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Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014
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Hughes steps into place as AD for AOG (09/17/14)
Though she's been a familiar face at Arts on Grand for a while -- teaching classes and helping with programming -- Katie Hughes only began her new position as assistant director earlier this month. "Thursday before the fair was my first day," Hughes said. "But I'd become integrated into the place. I've been teaching a lot of classes, mostly for kids but some for adults, and I helped organize the class curriculum for the YMCA kids' summer camp."...
SHS honors top academic students (09/17/14)
Spencer High School recognized academic achievers, strong attendance and WordKey Gold assessment scorers at a special assembly Monday evening in the Spencer Field House. Those acknowledged earned their various awards in the 2013-14 school year. Academic awards were presented to those in each class who averaged 3.2 or higher grade-point averages in both semesters last year...
Volunteer Network of Clay County (09/17/14)
Two years ago this month, Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds launched Volunteer Iowa. This is a public private partnership consisting of Iowa businesses, volunteer centers, non-profits and national service programs working in partnership with the governor's office and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service...
Ambassadors tour remodeled Nelson Jewelry (09/17/14)
The Spencer Ambassadors visited the newly remodeled Nelson Jewelry location on Grand Avenue in Spencer. The 86-year-old family business moved to its current location in 1975, was identically rebuilt in 1977 following a fire, and Tom Nelson completed a major renovation recently. "We didn't realize how desperately we had to remodel until we started to do it," Nelson said. Claiming the efficiency needed to be improved, Nelson said "We wanted to do it for a long time so we finally bit the bullet." The shop size has been increased, a lounge has been added and the office was moved. Wallpaper and carpeting were both updated as well. Nelson Jewelry is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., remaining open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, then again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Special council meeting set (09/15/14)
The Spencer City Council set a special city council meeting for Wednesday night to consider a street closure request from the Grace United Methodist Church. The request to temporarily close Second Avenue west between West Third Street and West Fourth Street between 10 a.m and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 for a carnival was added last minute to Monday night's City Council agenda. The late notice of the request was due to an oversight made by the church...
Council conducts four public hearings (09/15/14)
Four public hearings were conducted during the Spencer City Council's meeting Monday night. One public hearing dealt with amending the 2014-15 budget, and the other three public hearings involved the Spencer Consolidated Renewal Areas. The amendment to the city budget added expenditures the city paid for but were not originally included in the budget...
Leadership, communication (09/15/14)
The day of a 4-H livestock show at the Clay County Fair, Morgan Schomaker, 16 of Greenville, is up and getting ready at 6 a.m. Schomaker participated in six different shows this year -- cattle, swine, sheep, chickens, ducks and turkeys. "Before you show, you have to make sure all your animals are fed and watered," Schomaker explained. ...
Mosiman seeks election as incumbent (09/15/14)
Though State Auditor Mary Mosiman has been serving the position since May 2013, she has not yet been elected. After Dave Vaudt, former state auditor, moved forward from his position, Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Mosiman to fulfill his term. "We audit the state government," Mosiman said. ...
CC-E elects new officers (09/15/14)
To begin the new school year and the new season as a school board, the Clay Central-Everly Community School board voted to elect two new officers. A written ballot elected former Vice President Curt Langner to the office of president with four votes. Board member Matt Schoning received one vote...
King makes CCF stop (09/15/14)
As part of his 2014 campaign tour, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) paid a visit to the Clay County Fair's Republican booth Saturday afternoon. King noted his current campaign, against Democratic opponent Jim Mowrer, is "going well." "I've been getting around Iowa a fair amount," he said. "I talk to a lot of Iowans. Many of them are very supportive, telling me to 'keep up the good work.'"...
Free child car seat safety check (09/15/14)
How certain are you that your child is the safest they can be while riding in the car? With car crashes being a leading cause of death for children 1 to 12 years of age in the United States, it's very important to make sure your child is in the correct safety seat to accommodate their growing bodies...
Wedel Award nominations sought (09/15/14)
Members of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual or organization for the 2014 Jack Wedel Award. The award will be presented during the Chamber annual meeting held on Oct. 16 at the Clay County Regional Events Center...
Spencer Fire Department earns safety award (09/15/14)
The Spencer Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation...
Spencer residence search leads to pair of drug-related arrests (09/15/14)
An early morning search warrant resulted in two drug-related arrests last Wednesday At 3:07 a.m., Spencer Police officers and the Clay County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at 21 W. First St No. 2 in Spencer. During the search, marijuana, methamphetamine, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia were seized...
