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Friday, July 3, 2015
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Some changes in store for Spencer '4th' festivities (07/02/15)
Due to reduced crowds physically attending the Spencer Fourth of July Celebration, the event which has traditionally been conducted at the Clay County Fair Grandstand has been moved to the East Leach Park Bandshell Saturday evening. Bob Rose, chairman of the Spencer Fireworks Committee, said the change this year is an "experiment of convenience."...
Southern Pointe offers affordable housing option (07/02/15)
In order to address a need for housing in the Spencer community, Community Housing Initiatives plans to build the Southern Pointe Apartments, 30-units of affordable multi-family housing, located east of Holiday Inn Express. In March, the Iowa Finance Authority authorized a Housing Tax Credit award of $534,300, and HOME award of $1 million to the project, which is in the process of finalizing plans in order to begin construction...
Graham first candidate to appear in Spencer (07/02/15)
South Carolina senator and GOP presidential hopeful, Lindsey Graham, had no trouble articulating his primary issues of focus during a Thursday morning visit at the Terrazzo Coffeehouse inside the Spencer Dream Center. Graham told the group there are three things which will be the focus of his attention immediately should he receive the Republican nomination and then win the office of U.S. president...
PPEL funds to be used on repairs (07/02/15)
Up until this year, school districts in Iowa could fund major facilities projects and equipment purchases, including buses and roofing repairs -- through the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) instead of the general fund. Maintenance on these purchases, however, had to be paid for out of the district's general fund...
Gun permit application non-discriminatory (07/02/15)
In order to obtain a permit to carry weapons in Iowa, an applicant must disclose any charges pending -- in any state -- for a felony, or "any other crime for which the court to sentence you to imprisonment for more than one year," any addictions or unlawful uses of controlled substances, and discharges from the Armed Forces "under dishonorable condition." In addition, the application includes a criminal background check and an authorization for release of all personal records...
Noteboom Implement project postponed until 2016 (07/02/15)
Progress on Noteboom Implement's new 53,000-square-foot facility, south of Menards, has been postponed until 2016. According to Dan Noteboom, owner of Noteboom Implement, the delay in construction is an "economic timing issue." "The main reason we are waiting is there is a huge spike in inflation in construction costs in Spencer and across the state," he explained. "The bids came in considerably over our budget. We just thought now wasn't the best time to move forward."...
Circus in Spencer for 2 shows Tuesday (07/02/15)
The Carson & Barnes Circus will present a pair of shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, on the Clay County Fairgrounds. The 79th edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus features an assortment of human and animal performers, led by the biggest stars of the circus -- the incredible Carson & Barnes elephants. Presented in traditional "big top" style, America's oldest family-owned circus brings animals, acrobats, clowns and daredevils to more than 200 American cities each year...
Estes to perform at the Clay County Fair (07/02/15)
Opera great and Iowa native Simon Estes will perform a free concert as part of his Roots and Wings Tour at the 2015 Clay County Fair at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the Events Center Ballroom. "All Iowans should be proud of Estes and it is a thrill to bring him to the fair as part of Veteran's Appreciation Day," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event at the fair and I am excited that it will be free with gate admission."...
Contributing to a legacy (07/02/15)
After the tragic car accident that killed Katie Anderson, Katie's husband, Mark, saw the "outpouring of support" he and his family were receiving, but understood that the support could be used to honor Katie's memory. "Everybody wanted to do something," Mark said. "We had so much that we didn't necessarily need, and I thought the energy would be better used in a scholarship fund."...
Queen II receives new engines, upgrades (07/02/15)
OKOBOJI ― Fresh off a brief vacation, the Queen II has set sail once again. The rejuvenated excursion ship now boasts two new engines and a new paint job, just in time for the holiday. Several residents donated $120,000 to help purchase the new diesel engines and upgrade the appearance of the ship. Arnolds Park Amusement Park marketing and communications manager Di Lorenzen said it was time for an update as the ship celebrated its 29th birthday this summer...
Making beautiful music (07/02/15)
Janet Boyens leads the next generation of Spencer musicians during a public concert in the East Leach Park Bandshell Thursday morning. The park filled up to hear the young performers play during their first concert. Boyens, the elementary band director, along with middle school band director Paul Jepson and high school director Kurt Schwarck, worked with the students who have been playing only since June. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Teen charged with OWI after crashing into home (07/02/15)
STORM LAKE -- A car veered out of control Sunday, shearing off a fire hydrant and crashing into the front porch of a classic home on Lakeshore Avenue. No injuries were reported, but damage is expected to reach $30,000. The scene was taped off by police and the car remained in place until Monday, for fear the porch would collapse if the car was pulled out...
