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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
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The beautiful sound of slamming lockers (08/22/16)
Spencer High School officially kicked off its 2016-17 school year Monday night with its annual open house and academic achievement awards night event. Students were invited to tour the school and meet with teachers Monday night. A special recognition event was conducted honoring incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors, presenting letters for attendance and academic achievement. Photos of those honored will appear in Thursday's Daily Reporter. (Above) Spencer Principal Elli Wiemers offered special recognition to Jade Barnes who placed runner-up in the prestigious 2016 Glory of the Senses: Paul Engle Essay Contest. Barnes was the only Spencer student to place in the contest. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
A boy and his boxes (08/22/16)
The Little Free Library project promotes literacy while building a sense of community by providing a free book exchange in public locations. Spencer Boy Scout Jace Wiemers built six of these libraries to be posted in parks across the city to complete his Eagle Scout project...
Democrats 'steak' their claim at fundraiser (08/22/16)
More than 40 people congregated at the Clay County Democrats' Annual Steak Fry Fundraiser Sunday. The dinner, which was held at the Oneota Park shelter house, served not only as a fundraiser but also as a way to coordinate political efforts and familiarize members with the candidates...
A changing of the guard (08/22/16)
Sunday morning, members of the Spencer Fire Department gathered with their families to conduct a pushing-in ceremony for the new fire engine, engine 993. Spencer Fire Chief John Conyn explained that engine 993 will be taking the place of engine 994...
No rest for the cheery (08/22/16)
While home for a special Miss America Send-off event at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer, Miss South Dakota Julia Olson, a 2011 Spencer High School grad, took time out of her busy schedule to sing the national anthem at Saturday's return of the Extreme Am to the East Leach Park Skate Park. Photos from the Extreme Am appear on the back page of today's Daily Reporter. Olson will be back in Spencer later this week to perform at the Spencer High School pep rally before departing to the Miss America competition in Atlantic City. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
All Dressed up in White (08/22/16)
The largest crowd yet was on hand Friday night for the Clay County Heritage Soiree en Blanc. Due to threatening weather conditions, the traditional picnic-style pop up dinner in white was held in the former Schwesers store in the Southpark Mall. Director Chelsea Loucks, backed up by the Heritage Center board, welcomed the crowd on hand to the event.
Thrills, chills and skills (08/22/16)
Saturday, at the East Leach Skate Park, Extreme Am made its triumphant return to Spencer. With elementary school, middle school, high school and adult divisions, the skateboard and scooter competition drew competitors of all ages. Delray Bredehoeft, Spencer parks director, recalled that the competition was held for approximately seven years before going on an equally long hiatus. ...
Business Brief (08/22/16)
Community Bank and Insurance has named Seth McCaulley as the bank's new vice president of commercial and agriculture lending. McCaulley will be working out of the Spencer office to serve customers from the area. "I look forward to working with existing and new customers at Community Bank, and adding value through a high level of service," McCaulley said...
Patchwork Quilt (08/22/16)
Elderbridge Agency on Aging will be offering another "Stepping On" fall prevention workshop starting in late August in Manning, Iowa. Elderbridge staff members Taylor Boyle and Amber Schulze will be the workshop instructors with the first class starting Aug. 24 at the Manning Senior Center...
