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Some changes in store for Spencer '4th' festivities (Local News ~ 07/02/15)
Due to reduced crowds physically attending the Spencer Fourth of July Celebration, the event which has traditionally been conducted at the Clay County Fair Grandstand has been moved to the East Leach Park Bandshell Saturday evening. Bob Rose, chairman of the Spencer Fireworks Committee, said the change this year is an "experiment of convenience."...
Marilyn Maye's 'By Request' comes to Okoboji (Local News ~ 07/02/15)
OKOBOJI -- Marilyn Maye isn't used to seeing fireworks in the Iowa Great Lakes, but that changes in 2015 when she arrives July 3 for Lakes concerts July 5, July 7 and July 8. The Inn at Okoboji traditionally books Maye for mid-August appearances. The 2015 performances mark the 59th year of Maye concerts at the historic, century-old venue...
Main Street Iowa recognizes achievements, volunteers (Local News ~ 07/01/15)
DES MOINES -- Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration in May at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. The event, designed to recognize local Main Street projects, activities and volunteers, was attended by approximately 500 individuals representing communities across the state. ...
Mainstreet Market dates, performers announced (Local News ~ 06/17/15)
The Spencer Alliance for a Creative Economy announced both the dates and live music schedule for the five arts, farmers market and entertainment events on five consecutive Thursdays during the summer for 2015. Beginning July 16, Mainstreet Market is open to the public from 5 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. at the Clay County Courthouse square in Spencer. Musical acts will begin performing near the courthouse steps at 6 p.m...
Randy's Review: 'Spy' (Entertainment ~ 06/11/15)
"Spy" is one of the funnier movies I've seen in a long time. I mean actually laugh-out-loud funny at times. It's a very hard R, so be forewarned, but the writing and the acting -- although over-the-top at times -- work perfectly in this role reversal set in the world of international spies and criminals...
PLAC celebrates anniversary today (Local News ~ 06/05/15)
OKOBOJI -- Residents are encouraged to "Celebrate the Arts" today in honor of the Pearson Lake Arts Center's 50th anniversary celebration. Guests at this year's event will don elegant headwear as part of the "Hats off to 50 years" theme. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Okoboji venue along Highway 71...
Historic street signs planned for North Grand Avenue (Local News ~ 05/28/15)
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation conducted its annual picnic at the First Congregational Church of Spencer Thursday evening. During the event, members of GAIC revealed plans to change Grand Avenue street signs between Ninth Street and 18th Street...
Volunteers rededicate Newell Civil War monument (Local News ~ 05/22/15)
NEWELL -- In May 1865, after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, victorious Civil War soldiers including many from the young state of Iowa amassed for the Grand Review in Washington before mustering out and heading home...
Randy's Review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (Entertainment ~ 05/21/15)
It's been 30 years since Mel Gibson rose to prominence as the man behind the Mad Max franchise. The Australian actor made Mad Max a household name as he played the role in three separate movies. Now it's Tom Hardy's turn as he looks to turn the sand dunes red with bad guy blood...
McNally, Henningsen marry April 18 (Weddings ~ 05/20/15)
Beth McNally and Justin Henningsen were united in marriage on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Parents of the couple are John and Peg McNally, of Emmetsburg, and Craig and Jan Henningsen, of Ruthven. The wedding ceremony was presided over by Rev. Al Dean at the Living Word Outreach Ministry Church in Spencer. Colette Henningsen, sister-in-law of the groom served as reader for the ceremony. Steven Huberty, nephew of the bride, and Ben Huberty, nephew of the bride, served as mother of the bride escorts...
Tiger girls win Storm Lake Invite (Other Sports ~ 05/18/15)
STORM LAKE -- Spencer's girls got to see where their May 26 regional will take place for the second time this season on Saturday during the five-team Storm Lake Girls Invitational held at Lake Creek Country Club. The Tigers came away with the win, carding a team score of 411 to beat second-place Harlan by 14 strokes. Carroll came in with a 426 to finish just one stroke behind Harlan while Storm Lake (438) and Sioux City East (469) rounded out the team leaderboard...
