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Friday, Sep. 4, 2015
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'The fair wouldn't function without them' (09/03/15)
CCF manager praises efforts of staff as main event nears
Fostoria, Spencer departments respond to field fire (09/03/15)
A Thursday evening fire in a hay field north of West 18th Street in Spencer near the Little Sioux River required fire crews from Fostoria and Spencer to respond to get it under control. Access to the fire line proved tricky as smaller fire trucks were used to battle the blaze as both crews were called to the scene just before 6 p.m. According to Spencer Fire Chief Doug Duncan, the departments were on the scene for a little over an hour to contain the hay. "It was a cut hay field that started burning. We're not sure of the cause. It was pretty green so it wasn't too terrible. The white and grey smoke lofted upward from the heavy tree line as traffic slowed to one lane for a short time on the neighboring road. Clay County Sheriff's deputies, Spencer Police Department and Iowa State Patrol officers responded as well. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
School board elections are Tuesday (09/03/15)
For the first time in 16 years, the date of school board elections does not fall during the Clay County Fair. On Tuesday, residents of Clay County are encouraged to go to their voting location and vote for members of the area school board. In Everly, voters may vote at the Clay County Auditor's Office from 7-11 a.m. ...
Settlement of the bridge monuments explained (09/03/15)
Since they were installed six years ago, the Grand Avenue Bridge monuments have settled approximately 2 inches. According to the engineers who designed the project, the monuments were expected to settle only an inch over the entire lifetime of the project...
SHS job board returns for second year (09/03/15)
After a successful inaugural year, the "Help Wanted" board at Spencer High School was recreated for the 2015-16 school year. "The job board went really well last year," said Liz Kluver, the careers teacher at Spencer High School. "I had kids stop by and ask about specific postings; they were looking for a part-time job. I even helped two students fill out an application and take them through the process of applying."...
'How now, brown cow?' (09/03/15)
Artists Carol Herden, Barb McGee and Mona Majorowicz shared insight into their bovine inspired works with those who attended the artist reception for "Cowgirls" at Arts on Grand Thursday evening. The exhibit features artworks depicting the cow in a variety of mediums and colors. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Awards, concerts and more on Induction Spectacular Weekend (09/03/15)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Labor Day Weekend is not an ordinary holiday weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. It is Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular weekend bringing visitors from all over the United States to this area...
CrossWinds Church adds new staff (09/03/15)
CrossWinds Church announced the addition of Tami Gravert and Holly Hassman to its staff. Graver, of Dolliver, will work as administrative assistant, and Hassman, of Spencer, will work as worship and communications director. Both staff have recently stepped into their new roles for the transition from summer to fall 2015...
Authorities call arrests 'major break' in regional incidents (09/02/15)
Early morning arrests in Royal Sunday placed two Cherokee residents in the Clay County Jail on burglary related charges. Local authorities are calling the arrest a major break in a string of burglaries involving more than 10 northwest Iowa counties...
10 represent Spencer during homecoming festivities (09/02/15)
Ten Spencer seniors -- five young men and five young women -- were named 2015 homecoming candidates as the school's annual celebration will serve as the lead-in to the start of the World's Greatest County Fair. Homecoming week will actually begin on Labor Day with a powder puff football game at 5 p.m. followed by a spirit run at 6 p.m. The main event, coronation, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday...
CASA seeking volunteers (09/02/15)
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is looking for additional volunteers to help advocate for children in situations of abuse and neglect within the surrounding eight-county area. CASA is a national program that is also present in all 99 counties in Iowa. The program trains all of its volunteers before swearing them in and assigning them a case...
GoldStar Amusements return to Clay County Fair (09/02/15)
Whether it's the Zipper, the Century Wheel or the Power Surge, GoldStar Amusements Midway has something for all ages for the 2015 Clay County Fair. "The opportunity to have one of the top carnivals in the United States at our Fair is something all of our fairgoers need to take advantage of," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said...
County ATV ordinance passes first hearing (09/02/15)
Clay County residents came one step closer to being able to operate all-terrain and off-road utility vehicles on county roads Tuesday. Following a public hearing, the Clay County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that would make using ATVs and off-road utility vehicles on county roads legal. Currently, the vehicles can only be used on county gravel roads if being operated as part of a farm operation...
Mayor, council compensation to go unchanged (09/02/15)
The Spencer Compensation Advisory Board conducted its biannual meeting Tuesday over the noon hour to discuss compensation and car allowances available to the Spencer mayor and City Council. The board moved and approved the recommendation to keep compensation and car allowances the same for the next two years for the Spencer City Council based on questionnaires and city surveys...
