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Corridor sets '5 by 5' goal (Local News ~ 02/12/16)
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has set a pretty big goal: To increase the area's overall population by 5 percent in the next five years. "It's something that hasn't been tried before," said Brian Dalziel, senior vice president of the Iowa Lakes Corridor. "The population in the corridor region rose steadily between 1850 and 1950 and has been flat or declining ever since."...
Love in song (Local News ~ 02/04/16)
Area residents will have the opportunity to say "I love you" with singing valentines on Friday, Feb. 12. The Iowa Lakes Men's Quartet will deliver singing Valentines for area residents and business people looking for a fun and exciting way to send a valentine message to their sweethearts, family members, friends, employees or customers...
Shirley Johnson (Obituaries ~ 02/03/16)
Shirley Johnson, age 84, of Marathon, Iowa died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Iowa. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. Burial followed in the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. Visitation took place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements...
Indians take Lakes crown (High School Sports ~ 01/30/16)
Friday night provided Spencer's wrestling program with the opportunity to lock up its ninth straight Lakes Conference Tournament title, but a banged up Tiger lineup looked like it had a big hill to climb. However, Spencer put together arguably its best team performance of the season, sending eight grapplers into the championship match. ...
Zoey, Jackson top baby names at Spencer Hospital (Local News ~ 01/28/16)
Every year websites and the Social Security Administration present lists of the trendiest baby names in the nation. But what about locally? This year, Spencer Hospital tabulated the most popular names of the more than 274 babies delivered at the hospital during 2015...
Rubio headed to Spencer Saturday (Local News ~ 01/13/16)
While in Iowa Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio will be making his first stop in Spencer. The mid-afternoon visit, scheduled for 2:30-4 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center will include his traveling supporters, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Kristi Noem. Doors for the Spencer event will open at 2 p.m...
The best thing I saw this week (Opinion Column ~ 01/08/16)
If you read this title and wondered if I was about to rip off a gimmick from Scott Van Pelt's version of SportsCenter ("ScottCenter with Sports Van Pelt" I believe it's called. Maybe "SportsPelt with Scott Van Center?" Meh, who can be sure? Anyway...), you're totally right...
A special moment on the mat (Opinion Column ~ 01/08/16)
Covering the sport of high school wrestling for more than 20 years, I've seen some pretty special things play out. As both a sports editor and broadcaster for SMU's Channel 3, I've had the privilege of watching some exceptional talent do some incredible things. I've cast my eyes on state champions, inspirational coaches, a wrestler with no legs and special moments that linger in one's memory and lend themselves to stories in reflection...
Home cooking (High School Sports ~ 01/07/16)
For the first time this season, Spencer's wrestlers hosted their own dual action in the team's return to the Field House since the Spencer Invitational. Heavy hearts were inevitable, but a strong turnout from the Tiger faithful helped push the boys to dual victories of Cherokee, 49-24, and Estherville Lincoln Central, 61-9...
'This election matters' (Local News ~ 01/06/16)
Presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer Wednesday evening as part of his "Cruzin' to Caucus" tour around Iowa. The six-day tour will cover 28 counties across the state. The evening began with a testimony by Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of The Family Leader and former teacher and basketball coach in Sheldon...
John Carroll (Obituaries ~ 01/06/16)
John Fox Carroll was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1922 to Josiah Carroll and Charlotte Fox. Along with his sister, Mary Frances Ramsey, he grew up in Spencer where his family owned Carroll's Bakery. He began college in 1940 but was interrupted by World War II. ...
New Year's outage traced to broken ground wire (Local News ~ 01/04/16)
Spencer Municipal Utilities electric customers experienced an outage on New Year's Day for approximately two hours that was caused by a broken ground wire on one of the main service feeds to our community. "Our priority on Friday was to get the power restored as quickly as possible for all of our customers. ...
Citywide power loss a mystery (Local News ~ 01/01/16)
A power loss that impacted all of Spencer for approximately two hours New Year's Day remains under investigation. Amanda Gloyd, marketing and community relations manager with SMU, said from her home Friday evening that the cause of the outage is still unknown and will be investigated further when work resumes next week...
Lorraine Blair (Obituaries ~ 12/23/15)
Services for Lorraine Blair, 85, of Spencer, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Rev. John Syvertson officiated the service. Visitation was conducted beginning 3 p.m. Tuesday, with family present from 5-7 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Lorraine Blair (Obituaries ~ 12/21/15)
Services for Lorraine Blair, 85, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Rev. John Syvertson will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 3 p.m. Tuesday, with family present from 5-7 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
'Right now we need the 'doing' (Local News ~ 12/17/15)
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon running for president in the 2016 election, visited Spencer Thursday evening and offered a town-hall style presentation at Spencer Avionics. The evening began with a performance of the national anthem by Candy Carson, Dr. Carson's wife, and with Christmas carols sung by Mrs. Carson and the Carson Singers -- a quartet of Mrs. Carson and three other members of the Carson campaign staff...
