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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
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Candidates seek position as Iowa treasurer
 (10/23/14)
Plays a key role in monitoring the state's finances and is seen as its banker. The state treasurer helps combine state funds for banking and investment purposes, and helps monitor two pension funds. Age: 62 Political party: Democrat Residence: Waukee...
Treats for the troops (10/23/14)
For most dentists, specifically for those who treat children, candy in excess is a big no-no. This Halloween, Schmidt Pediatric Dentistry is willing to put its money where its clients' mouths are. The Spencer-based dentist is offering children $1 per pound of candy they drop off at the office between 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. A maximum of $5 per child will be paid out and all participants must be accompanied by a parent...
Statewide seminar focuses on changes in Elder Law (10/23/14)
The Spencer Public Library was one of 30 locations across Iowa to offer a free Elder Law seminar for older Iowans on Thursday. The seminar was conducted statewide via the Iowa Communication Network and also available as a webinar. Paige Thorson, attorney at law and legal services developer with the Iowa Department on Aging, informed Iowans about Iowa's new Elder Abuse Law and Uniform Power of Attorney Law...
Evans ends 'well-done' career (10/23/14)
For the past 22 years, Cindy's Steak House has been Cindy Evans "home away from home." Saturday, Evans will say goodbye and turn over the restaurant to its new owners, John Means and Jen Jones According to Evans, now was the right time for her to decide to retire from the restaurant business...
'Nightmare at the Fair' (10/23/14)
The Spencer Jaycees will host one of its biggest fundraisers of the year when it opens the doors on its Haunted House "Nightmare at the Fair" tonight. Hours for the frightening fundraiser are 8 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday, as well as Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. A special $1 discount night will run from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30...
Who is that masked dog? (10/23/14)
Dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies -- all pets are invited to participate in the 15th annual Pet Costume Show at the Southpark Mall beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Owners are encouraged to dress in costume with their pet. Contests for the best trick and best costume will be awarded with all proceeds from the event donated to People For Pets of Spencer. The show, co-sponsored by Southpark Mall and Heartland Kennels, will be conducted at the east end of the mall. There is a $3 fee per participating animal. Pets are to be brought in through the northeast mall doors only. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. (File photo)
Fall Harvest at Gary's Gardens returns (10/23/14)
It's time for the annual Fall Harvest at Gary's Gardens. Located one block south of St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer, this yearly public event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Follow the pumpkin signs to Gary Holck's freewill donation event with all proceeds going to Upper Des Moines Food Bank of Clay County and mission projects of the Ruthven United Methodist Church. (File photo)
Echo Plus joins Hope Haven (10/23/14)
ROCK VALLEY -- Hope Haven Incorporated of Rock Valley is growing. Echo Plus, with locations in Spirit Lake and Estherville, is joining the Hope Haven family of facilities that has been providing work, housing and support services for 50 years to people with physical and mental disabilities in Iowa and western Minnesota...
CTK Lutheran to host theological conference (10/23/14)
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer will host the fifth annual Spencer Theological Conference. This year's presenter is Dr. John Oberdeck, M.S., M.Div., Ph.D. Oberdeck is professor of theology, director for lay ministry, and coordinator for lay studies at Concordia University Wisconsin...
Norwegian Heritage event at First Lutheran (10/23/14)
Rev. Bob and Dee Vaage will be sharing a presentation of their recent trip to Norway with their family on Sunday, Nov. 2. They will share their journey to Oslo, Bergen and the island of Vågsøy in the Nordfjord area. During their stay they visited their foreign exchange student and many Våge relatives. They will celebrate their heritage and provide some information on how to become an amateur genealogist. The program will start at 5 p.m. in the church's education wing with a light Scandinavian lunch to follow.
Keyes to speak at Living Word (10/23/14)
Living Word Outreach will host Apostle Mike Keyes who will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the church, located at 905 10th Ave. SE in Spencer. Graduating from RHEMA Bible Training Center in 1980, Keyes has been a missionary to the Philippines for more than 30 years. ...
Retired state analyst challenges auditor for post
 (10/22/14)
Provide audits of state and local government agencies, averaging about 150,000 audit hours yearly. Also provides state budget analysis and gives recommendations or performance reports with the goal of helping agencies achieve efficiencies. Age: 52 Political party: Republican...
Johnson, Hess talk education with Spencer Schools (10/22/14)
Sen. David Johnson (R-Ocheyedan) and Rep. Megan Hess (R-Spencer) met with the Spencer School Board and members of the school staff to discuss education at Spencer Schools. In 2008, Spencer Schools was asked by the Iowa Department of Education to be one of nine pilot schools to get involved with a program called Authentic Intellectual Work. The program is a "research-based initiative that supports the Iowa Core."...