CC-E seniors to cross stage Sunday (Local News ~ 05/15/15)
Clay Central-Everly High School seniors will participate in commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school gym in Everly. This year's class motto is from Dr. Seuss: "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." The 2014-15 class flower is the double delight rose and the class color is red and yellow. There are 26 students in the senior class...
Randy's Review: 'Hot Pursuit' (Entertainment ~ 05/14/15)
Trying to capitalize on the success of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's female buddy comedy "The Heat" -- which also has a law enforcement theme, "Hot Pursuit" pairs Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and popular TV star Sofia Vergara, of "Modern Family" acclaim, in this goofy girls-on-the-run film which doesn't quite add up...
12 girls contend for CCF Queen title (Local News ~ 05/05/15)
Twelve young ladies will attempt to give their moms a special Mother's Day gift when they compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, May 10, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The contest will conclude with the pageant at 7 p.m. which will include the self-expression portion of the contest and the crowning. The event is open to the public...
Around Campus (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
CEDAR FALLS -- Anna Bates, Maddie Conley, Melanie Harmon, Lindsay Kabrick, Allison Klenken, Austin Lauck, Erica Meendering, Courtney Post, Mallory Rustad, Sarah Rutt and Reed Smith -- all from Spencer -- are among the students named to the fall 2014 semester dean's list at the University of Northern Iowa...
Bonnie Darlington (Other Records ~ 04/29/15)
Services for Bonnie Rose Darlington, 88, of Lake Wilson, Minnesota, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton, Minnesota. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the services at the Totzke Funeral Home on Saturday...
Johnson Elementary celebrates Earth Day (Local News ~ 04/24/15)
Johnson Elementary kindergarten students celebrated Earth Day with six environment-related activities Friday afternoon. The six activity stations were led by kindergarten teachers Emily Chaffin, Tami Cline, Rose Fear, Karen Halvorson, Peggy Schimmer and Brook Schueller...
McCarty earns national award (Local News ~ 04/23/15)
AMES -- Kelly McCarty, regional director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer, has been named the 2015 Iowa "State Star" by the national Small Business Development Center organization, America's SBDC...
Girls tennis gets in the win column (High School Sports ~ 04/16/15)
Spencer's girls made the most out of their first showing at River View Park this season, taking out the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets 8-1 Thursday night to earn their first victory of the season. The Tigers are now 1-2 overall and in the Lakes Conference...
Deadline approaching for Clay County Fair Queen contest (Local News ~ 04/13/15)
The application deadline of Friday, April 17, is fast approaching for candidates to compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen. The winner, to be crowned Sunday, May 10, will reign over this year's Clay County Fair, and will also compete for the State Fair Queen title. The crowning will take place at the Clay County Regional Events Center...
Spencer area educators earn industries minigrants (Local News ~ 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...
Applications being accepted for CCF Queen contest (Local News ~ 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...
Velma Schomburg (Other Records ~ 03/23/15)
Graveside services for Velma Schomburg, 92, of Bellevue, Nebraska, formerly of Sioux Rapids and Spirit Lake, will be conducted a 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Rev. Wendy Van Tassell will officiate the service. Luncheon will be served at Pizza Ranch in Spencer following the graveside service...
Randy's Review: 'Run All Night' (Entertainment ~ 03/19/15)
When a mob enforcer is forced to kill the son of his boss and best friend -- their relationship is quickly transformed into a test of vengeance and survival in "Run All Night." Liam Neeson stars as Jimmy Conlon opposite Ed Harris' Shawn Maguire in this clash of families. ...
Concurrent enrollment a benefit to local students (Local News ~ 03/16/15)
According to a release by the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa is the leading state in the nation when it comes to high school students taking college-level courses. The release noted that the number of students taking concurrent enrollment courses rose to 42,996 in 2014, a 6.8 percent increase from the year before. Of the courses taken, 58 percent were in the arts and sciences and 42 percent were in career and technical education...
Sirens (Local News ~ 03/09/15)
March 4 -- Ryan Daniel Stone, 27, Spencer Fifth-degree theft Possession of drug paraphernalia Possession of a controlled substance, two counts Unlawful possession of a traffic device --- March 4 -- Brittany Rae Frink, 23, Spencer Possession of a controlled substance, two counts...
