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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. ...
Thomas Fogarty (Obituaries ~ 01/30/14)
A remembrance service for Thomas "Tom" Fogarty, 55, of Emmetsburg, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Visitation will be conducted beginning 10 a.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home. Tom was born on Mar. 21, 1958 to Terrance "Ike" and Bridget Fogarty in Emmetsburg...
Lois Schwien (Obituaries ~ 01/29/14)
Lois Irene Schwien, the daughter of Joe and Rose (Jensen) Conner, was born Sep. 2, 1918 in Lamberton, Minn. Her family moved to Park Rapids, Minn. where she attended and graduated from school in 1935. She was united in marriage to Melvin Schwien on Jun. ...
Remembering Michael Fischer (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Michael Fischer July 14, 1951 - Jan. 6, 2014 For 13 years, Michael Fischer's ability to tell a story through imagery and capture a moment with his tool of trade -- the camera and lens -- has helped record the history of Spencer and the surrounding area. ...
Florence E. Foltz (Obituaries ~ 01/07/14)
Florence passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She was born Sept. 21, 1919 in Kimball, S.D. to John and Toni (Bely) Brooks. Florence graduated from Kimball High School in 1937, where she was a cheerleader and active in school plays. After graduation from Notre Dame Junior College of Mitchell, S.D., she taught in country grade schools in the Kimball area...
A Flood of Tears (Local News ~ 01/04/14)
STORM LAKE - Into every life, they say, a little rain must fall. Enough already. Kat Ames has had more than her share. It was the night before Halloween in Austin, Texas, and the Storm Lake native's twin daughters Aloha and Oceana had been trying on their costumes before bedtime, excited for the holiday...
Randy's Review - 'Grudge Match' (Local News ~ 01/03/14)
Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro return to the boxing arena -- portrayals for which they are both recognized -- and have a little fun at the expense of the sport in "Grudge Match." The focus of the comedy is a rubber-match, 30 years in the making, between two former light heavyweight champions who hate each other...
Randy's Review -- 'Grudge Match' (Entertainment ~ 01/03/14)
Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro return to the boxing arena -- portrayals for which they are both recognized -- and have a little fun at the expense of the sport in "Grudge Match." The focus of the comedy is a rubber-match, 30 years in the making, between two former light heavyweight champions who hate each other...
Best Albums of 2013 (Business ~ 12/27/13)
This year has had some great music, and some really interesting projects. That being said, there were 10 albums that I felt were really great. --- It's hard to put J.T. in a box, because he'll just burst out of it. The 20/20 Experience was released in two parts, and each is good on its own. But put together the result is exactly as it claims: an experience unlike much else in music today...
Dream come true (Local News ~ 12/17/13)
After several months of construction and several hundred hours of volunteer work by a great number of caring people, Lussia Wehidye and her six children - Peter, 19; David, 18; Lydia, 17; Lamar, 14; Anny, 12 and Titus, 9 - have a new home of their own...
Caring hearts make program successful (Opinion Column ~ 12/17/13)
As I reflected on another successful Holiday Family Adoption Program, checking off the details that go into wrapping up the program, I began to think about all the people who work to make it successful. Families, who make the program a holiday tradition...
Unpacking the ACA, Part 3 of 5: Impacts on small businesses (Local News ~ 12/14/13)
This five-part series will dissect the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on large businesses, small businesses, individuals who are self-employed and the medical industry. The Affordable Care Act will roll out beginning January 2014 and will instigate changes to health care both nationwide and within the community...
Small Business Saturday benefits the whole community (Local News ~ 11/30/13)
Small Business Saturday, recognized nationally today, is not just a chance to score great deals on holiday purchases from area retailers, but a chance to support the local community. Money spent in Spencer stays in Spencer and circulates throughout the community...
Ella Mae Eilers (Obituaries ~ 11/29/13)
A funeral service for Ella Mae Eilers, 86, of Milford, Iowa will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial will be conducted at Calvary Cemetery in Milford. Ella Mae Rosemary Eilers, beloved sister and aunt passed away Nov. 25, 2013 at Hilltop Care Center, Spirit Lake, Iowa surrounded by family...
Roses of generosity (Local News ~ 11/22/13)
SIOUX RAPIDS - On Tuesday, Nov. 19 roses were handed out at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids to each of the 23 residents as a generous donation. Local Sioux Rapids resident Susan Pierce decided to organize the event, calling it Roses for Residents...