Sirens (09/02/15)
Aug. 28 -- Raul Lazaro Barbosa, 26, Sibley Contempt of court --- Aug. 28 -- Terry Ray Hastings, 48, Spencer Violation of no contact order, three counts --- Aug. 29 -- Catherine Mary Pope, 55, Milford OWI, first offense --- Aug. 29 -- Adam Courtright Gregory, 35, Spencer...
Ambassadors join IGL Construction for 'Gateway' ribbon cutting (09/02/15)
Ambassador Steve Waller holds one end and IGL Construction's Todd Krukow holds the other end of the red ribbon as IGL's Kellie Beneke uses the Spencer Chamber of Commerce scissors to officially cut the ribbon on the new Gateway by IGL housing development in south Spencer. The Spencer Ambassadors joined IGL staff and city officials as the local construction operation conducted its open house celebration. The 23-unit housing development offers unique two- and three-bedroom floor plans in the $187,300 to $199,400 price range. Between grants and tax abatement opportunities, potential homeowners stand to save close to $21,000 in tax abatement and grant incentives. The new development, which started work this spring, is expected to be completed by the end of the construction season. Projections suggest Gateway will generate an additional $4.4 million for the city's tax base. It was noted that all of the new homes meet the state's new energy standards. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa Crops and Weather Report (09/02/15)
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. "The heavy rains that rolled through north-central Iowa late last week caused flash-flooding and created real challenges for farmers and communities. ...
Phase I of SMU water plant construction complete (09/01/15)
Phase I of the water plant construction was recently completed and the SMU Board of Trustees recently awarded a bid for construction on Phase II of the water plant which got underway Monday. This is the final phase of the water plant construction. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017. ...
The doctor is out (09/01/15)
Prominent northwest Iowa urologist Dr. Walter Mendenhall's patients received a letter in the mail announcing his plans to retire at the end of the year. For Mendenhall, the decision was not an easy or hasty one. "I, and most physicians, love what we do," he said. "I love my clinical practice where I got to know my patients over many years. Then I have the surgery side, where I enjoy the sudden significant improvement I make in the health of that person."...
$60K project makes Santa's Castle accessible for all (09/01/15)
STORM LAKE -- No set of steps or narrow doorway should block the spirit of Christmas. Starting Sept. 1, a project will begin to make the lower level of Santa's Castle disability accessible. The current downstairs exit facing Erie Street will be extended with an enclosed 13-foot corridor complete with handcrafted railings, gently sloping down into the holiday showplace like a ramp. This will be the new entrance. The former entrance, at the top of a set of concrete stairs, will become an exit...
Engineers offer solution for leaning bridge monuments (08/31/15)
Engineers offered a solution to stabilize the sinking and settling Grand Avenue bridge monuments to the Spencer Committee of the Whole Monday evening. In 2012, the city began to notice cracking in the sidewalk, which lead to the discovery of the settling of the adjacent monuments. All four of the monuments attached to the bridge have settled at least 2 inches with the worst being the monument located on the northwest corner of the bridge...
'Cowgirls' (08/31/15)
Three artists who share a similar passion for art prove "no two cows look the same." Arts on Grand's latest exhibit "Cowgirls" featuring midwestern livestock goes to show no two pieces of bovine art look alike either. Artists Barb McGee, of Peterson, Mona Majorowicz, of Rolf, and Carol Herden, formerly of Sibley, created their cattle inspired works independently before collaborating on their exhibit which will be featured at AOG until September...
LOOKING FORWARD (08/31/15)
As the Spencer Family Y prepares to move forward to meet the needs of the area it serves, Director and CEO Nathan Prenzlow hopes the community will take an active role in helping steer the local facility in the right direction. Beginning today, members of the Spencer Family Y and its business partners will receive an online survey to provide feedback to the operation as it looks to the future...
Upcoming walk to benefit Alzheimer's research (08/31/15)
g purple T-shirts, will be seen walking to benefit Alzheimer's research. Last year, 56 people participated in the event and raised $16,900. This year, the goal is 65 participants and $17,500, according to Terri Shroeder, with the Alzheimer's Association...
Liberty Lanes knocks the pins down with a new look, feel (08/28/15)
A change in ownership meant a change in style for the Spencer Bowl, now known as Liberty Lanes. The walls and pillars of the recreation center have been transformed into a city skyline, and graffiti artwork and the ball returns now resemble taxi cabs. It is only the first of many changes for the bowling alley...
Randy's Interview: Sen. Rick Santorum (08/28/15)
Daily Reporter Managing Editor Randy M. Cauthron sat down for an interview with GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum. The interview is available in its entirety at www.spencerdailyreporter.com. "It is an issue that separates Republicans greatly. On a lot of issues the Republican candidates are pretty similar. On this one, it's across the board. ... There are real clear differences between what Republicans want to do on this issue, that's what makes it more interesting."...
