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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Iowa Crops and Weather Report (06/29/16)
DES MOINES -- 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 from April through October. "The last week has helped our crops progress and most of the state had adequate moisture for the crops to handle the heat. ...
Milford man returns to face Barb's Corner robbery charges (06/28/16)
The Milford man accused of armed robbery at Barb's Corner Restaurant & Lounge has been brought back to Clay County on a series of charges. Joshua Emerson Mandelkow will face charges of first-degree robbery, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, according to online court records...
Rosales family breaks ground (06/28/16)
Sunday afternoon, staff from the Northwest Iowa Corridor Habitat for Humanity gathered at a lot on Country Club Lane preparing to break ground. Studs were stretched across sawhorses for volunteers and staff to write words of encouragement and prayers on the boards that would make up the house. Golden shovels were set out in preparation for the big moment when Mario and LeeAnn Rosales would arrive with their children to break ground on the plot of their future house...
Oklahoma native accepts writing position with Daily Reporter (06/27/16)
The Spencer Daily Reporter announced its newest addition to the reporting staff, James Tillison. "James will bring a new, fresh perspective to the newsroom. He has previous newspaper writing experience and his time at college provided him the opportunity to add some multimedia news skills to his tool belt. He will make a great addition to our news team," Randy M. Cauthron, managing editor of the Daily Reporter, said...
Public invited to meet fire chief finalists (06/27/16)
Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen confirmed that the pool of candidates for Spencer fire chief has been narrowed to five. The remaining candidates are Jay Bohan, John Conyn, Blake Deiber, Chuck Stansfield and Mark Stover. These five candidates will be available for a public meet and greet in the City Council chambers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on June 29. Prior to this, city staff will hold a private meeting with the candidates...
Vehicle collision along 11th Street Southwest (06/27/16)
An automobile collision occurred Saturday afternoon along the eastbound lane of 11th Street Southwest. The Spencer Police Department, Spencer Fire Department, Spencer Ambulance Service and Highway Patrol responded to the scene near the four-way stop light between 11th Avenue Southwest and Seventh Avenue Southwest. Spencer Fire Chief Doug Duncan could only confirm that the department attended to fluids from the vehicle or vehicles involved. At this time an official report is still pending. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Rally for the Rock rolls out (06/27/16)
Saturday, bikers roared out of Everly from the Freedom Rock site to begin this year's Rally for the Rock. The group traveled a circuit from Everly through Whittemore, Algona, Livermore and Britt to visit other Freedom Rock sites around the state. Organizer Kory Newgard estimated the ride would take five to six hours to complete. Funds raised by the rally were put toward not only the local Freedom Rock site but also Retrieving Freedom and the Iowa Veteran's Home. "It's part of a larger program throughout the state to support our veterans. We're just a small peice of that puzzle," Susan Senbach, treasurer for the Clay County Freedom Rock Committee said. After returning to Everly, the rally was host to a beer garden and a live performance by The Nectarines. (Photos by Seth Boyes)
Search warrants boast 4 arrests (06/27/16)
Over the last week, the Spencer Police Department conducted multiple search warrants as part of ongoing drug investigations. On June 16, officers executed a search warrant at 21 W. First St. Apt. 3. As a result, Duane Lee Anderson, 55, of Spencer, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine second or subsequent offense, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance -- marijuana third or subsequent offense and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. ...
'Bear-y' leads 3rd annual Bear Chase 5K (06/27/16)
In full costume, Barry Sackett was the first runner off the line at the Bear Chase Fun Run Saturday. This 5K run, presented by The Bear Coffeehouse and West O Beer, is now in its third year. Sackett has played the role of the bear all three years. Sakcett quipped, "Well, my name is 'Bear-y.'" He went on to explain that Leann Jacobsen, owner of The Bear, had approached him and asked if he would be willing to run wearing the bear suit. Sackett agreed. A portion of the proceeds from the 5K run will be given toward the Spencer Hospital's pediatric rehab program. (Photos by Seth Boyes)
Kids concert up next for Muni Band (06/27/16)
The Spencer Municipal Band, under the direction of Janet Boyens, welcomes everyone to join them for another concert of music Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the bandshell at East Leach Park. This will be the fourth in a series of six concerts the band will present. This week's concert will feature music from the movies like "The Magnificent Seven" and "Star Wars."...
