CAASA celebrates Women's Night Out
The Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault conducted its annual Women's Night Out at Legend's Events Center Thursday evening. Attendees enjoyed a social hour and a dinner before a program was given by Renee Jedlicka, titled "Your Happily Ever After." Events also included a door prizes and silent and live auction. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Approximately 30 people learned to paint tulips during Arts on Grand's painting party at Del's Garden Center Thursday evening. The event was the first in AOG's new "Get Smart" series that is designed to teach a new art skill or medium to participants and raise funds for the nonprofit gallery. The event was made possible by Del's Garden Center, Beehive Craft Supply, Consumer Lumber and Design Masters. (Photos by Hanna Russmann)
Spencer Schools to purchase new bus
A new Bluebird bus will be added to Spencer Community School's fleet for the 2015-16 school year. Julie Nemmers, director of transportation at SCS, considered several brands of buses before making her recommendation to the board Thursday afternoon. "There was a $375 difference between the two bids," she said. "But I do recommend the Bluebird over the Thomas."...
SHS to continue Career Academy with Corridor
The Spencer Community School District has chosen to continue its agreement with the Iowa Lakes Corridor in offering the Career Academy to students. "This is the second agreement with the Corridor," said Terry Hemann, superintendent of Spencer Schools. "We had one a little later in the year last year."...
OB unit expansion plans see changes
When Spencer Hospital originally drew up plans to expand its obstetrics unit in 2015, the end goal was to add an operating room suite onto the hospital's current birthing unit. The OR suite would give the hospital direct access to the facilities needed to perform emergency C-sections without moving patients from the third floor OB unit to the first floor OR...
Hospital to purchase 1st surgical robot
Spencer Hospital will be the third hospital in Iowa to purchase the "state-of-the-art" da Vinci Xi surgical robot. The surgical robot will be the first the hospital has ever used. The Spencer Hospital Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the approximately $1.45 million Xi robot in a unanimous vote Thursday morning. The funds for the purchase will come from a board restricted account worth $1.7 million, which was designated for future capital investment purposes such as a surgical robot...
'The Toughest Show on Dirt'
People are probably familiar with the term, "the greatest show on earth" but possibly not as familiar with the phrase "the toughest show on dirt." Professional bull riding returns to Spencer and northwest Iowa tonight and Saturday as Wayward Son Productions presents the XTREME Bull Riding Tour at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The cowboys will saddle up and strap on in the chutes beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at the arena an hour prior to the show...
Spencer Hospital to host 'Meet and Make' event
Spencer Hospital dietitians Amanda Scanlan, Judy Erickson and Greta Farley will host a healthy event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. The come-and-go event will allow participants to make two delicious recipe-in-a-jar-meal mixes to take home. Cost to participate is $5...
Northwest Region STEM Hub partnership renewed
Iowa Lakes Community College has received word that its agreement to serve as a Northwest Region Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Hub has been renewed for another three years. The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council reviewed performance reports and invited Molly Faber, Iowa Lakes STEM Hub programmer, to comment on the strengths and opportunities for growth moving forward...
Ambassadors tour new Southern Archery location
Ted Bruning welcomed the Spencer Ambassadors to the new Southern Archery location at 325 11th St. SW in Spencer. The business has been part of Spencer's community for 33 years, including 28 at its previous location near the Hy-Line operation east of its current location. Bruning had the building remodeled, improving security, and continues to emphasize archery while also serving area firearms enthusiasts. The owner noted the gun industry is very strong in the U.S. right now. Bruning said that while Southern Archery maintains an online presence, the majority of its business is conducted by walk-in traffic within a 100-mile radius. He also pointed out Southern Archery carries a wider range of firearms than most box stores in the region. In addition to retailing archery and firearms, Bruning said the business continues to repair damaged equipment and offers an archery testing area. The business is open seven days a week, including 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with special hours until 7 p.m Thursday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
GCN celebrated a year of Widows & Infants Village
EAGLE GROVE -- On the five-year anniversary of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Global Compassion Network celebrated the one-year anniversary of the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village in Les Cayes, Haiti. Thanks to Global Compassion Network's donors, 10 babies and five widows call the village home, living in a community of 18 Safe T Homes which comprise the village...
