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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Spencer native introduces Chargers' pick (05/02/16)
CHICAGO -- Adding a little Clay County flavor to the NFL Draft, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chazz Brown, born in Spencer and a 2013 graduate of Clay Central-Everly High School, had the opportunity to announce the San Diego Chargers' sixth-round draft pick, punter Drew Kaser from Texas A&M. Brown recently completed more than a year of training at 29 Palms in California. Brown, the brother of Sacred Heart Catholic School sixth-grade teacher Tenee Jessen, was told by his superiors this past week he had been selected to attend the 2016 NFL Draft. Saturday, Brown was asked to announce the Chargers' pick, the 179th player taken in the NFL Draft. (Photo submitted)
City Council plans improvements (05/02/16)
Prior to last night's City Council meeting, the Progress and Development Committee met and discussed possible improvements to the Riverfront District in Spencer. Finance Director Brian Weuve said, "Everyone on the committee has ideas from A to Z." Having a large number of varying ideas, the committee has decided to seek out a firm to research, survey public interests, and ultimately create a concept for the riverfront...
Spencer Sears stays (05/02/16)
Amidst the announced closings of many Sears and Kmart stores, the Sears Hometown Store in Spencer was recently refurbished after 16 years of business. The displays have been updated, the floors have been cleaned and the paint is fresh. Needless to say, the store is not closing...
Circus Pages delights pair of audiences (05/02/16)
Circus Pages made a stop at the Clay County Regional Events Center Sunday for a pair of shows featuring animal acts, as well as aerialists, clowns, jugglers and motorcycles. The event offered opportunities for elephant and pony rides, novelty gifts, snow cones and popcorn, and face painting. (Above) Six-year-old Natalie Schmith, of Sheldon, was transformed into a lion, in advance of the acts performed drawing gasps and laughs alike from the crowd. (Right) Aerialists spun high above the show room floor working without a net. (Below) The circus clown dismantles his magic trick, sending his volunteers tumbling. Produced by Jose Pages for more than 25 years, the touring show has drawn from three generations of performing Pages to create a show for all ages. Originating in Cuba in the 1960s, the world renowned Pages family has progressed from it's initial talent on the flying trapeze, to encompass the broad range of performers it currently offers. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Okoboji teacher cited for public intoxication at prom (05/02/16)
OKOBOJI -- The Okoboji School Board has scheduled a special session for noon today to address a teacher's suspected use of alcohol at the Milford-based high school's prom. Milford Police Department charged 33-year-old Royce Otto Van Roekel, of Milford, with public intoxication after a 10:30 p.m. investigation Saturday night at Boji Bay Funhouse and Event Center...
Library expands in-house, online availabilities (05/02/16)
Several new additions to the library's services will allow patrons broader access to books, study materials and other tools, according to Spencer Public Library Director Mandie Roberts. The first is VersaCard, a feature of the library's cataloguing system that allows patrons of other libraries with the same cataloguing system to access Spencer library's services...
Hy-Noon Kiwanis sponsor SMS Mentors Celebration (05/02/16)
Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis President Ryan Davelaar presented a donation in the amount of $600 to the Spencer Middle School Mentors program as sponsors of the Mentor's End-of-the-Year Celebration. Angie Ward, counselor at SMS, accepted the contribution on behalf of the program. Ward helps coordinate the local Mentors effort, pairing community volunteers with students in the school for one hour a week as a means to create a bond and link between the local youth and area citizens. Representatives from the SMS Mentors program presented the program at the Hy-Noon Kiwanis meeting Monday at the Clay County Regional Events Center. (Photo submitted)
Sirens (05/02/16)
April 20 -- David Charles Maurer, 57, Spencer Reckless use of firearm Domestic abuse assault OWI, first offense --- April 20 -- Stephanie Ann Nicholson, 31, Cherokee Judgment entry --- April 21 -- Nathaniel McPherson Broadhead, 28, Spencer Possession of drug paraphernalia...
Storm Lake man charged with child sexual assault from 2009 (05/02/16)
STORM LAKE -- Police received a report Tuesday of an alleged sexual assault. A Storm Lake man, 48-year-old Derrick Roberts, was accused of abusing a 6-year-old female child at a local residence in 2009. The SLPD and the Iowa Department of Human Services investigated and questioned Roberts at the police station. Later Tuesday, Roberts was arrested and charged with sexual abuse second degree, a felony. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $25,000 bond...
