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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
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Council to consider city property sale (11/27/14)
During a special meeting Wednesday night, the Spencer City Council met briefly to approve a resolution for the proposed sale of city property and to set a public hearing date. The city property in question is approximately 3.5 acres of land located east of the new Holiday Inn Express. ...
Public input sought for 2015 Peoples Art Project (11/27/14)
The People's Environmental Art Project, conducted during Winter Games at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, is famous for using people as its artistic medium. Since its inaugural year in 2008, over a thousand men, women and children have braved the cold to be "part of the art." After gathering at the Lakeside dining hall overlooking West Okoboji, participants are directed down onto the lake ice into the shape of a giant animal -- just in time to have their photograph taken from above by Spencer photographer Judy Hemphill, flying overhead in a plane. ...
Ahead of 'Black Friday' (11/27/14)
Getting the jump on Black Friday, some Spencer retailers opted to open their doors for a little "Thankful Thursday" shopping action. One such location, Southpark Mall's J.C. Penney opened their doors at 5 p.m. Less than 15 minutes later, lines had begun to form at the various customer service stations (above) around the store. For the first guests through the store's south entrance, the store manager handed out special coupons adding to the already extra savings on a variety of in-store specials. (Right) It appeared as though even Santa Claus snuck away from his turkey dinner to get an early jump on the shopping. The Christmas shopping action isn't expected to slow any today as "the busiest shopping day of the year" Black Friday officially got started at midnight across the country. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Holiday Family Adoption (11/27/14)
The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty. It's easy to "adopt" a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to "adopt."...
Wiemers talks about bomb threat with school board (11/27/14)
During the Spencer School Board's meeting Tuesday evening, Spencer High School Principal Elli Wiemers spoke to the board about the events of the Nov. 19 bomb threat. "I would really like to commend our staff and student for their quick response last week," Wiemers said. ...
Estherville jailer charged after out-of-county traffic stop turns fatal (11/27/14)
An Estherville man faces a series of charges after he is accused of posing as a deputy while attempting to make a traffic stop in Clay County. Drew Even Strom was a 27-year-old Emmet County jailer who described himself as an "off-duty officer" when he called 911 to report a reckless driver near Spencer. ...
Holiday 'Season' begins with community meal (11/27/14)
Area residents packed the dining area at the Spencer Dream Center Tuesday night for a free community Thanksgiving meal served by a group of volunteers. More than 200 guests enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including pumpkin pie. This event is the first of the Dream Center's Season of Giving. On Monday night, in conjunction with the Grand Meander, the Dream Center's second Season of Giving activity will include a free toy, bike and book giveaway, visit with Santa Claus and more activities for the family. Additional activities during the "Season" will include senior gift bags and Christmas food baskets for area families in mid-December. Those wishing to sign themselves or someone they know up for either project are urged to contact the Dream Center. Contributions to offset expenses are also being accepted. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Committee considers 5-year CIP (11/27/14)
The city of Spencer's department heads presented their department's newest additions to the Capital Improvement Plan to the Spencer Committee of the Whole Tuesday evening. According to Spencer Finance Director Brian Weuve, 47 new projects were added to the five-year CIP...
Brown wins Best of Show (11/27/14)
ORANGE CITY -- Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff was awarded Best of Show for her acrylic pour painting, "Moving Forward," at the Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition. The show, conducted Nov. 13-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, featured the work of 22 regional artists. (Photo submitted)
Ambassadors visit Studio Three.O.Nine (11/27/14)
The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Studio Three.O.Nine on Tuesday, meeting owners Amalie Saboe and Euvonne Hickey. The pair opened the photography and graphic design studio at 309 Grand Avenue in September. They offer all types of photography, from baby shots to family photos, senior pictures and wedding photography. They also do design work including brochure and logos among their services. (Photo by Paula Buenger)
Tour of Homes sees lots of traffic (11/24/14)
Paul Daniels showed off his man cave to guests during the Tour of Homes Saturday. Daniels' house was one of five homes on the tour. Over 400 people completed the self-guided tour. (Photo By Hanna Russmann)
Holiday safety check (11/24/14)
The holiday season can be a busy time for people as they make preparations to travel or host their families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Local law enforcement and safety officials offered a few safety tips that are important to include with other holiday plans...
