Each one of Spencer's 14 Large Group Speech performances earned I ratings from the judges Saturday in Le Mars at the Northwest State Large Group Speech event. Among those performances, seven were selected for Large Group Speech All-State Festival honors Feb. 20 at Iowa State University in Ames. Of those seven, five were chosen to perform for the statewide audiences...
Mosiman joins panel for Saturday Eggs & Issues
Area Reps. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, and John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, and Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, were joined by State Auditor Mary Mosiman at Saturday's Eggs & Issues. "I always appreciate the number of people that come to this forum," Wills said in his opening comments. "It's a testament to local grass roots government at work."...
A decade of fun
The Spencer Tiger Pas -- the dancing dads as they are affectionately known -- celebrated 10 years of providing unique halftime entertainment for crowds once each basketball season while raising funds for the Spencer Community School Foundation Friday night, during halftime of the boys-girls doubleheader with Cherokee. ...
Pair of area professional to serve on YPIowa board
Young Professionals of Iowa have announced its new officers and board members for 2016. YPIowa exists to help young professional organizations and individuals take responsibility for the growth of their communities to ensure the long-term advancement of the state of Iowa. YPIowa was founded by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. Board members began their term on Jan. 1...
Weather impacts polls for Iowa Lakes bond referendum today
Monday's blizzard prompted the Iowa Secretary of State's Office to delay the opening of the polls for the Iowa Lakes Bond Referendum today. Last week, the vote was initially delayed -- and then pushed back one week -- because of bad weather conditions...
Daily Reporter tops field in 4 award categories
The Spencer Daily Reporter and its staff were recognized with four first-place honors at the Iowa Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest Banquet and Awards Dinner Friday night at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. Competing in the Small Dailies category, including newspapers of circulation below 9,999, the Daily Reporter received first-place awards in Best Special Section for its multi-section Clay County Fair Preview; Best Breaking News Photo for Managing Editor Randy M. ...
Broken 'bottle bill' leaves sour taste in Iowa's mouth
STORM LAKE -- The grumbling in Storm Lake and around the state is growing in volume, and about the only thing people can agree on about the Iowa "bottle bill" is that the legislation is broken. As evidence, the recent closing of the can recycling center in Storm Lake, part of Genesis Development that provides work activity for disabled adults, ending a dozen jobs for special needs workers. ...
Cookie season underway
Continuing through March 20, it's open season on Girl Scout Cookies as the nationwide program begins its annual fundraising effort. Girl Scouts will be making sales public locally on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14 at the Southpark Mall in Spencer. Proceeds will support local Girl Scout programs. Cash or checks are accepted...
For Carsha Meyer, the big lights and cameras have always been a draw. And growing up she always dreamed of being in front of them. Little did she know she'd find her true calling behind them. "I always loved film. I was an odd little kid and carried around a canvas tote full of films," the Spencer resident said. "I pursued acting, but I'm an Iowa person, not a city person. I've found that I really love creating projects and being behind the scenes just as much."...
Spencer Tourism Grant applications accepted
The Clay County Convention and Visitors Bureau will continue accepting applications for the Spencer Tourism Grant. With the support of the city of Spencer, the Spencer Tourism Grant will provide funding to those planning an event for the community. Currently, there is $5,000 available to be awarded yearly through the CCCVB...
FarmHer returning to northwest Iowa
EMMETSBURG -- ISU Extension and Outreach will be hosting the Women in Ag program focused on addressing farm women and the integral part they play on any farm operation. The third Rural Women of North Iowa event will be conducted from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. ...
20 jobs to be impacted in Eaton transition
An announcement was made Thursday to the Spencer plant of Eaton Corporation that 20 jobs would be impacted in the move of part of a product line to China. The announcement came amid news of another Eaton plant, in Shenandoah, in which 250 jobs will be cut, with the plant retaining 85 positions. Tony Niese, plant manager at the Spencer facility, noted the two announcements are "unrelated."...