Area woman sentenced to 5 years for sex act with 12-year-old (05/02/16)
STORM LAKE -- Barbara Barnett, formerly known as Barbara Meseck, formerly of Albert City, was sentenced to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed five years in prison after pleading guilty to lascivious acts with a child, a felony, in the Buena Vista County District Court Monday...
St. Mary's smashes record in 'Just Feed One' (05/02/16)
STORM LAKE -- St. Mary's Catholic School led the charge and set a new record in packaging 100,224 meals for the hungry through its seventh annual Then Feed Just One program on April 20. Students, faculty, staff and volunteers from area businesses worked throughout the day to package nutritious meals for less than $1 each...
Correctional Officers Memorial Week proclaimed countywide (05/02/16)
On April 26, the Clay County Board of Supervisors authorized chairperson Barry Anderson to sign the Correctional Officers Memorial Week proclamation for May 1-7. Those on hand for the presentation of the proclamation were (standing left to right) Clay County Jail Administrator Scott Davis, Anderson and Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow. (Seated left to right) Clay County Board of Supervisors members Linda Swanson, Joe Skow, Burlin Matthews and Del Brockshus. The mission of the Clay County Jail is to provide professional detention services within prescribed ethical and constitutional limits. The Clay County Jail enforces facility rules and the law in a fair and impartial manner recognizing the statutory, judicial, and constitutional rights of all persons, within the budgetary and other limits placed upon them. The Clay County Jail is under the sheriff's authority and recognizes that no facility can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. The Clay County Jail actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for abuse and to facilitate the maximum use of community resources. The Clay County Jail employees a total of 11 employees and last year the jail had an average of 21 inmates booked, work release or transferred per day. (Photo submitted)
Parks Marina Inc. purchases historic Central Emporium (05/02/16)
OKOBOJI -- Parks Marina and Okoboji Boat Works, of Okoboji and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, announced its purchase of the Central Emporium in Arnolds Park. The Central Emporium has overlooked West Lake Okoboji for more than 100 years and in the early years, was known as the Central Pavilion and later the Central Ballroom and Nite Club. It is currently home to 26 different shopping and dining venues...
Agriculture Briefs (05/02/16)
Jake Hanson, of Linn Grove, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events. ...
The cause you support may be your own (04/29/16)
Friday evening at the Southpark Mall, Jerry Faulkner, with the Shayla Bee Fund, introduced Jerimiah and Miranda DePyper as the newest members of the Shayla Bee Family. The DePypers are the 112th family to receive the assistance from Shayla Bee. The board selected both the 111th and 112th recipients this month, but have decided to announce the 111th at a later date...
Medical condition suspected following fatal accident (04/29/16)
EVERLY -- Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Clay County Sheriff's deputies and area emergency personnel from Everly and Spencer Hospital responded to an accident scene at 701 N. Main St. and 130th Avenue in Everly. Upon arrival on scene, Jack Schoelerman, 75, was located unresponsive behind the wheel of a Nissan Murano. He reportedly left the roadway after possibly suffering from a medical condition. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Spencer Hospital personnel...
'Beast Mode' on display at motorcycle show (04/29/16)
A motorcycle, "Beast Mode," designed in memory of fallen Spencer Tiger wrestler Austin Roberts is among the many bikes on display at the Southpark Mall as part of the Shayla Bee Fund's Annual Motorcycle Show. Along with the bike is Robert's football helmet along with his achievement stickers. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Community 101, Spencer for beginners (04/29/16)
Spencer is a community that is generally known for one thing; a fire. However, a tragedy from 1931 lends little understanding to anyone entering Spencer in 2016. It seems that a true understanding of Spencer can be seen in what happened the Monday after the fire...
Reading buddies connects grade levels through literacy (04/29/16)
Every other Friday, for 10 sessions throughout the semester, Mrs. Kim Phelps' fourth-grade class has been meeting with Mrs. Rose Fear's kindergarten class to work on fluency and literacy with reading. The program is from "Martha Stewart Reading Buddies" on Iowa Public Television. Both Phelps and Fear were approached by Stephanie Anderson, administrator at Johnson Elementary, about the program...
Spencer JFK dancers ready to close competition season (04/29/16)
Over the past three months, the Spencer Just For Kix Dance teams have competed in Together We Dance competitions at Luther College in Decorah, Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and University Center in Rochester, Minnesota, along with more than 8,500 dancers from programs in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin...