Local pastor to tackle 'life' issue Sunday (07/02/15)
It's not an easy topic to address. But Rev. Kevin Grimes is going to speak on it in detail Sunday and he's hoping those searching for a church home will take time to listen as he takes a look at the anti-abortion, pro-abortion rights debate from a Biblical perspective...
Is legal hemp Iowa's next 'Field of Dreams?' (07/02/15)
An Iowa hemp activist is bringing his campaign for legalized hemp farming to Storm Lake next month. "I don't want to do it by smoking a joint on the steps of the state Capitol," said Boris Shcharansky, proprietor of Heartland Hemp and spokesperson for the fledgling Iowa Hemp Association based in Urbandale...
Marilyn Maye's 'By Request' comes to Okoboji (07/02/15)
OKOBOJI -- Marilyn Maye isn't used to seeing fireworks in the Iowa Great Lakes, but that changes in 2015 when she arrives July 3 for Lakes concerts July 5, July 7 and July 8. The Inn at Okoboji traditionally books Maye for mid-August appearances. The 2015 performances mark the 59th year of Maye concerts at the historic, century-old venue...
Goehring named Dickinson County Fair Queen (07/02/15)
Grace Goehring, 17, of rural Milford, was crowned the 2015 Dickinson County Fair Queen at festivities Saturday, June 27, at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Shown from left are: 2014 Dickinson County Fair Queen Olivia Albright, Goehring, and first runner-up Elizabeth Naviaux, 19, of Spirit Lake. (Photo by Susan Reiser)
Home sweet home (07/02/15)
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce received its new outdoor sign which was installed Tuesday afternoon. A crew from Pride Neon, a member company out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, designed and installed the sign at the Chamber's new location on Highway Boulevard. "We are thrilled to finally have signage on Grand Avenue and know the visibility will benefit our residents, visitors and members. Although finances didn't allow a digital display to be added at this time, it is hoped that sometime in the future we'll be able to add that element to highlight our community activities," Bill Campbell, Spencer Chamber of Commerce executive director, said. (Photos submitted)
Best Auto headed south (07/01/15)
For the last 15 years, Best Auto has been located 715 S. Grand Ave. in Spencer. This fall the used car dealership will move a couple blocks south to a facility which once housed Motor Inn. "We will be moving in September or October," Bill Muller, co-owner of Best Auto, explained. ...
Rand Paul stops in Okoboji (07/01/15)
OKOBOJI -- Sen. Rand Paul stopped by the Barefoot Bar in Okoboji Wednesday evening for a Republican meet and greet. The Kentucky senator and 2016 presidential candidate spoke on issues including the same sex marriage Supreme Court decision, the flat tax bill, the recent uproar over the Confederate flag and what tactics he will take in his presidential campaign. It was Paul's eighth Iowa tour stop of the day. He spoke to a crowd of roughly 100 in the outdoor setting of the Barefoot Bar. Paul flew out of the Spencer airport Thursday morning en route to Dubuque. (Photo by Brandon Hurley)
Clay County ready for 'Midsummer Classic' (07/01/15)
Clay County's "Celebrate Baseball" festivities will help kickoff a three-day Fourth of July weekend Friday when Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew comes to town to work with young baseball and softball players and serve as the keynote speaker at the Clay County Celebrate Baseball dinner that evening...
Weekend Destination (07/01/15)
Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Each Thursday throughout the summer, Daily Reporter staff intern Will Musgrove will offer a special event within driving distance for a Saturday and Sunday of fun. LAKE VIEW ― The Lakes area can get packed on the Fourth of July weekend. However, the Stone Pier Summer Concert Series in Lake View might be a way to beat the crowds while having the lake experience at the same time...
Main Street Iowa recognizes achievements, volunteers (07/01/15)
DES MOINES -- Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration in May at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. The event, designed to recognize local Main Street projects, activities and volunteers, was attended by approximately 500 individuals representing communities across the state. ...
Ambassadors cut ribbon on new eye care location (07/01/15)
Amanda Winterboer, OD, cut the ribbon at the new location of her Spencer Total Family Eyecare, PC facilities at 1104 W. 18th St. in Spencer. The Spencer Ambassadors joined Winterboer for the event. Previously located on West Fourth Street, the center provides a variety of eye care services. Winterboer began serving Spencer clients in 2010 and rented her previous location until the opportunity came to build an expanded facility. She moved her business to the new location in June and maintained all of her staff. The new building offers 3,000 square feet of space, more than 700 square feet larger than her previous location. Spencer Total Family Eyecare can be reached at 262-3331. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa Crops and Weather Report (07/01/15)
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 strong storms and heavy rains that rolled through Iowa last week have stressed crops, flooded some fields and limited farmers' ability to get needed work done. ...
'Today, this dream, this vision, is a reality' (06/29/15)
EVERLY -- "Several years ago, there was as dream, a vision, The Garden of Peace & Hope was born. A place of remembrance, meditation, comfort and pride. A place to honor our current service members, our veterans and our families," Tara Patrick, member of the Clay County Freedom Rock Committee, said during the local Freedom Rock dedication ceremony Sunday in Everly...
