500 The Highlands’ Homeowners of the Month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351188.html Eldon and Teresa “Terri” Kopel are a humble, hard-working and faith-filled couple. Eldon farmed on his own before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving at Fort Meade, Maryland, during the Korean... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:39:05 -0500 Mayor proclaims Business Women’s Week http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351186.html LaVonne Siemers, Dr. Liz Kressin and Marcia Dirks joined Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson as he signed a proclamation declaring Business Women’s Week in Spencer last week. The event is sponsored by the... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:28:48 -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 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 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 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