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Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
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Shocked (High School Sports ~ 03/10/14)
DES MOINES - The undefeated No. 1 seed Newell-Fonda Mustangs took their unblemished season to the State Tournament yesterday, and fell at the hands of the West Lyon, Inwood Wildcats 72-57. Monday morning's quarterfinal match-up was truly a battle for the Mustangs as they just couldn't pull away at any point in the game. ...
Mustang girls battle Burlington, Notre Dame to the buzzer in state cliffhanger (High School Sports ~ 03/07/14)
DES MOINES -- The Mustangs of Newell-Fonda finish their 2013-14 season in another heartbreaker in the State Championship game Friday night, as they fell 57-54 to Burlington, Notre Dame. The game was close from start to finish, as neither team was really able to dominate for an extended period of time. ...
Distracted driving laws difficult to enforce (Local News ~ 03/07/14)
Law enforcement officials see distracted driving everyday -- people looking at texts on their smartphones instead of the road -- but it is the most difficult thing for them to enforce. "If a driver is over the age of 18 and texting, and that is the only thing I can see that is wrong with the vehicle, I cannot legally pull them over," Trooper Vince Kurtz, Iowa State Patrol safety education officer, said...
Past winter coldest in 35 years, ninth all time (Local News ~ 03/07/14)
On a month-by-month basis all three winter months were unusually cold this past season: DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Friday highlighted a summary of the 2013-14 winter season compiled by Harry Hillaker, the state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship...
Spencer, Spirit Lake help Iowa achieve top micropolitan status (Local News ~ 03/05/14)
Spirit Lake and Spencer were recently named on the 2013 Top Micropolitans list -- based on number of projects -- by "Site Selection" magazine. Spirit Lake tied at 41st place with three projects, while Spencer tied at 70th with two projects. The U.S. Census Bureau designates a micropolitan area as a non-urban community anchored by a town of at least 10,000 but no more than 50,000 people. According to the Census Bureau, there are 576 micropolitan areas in the country...
Cold weather impacting SMU customer electric usage (Local News ~ 03/05/14)
Most Spencer Municipal Utilities residential customers have noticed an increase on their electric bills this year compared to last year due to the cold temperatures the area has been experiencing. SMU's total residential sales for February 2014 was 8,266,199 kilowatt hours compared to 6,947,814 in February 2013 -- an 18.9 percent increase in residential electric consumption when comparing the month of February over the last two years...
Riewe graduates from basic training (Local News ~ 03/05/14)
Air Force Airman Ashley M. Riewe graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills...
McCarty, Fletcher wed in Vegas (Weddings ~ 03/05/14)
Allie McCarty and Kyle Fletcher were married July 23, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. They celebrated their marriage with family and friends at The Inn at Okoboji on Sept. 1, 2013. Allie is the daughter of Allen and Javotte McCarty, of Rossie. Kyle is the son of Randy and Barb Fletcher, of Royal...
Clay County working to generate additional tourism (Local News ~ 03/03/14)
Iowa's tourism is growing, according to the 2013 Iowa Welcome Center Survey Report. Across the state, the number of trips taken to Iowa increased from 2.9 million trips in 2012 to 3.4 million in 2013. In addition, spending per day of a trip increased 8.5 percent from $263.20 in 2012 to $285.47 in 2013...
Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa to conduct workshop (Local News ~ 03/03/14)
The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa will conduct a workshop to introduce veterans who are interested in agriculture to the recently formed group and its services. The workshop will take place at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m...
Dramatic formula change in ag land assessments (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
When Clay County agriculture land owners receive their assessments in the coming week, they're going to notice some differences. The new assessment formula uses a new Corn Sustainability Rating system released by Iowa State University called CSR2. The Agricultural Adjustment Committee developed the new formula to provide what it believed will be a more consistent statewide assessment plan for non-productive land...
'Wind Time' to find permanent home outside Heritage Center (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
The sculpture "Wind Time, When Time is Controlled by the Wind," which has been displayed outside the Clay County Heritage Center since November 2013, will be purchased by the Parker Museum and permanently fixed to its location later this year. "Wind Time" is the work of William Lieb and was submitted to Arts on Grand as part of the gallery's Metal and Wood exhibit in November...
Map of the Week (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
Legislatives Services Agency serving the Iowa Legislature presented The Bureau of Labor Statistics look at the unemployment rate nationwide, broken down by state through December 2013. The upper Midwest posted low unemployment percentages in general with Iowa showing 4.2 percent. The lowest figure in the nation belongs to North Dakota at 2.6 percent, followed closely by South Dakota and Nebraska at 3.6 percent each.
Grant helps Newell library receive 70 books (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
NEWELL - The Newell Public Library is a little bit bigger these days. The library is still located in the same spot on Second Street in Newell, but the number of books has increased by 70. "We were able to acquire new books through Libri Foundation, which works through the Books For Children program," said Librarian Sherri Peterson. "Through the grant we were able to get 70 hard cover children's and teen books for use in the library."...