Tippin to make Wild Rose appearance 
 (Local News ~ 03/05/15)
EMMETSBURG -- Wild Rose Casino and Resort will host country superstar Aaron Tippin in the Wild Rose Ballroom for two shows Saturday, March 21. Performance times are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 day of the show. Tippin is an American country music artist who has released nine studio albums and two compilations with five gold certifications and one platinum certification among them. ...
County audit for FY 2014 appears solid (Local News ~ 03/04/15)
Arvin Druvenga, with Winther-Stave and Associates, presented the county audit for fiscal year 2014 to the Clay County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Overall, the county did well in 2014 compared to the previous year. The county's total assets increased from $50 million to $54 million. Total liabilities decreased from $8 million to $6.9 million. The county's net position also increased from $35 million to $40 million...
'It's just really touching' (Local News ~ 02/27/15)
STORM LAKE -- Stepping through the doors of the latest Buena Vista County Habitat for Humanity house, a volunteer can be found on either level getting the front door handle in place upstairs or painting a bedroom downstairs. The house, located on Terrence Street in Storm Lake will belong to Ashley Wolf and her four year old Naomi. ...
Redefining 'normal' in ag (Local News ~ 02/18/15)
Concluding the events at the 2015 Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook was keynote speaker John Phipps, a widely-written agricultural farmer who earned the title Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors Association in 2004. Phipps was raised on a six-generation farm in east-central Illinois. After graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, he spent five years as a nuclear engineering officer on the USS Seahorse before returning to the family farm...
Longhouse-Northshire Residents of the Week (Local News ~ 02/16/15)
Rex Sunday Travis, born Nov. 5, 1919, in Pocahontas to Roy and Lucille Travis, is the youngest of four older brothers and three younger sisters and the last survivor of his family. He attended school and graduated from Pocahontas High School where he was the only one of his siblings to graduate. ...
Spreading the love (Local News ~ 02/14/15)
Teams of Spencer High School choral students spent their Friday out of school making stops around the community to serenade lucky recipients with an early Valentine's Day gift. (Above) Singing in the lobby of the Daily Reporter, the groups delivered a pair of songs and a rose as part of a fundraiser for the choir's upcoming trip to New York City in March. The busy schedule kept the vocalists busy all day.
Sharing the 'L-O-V-E' with singing valentines (Local News ~ 02/11/15)
Can't sing but wish to serenade your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Members of the SHS choir can help. Five quintets of talented students will be available to surprise that special someone with a singing valentine and a rose the day before Valentine's Day...
The passing of a 'gentleman' (Local News ~ 02/11/15)
For the third time in less than 10 days, Spencer area residents are mourning the loss of one of its community pillars following the passing of longtime businessman Wyman Steffen Saturday at the age of 88. "It's been a sad week," Bob Rose, Spencer MainStreet executive director, said...
Spencer loses a 'loyal tiger' (Local News ~ 02/10/15)
During his 31 years with Spencer Schools as a teacher, coach, athletic director and activities director, Bill Cook played a large role in the Spencer community. The school leader passed away Feb. 2 at the age of 87 in Northfield, Minnesota. When Cook started at Spencer High School as a social studies teacher and coach in 1957, the school had only a few sports and activities for students to participate. The need for an activities director to manage them didn't exist...
'He was a doer' (Local News ~ 02/04/15)
"Once you knew him, he always knew you. He was a good guy, had a great family and he will be missed." -- Bob Rose, Spencer MainStreet executive director --- After a long life, with many contributions to Spencer's business and residential community, former business owner and housing contractor, Tom Otis passed away on Jan. 28 while recovering from a heart condition...
Tigers perform (Local News ~ 01/26/15)
Spencer High School's drama students competed at the District Large Group Speech Contest of the Iowa High School Speech Association held at SHS Saturday. Competing with 30 other high schools from northwest Iowa, Spencer entered 18 groups in the contest. ...
MainStreet introduces promotion to bolster February sales (Local News ~ 01/23/15)
MainStreet Spencer's Promotion Committee, after exploring options, are introducing a new retail promotion designed to bolster sales during a normally slow retail period. "We are trying to create more traffic in February," Bob Rose, director of Spencer MainStreet, explained. "Generally February is not a hot month for retail business in northwest Iowa."...
