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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
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Questions to ask when buying a business (10/29/14)
Owning a business is a dream many wish to pursue, but owning a business isn't for everyone. Mike Schoville, principal of The Business Brokers Inc. in Grimes, explained how one should go about buying a business in a free seminar on Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer...
Spencer Schools' Fine Arts Center moving forward (10/29/14)
The Spencer School District is moving forward with its new Fine Arts Center. Superintendent Terry Hemann updated the Spencer School Board on the project Tuesday evening. Beginning in November, the school district will start the bidding process. "Nov. 11 is the date for the special school board meeting to release the project for bid," Hemann explained. "Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. will be the bid opening. We're hoping for lots of bidders. Then on Jan. 6, we would hold a special hearing to accept the bids."...
Haunted House opens three night finale (10/29/14)
Fans of the Jaycees Haunted House will have an opportunity to tour the "Nightmare at the Fair" three final times beginning tonight in the Industrial Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds. Tonight, the scares will cost participants a dollar less from 7-10 p.m. Attendees will be admitted for $5 rather than the regular $8 fee if they bring two canned food items for the local food pantry. Halloween and Saturday nights, screams continue from 8 p.m. until midnight. This is one of the Jaycees largest annual fundraisers. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
And the walls come tumbling down (10/29/14)
Demolition efforts began on the former Spencer Police Department offices on First Avenue West shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The demolition of the police department is expected to be completed before work to bring the attached former Clay County Jail down begins. Work on the two facilities is expected to take approximately two weeks. The Farmers Bank purchased the property as the county jail, police department and communications center moved to new properties following voter approval of a new jail west of town and Spencer Municipal Utilities vacating offices allowing the police department relocation. According to Dave Woodcock, president and CEO of Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, its been more than 20 years and three city managers since the bank was first approached by former Spencer City Manager Dan Payne about purchasing the jail facility. The jail was built in 1939 and 11 years later, the police department was added.
Board, membership look toward CCF future (10/29/14)
The announcement of a $5 million capital campaign, "Fairs of Service" employee awards, board elections, and exciting announcements about the 2015 fair highlighted the annual meeting of the Clay County Fair Association conducted Tuesday night at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer...
State Representative House District 2 (10/29/14)
Party Affiliation: Republican Office You Are Seeking: State representative, House District 2 Age: 27 Residence: Sioux Rapids Occupation: Associate Attorney, Hemphill Law Office, PLC Immediate Family: Husband, Will State representative and associate attorney at Hemphill Law Office, PLC. ...
Spencer Hospital ranked well on safety (10/29/14)
URBANDALE -- Updated Hospital Safety Scores -- The A, B, C, D or F grades assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals -- were released late Wednesday by patient safety advocate The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization representing employer purchasers of health care. The scores are based on preventable infections, injuries and errors, and grades were assigned to 30 hospitals in Iowa...
Vets see impact of animal neglect (10/29/14)
Dirty fur, muddy paws and fleas are the least of this small, curly-haired dog's problems. His lower jaw has decayed to the point of almost complete disintegration due to tartar. His top ones aren't in much better shape as both canine teeth are curved upward all the way to his nose like large elephant tusks. The oral disease also gives off a strong, foul scent of decay that permeates the entire room...
Ambassadors welcome new Y youth director (10/29/14)
The Spencer Ambassadors visited the Spencer Family Y Tuesday morning to welcome Eric Sherdan, new youth director at the facility. The Minnesota native is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse who studied sports management. In his new position, Sherdan will be responsible for middle school dances, youth athletic programming, Adventure Afternoon, summer playground and The Nutty Bar stands at the Clay County Fair. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Casting Crowns, Little Big Town coming to 2015 Clay County Fair (10/28/14)
Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons announced Casting Crowns and Little Big Town as the first two grandstand acts for the 2015 Clay County Fair "Take It All In"
Demo begins on police/jail complex (10/28/14)
Demolition efforts began on the former Spencer Police Department offices on First Avenue West shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The demolition of the police department is expected to be completed before work begins on the attached former Clay County Jail. ...
Tuesday morning fire claims Ruthven mayor's home (10/28/14)
A Ruthven family is homeless -- but very fortunately safe -- following a morning house fire. The blaze gutted the home of Mayor David Kirk and his family at about 8:15 a.m. Kirk, his wife Steffanie and their two children escaped harm. The two children, in pre-kindergarten and second grade were at school just a block from their burning home. ...
Committee of the Whole talks storm water, sewer strategy (10/27/14)
Due to the city of Spencer's storm water and sewer issues, the Spencer Committee of the Whole sat down with representatives from McClure Engineering and Kruse, Cate & Nelson to discuss strategies on how to deal with the problem. In order to pay for necessary projects, Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen explained that the city will have to adjust its sewer and water rates and fees...
