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Job fair concludes
(Local News ~ 09/26/16)
During each day of the Clay County Fair, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development invited employers to the Innovation Pavillion as part of a job fair promoting the Five by Five Campaign, which is an effort to increase the regional population by 5 percent in five years. IowaWorks also took part in the job fair and utilized three different booths to provide the public with information and guidance on employment issues in Iowa...
Fagen to represent Spencer at Blue Zones Summit
(Local News ~ 09/21/16)
Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen has been chosen to represent the Spencer area at the Blue Zones Project Summit. The summit will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 16-18. Fagen said that this will be the second Blue Zones summit, the first being held in Des Moines last year...
Today at the Fair: Sept. 15
(Local News ~ 09/14/16)
2 p.m. - Adult General Admission tickets are $20 and Kid General Admission tickets are $10. The Outlaw Elite National Truck and Tractor Pull will show its version of horsepower at 2 p.m. today. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and child general admission tickets are $10. ...
Blue Ribbon Fun
(Local News ~ 09/13/16)
A race to the finish
As the starter pistol rang out, several competitors lost their hats during the chariot races on Saturday during the Clay County Fair. The crowd could be heard cheering loudly as their favorite racer rounded the last turn of the dirt track. The day also featured the ever-popular chuck wagon races, individual riders and a children's chuck wagon race, which featured hobby horses and red flyer wagons. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Country superstar Martina McBride helped launch the 99th Clay County Fair with her opening night U.S. Cellular Grandstand performance which included a number of top hits from her large catalog of recordings. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Taking a break
A young exhibitor, and his porcine pal, take a break in the pen at the Livestock Pavillion. While the hog makes do with some shut-eye, his friend takes a more technological approach to relaxation. (Photo by Paula Buenger)
Sea lions take the stage
Sea lion Splash thrilled audiences as trainer Marisol Martinez showed off the skills of her "ladies." The seals, Syra, Kim and Rose, performed tricks, demonstrated evading predators and even took part in a conga line. In addition, Martinez educated the audience, telling them how pollution can harm marine mammals, such as sea lions. After the show, the sea lions were available for pictures. Several audience members took advantage of the unique opportunity. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Spam Curds come out on top
Saturday, during the Clay County Fair, the winner of the "World's Greatest County Fair Food" contest was chosen. Tim Duren (right), of Austin, Minnesota, took first place with his Spam Curds. (From left to right) Dave Simington, president of the Clay County Fair board, Tari Knock, Clay County Fair queen runner-up, Katie Simpson, Clay County Fair queen, congratulated Duren on his victory. Duren called the experience "humbling" because the competing entries were also very good. (Photo by Seth Boyes)
Today at the Fair: Sept. 10
(Local News ~ 09/09/16)
7:30 p.m. Tickets for the stage front standing are $48, reserved grandstand tickets are $38 and bleacher tickets are $33. Award-winning country artist, Martina McBride will be performing on the U.S. Cellular Grandstand stage. This Kansas-born artist has had a number of top hits and because of this success, McBride was named as one of the most played woman vocalists in country radio...
Hurst left his mark on Clay County Fair
(Local News ~ 09/03/16)
Just a week ahead of the 2016 Clay County Fair, one its fathers and regular attendees has passed away. Phil Hurst, the face of the Clay County Fair for many years, passed away Friday at his home in Spencer. Service information was not available by press time Friday...
Wedel Award nominations sought
(Local News ~ 08/24/16)
The winner of the annual Jack Wedel Community Service Award must possess 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...
New teachers get their biggest test
(Local News ~ 08/10/16)
The Spencer Community Schools welcomed new staff to the district this week. Andy Brouwer will teach industrial tech at Spencer High School and be an assistant football coach. Brouwer grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield High School. He went on to study at Bemjidi State University. He said he decided to become a teacher to help students...
Spencer Rotary Club goes above and beyond for philanthropy
(Local News ~ 08/04/16)
As Rotary closes in on a century of supporting communities, the Spencer branch of the club was recently recognized for its outstanding philanthropy. The Spencer Rotary Club was founded in January 1948, and have since contributed nearly $200,000 to philanthropic endeavors...
Big man. Big swing. Big fun!