Community comes together for 19th Relay for Life (06/27/16)
After the opening ceremonies, teams and participants took their first lap around the Clay County Fairgrounds during the 19th annual Relay for Life on Saturday. The theme "Paint your World Purple," was chosen for this year's relay. "For those touched by cancer, purple is more than a color. It represents hope and embodies the power and promise of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement. This year we want to paint the world purple so that cancer never steals another life," Kristy Connor, chairman for this year's Relay for Life, said. 20 teams participated in the Relay for Life this year. (Photos by Seth Boyes)
Spencer Hospital's new mom support program credentialed (06/27/16)
The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health has announced that the Best Care for Better Babies program of Clay County has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential. The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards...
Swim-A-Thon celebrates its 4th year (06/27/16)
(Front to back) Addison Wyman, Abby Schmidt, Hudson Haberg, Ryonna Faulkender, Emily Schmidt, Sydni Faulkender, Gretta Haberg, Susan Rohan, vice president of the Michael Rohan Memorial Fund, Lily Rohan, and Sandy Holck, aquatics director for the Spencer Family Y, took a break by the edge of the pool during the fourth annual Michael Rohan Memorial Swim-A-Thon on Sunday. The Michael Rohan Memorial Fund provides swimming lessons for children of families in need. Rohan estimated that the fund will raise approximately $2,000 to $3,000 each year which is enough to sponsor approximately 10 children each year. Both Rohan and Holck noted that they are always looking for more participants to partake in the Swim-A-Thon as well as swimmers to sponsor. Those interested in participating or donating can email Rohan at michaelrohanfund@gmail.com or through the group's Facebook page. Donations can also be made directly to the fund's account at State Bank in Spencer. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Veterans' perspective 66 years after Korea (06/24/16)
The Korean War officially began 66 years ago today. As time has marched on, the young men who served during that time have made the transition back to civilian life. However, their experiences and their memories have played a role in shaping who they are today and how they see the modern world...
Clay County Relay for Life - Schedule (06/24/16)
Saturday -- Clay County Fairgrounds Welcome and national anthem Opening prayer Committee introductions Recognition of sponsors Team introductions and team lap Provided by the Clay County Cattlemen and other local businesses. Suggested donation $5, survivors eat free...
Proclaiming the Word (06/24/16)
"... I, Terry E. Branstad, governor of the state of Iowa, do hereby encourage all Iowans to join in this historical Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon to take place June 30 through July 3, in front of all 99 courthouses and furthermore, encourage individuals and families in Iowa to read through the Bible on a daily basis each year until the Lord comes."...
This Weekend: Sunday (06/24/16)
The fourth annual Michael Rohan Memorial Swim-A-Thon will be conducted from 1-3 p.m. at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center. Donations will be based on yards pledged to swim. However, any donation amount will be greatly appreciated. All dollars raised go directly to support the Michael Rohan Memorial Fund and are tax deductible. The Fund is dedicated to help families find the means to provide their children swimming lessons. Participants can swim as little as 50 yards or as many as 500...
Destination Iowa (06/24/16)
This weekly series from Courtney Carstens throughout the summer will feature destinations and opportunities throughout the region that are good for a weekend trip. INDIANOLA -- Iowa's 2016 National Balloon Classic, themed "Get Carried Away," is a nine-day event that's sure to be fun for the entire family in Indianola. ...
Tubman on $20 bill, despite King effort (06/24/16)
WASHINGTON ― Harriet Tubman survived beatings as a child of slavery, harrowing missions to rescue some 70 escapees in the Underground Railroad, an active role as a scout and spy in the Union's efforts in the Civil War, and the hard-fought suffrage movement...
Testimony begins on day 3 of Christensen trial (06/24/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- An Emmet County Jury will have to decide which version of Lee Christensen to believe. Defense attorney Leon Spies of Iowa City wants the jury to see a heartbroken, but successful, teenager who struggled to meet his own expectations. That version of Christensen lashed out at a rival suitor in a moment of passion, but lacked the planning and forethought needed to warrant a first-degree murder charge...
