Editor seeking questions for Congressman King
Next week, Daily Reporter Managing Editor Randy Cauthron will have an opportunity to visit with District 4 U.S. Congressman Steve King. Randy is interested in asking Rep. King questions from the Daily Reporter reading audience. If you have a question for the congressman please submit it here and Randy will select a few questions to address with the local elected official next week...
Crisis line returning to Seasons Center
Effective July 1, the North Iowa Care Connections Region is contracting with the Seasons Center to provide a crisis phone line for the public. The region services Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Palo Alto counties. "It's one of the core services under crisis management, so as a region, we have to provide it," Bill Leupold, chairman of the NWICCR board said...
Ride Carly Ride
Community members gathered outside First Congregational Church in Spencer Sunday morning to help 13-year-old Carly Larson, of Spencer, celebrate the arrival of her new ride with a special bike parade that left the church and traveled the Clay County Fairgrounds before returning to the church...
Liz Kluver named BVU Lakes Region adjunct of the year
Spencer High School careers and business teacher and business adjunct at Buena Vista University Lakes Region, Liz Kluver, was awarded the Prairie and Lake's Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year. "I always had a passion for business. I love keeping up with current events, strategies and theories. I also have a big passion for teaching, I love the students I work with," Kluver said...
Spencer resident Jim Berhow shared a photo he was able to capture of a bald eagle nesting a few miles from town. This bald eagle is one of two nesting together with two young that they are actively teaching to hunt and feed themselves according to Berhow.
Kings of the Road
Traffic was stopped on Grand Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday to allow an estimated 70 motorcycles to head south out of Spencer following the riders' departure from Weasy's Lounge and Grille as part of a Poker Run fundraiser for an area family with a child battling 22Q deletion syndrome.
Riding for a cause
A full day of activity at Weasy's Lounge and Grille began with a motorcycle Poker Run Saturday afternoon and concluded with a street dance featuring Judd Hoos. (Above) Motorcycles lined the front of the downtown establishment and wrapped around the block as approximately 70 bikes -- some with more than one rider -- received a police escort as they headed south on Grand Avenue on their way out of Spencer. The event was organized as a fundraiser for Ashlynn Gross, daughter of Jeff and Brandi Gross, who was born with 22Q deletion syndrome. (Below) Ashlynn and her parents were joined by her siblings (in the background) for a quick introduction before the Poker Run got underway. (Right) Some of those responsible for the day's activities wore shirts to support Ashlynn. According to www.nationwidechildrens.org, the syndrome occurs in approximately 1 out of every 4,000 live births. It has the ability to affect every system of the body, and although there is no cure, many therapies and medical interventions are available to help address its associated symptoms. The majority of patients have congenital heart defects, most often conotruncal abnormalities and palatal defects, including submucosal cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Public invited to elevate aging statewide conversations
MASON CITY -- Iowans are living longer than ever before, with one out of every five residents now aged 60 or older. That number is expected to grow over the next few decades, with the vast majority of individuals stating they would prefer to age in place, in their homes and communities of choice. To ensure that option is a viable one, a comprehensive network of long-term supports and services will have to be available statewide, and older Iowans will need to know how to access those resources...
Paris, the city of love
Just over a week ago, the city of Nice, France, became the latest of the country's cities to fall victim to a terrorist attack. Though the country has remained alert, the tragedies persist. Yet, a young man from Iowa sees no reason why he should surrender to the fear...
'Pokemon Go' targets activity, fitness
Anybody in Clay County who encounters small groups and large crowds of people gathered at various odd locations around the area are likely encountering "Pokemon Go" players in their natural habitat. "'Pokemon Go' is a fun, augmented reality game that allows you to walk around and catch Pokemon in real time in the community around you," programming director at Arts on Grand and Pokemon trainer, Katie Hughes, of Spencer, said...
Area ladies invited to Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference
ANKENY -- The 10th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference will be conducted on Tuesday, July 26, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The theme of this years conference is sharing solutions according to Program Manager Madeline Schultz. "We decided on sharing solutions because all the topics are intended for all the farm women to make good decisions for their farms," Schultz said...
The power of the matrix
Tuesday, the Clay County Supervisors held a hearing regarding a construction permit for Shane Carlson, of Linn Grove. Carlson plans to construct a hog barn near Douglas Township. Steve Biedenfeld, a grain farmer, expressed his concern for the project alongside Lisa Steffen, an attorney with Montgomery, Barry, Bovee Steffen and Davis LLP, who is representing Biedenfeld's landowner, Ronald Peterson. ...
