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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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SMU water quality report available (05/30/16)
The latest edition of Spencer Municipal Utilities' annual Consumer Confidence Report on water quality has been prepared and is being distributed electronically again this year at www.smunet.net/2016ccr.php. This is the fourth year for electronic distribution, rather than mailing directly to customers...
REMEMBER (05/30/16)
"We remember those who have lost their lives in service, and we applaud their selfless acts as well as their families that released them to serve," Carolyn Blaue, with the Daughters of the American Revolution, prayed. "... It is important that all veterans, their families and -- in fact, all Americans -- pause to reflect on, remember and give thanks to our many heroes."...
Transportation challenges (05/30/16)
The Clay County Board of Supervisors recently made a recommendation that may allow the county sheriff's department to invoice the Northwest Iowa Care Connections Region for the transportation of adult mental health committals. This is a shift from what the supervisors had agreed to in the past...
Wines & Vines: InnSpiration sees new developments (05/30/16)
LINN GROVE -- InnSpiration Winery in Linn Grove has seen a lot of changes since opening their doors in March 2013 -- the winery/inn has had continued growth in bookings for people who want to experience the bucolic, pastoral settings of rural northwest Iowa, and sample some of the best wine the state has to offer. Paul and Shelia Thomsen own and operate the establishment, which boasts live music from spring until late fall...
Fawn's rest disturbed by ceremony (05/30/16)
A young fawn, which had taken up shady cover below the steps to the stage for Monday's Memorial Day service, makes a break from its cover, seeking shelter beneath the stage as people began moving around after the service concluded. The fawn remained beneath the stage as the large gathering left Riverside Cemetery stage area. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Aquatic center opens Wednesday (05/30/16)
The Spencer Family Aquatic Center will open beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Hours for the summer season are 1-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Passes can be purchased at City Hall through Wednesday. After Wednesday purchase passes at the aquatic center. Contact the aquatic center at 580-7275 or City Hall at 580-7200 for more information. (File photo)
ISU Extension and Outreach welcomes 3 new summer educators (05/30/16)
PRIMGHAR -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes three new summer educators to serve as summer youth iCamp facilitators in Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Sioux, Clay and Cherokee counties. The summer educators each specialize in one of the following areas: Science and Natural Resources, Creative Arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). ...
Business Briefs (05/30/16)
Diane Salmeron and Jordan Irmiter have joined the staff of Employment Connections Inc. in Spencer. They will be recruiting, qualifying and placing people in jobs at area businesses. "We are very excited to work with these talented people," General Manager Tammy Christenson said. "They each have a strong commitment to customer service." Salmeron lives in Sioux Rapids, Irmiter lives in Hartley...
Safe fun in the sun (05/27/16)
Now that summer is squarely in view, many residents will begin typical summer activities such as bicycling, swimming and barbecuing. After the long winter the region has experienced, it may be difficult to switch from thinking about frostbite and a cough to sunburn and mosquito bites. Yet, it is important to brush up on summer safety...
1 transported from Friday afternoon accident (05/27/16)
A car versus truck collision involving a pair of Palo Alto County vehicles at the east entrance to Menards and U.S. Highway 71 in south Spencer resulted in one individual being transported to Spencer Hospital by Spencer Ambulance. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Spencer Police and the Spencer Fire Department responded to the call. The driver of the silver four-door vehicle was removed from the car by emergency responders and loaded into the ambulance for transport (above). The accident disrupted traffic entering and exiting Menards while respondents attended to those involved and Spencer Police conducted their investigation. No official information was available at press time. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Spencer prepares to remember the fallen Monday (05/27/16)
Twenty-five new flags will be dedicated to the Avenue of Flags as part of Spencer's Memorial Day services scheduled for Riverside Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Should the weather dictate a change of venue, it will be announced on the radio at 9:30 a.m. If moved inside it will be conducted at the Spencer High School Field House...