Weather tendencies look mild for spring
Despite the sub-zero temperatures of this winter, Harry Hillaker, climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, noted April through July temperatures are speculated to be slightly higher than normal. "The near future does show winter temperatures for the most part," Hillaker said. "In the next few days, we're looking at windchills of 30 to 35 below, and lots of chances for snow this weekend and early next week."...
Branstad signs 10-cent fuel tax increase
The 2015 Iowa Infrastructure Report Card contains grades for 11 infrastructure categories: Aviation (C-), rail (C), roads (C-), bridges (D+), inland waterways (D), levees (C-), dams (D), electrical energy (C), drinking water (C+), wastewater (C-), and solid waste (B+)...
Breath and stretch
In an attempt to offer new unique events, Arts on Grand, in partnership with the Spencer Family Y, hosted its first Yoga in the Gallery session Saturday morning. The event, which is free to all participants, will occur at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday through April 25...
Local organization reacts to IUB ruling
A recent ruling by the Iowa Utilities Board denied the request of the Rock Island Clean Line to separate the two issues taken into consideration in a franchise decision. Those two issues are the consideration of the value of the project and the ability to use eminent domain to use the property...
Confusion surrounds proposed text amendment public hearing
― Revises regulations that apply to the use classification "food processing." ― Maximum gross production floor to increase from 30,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet. ― Number of production employees to increase from 200 to 300...
Daily Reporter seeking nominees for Citizen of the Year
Over the past five decades, the Daily Reporter has helped recognize outstanding residents of our community. The award focuses on the hard work -- the moving and shaking -- it takes to make things happen. Think of all the great things going on in our community; not just buildings, but programs, volunteer efforts, community outreach, then think about the faces behind those activities. ...
Morning fire destroys machine shed
An early morning fire Tuesday destroyed a machine shed at 2905 180th Ave. northwest of Spencer. The building, located on the property owned by Jim and Cindy Sonius, was reported to be completely engulfed by the Fostoria Fire Department at 6:43 a.m. -- a little less than 15 minutes after the call for assistance was issued through emergency communications. Everly Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene to provide aid, remaining on scene until 7:50 a.m. Fostoria responders stayed on site for another hour. No people or livestock were reported injured with damage limited to the immediate building and machinery inside. Estimates of property loss and cause of the fire were not initially known. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Inmate allegedly threatens correction officer
An inmate at the Clay County Jail was charged with first-degree harassment Monday night following an incident with a correctional officer. The Clay County Sheriff's Office filed the additional charge at 11:43 p.m. after Wesley Robert Lloyd, 25, of Spencer, allegedly told a male correctional officer he was going to find out where he lived and then made a gesture -- "slicing his throat."...
SWOT receive national, state honors
The Spencer Women of Today attended the Iowa Women of Today "Score One for the Women of Today" second trimester state meeting at the New Hampton Community Center at the end of January. Attending from Spencer were Connie Lundbeck, Tracey Pierson and Therese Trojahn...
Volunteer Network of Clay County
Tooling along on the information super highway, I came across an entry informing me of the Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities for Retirees. Being naturally curious, I checked it out. To my surprise, I learned that volunteering with the Humane Society or an animal shelter ranked as No. ...
CAASA sponsors help make Women's Night Out possible
Tonight CAASA will celebrate its annual Women's Night Out celebration and fundraising event at Legends in Spencer. Jacquie Kehoe, executive director of CAASA, accepted platinum sponsorships from: (above left) Clark Cunningham of Community State Bank; (above right) Paula Buenger of the Spencer Daily Reporter; (below left) Shana Herke, Laurie Nalley and Dave Woodcock of Farmers Bank; (below right) Dave Putnam of Saga Communications -- KICD AM 1240, CD 107.7, More 104.9; (bottom left) Darin Freeman of Slumberland with the couch and love seat they donated for the auction; and (bottom right) Amanda Gloyd of SMU. ...
Kuehl, Herrig announce May wedding
Loren and Marlene Kuehl, of Welcome, Minnesota, are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jenna Marie Kuehl, to Tyler Thomas Herrig, son of Jeannette and Andrew Hasley, of Spencer, and Tom and Sue Herrig, of Webb. Jenna is an ICN nurse at Spencer Hospital and Tyler is an electronics technician at Corn Belt Power Cooperative...