Myra Currans-Partridge (Obituaries ~ 12/14/15)
A celebration of life for Myra Rose Currans-Partridge, 47, of Spencer, will be conducted beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Spencer Community Theatre in Spencer. A dedication will be conducted at 3 p.m. at SCT in Spencer. Partridge passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Spencer Hospital in Spencer...
Feeling the love (Opinion Column ~ 12/07/15)
Balmy temperatures greeted the throngs who headed out for Spencer's Grand Meander. Warmer than usual weather meant folks really felt like "meandering" along the city streets, rather than speed-walking from one warming station to another as is sometimes the case with Spencer's annual holiday event...
A regrettable farewell (Local News ~ 12/03/15)
For more than two decades, Bob Rose's name has been synonymous with Spencer Main Street and the promotion of the community's downtown retail efforts. Recent health challenges however have forced Rose to make a decision he wasn't quite ready to make. With possible heart surgery on the horizon and the subsequent recovery time associated with such a procedure, Rose and the board agreed it was time to find his successor...
'The Voice' winner, Boyd, coming to Wild Rose (Local News ~ 12/03/15)
EMMETSBURG -- Craig Wayne Boyd, who excelled at singing and playing the guitar at the age of 4, and received mainstream recognition as the Season 7 winner of "The Voice," will perform a concert Saturday, Feb. 13, at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg. ...
Ann Sorenson (Obituaries ~ 12/02/15)
Services for Ann Sorenson, 100, of Spencer, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber officiated the service. There was no visitation. Burial was conducted at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Following the graveside services, a lunch was served at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer...
The complete guide to sushi (Local News ~ 11/20/15)
Robby Cook, a native of Emmetsburg who currently lives in New York City, will return to his home region on Black Friday to sign copies of his book, "The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi," at the Hen House from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. "It's a sushi book for home cooks," Cook said of the book he co-authored with Jeffrey Elliot. "It has traditional recipes that we've simplified down step-by-step. Each step is explained with a photograph as well."...
Dean bringing country hits to Wild Rose (Local News ~ 11/19/15)
EMMETSBURG -- Billy Dean, award winning country artist will perform two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg. Dean's insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice, and masterful instrumental gifts have earned him accolades from many award academies and countless devoted fans. ...
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 11/19/15)
Let's entitle this report, "How Will the Farmers Help End-users Get Their Grain Away From Them?" Corn and soybean prices are not $7 and $13/bushel anymore. They are not even above what is now an overpriced, slow to come down, cost of production. On the way up from $3 corn to $4 ... ...
When the levee breaks (Opinion Column ~ 11/13/15)
For starters, buckle up because this is a long one. If it takes you two trips to the reading room to finish it, I promise I won't be offended...or know -- unless you tell me. I'd prefer if you didn't. It's amazing how some weeks I'm deep diving on multiple sports websites to find something even remotely worthy of a column. ...
Storm Lake plants seeds for future urban forest (Local News ~ 11/07/15)
STORM LAKE -- Trees may be more valuable than residents expected. At a Storm Lake City Council study session this week, local leaders huddled with a Department of Natural Resources expert, who told them that every dollar spent on planting trees returns $2 in tangible benefits to a community. According to her research:...
Shayla Bee rides to aid of area family (Local News ~ 10/29/15)
GILLET GROVE -- There are a lot of nice people in the world, and about 20 of them rumbled into Gillett Grove Saturday afternoon to help Hannah Taylor and her family. Early this summer, 8-year-old Hannah had been playing outside and woke up the next morning with swollen wrists. At first, her mom Jarita thought it was a normal result of childhood exuberance on the playground, but when the symptoms persisted for a couple of days, Hannah was taken to see the doctor...
Nomination deadline for Jack Wedel Award approaching (Local News ~ 09/23/15)
Volunteer and leadership qualities are traits of the Annual Jack Wedel Community Service Award winners. The award was designed to recognize a person (couple) or organization for outstanding contributions to the Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Spencer Community. The award focuses on the amount of volunteer participation, interest and leadership shown in the community the last 12 months...
Saying farewell to another great fair (Opinion Column ~ 09/21/15)
The sun rose on Monday morning way too early for a lot of locals, who would have preferred to sleep in just a bit. It was, after all, the day after the gates closed on one of the most successful runs of the Clay County Fair ever. Certainly, in terms of visitors, it pulled in the people. ...
Roberta Travis (Obituaries ~ 09/16/15)
Services for Roberta Travis, 87, of Spencer, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer...
Rest in peace, Tyler Sash. Every piece of you (Opinion Column ~ 09/14/15)
Losing someone too young, too soon, is a special kind of misery. A life snuffed out, midstream, with so much promise, so many adventures not taken. The loss of a young person always seems a bit like closing a book after only reading a chapter or two. The "what ifs" loom large...
