Volunteers plant trees near soccer fields
A collection of community volunteers joined players and coaches from both the high school and youth soccer programs to plant 32 trees near the high school/college soccer complex as well as the Northwest Iowa Soccer Club recreational fields in east Spencer. The annual tree planting effort project is under the leadership of the Spencer Parks Department and its director Delray Bredehoeft (pictured providing direction to the group and high school athlete Adam Johnson), with the support of Black Hills Energy and Trees Forever, and help from Spencer Municipal Utilities. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Teen warns, 'Don't try Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
STORM LAKE ― Zoey McGuire, a sophomore at Storm Lake High School, finds herself famous this week ― splashed across national television and Internet news sites for a reason she never anticipated. Zoey tried the "Kylie Jenner Challenge," a phenomenon that has blown up the Internet, and like many young people around the country, paid a price...
ISU surveys subsoil moisture for 2015 crops
Iowa State University has completed its spring survey of subsoil moisture in northwest Iowa, according to Paul Kassel, ISU Extension field agronomist, located in Spencer. Subsoil moisture levels are checked in the spring in many northwest Iowa counties...
5 probable cases of avian flu in region
DES MOINES -- The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to five probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O'Brien and Sioux counties in northwest Iowa. These five new cases would join three confirmed cases of the disease in Iowa. State officials have quarantined the premises and if the initial tests are confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease...
One sole at a time
People For Pets is teaming up with The Spencer Family YMCA and Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 128 to conduct a shoe drive in the Spencer Y parking lot from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. If People For Pets gathers 2,500 pairs of shoes. Funds2Orgs, an organization funding nonprofits, will give the shelter $1,000...
SCS elementary to see minimal change with education standards
Despite the legislation passed last year requiring all students reading proficiently by the third grade, Lucas DeWitt, elementary principal at Spencer Community Schools, said the district won't need to implement drastic changes. "Many of the standards they just passed have been things we've been implementing for several years," he said...
Celebrating 100 families loved, BEE There
For 10 years, the Shayla Bee Fund has been making a difference in the lives of families with children suffering from illness and injury. Saturday, the Shayla Bee family will reach 100 as Aycee, daughter of Matt Blakeslee and Taylor Pritchard from Storm Lake, will be embraced at a special ceremony in the Southpark Mall...
Juniors from Spencer High School were busy at the Clay County Regional Events Center Friday setting up for tonight's prom festivities. Creating a look to match the theme, "The Great Gatsby," Madeline Knapp and Jayden Reiser-Millard (above) worked to untangle a ball of lights for use; and Mercedez Siela (right) makes some adjustments to a costumed prop on the stage. The grand march, which is open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m at the CCREC. The prom will run from approximately 9 p.m. until midnight, followed by the all-night after-prom party. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Illegal dumping jeopardizes Spencer Tree and Leaf Site
After encountering many issues with the Spencer Tree and Leaf Site, including illegal dumping, the city of Spencer has begun to investigate a course of action to prevent such issues in the future. Currently, the tree and leaf site is open to residents within Spencer's city limits 24/7 for the disposal of yard waste. Yard waste is defined by the city as grass clippings, leaves, trees and branches, but other items have found their way into the site...
Johnson Elementary celebrates Earth Day
Johnson Elementary kindergarten students celebrated Earth Day with six environment-related activities Friday afternoon. The six activity stations were led by kindergarten teachers Emily Chaffin, Tami Cline, Rose Fear, Karen Halvorson, Peggy Schimmer and Brook Schueller...
Company to propose remaking former South School into upscale apartments
STORM LAKE -- A company specializing in saving and repurposing historic buildings is proposing to turn the former South School building into market rate apartment housing. Shawn Foutch, of Foutch Brothers, will meet with the Storm Lake Board of Education Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the district administration building to present the plan. The meeting is open to the public. This will be an informational meeting only, and no decisions will be made at that time...
Tears, and a bear, bring Habitat home to life for locals
STORM LAKE -- Tradition holds that a new boat is christened with champagne. For a new home, apparently, tears will work. A bear doesn't hurt, either. A small crowd gathered Thursday night to help dedicate Storm Lake's newest Habitat for Humanity home, with resident Ashley Wolf and her daughter Naomi...
Veteran art ROCKS on
ALBERT CITY -- Albert City has been accepted as the site for Buena Vista County's Freedom Rock, and fundraising is underway with a goal of $10,000. A stone is scheduled to be placed in City Park on Main Street, to be painted in 2019. Iowa artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen is seeking to paint a unique boulder in every county in the state, with 27 counties done to date and 54 more scheduled. He travels and paints each year from April until October, completing 10-12 stones...