Miller builds Corridor relationships (Local News ~ 01/22/15)
With a new year beginning, the Daily Reporter offers a list of 15 people, in no particular order, to watch in 2015 as they lead local development and change. This is the seventh story in the series. --- When Kiley Miller stepped into his role as president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation in September last year, he focused on making relationships throughout the Corridor...
Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Week (Local News ~ 01/12/15)
Harold Bell Ness was born Feb. 28, 1924, to Adolph and Martha Ness on their farm near Lynn Grove. Harold has one sister, Ardyce Zinn, who lives in Storm Lake. Harold got his education at the Rembrandt School. He enjoyed farming at an early age and eventually took over the family farm...
Sirens (Local News ~ 01/05/15)
Dec. 31 -- Harry William Ritchart, 35, of Royal Domestic abuse assault --- Dec. 31 -- Dionisio Contreras-Montiel, 32, of Primghar Identity theft Forgery Tampering with records OWI, second offense Driving while barred -- habitual offender --- Dec 31 -- Jaykie Lee Harrington, 25, of Spencer...
SWOT spreads Christmas joy at St. Luke (Local News ~ 12/29/14)
For the 28th consecutive year, Spencer Women of Today members have spread Christmas joy by delivering packages to several residents of St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer. SWOT members Cheri Prange and Kristi Kracht presented Christmas gifts to Helen Leith, Rose Marie Kast and Velma Wiese. (Photo submitted)
Holiday tradition makes spirits bright (Opinion Column ~ 12/15/14)
If you listened closely Sunday afternoon, you could have sworn you heard sleigh bells, as Santa arrived early for 80 area families. The Holiday Family Adoption program wrapped up its work for 2014 with the delivery of gifts to those in need of a helping hand this holiday season...
The Lettermen plan Holiday Show at Wild Rose (Local News ~ 12/11/14)
EMMETSBURG -- Wild Rose Casino and Resort announced The Lettermen a Holiday Show will perform in the Wild Rose Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 20. Performance times are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. The one change Tony Butala, original and founding member of The Lettermen, would have made in the 50-plus-year career of one of the most popular vocal groups in history is a surprising one...
Beth McNally and Justin Henningsen (Engagements ~ 12/10/14)
ohn and Peg McNally, of Emmetsburg, and Craig and Jan Henningsen, of Ruthven, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Beth McNally and Justin Henningsen. Beth currently works at the Spencer Hospital as human resources generalist/community relations coordinator. Justin is lead mechanic for the city of Spencer. The couple reside in Ruthven...
Randy's Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' (Entertainment ~ 11/27/14)
From the brutal killing games to a revolutionary war, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" -- the first part of the two-part finale -- details the uprising against the the Capitol, evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his imperialist reign of terror over the districts of Panem...
Rosemary Kay Payne (Obituaries ~ 11/10/14)
Rosemary Kay Payne, 60, of Des Moines, formerly of Ottumwa, passed away Nov. 4, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born Feb. 5, 1954, in Ottumwa to Phillip P. and Beulah J. Myers Payne. She was a 1972 graduate of Ottumwa High School, and earned a degree in culinary arts from Indian Hills Community College. ...
State Representative House District 2 (Local News ~ 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. ...
Simpson recognized for volunteer efforts (Local News ~ 10/16/14)
Alison Simpson, who has had her hands in a variety of community projects in recent years including the Blue Zones efforts, Safe Routes to School, community gardens, Volunteer Network of Clay County and others, was honored by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce with the Jack Wedel Award. ...
Rotary Book Sale Nov. 5-9 (Local News ~ 10/13/14)
The Clay County Regional Events Center and the Spencer Rotary Club are excited to announce the dates of the annual Rotary Club Book Sale. The 23rd annual Used Book Sale will be held Nov. 5-9 at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This year there will be a First Choice Party on Wednesday, Nov. ...
Good to the last drop (High School Sports ~ 10/10/14)
Spencer's homecoming turned into a wire-to-wire thriller Friday night at Dale Norton Field as Malik Rasch housed the opening kick 90 yards for an early Tiger lead, but a dangerous Denison-Schleswig offense kept it close all night as Spencer pulled out a must-have district victory 28-21...
