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'This is a great day' (Local News ~ 03/25/15)
State military leaders joined regional business and community leaders, along with area military personnel, to celebrate Clay County's recent designation as a Home Base Iowa Community. The Iowa National Guard Armory in Spencer was the perfect setting Wednesday morning for the event which drew a large crowd to hear from Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Orr and Home Base Iowa Project Director Kathy Anderson who worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Clay County earn the designation...
2015 commercial, residential property assessments increase (Local News ~ 03/23/15)
Early this month the Clay County Assessor's Office sent out assessment notices to owners of residential and commercial properties in Clay County. Assessments for 2015 will see an increase. According to Clay County Assessor John Lawson, assessments for residential and commercial properties are based on market values which increased between 2013 and 2015...
Casting Crowns first act announced for 2015 Clay County Fair (Local News ~ 03/19/15)
The Clay County Fair has announced its first act for 2015, an evening of contemporary Christian music featuring Casting Crowns with special guest For King & Country in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. "It's a joy to bring a great night of contemporary Christian music back to the fair," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said. ...
County sees uptick in assessment land values (Local News ~ 03/16/15)
The Clay County Assessor's Office mailed out property assessment notices Friday. The assessed values are based on the "preliminary" 2015 agricultural productivity value set by the Iowa Department of Revenue. Local assessments must be within 5 percent of the calculated amount...
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...
Water Works votes to sue 3 area counties (Local News ~ 03/13/15)
STORM LAKE ― Des Moines Water Works officials voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday to proceed with its threatened lawsuit against drainage districts and boards of supervisors in Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun counties. They authorized up to a quarter-million dollars to fund legal costs...
Clay County designated a Home Base Iowa Community (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
Representatives from Clay County traveled to Fort Dodge Friday to participate in a recognition ceremony after being one of five new counties designated as a Home Base Iowa Community. Those attending were Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen; Joanne Follon, with the Iowa Lakes Corridor; Bob Becker, with Iowa Workforce Development; Linda Gray with Iowa Workforce Development; and Bill and Jane Campbell, with the Spencer Chamber of Commerce...
After 20 years, refugee to reunite with family (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
STORM LAKE -- After more than 20 years, Ruey Dei plans to reunite with his family in South Sudan, Africa. "Life and its' journeys take us beyond places that are unimaginable. Reminiscing back like it happened yesterday, my story began from the savanna of Jonglei State, South Sudan to the United States, a country my ancestors never encountered," he says...
Flyboard Romance (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
STORM LAKE -- On Dec. 7, 2014, Kristal Mayland had a visitor at her room at her hotel at "Margaritaville," Montego Bay, Jamaica, but it wasn't singer Jimmy Buffett looking for his lost shaker of salt -- and this guest wasn't knocking at the door. She was directed to step out on the second-floor oceanfront balcony, where her boyfriend Jeff Luft was slowly approaching on a Flyboard high above the aquamarine swells. ...
The CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 03/05/15)
The focus of this year's National Ethanol Conference in Dallas, Texas, was "Going Global." As ethanol production has stalled in the United States due to the E10 blend wall, other countries around the world are slowly finding a taste for cleaner burning fuel. ...
Hallgren bids farewell to the CCREC (Local News ~ 03/04/15)
For a final time, from 4:30-6 p.m. tonight, Scott Hallgren, Clay County Regional Events Center general manager, will take a bow at the facility he helped build into what it is today. On Monday, he will officially begin his new responsibilities as executive director of the VenuWorks-managed, Bridge View Center in Ottumwa...
Spencer ranked state's 6th best place to retire (Local News ~ 03/02/15)
Spencer was one of three communities located among Iowa's most northwest counties to be recognized as a retirement destination in the state. The home of the Clay County Fair and Dewey the Library Cat was named the sixth Best Place to Retire in Iowa in a recent ranking by SmartAsset following a study by the personal finance technology company. The study considers four main factors: taxes -- both income and sales tax; the number of doctors' offices; opportunity for recreation; and a social life...
Human trafficking: Local, state, federal officials vigilant to free teen prostitutes (Local News ~ 02/27/15)
