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Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
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Spectrum 70 honored as 'Hall' inductee (08/29/14)
Local musician Clark Marshall is the only remaining original member of Spectrum 70 still playing music in the area. He and his band-mates will be honored this weekend with induction into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Association Hall of Fame. For Marshall and the rest of the talented musicians who comprised Spectrum 70, it was never about fame or recognition...
Recent rain won't dampen harvest (08/29/14)
In the month of August, the Iowa Environmental Mesonet reported Spencer received approximately 6 inches of rain, which is 3 1/2 inches above normal. The IEM collects environmental data from its members and makes that information available on its website mesonet.agron.iastate.edu...
New class at the Y may help delay Parkinson's (08/29/14)
The fall session of classes at the Spencer Y will begin soon, and one new program may help delay the onset of Parkinson's disease. "Delay the Disease" will be offered from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22. Registration opened Aug. 27 and is free for members and will open Tuesday and costs $70 for non-members...
Connect at Iowa Lakes (08/29/14)
A new program offered at Iowa Lakes Community College campuses will help connect students with local employers, both to experience hands-on the realities of prospective careers and to network with others already established in the field. "It's a new program, funded by the state government," said Molly Bates, intermediary connections coordinator at ILCC. "Its purpose is to place students in contact with more employers, to experience different career paths through hands-on experience."...
No Vacancy (08/29/14)
Recreation enthusiasts seeking somewhere to pitch their tent or park their campers this weekend may have a hard time finding an open spot unless they made reservations quite some time ago. Scharnberg Park, near Everly, has no sites available according to Clay County Conservation Director Dan Heissel...
Did early Wright Brothers plane fly in Storm Lake? (08/29/14)
STORM LAKE -- Here's a bit of a mystery for aviation history buffs to explore. Photos have recently surfaced that supposedly show a Wright Brothers flight in Storm Lake. The photos have been posted to a few different websites that archive antique photographs...
'Frosting is my medium' (08/29/14)
Busy B's Bakery is owned by cake artist Laura Bussell, 33, and is relatively new to Spencer. The bakery specializes in cake and cupcake confections and opened in March 2014. After encouragement from friends, Bussell decided to open and operate her business out of her own home kitchen at 924 E. 8th St...
The call of the wild (08/29/14)
STORM LAKE -- "I'm not letting any grass grow under my feet," says David Geisinger. The Storm Lake native swam across the lake on his 68th birthday during a visit home for a reunion. At 75, he recently completed a 2,700-mile hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Now he is concentrating on completing climbs of all 46 of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, some with crests over 5,000 feet...
Search for veteran's stolen ashes continues (08/29/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Relatives of the late Bobby Rickman say they have contacted authorities and are seeking the public's help after the veteran's cremated remains were reported missing from an Arnolds Park residence. Rickman's granddaughter, Kathy Stockdale, released the family's hand-written request for tips on Tuesday. She thinks the theft took place sometime between Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25...
Scrutiny of military equipment for police, sheriff departments grows; local leaders say equipment can be used to protect, not attack (08/29/14)
BUENA VISTA COUNTY -- In the wake of clashes between police and civilians in Ferguson, Missouri, the use of military-style equipment by local police forces is coming under increasing scrutiny. In a recent article for the news site Government Executive, requests for military gear by Buena Vista County were criticized as part of a report titled, "10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement."...
Library, community plants rain garden (08/28/14)
Members of the community and the Spencer Public Library staff worked together to plant a rain garden in the parking lot across the street from the library Thursday evening. The parking lot was recently repaved and a space for the rain garden was planned into the lot's new layout...
Corridor, community honors Evert (08/28/14)
Friends and members of the community turned out to bid farewell to Kathy Evert, former president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor, at the Clay County Regional Events Center Thursday evening. Evert was with the Corridor for nine years and help shape economic development in the region...
More information needed before Deerfield decision (08/28/14)
After several meetings regarding the Deerfield playground, the Spencer Park Board has decided to consider the option of using wood chips as the only ground surface material, rather than a combination of wood chips and pour-and-place rubber surfacing...
Black Hills announces move to 'Beltway' (08/28/14)
Black Hills Energy is consolidating its current downtown office on East Fourth Street and its 10th Avenue warehouse into a new facility the operation is building in the West Beltway Commercial Addition in Spencer. The new location is scheduled to open in late 2014...
Living Proof, Sharing Hope (08/28/14)
Amy Sue is hoping she can make a difference in some women's lives. The more the better. She will present the Living Proof Women Workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Living Word Outreach Ministries. "I'm reaching out to women who have been through tragedies in their lives. Drug, alcohol, cancer, rape -- all tragedies that attack us. I want to share my story about going through these things myself," Amy Sue explained...
