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CCF Speedway to have weekly races (Professional Sports ~ 10/20/14)
The Clay County Fair is pleased to announce weekly IMCA Racing each Friday night beginning May 15 at the Clay County Fair Speedway throughout the 2015 season. "This is a tremendous opportunity to fully utilize the speedway," said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. "Going from five races in 2014 to 14 races in 2015 will be a great benefit to not only the speedway, but also to all of Spencer."...
High 5 Program (Opinion Column ~ 10/17/14)
In March of 2014, I signed into an agreement with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau after a meeting was held in Emmetsburg. This meeting detailed a newly developed initiative called the High 5 Program. This program was developed after statistical data was analyzed and identified five Iowa counties that had high accident rates, high injury rates and high fatality rates. These five counties also had low seat belt and child restraint usage. Guess what? Palo Alto County was one of the five...
Remembering Kyle by rewarding others (Local News ~ 10/15/14)
Last year, with its inaugural event, the Kyle Lachner Memorial Scholarship Trivia Night, raised close to $4,000 toward an annual $500 scholarship for a designated senior, chosen as an outstanding role model for underclassmen and an advocate for drug prevention. The event drew close to 200 participants from the Spencer area...
Special education population jumps dramatically (Local News ~ 10/10/14)
STORM LAKE -- For the Storm Lake Community School District, a burgeoning special education population is the rock, and the state policies that forbid it from recovering the extra cost to serve that population is the hard place. At a recent board of education meeting, the board agreed that the district should appeal to the state's School Budget Review Committee seeking additional spending authority to help cover the costs...
Roti named 'Friends' executive director (Local News ~ 10/03/14)
The Friends of Lakeside Lab announced Lisa Roti as its new executive director. The Friends is a community support group for Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and Regent Resource Center, and provides key support for Lakeside's scholarship, water quality monitoring, research and community outreach programs...
'Saturday Night Baths and Sunday Dinners' (Local News ~ 09/29/14)
If you were to ask 100 people of a similar age and from a similar region to tell a story from their childhood, the stories would probably follow a similar thread. But the stories would still be individual reflections of the different experiences each person lived through...
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...
SMU moving on water treatment facility overhaul (Local News ~ 09/25/14)
The Spencer Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees reached a consensus last March to move forward with an estimated $14 million, 2 -year project to update its water treatment facility. During its September board meeting, SMUs governing body selected the winning bids for both phase one of the water treatment facility upgrade as well as the development of a pair of wells on the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport property...
Bohnenkamp named Iowa Agent of the Year (Local News ~ 09/25/14)
Jeff Bohnenkamp, of Spencer, was recognized at the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa's 108th Annual Convention, conducted Sept. 18 in West Des Moines, by being honored with the prestigious H.H. "Red" Nelson Agent of the Year Award for 2013. The Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa represents almost 700-member agencies in the state and over 10,000 licensed insurance agents. ...
Relief coming back to Clay County (Local News ~ 09/24/14)
Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Wednesday released data from the Iowa Department of Revenue showing Clay County is receiving $377,685.61 in state back-fill funding and taxpayers are receiving $334,483.78 in credits, for a total of $712,169.39 in the 2013 assessment year as part of the property tax reduction bill the two state administrators advocated for...
Junior All-Stars heading to Chicago (High School Sports ~ 09/24/14)
Spencer Golf and Country Club hosted a send-off party for the 10 Northwest Iowa Junior League All-Stars headed to regional competition in Chicago, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, on Wednesday night. The All-Stars, playing in PGA Junior League Golf, are comprised from four players from Spencer (Colin Slattery, Chase Hough, Ezra Meyer and Connor Moret), two from The Ridge Golf Club in Sioux Center, two from Brooks Golf Club in Okoboji and two from Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park. ...
Plymouth county man sentenced on meth conviction (Local News ~ 09/24/14)
A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced Sept. 11 to more than 11 years in federal prison. Jason Moore, 30, of Le Mars, received the prison term after an April 25 guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde...
Farmers Trust & Savings Bank named IFA Top Iowa Lender (Local News ~ 09/22/14)