Clay County 4-H announces 2016 programs
Iowa State University Extension Clay County released its annual 4-H "SpIn Book" featuring more than 500 hours of educational opportunities for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. These programs, which vary in topic from creative arts to robotics, are put on in partnership with many area businesses and organizations...
Searching for an answer
Epic Sciences Inc. and Avera Medical Group announced today a collaboration on feasibility studies to better understand the effectiveness of personalized cancer treatments as part of novel ovarian and breast cancer clinical trials. "We have entered into an era where biomarkers are beginning to direct therapeutic decisions. ...
A Clay County deputy conducted an arrest warrant check on Ryan Sabin, 28, of Royal. Upon making contact and receiving confirmation of the warrants being valid. Sabin was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail without incident. Sabin was held on a $1,000 cash or surety bond...
Home Base Iowa designation comes to Dickinson County
SPIRIT LAKE -- Dickinson County officially added its name to a growing list of regions that have policies in place to help veterans work and live in Iowa. County officials and volunteers commemorated the Home Base Iowa designation at a ceremony Thursday. Less than a third of Iowa's counties have achieved Home Base Iowa status...
Peterson snags state robotics title
SPIRIT LAKE ― Fifth-grader Alia Peterson created robotic programs and costumes for her robots and the effort led her to the Iowa championship in the Wonder League. She also earned a seventh-place national finish for her project. Wonder league is the first mostly-team robotics competition at the elementary level. Peterson was a team of one with the name Team Operation Blast Off...
How ICCC students are using social media
FORT DODGE -- Millennial students are constantly plugged in and as digital natives know their way around multiple social media networks. Yet while Facebook and Twitter tend to universally be popular networks, a recent survey from a professor at Iowa Central Community College shows that the millennial generation is moving on to different apps...
Dennis Spooner, managing partner of the Arnold Group based in Spencer, announced a managerial change within the company. Adam Kohrs, store manager at Arnold Motor Supply automotive parts store in Atlantic, has been named the new store manager for the company's Arnold Motor Supply automotive parts store in Milford. ...
Local teens stranded in East Coast snowstorm
For 13 Spirit Lake teens, a trip to the March For Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 ended up being a marathon of survival in a massive snowstorm. Instead of touring the D.C. area on Saturday, they spent 24 hours stranded in a bus on the Pennsylvania turnpike...
Woodall takes 'lead' at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School school announced recently that Amanda Woodall has been assigned the role of lead teacher. Based on the School Board of Sacred Heart School's adopted Administrative Leadership Team for the 2016-17 school year, Ron Olberding will remain as principal and will be in the school two days a week assisting with reports and other administrative duties...
Dvergsten Childcare bids farewell to director
Gretchen Hutson will finish her time as the Dvergsten Childcare director on Friday, and prepare for a move to Omaha, Nebraska. She said the move, due to her husband's promotion with Green Plains Renewable Safety, will also allow her to be closer to family...
Despite Johnson's objection, fireworks legislation moves forward
DES MOINES -- Legislation that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Iowa is once again advancing through the Iowa Legislature, though it may face some challenges from lawmakers. The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of the bill, which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles. Current law allows the sale of novelties like sparklers...
Clay County Fair tickets on sale today
The Clay County Fair will begin selling U.S. Cellular Grandstand concert tickets earlier than ever when availability for Andy Grammer, with special guest Rachel Platten, and MercyMe, with special guest Phil Wickham, begins at 10 a.m. today. "The music industry is quickly changing," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said. "For us to continue to bring such high-caliber acts to the Clay County Fair, we must begin selling tickets earlier than ever before."...