Stewart seeks audience with Spencer voters (10/22/14)
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart brought his "Let's Talk, Iowa" Tour to Spencer Wednesday evening in an effort to be heard and get his message out. Stewart brought his mobile "living room" to the steps of the Clay County Courthouse as part of his effort to reach every county in Iowa. On Wednesday, Stewart called for an end to the minimum wage, claiming it's a flawed concept that serves no useful purpose other than giving Democrats and Republicans something to pretend to argue about. Stewart suggested instead his Smart Bonus/Smart Tax plan provides for low skilled workers far more efficiently and effectively than a minimum wage ever will. The candidate began the tour last Monday. Stewart previously stopped in Spencer during his pre-RAGBRAI bike ride to reach communities just outside the popular bike ride's travel route. Stewart has worked over recent months to engage Iowans face-to-face. Describing himself as a "hippie communalist," the Postville native was raised in Maquoketa before establishing himself as a small businessman who has thrived for 38 years in Cedar Rapids. After serving as a uniformed police officer in Maquoketa, and training as a diesel mechanic, he established Frontier Co-op, a member-owned organic herb, spice and essential oils company. Now retired, Stewart has seen the company grow to employ more than 300 people and generate approximately $100 million annually. Recently he teamed up with the other third party candidates, protesting debates and demanding an equal voice in democracy regardless of political party. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Branstad, Reynolds announce Spencer stop (10/22/14)
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced plans for a campaign stop in Spencer at 4 p.m. Friday at Spencer Municipal Utilities. The two are in the midst of their "Building Iowa's Future" tour as they seek re-election for the state's highest offices. They will be joined by other members of the GOP team for the local event...
Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (10/22/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- The owner of an Arnolds Park business on Wednesday received a sentence of two years and nine months following an Internal Revenue Service investigation into her tax returns. Veronica Fairchild of Canistota, South Dakota, was found guilty of four counts of tax fraud following a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The three-day jury trial took place June 24-26. She was indicted by a grand jury on July 9, 2013...
SMU customers might notice water differences (10/22/14)
With construction started on the Spencer Municipal Utilities Water Treatment Facility, water will be supplied from the 32nd Avenue Pump House rather than the Water Treatment Facility through Friday. What this means for customers is the water service provided to the community will still meet all regulatory standards, even though customers may notice some slight differences including the hardness of the water as well as the taste and smell due to a different chlorination process for treating the water. ...
Four ILCC students chosen for collegiate honor band (10/22/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College Professor of Instrumental Music, Carol Ayres announced the selection of four students to the 21st Annual Iowa Collegiate All-Star Honor Band which will perform Nov. 21-22, in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium in Nevada...
Candy says it all (10/22/14)
Smarties or Dum-Dums -- the seat belt made the decision As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Amy Sievers, with Spencer's Department of Transportation Office of Driver Service, joined Spencer High School Assistant Principal Jade Beehler and members of the student council to hand out candy to high school drivers arriving on Monday and departing school on Wednesday. The student council members passed out packages of "Smarties" to drivers who had their seat belts buckled and "Dum-Dum" suckers to those who didn't. Sievers noted the majority of the students received Smarties. Teen Driver Safety Week runs Oct. 19-26. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Safety top concern for Spencer Rails to Trails project (10/22/14)
Business owners adjacent to the railroad tracks between West 18th Street to U.S. Highway 18 voiced their concerns to RDG Planning and Design, of Des Moines, on the Rails to Trails project Wednesday. RDG was hired to design a plan for the project after receiving public input...
Fall Festival returns for third year (10/22/14)
ARNOLD'S PARK -- Batman, Spider-Man, wizards, ghosts, goblins and even a Buzz Lightyear or two will take over the Roof Garden Saturday. The third annual Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce Fall Fest is set for Oct. 25. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. , area children and their families can enjoy several Halloween-themed activities at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park. A portion of the rides at Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be open during the two-hour event as well...
Crown Clinics settles on permanent Spencer site (10/22/14)
Sue Brugman, ARNP, owner of Crown Clinics, welcomed the Spencer Ambassadors to their new office located at 337 11th St. SW in Spencer. Brugman, who was recognized statewide for her innovation with the mobile clinic which served rural communities regionally, called the project an excellent tool to evaluate the market, and as a result has settled on a pair of permanent locations for the time being. The second office is located in Royal. She said the new office allows them to expand their services to patients from pediatric to geriatric care. Offering X-rays and lab services as well, Crown Clinics is now able to accept insurance as well as accommodate patients without insurance through a variety of payment options. Including Brugman and care providers Kate Nelson, ARNP and Maureen Horsley, ARNP, there are a total of 12 employees at the clinic. Dr. Crampton will continue to provide foot services using the location as a satellite clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For an appointment or more information, contact Crown Clinics at 580-4570. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Man accused of machete assaults, drugging ex into miscarriages (10/22/14)
STORM LAKE -- A Storm Lake man is in jail after allegedly forcing a local woman to take drugs causing her to miscarry two pregnancies, and threatening her with a machete during sexual assaults. On Oct. 1, Storm Lake Police initiated an investigation into alleged multiple incidents of abuse of an adult, Storm Lake woman...
Spencer agrees to Home Base Iowa program (10/20/14)
The Spencer City Council approved the Home Base Iowa Business Agreement in a unanimous vote Monday evening. The agreement is part of an effort to designate Clay County as a Home Base Community as part of the Home Base Iowa Program. "The city of Spencer has a long standing tradition of supporting veterans who have given so much to protect our freedoms," Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen said. ...
Drucker to facilitate pair of women's health meetings (10/20/14)
Questions about menopause or female incontinence? Reluctant to ask? Learn more about these women's health issues at two free educational programs presented by Spencer Hospital featuring OB/GYN surgeon Dr. Abigail Drucker, of Northwest Iowa Surgeons, PC...

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