Northwest Bank supports Relay For Life (06/24/16)
Clay County Relay For Life representatives Kristy Connor, Dana Kauffman (first and second from left) and Sharon Krile (right) were presented a sponsorship from Jeni Doely, JoAnn Franke and Dean Jacobsen with Northwest Bank. Clay County Relay For Life will be conducted on Saturday, June 25, at the Clay County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Paula Buenger)
Holstein teacher recognized for outstanding fishing program (06/24/16)
HOLSTEIN -- Justin Kinney, physical education and health instructor at Ridge View High School in Holstein, is the 2016 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program. Kinney first learned about Fish Iowa! from the elementary physical education teacher. ...
Rollover near Montgomery ends in tragedy (06/24/16)
Crash investigators are working with the medical examiner's office as part of an effort to find out what caused 65-year-old Dale Peters to leave the roadway near a creek north of unincorporated Montgomery. For now, authorities know the Lake Park man was last seen as he was leaving for a fishing trip at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was contacted when someone spotted a submerged gray 2004 Jeep at about 6 a.m. Tuesday...
Medical center construction nears completion (06/24/16)
STORM LAKE -- The two-year, $26 million campus development project at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is now nearly complete. A grand opening event is being planned and is likely to be held in late summer or early fall. "For the most part, with a few exceptions, the second floor of the new construction is being finalized. ...
Fear-Hatting completes Leadership Initiative (06/24/16)
MISSOURI VALLEY -- Becky Fear-Hatting, program director with the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, was among 20 people to complete the Western Iowa Tourism Region Leadership Initiative held over the past year. Participants attended meetings with national and international speakers, providing them with training in keeping a positive attitude, hospitality, destination marketing and mentally strong leadership...
Iowa Lakes hires coordinator (06/24/16)
ALGONA -- An Algona woman has been hired to enhance educational services related to the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center at the Algona campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Shelly Brown began her duties in mid-April. Brown was previously the public relations specialist at Pharmacists Mutual Companies. She has assisted with the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Countywide Breakfast over the years and serves on the Kossuth County Community Foundation...
Education Briefs (06/24/16)
The Everly Community Scholarship and Loan Foundation has been in existence for well over 30 years. Throughout these years, high school graduates from the Everly community have been encouraged to apply for this scholarship and loan in order to help with the financial cost of their post-secondary education. ...
ILCC trustees updated on Spencer campus activities (06/24/16)
The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees travels to all of its' campuses throughout the summer and Tuesday afternoon's meeting was conducted in Spencer where they received an update on camps, bus trips and Third Age College. Mary Faber, director of the Spencer campus, talked about the impact students in the surgical technology and medical assistant programs have as they participate in practicums throughout Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. ...
Around Campus (06/24/16)
FAYETTE -- Emily Wigen, a nursing major from Spencer, has been named to Upper Iowa University's 2016 spring dean's list. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student. Jaden Rouse, of Spencer, is the recipient of The We Believe Business Administration & Management/Sales & Marketing Scholarship established at Iowa Lakes Community College in 2005...
TEE TIME (06/24/16)
OKOBOJI -- Golfers from around the nation will travel to the Iowa Great Lakes Area this week armed with a different type of driver and putter. Dickinson County Conservation is hosting its second Boji Blowout Disc Golf Tournament at the course in Kenue Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Pro Disc Golf Association sanctioned the B-tier event...
Spencer Hospital named among Top 100 rural hospitals (06/23/16)
Spencer Hospital has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics Inc., a leading provider of health care analytics. "There's debate in the health care industry about the real significance of rating systems," Spencer Hospital President Bill Bumgarner said. ...
Wheels are turning (06/23/16)
After receiving approval from the Spencer City Council earlier this week, an grant application for the Iowa Great Lakes Trail Project was also approved by the Clay County Board of Supervisors. The county and the city will be submitting the application jointly. According to all parties involved, this cooperative effort increases the likelihood of receiving state funding. In years past, separate applications had been submitted by the county and the city but were unsuccessful...
