Perpetrator of high school threat comes forward (03/07/14)
SHS morning assembly followed by confession
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Monday, Mar. 10, 2014
Perpetrator of high school threat comes forward (03/07/14)
SHS morning assembly followed by confession
SPRING FORWARD (03/07/14)
Remember before you go to bed Saturday night to set your clocks ahead one hour.
SFD asking residents to clear hydrants (03/07/14)
Spencer Fire and Rescue is asking for assistance from local residents with regards to making sure access to the fire hydrants near their property is not obstructed by plowed snow. "We are asking citizens to clear at least a 3-foot perimeter around the fire hydrants that are covered with snow," Steve Grimmius, with the Spencer Fire Department, explained. "We also recommend clearing an access path to the street if possible to thread a water hose from the hydrant to the fire truck in the street."...
Distracted driving laws difficult to enforce (03/07/14)
Law enforcement officials see distracted driving everyday -- people looking at texts on their smartphones instead of the road -- but it is the most difficult thing for them to enforce. "If a driver is over the age of 18 and texting, and that is the only thing I can see that is wrong with the vehicle, I cannot legally pull them over," Trooper Vince Kurtz, Iowa State Patrol safety education officer, said...
ILCC Pathways to 'skill up' workforce (03/07/14)
While a recent push in the workforce and schools have led students to learn skills and tools needed for careers, many not-so-recent high school graduates were faced with an "either/or" decision; either go to college, or go into the workforce. And for those graduates, it can be difficult to climb a corporate ladder. But Iowa Lakes Community College's Pathways expansion will allow those in the workforce to learn skills needed in order to move forward with their career ambitions...
SIAC seeking member voices (03/07/14)
Spencer Schools is looking for members of the community to fill the open seats on its School Improvement Advisory Committee. "The SIAC is there to represent as many groups as possible within the Spencer district," Barb Besch, school improvement director for Spencer schools, said. "It's a microcosm of the larger community."...
Past winter coldest in 35 years, ninth all time (03/07/14)
On a month-by-month basis all three winter months were unusually cold this past season: DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Friday highlighted a summary of the 2013-14 winter season compiled by Harry Hillaker, the state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship...
AOG shows multi-artist 'Weather Permitting' exhibit (03/07/14)
With the exception of Artisans Road Trip, Arts on Grand's Weather Permitting exhibit will feature the most artists any one exhibit AOG has displayed in the last five years. "The jury committee thought it would be fun to ask artists to submit works depicting weather or some aspect of it," AOG Acting Director Joanne Schar said. ...
A Day of Caring (03/07/14)
Staff members with Iowa Hospice spent the afternoon volunteering at the Spencer Dream Center Thursday, assisting with the food and clothing outreach. The effort was part of Iowa Hospice's "A Day of Caring" effort, which they participate in several times throughout the year. (Photo submitted)
One injured in North Y accident (03/07/14)
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, regional law enforcement and emergency responders from Spencer and Fostoria were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the North Y interchange of U.S. Highways 18 and 71 in north Spencer. A 2004 Pontiac and 1995 GMC Jimmy were involved in the collision...
IGLLS celebrate Lutheran Schools Week (03/07/14)
Principal-for-a-Day Jadyn Hallgren assisted Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School Principal Dewey Torkelson (above) with Bingo during Lutheran Schools Week. Halllgren was principal for the day, complements of Uncle Steve Hallgren, who purchased the item at the annual IGLLS auction in October. The special day was one piece of a very busy week at the local school. IGLLS also celebrated by allowing students to dress up as their favorite Bible characters (below). Other local activities included special persons day, Jump Rope for Heart, and singing at Northshire. Today IGLLS will have a presence at Family Fest and students will sing at First English Lutheran Church Sunday morning. National Lutheran Schools Week provides a network of nearly 2,300 preschools, elementary and high schools the opportunity to publicly proclaim and celebrate God's work in Lutheran schools. (Photos submitted)
CORRECTION: Spencer father, son visit Grassley (03/07/14)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday met with Gregg and Austin Allen, of Spencer, in Clay County during their visit to Washington, D.C. "I enjoyed visiting with the Allen family," Grassley said. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet face-to-face, hear concerns, and answer questions from Iowans." The Allens spoke with Grassley about a variety of current events and issues facing Iowans. They were also able to see Grassley speak on the Senate floor from the gallery during their tour of the Capitol. The Allens were on a vacation to visit Gregg's son and Austin's brother, Taylor, who is in the Honor Guard stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. Grassley makes it a priority to meet with Iowans visiting Washington, D.C., in addition to events in Iowa, including his annual visits to each of the 99 counties. While in the nation's capital, Grassley sets aside two hours each day to meet with Iowans. He encourages Iowans to write him or visit one of his offices regarding questions or concerns they have with the federal government. Taylor was misidentified in the original release from Grassley's office. (Photo submitted)
'Call of the Wild' on Storm Lake (03/07/14)
STORM LAKE -- Pat Wankum stopped plenty of people in their tracks Wednesday as he brought his sled dog team to work out on Storm Lake for the first time, declaring it to be an ideal location for the sport. The Hinton man has been raising Alaskan Husky sled dogs for eight years...