Fairview third grade students read to earn Timberwolves tickets (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
Students in third grade at Fairview Elementary participated in the Starting Five Reading program sponsored by the Minnesota Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation and the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation. The reading challenge rewarded students for reading 500 or more pages between Nov. 4, 2013 and Jan. 6. Students who completed the challenge were rewarded with: a ticket to a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game, a poster, bookmark, and a pencil kit. Students who completed the challenge included: (back row) Jerra Merchant, Chloe Bumgarner, Andrew Dean, Riley DeWitt, Anna Shine-Johnson, (front row) Meghan Woodrow, Adam Burrow, Sydni Faulkender and Nick Sebastian. (Photo submitted)
The Giving Spirit (Local News ~ 02/28/14)
SPIRIT LAKE - All the Rubeck family can do now is wait. But they aren't waiting alone. April and Ryan's 7-month-old son, Roman, is currently on life support waiting for a heart transplant in Rochester, Minn. Several hundred residents back home in Spirit Lake have come together to raise funds for Roman's new heart...
Kacmarynski named to All-GPAC First Team (Community Sports ~ 02/26/14)
SIOUX CITY - Morningside College's Tyler Kacmarynski, Tyler Lashbrook, Kevin Olson, and Rulin Pederson were named to the 2013-14 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestling First Team as selected by the league's head coaches. Kacmarynski and Pederson are both repeat selections on the All-GPAC First Team...
Not the last picture show after all (Local News ~ 02/26/14)
The area's one-screen downtown movie theater has a little more time. Sharon Mayer on Tuesday confirmed plans to open Pioneer Theatre in Milford for the season on Friday, March 7. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" will be the feature. Mayer had doubts at the start of the year about the prospect of keeping doors open...
Cattlemen honor deserving members (Local News ~ 02/24/14)
During its annual meeting and banquet Saturday night, the Clay County Cattlemen's Association honored two people with its Friend of the Industry and Cattleman of the Year awards. Ron Krager with the Clay County Cattlemen presented the Cattleman of the Year award...
Estherville man charged with sexual abuse (Local News ~ 02/24/14)
A criminal complaint was filed in Clay County Court on Feb. 17, and David Clinton, 20, of Estherville, was arrested and charged by the Spencer Police Department with sexual abuse in the third degree on Friday, Feb. 21. Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson said Clinton consented to supplying DNA after he was named as a person of interest involving an assault at a party in Spencer last fall...
Clay County 4-H Clover Bowl Highlights Over 300 Awards (Local News ~ 02/24/14)
The 2013 Clay County 4-H Clover Bowl was recently conducted at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly. More than 300 awards were handed out to 4-H members and club leaders. Neil Krummen, Linn Grove Herdsman club leader, was named Most Awesome Leader. ...
New Practical Farmers of Iowa executive committee announced (Local News ~ 02/24/14)
AMES - The Practical Farmers of Iowa board of directors has appointed a new roster of farmers and non-farmers to serve on the board's executive committee. Members who serve on this committee -- which includes the positions of board president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer -- play a key role in the organization by helping to steer the direction of Practical Farmers programming and funding...
Gilmore survives; Huckfelt, White exit (High School Sports ~ 02/21/14)
DES MOINES - Day two of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament handed out its share of elation and sorrow Friday at the Wells Fargo Arena. Spencer senior Levi Gilmore started the Tigers' day with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory before falling in the semifinal 8-5, while Cody Huckfelt and Andrew White bowed out of the tournament following second round consolation defeats by first-round pin and 9-1 major decision respectively...
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...
Sanchez, Getting wed in California (Weddings ~ 02/19/14)Putting the pieces back together (Local News ~ 02/17/14)
Christina Marie Sanchez and Dr. Michael Lee Getting were united in marriage on Sept. 14, 2013 in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Strathearn Historical Park in Simi Valley, Calif. Mr. Daniel J. Sanchez officiated the service. Christina is the daughter of Connie Sanchez and the late David Sanchez of Santa Maria, Calif. Michael is the son of DyAnn Getting and the late Jim Getting of Spencer...