Evelyn Roberts (Obituaries ~ 10/09/14)
Funeral services for Evelyn Roberts, 90, of Spencer, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Rev. Tom Van Tassell will officiate the service. Visitation will begin at noon Friday, with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home...
'Films for the Cinematically Challenged!' returns for October run (Local News ~ 10/09/14)
Arts on Grand, in partnership, with Carey's Electronics will bring 'Films for the Cinematically Challenged!' back beginning next Monday. The public is invited to take in free foreign films on Monday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning Oct 13, above Carey's Electronics...
2 teens die, 4 injured in head-on accident near Storm Lake (Local News ~ 09/29/14)
STORM LAKE -- Two teenagers lost their lives in a collision on gravel road 570th Street northeast of Storm Lake Monday morning. A 911 caller reported a collision involving a passenger car and a pickup, half a mile east of County M50 at approximately 10:45 a.m...
Forever Gold: Iowa Select teammates remember Chris Street (High School Sports ~ 09/29/14)
Mike Street could only shrug when reporters asked him why Iowans still revere his son, Chris. The University of Iowa basketball program has seen plenty of good players over the past two decades, Chris Street's still-proud father said. Some were bigger. Others were faster...
Stronger than ever (Local News ~ 09/26/14)
FONDA -- They called this campaign Carson Strong for a reason. Ten-year-old Carson Chase of Fonda is as tough as they come. On the heels of a 23-hour surgery to remove an aggressive tumor from his spine, he is working hard at recovery and therapy, even as he goes through both radiation and chemotherapy...
Randy's Review: 'This Is Where I Leave You' (Entertainment ~ 09/25/14)
What happens when a father passes and his final wish involves bringing all of his dysfunctional children back home for seven days together -- sitting in the Jewish tradition of Shiva to mourn his passing? That's the premise behind "This Is Where I Leave You," a blend of comedy and drama starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and a great cast of characters reluctantly brought together in their childhood home to reconnect...
Volunteers coordinate safety for Tiger Trails (Local News ~ 09/17/14)
Volunteers came together Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the National Day of Service to help re-paw the sidewalks for students attending Johnson and Sacred Heart elementary schools. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally launched in 2002 with support from the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort established the inspiring tradition of engaging in volunteering on Sept. 11 as an annual tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Since Sept. 11 fell during the course of the Clay County Fair, local organizations associated with the Volunteer Network of Clay County and Safe Routes to School established this project to help meet the call to volunteerism. Two shifts of local volunteers walked the Tiger Trails to repaint the sidewalks, leading the students on the safest path to their respective schools. Other organizations previously painted sidewalks to other Spencer elementary schools. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 09/15/14)
Members of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual or organization for the 2014 Jack Wedel Award. The award will be presented during the Chamber annual meeting held on Oct. 16 at the Clay County Regional Events Center...
Sirens (Local News ~ 09/15/14)
Wesley Alexander Daniel, 19, Spencer Possession of a controlled substance Possession of drug paraphernalia --- Bowdie Charles Stallings, 21, Spencer Debris on the highway --- Joshua James Spencer, 33, Spencer Possession of a controlled substance OWI drugged second offense...
Carson strong (Local News ~ 09/10/14)
FONDA -- Ten-year-old Carson Chase was recently diagnosed with a mass on his spinal cord, which required an intensive 23-hour surgery last Tuesday, with a lengthy recovery ahead. An outpouring of support has emerged for the Fonda youngster. "The good news is that he seems to be progressing in a way that the doctors are happy about," said supporter Deb Miller. ...
Rebels roll in conference opener (High School Sports ~ 09/05/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS - Sioux Central served up the venue for a Twin Lakes Conference quadrangular Thursday night, bringing in conference newcomers Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard, following the demise of the Cornbelt Conference, as well as Pocahontas Area Community which now includes Laurens-Marathon for all sports except football...
Rose Van Hoven (Obituaries ~ 09/03/14)
Rose I. Van Hoven, 96, formerly of Iowa City, died Sept. 1, 2014, at a care center in Cedar Rapids. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family at www.gayandciha.com...