'Hairball' recreates the 'Age of Hair' (Local News ~ 11/19/13)
Whether rocking out as Axl Rose (above) during the Guns & Roses set, or taking the stage as Diamond David Lee Roth (below) for some Van Halen hits, Hairball entertained a very diverse audience of more than 1,600 at the Clay County Regional Events Center Saturday night. The band's second performance at the venue topped the first in terms of numbers. Hairball performed for two hours, changing costumed singers as the band moved through a variety of popular '80s metal and rock classics, complete with an impressive pyrotechnics show. During the show it was noted the band has helped raise more than $3.7 million for the Boys and Girls Club of America to assist with music education for children. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Spencer man arrested at Wild Rose (Local News ~ 11/14/13)
Palo Alto County Sheriff's deputies arrested Markus Gregory Peterson, of Spencer, and Michael Patrick Klatt, of Maumee, Ohio, Sunday at the Wild Rose Casino & Hotel. Following a complaint to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation of possible drug activity at the hotel, deputies investigated and discovered evidence which lead to charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for both men. They were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and held pending their initial appearance before a judge.
Lawrence Osborn (Obituaries ~ 11/12/13)
Funeral services for Lawrence Osborn, 94, of Spencer, formerly of Spirit Lake, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Brad Wallace will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Best of times (Opinion Column ~ 11/09/13)
It's definitely a bittersweet moment for me as I type the final words I'll write for The Spencer Daily Reporter. The time has flown, it's been enjoyed, and now the moving truck is here. We've made a family decision to begin the next chapter in our lives in the Des Moines area, starting this weekend. While I look forward to the future, as I always do, I will miss Spencer - the people, the community, the job I got to do at the paper...
Spencer City Council at large candidates (Local News ~ 11/02/13)
Address: 1402 18th Ave. W., Spencer Profession: Safety Director, Arnold Group of Companies Family Information: Married with four adult children. How long have you lived in Spencer? I was born in Spencer and have lived in Spencer for 23 years and lived in Clay County for over 44 years...
SHS opens 'Beauty and the Beast' this weekend (Local News ~ 11/01/13)
The musical, "Beauty and the Beast," based on the 1991 Disney film, is considered one of the longest-running Broadway productions of all time. Worldwide, it's grossed more than $1.4 billion and played in over thirteen countries. This weekend, Spencer High School will perform the musical...
Saying goodbye to a sideline innovator (Local News ~ 10/25/13)
When Bob Rose said he'd like to get uniforms for the "chain gang" he was told nobody does that. When he wanted to add three men to the team, he was told the state wouldn't go for it. When Rose told the state he wanted to have his sideline team officiate a state championship game, they told him it couldn't happen...
Scouting for Iowa's attractive places (Local News ~ 10/25/13)
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is on the hunt for the state's most attractive places. Produce Iowa, an office within the department of cultural affairs, is looking for pictures of Iowa's attractive places in order to promote the state as a backdrop for movies and different types of publications...
Council approves contribution to revolving loan fund (Local News ~ 10/22/13)
In a short 15-minute meeting Monday night, the Spencer City Council approved a $25,000 contribution to the Robert Rose Retail Revolving Loan Fund. The measure was passed unanimously in a 6-0 vote. Ward 5 Councilman Ron Hanson was absent from the meeting...
Minnie McKeever (Obituaries ~ 10/22/13)
Minnie McKeever, 79, of Sioux Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital. Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial will be in the Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove. Visitation will take place Monday, Oct. 21, from 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements...
Raye's 'That's My Story' tour comes to NW Iowa (Local News ~ 10/18/13)
One of the great voices of our time, multi-platinum recording artist Collin Raye, who has charted 24 top-10 singles and 15 No. 1 hits, and sold 20 million albums worldwide, will appear in one show at Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16...
Madora Peterson (Other Records ~ 10/17/13)
Funeral services for Mrs. Madora Jeppson Peterson, 93 of Spencer, will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. John Syvertson will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home...
Spencer Police chief honored with Wedel Award (Local News ~ 10/15/13)
Monday evening, Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson was recognized with the 2013 Jack Wedel Community Service Award at the Spencer Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. "During the time that this person has lived in Spencer, Iowa - besides helping the community through their job - this person has volunteered their time for numerous community activities," Jarrett Smith, the 2012 Wedel award winner, said while introducing Lawson...
