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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Council amends zoning code, addresses skate park complaint (07/21/14)
After a public hearing Monday night, the Spencer City Council approved an amendment to the Spencer Zoning Code. The amendment includes both primary and secondary educational facilities as "civic uses permitted by special exception in the Central Business District" into the zoning code...
Attempted murder charged in Sioux Rapids stabbing (07/21/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS (AP) -- A Sioux Rapids man accused of stabbing a 19-year-old man last week now faces an attempted murder charge. Online court records show 43-year-old Pedro Orozco was initially charged with willful injury but an attempted murder charge was added Monday...
Backyard transformed into railroad village (07/21/14)
HOLSTEIN -- It all started over 30 years ago when his family made a trip to Sioux Rapids to see a train collection. That was the first time that Leon Peterson saw a model railroad and it was the start of a life-long hobby for him. "My family went and saw a HO scale railroad that was in Sioux Rapids," Peterson, the conductor of the B&L Railroad said. "Shortly after that I got my first rail road train set, a HO scale train."...
'50s theme provides inspiration for BB&B volunteers (07/21/14)
Backyard Bach & Blues will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, at Walnut Lane Farm, the home of Dr. Rick and Barb Wilkerson Tickets: $40 for Arts on Grand members, $50 for nonmembers. A considerable amount of work has gone into preparing decorations for Saturday's scheduled Backyard Bach and Blues celebration -- "River Rock" -- at the Walnut Lane Farm, owned by Dr. ...
Hospital endowment campaign launched (07/21/14)
The Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation has announced a fund development campaign to help sustain and enhance local health care provided at Spencer Hospital into the future. The foundation's goal is to establish a permanent endowment fund in which the initial gifts are preserved and earnings are used to improve health care services...
Spencer Family Aquatic Center usage diving (07/21/14)
Use of the Spencer Family Aquatic Center is in decline according to Spencer Parks Director Delray Bredehoeft. As of July 16, approximately 4,600 residents have utilized the aquatic center this summer. "When we first opened in 1997, we would get peak numbers of 500 people a day," Bredehoeft said. "Now we might get 200-300 people a day tops for a peak number."...
Reveling in the moment (07/21/14)
A musician from the band The David Mayfield Parade joined with members of the audience for an impromptu dance during the Rocket Suzie Music Festival on Saturday. More photos from the event are on Page 1B. (Photo by Paula Buenger)
One day only (07/21/14)
In conjunction with the Summer Reading Program's science theme, the Spencer Public Library will have an inflatable dome-style theater available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. "We'll be showing programs on everything from microorganisms to outer space," Sara Beth Beaver, children's librarian, said. "Most of the programs are about 30 minutes -- except for the first one and the last one -- so we'll run them on that schedule."...
Grand Avenue clogs with RAGBRAI traffic (07/21/14)
Heavy traffic on Grand Avenue Monday morning and afternoon marked the mass exodus of RAGBRAI support teams from the Lakes region to Emmetsburg for the day two stop. Southbound traffic on Grand backed up at times, blocking intersections as decorated buses (above), RVs and private vehicles made their way through Spencer on the way to the evening's destination approximately 25 miles to the east on U.S. Highway 18. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Life in color (07/21/14)
To kick off Royal Fun Days, the Clay Central-Everly FFA conducted a 5K color race beginning at the CC-E football field. Participants were clouded in colored powder at certain checkpoints throughout the race. After everyone had crossed the finish line they gathered in the middle of the football field and tossed the remaining colored powder into the air. More photos can be found in an online gallery at spencerdailyreporter.com. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Heart 'n Home goes to Washington (07/21/14)
Julie Wurr, owner and creative designer of Heart 'n Home in Laurens, knows retail. "I think it started out when I was in high school and worked for a store in Spencer," Wurr said. "There is something so thrilling about retail and being able to connect with customers and the community."...
Baseball, history combine for year saluting 'America's game' (07/18/14)
"I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us." While the veracity of that quote, attributed to Walt Whitman, is in doubt, baseball's influence on America's society is large. The Parker Historical Society, along with a group of local aficionados, is planning a season's worth of activities recognizing the role of baseball in Clay County history...
'A Simpler Time' (07/18/14)
As the demolition efforts continue at Reynolds School in Spencer, Knox Campbell watches. He found himself compelled to reach into a pile of the rubble and retrieve a keepsake. "I've got mixed feelings about it," Campbell said, regarding the destruction of the historical school. "When I heard they were taking it down, I said to myself, 'I'd really like to get a brick out of it.' I went over and did that."...