SHS '84 grads support Feed Our Children (08/28/14)
The Spencer High School Class of '84 recently got together to celebrate its 30th reunion. During the event, organizers took a collection and donated more than $600 to the local Feed Our Children program. Tracy Gathman and Tom Nelson, representing the reunion participants presented the check to Rev. Al Dean, of Living Word Church, who assists with the Feed Our Children distribution. (Photo submitted)
Inductees lured to Lakes Region for Hall of Fame weekend (08/28/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- The 2014 edition of the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular is a three-day event filled with entertainment, camaraderie and events for all ages. "We have planned many events for people of all ages to enjoy," said IRRMA President John Senn. "The inductees come from all over the country and beyond. We want them and their families, as well as area residents and visitors, to enjoy a great time all weekend long."...
Sirens (08/28/14)
Ricardo Cruz-Rodriguez, 40, Lakeside Parole violation --- Stefanie Rae Odom, 31 Probation violation Drug tax stamp violation Possession of a controlled substance --- Cesar Macias-Luna, 26 OWI first offense --- Dalton Royce Goodman, 19, Storm Lake Possession of a controlled substance...
Police find 'possible gunfire' report unfounded (08/27/14)
Spencer Police responded to a welfare check at an apartment complex located on South Grand Avenue near the South T after a report of possible gunfire on Wednesday. According to Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton, neighbors were unsuccessful in their attempt to reach the resident, but when officers arrived and investigated, the apartment occupant was found to be fine. "We were able to locate the person. They opened the door as soon as they (the officers) knocked on the door. There were no issues at all," Warburton said. Multiple units responded to the initial call as a precaution. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Visit 'Rue Rutabaga' at AOG (08/27/14)
Arts on Grand will conduct a reception for Le Mars artist Glenda Drennen's exhibit "Making Good on a Checkered Past" from 5-7 p.m. tonight. Drennen's watercolor works will be on display free for the public to view until Sept. 20. While Drennen's work has been displayed at AOG in the past with other artists' works, this is her first solo exhibit at the gallery...
Okoboji woman faces multiple drug charges (08/27/14)
A traffic stop by a Clay County deputy resulted in an the arrest of an Okoboji woman on numerous drug charges. At approximately 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, a Clay County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and confronted the driver, Asia Re Naye Visocsky, 22, about the odor. Upon further investigation, marijuana was located and Visocsky was placed under arrest...
Spencer man charged with intent to deliver (08/27/14)
A 21-year-old Spencer man was charged on three drug-related charges after a traffic stop Wednesday morning. Luc Cauthron was stopped in the 500 block of West 11th Street at 9:22 a.m. by Spencer Police and during the course of the investigation, the investigating officer alleged that Cauthron had both marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle...
Students head back to the classroom (08/27/14)
Tuesday and Wednesday saw students begin to file back into the hallways of Spencer area schools. Many other districts in the area got a head start on Spencer, but Tuesday, Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary joined Spencer High School to get the 2014-15 year underway, with the rest of the community elementary schools and Spencer Middle Schools starting Wednesday. Work continues on Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School's new facility in northeast Spencer as their student body resumed classes at their longtime home at Christ the King Lutheran Church. (Above two photos) Members of the local Boy Scout and Girl Scouts program participated in the annual flag raising ceremony at Sacred Heart. Helen Foote, with the Legion Auxiliary, presented the Sacred Heart school with a new flag and offered some comments. (Below) Students at Johnson Elementary participated in their favorite time of the day -- lunch time -- enjoying an all-American meal of hot dog, fries, peaches and milk. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
'Planning for Results' to guide library future (08/27/14)
Over the last month, the Spencer Public Library gathered a group of community members to meet and discuss the library's role in the community and the direction the library should take in the next three to five years. The meetings, collectively called "Planning for Results," was to outline the purpose of the library as well as the guidelines for its "service responses."...
Ambassadors cut ribbon on 'new look' Fareway (08/27/14)
The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors joined local staff at Fareway as well as corporate executives from the grocery store chain for a ribbon cutting commemorating the completion of the store remodel Tuesday morning. Store manager Karl Levisay cut the ribbon to celebrate the store's 36th year in Spencer and the new look to the store. It was noted that in the history of Spencer's Fareway, there have only been two managers, Peter Brown for the first 20 years, then Levisay and meat department manager Tim Eagan for the past 15 years. The remodel includes new floor, ceilings, cold boxes and refrigeration, as well as shelving. Exterior work was also included. Work began in March on the store. A gluten-free section and cold beer have been added to the offerings. Fareway is headquartered in Boone with 94 of its 112 stores located in Iowa. The Spencer store employs roughly 100 full-time and part-time employees. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

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