Destination Iowa (05/27/16)
This weekly series from Courtney Carstens throughout the summer will feature destinations and opportunities throughout the region that are good for a weekend trip. SAC CITY -- It's not every day that a town and the people in the area have the opportunity to set a world record for anything, let alone the world's largest popcorn ball. On June 18, people from all around are welcome to meet up in Sac City and help build the next largest popcorn ball at 8,000 pounds...
A game of learning (05/27/16)
As classrooms empty out for the summer, some students might want to spend the break playing video games while others may spend the time learning something new. This summer, they can do both. Students from grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the Iowa Lakes Community College four-day Minecraft Camp on June 6, 7, 13 and 14 on the Spencer campus. ...
Safer crossing at 11th, 14th street crossings highlights GAIC picnic (05/27/16)
The Grand Avenue Improvement Committee conducted its annual neighborhood picnic Thursday evening for those residing on and around North Grand Avenue. Spencer Parks Director Delrey Bredehoeft and GAIC President Mike Carlson discussed a project scheduled this summer as part of a partnership between Safe Routes to School and the city of Spencer, involving the Iowa Department of Transportation, designed to provide easier east-west travel across Grand Avenue at 11th Street and 14th Street. Another GAIC member Dick Montgomery discussed an effort to replace a high number of damaged plants along the decorative median and sidewalk areas on North Grand. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Former Spencer YMCA leader passes (05/27/16)
A former YMCA professional and Spencer resident, Bob Forsgren, passed away May 4 in Port Charlotte, Florida. Born in Iowa City on Sept. 11, 1930, Bob was placed in a Dubuque orphanage where he spent four years after which he was adopted by Carl Oscar and Enola Eno Forsgren. As missionaries with United Methodist Church, his new parents traveled with him to Lucknow, India, where Bob was to receive most of his elementary and high school education at Woodstock School in the Himalayas...
Kirschbaum named new PLAC executive (05/27/16)
OKOBOJI -- For the past several months, the Pearson Lakes Art Center was searching for a new executive director to replace the resigning Tim Hoheisel -- but a speaking engagement changed that. Bob Kirschbaum spoke at Rotary meeting earlier this year in Spirit Lake. A board member from the art center heard the speech and asked one of Kirschbaum's friends if the former principal would be interested in applying for the open executive director position...
OST prepares for 59th season (05/27/16)
OKOBOJI -- For 58 summers, Broadway-quality musicals and plays have been performed on the Okoboji Summer Theatre stage. It appears the 59th season will be no exception. According to OST Executive Director Ruth Ann Burke, several improvements are underway to insure a memorable experience for each of the hundreds and hundreds of people who will attend the nine productions of the 2016 summer season...
Mosquito concern rises, but BV County health leaders see slim chance for Zika virus cases (05/27/16)
As mosquito season begins in northwest Iowa, so will concern about the Zika virus, along with dengue and other illnesses transmitted by the same kinds of mosquitoes. Zika was declared an international health emergency earlier this year. An outbreak in Puerto Rico coincides with an international soccer teams' arrival for tournament play over the weekend. Over 120 cases have been identified among vulnerable young women in Puerto Rico...
Spirit Lake man faces 10 sexual exploitation charges (05/27/16)
District Associate Judge David Larson has scheduled a June 2 preliminary hearing for a Spirit Lake man who is accused of possessing child pornography. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday arrested 41-year-old Chuck Juhl on 10 counts of being in possession of "a visual depiction of a minor engaging in a prohibited sexual act or simulation." Ten different charges could be filed if authorities think 10 different minors were exploited...
Walleye Weekend winner: Spencer man catches $2,778 walleye on East Lake (05/27/16)
OKOBOJI -- The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Steve Quail of Spencer has caught one of 10 tagged Walleye from the 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend that was held May 7-8 in the Iowa Great Lakes. The tagged walleye was caught at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, on East Lake Okoboji. Quail took the walleye to Stan's Bait & Tackle in Milford, an official weigh-in station for the tournament...
Highway 7 to close for summer starting June 6 (05/27/16)
As of June 6, Highway 7 from Storm Lake's Northwestern Boulevard to Alta, will be closed for repaving. "This is one of our top priorities, and when some additional funding became available in March, we added it to the schedule," said Dakin Schultz, DOT district transportation planner...