'That Tree' (10/27/14)
Arts on Grand will conduct an artist reception for Mark Hirsch's exhibit titled "That Tree" from 5-7 p.m. tonight. The exhibit will be on display for free at AOG until Nov. 29. Hirsch, of Plattville, Wisconsin, is a freelance photojournalist, who spent 19 years working in the newspaper industry. ...
Ag secretary candidates focus on water quality
 (10/27/14)
Oversees department of about 340 employees responsible for water quality and soil conservation initiatives and inspections of meat, dairy, grain, feed and fertilizer operations. Serves as the voice for Iowa agriculture in state government and nationally...
CAASA specialist to conduct sexual abuse prevention training (10/27/14)
Statistics suggest that one-in-four girls, and one-in-six boys, will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Kristi Neumann will be leading a training from 6-8:15 p.m. tonight at First Congregational Church in Spencer designed to help prevent, as well as help identify and react to cases of child sexual abuse...
Animals bring it for annual costume contest (10/27/14)
A crowd gathered at Southpark Mall Saturday afternoon to enjoy the annual Pet Costume Contest. More than $200 was raised and in excess of 200 pounds of dog food was collected which will be donated to People For Pets. Winners were broken into three different categories...
Absentee ballot and registration deadline information (10/27/14)
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz reminded Iowans about the deadlines to request an absentee ballot by mail and to register to vote using normal procedures for the Nov. 4 general election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the Nov, 4 general election is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31...
Class of '59 celebrates 55 years (10/27/14)
The Spencer High School Class of 1959 conducted its 55th Class Reunion in Spencer on Sept. 27. Those pictured are: (front) Rosamary (Sassman) Meyer, Sharon (Traughber) Torkelson, Lola (Mincer) Anderson, Jacqueline (DeWitt) Miller, Lola (Roberts) Zesiger, Pat (Reardon) Dorman, Rosamae (Lawrence) Osterberg, Janet (Hollesen) Runneberg, Gary Gritten, (back) Bill Rorah, Nancy (Rorah) Soucek, Tom Lorenz, Dennis Johnson, Jim Hitchcock, Roger Steely, Morris Manning, Karen (Lidman) Kahley, Ed Neppl, Ron Muetzel, Judy (Adams) Knudsen, Richard Jeffery, Shirley (Ewing) Westphal, Cecil Thompson, Bob Moore and Bob Montgomery. (Photo submitted)
Spencer Hospital's annual audit highlights cost management initiatives (10/27/14)
Measured but effective cost management initiatives resulted in Spencer Hospital achieving solid financial outcomes relative to the healthcare industry as a whole, according to the 2014 fiscal year audit report presented by Winther, Stave & Co., officials at Thursday's hospital board meeting...
Candidates face off for Iowa attorney general job (10/24/14)
Act as the state's chief law enforcement officer. Monitor consumer protection laws and prosecute high-profile criminal cases. Age: 70 Political party: Democrat Residence: Des Moines Occupation: Attorney General Education: BA, Loras College; JD, Harvard Law School...
400 sweaters and counting (10/24/14)
Earlier in October, Marietta Smith-Kruse, 74, of Spencer, sent 70 sweaters to the charity Knit for Kids in Sewickly, Pennsylvania. Over the past 10 years, Smith-Kruse has hand-knitted and donated a total of 400 sweaters to the charity. This week she started to knit her 401st sweater for the charity. "My next goal is to reach 500 sweaters," Smith-Kruze said...
Branstad, Reynolds make one last Spencer stop (10/24/14)
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with three of the their fellow Republican candidates, made one final campaign stop in Spencer visiting with potential voters at Spencer Municipal Utilities Friday afternoon. With only 10 days left until election day, candidates on Iowa's Republican ballot are making one last 42-city tour across the state. At each stop, the candidates are urging individuals to vote early...
Schwarck elected to IHSMA executive committee (10/24/14)
As the 2014-15 school year was getting underway, Spencer High School Band Director Kurt Schwarck was recently elected to the executive committee of the Iowa High School Music Association. "It's really a fun honor to be able to be a part of that and make a difference for kids," Schwarck said...
King, Mowrer clash; Ebola to immigration (10/24/14)
STORM LAKE -- From the beginning, it was clear this would be a no-holds-barred affair. For one hour Thursday night, Storm Lake was the center of the Iowa political universe, as incumbent Steve King and challenger Jim Mowrer traded sharply-worded accusations in what will be the one and only debate between the combatants for the 4th District congressional seat. Issues ranged from immigration to Ebola, the farm bill to terrorism...