(High School Sports ~ 08/03/16)
It's corny and it's cliché, but that doesn't make it any less true. There's simply something special about the annual Northwest Amateur Tournament held at Spencer Golf and Country Club. Part of that is the course -- always fine tuned and perfected in preparation of 350-plus golfers constantly covering every hole for four straight days...
The elephant in the room
(Opinion Column ~ 07/27/16)
So the Democratic National Convention is in full swing now. As with last week, there's one thing that stood out to me so far this week. As someone who grew up in the '90s, I specifically recall hearing about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. As history would have it, that scandal would pretty much become the hallmark feature of Bill Clinton's presidency. ...
Stewardship tip: Dog days
(High School Sports ~ 07/22/16)
The Greeks used the term "dog days" to refer to the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before the sun. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the dog days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Dog days were popularly believed to be an evil time when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, and dogs grew mad...
Vietnam Memorial replica coming to Wild Rose
(Local News ~ 07/18/16)
EMMETSBURG -- The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall is scheduled to appear at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Emmetsburg July 21-25. This half-scale replica will be available at no charge for public viewing 24 hours a day. Amy Rubel, Wild Rose general manager, explained that the casino had been on a waiting list and expected the wall to arrive sometime in 2017. However, because of a cancellation, the wall was able to come to Emmetsburg this year...
(Opinion Column ~ 07/14/16)
Don't worry, Paris Green is not people. As I'm sure all you history buffs already know, it was a specific pigment popular in France during the early 1800s. People all agreed that it was the best color. They dyed their clothing Paris Green. They hung Paris Green wallpaper. Some of the most famous impressionists integrated it into their visual repertoire. Basically, everyone loved this color to death, and everyone agreed it was the best...
Class of 1956 celebrates 60 years
(Local News ~ 07/09/16)
The Spencer High School Class of 1956 got together June 17-19 for its 60th class reunion. There were 94 in the graduating class and 42 classmates have passed away. Attending the reunion were Don and Sandy Hofsommer, of St. Cloud, Minnesota; Carolyn and Gary Christofferson, of Spencer; Jim and Arlene Feldhacker, of Waterloo, Nebraska; Ronald and Diane Gouchow, of Allenspoahs, Colorado; Larry Staten, of Redding, California; Suanne and Max Huffman, Marion; Roger and Sharon Bracker, of Bellevue, Nebraska; Mary (Jackson) O'Brien, of Spencer; Gene and Mary Huston, of Spencer; Bob Glidden, of Clear Lake; Frank Edington Jr., of Spencer; Jackie and Larry Fie, of Jefferson; Kay (Peterson) Schmidt, of Royal; Linda Rose and Rick Vehas, of Beverly Hills, Florida; Karen (White) Yellman, of Bellevue, Washington; Mitzi (Anderson) Wagner, of Spencer; Maureen Wood, of Long Beach, California; Sybil (Norton) Wiegman, of Topeka, Kansas; Mary (Bergstrom) Ryan, Chandler, of Arizona; Jon Bang, of Peterson; and Tyrone and Kit Thayer, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota attended Friday night only. Wagner has kept track of all the classmates since 1966 and has planned class reunions every 10 years. Now the class will have reunions each year as so many have passed away and it is so important to keep in touch with each other. The group is hoping to host next year's reunion in conjunction with Clay County Fair week to encourage classmates to attend the fair. (Photo submitted)
(Local News ~ 07/08/16)
VERMILLION, S.D. -- Morningside College student Abby Hoy, daughter of Mike and Kim Hoy, of Spencer, recently presented a paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Hoy is a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School and a May graduate of Morningside College. She presented a paper on "The Confederacy's Secret Weapon: Eleanor King and the Utilization of Stereotypes in Wartime Espionage."...
(Obituaries ~ 07/01/16)
Craig H. Johnson, 78, of Plymouth, Wisconsin, passed away on Nov. 25, 2015. Craig was born March 19, 1937, in Archer, Iowa, to Karl Wright Johnson and Gertie Rose (Eggers) Johnson. He grew up in Fostoria, Iowa; graduated from Spencer High School in 1955 and Buena Vista College in 1960...