Parsons offers highlights on upcoming fair (08/28/15)
Several members of the regional media paid an early visit to the Clay County Fair, two weeks in advance of the annual event which will bring more than 300,000 to the grounds for the nine-day event. Jeremy Parsons, manager of the "World's Greatest County Fair," told those in attendance, "This truly is a regional event. We appreciate your coverage."...
Ag Partners' drive to benefit Feed Our Children (08/28/15)
ALBERT CITY -- The Ag Partners' Drive to Feed Kids fundraising event will be held at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer from 4-8 p.m. today. This free, family-friendly event will feature: A meal cooked by the Clay County Cattlemen, entertainment, games and kids activities, a raffle and a freewill donation...
UNDER CONSTUCTION (08/28/15)
Spencer's Hy-Vee location is under construction but Scott Threlkeld, store director, believes the long-term benefits will definitely outweigh the short-term inconvenience to its customer base. The store is preparing to open a Starbucks service station near the main entry doors as well as a new Health Market located in the southwest corner of the building near the dairy and frozen food sections...
The Idyllwild experience (08/28/15)
In her first trip to California, Katie Zimmer arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on July 26 for her two-week workshop at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. "It was pretty intimidating at first, but once I got there I was extremely thrilled," she said...
Raising the flag (08/28/15)
As part of its "first day of school" tradition, students, staff and parents at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School, in conjunction with the American Legion Auxiliary, conducted the annual flag-raising ceremony outside the main entrance to the elementary school. (Photos submitted)
Rock the River money donated to Spencer Jaycees (08/28/15)
Darin and Eve Freeman donated $1,000 to the Spencer Jaycees, as part of a recruiting fundraiser they had at their home. This is the third year they've conducted the Rock the River event, each year choosing a different organization to donate to. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Hemp proponents pleased with Storm Lake forum (08/28/15)
STORM LAKE -- The Iowa Hemp Association is pleased with the response to their Fields of Opportunity Educational Tour forum held in Storm Lake Sunday. Nicholas Dreeszen, executive director, said that the more than 20 people who attended were very "engaged" in the discussion, which touched on the various industrial and medicinal applications of the hemp plant, as well as the current legal status for cultivation...
CMBA acquires Architects Smith Metzger (08/28/15)
Cannon Moss Brygger Architects and Architects Smith Metzger recently announced today that CMBA has acquired ASM, a 10-person architectural firm based in Des Moines. The acquisition of ASM, known predominantly for its collegiate experience, builds on CMBA's strong education focus. ASM is a strategic addition to CMBA's plan to deepen its regional portfolio and experience in its core market sectors...
Okoboji School Board clarifies middle school spending plan (08/28/15)
OKOBOJI ― The Okoboji School Board held a noon meeting Friday to clarify spending plans if voters authorize a $1.34 physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) on Sept. 8. The PPEL would generate $14.7 million over 10 years to finance construction of a new middle school near Okoboji High School in Milford. The levy needs majority support for middle school construction to begin...
70 years and counting (08/28/15)
(Back, left to right) Anthony Riepma, Pat "Cowan" Muller, Harold Eninger, Margaret Ann "Duffy" Nevius, (front) Regina "Henkel" Harleman, JoAnn "Campbell" Tuttle and Howard Kindlespire are the seven remaining graduates of the Spencer High School Class of 1945. The group graduated around the same time the picture of the school was taken with a Class of 1987 seniors. (Photos by Hanna Russmann.) Riepma, Tuttle, Kindlespire, Eninger, Nevius, Muller and Harleman toured the old Spencer Middle School after enjoying lunch there as part of their 70th high school reunion. Seventy years ago, the building, known as the old middle school, was the location of the Spencer High School.
Around Campus (08/28/15)
AMES -- Iowa State University awarded a total of 941 degrees at the end of the 2015 summer term. Among those receiving degrees: Payton Reason, of Okoboji, Bachelor of Science, child, adult and family services; Brittany Laubenthal, of Rossie, with Bachelor of Arts, psychology; and Nicholas Roghair, of Royal, Bachelor of Science, agricultural studies...
Bee & Butterfly Festival set for Friday (08/28/15)
OKOBOJI -- Just like the monarch butterflies that will be fluttering outside during the Bee & Butterfly Festival, Maury Muhm's fingers will be fluttering on the guitar strings. Muhm's band, the South 71 Trio, will perform from 6:15-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, headlining during the 10th annual Bee & Butterfly Festival at the Dickinson County Nature Center...