STORM LAKE -- If you thought human trafficking couldn't happen in Iowa, think again, says Michael Ferjak, the senior criminal investigator for the Iowa Department of Justice. With a strong push from Ferjak, federal officials are weighing new laws that would in effect decriminalize prostitution involving underage girls, instead steering them toward helping services while the law goes after men who are coercing the girls into the lifestyle...
Northwest Region STEM Hub partnership renewed (Local News ~ 02/26/15)
Iowa Lakes Community College has received word that its agreement to serve as a Northwest Region Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Hub has been renewed for another three years. The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council reviewed performance reports and invited Molly Faber, Iowa Lakes STEM Hub programmer, to comment on the strengths and opportunities for growth moving forward...
Text alerts from banks are scams (Local News ~ 02/24/15)
A series of text messages were sent to people with phones through Verizon Wireless over the weekend, many of them claiming to be Northwest Bank, and asking the recipient to follow a link to input account information. These text messages are scams. "This isn't a bank-initiated thing," said Tarrel Storey, senior vice president of marketing at Northwest Bank in Spencer, said. "The messages are sent from fraudsters who are trying to collect information."...
Legislative Update (Opinion Column ~ 02/24/15)
Three years ago, I campaigned on opening up options in education. When HF 204 (a bill I sponsored) was passed off the House floor this week, Iowa took one step closer to opening more doors to education. There are currently two school districts in the state that operate online schools, (CAM in Anita and Clayton-Ridge) under a three-year pilot program set to expire on June 30th of this year. ...
Kruses named Master Pork Producers (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
Pork production has come a long way since Keith Kruse started working with his parents in 1976, including significant changes in biosecurity and animal separation practices. The Kruses, having kept up with these changes, were named 2014 Master Pork Producers by the Iowa Pork Producers Association...
When can officers stop a car? (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
BUENA VISTA COUNTY -- A local deputy erred in pulling over a car, even though the action brought about a forgery arrest against an illegal alien, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals. This week the court overturned a decision by Judge Patrick Carr in District Court for Buena Vista County...
BVU undertakes massive self-study as a guide to the future (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
STORM LAKE -- For Buena Vista University, everything is on the table -- everything. For the first time in the history of the campus, it is taking on what it calls "Prioritization" -- essentially an evaluation of every program and service it offers, academic and administrative...
Enrollment climbing across the state (Local News ~ 02/19/15)
Recent information released by the Iowa Department of Education shows that the number of students enrolled in public school in Iowa has risen each of the last four years. This increase is following 17 years of declining enrollment. The increase comes, in part, to an increase in birth rates between 2003 and 2008. ...
Estherville jury finds Sudbeck 'guilty' of murder (Local News ~ 02/19/15)
ESTHERVILLE -- An Emmet County jury found 36-year-old Scott Sudbeck of Estherville guilty of first-degree murder Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3. The jury believed Sudbeck went to the residence of 30-year-old Michaela Jordan of Estherville and intentionally shot her with a handgun on the night of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014...
Business Briefs (Local News ~ 02/16/15)
Kirt Carstens was rewarded last week with an earned player's spot in the Annexus Pro-Am golf tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Annexus Pro-Am was played Jan. 28 at the TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an annual PGA tour event. ...
Larry Johnson (Obituaries ~ 02/13/15)
Larry Allan Johnson, 76, of Spencer, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 2015, in the Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center. Larry was born on Aug. 24, 1938, at Bigelow, Nobles County, Minnesota to Vernon and Jessie (Engelkes) Johnson. He attended Bigelow grade school and graduated from Worthington High School in 1956. ...
Health care coverage enrollment deadline Sunday (Local News ~ 02/13/15)
In Iowa, 39,675 people have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces with the enrollment period deadline of Sunday, Feb. 15, looming on the horizon. "At this point, people have until 2 a.m. Monday -- but we say Sunday -- if they're shopping online," Julie Brookhart, public affairs specialist with the Regional External Affairs Team out of the Kansas City Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said...
Business property tax credit deadline looms closer (Local News ~ 02/05/15)
Owners of certain types of commercial, industrial and railroad properties have until March 15 to apply for Iowa's Business Property Tax Credit, which was passed in 2013. According to Clay County Assessor John Lawson, the credit is a benefit to all businesses that apply...
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 02/05/15)

