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Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
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Online poll results (07/31/14)
We asked our readers: "Through various online methods, people are allowed to share thoughts and offer comments on a variety of topics anonymously. What are your feelings on the anonymity associated with online comments?" Their responses follow: --- -- People should be allowed to say whatever they wish anonymously: 31.8 percent...
Making music at Mainstreet Market (07/31/14)
The Itty Bitty Boji Trio entertained the crowd at Spencer's Mainstreet Market on the Clay County Courthouse lawn Thursday evening. The band played classic hits made famous by Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond and other artists. Sally and Andrew Reed, of Spencer, were even enticed to dance during the trio's performance. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Impact of Tyson plant closure uncertain (07/31/14)
Tyson Foods in Cherokee will be one of three Tyson plants closing before the early days of 2015, leaving 450 northwest Iowans without jobs. Kathy Evert, Iowa Lakes Corridor president and CEO, said the Corridor has plenty of opportunities to help displaced workers...
King announces Spencer campaign stop (07/31/14)
Congressman Steve King Thursday introduced his re-election "Leadership Coalition" and announced plans to kickoff a district-wide tour beginning Aug. 11. Among the first stops on his tour, King is scheduled to meet with constituents in Spencer from 11 a.m. to noon at Pizza Ranch...
A grape-stomping good time (07/31/14)
Harvest Fest will return Saturday for its second annual event at WestSide Vineyard, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 mile west of Spencer on 360th Street. "It was so much fun, we decided to do it again," said Cheryl Barglof, who runs WestSide Vineyard alongside her husband, Dave...
CCF Stuffed Animal Show entry deadline approaching (07/31/14)
Clay-Central-Everly, Spencer and Sioux Central kindergarten through third-grade students are encouraged to enter their stuffed animals in the 4-H Clover Kid's Stuffed Animal Show at the 2014 Clay County Fair. The entry deadline is Sept. 2. The Stuffed Animal Show will be conducted beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 9 in the 4-H Auditorium, located on the Clay County Fairgrounds. The entry fee is $2 per youth...
Party in The Park (07/31/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- A night of food and fun will be held in the shadow of a wooden roller coaster called The Legend. Party in the Park returns to the Historic Arnolds Park Inc. calendar on Saturday, Aug. 2. Last year's annual fundraiser brought in $100,000 in support of the historic venue near West Lake Okoboji. Guests will arrive around 6 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion. Cocktails and a dinner provided by Yesterday's will start off the night...
YMCA eyes possible funding from McDonald's founder's foundation (07/31/14)
STORM LAKE -- Could the golden arches drop a little silver into the proposal to create a YMCA in Storm Lake? Committee founder Linda Hallengren met with Storm Lake City Manager Jim Patrick Friday. The committee is seeking to establish a branch of the existing YMCA that serves the Spencer area in Storm Lake, but is not ruling out progressing with a locally-run community center or partnering with another organization like Boys and Girls Clubs of America as an alternative if necessary...
The magic of exploration (07/30/14)
SCT's children's show explores the magic and wonder of reading in "The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" "The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" is a musical based on the award-winning book by Mary Pope Osborne. The first book in the hugely popular series, "Dinosaurs Before Dark" introduces the audience to the enigmatic Annie (Lexi Duffy) and her studious brother, Jack (Rhyan Busch)...
Local artist contributes art to Freedom Rock effort (07/30/14)
The Clay County Freedom Rock Committee is partnering with local artist Megan Wassom, of Everly, to raise money for the Clay Count Freedom Rock. "Susan Sembach saw the article about the guitar I did for the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and she thought it would be great to have a local artist do a painting to auction off to raise money for the Freedom Rock, so she got in touch with me," Wassom explained. "It was a great coincidence because I had already had an idea for this project."...
Everly Days to include cemetery walk (07/30/14)
In response to the interest following the cemetery walk for Everly's 125th anniversary, the town will include another walk in this year's Everly Days celebration. The event will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery between 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. "In the last five years, we've heard so many people interested, whether they could be at the last one or not," said Arlene Meyer, a coordinator of the event. "We hope people come out and enjoy this special presentation."...
Hess appointed to Government Oversight Committee (07/30/14)
DES MOINES -- Today Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) appointed Rep. Megan Hess (R-Spencer) to the House Government Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee directly holds government accountable to Iowa taxpayers and works to ensure that state government is being run efficiently, effectively and in the best interest of Iowans...
Police warrant leads to five drug-related arrests (07/30/14)
The execution of a search warrant by Spencer Police Tuesday resulted in the arrest of five individuals at a Spencer residence. While searching 611 E. 19th St. Apt. 24, officers discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia inside apartment...