Impacting Clay (11/24/14)
"It's really amazing to see what Clay County offers its residents and it's really rewarding for the board members to be able to help," Bridget Bailey, president of the Clay County Community Foundation, said as the grant application process for the new cycle continues through Jan. 15, 2015...
High 'Energy' kids find learning in Legos (11/24/14)
Kidnetic Energy 4-H Club -- the Junior First Lego League -- conducted its "end of the season" showcase Monday evening in a meeting room at Spencer Municipal Utilities. Each of three teams shared what they had learned over the course of the season regarding the "Think Tank" challenge set forth. Teams were encouraged to identify different places where they could learn as well as a tool specific tool used when learning in the specific location. From their finding, the teams created both a Lego model and a poster to illustrate their findings. Each participant was presented with a completion certificate. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
'Tis the season (11/24/14)
Kate Dau, 5, with the help of her mother JaMae Dau, put together a hot cocoa kit during the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation's Festival of Trees celebration Saturday. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Gingerbread architects (11/24/14)
One-hundred children and their parents decorated gingerbread houses during Spencer Main Street Company's Gingerbread Kingdom event at Bogenrief Studios Sunday. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Holiday Family Adoption (11/24/14)
The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty. It's easy to "adopt" a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to "adopt."...
'Stay positive' (11/21/14)
It is one thing to read about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer from a textbook, but it takes on a whole new meaning when hearing a firsthand account from a cancer patient. Melissa "Missy" Fox, 46, who is currently battling stage 2 breast cancer, took the time Friday morning to speak to Spencer High School juniors and seniors studying chemotherapy in pharmacology about her experiences...
The Many Faces of Art (11/21/14)
Anita Jung, professor and artist at the University of Iowa, asked a group of Spencer Middle School students, "What does performance mean to you?" The responses ranged from "how well you do" and "entertaining other people" to "showing a persons culture and who they are" as well as "singing, dancing, acting and athletics."...
Festival of Trees' Tour of Homes today (11/21/14)
On the self-guided driving Tour of Homes, part of the Festival of Trees celebration, guests will visit unique and beautifully decorated homes in Spencer. The event will be open today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tour tickets are $20 when purchased at a home the day of the tour. Tickets also allow the holder to enter the Clay County Regional Events Center to view trees and shop at the Christmas Market on Saturday...
Farm bill meeting draws more than 220 farmers, landowners (11/21/14)
More than 220 Iowa farmers and landowners attended Friday's farm bill meeting at SCT in Spencer. ISU Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency hosted the farm bill overview meeting, facilitating discussion about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 -- commonly referred to as the farm bill. This puts a total of 824 attendees for the first four meetings in northwest Iowa at approximately 825 with 10 more meetings to go before Dec. 16. For information and websites discussed at the meeting visit www.extension.iastate.edu/clay. (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
Sioux Rapids man sentenced to prison after July stabbing (11/21/14)
STORM LAKE -- Pedro Orozco, 43, of Sioux Rapids, was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to going armed with intent, willful injury causing serious injury with a dangerous weapon, manufacturing marijuana, and a drug tax stamp violation. Orozco was transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, Nov. 17...
Des Moines family reunited with Sammy, the missing kennel dog (11/21/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Phones kept ringing in Des Moines and Arnolds Park. Every now and then, someone would see a dark-colord animal darting in and out of cornfields near Spirit Lake. Or someone heard that a stray dog may have been clipped by an oncoming car...