Free youth fishing clinic Wednesday at Stolley's (04/29/16)
Area youth between the age of 6-15 interested in fishing are invited to attend the Kids Free Fishing Clinic hosted by the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Stolley's Pond. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., and youngsters must be registered in order to qualify for prizes. From 5-6 p.m. seminar stations will discuss various aspects of fishing, 6-7 p.m. will be the fishing contest with participants instructed to bring their own fishing pole, tackle and bucket. Bait will be furnished and prizes will be awarded for the longest fish caught. All fish are released alive. Supper will be furnished by Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club at 7 p.m. with prizes awarded to registered participants at 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, everybody will meet in the stables at the Clay County Fairgrounds. With the help of sponsors, all youngsters who attend will receive a T-shirt, fishing rod and reel combo and a tackle box. For more information, call 262-7084, 363-3079 or 260-4853.
DREAMers in Storm Lake: 'No human being is illegal' (04/29/16)
STORM LAKE -- "No human being is illegal." So read a message set out on the signup table for the DREAM Iowa community meeting in Storm Lake last Saturday, where about 15 people turned out for an event aimed at empowering undocumented young adult immigrants...
Finding another gift (04/29/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Colleen Daly still has a knack for counting -- she's up to 87 heart biopsies, then 5,412 pokes for IVs and 21 surgeries just to keep her veins open. But, mostly the Spirit Lake woman just counts her blessings since June 2, 2005, when a massive heart attack and congestive heart failure almost ended her life...
Students participate in Manufacturing Career Day (04/29/16)
Spencer High School hosted its annual Manufacturing Career Day with 150 students participating in various sessions throughout the morning on their early out day Wednesday. Representatives from Maurer Manufacturing, Rosenboom, Eaton, Polaris, Tecton, Ranco, Vander Haags, Pengo, Valero, Pure Fishing, Iowa Lakes Community College and Iowa Lakes Corridor participated in the discussions. (Photos submitted)
Spencer High School Honor Roll (04/29/16)
The following students are on the third quarter honor roll for Spencer High School. The students must earn a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify. Samuel Baker, Emily Beehler, Dominic Berends, Brooke Bouska, Virginia Breidinger, Damian Classon, Kyle Curry, Madison Davis, Jacob Doran, Julia Feldmann, Morgan Fitzgerald, Timothy Godinez-Loring, Travis Grover, Alexa Guerrero, Allie Halverson, Katelyn Halverson, Riley Hansen, Leah Heikens, Josanna Heisinger, Noah Heiter, Steven Hibbs, Kailee Hopkins, Drew Horst, Chase Hough, Ethan Huntoon, Bailey Illg, Madison Jensen, Elle Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Nadine Johnson, Marcus Klemme, Coleton Loerts, Cheyenne Manwarren, Liam McCreary, Kade McKeever, Ezra Meyer, Dustin Miller, Connor Moret, Christina Mueggenberg, Hannah Murphy, Brenna Nelson, Kendra Nissen, Tierney Nissen, Brandon Nolin, Samuel Ochoa, Madelyn Olson, Riley Palmer, Aria Peterson, Riley Pohar, Katherine Rasch, Autumn Rausch, Levi Rees, Garrett Richardson, Isabelle Ries, Alicia Rosales, Cale Salton, Marissa Salton, Joseph Schendel, Quincy Schenk, Haley Schwenneker, Leanne Sebastian, Colin Slattery, Cheyanna Smith, Michael Storey, Jiri Strejl, Elizabeth Swart, Andrew Thompson, Emma Ver Steeg, Ryan VerMulm, Kylee Versluis, Abigail Weeks, Jace Wiemers, Emma Wilkerson, Amber Wirtz, Zandra Zahrt, Charles Zulk. ...
ILCC students selected for Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (04/29/16)
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has announced that four Iowa Lakes Community College students have been selected to attend the 11th annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute this summer. This is the 10th year students from Iowa Lakes have participated in the August event...
Aurelia's old elevator trains firefighters as final act (04/29/16)
AURELIA -- Friday night, they burned down the old grain elevator in Aurelia. Highway 7 was blocked outside of town, and in town it marked the dividing line between spectator and worker. On one side, tables were laid out in front of restaurants, children played and ran between lawn chairs and blankets laying on the streets, and the smell of smoke came from a local barbecue. As you walked through town toward the elevator, the sound of big diesel engines grew louder...
Breaking out (04/29/16)
Chad Elliott picked up a guitar for the first time while studying art at Graceland University. The Iowa native taught himself how to play and wrote songs based on paintings and images he analyzed in college. Eventually, he performed his first show at Arts on Grand in Spencer...