Officer use of force determined by behavior, threat level
For law enforcement, they are charged to "serve and protect" the citizens they serve. But at the end of the day, their ultimate goal is to complete the day's work safely and return home at night. Many officer contacts result in an exchange of dialogue and compliance by those whom they are engaging. But there are times when officers are forced to elevate their interaction from conversation to physical force...
Four County Float
This weekly series from Daily Reporter staff intern Courtney Carstens throughout the summer will feature destinations and opportunities throughout the region that are good for a weekend trip. PETERSON -- Clay, Cherokee and Buena Vista county naturalists and archeologists welcome everyone to the Four County Float canoeing trip on the Little Sioux River to explore and learn more about the main river that flows through each of the four counties. ...
Mannheim Steamroller tickets on sale Monday
Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller's Dec. 15 performance at the Clay County Regional Events Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The unique Christmas classic music show tickets are $69 for VIP seating and $54 for reserved seating. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the events center box office, online at midwestix.com or via phone by calling 515-244-2771...
Dickinson County communities see population growth
Dickinson County's smallest towns remained steady and communities along and near Highway 71 continued to see growth, according to July population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Arnolds Park remained the fastest-growing town in Dickinson County since 2010. The city added 108 residents for 8.8 percent growth. Spirit Lake added the most residents -- 201 -- for 4 percent growth...
Local representatives participate in 51st Hawkeyes Boys State
The American Legion, American Legion Riders and the VFW once again sponsored five Spencer High School students to Hawkeye Boys State. Representing the local American Legion and VFW (above) Boys State Counselor Casey Cunningham; Boys State delegates: Jared Lowe, Steve Crew, Erick Beehler; and Hawkeye Boys State Director Jack St Peters. Absent from the picture are delegates: Nate Strohman and Cal Noah. About 500 of the finest young men in Iowa spent a week in June at Camp Dodge participating in developing city, county and state government in the 51st state, Hawkeye Boys State. The purpose of Boys State is to help develop a better understanding of the U.S. system of government and a desire amongst the populace to preserve the democratic ideals of its founding. Boy's State programs are held in 49 states by the American Legion which continues to operate the program in the belief that young citizens who are familiar with the operation of our system of government will be better prepared to uphold its ideals and maintain it for future generations.
Police arrest couple after children discover meth stash
STORM LAKE -- Storm Lake Police have jailed a local couple after they allegedly left a bag of methamphetamine drugs in the bedroom of the woman's 11-year-old child. The child confronted his mother, knowing the substance was dangerous from watching the television show, "COPS."...
BV leaders: $150K legal donation a 'small victory' in water works suit
STORM LAKE -- The Iowa Soybean Association Board has unanimously approved a contribution of $150,000 to help Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties defend themselves in a Des Moines Water Works lawsuit over water quality. "It helps things," said Buena Vista County Supervisors Chairperson Don Altena, suggesting that the decision is a show of clarity among the agricultural industry...
2016 Iowa State Fair and district fair selections
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Food Bank leader studies anti-hunger efforts, looks to build on achievements
STORM LAKE -- Danny Akright, communications director for the charitable agency Food Bank of Iowa, visited Storm Lake Thursday to review some of the anti-hunger efforts here, including the Upper Des Moines Opportunity food pantry and the middle school mobile food distribution program...
Longtime Okoboji city administrator passes away
SPIRIT LAKE ― Family and friends gathered for a memorial service Tuesday morning to pay tribute to longtime Okoboji City Clerk and administrator Dennis Daly. Daly was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away July 15 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He was 61 years old...
Iowa Supreme Court won't review Sudbeck murder case
The Iowa Supreme Court has decided not to review the Scott Sudbeck first-degree murder conviction or its corresponding sentence of life in prison. The state high court reviewed 79 cases and granted five requests for review. The Sudbeck ruling is one of 74 cases that were denied. The justices issued their orders granting or denying applications on Friday. An additional 36 cases are still under consideration...
Sac County Sheriff's office seeks answers on human skull
SAC COUNTY -- A human skull was found in southern Sac County along the Raccoon River earlier this week. The skull was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office. Preliminary results announced Thursday suggest that the skull is that of a caucasian adult male. Both the upper and lower jaw are missing...
A young reader gives back
STORM LAKE -- At age 6, Addison Schekirke operates her own business, all for a good cause. Last year, she decided to start a lemonade stand on the sidewalk in front of her home on West Sixth Street in Storm Lake. Wildly successful, she was able to raise enough cash to buy a boxload of school supplies for her classroom, to share with any students in need...