Crossings controversy draws crowd (11/21/14)
STORM LAKE -- City Hall was ready for action on Monday night, with uniformed police officers upstairs and down, a warning posted that no protest signs would be allowed in the council chambers area, and a roped entry area to the chambers set up. Stirred by discussions of a deal between the City of Storm Lake and the Canadian National Railroad that could close some street crossings and pedestrian crossings, about 85 people packed the chamber to the building's capacity, while about 50 more stood in line outside hoping to hear, if not see discussion at a workshop on the subject Monday night.. ...
New Spirit Lake city hall opened Thursday (11/21/14)
For years, city staff members worked around poor ventilation, a leaking roof, basement water and mold at Spirit Lake City Hall. Now they're enjoying new surroundings. Spirit Lake's new city hall opened to the public on Thursday, Nov. 20. Spirit Lake city administrator Gregg Owens said he expects the project to come in well under budget...
VFW supports youth bowling (11/21/14)
V.F.W. Post No. 3159 hosted a benefit breakfast with proceeds to assist Spencer Youth Bowling League and bowlers. Pictured are youth bowlers and parents who helped with the breakfast, thanking the public and V.F.W. for their support. (Photo submitted)
Holiday Family Adoption (11/21/14)
The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty. It's easy to "adopt" a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to "adopt."...
Farm Credit Services supports local livestock groups (11/21/14)
Farm Credit Services of America has increased their focus on the communities they serve. Community Involvement funds are allocated annually to each of the 42 retail offices across the four state association. During the 2014 Clay County Fair, Farm Credit Services of America employees staffed the Branding Iron and the Chop Shop for one full day shift. In addition to the volunteer efforts during the fair, a monetary donation of funds was presented to each organization. Just over $1,500 total was presented to the organizations on Tuesday at the Farm Credit Services of America Terrace on the Clay County Fairgrounds. (Pictured left to right) Eldon Goff, Farm Credit Services of America Emmetsburg Office; Keith Kruse, Clay County Pork Producers; Dave Hessman, Clay County Cattlemen; Paul Brenner, Clay County Cattlemen; Mike Juza, Clay County Cattlemen; and Stacy Bohl, Farm Credit Services of America Emmetsburg Office. (Photo submitted)
Gathman elected to the IBA Board of Directors (11/21/14)
Michael Gathman, vice president of State Bank in Spencer, has been elected to the Iowa Bankers Association Board of Directors for 2014-15. Gathman began his term on the board during the IBA Annual Convention, Sept. 21-23, in Des Moines. "Mike is an experienced and trusted leader for his bank and his community, and we are fortunate to have him serve on our association's board of directors as a leader for our industry," IBA President and CEO John Sorensen said. ...
Slater named 2014 Realtor of the Year (11/21/14)
The Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS recently named Katie Slater as the organization's 2014 REALTOR of the Year. The REALTOR of the Year Award is the greatest honor bestowed upon a REALTOR by their peers. The award recognizes the person named for meritorious contributions to the advancement of their profession and the real estate community...
