Spencer Daily Reporter News http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/news/ News headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us A Day on the Ice http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377535.html After assembling the pipe to drain the trout, park ranger Travis Riley drilled eight holes in a small area of the ice. Some of the youngest fishing enthusiasts were able to help him and Clay County... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:12:20 -0600 City approves collective bargaining agreement http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377533.html The city of Spencer and the Spencer Employees Association have completed the collective bargaining process that began in October. The Spencer City Council approved a collective bargaining agreement,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:10:19 -0600 Public asked to provide ‘Riverfront’ input http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377532.html The public has been invited to a pair of meetings this week focused on the Spencer Riverfront development. A kick-off discussion is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clay County Regional... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:04:21 -0600 Favorable conditions cut 2016 county vehicle accidents http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377530.html The most recent vehicle crash incident summary for Clay County in 2016, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, reported significantly fewer accidents than the two years before. The latest... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:02:02 -0600 Oh, Baby! http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377529.html Welcoming a new baby into a family is always an exciting event and so is moving into a new home. In 2016, the labor and delivery professionals at Spencer Hospital were able to help welcome more than... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:59:27 -0600 Wellmark transitions from Blue Zones to Healthy Hometown http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377527.html A key feature of Spencer over the last several years has been its certification as the first Blue Zones community in Iowa. However, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the sponsors of the... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:47:37 -0600 Clay County Sheriff’s Office seeking break-in information http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377526.html ROYAL — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of a break-in at a residence in Royal that occurred sometime between Jan. 3-14. Aubree Leinbaugh contacted the sheriff’s office on... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:42:57 -0600 BECOMING BRAVE http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377050.html Beginning in middle school, an area high school teen found herself the target of bullying from classmates. When confronted with a very limited amount of physical bullying in eighth grade, she... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:05:47 -0600 Johnson seeks voice on Senate committees http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377048.html DES MOINES — "Just hold your horses. We're not there yet," Sen. David Johnson, I-Ocheyedan, said, regarding reports that he plans to file suit against Republican legislators in an effort to regain a... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:53:24 -0600 FEMA cautions Midwest as winter storm approaches http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377047.html As a winter storm approaches several midwest states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has issued a statement, encouraging the public in the storm's path to prepare for the severe... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:49:16 -0600 Wintery mix expected to make mess Monday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377046.html According to the National Weather Service, the Spencer area will be under a winter storm watch from Sunday afternoon until Monday evening. A weather system is moving into the area and is expected to... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:48:40 -0600 Understanding the craft beer lifestyle http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377045.html To spread the understanding of craft beer and prepare customers to make effective purchases, Iowa Lakes Community College is offering its first Craft Beer 101 class from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:44:45 -0600 Public ribbon cutting, open house planned for Fine Arts Center http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377044.html Spencer Community Schools is inviting the entire community to come celebrate the completion of the newly constructed fine arts center and classrooms at Spencer High School. The open house will be... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:41:26 -0600 Spencer child named honorary secretary of state http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377043.html DES MOINES — Spencer youngster, Anchor Jones, was named the honorary 60-second secretary of state during a recent visit to the Iowa state Capitol. Anchor, the son of District 2 Rep. Megan Jones and... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:39:41 -0600 Peterson man arrested, charged in 2016 accident http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377042.html EMMETSBURG — A four-month investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office into a Sept. 26, 2016, accident, in the 4400 block of 380th Avenue, which resulted in two occupants being airlifted... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:37:40 -0600 Community Walks prizewinners announced http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377039.html The Spencer Blue Zones Worksite Wellness Committee, sponsors of the 2016 Spencer Strides Community Walks, conducted prize drawings on Monday at the Spencer Chamber of Commerce. Those taking part in... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:33:01 -0600 District proposal and a resignation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376641.html EVERLY — The Clay Central-Everly School Board held a special meeting Thursday to announce the district proposal. During the meeting, the board also took action on a faculty members request to resign... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:38:18 -0600 Students break the business mold http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376672.html Spencer High School entrepreneurship students presented individual business plans to a panel of business-minded community members Thursday. The projects were developed throughout the semester and... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:28:40 -0600 Tiger Pas ready to roar http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376638.html The dancing dads are back at it as the 2017 version of Tiger Pas continue practicing for their upcoming debut at the Spencer girl-boy basketball doubleheader, Friday, Jan. 20, against Le Mars in the... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:06:18 -0600 Scharnberg Park stocking trout http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376636.html The Clay County Conservation Office has announced that it will host a trout stocking on Saturday. Stocking is scheduled to begin at noon at Scharnberg Park. Those planning to fish should bring a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:55:34 -0600 Students pack snacks for Spencer PD http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376611.html Kindergartners from the Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School hopped on a bus Thursday and took a trip to the Spencer Police Station. The students filed into the lobby, where they were met by Spencer... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:56:42 -0600 Airport board open to cover crops http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376610.html The city-owned farmland surrounding the Spencer Municipal Airport may have some different sprouts springing up in the coming years. Gary Grave, of Cotton and Grave Farm Management and Realty, manages... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:55:13 -0600 Pederson Park plans continue http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376310.html The Spencer Park Board discussed further specifics concerning the Pederson Park Lighting Project. The project will upgrade existing lights and add lights to several areas of the northeast portion of... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:07:35 -0600 Air Race Classic making 1st Spencer appearance http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376325.html Spencer will act as one of eight stops along the route of the 41st annual Air Race Classic, an all-women transcontinental airplane race that traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby. The race... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:40:00 -0600 School board undergoes professional development http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376324.html During Tuesday's work session, the Spencer School Board utilized a written scenario to conduct a workshop designed to aide the members ability to handle delicate situations. The board also discussed... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:50:38 -0600 Conventions on the horizon for county special election http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376322.html The political parties of Clay County have begun the process of organizing their respective conventions, after county officials decided to fill the vacancy on the Clay County Board of Supervisors by... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:03 -0600 SMU prepares for final phase in fiber-optic project http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376321.html Spencer Municipal Utilities is preparing to wrap up the final phase of the Fiber to the Home Project, or FTTH, a project that began in the summer of 2015. The project is set to begin its fourth and... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:40:10 -0600 Leopold brings gubernatorial bid to familiar territory http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376320.html MILFORD — Rich Leopold didn't have trouble finding his way from Storm Lake to Milford Tuesday as part of His "Let's Go Outside" listening and press tour. The biologist and former Iowa Department of... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:35:40 -0600 Multiple charges follow vehicle theft, accident http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376319.html RUTHVEN — A Monday morning car theft resulted in an accident and subsequent arrest of a suspect who was taken into custody and charged with felony second-degree theft, OWI first offense — drugged,... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:26:04 -0600 Jones sworn in to the Iowa House http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376318.html DES MOINES — Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, is seen here taking the oath of office in the Iowa House chamber as the 87th General Assembly kicked off Monday at the Capitol. During the session,... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:20:50 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377523.html As the end of the holidays approaches, many people feel relief knowing the hustle and bustle is nearly done. Yet the day after decorations are packed away and the leftovers are in the freezer, that... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:34:10 -0600 Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377512.html Marlene Hotchkiss was born Jan. 13, 1936, in Albert City, to Albert and Freda Hanson. Marlene grew up and got her education in Laurens. She said growing up, her mother and she did all the chores and... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:47:25 -0600 IFB recognized with highest honor for 4th consecutive year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377510.html PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa's largest grassroots farm organization, received several honors this week during the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:37:43 -0600 Grassley meets with secretary of Homeland Security nominee http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377022.html Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley commented after meeting with (above right) Gen. John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of Homeland Security on Thursday.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:23:44 -0600 Women, Land and Legacy holds listening session http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377019.html EMMETSBURG — Women, Land and Legacy was started in Iowa in 2004 and they are pleased to announce that Palo Alto and Emmet counties will be establishing new chapter to help our local women. Women who... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:22:04 -0600 Business Brief http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377018.html Roger Wagner (left) energy sales and marketing team leader, presented Jim Unrau with his retirement gift at a coffee held in his honor Jan. 11. Unrau served as an energy solutions specialist in... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:58:23 -0600 Prosser honored with MLK Award http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377017.html STORM LAKE — Storm Lake Public Safety Director and Police Chief Mark Prosser has been chosen as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award honoree for 2017. The award will be presented at the... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:55:20 -0600 Save the date: Milford residents celebrate town's 125th birthday http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377016.html MILFORD — Residents of Milford rolled out a winter red carpet for one night — but buckle up for a week-long celebration July 17-23. The city's Quasquicentennial Committee hosted a celebration... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:49:41 -0600 Pheasants Forever annual report: 1.7 million wildlife acres conserved in 2016 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377013.html ST. PAUL, Minn. — In 2016, Pheasants Forever Inc., including its quail division, Quail Forever, improved habitat for pheasants, quail and other wildlife on more than 1.7 million acres. These... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:24:15 -0600 Iowa awarded 115,000 acres in Conservation Reserve Program http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377011.html DES MOINES — Iowa has received an additional 115,000 acres that can be enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program for critical wildlife and water quality efforts. For landowners who have... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:21:38 -0600 Stewardship tip: Deicers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377009.html Let’s face it folks, we’ve been pretty lucky this year when it comes to cold weather and having to deal with ice. But, in true Mother Nature fashion, we’ll end up having to deal with more than our... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:54 -0600 Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club sends letter to all legislators asking for support http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377008.html Editor’s note: The following is a letter to all Iowa legislators from the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club. IGLFC is an organization that is active in protecting our natural resources. The IGLFC board... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:12:43 -0600 A favorite ice fishing location http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377007.html There are so many outstanding ice fishing opportunities across the Midwest, but one location that has become a favored destination of mine and of many others is Big Stone Lake in west-central... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:09:21 -0600 Where land and water meet http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377004.html Another year has flown by. That seems to happen more and more the older I get. As we head into this new year, I wish all of you best wishes for a great new year. I hope that we Iowans can continue... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:22:40 -0600 State Patrol deficiency http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375690.html The number of state patrolmen in Iowa has been on a steady decline since 2000 with approximately 100 fewer active members statewide. The District 6 patrol area, which includes Clay County and seven... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:16:02 -0600 Cherish Center celebrates 15th year of ‘No Apologies’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376660.html Healthy decision making and following God’s plan for purity is again the focus of Cherish Center’s annual event: No Apologies. Master illusionist Harris III will be performing illusions and speaking... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:17:55 -0600 Concert Review: Spencer natives entertain SPARC audience http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376620.html There was a definite SPARC in the air at the Spencer Community Theatre Friday (Jan. 6) night as the Sixth Annual Alumni Concert was performed by two Spencer High School graduates. The Spencer Arts... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:11:38 -0600 2017 IRRMA Hall of Fame inductees announced http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376619.html ARNOLDS PARK ― The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. ― Jeff Brandt & Galaxy (Central Region), Lavender Lace Band (Central... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:06:51 -0600 Historic Arnolds Park begins renovation project http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376371.html ARNOLDS PARK ― The desire to make a visit to the Arnolds Park Amusement Park a more enjoyable experience has brought about a renovation plan. The Historic Arnolds Park Board developed a plan of... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:14:53 -0600 Ambassadors meet new Clay County law enforcement team http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376313.html The Spencer Ambassadors visited the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to welcome the newly sworn-in Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling and his appointed Chief Deputy Zach Larsen. Raveling graduated from... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:05:24 -0600 Sirens http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376312.html Booked into Clay County Jail Dec. 29 — Roger Joseph Fude, 63, Spencer Dependent Adult Abuse/Exploitation --- Dec. 29 — Brandy Renee Abraham, 37, Spencer Interference with official acts --- Dec. 30 —... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:49:08 -0600 Ernst meets with secretary of the Army nominee http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376311.html WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tuesday met with President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of the Army,... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:43:48 -0600 Clay County examines proactive approach to avian flu http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375678.html In a report to the Clay County Supervisors, Clay County Engineer Scott Rinehart indicated that, along with Clay County Assistant Attorney Barry Sackett, he has been taking proactive steps to prevent... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:28:10 -0600 Financial plans and keys at CC-E http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375681.html EVERLY — The Clay Central-Everly school board met Monday to discuss the Teachers Association proposal, driver’s education rates and exterior key changes. The Teachers Association made a formal... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:42:59 -0600 Pioneer Cemetery Commission to take charge http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375684.html The Clay County Board of Supervisors passed a motion appointing five individuals to the newly created Clay County Pioneer Cemetery Commission. Clay County Auditor Marjorie Pitts explained that the... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:41:51 -0600 Temple Grandin to speak at 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375662.html OKOBOJI — World-renowned autism expert, lecturer, author and professor of animal science, Temple Grandin, will speak about autism and her life as one of the world’s most accomplished adults with... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:36:46 -0600 Polaris announces end of Victory Motorcycle line http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375659.html SPIRIT LAKE — Local economic development officials say Monday’s announcement by Polaris Industries to eliminate the Victory line of motorcycles caught them off guard. Polaris plans to “immediately... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:34:06 -0600 The Highlands’ Homeowner of the Month: Mildred Bruns http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375649.html Mildred Douglass Bruns is ready to celebrate her 101st birthday on Jan. 16 She attributes her longevity and continual happiness to having a positive attitude, eating three balanced meals each day,... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:17:59 -0600