Judge approves delay as 1st-degree murder trial approaches (05/27/16)
A key step in the court process has been delayed for an Estherville teenager who faces a first-degree murder trial next month. Judge David Lester on Tuesday postponed a hearing to consider Lee Christensen's motion to have the first-degree murder charge dismissed. The hearing was also a chance for attorneys to argue for or against evidence before it is seen by a jury...
Around Campus (05/27/16)
ORANGE CITY -- Local students were among 254 graduating seniors at Northwestern College's commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14. They included: Brianne Christiansen, theater, daughter of Daniel and Karen Hassman; Cassandra Clark, elementary education, daughter of Brian and Brenda Clark; Miles Fletcher, sociology, son Clayton and Susan Fletcher; Taylor Lowe, elementary education, daughter of Craig and Jill Lowe; Kelsey Morisch, business administration/marketing, daughter of Michael and Jane Morisch; Madison Raska, public relations, daughter of Nancy Raska; Leah Rekow, Spanish and elementary education, daughter of Paul Rekow and Stephanie Johnson; Monica Rustad, nursing, daughter of Roger and Ardith Rustad; and Ashley Williamson, psychology, daughter of John and Vicki Williamson -- all of Spencer.. ...
Sacred Heart presents president's award (05/27/16)
Sacred Heart School awarded seven graduating sixth-graders with the President's Education Award for outstanding academic excellence. To receive the award, students needed at least a 3.5 GPA for their upper elementary career and needed to score at or about the 85th percentile on standardized tests. Students received a pin and a certificate with signatures of President Barack Obama and the U.S. secretary of education. Awardees included (left to right) Jimmy Slattery, Grace Klatt, Aidan Anderson, Megan Haisman, Evan Johnson, Kaylah Robinson and Peyton Noethe. (Photo submitted)
Trio of new members join CC-E National Honor Society (05/27/16)
Thursday, May 12, the National Honor Society induction ceremony was conducted at Clay Central-Everly High School. Three new inductees joined 10 current members to complete the Clay Central-Everly National Honor Society Chapter. This year's theme: "Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do," a quote from Steve Jobs. In her speech, guest speaker Ashley Tessum, tied this quote to the four pillars of National Honor Society -- scholarship, service, leadership and character. The three inductees are (above) Rachel Findling, daughter of Jennifer Findling; Benjamin McClain, son of Dennis and Donna McClain; and Hannah Stimson, daughter of Wyatt and Monica Glime. They join current members (below) seniors: Cassandra Day, Tari Knock, Sonya Newkirk, Madison Manwarren, Katrina McCarty and Eric Thorne; and juniors: Dayton Brugman, Kirsten Glackin, Jasmine Kluender and Kennedy Wilson. (Photos submitted)
TAG students 'Touched By Science' at Lakeside Labs (05/27/16)
MILFORD -- Sixty eighth-grade Talented and Gifted students, some from as far away as South Hamilton School District, attended the Lakeland TAG experience, "Touched by Science," hosted at Lakeside Laboratory in early May. Students experienced hands on opportunities as they learned from a paleontologist, entomologist, archaeologist, ichthyologist and environmental biologist. Spencer Middle School Talented and Gifted Director Teresa Trierweiler said, "Our TAG students greatly enjoyed learning in this environment and with professionals who respected the student's abilities, questions and enthusiasm for learning as the professionals shared their knowledge and expertise." Spencer High school student Brandon Nolin volunteered to assist with the student groups. "I appreciated 'Touched by Science' when I was in eighth grade. It is also a nice time for students of like ability to be with others equally enthused about learning." (Photos submitted)
GOP Primary Supervisor Q&A - Randy Swanson (05/26/16)
55 Two boys, Spencer and Brady Owner of Audio-Video Connection High school graduate 50 A: With the retirement of Del, I thought it was the perfect time to step up from my city council seat to a county supervisor seat. A: I've owned my own business since 1998 and been on the City Council for 12 years...
