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Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014
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Laughter is ageless (04/18/14)
When Bill Cosby takes the stage at the Clay County Regional Events Center on Saturday, May 3, settles into his comfortable chair and begins sharing his notoriously funny observations about the world around him -- he compares it to sitting in a living room visiting with friends...
Donations make a difference (04/18/14)
Emmalee Manwarren, 7, of Spencer, wants to be a nurse when she grows up in order to "see all the germs" to get rid of them "so nobody gets sick." Emmalee knows about being sick. At age 2, she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease that causes bone marrow to quit producing enough white and red blood cells...
Pony Express rides again (04/18/14)
Members of the Pony Express, joined by about 12 of their horses, traveled through Spencer Friday afternoon in their annual Good Friday route to raise money for Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. "We go from town to town to raise money for the camp," said Donnie Essick, county chair and ride chair for the Pony Express. "Camp Sunnyside helps Iowans with disabilities, and we help them as much as we can."...
Librarians trained in ALICE response methods (04/18/14)
Neither state nor Spencer city statutes require librarians to train for the event of an active shooter, but that is exactly what Spencer Public Library Executive Director Mandi Roberts and Assistant Director Paula Brown did last Saturday. Shootings are not altogether a common occurrence in northwest Iowa, but the Spencer library administration doesn't want to take any chances...
Rep. King to join 'Coffee with the Editor' (04/18/14)
U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) will join Daily Reporter Managing Editor Randy M. Cauthron for Coffee with the Editor at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the dining room at the Spencer Dream Center. The public is invited to come enjoy some coffee and conversation each Tuesday morning.
Sheriff's office recognized with sTEP award (04/18/14)
The Clay County Sheriff's Office was presented the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety award in Dubuque on April 10. The local law enforcement agency was recognized for having demonstrated a strong commitment to traffic safety and the Iowa sTEP program. During the 2013 sTEP Program the Clay County Sheriff's Office recorded 1,228 traffic violations which averages out to 245.6 violations per wave and the highest rate per sheriff's office for a department of its size. The Clay County Sheriff's Office, through the five waves, had an average 92.1 percent post seat belt compliance. The Clay County Sheriff's Office was nominated by Randy Hunefeld, sTEP coordinator, GTSB. With the award (above) are Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow, Deputy Jesse Rustad, Chief Deputy Brad Hawley, Deputy Josh Carris and Deputy Brian Davis. (Photo submitted)
Earth Day, Arbor Day observed with tree plantings (04/18/14)
With both Earth Day and Arbor Day observed next week, several organizations will plant trees around town. The Park Department will again partner with Trees Forever for their annual community tree planting at the fairground Thursday and the Clay County Garden Club will plant a maple tree Friday morning in East Leach Park...
VFW supports Clay County Sharpshooters (04/18/14)
V.F.W. Post No. 3159, Spencer hosted a benefit breakfast for Clay County 4-H Sharpshooters youth. Past Commander Terry Heinrichs presented the donation to 4-H Club members, who assisted with the benefit breakfast to defray 4-H sharpshooters club expenses. (Photo submitted)
State fines Spirit Lake assisted living center (04/18/14)
SPIRIT LAKE - The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has ordered changes and levied a $3,000 fine following a recent inspection at Keelson Harbour, a 68-resident assisted living facility in Spirit Lake. Inspectors were on site March 10-13 and returned on March 24. Findings were issued on Monday, April 7...
Terril Elementary 100-year anniversary (04/18/14)
TERRIL -- Thursday, April 24, the Terril Elementary is holding an open house in honor of the 100-year birthday of the building. The Terril school building was built in 1914 at the cost of $50,000. (Photo submitted)
Milford Fire Department to host safety open house (04/18/14)
MILFORD -- The Milford Fire Department will host a series of exhibits as part of an open house, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Milford Fire Station. Planned presentations include a storm safety reenactment trailer used by the area's fourth-grade students, K-9 demonstrations by the Spirit Lake Police Department, a grain bin rescue program by Lake Park emergency personnel and other exhibits from emergency crews around the county. The event is free. Hamburgers, hot dogs and root beer floats will be offered for a free-will donation. (Photo submitted)
Farm Nutrients still waiting for signed easements (04/18/14)
BUENA VISTA COUNTY -- Farm Nutrients, a new business to Buena Vista County, is awaiting one final piece before they can satisfy county laws. Once that is complete, construction can begin. At a BV County Board of Supervisors meeting in February a third reading was passed on Farm Nutrients ability to become commercially zoned, but a resolution to complete the action was put on hold...