Storm Lake steps into carbon footprint spotlight (07/18/14)
STORM LAKE -- The few, the passionate. Monday night, Storm Lake hosted one of only two field hearings in the state on a newly-announced Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut carbon emissions from power plants, thought to be a key cause of climate change...
SCS to receive $20K Monsanto Grant (07/18/14)
Spencer Community Schools was named one of 23 recipients in Iowa, and one of 137 recipients nationwide, of grants given by Monsanto. Local Monsanto representatives will present the district with the $20,000 grant at a school board meeting Tuesday night...
Law enforcement: Stoplights would make North Y more accident prone (07/18/14)
Provided by the Clay County Sheriff Department 2014 -- 5 accidents -- 3 personal injury -- 2 property damage 2013 -- 3 accidents -- 1 personal injury -- 2 property damage 2012 -- 6 accidents -- 3 personal injury (2 fatalities) -- 3 property damage 2011 -- 4 accidents -- 2 personal injury -- 2 property damage...
Rand Paul plans Okoboji stop (07/18/14)
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will make an appearance in Okoboji as part of a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Steve King's re-election campaign. The appearance was announced Tuesday on the "Steve King for Congress" page on Facebook. Paul will appear at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the Barefoot Bar near Parks Marina in Okoboji...
Milford sets Aug. 26 special election date (07/18/14)
MILFORD -- The Milford City Council on Monday set an Aug. 26 election date to fill a council vacancy and name someone to the office of mayor. Residents who want to appear on the special election ballot have until noon Friday, Aug. 1, to turn in the nomination papers needed to appear on the ballot. Candidates must have at least 10 signatures from fellow Milford residents. The Dickinson County Auditor's Office encourages candidates to get additional signatures as a precaution...
Sirens (07/18/14)
Salvador Enrique Recinos, 39, of Walnut, was arrested at 1:27 p.m. July 1 at the Clay County Sheriff's Office and charged on three warrants failure to appear on fifth-degree theft, and two third-degree public intoxication charges. Suzanne Koenig, 56, of Sioux Rapids, was arrested at 2:02 a.m. July 11 in the 2400-mile of Clay County Road B-63, and charged with OWI second offense and open container...
How to get around during RAGBRAI (07/18/14)
OKOBOJI -- If there is one rule for the RAGBRAI overnight stop in Okoboji it's this -- don't drive. Twenty buses have been called on to get bikers and residents alike to and from the campgrounds and Arnolds Park Preservation Plaza in an effort to keep congestion down as much as possible along Highway 71...
RAGBRAI riders, volunteers reminded to be sun-safe (07/18/14)
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds the thousands of bicyclists and volunteers participating in the 42nd Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to protect themselves from the sun and heat. "Sunscreen and water are two must-have items for anyone exercising outdoors and it's especially critical for those participating in extended outdoor events like this one," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk...
RAGBRAI stop features many menu options (07/18/14)
OKOBOJI -- As thousands of bikers will complete their ride from Rock Valley to Okoboji Sunday, they will be arriving hungry and thirsty. The local RAGBRAI committee has put together a wide variety of places and foods for them to enjoy. Bikers may choose to dine at one of three area churches. St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford will serve a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will also offer an omelet breakfast from 5:30-9:30 on Monday morning...
MIA airman comes home after 69 years (07/18/14)
STORM LAKE -- For a Storm Lake family, a long-lost relative is coming home, and with him, a sense of closure over 60 years in the making. Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa next Monday in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert "Bobby" E. Howard, a cousin to Chuck Eddy of Storm Lake...
The Bands of Rocket Suzie: He's My Brother, She's My Sister (07/17/14)
The Rocket Suzie Music Festival will return to the green space outside Gary's on the River July 18-19. Bands performing include headliners The Pines and He's My Brother, She's My Sister alongside musical acts Comfort Kings, King of the Tramps, Mat d. ...
Headeast, Hairball to perform this weekend (07/17/14)
Headeast is set to appear on Preservation Plaza at Arnolds Park Amusement Park on Saturday, July 19. Hairball with Flash Mob will welcome the Okoboji RAGBRAI 2014 riders and the Iowa Great Lakes community. Headeast is a legendary classic rock band with full vocals, high energy and goodtime rock music. ...
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