GOP Primary Supervisor Q&A - Joe Skow (05/26/16)
64 Wife Sue, married 41 years. Two children, Nate and Jessica and five grandchildren. Currently on the Board of Supervisors and part time at IGL Construction and IGL Teleconnect. Previously in law enforcement for 35 years. Four years as a Sheldon Police officer, one year as a state fire marshall, 20 years as a state trooper and 10 years as a state patrol sergeant...
GOP Primary Supervisor Q&A - George Moriarty (05/26/16)
Not answered Married 26 years to Janet. Six children: Jackie, Joni, Ronald, Julie (deceased), Angie and Kellie; 21 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Retired farm consultant with 36 years serving the farm community. Twelve years as one-third owner and co-manager of the Grain, Feed, Fertilizer and Seed business in Lake Park. Four years as district manager of sales for AGRICO Fertilizer Co. of Humboldt covering northwest Iowa...
Growing Results (05/26/16)
Local farmers, members of the Clay Central-Everly FFA and Sam Harper with Pro-Crop Farm Management and Consulting worked to get the soybean field planted at the Clay County Grower's Plot -- approximately nine miles south of Spencer on U.S. Highway 71 --Tuesday as a week of forecasted wet weather presented a window of opportunity...
City amends pool contract with YMCA (05/26/16)
An issue brought up by several City Council members prompted the council to amend its annual contract with the Spencer Y regarding the aquatic center. At this time, the pool is scheduled to close Sunday, Aug. 7. "We contract with the Y to provide lifeguard services," said Bob Fagen, Spencer city manager. "The problem is that almost all of them are in sports, and they have conflicts for activities in the upcoming school year."...
Wellmark seeks rate increase approval (05/26/16)
Some Iowa residents have received letters from Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield informing them of a possible base rate change ranging from 37.8 to 42.6 percent. Before enacting this change, Wellmark must first receive permission from the Iowa insurance commissioner...
Dream Center plans open house Saturday (05/26/16)
Members of the Spencer Dream Center board and volunteer staff will conduct an open house at the downtown community outreach center from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to stop by and tour the building and learn more about the various ministries and outreaches operating inside the building. (File photo)
Wednesday's 'Walk to School' participants celebration planned (05/26/16)
A year-end WOW Celebration will be conducted from 1-2 p.m. today at East Leach Park in the outdoor shelter area. In case of rain the event will be moved indoors. Prizes awarded based on number of times walked, so bring walking feet to be counted. The group will be walking to Dairy Queen for ice cream cones provided by Safe Routes to School. (File photo)
Taking steps toward awareness (05/26/16)
Very few Americans are aware that John F. Kennedy initiated May as Older Americans Month in 1963. Likewise, elderly community members are often overlooked by the public. In an effort to change that, the Spencer Area Activity Center, along with the Elderbridge Agency, invited the public to participate in a walk on Thursday to raise public awareness. The Elderbridge Agency is an organization which offers various services for the elderly...
3 candidates seek 2 supervisor seats (05/26/16)
Cutline: County Supervisor Joe Skow (left) Ward 4 Councilman Randy Swanson (center) and George Moriarty councilman at large (right) exited the Clay County Supervisor debate on friendly terms. Two seats are available on the board. The three run without Democratic opposition. (Photo by Seth Boyes)...
Reaching out with hope (05/26/16)
The Watoto Children's Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in Spencer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The choir will present their new production, "Oh, What Love" at Living Word Outreach Ministries at 905 10th Ave. SE in Spencer...
Kirschbaum named PLAC executive director (05/26/16)
OKOBOJI -- The Pearson Lakes Art Center has selected Bob Kirschbaum as its next executive director. Kirschbaum came to the PLAC after eight years with the American Red Cross, most recently in the role as executive director in Dubuque, managing 18 counties. ...
Kline in fair condition following car accident (05/26/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- The Spirit Lake woman involved in the car accident last week is listed in fair condition and continues to recover at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kathryn Kline was struck by a 1999 Dodge Dakota around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, on U.S. Highway 71 near Taco John's restaurant in Spirit Lake. The Spirit Lake Police Department arrived on the scene minutes later...