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 10/11/13)
Today there are seminars advertising the topic of the end of the commodity super-cycle, farm magazines are full of stories about the tough times coming for farmers, and university ag economists are putting out the word for farmers to drastically pull in their horns. This time when the farm economy turns down it will not be a surprise. No doubt that net farm income is going to decline from record levels and that will reverberate back through the rural economy...
Catherine Stoll (Obituaries ~ 10/08/13)
Funeral services for Catherine Stoll, 99, of Spencer, will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at Northlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Spencer. Rev. Greg Jorgensen will officiate the service. Burial will be conducted at North Lawn Memorial Park...
'She was there for everyone' (Local News ~ 10/05/13)
Bob Rose remembers one evening when his wife, Kayleen, found a dog tied outside around a tree. It was snowing outside, and the dog was clearly cold. "She went up to the house and talked to the owner," he said. "They were just waiting for the dog to die."...
Mary Anita Sheridan (Obituaries ~ 09/26/13)
Funeral services for Mary Anita "Neet" Sheridan, 93, of Primghar, will be conducted noon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Primghar. Visitation will be conducted beginning 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar...
Robert "Doc" Eninger (Obituaries ~ 09/26/13)
Funeral services for Robert "Doc" Eninger, 91, of Spencer, will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the services...
'Coal Miner's Daughter' coming to Spencer (Local News ~ 09/19/13)
Tickets for country legend Loretta Lynn's "50 Years of Country" concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Clay Country Regional Events Center, go on sale for "Event Insider Members" at 9 a.m. today and then for the general public at 8:59 a.m. Friday. Tickets are available through the box office on site or through TicketMaster outlets...
Schatz wins 20th of season at Clay County Fair Speedway (Community Sports ~ 09/17/13)
Donny Schatz powered to his 20th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season on Friday night, Sept. 13, in the Arnold Motor Supply Shootout at Clay County Fair Speedway, setting a personal single-season win mark for the five-time series champion. ...
Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 09/17/13)
Members of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual or organization for the 2013 Jack Wedel Award. The award will be presented during the Chamber annual meeting held Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Legends Event and Social Center...
Hansen, Nerem to wed Nov. 16 (Engagements ~ 09/12/13)
Molly Hansen, daughter of Derek Hansen and Gwen Hansen, of Ruthven, and Dustin Nerem, son of Paul and Theresa Nerem, of Fenton, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Molly is a 2007 graduate of Ruthven-Ayrshire High School and a 2012 graduate of Buena Vista University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is currently employed at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg as a staff accountant...
Remembering local hero during Civil War 150th commemoration (Local News ~ 08/31/13)
The commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war between the states is in full swing across the country. The Iowa Historical Society's effort includes digitally preserving 600 original muster-out rolls for Iowa soldiers, publishing the book "Profiles of Valor" and a mobile interactive museum exhibit...
Rising young country superstars plan area show (Local News ~ 08/30/13)
Hunter Hayes' recent first appearances at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, alongside Ashley Monroe, sold out in less than an hour. The singer-songwriter-guitarist said, "One night at the Ryman is something I've dreamed about for a long time. It makes it even better that we get to do two, and the fact that they sold out that quick is just such a thrill."...
Pastor's Column (Opinion Column ~ 08/23/13)
I want to talk about a few ridiculous stories -- at least they sound ridiculous -- but in reality they are true events from the lives of people of great faith in the only true and living God. The first ridiculous statement is made in Hebrews 11:3, "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command." Did you catch that? "God's command ..., so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." How many people in our world believe that today, that God created the world out of nothing? Not many. ...
Randy's Review - 'We're the Millers' (Entertainment ~ 08/16/13)
Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston combine again for another very adult comedy in "We're The Millers." Their previous pairing as part of an ensemble cast in "Horrible Bosses" proved hilarious but strictly for a more mature audience. This movie is much the same...
The Martins make stop In Arnolds Park Sunday (Local News ~ 08/09/13)
The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated trio The Martins can be heard in Arnolds Park Sunday, as the talented musical family comes to the Okoboji Bible & Mission Conference Center. The Martins will share their trademark harmonies at the Okoboji Bible & Mission Conference Center at 7:15 p.m...
Governor designates August Iowa Soybean Month (Local News ~ 08/08/13)
As the Iowa Soybean Association looks ahead to celebrating 50 years of service to soybean farmers in 2014, Gov. Terry Branstad declared August as Iowa Soybean Month. The ISA was organized in 1964 by a group of Iowa farmers who came together with a common goal -- to increase the profitability of soybean production in the state. At that time, Iowa grew 121 million bushels of soybeans. In 2012, that number grew to 414 million bushels of soybeans...