Clay County hog farmers named 2014 Master Pork Producers (Local News ~ 02/02/15)

Take Care 2015: Take care of the environment (Local News ~ 01/30/15)

Spencer ranked 10th safest in Iowa (Local News ~ 01/30/15)

Spencer archers to compete at Johnston for Iowa Games (High School Sports ~ 01/30/15)

Iowa highway safety laws in the red (Local News ~ 01/29/15)

Fitzpatrick to be resentenced (Local News ~ 01/28/15)

Vosberg, Leckband to wed Aug. 8 (Engagements ~ 01/28/15)

Toft supports Clay County small towns (Local News ~ 01/26/15)

Helma Hofsommer (Obituaries ~ 01/26/15)

Seasons Center looking at potential expansion of Autumn's Center (Local News ~ 01/23/15)

Former HLP teacher, probation officer's trial delayed (Local News ~ 01/23/15)

Randy's Review: 'American Sniper' (Entertainment ~ 01/22/15)

Simpson keeping Spencer blue (Local News ~ 01/19/15)

Wiemers promotes community, new education opportunities (Local News ~ 01/15/15)

Schrunk's film career includes travels around the world (Local News ~ 01/15/15)

Ex-soldier sentenced in daughter's death (Local News ~ 01/15/15)

'It's its own, beautiful thing' (Local News ~ 01/14/15)

The Perfect Fit (High School Sports ~ 01/09/15)

Botcher, Harrington trials rescheduled a second time (Local News ~ 01/07/15)

Back into the swing of things (Opinion Column ~ 01/07/15)

The cowardly lion (Opinion Column ~ 01/02/15)

Newest Habitat home dedicated (Local News ~ 12/25/14)

Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year -- No. 2 (High School Sports ~ 12/25/14)

Elliott to perform at West O (Local News ~ 12/25/14)

Iowa land values take largest hit since 1986 (Local News ~ 12/22/14)

Running the World Race (Local News ~ 12/22/14)

Simonsen approved for $300K Iowa EDA loan (Local News ~ 12/19/14)

CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 12/19/14)

Graettinger man injured in collision with semi (Local News ~ 12/17/14)

Council approves SMU loan (Local News ~ 12/15/14)

ILCC wins 2 Mid-America Economic Development Council Awards (Local News ~ 12/15/14)

Helping Hands living up to its name in Albert City (Local News ~ 12/11/14)

Three trials rescheduled (Local News ~ 12/10/14)

Military Briefs (Local News ~ 12/10/14)

St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Week (Local News ~ 12/08/14)

Be safe this Thanksgiving holiday by buckling up (Opinion Column ~ 11/24/14)

The next step (High School Sports ~ 11/21/14)

New Spirit Lake city hall opened Thursday (Local News ~ 11/21/14)

Adoption secures the blessings of hope, home (Opinion Column ~ 11/21/14)

Slater named 2014 Realtor of the Year (Local News ~ 11/21/14)

Judge change in McDaniel case (Local News ~ 11/19/14)

Changes in health coverage suggest positive trend (Local News ~ 11/14/14)

Heart transplant survivor shares with students (Local News ~ 11/14/14)

A Guiding Hand (Local News ~ 11/13/14)

Mustangs advance to championship (High School Sports ~ 11/13/14)

Fairview Elementary incorporates garden into learning (Local News ~ 11/07/14)

May 2015 date likely to settle Mrs. Lady's case (Local News ~ 11/07/14)

A forgotten holiday? (Opinion Column ~ 11/07/14)

2014 Iowa Election Roundup (Local News ~ 11/05/14)

Sirens (Local News ~ 11/03/14)

Autumn's Center (Local News ~ 10/31/14)

Unemployment rate doubled in Storm Lake since '90s, but jobs are there (Local News ~ 10/31/14)

State Representative House District 2 (Local News ~ 10/29/14)

'That Tree' (Local News ~ 10/27/14)

NWIA All-Stars struggle on day one (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)

Hansen named National Merit Scholarship 'Commended Student' (Local News ~ 10/24/14)

Annual Basketball Alumni Games/Drug Awareness Clinic (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)

Iowa Lakes men's basketball releases schedule (High School Sports ~ 10/23/14)

Retired state analyst challenges auditor for post
 (Local News ~ 10/22/14)

Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (Local News ~ 10/22/14)

CCF Speedway to have weekly races (Professional Sports ~ 10/20/14)

High 5 Program (Opinion Column ~ 10/17/14)

Remembering Kyle by rewarding others (Local News ~ 10/15/14)

Special education population jumps dramatically (Local News ~ 10/10/14)

Roti named 'Friends' executive director (Local News ~ 10/03/14)

'Saturday Night Baths and Sunday Dinners' (Local News ~ 09/29/14)

Forever Gold: Iowa Select teammates remember Chris Street (High School Sports ~ 09/29/14)

SMU moving on water treatment facility overhaul (Local News ~ 09/25/14)

Bohnenkamp named Iowa Agent of the Year (Local News ~ 09/25/14)

Relief coming back to Clay County (Local News ~ 09/24/14)

Junior All-Stars heading to Chicago (High School Sports ~ 09/24/14)

Plymouth county man sentenced on meth conviction (Local News ~ 09/24/14)

Farmers Trust & Savings Bank named IFA Top Iowa Lender (Local News ~ 09/22/14)

Korean War pilot details life in the clouds (Local News ~ 09/18/14)