Ardis Long (Obituaries ~ 08/28/14)
Funeral services for Ardis Long, 83, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 3 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Maurice Dougal (Obituaries ~ 08/25/14)
A funeral service for Maurice Dougal, 91, of Milford, was held Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Burial was at Lone Tree Cemetery. Maurice Rolland Dougal, the eldest son of Adelbert Isaac and Goldya Violet (White) Dougal was born May 8, l923, in Dunlap. His early childhood years were spent in Dunlap and Missouri Valley. When Maurice was 14, his family moved to Everly. He graduated from Everly High School in 1940...
Johnson staff participate in Ice Bucket Challenge (Local News ~ 08/20/14)
After taking an icy shower Wednesday afternoon, the faculty and staff of Johnson Elementary School challenged the faculty and staff of Fairview and Lincoln elementary schools to do the same by participating in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge has become an Internet sensation focused on raising awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS...
'I'm just a tin can sailor' (Local News ~ 08/20/14)
In a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) presented Petty Officer Frank Rose with six medals, honoring him for his service in the military nearly seven decades after his duty with the Navy in World War II. "We have a lot of veterans that didn't receive medals, or lost medals, over the years," King said. "It's our effort to present them to those who justly deserve them."...
Maye's journey from talk shows to Okoboji continues (Local News ~ 08/15/14)
OKOBOJI -- If the weather is warm and The Inn at Okoboji is open, count on a visit from Marilyn Maye. Lakes residents and guests will hear her blend of songs and stories during a 58th visit to Okoboji. The 7:30 p.m. shows for 2014 are Sunday, Aug. 17, Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the Lakeview Room...
White, Essick join ISA Board of Directors (Local News ~ 08/15/14)
ANKENY -- The Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors will seat four new members during its September meeting, including the Midwest Farm Mom of the Year. Stephanie Essick, who farms near Dickens, was recently elected as an at-large director by soybean growers across Iowa's nine crop districts...
Ramalee Pearson (Obituaries ~ 08/07/14)
Ramalee Elaine Pearson, 88, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Tempe, Arizona. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville, under the direction of Schuchert Funeral Home, Spirit Lake. Ramalee was born on May 21, 1926, in Buffalo, Kansas, to Estell Knight and Lola Love Resler. ...
Spencer new home sales down (Local News ~ 07/02/14)
While the national housing market's sales of new homes rose by approximately 18 percent in May -- a six-year high, it's been business as usual for the Spencer housing market. According to Spencer Realty, Inc. Owner and Broker Kyle Norris, that is due to the fact the Spencer housing market doesn't share the same ups and downs of the national housing market...
Hultgren retires from SMU Board (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
In 1996, Dave Hultgren began serving on the Spencer Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees. For 18 years, Hultgren played a role in several large projects carried out by the board, but now, he is taking a step down from his long-held position. "It's time for someone new," he said. ...
VFW supports Fourth of July fireworks (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
VFW Post No. 3159 Commander Frank Lehman made a donation to Bob Rose, representing the Fourth of July Fireworks Committee, for the annual local family activity. (Photo submitted)
Electric fish barrier now active (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- The electric fish barrier at the Lower Gar Outlet is active for the first time in 2014. "After Monday's storms (June 16) the lake levels were 3 inches over crest," said DNR fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins. "We had water spilling over the barrier. The lake rose about 8 inches fairly quickly, the storm brought the lakes up very, very quickly -- we started 5 inches below crest."...
Iowa a top state for small business friendliness (Local News ~ 06/26/14)
A survey conducted by the Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com ranked Iowa sixth in the nation for Small Business Friendliness due to its small business licensing rules. Brian Dalziel, Iowa Lakes Corridor vice president, suggested small business friendliness plays a large part in the success of new start-up ventures...
Cats dumped at People for Pets (Local News ~ 06/25/14)
When a volunteer went around People for Pets Tuesday morning to mow, he did not expect to find a crate of cats hidden behind the kennel. Yet he found the seven kittens, four male and three female, with their mother on the north side of the building in a crate without food or water...
