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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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Dog activities set for this afternoon (10/17/14)
Iowa Great Lakes Kennel Club is sponsoring a Doggy Fun Day for dog owners and their dogs at Bomgaars in Spencer beginning at 2 p.m. today with a costume contest. Some of the categories for the costumes are cutest, best seasonal, best handmade, funniest, most original, best owner/dog combo and more. There will be demonstrations of agility and rally obedience. Dr. Jeremy Stuart from Animal Medical Centers will be there to microchip dogs for those interested for $20 each dog. There will be many contests and games for dogs and owners to participate in. (Photo submitted)
West O Beer wins gold at beer festival (10/17/14)
OKOBOJI -- West O Beer's CocO Stout bested 63 other entries in the sweet and cream stout category Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In just their first year of entering, the West O Beer brewing company located in West Okoboji captured a gold medal. ...
Iowa flu season sees early start (10/17/14)
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced three cases of influenza were reported in Henry, Johnson and Polk counties earlier this week. According to Clay County Public Heath Nurse Colette Rossiter, at Spencer Hospital, it is early for flu season...
Dunham's re-opens to anxious welcome (10/17/14)
The Midwest's largest sporting goods retailer, Dunham's Sports, reopened its doors at the Southpark Mall Friday morning after completing a major move and substantial renovation. City representatives, Spencer Chamber Ambassadors and a crowd of anxious customers stood outside, participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. (above) before the doors opened. Spencer Mayor Reynold Peteron thanked Dunham's Sports management for being a part of the Spencer retail community and for opening the new, bigger location. Following the ribbon cutting, those who had stood in line, waiting for the doors to open (right), were treated to free Dunham's T-shirts, donuts and drinks. With the reopening of the Spencer location, there are four Dunham's Sports stores in the state of Iowa. The new Spencer store offers a full line of traditional sporting goods and athletic equipment as well as a wide variety of active and casual sports apparel and footwear. There will also be a larger selection of athletic and outdoor apparel, a fitness department, expanded hunting department and a new Fairway Center golf shop. Dunham's Sports, one of the nations largest retail sporting goods chains, was founded in 1937 in Detroit, and has grown to more than 200 stores in 18 states. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Sen. Johnson to join Coffee with the Editor (10/17/14)
State Sen. David Johnson (R-Ocheyedan) will be a guest at the Daily Reporter's Coffee with the Editor event at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the dining room at the Spencer Dream Center. Johnson is running un-opposed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot in an effort to retain his seat. The public is invited to come hear from the area representative and ask questions of Johnson. The Daily Reporter will provide the coffee and those in attendance will offer the conversation...
Sex offender registry serves public safety purpose (10/17/14)
Each month, in conjunction with area media, the Clay County Sheriff's Office releases the updated sex offender registry list for the county as a public awareness tool. Currently, there are 15 residents or workers within the Clay County borders on the registry...
National Chiropractic Month (10/17/14)
Members of Spencer's chiropractic health care community, (left to right) Dr. Leah Malmstrom, Chiropractic Assistant Jacie Carlson, Dr. Rex Jones, Dr. Liz Kressin, Chiropractic Assistant Sharleen Walters, Dr. Courtney Schwartz, Chiropractic Assistant Shari Dorman, Chiropractic Assistant Christy Johnson and Dr. Lee Malmstrom witnessed Mayor Reynold Peterson sign the proclamation declaring October National Chiropractic Month. The proclamation reads "National Chiropractic Month serves as a reminder to all of our state's citizens about the importance of making good health decisions." (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
Business Spotlight -- Beer 30: Cold drinks, good friends (10/17/14)
It's not like Jason and Diane Howe don't have enough on their plate. Owning and operating their family business, G.W. Pete Howe Sanitation, and maintaining their rental properties and storage facilities, Jason and Diane stay very busy. Despite that, purchasing The Grand Tap last year and taking over operation on April Fool's Day, seemed like a good idea...
Candidate launches write-in bid for BV treasurer (10/17/14)
BUENA VISTA COUNTY -- Sheri Elbert, rural Marathon, announced Monday that she will campaign as a write-in for Buena Vista County treasurer. Incumbent Kathy Bach passed away recently, and had been the only candidate on the ballot. "After Kathy passed away, several people approached me about running, and I decided that I would give it a shot," said Elbert. No other candidates have announced campaigns...
Chainsaw sculpture spruces up yard (10/17/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Two summer storms inspired an artistic fall home improvement project at the Carole Lochmiller home. The Spirit Lake resident found a way to spruce up her lawn with the help of an artist, a few chainsaws and a broken tree. Duane Nelson of Jackson, Minnesota spent most of Monday, Sept. 29 building a sculpture out of a bur oak tree at Lochmiller's home at 212 18th Street. Nelson uses chainsaws to create figures out of wood -- including Indian chiefs and animals big and small...
$3 million expansion underway at HLP (10/17/14)
A 12,000-square-foot, $3 million expansion is underway at the Harris-Lake Park High School and Middle School. The three phase project, which has an expected completion date of August 2015, will add classrooms, new locker rooms, a new 24/7 wellness center and an expansion of the vocational ag wing...
Man fires gunshots at Sail Inn Motel, no injuries (10/17/14)
STORM LAKE -- Police have made several arrests in connection with an early morning disturbance and shooting at a local motel. On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Storm Lake Police Department was called to the Sail Inn Motel located at 1015 East Lakeshore Drive for a disturbance with a man reportedly armed with a gun going door to door at the motel...