Commitment to community earns Grell Citizen of the Year honor (04/28/16)
"Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live." -Jean Vanier Since his arrival in Spencer, Steve Grell has been making things happen in the community. Often, that role has been out of the headlines and behind the scenes - raising funds, recruiting business and industry, and spearheading projects to improve the quality of life for all residents...
'It's not what you gather, but what you scatter' (04/28/16)
Thursday night's reception to honor 2016 Spencer Citizen of the Year Steve Grell was supposed to be all about the 49th recipient of the honor. And he received his accolades from last year's winner Tom C. Howe as well as Daily Reporter Publisher Paula Buenger who recognized all of his selfless good work to make Spencer a better place...
Faulkner named Letters About Literature finalist (04/28/16)
Shayla Faulkner, a freshman at Spencer High School, was named one of 19 finalists in the Letters About Literature contest, hosted by the Iowa Center for the Book. The contest announced its finalists and winners earlier this month. Letters About Literature asks students between grades four and 12 to read a book, poem or speech and write a letter to the author about how the book affected them. Those letters, when submitted, are judged both on state and national levels...
No plans to parallel Virginian voting rights (04/28/16)
Recently, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. This has drawn Iowa into the spotlight for the severity of its policy on the matter. Although Iowa does not currently allow felons to vote after release, it has in the past. ...
Bow Wow Basics (04/28/16)
The Clay County 4-H Dog project area is offering an opportunity for all youth and parents interested in the dog project area. This event, Bow Wow Basics, will be held in the 4-H Exhibit Building and Auditorium at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccine, and parents are encouraged to attend the event...
Rotary Book Sale donations can be dropped off at SMU (04/28/16)
Collection efforts for the Spencer Rotary Club Book Sale are underway. Those wishing to donate books to the Nov. 2-6 event, may drop them off at Spencer Municipal Utilities main office at 520 Second Ave. E., Suite 1. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year the Rotary Book Sale will be conducted at the Clay County Regional Events Center.
ILCC students participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities (04/28/16)
This month, students at Iowa Lakes Community College, had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities on campus in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Educational counselors and the Student Senate partnered with Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault in order to provide different activity tables with the goal of providing more education on sexual assault awareness and prevention...
Future nurses visit state Capitol (04/28/16)
DES MOINES -- Students in the Iowa Lakes Community College nursing program met with lawmakers, including State Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, earlier this legislative session. Johnson took a variety of questions from the group and noted the importance of programs like the one at ILCC. "These young people are hoping to fill the looming shortage of nurses in Iowa and across the country," Johnson, who has served on the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee for 18 years, said. "Health care continues to be at the top of the list of issues important to Iowans." (Photo submitted)
Watoto Children's Choir travels form Africa with story of hope (04/28/16)
The Watoto Children's Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in the Spencer area on Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. The choir will present their new production, "Oh, What Love" at Living Word Outreach Ministries, 905 10th Ave. SE in Spencer...
6 local events receive tourism grant support (04/27/16)
Wednesday evening, in a small ceremony at the Clay County Heritage Center, Clay County Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director Jill Toft and members of the CCCVB Tourism Grant Committee presented six Clay County events with funding for the coming year...
Hy-Noon Kiwanis donates SHS Fine Arts Center (04/27/16)
Representatives of Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis presented the Spencer Community School Board with a $9,000 donation at the school board meeting Tuesday afternoon. The donation is earmarked for a curtain for the Fine Arts Center under construction at Spencer High School, and is a part of the service group's efforts to benefit a large portion of the community. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Gearing up to share the road (04/27/16)
"It's important to get the message out right away. With the warmer weather, motorcycles will be out there, and motorists should be expecting them on the roadway," Vince Kurtz, Iowa state trooper and regional safety education officer, said. With that in mind, some motorcyclists are gearing up for training...
New veteran dedications sought for Avenue of Flags (04/27/16)
Anyone wishing to have a veteran's flag dedicated into The Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day has until May 18 to submit the necessary form to dedicate the flag. The organization needs the veteran's name, date of birth and death, and branch of service or war served. Families have the option of using the burial flag or purchasing a flag from the Avenue of Flags. Flags can be delivered to Melissa Girard at Farmers Bank, 125 W. Fourth St. in Spencer during business hours. Those wishing to deliver a flag are asked to contact her in advance at 262-3340. After hours, contact Girard at 363-9924 or Barb Dean at 262-1710. (File photo)
Public relations person proposed at board meeting (04/27/16)
A position proposed within Spencer Community Schools would assist in the district public relations and communications needs, superintendent Terry Hemann noted at the board meeting Tuesday afternoon. "Essential functions may require this person to generate the news content for our website, Facebook and Twitter pages," Hemann said. "This person would also attend all newsworthy school events and be visible and approachable to all stakeholders."...