(Obituaries ~ 06/27/16)
Private graveside services will be conducted at Rose Hill Cemetery in Greenville for Jon Stuart Beck. Rev. Curtis Batschelet will officiate the service. Jon, the son of Joseph and Lucille (Bolyard) Beck, was born on Jan. 7, 1950, in Spencer. He grew up in the Gillett Grove area, graduating from South Clay in 1968. He lived in the Greenville area where he farmed for many years...
Fire chief candidates narrowed to 10
(Local News ~ 06/15/16)
The process of selecting a candidate to replace Spencer Fire Chief Doug Duncan is nearing its end. The Spencer City Council has narrowed the field of candidates down to just 10. A Civil Service Commission meeting will be held today at 5:30 p.m. to narrow the field even further. Brian Weuve, finance director for the city of Spencer, indicated that approximately five candidates will be selected at that point...
Spencer loses longtime community volunteer
(Local News ~ 06/13/16)
When Kris Van Berkum was recognized as Spencer's 2001 Citizen of the Year, her neighbor Tom Howe recalled when she and her family moved into the neighborhood. "The week after she moved into her house, it was already half painted and already decorated," Howe said at the time. "I don't know if she ever gets any sleep."...
Aaron Joseph DeYoung
(Obituaries ~ 06/13/16)
The name, "Aaron Joseph DeYoung," will forever bring smiles to the faces of those who knew him. And probably a few laughs as well. Known for his bushy red hair and big ears, Aaron will be remembered for his unequaled sense of humor, his love for his family and fiance, his passion for theatre, and the lasting impressions he left on those who knew him...
(Local News ~ 06/10/16)
Andrew Noah, a 2014 graduate of Spencer High School, has been awarded the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship through the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation for the 2016-17 academic year. Noah was chosen for the $900 scholarship from an applicant pool of more than 400 students...
Skow and Swanson to fill supervisor seats
(Local News ~ 06/07/16)
As the votes were counted Tuesday, the three County Board of Supervisor candidates maintained their positions throughout the night. From the initial numbers, current supervisor Joe Skow lead the group with 37.09 percent, Ward 5 Councilman Randy Swanson followed with 35.35 percent and Councilman at Large George Moriarty held 27.01 percent. ...
Don't just pass the water on
(High School Sports ~ 06/03/16)
What a rainy stretch we had during the last part of April right through May. We definitely reached the saturation point with fields covered with water. Rivers and streams rose and went out of their banks, and runoff made its way into tiles and tributaries eventually ending in our lakes. As a result, lakes rose above full and water poured out of their overflows...
Randy's Review: 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
(Entertainment ~ 06/02/16)
It's no "Captain America: Civil War," but as far as the X-Men series is concerned, the new Marvel release, "X-Men: Apocalypse" isn't too bad. It brings the action, offers some humor in its writing and delivery, and the main characters continue to deliver -- but the nearly 2 ½-hour film is too long and it challenges the continuity when compared to some of the other X-Men-related films...
(Local News ~ 05/30/16)
"We remember those who have lost their lives in service, and we applaud their selfless acts as well as their families that released them to serve," Carolyn Blaue, with the Daughters of the American Revolution, prayed. "... It is important that all veterans, their families and -- in fact, all Americans -- pause to reflect on, remember and give thanks to our many heroes."...
Spencer prepares to remember the fallen Monday
(Local News ~ 05/27/16)
Twenty-five new flags will be dedicated to the Avenue of Flags as part of Spencer's Memorial Day services scheduled for Riverside Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Should the weather dictate a change of venue, it will be announced on the radio at 9:30 a.m. If moved inside it will be conducted at the Spencer High School Field House...
Randy's Review: 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising'
(Entertainment ~ 05/26/16)
It was pretty hard for Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Bryne) Radner to drive off the fraternity that tormented their lives the first time around, but the couple -- now with one child and a second on the way -- discover girls can be even tougher when a party-mad sorority opens up next door as they attempt to survive 30 days of escrow in "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising."...
Central Academy graduates know their worth
(Local News ~ 05/25/16)
The crowd rose to its feet as nine Central Academy graduates entered the conference room of the Spencer Community Schools Administration building Tuesday evening. Academy instructor Anne Roberts welcomed the graduates and their families as the students were seated...