Farm couple featured in cereal box campaign (10/17/14)
STORM LAKE-- A third-generation farm family from Nemaha, is featured in a cereal box advertising campaign that salutes the contributions of American farmers. Seth and Etta Smith, who grow conventional and organic crops and raise cattle near Storm Lake, are featured in the promotion placed by Farm Credit Services of America, featured on Hy-Vee brand Tasteeos cereal boxes. Hy-Vee, based in West Des Moines operates 237 stores in eight Midwestern states, including Iowa...
Car dealership ex-employee accused in thefts, faked warranty orders (10/17/14)
STORM LAKE -- On Friday, Oct. 10, the Storm Lake Police Department took a report of a series of thefts which had occurred at the Rasmussen Ford Dealership located on North Lake Avenue in Storm Lake. Police were advised of several incidents of alleged thefts of cash from the businesses petty cash location. In addition police received information that a dealership employee allegedly made false warranty claims to Ford Motor Company for his own benefit...
SWOT, SHS volleyball support breast cancer efforts (10/17/14)
The Spencer Women of Today conducted a fundraiser, selling pink shirts with the logo "Stay Strong and Tiger On" from Goal Kick Sporting Goods, and coordinated a competition serving the volleyball and winning a Godfather's Pizza Item to generate proceeds to battle breast cancer. Money from donation cans at local gas stations were also collected and the proceeds were given at the Spencer High School Volleyball Pink Out Night to the Women's Center, Missy Fox and Barbara Dean. (Above) Tracey Pierson, Mary Fiedler, Cheri Prange and Tanya Trimble from the Spencer Women of Today presented the gifts to Dean and Fox with the volleyball team behind them spelling "HOPE." (Photo submitted)
'Laker Zombieland' planned for Iowa Lakes homecoming (10/17/14)
Students at Iowa Lakes Community College will celebrate a "Laker Zombieland" homecoming -- themed after the popular movie "Zombieland" -- Oct. 24 through Nov. 1. Organizers are encouraging graduates of Iowa Lakes and the public to show their Laker pride and participate in the planned activities...
Spencer Hospital prepared for Ebola (10/16/14)
With two cases of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States, the Spencer Hospital and its staff are taking steps to prepare for the possibility of the virus reaching Iowa. The initial symptoms of Ebola are similar to those of other contagious disease like influenza including fever, headache and weakness. As the virus progresses, additional symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging...
Funds available to test, abandon private wells in Clay County (10/16/14)
The Grant to Counties Program was established in 1987 under the Ground Water Protection Act to assist private well owners to test, abandon and rehabilitate wells. The program is available in 98 of Iowa's 99 counties. According to Tammy McKeever, Clay County director of environmental health, zoning, safety and EMS, Clay County residents aren't taking full advantage of the program...
Spencer School Board awards maintenance building bids (10/16/14)
During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Spencer School Board conducted a public hearing to accept bids for the Spencer High School maintenance building. Three bids were submitted by contractors ranging from $290,000 to $433,000. Quail Construction entered the low bid of $290,000. The budget for the project was set between $265,000 and $305,000...
Simpson recognized for volunteer efforts (10/16/14)
Alison Simpson, who has had her hands in a variety of community projects in recent years including the Blue Zones efforts, Safe Routes to School, community gardens, Volunteer Network of Clay County and others, was honored by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce with the Jack Wedel Award. ...
Chamber announces new programming at annual meeting (10/16/14)
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce made its annual transition of leadership at its member luncheon Thursday at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Moving from an evening banquet to a luncheon resulted in a stronger turnout for the meeting. Jarrett Smith, outgoing board president who was unable to attend the event, introduced his replacement Jeremy Parsons, from a video taped in a corn field south of Spencer...
Milford firefighters to receive Sullivan Brothers Medal of Valor (10/16/14)
MILFORD -- The Milford Community Fire Department has announced that four members of its department will be honored with medals for valor from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for the role they played in rescuing three people from the Rodeway Inn fire on Sept. 30. 2011...
Saturday proclaimed Kiwanis Peanut Day (10/16/14)
Members of the Sunshine Kiwanis Aktion Club (left to right) Robert Winter, Jessica Elg, Dennia VanVickle and Tom Schmeling witnessed Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson sign a proclamation declaring Oct. 18 Kiwanis Peanut Day in Spencer. Kiwanis Peanut Day is one of the largest fundraising opportunities for Kiwanis Clubs. The Sunshine Kiwanis Aktion Club will be handing out bags of peanuts for a freewill donation at Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All the proceeds will be donated to Adopt A Family, Upper Des Moines Outreach, the Spencer Fire Department and other local charities. (Photo by Hanna Russmann)
Sirens (10/16/14)
Jack Lavern Eisinger, 59, Greenville Domestic abuse assault --- Michael Dennis Markley Jr., 54, Spencer Disorderly conduct --- Sheila Marie Sundall, 32, Spencer Judgement entry --- Jeremy Joseph Stoulil, 29, Pocahontas OWI first offense --- Angelic Marie Peterson, 22, Spencer...
Sacred Heart prepares for 22nd Fall Festival (10/16/14)
This year will mark the 22nd annual Fall Festival hosted by Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. This year's theme is "Autumn Moonlight" and the event will be conducted in Sacred Heart's Parish Hall on Saturday, Nov. 8 following Mass, which will begin at 4:30 p.m...

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