Shake those money-makers
The Spencer Community School Foundation's not-so-secret fundraising weapon, the Tiger Pas, will entertain audiences during both halftimes of the boy's and girl's high school basketball games tonight at the Spencer Field House against Cherokee. What has become an annual performance assists in the raising of funds from the crowd for scholarships which the foundation distributes to SHS seniors. Traditionally, matching funds have also been included by area banks and businesses to create a greater pool of money from the Tiger Pas' performance. (File photo)
Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged schedule announced
Arts on Grand announced the schedule for the upcoming Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged series. Film fans are invited to attend the 7 p.m. Monday viewings above Carey's Electronics for this series curated by Mark Carey. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged as they help to ensure the future of this program...
GoServ Global to plant 1st Evangelical-free church in Guatemala
NUEVA CONCEPCION, Guatemala -- Rev. Mark Lee, GoServ Global's -- formerly known as Global Compassion Network -- Latin America director, has spent the past five years traveling to Guatemala and doing mission work. This work has grown to the point of needing an in-country missionary to plant a church and a Christian school. ...
Love in song
Area residents will have the opportunity to say "I love you" with singing valentines on Friday, Feb. 12. The Iowa Lakes Men's Quartet will deliver singing Valentines for area residents and business people looking for a fun and exciting way to send a valentine message to their sweethearts, family members, friends, employees or customers...
Air Force Band to perform free concert
STORM LAKE -- The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America's Airlifter Brass will present a free concert on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the Buena Vista University campus. The concert is free and open to the public to attend. This is a family-friendly, all-ages event, and no tickets are required...
Sheriff responds to conflict with Fonda officer
FONDA -- After a conflict between Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe and Fonda Police Chief Alex Leu last week, Lampe is hoping to make amends and move past the controversy. "I did kind of blew up at Alex in a phone call. I've made calls trying to reach him and left a message. I wanted to apologize," Lampe said...
Enjoy 'An Evening of Dance' Saturday
ORANGE CITY -- The fifth annual An Evening of Dance will feature preschoolers through college students, dancing at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City, Saturday, Feb. 6. The 7 p.m. performance will feature a variety of dance styles, under the leadership of local dance instructors Bailey Van Wyk, Emily Honken, Robin Van Es Dohrer and Becky Donahue...
'Close to You' opens Pearson Lakes Art Center season
OKOBOJI -- Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics with "Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters." See them live at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre...
Worksite committee hosting monthly walk event
What first began as the worksite committee associated with the Spencer Blue Zones project has continued meeting quarterly to find ways to still be effective within the community. As part of this goal, they have set up Spencer Strides, a monthly come-and-go walking event from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. During the winter months, the walking will take place at the Spencer Y and during the summer months, the walking will be on the sidewalk along Grand Avenue...
Bridging the Gap, Part 1 of 3
Within the school system, a student's learning may be challenged by an obstacle, physical or otherwise. This three-part series highlights some of the support staff that help these students overcome their challenges and learn alongside their peers in a traditional classroom environment...
'Amazing America' host featured at 32nd Ag Outlook
The 32nd annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer which features an industry trade show along with educational speakers...
'Thursday Night Live!' to feature SHS speech talent
"Thursday Night Live!" -- the public performance of Spencer High School's large group speech students -- will be presented beginning at 6:30 p.m. today in the Old Middle School Auditorium. Admission is free. Performances will include all 16 groups that competed at the district contest held at Spencer High School on Jan. 23...
ILCC referendum vote pushed back 1 week
The vote on the Iowa Lakes Community College Bond Referendum has been delayed one week to Tuesday, Feb. 9. After initially delaying the opening of the polls until noon Tuesday, the Iowa Secretary of State's Office held a morning telephone conference call with county auditors and chose to postpone the Iowa Lakes vote by a week because of the blizzard affecting all of the counties served by Iowa Lakes...
Bush calls for constitutional convention during Okoboji stop
OKOBOJI -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called for significant foreign policy changes as his "Countdown to Caucus" tour passed through Okoboji. The Republican candidate for the White House also said he'd turn to the states as part of an effort to root out entrenched policies -- and politicians -- at the federal level...