New teaching raises test scores for third graders (04/18/14)
STORM LAKE - Last year, when a group of students were second graders, over 100 students were deemed not to be proficient in reading or math skills. This year those students were able to undergo a new teaching method, which resulted in the majority of the students becoming proficient in those skills...
Arraignment date set in Estherville murder case (04/18/14)
ESTHERVILLE -- A $2 million bond remains in place for an Estherville man accused in a late-February fatal shooting at the Green Acres Village, a residential complex on the east side of the city. Trial information filed April 9 formally charged 35-year-old Scott Sudbeck with first-degree murder on suspicion that he "did go to the residence of Michaela Jordan and did willfully, deliberately and with premeditation fire a hand gun at Michaela, striking her, which caused her death," according to court documents.. ...
Construction planned for Highway 9 east of Spirit Lake (04/18/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Travelers between Spirit Lake and Estherville should prepare for a few delays in the upcoming months. The Iowa Department of Transportation will resurface both lanes of an 11-mile stretch of Highway 9 starting in May. The project is set to finish around the July 4 weekend...
Business Briefs (04/18/14)
The Palo Alto County Conservation Board has announced that they have hired Mary Barrick, from Ruthven, as the new director. Barrick previously held the administrative assistant position, working with the budget and has been a key player in the growth of the conservation board programs. She has been very successful in grant writing, working with land acquisitions and trail projects. Barrick has also been an integral part in public programming and assisting with educational programs...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Brad Veit (04/18/14)
Brad Veit of Iowa Lakes Regional Water began his career just a few short years ago. At only 24 years of age, Veit is the chief financial officer of ILRW and lives in Spencer with fianc Amanda Doar. Veit lived in Spencer his entire life until attending college at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn. ...
Hess votes for tuition freeze for Iowa students (04/18/14)
DES MOINES - Tuesday, the Iowa House debated Senate File 2347, which funds the state's education budget. This bill contains funding for Iowa's community colleges, state universities, and the Iowa Tuition Grant, amongst other things. Rep. Megan Hess (R-Spencer) supported the bill, which included the funding necessary to freeze tuition for in-state students at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa...
Spencer Middle School third quarter honor roll (04/18/14)
The following students are on the third quarter A honor roll for Spencer Middle School. The students must earn a 3.66 or higher GPA to qualify. Emily Beehler, Dawson Carstensen, Damian Classon, Jacob Doran, Julia Feldmann, Morgan Fitzgerald, Allie Halverson, Katelyn Halverson, Riley Hansen, Josanna Heisinger, Noah Heiter, Steven Hibbs, Kailee Hopkins, Drew Horst, Chase Hough, Michelle Howard, Bailey Illg, Madison Jensen, Elle Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Nadine Johnson, Weston Johnson, Emily Kerns, Marcus Klemme, Cayann Knoier, Preston Krukow, Coleton Loerts, Lyrix Loveland, Liam McCreary, Kade McKeever, Ezra Meyer, Dustin Miller, Christina Mueggenberg, Hannah Murphy, Brenna Nelson, Ashlyn Nissen, Katelyn Nissen, Kendra Nissen, Brandon Nolin, Aria Peterson, Riley Pohar, Autumn Rausch, Levi Rees, Shae Roberts, Cale Salton, Marissa Salton, Quincy Schenk, Scott Schonts, Haley Schwenneker, Leanne Sebastian, Colin slattery, Cheyanna Smith, Mackenzie Stevens, Michael Storey, Elizabeth Swart, Andrew Thompson, Emma Ver Steeg, Ryan Mermulm, Kylee Versluis, Abigail Weeks, Jace Wiemers, Emma Wilkerson, Zandra Zahrt, and Charles Zulk.. ...
