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Friday, Mar. 27, 2015
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Spirit Lake receives Blue Zones certification (03/27/15)
Spirit Lake officially is one of the healthiest cities in the state, according to a nationwide organization. The city was revealed as a Blue Zones certified community last week. "It's a true accomplishment for Spirit Lake and our area in general," said Spirit Lake Mayor Blain Andera, who is also a member of the local Power 9 Advisory board. ...
Clay-Central-Everly High School Musical Department spring production of 'GREASE' (03/27/15)
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To the rescue (03/27/15)
Members of the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue dive team know water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air. Victims can die within an hour if they are trapped in water of 40 degrees or less, so strategy plays an important role for the local dive team. They spent the evening hours of Thursday, March 19, forming that strategy, when no one's life was on the line...
Van Otterloo to head Spencer's Northwest Bank operation (03/27/15)
Joe Conover, Lakes market president of Northwest Bank announced Joe Van Otterloo as bank president overseeing Northwest Bank in Spencer beginning April 1. Van Otterloo's responsibilities include overseeing the Spencer bank operations while focusing on team development and leading our sales and service efforts by building customer relationships...
Cover crop field day to be held April 2 near Dickens (03/27/15)
DICKENS -- Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group and Clay County Farm Bureau, will host a field day from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Stephanie and Matt Essick and Rich Harves farm, rural Dickens. The event is free and open to the public...
Business Briefs (03/27/15)
Scott Glover of Lawrence Funeral Home in Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Spencer, was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association's Meet the Mentors program. Meet the Mentors took place March 16-18 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia...
Ruthven-Ayrshire 3rd quarter honor roll (03/27/15)
Emma Baak, Chloe Bakken, Koy Bakken, Treyton Cacek, Kyra Cother, Tom Geelan, Allie Hagedorn, Cole Jensen and Madelyn Martini. Chris Bowen, Brooke Doran, Kalie Long, Jessica Miller, Fisher Morris-McEwan, Joel Sikora and Sayde Weller. Chris Conlon and Lauren Josephson...
Around Campus (03/27/15)
AMES -- Iowa State University Theatre's spring musical, "Les Miserables," opens April 10 and features cast member Jake Hinrichsen, who is from Spencer. Hinrichsen (The Foreman/Chain Gang) is a senior in biology at Iowa State University.
Spencer area educators earn industries minigrants (03/27/15)
A donation from CF Industries' Classroom Minigrant Program, will allow students in Spencer area classrooms to create works of art and literature; study bugs, beetles, tree seedings and moss in their habitats; explore climate zones, ecosystems, natural disasters or animal habitat; apply scientific principles in soil testing; and plant a garden that will provide elements for nutrition-filled meals...
Odebolt family's poignant transplant image bound for Congress (03/27/15)
A photograph of an emotional goodbye captured right before a baby's heart transplant surgery at Children's Hospital & Medical Center has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Children's Hospitals Photo Exhibit. The exhibit, which will be displayed on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., this June, showcases top photos chosen from a national competition organized by the Children's Hospital Association. ...
Trees Forever presents design concepts for trail visioning (03/26/15)
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever field coordinator, and Emily Swihart, Trees Forever landscape designer, met with the Spencer Trail Visioning Committee Thursday evening to review design concepts drawn up for signage and trail heads for the Spencer recreation trail system...
House, Senate pass Aug. 23 start date, but discussion continues (03/26/15)
In the last week at the state Legislature, both the House and the Senate have passed a bill that would allow school districts in Iowa to begin their 2015-16 school year as early as the week of Aug. 23. The current law states districts can start no earlier than the week of Sept. ...
Shrimp Shed celebrates one year (03/26/15)
When thinking of Iowa, someone might picture rolling fields of corn and beans. It's not likely this person would think of shrimp. Yet Mike Heuck, owner of the Shrimp Shed in Everly, produced about 1,000 pounds of shrimp over the course of the past year...
ID Action to host community conversation (03/26/15)
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, Iowans with Disabilities in Action will conduct an ID Action Community Conversation at 1 p.m. March 30 at Spencer City Hall. The program is being conducted in partnership with Sunshine Services Inc. and assisted by the city of Spencer ADA Council...
Spencer medical group to become hospital department (03/26/15)
Spencer Hospital's Board of Trustees took action Thursday morning which will transition the Avera Medical Group Spencer into a department of the hospital. The board approved entering into a collaboration relationship with Avera Medical Group Spencer known as "provider-based status."...