Spencer High School Honor Roll (11/21/14)
The following students are on the first quarter honor roll for Spencer High School. The students must earn a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify. Samuel Aalberts, Jadyn Allen, Kyley Anderson, Jade Barnes, Camryn Beal, Haley Bendlin, Carly Bergstadt, Austin Block, Abigail Brown, Carli Bryan, Rex Carlson, Madison Carpenter, Cecilia Carrillo, Claire Christensen, Walker Coldren, Mackenzie Connor, Tori Cooper, Tyler Coulander, Austin Crew, Sydney DeVlaeminck, Madison DeWitt, Jenna Dirkx, Brendan Ellis, Joseph Ellsworth, Darby Erb, Sophia Fassbender, Jonathan Feldmann, Cooper Fox, Sarai Fox, Makayla Gee, Grace Gilderhus, Catherine Glackin, Christopher Gross, Jordan Hallgren, Olivia Hamilton, Lauren Hansen, William Heaton, Richard Henry, Abigail Hinrichsen, Caitlyn Holm, Emma Holst, Cade Hopkins, Scott Hoy, Garrett Huisenga, Kelly Izard, Natalie Jacobson, Haley Jewell, Abigail Johnson, Seanicee Johnson, Brody Kacmarynski, Brady Kluender, Nya Lo, Eduardo Maria, Abigail McAmis-Burger, Nicholas McDermott, Madison Miller, Hallee Mingus, Matthew Mixon, Jonathon Mortenson, Kathryn Moser, Ashlyn Naig, Hannah Newcomb, Noah Olson, Morgan Petersen, Keeley Petzenhauser, Jacob Polaschek, Katelin Polaschek, Caroline Randall, Emma Richards, Morgan Roberts, Jenna Schauer, Molly Schlichtemeier, Emma Schmidt, Makayla Schroer, Emma Schwarck, Trey Sievers, Michael Slattery, Breanna Small, Timothy Steele, Reannen Taylor, Blayne Thelen, Brianne Thompson, Hannah Thurman, Jamie Tighe, Mercedes Unger, Wren Vogelschmidt, Kaetlyn Warburton, Alexandra Warren, Hunter Wassom, Delaney Weeks, Breanna Wilkerson, Cassie Winters, Tricia Zimmermann. ...
Following God's lead (11/20/14)
When Marcia Zubradt-Cheevers sits down to begin signing books Saturday at the Spencer Dream Center, she will be doing so with a great deal of faith and some prior experience. And she knows God is behind her, after all, it was His encouragement that prompted her to begin sharing her thoughts in the first place...
Urban chickens ordinance fails to receive recommendation (11/20/14)
After meeting for a second time to discuss an urban chickens ordinance, the Spencer Planning and Zoning Commission decided not to recommend to the Spencer City Council to make alterations to the Spencer City Code. Currently, Title 6, Chapter 2, Section 2, Subsection of the Spencer City Code Animal Husbandry Limited allows for the raising of usual farm animals, except swine, in all districts by special exception excluding the commercial business district, general commercial district, fair and exposition district and mobile homes district. ...
Morning arrest follows SHS bomb threat (11/20/14)
A 16-year-old from Spencer was arrested at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday and charged with felony terrorism and felony arson threats. The arrest stems from an investigation into a bomb threat discovered on the bathroom wall of Spencer High School Wednesday morning. The building was vacated of close to 700 students and staff at approximately 11:30 a.m. Following a law enforcement search of the property, students returned to the school via school bus after an all-clear was issued at 2:15 p.m...
Area businesses discuss Home Base Iowa (11/20/14)
Representatives from a dozen area businesses and the city of Spencer attended an information session about Home Base Iowa Thursday morning. Topics covered included the 2014 Home Base Iowa Act, Home Base Iowa Businesses, Home Base Iowa Communities and Home Base Iowa CHAMPs. Kathy Anderson, with the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Home Base Iowa, led the session...
Rahn retires from Spencer Hospital Board (11/20/14)
John Rahn, chairman of the Spencer Hospital Board of Trustees, introduced a somewhat personal agenda item at Thursday morning's board meeting, calling upon his fellow trustees to accept his letter of resignation, retiring from the hospital board after 14 years of service...
Job Fair conducted at SHS (11/20/14)
Nine area businesses met with Spencer High School students in the commons during their lunch waves on Thursday, sharing information about potential employment opportunities for them with their respective companies. Several students visited with the business representatives and took job information. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Holiday Family Adoption (11/20/14)
The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty. It's easy to "adopt" a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to "adopt."...
Dance troupe opens SPARC's season (11/20/14)
The Spencer Performing Arts Coalition (SPARC) opened its 2014-15 season on Nov. 10 with a high-energy dance theater troupe called Co'Motion Dance. The Co'Motion Dance Theater is based in Ames in residence with Iowa State University's Department of Kinesiology. The three dancers were Ben Rethmeier Jamie Adams and Lisa Lewis. Choreographer Valerie Williams was also in attendance...