SHS students display literary strength
Several Spencer High School students have been given awards in the Letters About Literature contest through the Iowa Center for the Book. Students were required to write a letter to an author describing the impact their book had on their own lives and how it changed their view of the world...
Jacobson on top of peer scientists
Anna Jacobson took top honors with her project "Cheesecake Supremacy" at the recent sixth-grade Sacred Heart Science Fair. The three judges gave Jacobson the purple ribbon after she explored the question: "What method of baking -- traditional, water bath or New York -- results in the best cheesecake in terms of appearance and texture?" To confirm her results, Jacobson crafted 27 cheesecakes, creating nine with each baking method. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
"When we think of heroes, we likely think of someone swooping in at the last minute to save the day ... Superheroes don't wear capes, they are among us every day," Jennifer Meyer, Red Cross Iowa Great Lakes Area board chair, told a large room of people gathered Thursday to honor five regional recipients of the Red Cross 2015 Heroes of the Heartland award...
Like father, like son
Tom C. Howe carried on a family legacy after accepting this year's Citizen of the Year award Thursday evening at the Clay County Regional Events Center. "There is a wonderful symmetry to tonight's festivities," Daily Reporter Publisher Paula Buenger said. "As we near our 50th anniversary of this program, it must be noted that Tom's father, Harold Howe, was our very first Citizen of the Year, honored in 1967."...
Busy Saturday on tap
A full day of activities will begin with a special community tree planting (above) associated with Spencer Trees Forever beginning at 9 a.m. Thirty-two trees will be planted at the Northwest Iowa Soccer Field and participants are asked to meet at the south fields on Ninth Street and 13th Avenue next to softball field No. 4. A short demonstration and refreshments will kickoff the morning. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, buckets, rakes and other tools. Scharnberg Park will host the annual Polar Plunge (right) at noon with funds generated going to support Special Olympics programs. Team registration will begin at 11 a.m. with plungers heading into the water an hour later. Food and beverages will be served following the plunge at the shelter house. The Southpark Mall will host its annual motorcycle show all day with a special Shayla Bee 100 Family Celebration ceremony scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. in the mall. Supporters are encouraged to stop by throughout the day. (Below) Spencer High School promgoers will showcase their attire during the grand march at the Clay County Regional Events Center beginning at 8 p.m. The prom itself will follow and last until midnight when the after-prom activities will begin. (File photos)
Oak Ridge Boys to perform at fair
The Clay County Fair announced an evening of country music featuring the Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Jimmy Fortune in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. "Veteran's Appreciation Day at the Fair this year will finish on a very high note," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said. "It's an honor to bring back true legends of country music to perform for our fairgoers."...
Spencer grad revisits high school, after prom
When Chris Galvin graduated from Spencer High School in 1980 and started college at Mankato State -- now called Minnesota State at Mankato -- he didn't expect he would become a caricature artist. "They didn't teach caricature," he said. "Some of the art schools now have classes in caricature, but you're typically looking at a liberal arts education. I chose graphic design with a painting minor."...
McCarty earns national award
AMES -- Kelly McCarty, regional director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer, has been named the 2015 Iowa "State Star" by the national Small Business Development Center organization, America's SBDC...
Inti-Illmani at Pearson Lakes Art Center May 12
OKOBOJI -- The Pearson Lakes Art Center invites you to one of the biggest and best performances this season. On Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile, Inti-Illmani will perform in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre...
LifeLight tour brings 'hope' to Spencer
Well-known Christian artists Kutless, Shawn McDonald, and Bread of Stone will be performing live in Spencer as part of the Hope Is Something More Tour on Tuesday, April 28 at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Doors are expected to open at 6:30 p.m. with festivities kicking off at 7 p.m...
Ride to Grotto scheduled for Saturday
Jeff Warner (left) and a group of area men will be conducting a bike ride to the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, and then return to Spencer, wrapping up the day with a men's service at 7 p.m. at Living Word Outreach Ministries Those without motorcycles are encouraged to carpool or truck pool to participate in the day's event. All are welcome on the family ride to West Bend. (Photo submitted)
Citizen of the Year Howe follows his servant's heart
Spencer's newest Citizen of the Year is truly a deeply fulfilled man. Tom C. Howe has spent a lifetime working quietly, usually behind the scenes, to make his community a better place. Along the way he has mowed countless lawns for folks unable to do so, wielded a paintbrush and hammer to create public spaces, held the hands of those fighting their final war against cancer and other terminal illnesses, and provided a shoulder to lean on for young people looking for a strong adult figure to emulate.. ...