Party in the old west (08/22/16)
Residents and staff members of the Longhouse Care Center dressed up to compete in a Western-themed photo contest. The Longhouse team dressed up as the cast from "Gunsmoke" at the Longbranch Saloon. (Picture from left:) Bonnie Crosser, saloon gal; Beth Finkbinder, saloon gal; Sam Crosser, Doc Adams; Hugh Cooper, Festus; Velma Hamrick, Kitty; Rossie Rosenboom, Matt Dillon; Joe Arnadore, outlaw; and Ben Clay, outlaw. (Photo by James Tillison)
Party like it's 1941 (08/22/16)
Saturday at noon, the Spencer High School Class of 1941 met for their 75th class reunion. (Back row, left to right) Vern Hansen, Stan Andersen, Knox Campbell, Lon Rossiter, (Front row, left to right) De Reed, Helen Cole Sandersfeld, Vergene Donovan, Ted Carpenter and Virginia Brinkley met in the Hy-Vee party room to reminisce over old times and share what is new in their lives. Children of classmates were also in attendance during the reunion. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Iowa Lakes Corridor Board of Directors welcomes new members (08/22/16)
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation recently welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors. New to the board for the Iowa Lakes Corridor's Fiscal Year 2017 are Jon Kruse, mayor of Storm Lake; Dr. Carl Turner, superintendent of Storm Lake Community Schools; Burlin Matthews, Clay County Board of Supervisors; Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital; John Chappas, Spirit Lake City Council; Sean Sherrod, Polaris Industries; and Beverly Juhl, Emmet County Board of Supervisors...
All fired up (08/19/16)
Thursday evening, residents watched and waited outside in lawn chairs knowing that the Spencer Fire Department was about to conduct training exercises on a property in the 500 block of East 12th Street. "A party actually bought this property. It was for sale. They bought the property but they were going to tear all this stuff down and they asked us if we were interested in training with it. So they gave us an ideal time to do this kind of thing with," firefighter Denny Klatt explained...
Fast track to new careers (08/19/16)
Job Corps provides opportunities to build a career through trade studies for 16- to 24-year-olds at no cost. Education facilities are located in Denison and Ottumwa. These are the only two in Iowa. Both Iowa facilities offer technical training in construction and health careers. ...
71 closure to begin Monday (08/19/16)
CHEROKEE -- A Portland cement concrete overlay project on U.S. Highway 71 in Clay County will require a road closure and detour between the Buena Vista County line and Clay County Road B-63 beginning Monday, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Cherokee construction office. Motorists will be detoured around the closure using U.S. Highway 10, and Clay County roads M-54 and B-63. The detour is anticipated to be in place until the end of the project...
Free 'Community Shred and E-Waste Event' scheduled for Thursday (08/19/16)
On Thursday, Aug. 25, Info Dog Security and the Spencer Police Department will offer residents the opportunity to have paper records and data storage materials shredded and recycled during a Community Shred and E-Waste Event. This free event aims to raise public awareness of the need to securely destroy confidential material in order to prevent identify theft and fraud, as well as to encourage people to recycle more. ...
Firemen pass the baton (08/19/16)
A sense of history is a major facet of the Spencer Fire Department. Though the exterior of the building shows little sign of wear and tear, those who serve within the walls are reminded of days gone by. "We still have the old station with us," firefighter Gary Johannsen said...
When life hands you lemons (08/19/16)
The citywide garage sale weekend was accompanied by lemonade to send off the summer. A group of Spencer kids put together a lemonade stand next to a garage sale on West Lane to sell drinks to bargain hunters. (Photo by James Tillison)
Spencer well represented at Iowa State Fair (08/19/16)
DES MOINES -- The Jones Family (above), who operated a large dairy northeast of Spencer, received The Way We Live Award at the Iowa State Fair Thursday. Following Clay County Fair Queen Katie Simpson's appearance in Des Moines during the state fair queen contest, a pair of Spencer performers participated in the Bill Riley Talent Search. Morgan Merrill, 20 (left), and Josie Thompson, 11, each performed vocal solos. (Photos courtesy of Steve Pope Photography/Iowa State Fair)
The return of Take 'N' Bake (08/19/16)
This fall, Spencer will once again be home to a Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza franchise. Local developer Bill Muller confirmed that the business will be located at 1019 S. Grand Ave. Suite 5A later this fall. In addition, he confirmed that the business will be owned by new franchisees rather than those who formally operated a location in Pine Tree Plaza...
Busting the cap (08/19/16)
Wednesday, Clay County Supervisor Burlin Matthews, attended a meeting of the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors in Des Moines. Matthews, who serves on the ISACS Board of Directors, was one of three representatives of ISACS who met with representatives of the community services in the Iowa Mental Health Regions. Matthews described the gathering as one of the more effective legislative meetings he has attended...