Spencer High School third quarter honor roll (04/18/14)
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. Grace Ahern, Steven Allen, Chloe Baker, Jayde Bastman, Mariah Becker, Eric Beehler, Alexis Bicking, Jacob Biekert, Lauren Boyd, Jacob Brigham, Tristina Brill, Emily Bryan, Cameron Cantrall, Skye Cauthron, Cameron Chaffin, Steven Crew, Carissa Cummings, Brooke Erdman, Olivia Fletcher, Makenzie Folsom, Emma Fratzke, Johnathan Freeman, Emma Garnatz, Jailene Graves, Myah Guerrero, Chandler Halverson, Hannah Hannegrefs, Evan Hansen, Madeline Heaton, Abigail Hefner, Megan Hinrichsen, Brittany Holmes-Rutledge, Dylan Holst, Alyssa Huckfelt, Megan Huss, Hailey Iverson, Isaac Johnson, Mackenzie Johnson, Ellyse Knaak, Samantha Krager, Michael Kroll, Garret Larson, Jared Lowe, Morgan McGuire, Jada McKee, Caleb Millsap, Isaiah Mixon, Alice Newby, Alexis Nissen, Calen Noah, Lily Norlin, Merrick Oleson, Erick Phillips, Jacob Pingel, Parker Polaschek, Mahaila Quiroz, Taylor Rouse, Hayley Sanculi, Ally Schlaeger, Brady Seier, Samantha Shepherd, Katherine Simpson, Madelyn Sims, Maverick Snider, Cassandra Soma, Morgan Storey, Nathan Strohman, Ashley Szafraniec, Maren Taylor, Carter Vanderah, Riley White, Emily Wiegand, Lucas Woock, Andee Youngdahl. ...
SMS 'Matheletes' second at AEA 8 Math Bee (04/18/14)
Sacred Heart Catholic School in Spencer recently hosted the Prairie Lakes AEA 8 Sixth Grade Math Bee (above) with 27 teams and 120 students participating. Humboldt Middle School Team No. 2 finished first, followed by Spencer Middle School Team No. 1 in second place. Humboldt Middle School's Team No. 1 captured third third place, rounding out the number of teams advancing to the State Math Bee on Friday, May 2 in Fort Dodge. Sacred Heart School Team No. 1 finished fourth place overall. The top 3 teams advance to the State Math Bee in Fort Dodge on May 2. (Below) The Spencer Middle School's second place team included (left to right) Andrew Bare, Elisa Fisher, Natalie Kroll, Alivia Bauer and Cyle Winters.
Serving the community one mouth at a time (04/17/14)
When they are not involved in mission trips providing dental care to people around the world, Dr. Terry Shively, DDS, and his wife Stevie Shively, a registered dental assistant, provide free dental care to those who need it right here in Spencer. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, for more than a year, the pair have operated a free dental clinic in conjunction with services provided by the Grand Avenue Free Medical Clinic at the Spencer Dream Center...
Sheriff, Easter Bunny hop through hospital (04/17/14)
Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow teamed up with The Easter Bunny Foundation on Thursday to share the excitement and wonderment that only a personal visit with the Easter Bunny can bring. Krukow escorted the Easter Bunny as it hip-hopped through Spencer Hospital, bringing smiles to the faces of patients and visitors. (Above) Russell Lytle gets a special visit from the Easter Bunny post-surgery. (Right) A young visitor in the waiting room poses with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Florida which teams up with sheriff departments across the nation to visit hospitalized children at Easter-time. The foundation provides plush toy bunnies or coloring books and crayons to each child visited. Krukow said the purpose of the organization is to bring smiles to the children and families they visit as well as to highlight the positive role of the sheriffs and deputies who serve the people of their community. (Photos submitted)
SMU board approves communication rate increase (04/17/14)
The Spencer Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees approved a communication rate increase at its April board meeting this week. The rates will change beginning June 1. Basic Plus will be $50.75 per month, SD Plus will be $9 per month and HBO will be $15 per month...
Corridor sets development goals for upcoming year (04/17/14)
In thinking forward to its next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the Iowa Lakes Corridor and Development Corp. looks at four key areas of development within the community: entrepreneurship; workforce development; general business development; and housing infrastructure, regional leadership and collaboration...
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