Walking with a Cause (06/29/15)
The dollars and cents raised by Clay County's annual Relay For Life effort still remain to be totaled. But the teams, volunteers and supporters of the celebration of life, designed to fundraise for the fight against cancer, made the most out of a nice Saturday evening at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Food was served, a mixture of laughter and tears were shared, and feet hit the roadway as walkers young and old stayed the course for the duration of the event...
Manufacturing 101 leads to future jobs (06/29/15)
Registration is now open for the Iowa Lakes Corridor's free, three-week Manufacturing 101 Workshop, which will take place July 9-30 at the Spencer High School Industrial Tech Building. This is the second year the Corridor has offered the training session to individuals, 18 years old and older wanting to work in the manufacturing or industrial industries...
Harrington to serve 5 years (06/29/15)
Jaykie Harrington was sentenced Monday to no more than five years in prison for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a felony charge to which he pled guilty on May 4. Judge Patrick Carr presided over the sentencing, and Harrington was present with his attorney, Michael Johnson, of Spirit Lake. Clay County Attorney Kristi Kuester served as the prosecuting attorney...
Positive outlook on agriculture retains Iowa youth (06/29/15)
More Iowa youth are staying in the state thanks to agriculture according to a survey of Iowa FFA members conducted by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. Of the 350 respondents, 99 percent said they have a positive outlook on the future of agriculture in Iowa and 90 percent want to live in Iowa in the future...
GOP presidential candidates making area stops (06/29/15)
Three Republican candidates seeking support for their respective presidential bids will be in the area beginning Wednesday of this week. Sen. Rand Paul, M.D., R-Kentucky; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be making stops on three consecutive days...
Blowing away cancer (06/29/15)
Three-year-old Tayten Meyer, of Dickens, kept busy blowing bubbles Saturday evening at the Clay County Relay For Life on the Clay County Fairgrounds. Meyer was there with family to support his mother, a cancer survivor who participated in this year's Survivor's Walk. Additional photos from the Relay For Life appear in Tuesdays Daily Reporter. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Ground broken on new Black Hills facility (06/29/15)
Heath Richter, Black Hills Energy operations manager, digs the first official scoop of dirt at the new site of the Black Hills Energy Spencer office and operations center in the Green Industrial Park. Richter said contractor Midstates Buildings should break ground this week on a new office and warehousing facility which will sit on 4 acres of land at the corner of 14th Avenue East and East Eighth Street. Richter said the local gas utility is consolidating into one facility, movings its East Fourth Street offices out into the newly developing industrial location. Hopes are high that the building and subsequent move-in can be complete by mid-December. Joining Richter at the ceremonial ground breaking, Midstates Builders Project Manager Duane Schuller, Midstates Builders President Craig Wampler, Black Hills Energy Construction Coordinator Jason Nock, Spencer Mayor and Black Hills employee Reynold Peterson, Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen and Spencer Municipal Utilities General Manager Steve Pick. The city of Spencer and SMU are development partners on the Green Industrial Park. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
2015 Clay County Beef Ambassadors (06/29/15)
The Clay County Beef Ambassadors for 2015 are Morgan Schomaker, left; and Sydney Salton, right. Schomaker is the daughter of Casey and Lisa Schomaker, of Greenville, while Salton is the daughter of Don and Diane Salton, of Dickens. The Beef Ambassadors represent the Clay County Cattlemen and beef programs throughout the year at various events. (Photo submitted)
Let Freedom Rock (06/26/15)
Merlyn Hans Dethlefsen, born in Greenville and raised in Royal, is one of two featured Clay County residents, remembered in paint and stone on Clay County's Freedom Rock, which will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Sunday in Everly's Garden of Peace & Hope. The Medal of Honor recipient, who is depicted on the south side of the rock, is joined on the north side of the patriotic art piece by fellow Clay County native Howard Roberts...
Local Kiwanis groups raise $64K for Eliminate Project (06/26/15)
Someone dies of tetanus every 11 seconds worldwide. Maternal and neonatal tetanus claims the lives of approximately 49,000 infants and a significant number of mothers each year. Kiwanis International has partnered with UNICEF for The Eliminate Project in order immunize more than 100 million women worldwide to protect them and their future children from the disease...
Car-deer accidents continue to be a hazard despite low deer population (06/26/15)
An average of 50-100 car-deer accidents occur each year in Clay County according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The department responds to approximately one to two of these types of accidents a week. "We don't believe that these accidents are up significantly," Chief Deputy Brad Hawley said. "It is a continual problem we have here in Iowa."...