Structural damage follows tornado report near Royal (Local News ~ 06/18/14)
- Photos from the morning after Wednesday's storm, which resulted in sirens sounding at 1:15 a.m. in Spencer, appear on Page 10A. - Coverage of the destruction at the Lakes from Monday's storm appears on Page 5A. - Additional photos are available in a photo gallery online at spencerdailyreporter.com...
State Bank, U of O, US Bank are Flagfest 30th anniversary sponsors (Local News ~ 06/13/14)
State Bank of Spencer is a $500 sponsor for the 30th anniversary Flagfest celebration in Spencer June 13-15. State Bank representative Ryan Johnson presented a check to Flagfest co-chairs John Zinn and Brad Smith. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron) University of Okoboji Marathon is a $1,350 sponsor for the 30th anniversary Flagfest celebration in Spencer June 13-15. U of O Marathon representative Robert L. Rose presented a check to Flagfest co-chairs John Zinn and Brad Smith. US Bank is a $500 sponsor for the upcoming 30th anniversary Flagfest celebration in Spencer June 13-15. US Bank representative Scott Conrad presented a check to Flagfest co-chairs Kurt Schwarck (center left), John Zinn and Brad Smith.
5 Spencer volunteers receive award from governor (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
Five Spencer volunteers were honored, along with others, as recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Award in a ceremony at Buena Vista University Thursday morning. Thirty-one years ago, Gov. Terry Branstad created the award to honor and recognize Iowa's volunteers. ...
Randy Ficken (Obituaries ~ 06/09/14)
Randall Ray Ficken passed away peacefully, Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice House in Englewood, Fla. with his bride of almost 41 years by his side. Randy was born on May 13, 1950, in Spencer, the son of Ervin and Ivy Ficken. After high school, Randy proudly served in the United States Navy for six years. ...
Les Miller (Obituaries ~ 06/05/14)
Les O. Miller was born July 31, 1918, the son of Fred and Clara (Fox) Miller in Des Moines. He attended Des Moines North High School before enlisting in the United States Army where he served during World War II. After his service, Les was united in marriage to Alta "Bill" Lowe in Des Moines. ...
Countdown to Flagfest (Local News ~ 05/30/14)
The Flagfest Committee will present Boogie & the Yo Yoz at this year's Flagfest Dance. Boogie & the Yo Yoz is sponsored by Farmers Trust and Savings Bank and the Flagfest Committee. Bring lawn chairs to the Clay County Fairgrounds and enjoy an evening of music -- from pop, country or rock. ...
Day three on the blue oval (High School Sports ~ 05/26/14)
DES MOINES - This year's high school State Track and Field Meet came to a close Saturday but not before six more Tiger events left their mark on the blue oval at Drake Stadium. The boys got a pair of sixth place finishes in the shuttle hurdle and the mile on the legs of Ryan Bauermeister...
Spencer readies for 127th commencement (Local News ~ 05/23/14)
Spencer High School will graduate 129 in its Class of 2014 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Field House. Student speakers Emily Coldren and Grace Martinez will present "Adding It All Up" during the commencement ceremony, while Student Council President Ryan Bauermeister and Senior Class President Charlie Rezabek will offer talks entitled "One Step Forward." Kari Kramer will welcome all of those in attendance and the Spencer High School band and choir programs will provide music for the event. Student Council Vice President Matt Finnern will present the Class of 2014 following the presentation of the diplomas by Superintendent Terry Hemann and School Board President Bob Whittenburg. Retiring Spencer High School Principal Joe Mueting will recognize honor graduates. (File photo)
Tiger state track preview (High School Sports ~ 05/21/14)
Spencer is sending 18 events to the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines, which starts today. Here's what you need to know about each one with a little perspective from Spencer girls track coach Al Pierce and Spencer boys track coach Kurt Bauermeister...
Progress and Development makes 3 recommendations to council (Local News ~ 05/19/14)
The Spencer Progress and Development Committee approved three items to recommend to the Spencer City Council for consideration during its meeting Monday evening. Turning over a section of East Second Street to Spencer Schools to build its Fine Arts Facility was the first item considered by the committee...