Clay Central-Everly graduates 19
(Local News ~ 05/23/16)
EVERLY -- The community gathered in the Clay Central-Everly High School gymnasium Sunday for the commencement of its seniors. The school graduated 19 seniors this year. While delivering the welcoming address, Superintendent Dennis McClain presented each senior with a gift bag containing gum, a selfie-stick, ramen noodles, gift card, and a packet of forget-me-not seeds. McClain assigned a symbolic meaning to each item for the graduates...
Life after 'La Bamba': Valens-Anderson remembers her talented brother
(Local News ~ 05/20/16)
It's hard to imagine today's Grammy nominees hopping into a bus with a faulty heater or unfolding maps for travel over northern Iowa's snow-covered back roads. Back in 1959, any musician with a record deal and dreams of a better life followed the lead of regional promoters -- there is a generation of Midwesterners who can say they went to a tiny, remote ballroom and saw legendary artists like Buddy Holly or J.P. Richards, the Big Bopper...
Retirees honored at reception
(Local News ~ 05/18/16)
Eileen Gengler talks with a small group of people who attended the retirement reception at Central Office. This year's retirees from Spencer Community Schools were honored at a reception Wednesday afternoon. The retirees include Patricia Campbell, Anita Donaldson, Myrna Edmonds, Rose Fear, Eileen Gengler, Pamela Haak, Paul Jepson, Debra Kimbell, Donald Martindale, Janis Myers, Denise Reit, Gary Rustwick, Beth Snow-Ketchum and Julie Hill. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Who let the dogs out
(Local News ~ 05/16/16)
The seventh annual Whisker Walk 5K inspired 25 participants to walk their dogs in support of People for Pets Sunday afternoon. In total, $375 was raised to benefit the Kayleen Rose Animal Special Needs Fund, which helps cover the cost of medical expenses above and beyond what People for Pets traditionally covers for pets in the shelter. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
SYBSA opens 55th season
(High School Sports ~ 05/16/16)
The Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association opened its 55th season Monday night at Pederson Park. Both high school teams were on hand to provide the youngsters with a little inspiration, and a ceremonial first pitch, pictured above, was thrown out by Mr. Spencer himself, Bob Rose. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Annual 'Whisker Walk' to benefit People for Pets
(Local News ~ 05/11/16)
The annual pet-friendly 5K known as the "Whisker Walk" will take place once again at the Spencer Y at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Registration is $15 for all pets and can be paid ahead of time or at the event. "It's a good community partnership with the city," said Eric Sherden, program director at the Spencer Y. ...
Spencer Schools recognizes 14 retirees
(Local News ~ 05/11/16)
With a combined 345 years of service, Spencer Community Schools will recognize 14 retirees at a retirement reception Wednesday, May 18. The gathering will begin at 4 p.m. and will take place in Conference Room B at Central Office. Myrna Edmonds has worked for Spencer Schools for 28 years and will retire from her position as school nurse. She noted she's looking forward to traveling at any time, and spending more time with her grandkids...
Main Street Iowa celebrates 30 years
(Local News ~ 05/07/16)
DES MOINES -- Main Street Iowa celebrated 30 years of commitment to downtown and commercial district revitalization during an awards celebration held Friday, April 29, in downtown Des Moines. Attended by approximately 450 individuals representing communities across the state, the event recognized local Main Street innovation, leaders, entrepreneurship, private investments and the catalytic power of Main Street...
Community 101, Spencer for beginners
(Local News ~ 04/29/16)
Spencer is a community that is generally known for one thing; a fire. However, a tragedy from 1931 lends little understanding to anyone entering Spencer in 2016. It seems that a true understanding of Spencer can be seen in what happened the Monday after the fire...
Reading buddies connects grade levels through literacy
(Local News ~ 04/29/16)
Every other Friday, for 10 sessions throughout the semester, Mrs. Kim Phelps' fourth-grade class has been meeting with Mrs. Rose Fear's kindergarten class to work on fluency and literacy with reading. The program is from "Martha Stewart Reading Buddies" on Iowa Public Television. Both Phelps and Fear were approached by Stephanie Anderson, administrator at Johnson Elementary, about the program...