SAAC fundraiser turns trash into treasure (07/30/14)
The Spencer Area Activity Center will conduct it's second biggest fundraiser of the year, the Trash and Treasure Sale, in the old middle school gym Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2. Individuals can browse the various items from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday...
Volunteer Network of Clay County receives grant (07/30/14)
The Volunteer Network of Clay County has been awarded a Volunteer Generation Fund grant through the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. The VNCC is one of two volunteer centers in the state to receive the grant, which will allow expansion of the local volunteer coordination organization, and will help fund a half-time director...
Tree removal cuts down Grand Avenue (07/30/14)
For several hours during the day Wednesday, removal of a tree in the 1300-block of Grand Avenue hindered traffic. The divided avenue was cut down to two lanes for northbound and southbound traffic on its east side between 10th Street and 14th Street. Motorists could not turn west off of Grand Avenue where traffic was merged, and drivers on West 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th streets could not turn on to Grand Avenue. (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
Mother's Day Zeller benefits Eliminate Project (07/30/14)
Sally Holck, wife of Spencer Kiwanis Daybreakers member Duaine Holck, was presented a special Mother's Day Zeller Award at the Daybreakers' meeting on Monday morning. Kiwanians worldwide have now contributed over $60 million toward The Eliminate Project, in partnership with UNICEF to end maternal and neonatal tetanus. Pictured are Daybreakers Eliminate co-chair Kelly McCarty, Daybreakers President Gary Terwee, Sally Holck and Duaine Holck. All four in the photo now have Zeller Awards. (Photo submitted)
Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Month: Bettie Lawrence (07/28/14)
Bettie Lawrence was born Dec. 5, 1920 in Spencer to John and Alice Elder. She received her education and graduated from Spencer Community Schools. Bettie married Richard Lawrence on Sept. 2, 1943 at the Congregational Church in Spencer. They farmed for many years in Clay County. ...
Spencer stores gear up for tax free weekend (07/28/14)
Every year, beginning at midnight on the first Friday in August, Iowa conducts its 48-hour Tax Free Holiday Weekend. This year, the tax free holiday begins Aug. 1. "Traditionally, Iowa's tax free holiday has been related to the beginning of the school year, and when we look at the items that are typically bought for back to school, we find clothing and shoes are the big ones people buy," Kay Arvidson, Iowa Department of Revenue assistant public information officer said...
Disaster declaration could help Clay with $775K storm damage (07/28/14)
After Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced Thursday that President Barack Obama had approved a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Clay and 25 other counties impacted by severe weather in June, Clay County Emergency Management Director Eric Tigges noted there may also be state relief available to eligible families...
Suspect arrested in bank robbery (07/28/14)
HOLSTEIN -- An area man has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of the United Bank of Iowa branch in Holstein bank on Thursday. Michael Aaron Dutcher was arrested Friday afternoon in Quimby. He is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree theft and two counts of assault while participating in a felony. More charges are possible as the investigation continues. Evidence was reportedly confiscated after the arrest...
Rockin' the river (07/28/14)
Guests joined Dr. Rick and Barb Wilkerson at their Walnut Lane Farm to enjoy a River Rock party for Backyard Bach and Blues Saturday night. The annual Arts on Grand fundraising celebration packs food, music and fun into one evening -- this year to a 1950s themed event. (Above) Ryan Sather -- on keyboards -- and his bandmates kept the crowd moving with a blend of musical styles. (Right) Volunteer soda jerks kept the tasty treats flowing as popular root beer floats disappeared off the table nearly as quickly as they could poor. (Below) Getting into the spirit of the evening, Ron and Cindy Pingel came in costume and danced the night away. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa's Texting-While-Driving ban not reducing crashes, hard to enforce (07/28/14)
Iowa's law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Although texting-related crashes have been on the rise in recent years, Iowa convicted an average of only 2.5 drivers per county for texting last year, the investigation revealed...
Multiple charges complicate cost (07/28/14)
Although Chris Fitzpatrick's involvement in the September 2012 death of 59-year-old Edward Kitto has been completed, the total cost of his case is undetermined. Between his booking on Aug. 29, 2012 and his release to the Iowa Medical and Classfication Center on May 16, 2013, Fitzpatrick spent 259 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes in the Clay County Jail, according to Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow...
Sioux Rapids celebrates some pretty tall corn (07/28/14)
Sioux Rapids, in the Valley of Beauty, hosted its annual Tall Corn Days festivities over the weekend, including a wide variety of activities for residents and guests alike to enjoy. Celebrating the event's namesake, the 2014 Tall Corn Days champion and runners-up were Steve Ruhs, and Shirley and Phil Drenth. (Right) This Shelby GT 500 was among many cars on display at the Show & Shine Car Show on Saturday. (Below) Area children competed in the Kids Tractor Pulls on Saturday. (Photos by Ginny Smith)
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