Sunday to feature three area graduations (Local News ~ 05/16/14)
AREA -- Three neighboring schools will host commencement ceremonies on Sunday. Clay Central-Everly, Ruthven-Ayrshire and Sioux Central will all award diplomas to their respective graduates from class of 2014 at 2 p.m. in each district's high school gym...
Randy's Review: 'Neighbors' (Entertainment ~ 05/15/14)
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron's new suburbia-turned-frat zone comedy is high on F-bombs, raunch factor and fraternity hijinks but low on laughs. "Neighbors" features Rogen and Rose Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, a married couple, with an infant daughter, who have invested everything in a new suburban home in a perfect neighborhood. ...
Thirteen seek 2014 Clay County Fair Queen title (Local News ~ 05/07/14)
Thirteen young ladies will attempt to give their moms the best Mother's Day gift ever when they compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, May 11 at the Spencer Community Theatre. "The queen contest is truly one of the first events of the fair 'season,'" Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said. "We are excited to have such great participation, as well as a beautiful new location for the contest, the Spencer Community Theatre."...
Music Review: 'Shatter Me' (Business ~ 05/01/14)
Even if you have heard classical music, I doubt you've heard classical music quite like this. Lindsey Stirling, who rose in popularity due to her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, and her appearance on NBC's "America's Got Talent," has transformed the face of contemporary classical music through her hip hop-inspired violin compositions and her dancing performances. ...
Tennis keeps on streaking (High School Sports ~ 04/24/14)
All is well in the Tiger Tennis universe as the boys and girls each continued their team winning streaks Thursday night against Le Mars. The boys hosted the Bulldogs for a 7-2 victory while the girls returned home with a 5-4 win. The girls also managed to do so without No. 2 Emily Burns...
OWA CROPS AND WEATHER (Local News ~ 04/09/14)
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey 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. "Farmers, like everyone else, are ready for some more warm weather that will allow them to get out in the fields and prepare for the growing season," Northey said. ...
Brazil skill (College Sports ~ 04/07/14)
2013 Spencer graduate Nigel Nielsen will play for the USA D-3 All-Star Soccer Team in Brazil in late May
Vera Saxby (Obituaries ~ 03/20/14)
Funeral services for Vera Saxby, 94, of Spencer, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Paul Kaldahl will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the funeral service at the church...
Spencer area educators earn $3,100 in minigrants (Local News ~ 03/13/14)
Students in Spencer area schools will gain hands-on experience surveying fish in a pond to determine the health of the waterway, learn about plants and their growth, and explore to plant a garden that will provide elements for nutritional meals thanks to Classroom Minigrants from CF Industries...
Big league recruiting (Opinion Column ~ 03/07/14)
There are a lot of factors that go into winning. Coaching, practicing, luck, but by far and away the most important aspect has to be the players. Everything needs to come together as a unit for total success, but without good players, you're not going to win...
State enrollment incline not indicative of small schools (Local News ~ 02/19/14)
A recent release from the Iowa Department of Education noted that overall enrollment across the state has risen significantly for the second year in a row. According to the DOE, the number of enrolled students between kindergarten and 12th grade increased 0.6 percent, or 2,676 students, from the 2012-13 school year...
Three arrested following traffic stop (Local News ~ 02/19/14)
Three persons from Arcadia, Kan., were arrested Tuesday afternoon following a routine traffic stop for an alleged speed and registration violation in the 4800-mile of U.S. Highway 71. At approximately 1:45 p.m., a Clay County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop. ...
Book Review 'The Swan Gondola' (Local News ~ 02/06/14)
"The Swan Gondola," by Timothy Schaffert. Riverhead, 458 pp. $27.95 If you liked Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants," you'll love Timothy Schaffert's "The Swan Gondola." The book opens in the fall of 1898, with a hot air balloon crashing into the home of the Old Sisters Egan, a pair named Emmaline and Hester. ...
PROPAIN: Extreme jump in prices causes concern (Local News ~ 01/30/14)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Propane prices in Nebraska, Iowa and much of the country have soared in recent days, leading consumers, retail suppliers and political leaders to ask whether there is more at play than supply and demand. The skyrocketing cost has left many rural households that rely on propane wondering how they'll be able to afford to take hot showers and keep warm as the frigid winter of 2014 drags on. ...