Sirens (09/15/14)
Wesley Alexander Daniel, 19, Spencer Possession of a controlled substance Possession of drug paraphernalia --- Bowdie Charles Stallings, 21, Spencer Debris on the highway --- Joshua James Spencer, 33, Spencer Possession of a controlled substance OWI drugged second offense...
IowaWORKS, Ag Partners collaborate on migrant, seasonal farm workers program (09/15/14)
EMMETSBURG -- Mike Koenecke, human resource recruiter/talent manager of Ag Partners; Corey Hopkins, safety director of Ag Partners; Eleazar Limas, of Limas Farm Labor Services LLC; Amy Maurer, Region 3/4 migrant seasonal farm work outreach specialist; and Bob Becker, Region 3/4 business services representative collaborated jointly last Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Emmetsburg...
Couple weds in front of Tom Thumb (09/12/14)
Jerry Scharnberg and Tracy Peters, of Gillett Grove, tied the knot Friday afternoon in front of Tom Thumb Donuts, the very spot the couple met for the first time 28 years ago. The newlyweds met when they were 16 years old. Tracy was working in the fair's grandstand and Jerry was employed at Tom Thumb Donuts that year...
Innovation is the name of the game (09/12/14)
As guests walk the aisles of the Innovation Pavilion on the grounds of the Clay County Fair, they're getting a sneak peek at the newest ideas and concepts being put forth by existing and start-up businesses within the Iowa Lakes Corridor. "The objective of the pavilion is to showcase innovative products from companies new and old, large and small," Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel said...
Sen. Hatch makes Clay County Fair stop (09/12/14)
In his campaign for Iowa's governor, Sen. Jack Hatch made a stop at the Clay County Fair Democrat's booth to meet voters and potential constituents. "I think the campaign is going very well," he said. "I was here in the area in the fall, back when I was a candidate for the nomination, and now I'm here as the nominee."...
4-H bunny hopping demos (09/12/14)
In an effort to expand the 4-H Rabbit Program at the Clay County Fair, Mel Brichta and her daughter, Gabby Carpenter, are conducting bunny hopping demonstrations in the Small Animal Show Ring. Children interested in participating in bunny hopping can give it a try during the second day of bunny hopping demonstrations today. Brichta and her group of bunny hoppers will be back in the Small Animal Show Arena at 10 a.m. with repeat presentations at 2 and 4 p.m...
Dead bacteria could help reduce zebra mussel infestations (09/12/14)
OKOBOJI -- DNR officials and ecology watchdogs have been bracing for an explosion of zebra mussels -- the imported and unwanted water intake clogging mollusks that have a a foothold in the Iowa Great Lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in November confirmed that boat hoists in East Lake Okoboji, West Lake Okoboji and Lower Gar Lake were showing signs of an entrenched zebra mussel population. ...
YMCA committee looks to BVU for possible partnership (09/12/14)
STORM LAKE -- Planning toward a YMCA branch in Storm Lake has been on hold this summer, as proponents of the project wait to meet with officials of Buena Vista University next week. "We're just waiting to see what the college has to say, which meant waiting until the academic year started for them," says Linda Hallengren of the YMCA committee...
Iowa Lakes rolls out new robotics program (09/12/14)
ESTHERVILLE -- A new program at Iowa Lakes Community College is addressing the growing need for extra factory robotic technicians. "The advisory board is really the push behind what we do at Iowa Lakes," said Doug Enger the program coordinator for the engineering tech program. "We meet with the different partners that we have in the industry, including GKN (an Estherville company), Polaris and Pure Fishing. They tell us and kind of dictate where they want that future employee to be at."...
BVRMC nurse answers call for help during flight (09/12/14)
STORM LAKE -- We all have seen a movie scene of an airplane where the captain asks overhead if there is a doctor on the plane. This past August on a flight from Atlanta to London that message was announced. There wasn't a doctor, but Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's First Embrace Obstetric nurse Sue Anthony was a passenger on that plane...
Proposal: Remake South School into senior housing (09/12/14)
An Omaha, Nebraska-based company proposes to turn vacant South Elementary School in Storm Lake into a senior citizen housing complex. In a meeting with the school board last night, a company representative said it would pay a nominal amount for the building, and that it would prefer to buy only the classroom area, demolishing the lunchroom and preferring that someone else buy the auditorium and gym...

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