The Clay County Regional Events Center ballroom was a full house Wednesday evening for the Season Center for Behavioral Health's annual event featuring Leigh Anne Tuohy and special guest Jennifer Elgersma. All proceeds from the event and the silent auction conducted during the event will benefit Autumn's Center, a new regional children's center...
Supervisors lead toward appointment for attorney vacancy
All Clay County offices will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday for the funeral of Clay County Attorney Michael Houchins. The Clerk of Courts office in the Clay County Courthouse will be closed from 10 a.m. until noon. --- Following the passing of Clay County Attorney Michael Houchins Sunday, the Clay County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting Tuesday morning to deal with the needs of the office...
'Any dream will do'
Fans of the biblical story of Joseph, and fans of "Jesus Christ Superstar" will find common ground beginning this weekend at SCT Playhouse. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will run April 24, 25 and 30 and May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 and May 3 at 2 p.m...
Harrington enters pair of guilty pleas
The final string in the legal entanglements surrounding Edward Kitto's death in August 2012 may finally be tied up as a presentence investigation was issued by District Court Judge Don Courtney for Jaykie Harrington following the defendant's submission of a guilty plea on a reduced charge of committing malicious prosecution...
First hand look at the 'Power Of Choice'
OKOBOJI -- Lakes area emergency responders, participating student actors, many volunteers and coordinators Amy Sievers and Laura Manwarren kicked off a two-day drama at Okoboji High School Wednesday morning to remind the student body about the consequences of poor choices and distracted driving. The pre-prom event featured a realistic mock accident involving OHS classmates and response teams followed by several other stories culminating in a funeral which will be conducted this morning at the high school. Though the drama and tragedy are fake, the tears from the participants, student audience and families involved are very real as the activity hits home with many. (Photos by Matt Heinrichs)
McCarty, McClain named FFA state champions
Josie McCarty and Ben McClain, of Clay Central-Everly High School, earned titles of state champion at the state FFA competition Monday and Tuesday. McCarty competed in the ag sales event, which required her to sell an agriculture product to one of the judges, with another three judges observing the interaction. McCarty chose to sell Sprayola livestock market, a product she was very familiar with prior to the competition...
Nursing careers highlighted at ILCC Trustees meeting
EMMETSBURG -- The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College gathered on the Emmetsburg campus this month and learned of the countless employment opportunities in nursing careers. Tom Brotherton, executive dean of the Emmetsburg campus, introduced Kendra Lindloff, director of nursing education. Lindloff then also introduced nursing staff members...
Seasons Center awarded CDBG funds for children's center
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health, an Avera Partner, has been awarded Community Development Block Grant funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority in the amount of $600,000 to be used to remodel and expand Autumn's Center. It is one of three local groups to receive funding according to an announcement from the IEDA...
Iowa Crops and Weather Report
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today 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. "A lot of field work was done last week and many farmers were able to get a start on corn planting, with seven percent now planted. ...
Heroes of the Heartland
Thursday, April 23 11:30 a.m. Spencer Community Schools Administration Building --- The American Red Cross is honored to recognize Iowans who perform heroic acts. Heroes of the Heartland not only celebrates those individuals, but also raises money to help ensure the Red Cross will be prepared and best equipped to help people with food, shelter and comfort during emergencies...
Longtime county attorney passes over the weekend
Michael Houchins, who has served the Clay County Attorney's Office for the past 22 years -- including the last nine years as county attorney -- passed away at Spencer Hospital from an undisclosed illness Sunday at the age of 55. "Obviously Mike was a great attorney and a great man aside from his legal work. ...
Wilke pleads guilty to 2nd stalking charge
Sentencing for Curtis Wilke, 39, of Emmetsburg, has been set for 10 a.m. June 1 in Clay County Court after he entered a guilty plea Monday on charges of felony stalking, second offense. Multiple charges against Wilke were filed by the Spencer Police Department on Feb. 6 including first-degree harassment, malicious prosecution, false report of an indictable offense to a public entity and fourth-degree criminal mischief...
City health insurance costs see 4.05 percent increase
The Spencer City Council approved the renewal of the city of Spencer group health insurance effective July 1 with the Iowa Governmental Health Care Plan in a 5-0 vote. Ward 2 and 3 councilmen Bill Orrison and Steve Bomgaars were absent from the council's Monday meeting...