Juvenile arrested in bomb threat (11/20/14)
A 16-year-old from Spencer was arrested at approximately 9 a.m. this morning and charged with felony terrorism and felony arson threats. The arrest stems from an investigation into a bomb threat left on the bathroom wall of the Spencer High School yesterday...
Hobby Lobby plans January opening (11/19/14)
As work continues on Hobby Lobby's new location in Spencer, the corporate office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma announced plans to open the doors at the craft and home decor chain's 50th Iowa location in early January. "We are excited to bring our unique store to the community. Customers new to Hobby Lobby are pleasantly surprised at the size of the store as well as the crafts and home decor selection of merchandise we carry ...," John Schumarcher, assistant vice president of advertising, said...
'All Clear' (11/19/14)
**Bathroom threat results in evacuation of high school for second time' For the second time in less than nine months, student body and staff at Spencer High School were forced to evacuate the building and law enforcement from multiple agencies worked side-by-side to investigate an unfounded bomb threat in the building...
Lincoln Elementary receives grant for Teacher Book Club (11/19/14)
Lincoln Elementary in Spencer was one of the 190 Iowa schools to receive a grant from U.S. Cellular Calling All Teachers program. Calling All Teachers awarded the school $813.51 for its new Teacher Book Club project. "The Teacher Book Club started when we were making investigations into different mathematical practices," Troy Kaufman, Lincoln Elementary fourth-grade teacher, explained. ...
Welcoming the holidays (11/19/14)
While the cold and snowy weather may have beat them to it, Spencer Municipal Utility workers helped the city of Spencer begin decorating for the Christmas season by hanging ornaments from the light fixtures on Grand Avenue Wednesday. The festive contributors braved strong winds, occasional snow flurries and chilly temps to place the holiday decor. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Judge change in McDaniel case (11/19/14)
With a pretrial hearing scheduled Tuesday, Judge Patrick Tott was assigned to preside over Ney McDaniel's Dec. 9 trial. McDaniel, a former Spencer attorney who served as a contract defense attorney for the State of Iowa Public Defenders Office is charged with felony ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and fraudulent practice...
Music, dancing at the library (11/19/14)
Chad Elliott performed a concert at the Spencer Public Library Wednesday evening as part of his library book tour to promote his recently released children's book. Elliott wrote and illustrated "Wilderman's Treetop Tales," which is full of silly poems and songs for children. He also recorded the CD that accompanies the book. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Corridor recognizes area businesses, individuals (11/19/14)
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation conducted its annual Business Recognition Luncheon at the Clay County Regional Events Center Wednesday. The luncheon recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties...
Sirens (11/19/14)
Nolan Lee Harms, 32, Primghar DWLS -- simple misdemeanor --- Brittany Julene Hansen, 28, Spencer Failure to appear --- Amanda Irene Collins, 34, Spencer Possession prescription drugs Possession controlled substance Theft in the fifth degree Drug paraphernalia...
Holiday Family Adoption (11/19/14)
The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty. It's easy to "adopt" a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to "adopt."...
SHS musicians to perform in All-State Music Festival (11/19/14)
Eleven Spencer High School students received the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being chosen to participate in the 2014 Iowa All-State Music Festival. Students selected to perform with the All-State Chorus were Hannah Boyens, daughter of Kevin and Janet Boyens; Ryan Crew, son of Pete and Andrea Crew; Alex Kaldahl, son of Paul and Kristin Kaldahl; Morgan Merrill, daughter of Darrin and Veronica Merrill; Xavier Obermeier, son of Tim and Ruth Obermeier; Brandt Roskens, son of Scott and Kari Roskens; Matthew Sather, son of Ryan and Sonia Sather and Katie Zimmer, daughter of David and Julie Zimmer. ...

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