Ships Ahoy: Okoboji Yacht Club to hold X Inland Championship Regatta
OKOBOJI -- The wind will fill the sails of more than 80 boats on West Lake Okoboji at the end of the month, as mariners attempt to navigate their ships to victory. Sailors from nine states will compete in the X Inland Championship Regatta on July 27-30 in the Iowa Great Lakes area. The Okoboji Yacht Club is hosting the series of races, which will draw members from 50 sailing clubs across the Upper Midwest...
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Andrew Noah, son of Richard and Amy Noah, of Spencer, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean's list for the 2016 spring semester at Saint John's University. Noah is a sophomore theater and theology major at SJU...
Webb man faces assault with a dangerous weapon charges
WEBB -- A Webb man was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon following the report of a man with a gun on July 10 at 4740 290th Ave. in Webb. Johnathan Koenig, 27, of Webb, was arrested at his residence by Clay County Sheriff's deputies at 6:15 p.m. July 10, following a call from Cassie Engelkes at the same residence earlier in the day...
Society of Broken Souls sweatin' out the hits
With the heat index in the triple digits, Mainstreet Market proceeded on the Clay County Courthouse square Thursday. (Above) The Society of Broken Souls returned on the steamy evening to literally pour their sweat into every song during their set at the base of the courthouse steps. Vendors didn't take the night off as they used the second Thursday of Mainstreet Market to share their produce and goods. (Below) Despite the heat, volunteers associated with the Parker Historical Society kept the corn popping, providing some fresh munchies for those brave enough to endure the outdoor sauna. Spencer Mainstreet and SPACE work together to bring the weekly festivities to the community. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa State Patrol welcomes new district commander
Lt. Mark Miller plans to utilize his new position as district commander with the Iowa State Patrol's Spencer station, to encourage more education in the district and aid in any emergencies in the district. "The main reason I took the position was moving forward with my career. I am originally from western Iowa, Sioux City, and I always wanted to come back to the area," Miller said...
Spencer Hospital offering tours of new birth center
After months of anticipation, Spencer Hospital's labor and delivery team is anxious to move into their new location on the west side of Spencer Hospital's campus. Yet, first the public will get an opportunity to tour the new center prior to expectant moms moving in...
Counties coordinate to achieve large-scale trail
During Tuesday's Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board heard from Assistant County Attorney Barry Sackett regarding the Dickinson County Trail Project. Sackett serves on the Dickinson County Trail Board and has agreed to function as a go-between while the two counties work toward linking their respective bicycle trails. Lee Schoenewe, Clay County Board of Conservation chairman, was also present for the discussion...
Carly got her wheels
Since the winter months, Barb and Dave Jacobson, of Spencer, have been trying to raise close to $7,000 for a special bike that would allow their 13-year-old daughter Carly Larson, stricken with cri du chat syndrome within two weeks of her birth, to ride side-by-side with her mother (above). The goal, with the help of First Congregational Church and many donations, was recently reached and the bike -- manufactured in Europe -- has been delivered and is ready to ride. Carly's Celebration Bike Parade has been scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Sunday beginning at the First Congregational Church. The community is invited to bring a bike and come ride with Carly. (File photo)
Chamber helps members 'beat the heat'
Representatives from the Spencer Chamber of Commerce surprised chamber members with a gift of ice cream on Thursday. The Daily Reporter staff was very glad to have the cold treats on one of the hottest days of the year. However, Bill Campbell, executive director of the Chamber, noted that this mere coincidence. The Chamber had actually planned to recognize its members and distribute frozen treats on this day months in advance. The group expected to deliver approximately 2,500 ice cream bars Thursday. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
New building, fine arts addition progressing
"Every summer the Iowa Association of School Boards asks local school boards to submit legislative priorities. The recommendation that our board is making to IASB is to continue with the priorities that were set last year," Superintendent Terry Hemann explained during Tuesday night's Spencer Community School Board meeting...
"It's a ground level learning experience." Pun not intended. Tom Kollman, instructor with Hawkeye Community College's mobile Heavy Equipment Simulator, suggested that certain elements, such as heat and repetition, are obviously missing, but the equipment "provides different assessments with the programs. ... It gives people a good grasp of what they're getting into."...
County to decide about DOT office
Tuesday, Clay County Treasurer Sandra Geidl addressed the Clay County Board of Supervisors regarding the Iowa Department of Transportation's decision to close the DOT stations in both Spencer and Carroll. The closings will take effect Sept. 1. Geidl met earlier in the week with Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino, Director of Motor Vehicle Services Mark Lowe, and Office of Driver Services Melissa Spiegel. ...