Construction causes gas leak,Black Hills quickly repairs
At approximately 11:45 a.m. Monday, a gas leak was reported at the corner of West Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue West. The broken gas line was the result of construction in the area, when a contractor working in the area bumped the line causing the leak. A crew from Black Hills Energy responded promptly to the situation, while the Spencer Police Department barricaded the area from traffic and the Spencer Fire Department was on stand-by. It took Black Hills Energy workers approximately an hour to locate the line's shut-off valve in order to repair the damaged line. Following the incident, Black Hills Energy representative Lynn Porter issued a statement saying, "Public and employee safety are always Black Hills Energy's first concern, therefore the gas to this site was shut off, the area is safe and there was no loss of service to our customers." (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
City recognizes Fair Housing Month
Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson, at the request of the Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors, signed a proclamation Monday designating April Fair Housing Month in Spencer. There to witness the signing were local Spencer realtors (left to right) Greg Haack, of Hometown Realty; Pam Galm, of 12 Oaks Properties; and Norma Haack, of Hometown Realty along with Julie Hamilton, Kim Bates, Eve Freeman, Dawn Heaton and Brad Pierson, of Northwest Iowa Realty. This April marks the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
CC-E celebrates prom: 'A Night Under the Moroccan Lights'
Clay Central-Everly crowned its prom royalty "under the Moroccan lights" Saturday night. CC-E Prom King Skylar Iske placed the prom queen's tiara on the head of unsuspecting Renee Nehring as the Paige Reynolds, Mattie Larson, Abby Blok, and Morgan Wiemann looked on. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
CC-E's prom court consisted of (row 1) Prom King Skylar Iske and Prom Queen Renee Nehring; (row 2) Honorary Prom King Bruce Tempfer; (row 3) Christian Wilson, Paige Reynolds, Derek Lane and Mattie Larson; (row 4) Daniel Borkowski, Abby Blok, Ben Langner and Morgan Wiemann. Bruce Tempfer who is an art teacher with CC-E and the prom assistant sponsor was named honorary prom king by the CC-E juniors and seniors.
Ben Langner and Morgan Wiemann struck a pose when introduced as members of CC-E's prom court.
Nate Bringle escorted Sarah Nehring during grand march. The couple were "pretty in pink" in their matching tux and dress.
Chamber launches campaign for new facility
For 125 years, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, advocacy and support to local businesses. The Chamber announced the launch of a building campaign which will allow the organization to provide a new level of commitment.
For the past 25 years, the city of Spencer has housed the Chamber in the City Hall complex on Second Avenue West rent free. ...
Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Week
Vernice Feldhacker is the Longhouse-Northshire resident of the month. She has been a resident at Northshire since Feb. 9, 2011, and she will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on May 1. Vernice Eileen (De Weese) Feldhacker was born on Monday, May 1, 1922, with the help of a midwife at her maternal grandparents farm homestead of William and Pauline Hauschulz (Howschultz) Plinske in Franklin township, south of Onawa, Monona County. ...
April 14 -- Scott Allen Danbom, 51, Spencer OWI, drugged second offense --- April 15 -- Dana Maie Henson, 34, Spencer Consumption in public, intoxication --- April 15 -- Aaron Bailey Griggs, 29, Spencer Failure to appear --- April 16 -- Nathan Ray Tesch, 27, Spencer...
SAAC seeks nominations for council on aging
Nominations are now being accepted for four positions on the Clay County Council on Aging Board of Directors. Clay County Council on Aging is the governing body for the services that emanate from the Spencer Area Activity Center. Anyone wishing to genuinely serve Clay County's senior citizens is encouraged to run for this three-year term. ...
Spring planting starts early
Spring planting season has begun as farmers have already taken to their fields to plant corn, according to Paul Kassel, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. "Ten to 15 percent of corn is already planted," Kassel said. "It might be a little early for planting, but conditions are good for it. It is getting to the point where this isn't even that early to start planting anymore."...
'The importance of self-promotion'
It took David Perata, of Ruthven, 12 years to conduct interviews, transcribe them and write his book titled "Those Pullman Blues: An Oral History of the African-American Railroad Attendant." His work was first published by Twayne Publishers in 1996. Nineteen years later, Perata decided to republish his book on his own to prove in this day and age you don't need a publisher to be published...
AOG hosts 'Toast to Travel' to benefit endowment fund
Arts on Grand will be hosting its annual spring fundraiser, themed "Toast to Travel," on Saturday, May 9, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. It will be an evening celebrating the joys of travel -- art, food, drink and excellent company. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 6 p.m. ...
Work for legislators 'not near the end'
Just over a week remains until the legislator's per-diem discontinues, but the work is not yet done for the session, according to Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan. The biggest issue remaining is education. Funding for the 2015-16 school year has not yet been determined, though Johnson is optimistic that it will be resolved soon...
|Spencer Tree Planting
Spencer Parks Department, in partnership with SMU, Black Hills Energy, facilitated the planting of 32 trees at the Spencer Soccer Complex Saturday morning. Members and coaches associated with the Spencer High School and Northwest Iowa Soccer...