Charges pending following dog attack (06/23/16)
Spencer Police are investigating a dog attack on a 10-year-old girl which resulted in a trip to the Spencer Hospital Emergency Room where she received stitches for multiple wounds. The alleged attack occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, in the 10th block of East 25th Street in North Spencer...
Mystery business revealed (06/23/16)
According to Lauren Laferla, media relations specialist for Boys Town, the Spencer Boys Town office will be relocating to 35 W. First St. This confirmation answers the question regarding who is moving into a building recently relocated by Bill Muller. According to Laferla, the move was prompted by a need for additional space. The additional space will allow for meetings with therapists, families, DHS, and other support staff...
Six unique acts bring 'Blue Ribbon Fun' to the Farmers Bank Stage (06/23/16)
The Clay County Fair has announced six "Blue Ribbon Fun" acts that will perform on the Farmers Bank Stage during the 2016 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18. These acts are part of more than $150,000 of free entertainment fairgoers will find at the 2016 fair...
This Weekend: Saturday (06/23/16)
The third annual Bear Chase will be conducted at 9 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds going toward Spencer Hospital's pediatric rehab program. This 5K run/walk/stroll is presented by The Bear Coffeehouse and West O Beer, and held concurrently with the Spencer Riverfront Farmers Market. The race portion will be directly followed by a Kegs-and-Eggs party after the run, featuring live music by Spencer's Matt Andrews...
Chorus names '16 Sweet Adeline Of The Year (06/23/16)
Spirit of Harmony Chorus, the award winning chorus of Sweet Adelines International, has named its SAY award recipient for 2016. SAY stands for Sweet Adeline of the Year. This year's winner is Marcia Klingbeil, of Estherville. Klingbeil (right), was honored on May 23, at the annual Spirit of Harmony banquet. She is shown with 2015 SAY recipient, Sally Bohmer. Klingbeil also was honored as a Woman of Note at regional competition in Rochester, Minnesota. She has been a member of Spirit of Harmony 35 years and is a member of Affinity quartet. She also sang with Lorrie Nonneman, Judy Weipert and Mindy Jurgensen in Northern Lights quartet for 25 years. She is a dual member of City of Lakes Sweet Adeline chorus in Minneapolis and has competed on the international stage with them twice. She is bass section leader, does physical and vocal warmups, is costume chairman and keeps the chorus supplied with fresh vegetables from her garden. The chorus congratulates and thanks her for all that she does.
Warner Funeral Home supports Relay For Life (06/23/16)
Clay County Relay For Life representative Sharon Krile (center) was presented a sponsorship from Casey Vaughan and Jeff Swank with Warner Funeral Home. Clay County Relay For Life will be conducted on Saturday, June 25, at the Clay County Fairgrounds. (Photo by Paula Buenger)
Goff leaves Farm Credit Services after 43 years (06/23/16)
Thursday, Eldon Goff celebrated his retirement with co-workers and friends at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Goff had worked for Farm Credit Services of America for more than 43 years. He greeted and welcomed a large number of guests during his party. (Photo by Courtney Carstens)
Young actors sought for 'The Tempest' (06/23/16)
Young actors can be a part of "The Tempest" on stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center July 25. Students in fourth to 12th grade will rehearse daily from 1-4 p.m. with a final performance on July 29. Deadline to register is July 18. Actors will be directed by Marta Barnard an Iowa Arts Council performance artist and artist in residence. For more information, contact martabarnard@yahoo.com or call 712-332-7013 to register.