A bias toward the Word
(Opinion Column ~ 04/28/16)
I have been doing some thinking about preaching, and particularly, what makes us good listeners when the Word of God is preached. My hope is that we will listen like the people of Berea, who the Bible says were people of "noble character" because "they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (Acts 17:11)...
Councilman: Does Storm Lake need rental inspections?
(Local News ~ 04/22/16)
STORM LAKE -- City Councilman Tyson Rice says that people don't like city officials coming into their homes, and notes that other communities where he handles rental housing do not have the mandatory rental unit inspection program that Storm Lake operates...
(Obituaries ~ 04/18/16)
Kathryn "Katie" Odendahl, 90, of Spencer, and formerly of Carroll, died Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer.
Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. ...
Honoring Spencer treasures
(Opinion Column ~ 04/11/16)
We said goodbye to a couple of Spencer institutions this past week. They aren't gone for good, just moving on to another stage in life. Bob Rose retired after 24 years with the Spencer Mainstreet Program, a run which saw the local program earn many state awards, and continue as a leader in downtown vitality...
Rose honored at Spencer Mainstreet reception
(Local News ~ 04/09/16)
Recently, Bob "Mr. Spencer" Rose has been honored by the Iowa Mainstreet program and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for his contributions both locally and statewide. Friday evening, the Board of Directors of the Spencer Iowa Mainstreet Company hosted a public retirement party for Rose who celebrated the culmination of 24 years of service with the organization. He was joined by friends and those he's worked with at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
Ambassadors welcome Naeve to Spencer Mainstreet
(Local News ~ 04/06/16)
The Spencer Ambassadors met with new Spencer Mainstreet director Nancy Naeve who was recently hired to step into the role previously held by Bob Rose. The Spencer native spent 25 years in the broadcast industry, the last 23 of which were spent with KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Naeve said she met the "love of her life" Justin Lode online and decided it was time for a change from getting up every weekday at 1:45 a.m. She left the TV station and returned home before recently landing her "dream job" with Spencer Mainstreet. Naeve reports to a nine-person board. Spencer Mainstreet works to create opportunity and awareness for its downtown retail businesses located north of the bridge to Eighth Street and one block east or west. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Simpson crowned 2016 Clay County Fair Queen
(Local News ~ 04/04/16)
Katie Simpson, the daughter of Scott and Alison Simpson, of Spencer, was crowned the 2016 Clay County Fair Queen at the fair queen ceremony Sunday evening at Spencer Community Theatre. Tari Knock, the daughter of Brent and Jessica Knock, was named runner-up...
Tennis boys sweep St. Ed's
(High School Sports ~ 04/04/16)
The Tiger tennis boys got their season off to a perfect start Monday night, beating Fort Dodge St. Edmond 9-0 despite performing at less than full strength. "This is a good win for us to start the year. St. Edmond is an excellent program and have been very good recently. ...
(Obituaries ~ 04/04/16)
Services for Catherine Wyatt, 98, of Okoboji, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Kay Hooper will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the service at the church...
Local educators earn CF Industries minigrants
(Local News ~ 04/01/16)
Thanks to a donation from CF Industries' Classroom Minigrant Program, students in Spencer area classrooms will develop a model of the moment of matter in plants and animals; study as seeds grow into plants and the bugs in their habitats; apply scientific principles in agricultural settings; and plant a garden that will provide elements for nutrition-filled meals...
9 girls to contend for Clay County Fair Queen
(Local News ~ 03/28/16)
Nine young ladies will compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, April 3, at the Spencer Community Theatre. The contest will conclude with the pageant, including the self-expression portion of the contest and the crowning at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public...
'Mr. Spencer' Main Street retirement celebration announced
(Local News ~ 03/24/16)
The Board of Directors of the Spencer Iowa Main Street Company will host a public retirement party for "Mr. Spencer" Bob Rose who will be celebrating retirement from his position of executive director of the Spencer Main Street Company after 24 years of service. The public is invited to come and celebrate with Rose from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse in south Spencer. A presentation Ceremony is planned for 6 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Lieutenant governor honors 'Mr. Spencer'
(Local News ~ 03/17/16)
It's was a mutual admiration society Thursday afternoon as Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds took some time out during her Women in Business roundtable session with Spencer area teens to congratulate longtime Spencer Main Street Director Bob Rose for his many years of service to the business community locally...