Traffic stop leads to arrest for CC-E thefts
A traffic stop by a Clay County deputy resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old Hartley woman on theft charges stemming from a string of locker room thefts at Clay Central-Everly High School in January. At approximately 11:36 p.m., Saturday, a Clay County deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation. ...
Education remains at forefront of Eggs & Issues
Education was once again a hot-button topic at the second scheduled Eggs & Issues session in council chambers at Spencer City Hall Saturday. In the first session, Spencer Community Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann discussed education dollars. Saturday, Spencer School Board President Bob Whittenburg took up the issue with the five-person panel comprised entirely of state legislators -- acknowledging that he believes all parties involved want to make primary education a priority in the state...
The Faith Behind the Power
Rev. Jeff Warner completed his weekend of activities in Spencer at the Clay County Regional Events Center Sunday night, joined onstage by members of his Ultimate Strength Team. Warner shared his journey through learning disabilities, violence as a gang thug as a young adult, wealth and success as both a professional boxer and wrestler, losing everything due to alcohol, a turnaround sparked by the love of his life, and ultimately his redemption that lead him to a life of ministry serving others who are hurt and broken. ...
Text alerts from banks are scams
A series of text messages were sent to people with phones through Verizon Wireless over the weekend, many of them claiming to be Northwest Bank, and asking the recipient to follow a link to input account information. These text messages are scams. "This isn't a bank-initiated thing," said Tarrel Storey, senior vice president of marketing at Northwest Bank in Spencer, said. "The messages are sent from fraudsters who are trying to collect information."...
Farm income projected to see 32 percent drop in '15
U.S. farm income is expected to decrease approximately 32 percent in 2015 according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA report forecasts net farm income to be $73.6 billion this year, down from $108 billion in 2014. This is the lowest forecast since 2009...
Armstrong man charged with carrying under the influence
Spencer police officers and Clay County deputies responded to a call of a man with a gun just before noon Thursday. At 11:38 a.m. the two law enforcement agencies responded to 1004 W. 11th St. to follow up on the call and located 55-year-old Scott Alan Quastad, of Armstrong, inside the residence. ...
Feb. 12 -- Antonio Ibarra-Meza, 35, Marshalltown Open container Failure to maintain registered plates Violation of no contact order Excessive speed Operate without registration Proof of insurance --- Feb. 13 -- James Alan Mumm, 50, Everly Judgement entry...
One Poor Day
STORM LAKE -- "Don't leave here today without promising to make a difference. Promise to make the commitment to help those who are living in poverty in our communities not just for an hour, but every day." That was the plea that went out to nearly 65 Buena Vista University students who took part in a Poverty Simulation event Tuesday afternoon, with the relative opulence of the Dows Conference Center converted into a pretend world of struggle on the mean streets of Anycity, USA...
Riverview Terrace Tenant of the Month
Judy Wilson arrived at the Riverview Terrace Assisted Living residence at the recommendations of her doctor, physical therapist and children. They wanted her to have access to experienced, well-trained team members who would be available to her 24 hours a day...
Kruses named Master Pork Producers
Pork production has come a long way since Keith Kruse started working with his parents in 1976, including significant changes in biosecurity and animal separation practices. The Kruses, having kept up with these changes, were named 2014 Master Pork Producers by the Iowa Pork Producers Association...
'Les Miserables' cast returns to raise funds
Spencer High School drama and music participants from last fall's production of "Les Miserables" will come together once more to perform the popular music from the show as a fundraiser for three growing fine arts organizations. Minus costumes, set and blocking, the large cast will entertain on the SCT stage at 7 p.m. ...
$200K added to ILCC scholarships
An additional $200,000 was allocated to the 2015-16 scholarships to Iowa Lakes Community College, due to the five endowment funds overseen by the Iowa Lakes Community College Scholarship Foundation. "One of the five endowments increased its allocated funds by $200,000," said Tony Condon, institutional advancement manager at Iowa Lakes Community College. "It nearly doubled our scholarship money; now we'll have about $400,000 to award."...
Mobile food pantry in town Tuesday
In partnership with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Spencer, the Food Bank of Iowa will bring its mobile food pantry to Spencer Feb. 24. The Food Bank of Iowa is a nonprofit based in Des Moines, and travels targeting food insecurities across the state...
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An Iowa Senate panel was scheduled to discuss a bill that would ban people from talking on cellphones while driving. There would be an exemption for phone calls in hands-free or voice-activated mode. What say you? Like us on Facebook and share your thoughts...