Shifting into gear: Boji Bike Rally rolls into Iowa Great Lakes (08/19/16)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Revving engines will roar across the Iowa Great Lakes this weekend, as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the Midwest roll into the area for the second annual Boji Bike Rally. The event started Friday and will continue through Sunday, primarily at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. It is a continuation of the Victory Rally and will feature a variety of activities not just for the stereotypical biker. All motorcycle makes are welcomed...
Milford Pioneer Theatre reopens (08/19/16)
MILFORD -- After anxious weeks of hoping and waiting, the Milford Pioneer Theatre has reopened for business. On Aug. 12 the screen lit up again and an appreciative audience saw a movie in Milford for the first time in months. The movie house had closed down when all film distribution went strictly digital. A new digital projector's cost was prohibitive to the owners, the Mayer family, in spite of a fundraising effort in the community...
Longtime Dickinson County public figure passes away (08/19/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Dickinson County lost one of its most prominent public figures on Monday. Longtime Dickinson County Board of Supervisors chairman David Gottsche passed away at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He was 71. Gottsche was a rural Milford farmer who also served on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees. Dickinson County board vice-chairman William "Bill" Leupold served with Gottsche since 2010...
Pipeline workers begin to flow in, city considers winter campground season for crews (08/19/16)
STORM LAKE -- With construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline looming in and around Buena Vista County, workers are beginning to flow into the Storm Lake Campgrounds. To accommodate them, the City Council was asked to consider extending the camping season into the winter for the first time at a premium price...
Man hopes to clear his name after charge is dropped (08/19/16)
STORM LAKE -- A Storm Lake man is trying to clear his name after being accused of sexually abusing his daughter. Tut Wool, a Sudanese immigrant who has lived in Storm Lake for nine years, was arrested after a staff member at his 7-year-old daughter's school apparently reported suspicions to police...
Around Campus (08/19/16)
Chi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presented Tari Knock, from Clay Central-Everly Community School, with Chi Chapter's Grant-In-Aid award, which is given to a graduating senior who is planning on a career in education. Knock accepted the award from Mandie Roberts, Chi Chapter DKG president. She will be attending the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, where she plans to major in education...
Business Briefs (08/19/16)
Goosmann Law Firm's CEO and Managing Partner Jeana Goosmann was selected to the 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyer list. Goosmann attorneys Anthony Osborn, Emilee Boyle Gehling, Chris Barondeau, Breandan Donahue and Bridget Bailey of Goosmann were selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers Great Plains Rising Stars list. ...
Outdoor Arena rounds out the 'Blue Ribbon Fun' (08/18/16)
Horses take the reins at the Outdoor Arena during the 2016 Clay County Fair. Beside the daily open class, 4-H and FFA horse shows, special events and classes will happen throughout Sept. 10-18. For open class horse exhibitors, new this year is the High Point Award, which will be awarded for each weekend of horse shows. ...
Court process begins for former Spencer pastor (08/18/16)
Court documents posted Thursday at the Clay County Courthouse are beginning to provide additional details about allegations surrounding a former Spencer pastor. Kevin Grimes faces five counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor through his roles as director of the Spencer Dream Center and pastor at DaySpring Assembly of God Church...
'Stepping Up Together' in Clay County (08/18/16)
An initiative aimed at reducing the number of adults with mental health and co-occuring substance use disorders in county jails was adopted during Tuesday's Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting. The initiative, called "Stepping Up Together," is co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation...
Deans 'hoop it up' on state stage (08/18/16)
DES MOINES -- Spencer siblings, Sarah Dean, 14, and Isaac Dean, 11, perform a hula hoop routine to music, after advancing from the Spencer qualifying event, on the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair Wednesday. (Steve Pope Photography/Iowa State Fair)
Dedication to community earns Gregg character award (08/18/16)
Drake University awarded Valerie Gregg with the Iowa Character Award for her service in the Spencer community. Gregg, along with her husband, founded the charitable organization Community 4 Kids to support struggling families in the community. "We mainly help the families of children to give them support. Usually it is done by donating food, but during Christmas we really try to go above and beyond by giving Christmas presents too," Gregg said...