Ready to ride (03/26/15)
Third-grade students from Fariview, Sacred Heart Catholic and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran elementary schools gathered in the gym at Fairview to participate in a Bicycle Safety Rodeo presented by the Spencer Police Department, Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis Club and Spencer Safe Routes to School. (Above) Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis member Gary Halverson distributes bicycle helmets to students attending the program which focused on bicycle safety and rules of the road. (Right) Spencer Safe Routes to School representative Donna Ball demonstrated how to properly fit a new bicycle helmet on Coen Rabel, a third-grade Sacred Heart student. (Bottom) Ball and Spencer Police Officer Tyler Heck discuss bicycle maintenance during the "rodeo." (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
New Fashion Pork 'actively seeking' new location (03/26/15)
The Dickinson County Courthouse maintenance staff brought in extra folding chairs Tuesday to accommodate about 30 people who remain concerned about livestock production, air quality and nitrate levels near the Iowa Great Lakes. A majority of the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors remains frustrated with their inability to stop unwanted livestock expansions once a proposed site qualifies under the state-mandated master matrix scoring formula. ...
Revisions accompany this year's community Cross Walk (03/26/15)
Spencer Community Youth Ministries is extending and invitation to all families and community members in the area to participate in the ecumenical Community Cross Walk on Wednesday, April 1, during Holy Week. This year's Community Cross Walk will look a bit different than those in the past...
SPARC Event Review (03/26/15)
The performance of "Cinderella" by OPERA Iowa was beautiful and well received. The Spencer Art Coalition brought the educational program of the Des Moines Metro Opera to the Spencer Community Theatre for a performance on Friday night. The opera was written by Gioacchino Rossini in 1817. Unbelievable that something written nearly 200 years ago can still be entertaining to us today...
Sirens (03/26/15)
Booked into Clay County Jail March 20 -- Bryan Alan Kladstrup, 26, Spencer Criminal trespass Possession of a controlled substance, two counts --- March 21 -- Gabriel Sanculi, 37, Ruthven Third-degree theft Arrest warrant --- March 21 -- Joseph Lee Swalve, 29, Spencer...
'This is a great day' (03/25/15)
State military leaders joined regional business and community leaders, along with area military personnel, to celebrate Clay County's recent designation as a Home Base Iowa Community. The Iowa National Guard Armory in Spencer was the perfect setting Wednesday morning for the event which drew a large crowd to hear from Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Orr and Home Base Iowa Project Director Kathy Anderson who worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Clay County earn the designation...
'Grease' lightnin' (03/25/15)
The music department of Clay Central-Everly High School will travel back to 1959 at Rydell High School this weekend in their production of "Grease." One of the most popular musicals, this story has been a success both on the stage and the screen. The social structure at Rydell High School is turned upside down when Sandy Dumbrowski (Sarah Nehring) begins school at Rydell. ...
Payloader catches fire at Spencer disposal site (03/25/15)
Emergency responders were called to a payloader fire at the Spencer Tree and Leaf Site at approximately 9:25 a.m. Tuesday. "The driver smelled what he said was an electrical fire under the dash and grabbed the on-board fire extinguisher, but he was unable to contain the fire," Public Works Director Mark White explained. ...
SCS determine summer maintenance projects for 2015 (03/25/15)
Every building in the Spencer Community School District will undergo construction or maintenance projects this year, according to Terry Hemann, superintendent at Spencer Schools. In total, the summer maintenance projects will cost $231,000. At Lincoln Elementary, four sections of roof will be replaced, because they leaked periodically throughout the year. ...
Deerfield playground construction planning begins (03/25/15)
The Spencer Park Board and members of the community gathered at Spencer City Hall to begin planning the construction of Deerfield Playground. The playground was ordered by the Spencer Parks Department and is scheduled to arrive April 17 or 18. Construction will take approximately three days and is tentatively set for April 29, 30 and May 1.The city plans to construct the playground using volunteers in a community build...
Guard, business groups partner on HR training (03/25/15)
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Northwest Iowa/Southwest Minnesota Area Human Resources Association, and the Iowa National Guard are partnering to assist area businesses in employing and retaining former military service members. "Employer Basic Training: Resources and Training That Will Connect You to Military Talent" is a day-long workshop for human resources professionals and other business leaders. ...
Little Big Town headed to Clay County Fair (03/25/15)
The Clay County Fair announced an evening of country music featuring Little Big Town with special guest Ashley Monroe in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at the Clay County Fair beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. "It is a privilege to have such a high caliber of country music on our grandstand stage on one night," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "What a way to end the final day of the Clay County Fair."...
Locals honored for conservation donations (03/25/15)
The state of Iowa on Monday recognized people and organizations for gifts to Iowa's future in the form of land or land value for conservation. Two of this year's honorees are from Dickinson County and worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to find the right option for permanent protection of their land for conservation purposes...
