Spencer Daily Reporter Opinion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/opinion/ Opinion headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Pastorís Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2355090.html The beauty of autumn is all around us. The harvest is being gathered in. Pumpkins are all around and we have been enjoying the apples and cider. We can see the fruit of labor and the fruit and... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:48:44 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2355089.html Karl Rove was George W. Bush's chief political strategist getting him elected twice. Trump called him an idiot but Donald Trump refers to everyone that disagrees with him as something like that. I... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:46:22 -0500 The folks and the Schoonzaldeer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354708.html Since it's almost Halloween, I thought my column should don a literary costume this week. So, allow me a moment to apply a prop mustache, put some grey dye in my hair and swap my glasses out for a... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:25:25 -0500 Iowa Crops and Weather Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2354706.html DES MOINES Ė 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, 26 Oct 2016 21:17:54 -0500 It's a long time coming for World Series teams http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351190.html I should say this quietly, so folks don't club me. "I'm not a baseball fan." Nope. I understand that it's "America's game." I understand it's universal. I understand that for many, baseball isn't a... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:54:25 -0500 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351187.html Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 There are three enrollment periods during which you can sign up for Medicare. Initial Enrollment The first time you can sign up for Medicare is called the Initial... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:34:59 -0500 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2351184.html Today, I have two guest writers Richard Jauron, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach horticulturist, and Greg Wallace, ISU Extension and Outreach with organizational advancement, to... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:27:45 -0500 True wealth http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350712.html My dadís 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 havenít heard, weíre in the middle of a major election cycle. Donít fear my liberal friends, Iím not going to do any candidate advocating, though Iím sure most of you who read this column... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:25:40 -0500 Unleash Wild Thing http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2350705.html Let me preface this by saying Iíve never watched Major League all the way through. I know, I know, itís one of ďthoseĒ 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 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 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 Reading ó 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 doesnít 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 Taking the field for the final time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348471.html Today will be a special day for me. I will be taking the football field one last time to coach one of my sons. The Spencer sixth-grade MYFL football team earned a spot on Championship Saturday in... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:19:36 -0500 It is past time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348423.html It is past time we start putting action to our words. It is past time we show respect to anyone and everyone until they prove they are undeserving. It is past time we hold people accountable,... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:34:52 -0500 How to fix the NFL's BCA charade http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348444.html I think we can all agree that the more social awareness of breast cancer, the better. In fact, I find limiting the awareness campaigns to just breast cancer kind of silly. How about just cancer... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:47:52 -0500 Apples and oranges http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2347752.html So, I think I've had a break through. I think I understand the fundamental problem we have in this election. Like all good epiphanies, this one came to me while mowing my lawn, so take it with a... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:09:32 -0500 Pastorís Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348110.html Read Ephesians 1:7-10, ďIn him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:50:24 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2348109.html There are some cracks showing up in the ethanol blend-wall as ethanol pushed past the E10 barrier in overall U.S. gasoline consumption in late September to 10.2 percent. I have noted that ethanol use... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:47:50 -0500 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346858.html Leaves are starting to turn vibrant colors and there is a crispness in the air. Fall is officially here! I don't know about you, but I can't stop pinning fall decor, recipes for pumpkin deserts and... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:49:18 -0500 4-H lessons last a lifetime http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346863.html There has been an awful lot of talk in our country about the death of good manners, civility and respect. We decry the lack of positive role models for our children. We shake our heads at the future... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:15:49 -0500 Let's Talk About It http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346333.html At the risk of alienating one or two segments of the population, I would like to bring to your attention several matters regarding this topic. Though it is news to me, apparently there have been... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:11:24 -0500 America's Most Wanted http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346335.html Live in fear Spencer. Clown sightings actually began in Spencer 15 years ago and it can all be traced back to 3-year-old Chloe Mohr who came out on her Facebook page this week as the trend... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:56:27 -0500 Let me tell you about my best friend http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346332.html It is an extraordinary odd sensation, in my opinion, to feel a high level of joy at the moment considering all the terrible events happening around us. Between the catastrophe that is our... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:49:14 -0500 The 'curse' of Luck http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2346290.html I was going to write about the No Fun League going all "town from Footloose" on touchdown celebrations (full disclosure: I've never watched Footloose, but I'm familiar with the concept. Kevin Bacon... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:56:42 -0500 You are valuable http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2345979.html Your value as a Christian is not in who you are, but who Jesus Christ is in you. Many believers deem themselves unworthy to do anything for God. Your value is not in who you are but who Jesus is in... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:17:02 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2345976.html The hog report answered the question that I said would be most concerning ... how long were the historic market hog numbers that we are seeing coming to slaughter going to last? ... too long ... too... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:45:06 -0500 Politic-aholics anonymous http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2345628.html Hello, everyone. My name is Seth and I'm a politic-aholic. Hi, Seth. I've been clean for about nine columns now and it feels great. I had some close calls. I mentioned religion, refugees and... Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:30:48 -0500 Glorious October filled with fun http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2344823.html There's nothing like October in the Midwest. Warm, golden days and chilly, crisp nights. Football on Friday night and some more on the weekend, and sweaters, cozy and comforting. I'm a big fan of... Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:44:03 -0500 CFB's 2nd biggest problem http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2344278.html Major college football's biggest problem is figuring out the perfect combination of melatonin and scotch for athletic directors and coaches to be able to sleep at night after thinking about how their... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:05:22 -0500 Shape the planet http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2344301.html Last weekend, I was out walking my dog down Grand Avenue toward the Little Sioux River. When my eyes first took in the sight of how the water had swelled, my eyes grew as wide as a pond. I... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:52:31 -0500 Pastor's Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2343875.html The Bible makes things very clear; we are real sinners -- real sinners, who need real forgiveness. Since we have real sin, we need a real Savior. Romans tells us: "All have sinned. ..." I don't like... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:56:59 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2343870.html There has been a lot of frustration this year with the cattle futures markets, mostly because they have fallen, reflecting enormous losses for the feeding industry, deflating returns seen for... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:48:23 -0500 If you're hungry and you know it http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2343686.html Earlier this week, I took part in a prayer fast. If you read my column last week, you already know that those of us fighting to keep Max Villatoro in the country have run out of legal options. So,... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:53:28 -0500