Who could be afraid of Zared Wolf? (06/23/16)
MILFORD -- Zared Wolf is not your average wolf! He's just a simple wolf who loves to surf! This show has two sets of actors who play the four parts. The cast pictured includes Rebecca Moews (St. Ambrose University), Alex Lindsey (Central College), Emilee Cruchelow (Columbia College in Chicago) and Jeremiah Clay (Okoboji High School). They enjoyed sharing ideas for their characters as they rehearsed the play. Performances of "Little Red and the 3 Little Pigs" will be at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 28 through July 2. Performances will continue on Fridays until Aug. 5. For details call 712-337-3730 or visit www.treasurevillage.org. Treasure Village is located on the west side of West Lake Okoboji, just 2 miles northwest of Milford on U.S. Highway 86. (Photo submitted)
Spirit of Harmony Chorus wins 23rd gold medal (06/23/16)
Spirit of Harmony Chorus traveled to Rochester, Minnesota, on May 13 and 14 to compete in the Northern Lights, Region 6, Sweet Adelines International competition. Twelve choruses ranging in size from small, 14-30 members on stage, to medium, 31-60 members on stage, to large with over 61 members on stage...
Cattlemen stampede to learn about lawsuits (06/22/16)
Yesterday afternoon, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association gathered at the Clay County Regional Events Center for the Northwest Iowa Regional Beef Meet. Eldon L. McAfee, a shareholder with Brick Gentry P.C. of Des Moines, presented the group with information concerning several types of lawsuits that Iowa producers may be vulnerable to and ways to protect against such suits...
Sunshine closing can redemption operation (06/22/16)
Sunshine Services, a subdivision of Hope Haven, will be closing the can redemption portion of its business as of Sept. 1. According to Marlowe Van Ginkel, director of church and public relations for Hope Haven, sufficient staff is not available to continue running the Spencer can redemption center...
Jury selection begins in Emmet County murder case (06/22/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Jury selection began Tuesday and continued Wednesday in Estherville as the Lee Christensen first-degree murder trial gets underway. Investigators think Christensen used a gun to intentionally end the life of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit, of Estherville, on June 6, 2015...
'Everything I've experienced growing up in Spencer has lead me to this moment.' (06/22/16)
For Spencer native Julia Olson, the third time was definitely the charm. "At first, when I heard my name called as Miss South Dakota 2016, I kind of froze. Is this really happening? Is this real life? Then I saw my mom in the audience and I saw family and friends. ... It was one of the most incredible moments of my life so far."...
Appeals court upholds sentence in Sky Erickson case (06/22/16)
The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Juan Carlos Astello's Kossuth County sentences for first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder. The Estherville man was given a life sentence for kidnapping and 50 years in prison for his role in the murder of Gregory Sky Erickson on June 6, 1997. Erickson was from Estherville and was spending time in Spencer when he became involved with the Los Krazy Boyz gang two decades ago...
READY TO RELAY (06/22/16)
A special part of the Clay County Relay For Life will be a luminary ceremony at dusk Saturday at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Candles inside of luminary bags will illuminate the walking path. Each bag will carry a message of remembrance, a prayer of thanks or words of hope. Those wishing to create a luminaria for a loved one may make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. Donations of $10 are suggested, but any amount is welcome. Luminaria contributions can be mailed or dropped off at Abben Cancer Center, Community State Bank, Farmers Bank or Northwest Bank. All proceeds from luminary sales go to the American Cancer Society to be used for research, education, advocacy and patient services.
Ambassadors welcome new SCT executive director (06/22/16)
The Spencer Ambassadors met new SCT Executive Director Rusty Ruth Tuesday morning in the playhouse lobby to welcome him to the community. After spending time in Illinois, South Dakota and Minnesota, the new SCT director said he and his family wanted to get back into the region so "When this unbelievable opportunity opened up, I jumped on it." He's been with the organization for about one month and is "ready to get his hands dirty." Ruth was employed in human services before relocating to northwest Iowa and also holds a graduate degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Ruth said the facility is gearing up for the summer's youth productions, including the teen's performance of "Catch Me If You Can -- The Musical" and the children's show, "Cinderella Jr." He noted that he and the staff are also getting reading for the upcoming 57th season at SCT which will open with "The Addams Family" in October. SCT is also beginning a membership drive. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Saving lives 1 rotation at a time (06/22/16)
OKOBOJI -- Andy McCoy and Rocky Vest of Des Moines decided to bike from the state capital to stay at a cabin in Okoboji with a group of friends in the summer of 2011. The following year, their ride became about much more. The cyclists saw their journey, now called the Okoboji 200, as a way to help raise funds and bring awareness about sex trafficking prevention. ...

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