Kayleen Rose (Obituaries ~ 08/06/13)
Funeral services for Mrs. Kayleen Rose, 79 of Spencer, Iowa, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Rev. Dale Hodges will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning noon Tuesday with the family present 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Losing a Spencer treasure (Opinion Column ~ 08/06/13)
Our corner of the world lost a bit of its warmth, its light, and its grace on Friday morning when Kayleen Rose died. She left this life the way she lived it, gently and quietly, slipping away in the predawn hours - not making a fuss, which was her way...
Kayleen Rose (Other Records ~ 08/03/13)
Services are pending for Mrs. Kayleen Rose, 79, of Spencer, who passed away Friday, August 2, 2013 at her home. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.
Lady Tigers blank Indians on Senior Night (High School Sports ~ 07/05/13)
The Spencer softball team played one of its finest games of the season in the home finale Wednesday night, July 3, as they shut out visiting Spirit Lake, 5-0, at Tiger Field. Spencer's two seniors, Alexa Allen and Taylor Anderson, rose to the occasion in their final game at Tiger Field as the team and fans bid them farewell on "Senior Night."...
Spencer to celebrate Independence Day at the Fairgrounds (Local News ~ 07/02/13)
This year's fourth of July celebrations will begin around 7 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Hy-Vee will provide concessions and Fareway will provide free watermelon. Beginning around 7:30, the Spencer Municipal band will play a concert, which will be followed by a salute to the troops presentation and a presentation of the Avenue of Flags...
USDA: Wet Midwest weather leads to Iowa farmers planting more soybeans (Local News ~ 06/29/13)
Iowa farmers planted more soybeans and less corn than intended due to a record wet spring, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acreage Report released June 28. The report estimates the state's farmers planted 9.5 million acres of soybeans, up 100,000 acres from March intentions. Iowa farmers planted 9.35 million acres of soybeans in 2012. An estimated 14 million acres of corn were planted, down 200,000 acres from March intentions, according to the report...
Lona to be part of Diocese ordination (Local News ~ 06/28/13)
The Most Reverend Walker Nickless, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, will ordain Deacon David Esquiliano-Diaz a priest, and Frank Lona, a transitional deacon at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The ordination will take place at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, 10th and Douglas Streets, Sioux City. The ceremony is by invitation only...
Blood Sweat & Tears, America to kick off Rosefest (Local News ~ 06/21/13)
Blood Sweat & Tears will team up with America to kick off Rosefest 2013 at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg Friday, July 12. Gates open at 7 p.m. with America taking the stage at 8 p.m. and Blood, Sweat & Tears to follow. This is an outdoor concert...
This Date in Baseball (Other Sports ~ 06/20/13)
This Date in Baseball 
 June 20 1980 -- Freddie Patek, one of baseball's smallest players at 5-foot-5, hit three home runs and a double to lead the California Angels in a 20-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. 1982 -- Pete Rose became the fifth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games and extended a personal consecutive-games streak to 523 in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium...
The "Greatest Show On Dirt" Delivers (Other Sports ~ 06/18/13)
JACKSON, MN -- The long-awaited start of the 2013 racing season at Jackson Speedway finally arrived Friday night as 34 winged sprint cars rolled onto the half-mile of Jackson Speedway for the Eyecon Trail Camera - Big Game Shootout visit of the World of Outlaws. Serving as support classes for the World of Outlaws on Friday were the 305 sprint cars and the inaugural appearance of the Minniakota Micro Sprints on the new Micro sprint track at the speedway...
Area program offered on Iowa's native plants (Local News ~ 06/18/13)
Residents of Clay, O'Brien and surrounding counties have the opportunity to participate in Trees Forever's 2013 Steward's of the Beautiful Land program. Four different, monthly class sessions will be conducted from June through September. The first class is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. tonight, at the Spencer Aquatic Center...
Guest Commentary: Stewardship of judicial resources should trump politics (Opinion Column ~ 06/08/13)
This week the president held a high-profile Rose Garden ceremony to announce his nomination of three judges for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. News reports indicate the White House wants to put more of its own judges on the D.C. Circuit because President Obama is looking for ways to circumvent Congress. ...