Ambassadors celebrate 50 years with Winther Stave (04/27/16)
The Spencer Ambassadors visited Winther Stave & Co. in Spencer Tuesday morning to help the local accounting firm celebrate 50 years in business. The business started in 1966 when Merlyn Winther, an accountant with another firm, decided to start his own firm. Today, the business has grown to include four partners and 19 CPAs, serving clients in 35 states and concentrated in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Winther is a retired partner, with other business partners Gary Peters, who joined the firm in 1978, D. Jeffrey Crew, John Toale and Arvin Druvenga. The business bought its first computer in 1983, operating a paper system exclusively to that time. In 1984, a fire at the downtown office location forced Winther Stave to move to its current location at 1316 W. 18th St. Currently, the firm prepares more than 4,000 tax returns for its clients, which represents just a third of its business. They also offer audit, review and compilation services; business valuation and litigation; business consulting; mergers, acquisitions and sales; and wealth preservation and succession. Sixteen of its employees have more than 15 years with the company. In 1993, Winther Stave added its Milford office and has acquired three practices since. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa Crops and Weather Report (04/27/16)
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 weather continues to be ideal in much of the state and farmers were able to get forty percent of the state's anticipated corn acres planted before getting stalled by rains last week," Northey said. ...
Entrepreneurship at play (04/25/16)
Brothers Brody and Braden Simington battle it out in outdoor laser tag Sunday afternoon. Ayrial Schnel opened her outdoor laser tag course over the weekend, as part of her participation in the Entrepreneurship Academy at Spencer High School. The academy is a partnership between Spencer and Okoboji high schools, and includes five students from Spencer and two students from Okoboji. Schnel chose to open a laser tag business for the class because her experience playing laser tag while at the national archery competition over the last several years. She said she hopes to open a business focusing on entertaining recreations -- including laser tag, arcade-style games or perhaps skating. The entrepreneurship academy has been using the Prepare to Launch curriculum from Iowa Lakes Corridor, and teaches the students about what is required in order to start a minimum viable product (MVP). (Photo by Kate Padilla)
'Kindness explosion' hits town (04/25/16)
Hundreds of volunteers, representing 12 churches in Spencer, hit the streets Saturday morning to perform service projects around town. Projects included dog washing, yard work, ditch cleanup, nursing home visits and soda, water, popcorn and hot dog handouts. LOVE Spencer is an annual event that began eight years ago and allows people from different churches to spend time together and benefit the community in a visible, unconditional way. (Photo by Kate Padilla) Ellie Muilenburg helps wash a young chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix at the dog wash, which was located in the wash bay of H&N in Spencer. The dog wash was one of a variety of service projects at LOVE Spencer Saturday morning. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
City resists tax increases with healthy living (04/25/16)
The Spencer City Council is trying to curb health care costs for its employees and, ultimately, the taxpayers. On Monday, May 2, the council will take formal action in regards to the Spencer Healthy Life Program. The goal of this program is to foster healthy practices among city employees in an effort to reduce health claims and therefore keep premiums low...
Firearm allegedly discharged in rural Spencer incident (04/25/16)
A 911 call resulted in the arrest of a rural Spencer man on various weapons, domestic assault and driving violations. At approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, the Clay County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the residence of David and Janel Maurer, 4110 225th Ave. in Spencer for a reported domestic assault where a shot was allegedly fired inside the residence...
Citizen of the Year reception Thursday (04/25/16)
We invite the public to join us at a reception on Thursday, April 28, to honor our newest Citizen of the Year. The recipient will be announced in Thursday's edition of The Daily Reporter. The event will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center. A short program will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Trees Forever plants 35 trees Saturday (04/25/16)
About 35 trees were planted by about 55 volunteers near the soccer complex of Pedersen Park Saturday morning. The volunteers -- of which there were more than average, according to Spencer Parks director Delray Bredehoeft -- planted white oak, red oak, Kentucky coffeetree, sugar maple and hackberry trees in designated spaces defined by the Trees Forever representatives. The tree planting event has been occurring annually for the last 25 years. (Photo by Kate Padilla)

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