Heil guides supervisors through choppy market seas
"It's not very often you can go to the taxpayers and say, 'Hey, we just saved $300,000,'" Jeff Heil, Northland Securities senior vice president of public finance, told the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Following a public hearing, supervisors met with Heil and took steps to finalize the refinancing of the jail bond. ...
Algona campus featured at ILCC trustees meeting
ALGONA -- The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees conducted its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon in Algona and received an update on the latest happenings at the Algona campus. Scott Stokes, vice president of administration, joined with Theresa Waechter, supervisor and advisor for the Algona campus, in sharing news from the campus. Waechter updated the trustees about improvements to two classrooms which occurred within the past few months...
Dance a Painting workshops planned at PLAC
There will be two Dance a Painting workshops on stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Tuesday, Aug. 2. A creative movement class using the rhythm of the paintings and murals to inspire dance moves for preschool children ages 3 to 5 begins at 1:30 p.m. The second workshop for first- through sixth-grade students will use improvisation and modern dance techniques to translate paintings into movement. All dancers will paint a mural that will be displayed at Art in the Park. To register call 712-332-7013. For more information about the workshop, contact the instructor at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo submitted)
Calligraphy technique class offered at AOG
Arts on Grand will host artist Deb Yellick Manly in its classroom on July 26 for a calligraphy workshop. The workshop, running from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will cover basic skills to advanced techniques. Ages 12 and older are welcome to sign up and attend this course...
Society of Broken Souls return to Mainstreet Market
For the second of five scheduled Mainstreet Markets this summer, Society of Broken Souls (above) return to perform beginning at 6 p.m. at the base of the steps on the Clay County Courthouse stairs. A collaboration between Spencer Mainstreet Inc. and SPACE, Mainstreet Market offers vendors a free venue to market fresh produce, locally crafted art, and merchandise from various nonprofits. Food is available. Mainstreet Market runs from 5-8 p.m. Thursday evenings, continuing through Aug. 11. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Iowa State University Clay County Extension hosted 4-H Achievement Day Tuesday in the 4-H Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds. Local 4-H clubs had their members submit their projects for judging in a wide variety of categories. (Above) Judge Robyn McDowell looks over an ISU pillow case created by Haley Berends, of Everly, in the clothing and sowing division. (Right) A group of young presenters share bench space as they wait for the opportunity to showcase their work. (Below) Kayla Mol listens intently as judge Dwayne Van Leeuwen provides his critique of her science engineering and technology project, a wooden tool box. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Memorial services for John Wayne McKienan, 73 of Spencer, formerly of Laurens, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at Powers Funeral Home in Laurens, Iowa, with Rev. Edward Frank officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Powers Funeral Home in Laurens, Iowa...
Iowa Crops and Weather Report
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today 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. "In general crops remain in good condition with 81 percent of corn and 80 percent of soybeans rated in good or excellent condition. ...
Ambassadors welcome Modern Woodmen to downtown office
The Clay County Ambassadors welcomed Candice Getting and Modern Woodmen of America to the fraternal insurance organization's new office at 309 Grand Ave. Getting said her office offers full fraternal services from insurance to a variety of financial products. She explained that the Modern Woodmen are required to give back to the communities they serve and did so to the tune of $3 million regionally last year. Modern Woodmen began in 1883 in Lyons and Getting joined as a representative in 2011. Her office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday by appointment and on call as needed. She can be reached at 580-5735. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
County prepares to lock in bond rate
Thursday, the Clay County Board of Supervisors received a draft report from Moody Investors Services regarding the refinancing of the jail bond. In light of a drop in bond rates, the board had previously held a conference call with representatives from Northwest Securities and Moody Investors Services earlier this month to begin the refinancing process...
Vietnam Memorial replica coming to Wild Rose
EMMETSBURG -- The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall is scheduled to appear at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg July 21-25. This half-scale replica will be available at no charge for public viewing 24 hours a day. Amy Rubel, Wild Rose general manager, explained that the casino had been on a waiting list and expected the wall to arrive sometime in 2017. However, because of a cancellation, the wall was able to come to Emmetsburg this year...
Royally good time for community
Royal Fun Days' third annual Color-A-Thon 5K run ends with a color cloud as all participants and volunteers throw colored powder in the air. (Photos by James Tillison)
Residents voice property concerns to council
Nearing the end of Monday's Spencer City Council meeting, residents Bill Stevenson and Dennis Lorenzen took the opportunity to address the council regarding a residence at 326 E. 19th St. Stevenson had asked Ward 3 Councilman Steve Bomgaars to look at a house in need of repair and had not yet heard back regarding any action that could be taken to address the situation. According to Stevenson, the owner purchased the property with the intent to repair it but never followed through...