Thomsen on long road to recovery (Local News ~ 02/13/14)
Norhthwest Iowa Publishing papers excel at INA awards night (Local News ~ 02/12/14)
Hess announces intention to seek re-election (Local News ~ 02/10/14)
Longhouse-Northshire Resident Spotlight: Regina Harleman (Local News ~ 02/10/14)
Diane Anderson (Obituaries ~ 02/06/14)
Saving the eagles (Local News ~ 02/06/14)
Senate candidate meets with Spencer-area voters (Local News ~ 02/05/14)
Essick, Rolfson wed in April 2013 (Weddings ~ 02/05/14)
McDaniel trial rescheduled for September (Local News ~ 02/03/14)
Clifford Durst (Obituaries ~ 01/31/14)
SLHS students serving food out of their Kreative Kitchen (Local News ~ 01/31/14)
Beehler shares deployment stories with Sacred Heart students (Local News ~ 01/31/14)
PROPAIN: Extreme jump in prices causes concern (Local News ~ 01/30/14)
Essick, Rolfson wed in April 2013 (Weddings ~ 01/29/14)
Clover Corner (Opinion Column ~ 01/28/14)
St. Luke's Auxiliary receives funds from Modern Woodmen (Local News ~ 01/28/14)
Spencer Hospital ready to showcase new ICU (Local News ~ 01/27/14)
Harrington enters 'not guilty' plea (Local News ~ 01/27/14)
Modern Woodmen supports People for Pets (Local News ~ 01/24/14)
Business Briefs (Local News ~ 01/24/14)
Okoboji Classic Car contribution helps generate $1.1 million for veterans (Local News ~ 01/23/14)
The Art of - making money during tough economic times - blowing glass (Local News ~ 01/23/14)
Nensel, Pyle wed Aug. 10 (Weddings ~ 01/23/14)
Kenneth 'Kenny' Kummerfeld (Other Records ~ 01/21/14)
Laker Soccer tickled pink about fundraising results (Local News ~ 01/18/14)
A heart for Aspen (Local News ~ 01/18/14)
Business Briefs (Local News ~ 01/18/14)
Downtown thrives, provides perfect spot for businesses (Local News ~ 01/17/14)
Spencer to host first ag-focused Startup Weekend (Local News ~ 01/17/14)
Iowa harvest 2014 outlook (Local News ~ 01/17/14)
Elliott, Crowe ready for international blues competition (Local News ~ 01/17/14)
Johnson, Hess weigh in on 'State of the State' (Local News ~ 01/16/14)
Winterboer plays his way to China (Local News ~ 01/16/14)
Fondling lands burglar in treatment, on offender list (Local News ~ 01/16/14)
Elliott, Crowe headed to International Blues Challenge (Local News ~ 01/14/14)
Louis G. Huffman (Obituaries ~ 01/14/14)
Harrington arraignment postponed two weeks (Local News ~ 01/14/14)
Committee proposes changes to sidewalk program (Local News ~ 01/14/14)
Legislators ready for return to state capitol (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Building permits saw uptick in 2013 (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Business Property Tax Credit deadline approaching (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Spirit Lake woman knocked off bridge near Waterloo (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Scholarship and creativity recognized at CC-E (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Farm Credit and Services employees donate to local organizations (Local News ~ 01/11/14)
Randy's Preview: 'American Hustle,' 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Lone Survivor' (Entertainment ~ 01/10/14)
DeWitt receives national scholarship for doctorate studies (Local News ~ 01/10/14)
Eaton employees generate $45,000 for United Way (Local News ~ 01/09/14)
Wilhelmine 'Willie' Taylor (Obituaries ~ 01/09/14)
Ask a Trooper 2014: 2014 GDL Changes (Opinion Column ~ 01/09/14)
Wilhelmine 'Willie' Taylor (Other Records ~ 01/07/14)
Spencer Hospital welcomes first baby of '14 (Local News ~ 01/04/14)
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year - No. 1 (Community Sports ~ 01/03/14)
William D. Olson (Obituaries ~ 01/03/14)
Helen Louise Oglesby (Obituaries ~ 01/03/14)
William Noehren (Obituaries ~ 01/03/14)
Dean Goff (Obituaries ~ 01/03/14)
Jerald Cromer (Obituaries ~ 01/03/14)
TOP 5 NEWS STORIES -- NO. 1 (Local News ~ 01/03/14)
TOP 5 FEATURE STORIES -- NO. 1 (Local News ~ 01/03/14)
Donavon Johnson (Obituaries ~ 12/31/13)
LaVoy 'Bud' Thiessen (Obituaries ~ 12/31/13)
Meta Joss (Other Records ~ 12/31/13)
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year - No. 2 (High School Sports ~ 12/31/13)
Closing a book, and opening another (Opinion Column ~ 12/31/13)
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year - No. 3 (High School Sports ~ 12/28/13)
TOP 5 NEWS STORIES - NO. 3 - Coming through for the kids (Local News ~ 12/28/13)
TOP 5 FEATURE STORIES - NO. 3 - A soldier's tale (Local News ~ 12/28/13)
Edna Lundquist (Other Records ~ 12/28/13)
Thomas Elsworth Phillips (Obituaries ~ 12/28/13)
Spirit Lake considering bike boulevard (Local News ~ 12/28/13)
BVU elects four new trustees (Local News ~ 12/28/13)
One wish for 2014 (Opinion Column ~ 12/28/13)
Sports Story: No. 4 (High School Sports ~ 12/27/13)
Feature Story: No. 4 (Local News ~ 12/27/13)