Childhood memories win essay contest (08/18/16)
Spencer High School sophomore Jade Barnes received a $500 scholarship at the school of her choosing after placing as a runner-up in the 2016 Glory of the Senses: Paul Engle Essay Contest last April. Barnes was the only Spencer student to place in the contest...
A tale of 2 city limits (08/18/16)
GILLETT GROVE -- Plans are being finalized to address an inconsistency between where the state of Iowa defines Gillett Grove city limits and where the city defines them. "It didn't sound like it was a big deal. It sounded like there was a discrepancy as to where the border was," Gillett Grove Mayor James Bendlin said...
Badlands House Band live in Okoboji (08/18/16)
OKOBOJI -- The sound of Guns, Gold and Rock 'n' Roll is spreading like wildfire as the Badlands House Band, the musical voice of Badlands Pawn, continues to add significant notches to their barrel. In just over six months, Badlands House Band has performed to large crowds in seven states, backed up an impressive list of legendary rockers, and released their debut single and music video worldwide. ...
Rowley and Friends return to PLAC (08/18/16)
OKOBOJI -- What better way to help close out the summer than with a local favorite tradition: Dave Rowley and Friends. Rowley and his friends have appeared at the art center for many years, and return at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre stage. Tickets are available for purchase, and more information can be found by calling the box office at 712-332-7013 or by visiting on the web at www.lakesart.org. (Photo submitted)
Former Dream Center director faces sexual exploitation charges (08/17/16)
A former Spencer Dream Center executive director and pastor of DaySpring Assembly of God Church was charged Wednesday with five felony counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist. The 51-year-old reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 4:43 p.m. and subsequently posted bond, according to jail records...
Tailtwisters introduce golf outing (08/17/16)
Spencer High School's athletic booster organization, the Spencer Tailtwisters, will introduce what they hope will become an annual event Saturday when they takeover the links at the Spencer Golf & Country Club for an afternoon golf fundraiser. Area golfers are encouraged to come participate in the event...
Medical condition blamed in 1-vehicle accident (08/17/16)
The Clay County Communication Center had received multiple calls regarding a slow moving vehicle eastbound on Clay County Road B-24 west of Spencer shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. A short time later, Clay County Sheriff's deputies responded to find the vehicle, a Prius, located in the south ditch of B-24 among some tall grass and bushes just west of 190th Avenue. According to Clay County Sheriff Chief Deputy Brad Hawley, the female driver "was responsive but not really coherent at first" when responders arrived on scene. On receiving some immediate care while still seated in the vehicle, "she recovered and refused transport for additional care." Hawley credited "wet ditches, long grass and soft bushes" for limiting both injury to the driver and damage to the vehicle. The Prius apparent first entered the north ditch before returning to the traveled roadway and crossing into the south ditch before coming to stop against some heavy brush and trees in front of a home along the roadway. The car was towed from the ditch and the driver was taken to her place of employment. Because there was no substantial damage to the vehicle or personal injuries involved, no accident report was filed. Because there was no report, the driver of the vehicle was not identified. The Spencer Fire Department, Spencer Hospital Ambulance and Everly Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene as well. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Olson excited for Miss America opportunity (08/17/16)
On Sunday, Sept. 11, many people will be walking through the gates of the Clay County Fair to to enjoy the second day of the "World's Greatest County Fair." Spencer High School graduate Julia Olson will not be among them. Instead Olson, now a resident of the "Mount Rushmore State," will be in Atlantic City to represent South Dakota in the Miss America Pageant which will be broadcast on ABC...
The next step for Grand Avenue crossings (08/17/16)
During Monday's Spencer City Council meeting, Ross Whirter, civil engineer for Kruse Cate and Nelson, informed the council that the construction of the Grand Avenue pedestrian crossings was complete. The refuges are part of the Safe Routes to School project and will provide easy assistance to those persons crossing Grand Avenue...