Homecoming Explosion (Local News ~ 09/07/15)
Spencer High School Homecoming burst onto the scene Monday evening. A purple and gold cloud rose above the competitors who participated in the Tailtwisters 5K Color Run/Walk which began with the homecoming court leading the walk (above) and concluded with an purple and gold explosion (below) in the parking lot at Andy McGaffin Field. Despite the fact that school was closed for Labor Day, the traditional Powder Puff game played out on Dale Norton Field. (above) Gio Rasch takes the ball in for a score in a high scoring affair between two divided squads. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Rosemary Carlson (Obituaries ~ 09/07/15)
Services for Rosemary Carlson, 69, of Spirit Lake, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 5 p.m. today, with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Let's Talk About It (Opinion Column ~ 08/28/15)
By Lexy Bicking Homosexual marriage is a big topic of debate in my family. I have a few family members who are homosexual and some family accept it, others do not. In my opinion, it shouldn't matter that the law passed if it has nothing to do with them or doesn't affect them. ...
Randy's Review: 'American Ultra' (Entertainment ~ 08/27/15)
The idea isn't new ― as a matter of fact there's a guy named Matt Damon who played covert agent Jason Bourne ― an assassin programmed to forget. But when his psyche is triggered and he snaps back into spy mode, he starts delivering a butt-whoopin' to every government guy charged with taking him out...
Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 08/19/15)
The winner of the Annual Jack Wedel Community Service Award must posses volunteer and leadership qualities. The award was designed to recognize a person, couple or organization for outstanding volunteer contributions. The award focuses on the amount of volunteer participation, interest and leadership shown in the past 12 months...
Kopel proud of assistance he's provided (Local News ~ 08/14/15)
Friday, the Social Security Administration celebrated its 80th anniversary. Eldon Kopel spent more than 34 years -- 34 years and two months to be exact -- working in a variety of capacities with the agency. After taking a civil service test, Kopel was offered three positions and decided to pursue the opportunity with the SSA. ...
Charles Quist (Obituaries ~ 08/14/15)
Services for Charles Quist, 97, of Hartley, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Rev. Brent Osborne will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, with the family present from 4-6 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Higgins to be honored at Money Museum (Local News ~ 08/10/15)
Spencer residents are invited to join members of the Ladies of the Lake Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in honoring the late Bessie Carroll Higgins, 1866-1961, a community leader in Spencer activist, and a prominent officer in DAR. The tribute to her many local and state contributions and her outstanding DAR service will take place at 10 a.m. today at the Higgins Museum of Money, 1507 Sanborn Ave. in Okoboji. Refreshments will be served...
The Commstock Report (Opinion Column ~ 08/06/15)
If the U.S. economy was performing at a level building on an economic recovery today worthy of interest rate hikes, the Federal Reserve should be taking the punch bowl away as the party was threatening to get out of hand. I don't think that we have that kind of economy. ...
James Ryker (Obituaries ~ 08/05/15)
James L. Ryker, 69, of Spencer, died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Central Health Care Inc., Le Center. Private services will be held at a later date in Spencer. James Lavern, the son of LeRoy and Rose (Galbraith) Ryker, was born on Feb. 8, 1946, in Spencer. He served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1984, and was a Vietnam veteran. James married Brigitte Teske on May 13, 1977, in Davenport. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2015. He enjoyed taking care of his lawn...
Donald Jespersen (Obituaries ~ 07/23/15)
Donald C. Jespersen, formerly of Royal and Rossie, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 11, 2015, after recently recovering from pneumonia. Services were held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianola, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, preceded by visitation and followed by a luncheon and military-accompanied graveside service at Pleasant View Cemetary in Aplington...
Bike, run, swim (Local News ~ 07/16/15)
ARNOLDS PARK ― Runners will get off to an early start to avoid the heat during University of Okoboji Homecoming Weekend. The July 17-19 festivities include a full and half marathon, a triathlon, and a 10K on Saturday. An estimated 1,000 athletes will descend on the region for fun, friendly and challenging competition...
Donald Jespersen (Obituaries ~ 07/15/15)
Donald C. Jespersen, formerly of Royal and Rossie, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 11, 2015, after recently recovering from pneumonia. Services will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianola, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, preceded by visitation and followed by a luncheon and military-accompanied graveside service at Pleasant View Cemetary in Aplington...
John Frans (Obituaries ~ 07/15/15)
John Frans, 71, of Spencer, passed away at his home June 16, 2015. In keeping with his wishes he was cremated and private family burial services will be held Aug. 1 at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. John Kenneth Frans the only child of Albert Kenneth and Dorothy Elizabeth (Danielsen) Frans, was born at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, on April 15, 1944. ...
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...