Rosefest lineup announced
(Local News ~ 03/17/16)
EMMETSBURG -- The Rosefest 2016 Outdoor Concert Series will include An Evening with Air Supply on Friday, July 15, at 9 p.m. and a country tandem of Tanya Tucker and Collin Raye on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. at Wild Rose Casino and Resort. Air Supply is the duo of vocalists Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell. With their heavily orchestrated, sweet ballads, the Australian soft rock group Air Supply became a staple of early-'80s radio, scoring a string of seven straight top-five singles...
What's Don is Don
(High School Sports ~ 03/11/16)
No one coaches basketball quite like Don Martindale. Some put in the necessary offseason work, evaluating players and finding situations for them to succeed. Some create camps and facilitate traveling play apart from the school season. Some can't help but dump emotion out on the floor from the bench during a game. ...
Needed rest is all
(Opinion Column ~ 03/11/16)
I wrote roughly 3,500 words about two people far more interesting than myself today, so I'll go ahead and keep this week's offering brief. For starters, I hope you take the time to read the stories about Nick Wright and Don Martindale. I don't know if they're written as well as they deserve, but I know both of them are worthy of a few minutes of your time...
Sippin' green beer this year? Find a safe ride home
(Opinion Column ~ 03/11/16)
St. Patrick's Day has become one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. That's why the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau warns Iowans to not drink and drive this St. Patrick's Day...
Love for birds started with archery
(High School Sports ~ 03/11/16)
Archery hunting for whitetail deer is how my love for birds got started. Sitting in a tree stand from sun up till sun down waiting on a deer to come by could and does at time become boring. The first bird that started my love for birds was the black-capped chickadee. It landed on my arrow less than 18 inches in front of my face. I had no idea what it was and as soon as I got home I looked it up in an old bird book...
NISO presents guest concert with The Rose Ensemble
(Local News ~ 03/10/16)
SIOUX CENTER -- The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Guest Concert on Friday, April 1, with a performance by The Rose Ensemble, Slavic Wonders, at 7:30 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center...
SCS proposes budget, approves 13 early retirements
(Local News ~ 03/09/16)
At the Spencer Community School Board meeting Tuesday evening, Spencer Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann presented three variations of the fiscal year 2016-17. Each version reflects a different amount of supplemental state aid that could be set by the state Legislature...
(Opinion Column ~ 02/29/16)
Can an intensive program of diet, proper sleep, specific supplements, strategic fasting and stress reduction reverse Alzheimer's disease? According to an article in Senior Planet authored by Kathleen Doheny, she reports that a California neurologist thinks so. In September, the journal Aging published Dr. Dale Bredesen's findings on 10 Alzheimer's disease patients -- the first to participate in his novel program...
The follicle chronicles
(Opinion Column ~ 02/26/16)
For those of you that have seen me at games over the past couple months or those of you that have wondered how (or why) that camera with a baseball cap smuggled a studio quality Chewbacca mask into a high school, please allow me to explain. If you're a far too dedicated, note-taking reader of this weekly column, you may recall my offering from way back on Dec. 5, declaring my commitment to avoid shaving until all of Spencer's winter programs were eliminated from the postseason...
Eggs & Issues discusses health care, can redemption Saturday morning
(Local News ~ 02/23/16)
Reps. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, and John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, and Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, attended Saturday morning's Eggs & Issues event and discussed legislative topics of importance to the people in attendance. According to Jones, last week was the "funnel week" of the 2016 legislative session. ...
Naeve named successor at Spencer Main Street
(Local News ~ 02/18/16)
The Board of Directors of the Spencer Iowa Main Street Company announced Wednesday that it had accepted the formal resignation of its longtime Executive Director Robert Rose, effective Feb. 29; and simultaneously announced Rose's replacement, Spencer native Nancy Naeve...
Northey offers update on ag economy, issues
(Local News ~ 02/18/16)
Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture, visited the 2016 Ag Outlook Tuesday afternoon, offering an update and the state's perspective on issues regarding the agriculture industry and economy in Iowa. "This is a great part of the state," he said upon taking the podium. ...
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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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. ...
(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. ...
(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. ...
(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...
(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)
(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...