The Iowa Finance Authority recently recognized Farmers Trust & Savings Bank and 23 other outstanding lenders from throughout the state for their efforts in advancing affordable homeownership through the Iowa Finance Authority's programs in calendar year 2013...
Korean War pilot details life in the clouds (Local News ~ 09/18/14)
Friday, April 20, 1962, Air Force pilot Capt. Oscar Hurt is credited for saving the lives of his crew and passengers when he made an emergency landing of a C119 troop carrier at March Air Force Base. Now, 91 years old with the a designation of brigadier general, Oscar "Ozzie" Hurt, who grew up on a farm near Dickens, shared this story and others with a crowd gathered in the 4-H Auditorium at the Clay County Fair on Veteran's Appreciation Day. ...
Only at the Fair' attracts 323,288 to 2014 CCF (Local News ~ 09/18/14)
A chance to experience things found "Only at the Fair" drew more than 320,000 to the 97th edition of "The World's Greatest County Fair," Sept. 6-14. "Walking through the fair each day was an absolute joy because there seemed to be smiles on everyone's faces," fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "Fairgoers really searched out 'Only at the Fair' experiences and enjoyed them to the fullest."...
SHS honors top academic students (Local News ~ 09/17/14)
Spencer High School recognized academic achievers, strong attendance and WordKey Gold assessment scorers at a special assembly Monday evening in the Spencer Field House. Those acknowledged earned their various awards in the 2013-14 school year. Academic awards were presented to those in each class who averaged 3.2 or higher grade-point averages in both semesters last year...
Mosiman seeks election as incumbent (Local News ~ 09/15/14)
Though State Auditor Mary Mosiman has been serving the position since May 2013, she has not yet been elected. After Dave Vaudt, former state auditor, moved forward from his position, Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Mosiman to fulfill his term. "We audit the state government," Mosiman said. ...
Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 09/15/14)
Members of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual or organization for the 2014 Jack Wedel Award. The award will be presented during the Chamber annual meeting held on Oct. 16 at the Clay County Regional Events Center...
Spencer Fire Department earns safety award (Local News ~ 09/15/14)
The Spencer Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation...
Saturday at the Fair (Local News ~ 09/12/14)
In the Grandstand 7:30 p.m. Stage front standing: $35 Reserved Grandstand seating: $30 Reserved bleacher seating: $25 By Kate Padilla, Daily Reporter Staff Before appearing on the second season of the "X Factor" -- where they finished in fourth place -- brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, also known as Emblem3, began making music by writing songs and "jamming with our band in our garage."...
Library battles the book banners (Local News ~ 09/12/14)
STORM LAKE -- You know how you start craving those Twinkies, as soon as your doctor tells you that you can't have them? Or when your parents told you they only had that one iron-clad must-never-do rule -- and you could scarcely wait for them to leave the room so you can break it?...
Veterans First Center forced to close (Local News ~ 09/11/14)
ALTA -- The Veterans First Center in Alta is expected to close as of Oct. 1. "Lack of donations to fund the place has forced us to pay out of our pockets to keep the bills paid. We just can't do it any more," said Gary Emery, a local veteran who founded the center with his wife Debbie in February 2013...
McDaniel trial pushed back to December (Local News ~ 09/10/14)
Former local defense attorney Ney McDaniel's jury trial, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, has been pushed back to 9 a.m. Dec. 9. McDaniel, facing felony counts of ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and fraudulent practice, was granted the trial continuance by Judge James Scott on Aug. 22 following filings by his attorney Leon Fred Spies...
Cybercrime on attorney general candidate's radar (Local News ~ 09/10/14)
It wasn't until March 14 that attorney general candidate Adam Gregg announced his intention to run against the incumbent Tom Miller. "Nobody had filed to run in the race as a Republican," Gregg said. "I realized the opportunity, filed my paperwork and made my announcement on June 2, and was nominated at the convention. It's been a sprint ever since."...
ISU Insect Zoo part of Family Day (Local News ~ 09/08/14)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County will be bringing the ISU Insect Zoo to the Clay County Fair. The ISU Insect Zoo will be free and open to the public from 5-7 p.m. on Family Night at the Clay County Fair, so kids and adults of all ages can experience the insects. Family Night will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 with free admission starting at 5 p.m. The Insect Zoo will be located in the Ag-Citing Center on the Clay County Fairgrounds...
A little Clay County Fair history (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