Ambassadors celebrate 14th Blue Zones business (03/25/15)
The Spencer Ambassadors joined local representatives from the Spencer Blue Zones Project to celebrate the Avera Spencer Family Care Clinic's addition to the list of Spencer Blue Zones Worksites. The local medical facility became the 14th business in town to earn the designation. The clinic has successfully created a workplace environment which makes the healthy choice, the easy choice, in an effort to encourage a longer, high quality life among its staff. Participating in the event were Candace Daniels and Brandy Van Otterloo, co-chairs of the Worksite Committee; Avera administrators Nate McCormick, Avera Medical Group Clinic Manager, and Jim Potvin, Avera Regional Clinic Administrator (both pictured); and staff at the clinic.
Loader fire at Spencer Tree, Leaf Site (03/24/15)
At approximately 9:25 a.m., emergency responders were called to a fire at the Spencer Tree and Leaf Site north of West 18th Street. Fire fighters put out a loader that had caught fire at the site in approximately 30 minutes. More details on the fire to come...
Eggs & Issues closes for year with education, DHS (03/23/15)
In the fourth and final Eggs & Issues of the 2015 legislative session, topics of discussion varied from the quality of customer service at the Department of Human Services, the options available for people who need inpatient mental health care and updates regarding the supplemental state aid for the next school year...
2015 commercial, residential property assessments increase (03/23/15)
Early this month the Clay County Assessor's Office sent out assessment notices to owners of residential and commercial properties in Clay County. Assessments for 2015 will see an increase. According to Clay County Assessor John Lawson, assessments for residential and commercial properties are based on market values which increased between 2013 and 2015...
Healthcare Foundation surpasses $2 million goal (03/23/15)
The Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation surpassed its endowment campaign goal of $2 million, receiving over $2.5 million in contributions, pledges and planned gifts. An initial goal of $2 million was set to establish an endowment with a long-term goal of growing the endowment, enabling a permanent fund to help enhance local health care provided at Spencer Hospital long into the future...
Public Works discusses sewer retrofit project (03/23/15)
The Spencer Public Works Committee met to discuss the 2015 HMGP West Central Sewer Retrofit Project Monday evening. The committee worked to address concerns brought forward by citizens in the affected area about the projects impact on the wall located on the curve of Fifth Avenue West and trees...
4 charged on drug-related offenses (03/23/15)
A Spencer Police Department search warrant executed Saturday resulted in multiple arrests on charges of manufacturing and distribution of drugs. The department's investigation resulted in the discovery and seizure of approximately 41 grams of marijuana, 7.2 ounces of hashish oil, a large amount of currency, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as other items consistent with the active distribution of marijuana and the manufacturing of hashish oil...
Applications being accepted for CCF Queen contest (03/23/15)
The search is underway for candidates to compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen. The winner, to be crowned Sunday, May 10, will reign over the 2015 Clay County Fair and will also compete for the State Fair Queen title. Females between the ages of 16 and 21 by Aug. 13, the first day of the 2015 Iowa State Fair, may apply...
Spencer Olympians take home state honors (03/23/15)
Spencer's basketball and cheerleading Special Olympians traveled to Iowa City on March 13-14 for a state Special Olympics competition. Results included: Basketball skills -- Braydn Petersen, silver; Logan Houston, silver; Cody Betz, bronze; Jaime Hallgren, fifth; Kasey Primrose, sixth; Christian Jewell, fifth; Tanya Ryker, silver; Dan Dreckman, fourth and Tom Schmeling, fifth. Cheerleading -- Michelle Howard, gold; Abby Robb, gold; Allie McGruder, gold; Crystal Tift, gold; Erin Peterson, gold; Abby Wilson, gold; Carl Larson, gold; Jessica Elg, gold; Jennie Bryn, gold; Ashley Gembler, gold; Shannon Hall, gold and Chelsea Johnson, gold. Unified Cheerleaders helping the state qualifiers were Trinity Meaney, Jaden Reiser-Millard, Jayden Rouse, Jenna Grimmius, Mercedes Siela, Jamie Tighe, Emma Tighe, Kendrix Johnson, Anna Dean, Koryi Bailey, Hailey Rutter, and Madeline Knapp. (Photo submitted)
Going the distance (03/23/15)
What a difference a year makes. At this time last spring, Aspen Wiederholt, of Alta, was a frail teenager with a failing heart, with a whisper of a voice, waiting desperately for a heart transplant. This year, she's getting ready for her first 5K. Thanks to an anonymous organ donor, Aspen received a new heart in May, and has amazed even her medical team with a rapid recovery. After enduring 12 open heart surgeries in her first 19 years, life now looks wide open...
Patchwork Quilt (03/23/15)
Medicare coverage for the elderly can be a very complicated issue to understand. The two most common coverages are Medicare A and B. Medicare A generally covers hospital care, skilled nursing facility, nursing home care (as long as custodial care isn't the only care you need), hospice, and home health services. ...
Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Week (03/23/15)
Muriel Lorraine Roberts was born Jan. 13, 1927, to Ralph Elmer and Muriel Nesta Shoemaker Roberts in Reinbeck -- the same farm Nesta was born on. Muriel has a sister, Gwendowlyn Faye and a brother, Jerold Allen Roberts. Muriel is also known as "Myrt" to her friends and family...
Scoutmaster turns castaway (03/23/15)
It seemed like he had waited a lifetime for an adventure that would never come. When he needed it the most, it appeared out of nowhere. "I had never been anywhere. Never seen the ocean, never been on an airplane. And the next thing I knew, I was on my way to Puerto Rico," says Chad Mobley, an Albert City father of three who recently appeared on the National Geographic survival reality show, "The Raft."...
Hemp oil company potential alternative for cannabidoil patients (03/20/15)
In the aftermath of the Medical Cannabidoil Act, many families with children or other family members with intractable epilepsy are working through the process of getting the cannabidoil treatment that may have an effect in treating seizures. Of the oils that have been most effective. Charlotte's Web is the most well-known, developed by the Stanley Brothers in Colorado Springs, Colorado...
Fuse continues to burn on fireworks legislation (03/20/15)
Currently, Senate File 226 and House Study Bill 161 contain legislation that would legalize the sale and possession of fireworks in Iowa and are being considered in the Senate and House Ways and Means Committees. According to Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, and Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, the legislation is funnel proof since the bills contain a sales tax component...
Fish Fry, Carnival raise funds for CC-E activities (03/20/15)
(Right) Members of the Royal and Everly communities gathered at Clay Central-Everly Elementary/Middle School in Royal Friday night for the annual coach's fish fry and music booster's carnival. Children enjoyed games and prizes and the community enjoyed fresh battered and fried Alaskan pollock.
A message through music: Ensemble demonstrates love of opera (03/20/15)
Prior to their scheduled public performance of "Cinderella" Friday night, members of the Opera Iowa troupe conducted clinics at Fairview Elementary School, discussing various aspects of music and acting. The day at the school concluded with a special performance of "Bill Goats Gruff." Presented in operatic-style, the show offered a strong anti-bullying message. On the way home from school, three little billy goats -- Lucy Goat (Abigail Rethwisch), Ernesto Goat (Lee Steiner) and Dandini Goat (James Rodriguez) -- encounter a steep bridge guarded by the big, mean Osmin Troll (Evan Ross). The students laughed and cheered as Lucy ultimately builds a friendship with Osmin and helps him to overcome his bullying manner. (Above) Osmin, Dandini, Lucy and Ernesto celebrate Osmin's change of heart. (Right) Dandini and Ernesto have a hard time accepting the new friendly Osmin. (Below) Lucy manages to get her dog back from the bully Osmin. Billy Goats Gruff featured music by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. Opera Iowa has made Spencer a regular tour stop the past several years. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Chamber, Daily Reporter conducting contest for cover photo (03/20/15)
As the Spencer Chamber of Commerce prepares to publish its Community Guide and Membership Directory, it is once again seeking out a treasured photo depicting the beauty of Spencer. The Spencer Daily Reporter and the Chamber are conducting a photo contest open to the general public. The two entities are looking for a photo that highlights a landmark, our quality of life, the arts or anything else that shouts "Spencer."...
Business Spotlight -- Klinkerbelle's (03/20/15)
Klinkerbelle's is a small shop with a big selection. Owner Kella Klinker describes her inventory as 'eclectic' offering the women of Spencer everything from clothing, hand bags and vintage hats to vintage jewelry, glassware and collectibles. Klinker opened her shop, located at 301 Grand Avenue, on Feb. 5 after relocating the shop from the Red Door Antiques in Spirit Lake...
Iowa Lakes hosts first SERTech event (03/20/15)
ESTHERVILLE -- Safety was the theme for Iowa Lakes Community College's inaugural SERTech Event. Held March 16-20 at the Estherville sustainable energy resource and technologies center, the event brought together several different regional employers and prospective employees for training and certification sessions...
Sirens (03/20/15)
March 17 -- Hayley Y. Byerly, 19, Spencer Child endangerment Possession of a controlled substance Possession of drug paraphernalia --- March 17 -- Diana Louise Sible, 33, Spencer Driving while license suspended Proof of insurance --- March 18 -- Juan De Dios Rodriguez-Guevara, 31, Spencer...
'Operation Raw Deal' yields 17 arrests (03/20/15)
STORM LAKE -- Storm Lake Police announced that 17 arrests have been made in connection with a series of drug investigations spanning almost 24 months involving the manufacturing, sale and use of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA (Ecstasy) and marijuana...

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