Sirens (08/28/15)
--- Aug. 20 -- Lavelle Annette Meadows, 62, Fort Dodge Fraudulent use of registration Operate without registration Operating motor vehicle with expired license Financial liability, accident --- Aug. 21 -- Jacob Allen Mersch, 29, Spencer Arrest warrant...
IHBA conducts annual tour in NW Iowa (08/27/15)
Each year the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association conducts an Iowa Hereford Tour in a different area of the state. The tour is an opportunity to learn more about the Hereford breed in Iowa. On Saturday, the IHBA will conduct their tour at different Hereford cattle operations in northwest Iowa beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Solsma Show Cattle, at 6190 320th St. in Sanborn...
The Huck stopped here (08/27/15)
An audience member attending GOP presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "huddle" at Sisters Main Street Cafe in downtown Spencer Thursday morning, paraphrased Huckabee's opponent, Dr. Ben Carson, who said, "Running against Hillary Clinton would be a dream come true."...
Lawrence, EOAT tool develops from STEM partnership (08/27/15)
Rosenboom, of Spirit Lake, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Spencer High School have partnered for the last several years, to offer "real-world" experiences to the STEM students and give them examples of potential careers after high school. ...
Marijuana discovered following Monday afternoon collision (08/27/15)
A Monday afternoon accident in the 1100 mile of U.S. Highway 18, involving two men from Hartley, lead to the discovery of marijuana in one of the vehicles. Clay County deputies responded to the accident report at approximately 4 p.m. when a westbound 2002 Saturn driven by Matthew Jacob, 39, was following slow moving traffic. ...
Police caution public following prowler call (08/27/15)
A call to Spencer Police Thursday morning prompted a Facebook post of caution from the department. Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton said the report of a prowler at 6 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of West 11th Street prompted the public alert. "The subject was not able to be located and we have no reports of theft at this time," Warburton said. "That's why we put that out there."...
Transit Authority, Kat Perkins coming to the Lakes (08/27/15)
OKOBOJI -- The Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji welcomes the nation's premier Chicago tribute band, Transit Authority, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2003, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. ...
Grassley makes Clay County stop (08/27/15)
As part of his town meeting tour of Iowa, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made a stop at Spencer City Hall Thursday morning to meet with his Clay County constituents. "I like to hold town hall meetings, because it's not the only way to communicate, but it is the best way," Grassley explained. "You can see me, and I can see you, and we can talk about the issues."...
Highway 71 crash sends passenger to hospital (08/27/15)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Spirit Lake Police had to redirect traffic following a two-vehicle crash at 3:07 p.m. Thursday along U.S. Highway 71 in Spirit Lake. Officers said 20-year-old Samuel Baskerville, of Spirit Lake, was southbound and attempting to make a left turn at the 34th Street intersection near Ace Hardware and Northwest Bank. In the process of making the turn, Baskerville did not see the approaching southbound black Dodge Charger driven by 68-year-old MaryAnn Kladstrup, of Spencer. A passenger in Kladstrup's car was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare. Officers at the scene did not think the injuries were life threatening. Baskerville was cited for failure to yield upon making a left turn. Spirit Lake officers were assisted by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Jennings Tow & Repair, Spirit Lake first responders and Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance. (Photo by Russ Mitchell)
Faith Lutheran celebrates 5 years, adds youth director (08/27/15)
Faith Lutheran Church has plenty to celebrate. The local church, which started out meeting in the former Spencer Senior Center in the North Gateway Mall before purchasing and transforming the old Shopper's Supply building on U.S. Highway 71 in north Spencer, celebrated its five-year anniversary on Aug. 6 and recently added Eric Patten as the church's new Children and Youth Director...
Surgery, robotics with a sweet twist (08/26/15)
Dr. Jason Keonin supervises as members of the public take turns using Spencer Hospital's new da Vinci Xi Surgical System during an open house Wednesday evening. The hospital began using the surgical robot in March and has completed approximately 100 gynecological and select general surgical procedures with the technology. (Photos by Hanna Russmann) Dr. Brian Wilson explains the difference between using the new surgical robot technology and laparoscopic surgery and how the arms and tools of the robot mimic the movements of a surgeons hands in a more confined space. Lily Every, 10, unwraps a Tootsie Roll using the sophisticated controls of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot. She was one of dozens of people who waited to have a chance use the machine.
In Town Today (08/26/15)
GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will bring "The Huck Stops Here" tour to Sisters Main Street Cafe from 7:30-9 a.m. today. The public is welcome. --- U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will conducted a town hall session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. The public is welcome...

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