New life for Planned Parenthood battle (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

King: 22 sheriffs won't honor immigration law (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

Moving on from Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 09/04/14)

Book Review: 'Island of a Thousand Mirrors' (Other ~ 09/04/14)

Lake Park flag raising ceremony held (Local News ~ 09/04/14)

Damage exceeds $53,000 in multi-vehicle collision (Local News ~ 09/03/14)

Gordon Erick (Obituaries ~ 09/03/14)

Hilsabeck, Lowery to wed Sept. 20 (Engagements ~ 09/03/14)

Spectrum 70 honored as 'Hall' inductee (Local News ~ 08/29/14)

Tigers' season starts in Humboldt (High School Sports ~ 08/29/14)

Black Hills announces move to 'Beltway' (Local News ~ 08/28/14)

Many not ready for college success (Opinion Column ~ 08/25/14)

Law enforcement encourages bus safety (Local News ~ 08/22/14)

Athletics booming at ILCC (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)

Strength in numbers (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)

Polaris hiring as it expands line of motorcycles (Local News ~ 08/22/14)

OHS student embarks on ambassador trip (Local News ~ 08/21/14)

Iowa Lakes wrestling announces recruiting class (High School Sports ~ 08/18/14)

Smoke on the Water returns Aug. 16 (Local News ~ 08/15/14)

Occupants escape serious injury after North Y collision (Local News ~ 08/14/14)

'When our people are suffering, we are suffering' (Local News ~ 08/14/14)

Military Briefs (Local News ~ 08/13/14)

Climate change impacts northwest Iowa (Local News ~ 08/08/14)

SHS 4th in chase for Cup (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)

Team DeVries (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)

Possible presidential hopeful stumps for King in Okoboji (Local News ~ 08/07/14)

Ben walloped (High School Sports ~ 08/04/14)

Smith pulls even with Donohue (High School Sports ~ 08/01/14)

Spirit Lake city hall ahead of schedule (Local News ~ 08/01/14)

Two candidates meet Milford election deadline (Local News ~ 08/01/14)

Young guns come out firing (High School Sports ~ 07/31/14)

Iowa's Texting-While-Driving ban not reducing crashes, hard to enforce (Local News ~ 07/28/14)

Multiple charges complicate cost (Local News ~ 07/28/14)

ILCC student elected Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association VP (Local News ~ 07/26/14)

Sirens (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Spencer trio headed to Shrine Bowl (High School Sports ~ 07/24/14)

Johnson earns 100 percent score in Iowa Prosperity Project (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Rohans' memorial fund provides swim scholarships (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Show your stock at the 2014 CCF (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Spencer Family Aquatic Center usage diving (Local News ~ 07/21/14)

Storm Lake steps into carbon footprint spotlight (Local News ~ 07/18/14)

Law enforcement: Stoplights would make North Y more accident prone (Local News ~ 07/18/14)

Three sentenced to prison, breaking NW Iowa/Minnesota meth ring (Local News ~ 07/17/14)

Pair of collisions on West Beltway (Local News ~ 07/17/14)

Michelle Byers (Obituaries ~ 07/16/14)

Harrington trial expected to move to October (Local News ~ 07/14/14)

Clay County Fair contributes $6.2 million to local economy (Local News ~ 07/10/14)

Military Brief (Local News ~ 07/09/14)

Council approves school resource officer, Little Sioux Trail work (Local News ~ 07/07/14)

Many Hands Market donates to Reins of Hope (Local News ~ 07/04/14)

Lakes Redemption opens doors (Local News ~ 07/04/14)

'Photographing the Landscape' at Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 07/04/14)

Spencer new home sales down (Local News ~ 07/02/14)

Reynolds demolition begins (Local News ~ 06/30/14)

Electric fish barrier now active (Local News ~ 06/27/14)

Local drive-in weathers storm (Local News ~ 06/27/14)

Muessigmann's new album '100 percent me' (Local News ~ 06/25/14)

Spencer Schools receives ESGR award (Local News ~ 06/25/14)

Reinsbach appointed as Milford mayor, Pederson fills council seat (Local News ~ 06/23/14)

Lyle Davis (Other Records ~ 06/23/14)

Raveling retires from the USAF (Local News ~ 06/23/14)

InnSpiration Vines and Wines uncorked (Local News ~ 06/20/14)

The evolution of obstetrics (Local News ~ 06/20/14)

LPA meeting highlights importance of dredging Storm Lake (Local News ~ 06/20/14)

CC-E notes 3 resignations, 4 new hires (Local News ~ 06/19/14)

City to apply for State Recreation Grant (Local News ~ 06/16/14)

Ex-roommate accused of arson in apartment building fire (Local News ~ 06/13/14)

Grand Diner ownership changed, expected to re-open soon (Local News ~ 06/13/14)

Survivor headlines Boatstock 2014 (Local News ~ 06/12/14)

The bands of Rocket Suzie: Christopher the Conquered (Local News ~ 06/12/14)

Command Presence (Local News ~ 06/12/14)

RICL progress moving forward (Local News ~ 06/12/14)

Ambassadors welcome new surgeon to town (Local News ~ 06/11/14)

School's out (for the summer) (Local News ~ 06/04/14)