Clay County deputy retires (10/24/14)
On Sunday, Clay County Deputy Julian N. Ortiz, will 10-42 for the final time, retiring after 25 years in law enforcement. Ortiz served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company as a force recon operator, earning the Naval Achievement Medal twice in 1987. ...
Public tickets begin Monday for 'Les Miserables' (10/24/14)
The box office for tickets to Spencer High School's production of "Les Miserables" opens for the public on Monday. Box office hours from Oct. 27 through the opening night Nov. 7 will be as follows: -- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 5:30-8 p.m, -- Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Lakeside council fields 'Save the Cobblestone' pitch (10/24/14)
STORM LAKE -- A former Storm Lake man spearheading a campaign to preserve the venerable Cobblestone Ballroom desperately needed someone in local leadership to say they would support the fledgling project. He got that, if cautiously, in the form of the Lakeside City Council members during a city meeting Tuesday night...
Teen founder hopes SLHS Gay Straight Alliance will build awareness (10/24/14)
STORM LAKE -- The founder of the Gay Straight Alliance Network for Storm Lake High School is realizing that the organization isn't going to do much to help smooth his own path. And that's okay. "I'm a senior, but my hope is that this group will get established and continue on long after I've graduated," says Jonathan Coop, a transgender student who prefers to be known as Jacy...
Sirens (10/24/14)
Corey Steven Theesfeld, 35, Spencer Domestic abuse assault, enhanced --- Bryan Jay Adams, 59, Spencer Probation violation --- Sheila Marie Sundall, 32, Spencer Judgement entry --- Bryan Jay Adams, 59, Spencer Arrest warrant --- Anthony William Botcher, 19, Spencer...
Weatherization project kicked off (10/24/14)
The Volunteer Network of Clay County and Spencer Municipal Utilities are partnering to offer a home weatherization program to area veterans, elderly and low-income residents. Amanda Gloyd and Jeff Struck of SMU (right) provided training on Wednesday for 15 volunteer leaders who will do basic energy-savings projects as requested by the homeowner, including replacing furnace filters, covering windows with plastic, caulking cracks, and replacing shower heads among other projects. The volunteer leaders will be assisted by other community volunteers including members of the Iowa Lakes Community College women's soccer team. Most of the winterizing will be done Nov. 11 as a special Veteran's Day project. There is no cost to the homeowner or renter for supplies or labor. Anyone interested in having their homes winterized or in volunteering for the project is encouraged to call the Volunteer Network at 580-IVOL.
Milford firefighters receive Sullivan award for valor (10/24/14)
MILFORD -- They didn't all arrive on the same truck, but Doug Heller, Josh Lieb, Casey Carpenter and Captain Russ Bell of the Milford Fire Department all went up to the second floor of a burning hotel complex together. The men were trying to get to room 205 of the Rodeway Inn in the early morning hours of Sept. 30, 2011. They knew three guests were trapped and they risked their own safety to get them out...
Business Spotlight -- Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (10/24/14)
After celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, Cannon Moss Brygger & Architects embarked on a project to move their Spencer office from 20 W. Sixth St. to a more visible and spacious location downtown. Securing an available building at 505 Grand Ave., demolition, renovation and eventual move-in spanned 10 months with CMBA returning to its former Grand Avenue presence...
Mary Swope and other ghost stories (10/24/14)
STORM LAKE -- "We didn't start the rumor that room 305 in Swope Hall was haunted," says Matt Wagner Buena Vista University Class of '98, later BVU director of academic technology. "That floor makes weird noises -- or you feel weird drafts of air, or doors will shut. The feelings were already there; people were afraid of third floor Swope. We just sort of played off them."...
SMS band students to perform in Northwest Iowa Honor Band (10/24/14)
The 47th Annual Northwest Iowa Middle School/Junior High Honor Band Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Storm Lake. Students from the Spencer Middle School Band who are participating in the festival are Kendra Nissen, Emma Wilkerson, Levi Rees, Brandon Nolin, Katie Halverson, Jace Wiemers and Brenna Nelson...
High school girls attend Young Women in Business event (10/24/14)
On Monday, Oct. 20, Liz Kluver and Mark Nemmers took seven high school juniors and seniors to the Young Women in Business Conference in Ames at the Iowa State University. The day was filled with sessions presented by successful women in business as well as the Iowa State business faculty. The Spencer School Foundation paid for the girls to attend this conference. Girls who attended include: (front row) Hailey Rutter, Maddisan Heidebrink, (back row) Sarah Carrigan, Bailey Menard, Amanda Ward, Veronica Vazquez and Shelby Wilkerson. (Photo submitted)
Hansen named National Merit Scholarship 'Commended Student' (10/24/14)
Spencer High School Principal Elli Wiemers announced Friday that senior Jordan Hansen, daughter of Curt and Julie Hansen, of Spencer, has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to Hansen...