JCL, Spencer Family Clinic and Wild Rose support Flagfest (Local News ~ 06/04/13)
(Top) Donna Cooke and Teresa Loerts, representing JCL Solutions -- Janitor's Closet, presented a donation to Flagfest co-chairs Brad Smith, Kurt Schwarck and John Zinn, demonstrating support for the annual Spencer festival. (Below) Kim Nissen, Dena Honken and Jon Kinsley, representing Avera/Spencer Family Health Care, also presented a contribution to the trio of Flagfest reps. (Bottom) Beth Elman, with Wild Rose Casino and Resort, also made a donation, demonstrating their commitment to the big event. Flagfest will run June 7-9 in Spencer. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Catholic Daughters honors 50-year members (Local News ~ 05/31/13)
Spencer Sacred Heart Catholic Daughters honored their members with 50 years or more of membership at its May meeting. Those honored included (left to right): Viv Keninger, 62 years; Millie Roth, 75 years; Linda Conlon accepting for her mother Virginia Conlon, 54 years; Ferne Schuller, 52 years; Mary Maurer, 61 years; Hilda Paulson, 50 years; Rose Ann Weiskircher, 65 years; and Dottie McEntee, 65 years. Darlene Moritz, first vice regent for the State of Iowa Catholic Daughters (standing) joined the ladies. Other Catholic Daughters honored but unable to attend: Helene Andrews, 52 years; Ruth Spencer, 59 years; Cleo Garrod, 60 years; and Kay Steffen, 65 years. Together these women have 720 years as members of Catholic Daughters. (Photo submitted)
'Kings & Queens of Air' (Business ~ 05/24/13)
Some music is good to dance to. Some music is good to drive to. Others have their own preferred categories. While certain tracks of Bright Giant's "Kings & Queens of Air" might fit into one or other of these type of categories, as a whole the album has a zen-creating quality. A listener can plug in her earphones and escape from a hectic reality with this album...
Rose honored for Main Street service (Local News ~ 05/21/13)
On Friday, the 27th annual Main Street Iowa Awards were held in Des Moines. While there, Bob Rose was honored for his 21 years of service as the director for the Spencer Main Street program. The revolving loan named after Rose won the Business Development Success Story award as well...
Fuel price spike driven by federal air laws (Local News ~ 05/18/13)
Consumers in Iowa and throughout the Midwest saw a drastic increase in gasoline prices Thursday because of low product inventories throughout the region, according to local industry leaders. In Spencer, gas prices rose 20 cents a gallon, from $3.69 for super unleaded on Wednesday to $3.89 midday Thursday at all local stations. ...
Seniors prepare for big weekend (Local News ~ 05/17/13)
As seniors across northwest Iowa count the days left in their district, graduation preparations begin to wrap up in anticipation of the big day. Six local groups of classmates will graduate this month, each one commemorating their year with a series of details specific to the interests of the class graduating...
The Woman Before Wallis (Local News ~ 05/10/13)
"The Woman Before Wallis," by Andrew Rose. Picador, 335 pp. $28 Everyone loves a good love story. However, when it comes to His Royal Highness Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Prince of Wales, the love story most remember involves a witty American divorcée named Wallis Simpson...
Emerald ash borer not a concern, yet (Local News ~ 05/09/13)
While it might have a brilliant green color, the emerald ash borer beetle is a menace to ash trees. It is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The species was brought to the states through shipping crates from China. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the beetle first appeared in 2002 in Detroit, Mich. Since then it has been slowly showing up in other states...
Raymond Schau (Obituaries ~ 05/09/13)
Graveside services for Mr. Raymond Schau, 87, of Spencer, formerly of Storm Lake, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Chuck Kellogg will officiate the service. Mr. Schau passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 at home in Spencer...
Student work exhibited at Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 04/26/13)
Arts on Grand celebrated the work of about 20 high school artists at its annual student art show. This year, Arts on Grand formed a jury committee to judge the students' work. Both the Best Show and People's Choice awards were earned by Marguise Oleson for her image of a rose done in colored pencil. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 04/26/13)
China says that its economy grew 7.7 percent last quarter and is stockpiling pork, cotton, wheat, peanuts and a host of other commodities into strategic reserves adding to demand. They are paying their own farmers $10/bu for wheat, $9.50/bu for corn, over $20/bu for soybeans and over $1.30/lb for cotton -- all prices that you can buy those commodities for much less here in the U.S. and make a lot of money arbitraging when exporting to China...