Travel not advised on Clay County roads
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is advising no travel on Clay County roads today due to continued severe winter weather and blizzard conditions. Clay County road crews have been pulled from the roadways and sheriff's office will be responding to emergencies only. Be advised delays in service may occur as road personnel will need to escort emergency vehicles...
ILCC bond referendum vote postponed
Today's scheduled Iowa Lakes Community College bond referendum has been postponed by the Iowa Secretary of State's office according to Clay County Auditor Marge Pitts. The new date has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 with polling locations open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pitts said the Clay County Auditor's office will continue to accept absentee votes during regarding business hours through close of business Monday, Feb. 8...
Clay County offices closing
Because of the blizzard conditions, the Clay County Administration Building and Courthouse will be closing at 10 a.m. this morning. Both are scheduled to re-open during regular hours on Wednesday.
2016 Iowa Caucus: Clay County Results
Bob Whittenburg, chair of the Democratic Party in Clay County, noted about 75 people were present at the precinct where he caucused. While that number was a bit smaller than the number of caucus attendees four years ago, he estimated, the precinct elected six delegates to represent Bernie Sanders and six delegates to represent Hillary Clinton...
O'Malley urges Iowans to "shift the dynamic of the race"
Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland running against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President, stopped at The Bear in Spencer Saturday morning to meet with supporters and other attendees and spread the message of his dream for the country...
Suspects in drive-by shooting of child caught
STORM LAKE -- Two suspects wanted in a gang-related drive-by murder in Beloit, Wisconsin, were arrested Sunday in Storm Lake. The other two suspects were arrested in Wisconsin last week. According to news reports from Wisconsin, occupants of a GMC Jimmy opened fire on a car Jan. ...
Carson makes 'caucus day' Spencer appearance
With eight hours remaining until the start of the Iowa caucus, Dr. Ben Carson made a final plea to Spencer area voters to help him make a statement in Iowa. Carson appeared before a supportive group at Living Word Outreach Ministries before noon Monday to explain why a successful, retired neurosurgeon is seeking the job of president...
Weather concerns prompt ILCC vote time change
After a Monday afternoon between the 13 county auditor offices involved with the Iowa Lakes Community College bond referendum, and Secretary of State Paul Pate's office, it has been decided to delay the poll open from the previously scheduled 7 a.m. to noon today...
Kiwanis waffle dinner cancelled
The annual After Five Kiwanis Dad's Belgian Waffle Dinner, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled in anticipation of the severe weather the area is expected to receive. The event was cancelled after Spencer High School was forced to move the coed basketball games with Spirit Lake to Monday night due to weather concerns...
Birds of a feather
OKOBOJI -- A giant, 100-foot American goldfinch was formed by 175 men, women and children who flocked together during the ninth annual Peoples Art Project Saturday during the University of Okoboji Winter Games. The finch was designed by Sara Lynn Dunkerson, adapted for shadow and mass effect by Chad Branham, and photographed by Judy Hemphill. The event is organized by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, Beck Engineering, First Lutheran Church, Heritage Landing and Genie Reed. (Photo submitted)
Services for Robert Tesch, 79, of Everly, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning noon Wednesday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Everly...
Bingo Buddy group support local projects
The Bingo Buddy Committee recently awarded $1,520 to local city and Clay County nonprofit organizations to support operations. Proceeds were generated from concession operations throughout 2015. Receiving the donation are (front row) N. Smith, Lakes PTR; N. Mall; M. Howard, Special Olympics; M. Brustares, committee; M. Vanderlinden, Special Olympics; M. Burns, Head Start; J. Keyhole, CAASA; (second row) L. Schenk, Child's Garden; E. Erickson, Reins of Hope; B. Pullen-Lehman, 2016 Girl's State; (third row) committee members L. Hill and L. Youde. (Photo submitted)
Photos from the Jan. 27 No Apologies event at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This is the 14th year of the Cherish House youth program.