'You Are the Wind' (10/24/14)
STORM LAKE -- Ben Smith can't remember his first hot-air balloon flight. Then again, there's a good reason for that -- he's practically grown up in a balloon basket. "I might have been 7 the first time -- or maybe younger than that," he says. Fresh off receiving his private pilot's license, Ben launched into a beautiful fall afternoon at Scout Park Monday, with the help of passengers and crew...
Late harvest but bigger yields (10/24/14)
NORTHWEST IOWA -- Area farmers may be looking at some long days as harvest nears crunch time. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said corn and soybeans are running behind schedule, but the late harvest won't effect yields. "I think statewide we will have one of our best harvests -- we are hearing of some big yields," Northey said. ...
Candidates seek position as Iowa treasurer
 (10/23/14)
Plays a key role in monitoring the state's finances and is seen as its banker. The state treasurer helps combine state funds for banking and investment purposes, and helps monitor two pension funds. Age: 62 Political party: Democrat Residence: Waukee...
Treats for the troops (10/23/14)
For most dentists, specifically for those who treat children, candy in excess is a big no-no. This Halloween, Schmidt Pediatric Dentistry is willing to put its money where its clients' mouths are. The Spencer-based dentist is offering children $1 per pound of candy they drop off at the office between 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. A maximum of $5 per child will be paid out and all participants must be accompanied by a parent...
Statewide seminar focuses on changes in Elder Law (10/23/14)
The Spencer Public Library was one of 30 locations across Iowa to offer a free Elder Law seminar for older Iowans on Thursday. The seminar was conducted statewide via the Iowa Communication Network and also available as a webinar. Paige Thorson, attorney at law and legal services developer with the Iowa Department on Aging, informed Iowans about Iowa's new Elder Abuse Law and Uniform Power of Attorney Law...
Evans ends 'well-done' career (10/23/14)
For the past 22 years, Cindy's Steak House has been Cindy Evans "home away from home." Saturday, Evans will say goodbye and turn over the restaurant to its new owners, John Means and Jen Jones According to Evans, now was the right time for her to decide to retire from the restaurant business...
'Nightmare at the Fair' (10/23/14)
The Spencer Jaycees will host one of its biggest fundraisers of the year when it opens the doors on its Haunted House "Nightmare at the Fair" tonight. Hours for the frightening fundraiser are 8 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday, as well as Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. A special $1 discount night will run from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30...
Who is that masked dog? (10/23/14)
Dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies -- all pets are invited to participate in the 15th annual Pet Costume Show at the Southpark Mall beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Owners are encouraged to dress in costume with their pet. Contests for the best trick and best costume will be awarded with all proceeds from the event donated to People For Pets of Spencer. The show, co-sponsored by Southpark Mall and Heartland Kennels, will be conducted at the east end of the mall. There is a $3 fee per participating animal. Pets are to be brought in through the northeast mall doors only. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. (File photo)
Fall Harvest at Gary's Gardens returns (10/23/14)
It's time for the annual Fall Harvest at Gary's Gardens. Located one block south of St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer, this yearly public event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Follow the pumpkin signs to Gary Holck's freewill donation event with all proceeds going to Upper Des Moines Food Bank of Clay County and mission projects of the Ruthven United Methodist Church. (File photo)
Echo Plus joins Hope Haven (10/23/14)
ROCK VALLEY -- Hope Haven Incorporated of Rock Valley is growing. Echo Plus, with locations in Spirit Lake and Estherville, is joining the Hope Haven family of facilities that has been providing work, housing and support services for 50 years to people with physical and mental disabilities in Iowa and western Minnesota...
CTK Lutheran to host theological conference (10/23/14)
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer will host the fifth annual Spencer Theological Conference. This year's presenter is Dr. John Oberdeck, M.S., M.Div., Ph.D. Oberdeck is professor of theology, director for lay ministry, and coordinator for lay studies at Concordia University Wisconsin...
Norwegian Heritage event at First Lutheran (10/23/14)
Rev. Bob and Dee Vaage will be sharing a presentation of their recent trip to Norway with their family on Sunday, Nov. 2. They will share their journey to Oslo, Bergen and the island of Vågsøy in the Nordfjord area. During their stay they visited their foreign exchange student and many Våge relatives. They will celebrate their heritage and provide some information on how to become an amateur genealogist. The program will start at 5 p.m. in the church's education wing with a light Scandinavian lunch to follow.
Keyes to speak at Living Word (10/23/14)
Living Word Outreach will host Apostle Mike Keyes who will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the church, located at 905 10th Ave. SE in Spencer. Graduating from RHEMA Bible Training Center in 1980, Keyes has been a missionary to the Philippines for more than 30 years. ...

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