My amazing hour with the gorillas (03/07/14)
- First in a two-part series Editor's note: Sheri Davenport is a Storm Lake native now living in the Oakland, Calif., area. What should you do if a 400-pound silverback gorilla suddenly jumps up with a loud hoot and charges toward you? Common sense would tell you to scream and run. ...
Individual Speech team scores 33 one ratings (03/07/14)
The Spencer High School Individual Speech Team traveled to Okoboji on Saturday, March 1, in not-so-pleasant weather to perform 52 entries in the Individual Speech District Contest. Spencer earned 33 division one ratings and 19 division two ratings. The team will travel to Sioux City East on Saturday, March 15 to perform in the state contest. The team is coached by Amy Metcalf and Becky Koenig...
Drainage and subsurface irrigation program planned locally (03/07/14)
Spring fields and summer droughts can both be mitigated by managing subsurface drainage. Iowa State University Extension is planning three single-day workshops in mid-March to explore the opportunities that drainage systems offer. The Clay County meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Office on Wednesday, March 19...
Crop Fair offers management information (03/07/14)
This winter's "Tools for Your Future" Crop Fair has a program designed to help local growers deal with the volatility in modern agriculture, according to organizers with the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. The program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Legends in Spencer...
Women's Night Out is a 'surprise' full of laughs (03/07/14)
Women across Clay County attended CAASA's Women's Night Out event Thursday evening. More than 100 different women of varying ages mingled and enjoyed the night's festivities. CAASA organized the event to both entertain and empower women in the community. Joyce Yates Gardner, a counselor with Omaha Public Schools and a resident of Arnolds Park, was the speaker of the night and talked to many of the women taking part in Women's Night Out. Her talk "Life's Little Surprises" was a riotous medley of stories from her life that emphasized "how women handle the impossible everyday." Those in the audience couldn't help but laugh along with Gardner as she shared her humorous and relatable tales. During Women's Night Out, CAASA conducted a raffle, silent auction and live auction to raise funds for victims' services in Clay County. All money raised at last night's event will aid CAASA in helping more women in rural areas dealing with abuse. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Two vehicles collide at North Y (03/06/14)
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, regional law enforcement and emergency responders from Spencer and Fostoria were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident at the North Y interchange of U.S. Highways 18 and 71 in north Spencer. A four-door passenger car and SUV were involved in the collision. ...
Threat results in SHS evacuation (03/06/14)
Spencer High School dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after a threat toward staff and students was discovered in a bathroom inside the high school. Spencer Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann called the message a "safety concern" and said the district had made arrangements to evacuate the students. High school students requiring bus transportation were taken to the Spencer Middle School and will leave for home at the district's regular dismissal time of 3:30 p.m...
Rocket Suzie sets 2014 dates (03/06/14)
With foundations from last year's event set to build from, the Rocket Suzie Music Festival has been set for July 18 and 19. "We were searching for a drier time of the year," said Leann Jacobsen, co-creator of Rocket Suzie. "Despite the pain of last year's rain, we've gotten so much encouragement and community support that we decided to continue into another year."...
Spencer father, son visit Grassley (03/06/14)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday met with Gregg and Austin Allen, of Spencer, in Clay County during their visit to Washington, D.C. "I enjoyed visiting with the Allen family," Grassley said. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet face-to-face, hear concerns, and answer questions from Iowans." The Allens spoke with Grassley about a variety of current events and issues facing Iowans. They were also able to see Grassley speak on the Senate floor from the gallery during their tour of the Capitol. Gregg was on a vacation to visit his son, Austin, who is in the Honor Guard stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. Grassley makes it a priority to meet with Iowans visiting Washington, D.C., in addition to events in Iowa, including his annual visits to each of the 99 counties. While in the nation's capital, Grassley sets aside two hours each day to meet with Iowans. He encourages Iowans to write him or visit one of his offices regarding questions or concerns they have with the federal government. (Photo submitted)
Iowa joins the fight (03/06/14)
DES MOINES -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today joined a lawsuit in the Eastern District of California opposing California's egg-production law which he believes discriminates against Iowa's egg producers. Branstad, along with other five other states, argues that California's egg-production law is unconstitutional and violates the commerce clause...
LifeLight: Lybecker (03/06/14)
The LifeLight RESET tour will stop in Spencer Sunday, April 6 for a concert at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Headliners Building 429 and Family Force 5 will join other musical favorites Hawk Nelson, Satellites & Sirens and Lybecker. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. ...
Sawyer Brown, Tippin to salute American veterans at fair (03/06/14)
Sawyer Brown with special guest Aaron Tippin will perform in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand Monday, Sept. 8 during the Clay County Fair.