Riverfront market with demonstration from Rising Star Interns (06/26/15)
This morning the Spencer Riverfront District Farmers' Market will feature the three Rising Star Interns of the Iowa State University's Extension and Outreach region, which includes Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, O'Brien, Dickinson, Clay, Plymouth, Woodbury and Monona counties. The three students will be offering tutorials on creating "salad in a bag," featuring produce from the market...
Batschelet to deliver keynote at dedication (06/26/15)
Ray "Bubba" Sorensen's Clay County Freedom Rock will be dedicated during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Garden of Peace & Hope in Everly. Sorensen worked on the project for more than a week in April beneath a tent to protect it from weather. This is Sorensen's 27th county Freedom Rock...
Supervisors consider proposed ATV ordinance (06/26/15)
The Clay County Board of Supervisors is working on a proposed ordinance to allow the use of all-terrain and off-road utility vehicles on county highways. Discussion of the ordinance will continue at the board's next meeting July 7. The board decided to look into developing the ordinance as other counties surrounding Clay County have enacted similar rules. Currently, all-terrain and off-road utility vehicles used as part of a farm operation can be driven on county roadways under the Iowa Code...
Supervisors proclaim Baseball Week in Clay County (06/26/15)
Clay County Supervisor Chair Linda Swanson signed a proclamation declaring the week of June 28 through July 4 Clay County Baseball Week with supervisors Barry Anderson, Joe Skow, Burlin Matthews and Del Brockshus looking on. Baseball Week is to celebrate Clay County's involvement and history with the national pastime. During the week, Rod Carew, one of the most prolific hitters in Major League Baseball, will visit the area July 3, and baseball alumni from Clay County schools and the Spencer Cardinals will return for an alumni game Saturday, July 4. (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
Sanculi charged with assault (06/26/15)
PALO ALTO COUNTY -- The report of an assault in the 4400 block of 460th Avenue resulted in the arrest of a Ruthven man Wednesday. At 6:40 p.m., following an investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that Gabriel Sanculi, 38, of Ruthven, assaulted and made threats to Palo Alto County Ambulance personnel while being treated and transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital...
Dickinson County Museum tells the tale of a rich history (06/26/15)
SPIRIT LAKE -- The sound of train whistles is hard to come by these days in the Iowa Great Lakes. But, up until 1974 the county was a bustling hub of activity for freight and passenger trains. The area's rich rail history is recalled at the old Spirit Lake train depot. The 1883 depot became home to the Dickinson County Museum in the 1970s. Inside, guests will find several artifacts which date back to the Civil War era...
Spencer Track and Field Club (06/26/15)
Spencer's high school and middle school track coaches are forming a new Track and Field Club this summer to promote the development of the track program and give athletes entering grades six to 12 interested in developing their track skills an opportunity in a low key setting to learn technique in the events they wish to participate in next season. ...
Sirens (06/26/15)
June 18 -- George Jordan Williams, 34, Sioux Falls Excessive speed Reckless driving Open container Financial liability coverage Failure to have valid drivers license Operate without registration Possession of controlled substance OWI drugged, second offense...
ILCC grad to glide at world championships in Lithuania (06/26/15)
Not every student who takes flying lessons at Iowa Lakes Community College majors in aviation and goes on to be a commercial pilot. Take Tony Condon who majored in pre-engineering and transferred to Iowa State University in aerospace engineering. Now the Estherville native is preparing to compete in the World Gliding Championships which are held every other year. ...
GSI donates new grain storage system for ISU farm (06/26/15)
CALUMET -- Iowa State University's Northwest Research Farm now has its first grain storage system, thanks to GSI, which donated a 10,500-bushel grain bin, and its local dealer, C-S Agrow Service, of Calumet, which donated the labor to install it. The new bin will enable the research facility, based in O'Brien County, to store and dry corn more efficiently at harvest than continuing to transport it to a nearby commercial elevator...
Local airport not significantly impacted by private pilot decline (06/25/15)
Despite the nationwide decline of private pilot numbers, Gayle Brant and Tim Steffen, representatives of the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport, noted the local impact is not significant. "Nationally, it's definitely true," Brandt said. "We're seeing the significance in the airline industry. But here, I don't know. The influx is year to year. Last year we had a couple of students and this year we don't have any, but it's not abnormal. We do have a few nontraditional students."...
Baseball celebration around the corner (06/25/15)
With the July 4 holiday right around the corner, time is running out for those who want to take part in a very special celebration of baseball. An All-American weekend of baseball is being organized by a committee of local baseball icons, and is sponsored by the Parker Historical Society of Clay County. ...
Johnson to be inducted into Iowa Women's Hall of Fame (06/25/15)
DES MOINES -- Four remarkable women have been selected as inductees into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. Among them, Spencer native, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. In addition to Johnson, other 2015 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honorees include the Honorable Linda K. ...
'The decision means no change for Iowa' (06/25/15)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans...

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