Local businessman donates new flags to scouts
Spencer Cub Scout Pack 123 packed away some out of date and aging flags and during the Pack's Blue & Gold event on Sunday, local businessman Gary Hoefling (center back) arrived and presented Pack 123 members and their leaders with new, updated flags along with poles and stands to be used with them. Hoefling said the donation was to make sure the local Boy Scouts could have pride in their organization and the United States. The scouts are anxious to display them at the upcoming Pinewood Derby in March. (Photos submitted)
DNR investigates E-85 spill in Estherville
ESTHERVILLE -- A small amount of E-85 fuel pooled on top of the frozen West Fork of the Des Moines River on Friday morning after a tank at an Estherville service station that was being filled overflowed and reached a nearby storm sewer. An estimated 100 gallons of the fuel overflowed when the product was being off-loaded from a truck into a tank at Riverside Sinclair. ...
Sacred Heart artists recognized for theme posters
On Tuesday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church's Daughters of the Americas Court No. 408 honored the winners of their education contest. Each of the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Spencer participated in a poster contest using one of the themes: "Love your neighbor as yourself" or "Be a good neighbor."...
King tries English as an official language bill again
STORM LAKE -- U.S. Rep. Steve King is launching his fourth effort to pass an English Language Unity Act in the House of Representatives. If passed it would require that all official functions and proceedings of federal and state government be conducted in English. It would also require that applicants for naturalization be tested on their ability to read and understand the English language...
Rembrandt Enterprises expands into Winnebago County
SPIRIT LAKE -- An egg processing plant will soon hatch 197 jobs in north central Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board recently awarded $9.7 million in tax incentives to Spirit Lake-based Rembrandt Enterprises to help pay for a new facility near Thompson in Winnebago County...
When can officers stop a car?
BUENA VISTA COUNTY -- A local deputy erred in pulling over a car, even though the action brought about a forgery arrest against an illegal alien, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals. This week the court overturned a decision by Judge Patrick Carr in District Court for Buena Vista County...
Wiesenmeyer takes Iowa Rock 'n' Roll position
ARNOLDS PARK -- When the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association was created in 1997, Journey, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John were topping the charts. Flash-forward 18 years to 2015 and the big names in rock 'n' roll include Hozier, Vance Joy and Imagine Dragons...
Spill contained near Tyson
STORM LAKE -- Firefighters were called out on a frigid Tuesday afternoon to contain a spill of an unidentified liquid substance on Flindt Drive near Tyson. A two-block stretch of the busy thoroughfare was shut down briefly and then opened as one lane while public safety officials investigated. No environmental impact is expected, and it is believed that the liquid did not reach the lake...
BVU undertakes massive self-study as a guide to the future
STORM LAKE -- For Buena Vista University, everything is on the table -- everything. For the first time in the history of the campus, it is taking on what it calls "Prioritization" -- essentially an evaluation of every program and service it offers, academic and administrative...
5th Family Fest set for March 7
"Northwest Iowa STEM and Iowa Lakes Community College are proud to be a part of this event because it creates an opportunity for parents and children to connect with one another by participating in fun and non-traditional learning actives that focus on STEM."...
'Women's Night Out' to empower
"Your Happily Ever After Starts Here" in Spencer at the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault's 11th annual Women's Night Out event Thursday, Feb. 26. The event focused on women's empowerment will be conducted at the Legends Event and Social Center beginning a 5 p.m. Women's Night Out will also feature a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., a dinner at 6:30 p.m., a live auction, and "awesome cupcakes" from Totally Baked in Larrabee...
The 'Strength' to Overcome
"We're not born winners, we're not born losers, we're born choosers ... People used to call me a dreamer and they'd laugh at me ... I'm not going to let that stop me. 'I can' is more powerful than anything." -- Rev. Jeff Warner --- As a child, Jeff Warner had extreme learning struggles and nowhere to turn for help. Challenged with a learning disability, reading, writing and arithmetic were very difficult. When he came home, there was no assistance in sight as he faced abuse in the home...
Enrollment climbing across the state
Recent information released by the Iowa Department of Education shows that the number of students enrolled in public school in Iowa has risen each of the last four years. This increase is following 17 years of declining enrollment. The increase comes, in part, to an increase in birth rates between 2003 and 2008. ...