Spencer alumni to mark 75th class reunion (08/17/16)
Saturday, the Spencer High School Class of 1941 will celebrate its 75th reunion in the Hy-Vee party room. Vergene Donovan, who serves on the reunion planning committee with Stan Anderson and Knox Campbell, showed great enthusiasm for the event. "Our class is absolutely amazing," Donovan said. "For one thing, we were all good friends in high school. I can't remember a single person who wasn't my friend."...
DISH Plaza pulls in more free entertainment (08/17/16)
DISH Plaza will pull in a variety of free entertainment from area performers to Kids Pedal Tractor Pull. Talented performers will join strong kids to bring free entertainment to the DISH Plaza Sept. 10-18 at the 2016 Clay County Fair. "The DISH Plaza has become a popular place to sit down, enjoy some fair food, and enjoy great entertainment," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "This year will be no different with a great combination of new and familiar entertainment."...
SCT people's choice awards (08/17/16)
The Spencer Community Theatre has three devoted staff members that put forth a tireless effort to pull together performances. The three coordinate the volunteers as well as operate within their specific position. (Left to right:) Rusty Ruth, executive artistic director; Marta Johnson, costume shop manager; and Sarah Andresen, office coordinator.
Ambassadors celebrate Christians Sheet Metal 90 years in business (08/17/16)
The Spencer Ambassadors visited Christians Sheet Metal staff at its 2416 Highway Blvd. location in Spencer to help celebrate the company's 90 years in business. Founded in 1925 by Uban Christians, the company mainly did specialty manufacturing and residential heating systems. In 1972, Einer Dahl purchased the company and renamed it Christians Corporation. Dahl already had a large HVAC company in Van Meter and wanted to expand into northwest Iowa. In 1988, Bruce Nystrom purchased the company and renamed it Christians Sheet Metal Works. Eight years later, employees Tony Sholly and Jack Slaymaker purchased the company and renamed it Christians Sheet Metal HVAC Inc. Following Slaymaker's retirement in 2009, Sholly became the sole owner. Christians now has a residential plumbing team as well as HVAC crews. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Riverfront Committee to negotiate contract (08/15/16)
One agenda item overshadowed all others during Monday's Spencer City Council meeting. A motion was made to authorize the Riverfront Committee to negotiate a contract with RDG Planning and Design for an amount up to $50,000. Once the committee finishes the negotiations, the contract will be brought to the City Council for approval...
Cutting sidewalks, cutting costs (08/15/16)
Previously, the Committee of the Whole had discussed eliminating defective sidewalk sections. Monday, the committee met with Zach Quale, of Precision Concrete Cutting, who presented a demonstration of the company's technique by which they eliminate tripping hazards. ...
Classic cars fill city park (08/15/16)
East Leach Park turned into a parking lot as custom and classic cars from every decade filled the grassy area as part of The Old Iron Company's Roddin' at the River' event on Saturday. This year, motorcycles were added to the show. Old Iron Company President Steve Sundblad said 119 vehicles and four motorcycles were on display. "It was a wonderful event. There was lots of positive feedback. Vendors were happy with attendance," Sundblad said. "We are very happy to bring our entire event back to Spencer." The organization president credited Brian Franseen and a team of volunteers for making the show a success. The day's trophy winners -- five automobiles and two motorcycles -- will be honored by being featured on next year's event T-shirt. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
'All the world is a stage' (08/15/16)
City officials, representatives from the Spencer Parks Board and several members of the Basil and Middy Deegan family joined together to commemorate the dedication of the Deegan Pavilions in West View Memorial Park Sunday afternoon. The dedication ceremony, which included a joint ribbon cutting with Mayor Reynold Peterson assisting 100-year-old Middy Deegan with the honor, was punctuated by a Summer Shakes performance -- including multiple scenes from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and a fencing duel from "Henry IV" -- on the outdoor stage before a live audience.. ...

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