New photo book features Iowa Great Lakes gem Okoboji (05/26/16)
OKOBOJI -- A new coffee table book will be released in the Iowa Great Lakes region this Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season, "Okoboji: Over 160 Years of History and Images." This pictorial history features more than 400 vintage through recent images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to learn about the history that shaped their community...
IPTV premieres 'Ode to Joy Sioux City Symphony Orchestra 100th Year' (05/26/16)
JOHNSTON -- Iowa Public Television will air an exclusive broadcast of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 2016 "Ode to Joy" concert, honoring a milestone in musical achievement. "Ode to Joy Sioux City Symphony Orchestra 100th-year" premieres on statewide Iowa Public Television at 8 p.m. Monday, June 6, and will air again at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12...
And the Spencer High School fall musical will be ... (05/25/16)
Thespian Club President Maren Taylor drew the name of the production from among three finalists for the 2016 Spencer High School Fall Musical which will help launch the new fine arts auditorium. Mary Poppins was the name in the cup, beating Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)...
County sheriff candidates find common ground (05/25/16)
Eagerly awaiting the GOP county sheriff debate between Chief Deputy Brad Hawley and Deputy Chris Raveling, a line of Clay County residents nearly stretched from the city council chamber doors to the building's corner. Once inside, seats filled up fast and some members of the audience were left standing along the walls and sitting in the aisle...
School Board approves salary increases (05/25/16)
During Tuesday night's Spencer School Board meeting, District Superintendent Terry Hemann recommended the approval of changes in the provisions for the support staff. The board approved increases for custodial shoes, food service uniforms, longevity pay, and hourly wages. Hemann informed the board that these changes would create a total cost to the district of $14,635, an increase of 3.25 percent...
Chew, chew, chew, swallow ... repeat (05/25/16)
(Above) Chad Sorenson and Tom Hagedorn brought home the gold for the Clay County Cattlemen, finishing first among eight teams in the annual Business After Hours Clay County Cattlemen Steak Eating Contest conducted at the Clay County Regional Events Center Tuesday night. The two-man team consumed a combined 4.89 pounds of steak in 25 minutes to edge the team of Rod Meandering and Brett Geelan with Winther Stave by less than 0.3 pounds. Asked how it feels to be champions, they both agreed, "Not very well." The Clay County Fair Queens team (right) of runner-up Tari Knock and queen Katie Simpson reportedly consumed more water than steak, finishing with a combined total of 0.57 pounds of beef eaten. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Untiet delivers 'spoonful of sugar' (05/25/16)
In front of an anxious group of high school students, Spencer High School Drama Director Larry Untiet called SHS Thespian Troupe President Maren Taylor to the stage to remove a single slip of paper from his coffee mug, revealing the fall musical for 2016 which will help christen the new fine arts facility in November...
GOP Primary Sheriff Q & A's - Hawley (05/25/16)
Julie, medical transcription supervisor, Spencer Hospital; Bryce, Department of Homeland Security, TSA supervisor; Broghan, United States Marine Corps, drill instructor, MCRD-Parris Island; Brayden, Target Corporation, Cedar Rapids; and Brett, 2016 Spencer High School graduate...
GOP Primary Sheriff Q & A's - Raveling (05/25/16)
Sandi, son Alex and daughter Elizabeth Clay County Sheriff's deputy Over 15 I attended Iowa Lakes Community College for criminal justice from 1998-2000. I graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2000. I am an instructor in ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training)...
Central Academy graduates know their worth (05/25/16)
The crowd rose to its feet as nine Central Academy graduates entered the conference room of the Spencer Community Schools Administration building Tuesday evening. Academy instructor Anne Roberts welcomed the graduates and their families as the students were seated...
Iowa Crop and Weather Report (05/25/16)
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. "Many farmers were able to make good progress last week and now 96 percent of corn and 74 percent of soybeans are planted statewide. ...

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