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Take Care 2015: Take care of the environment (Local News ~ 01/30/15)
Of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Years resolutions, about 8 percent of them successfully achieve the resolution by the end of the year. Over the course of the next five weeks, Take Care 2015 will look at local resources to help community members successfully achieve their resolutions in health, finances, education and employment, community involvement and environmental consciousness...
Spencer ranked 10th safest in Iowa (Local News ~ 01/30/15)
"Of course this isn't the first time Spencer's name has been mentioned in the media -- it has been named one of the best places to live and even one of the best small towns for art in America -- and underlying all that charm is its safety." -- Motovo Safest Places in Iowa analysis...
Spencer archers to compete at Johnston for Iowa Games (High School Sports ~ 01/30/15)
JOHNSTON -- Over six hundred youth, including 23 Tigers, will be competing in the archery competition of the 2015 Winter Iowa Games powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project. Partnering with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the event takes place Saturday at Johnston High School and Middle School...
Iowa highway safety laws in the red (Local News ~ 01/29/15)
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released a report rating each state on how many of the 15 highway safety laws the organization recommends to increase highway safety the state has adopted. Iowa was rated as a red state for only having five of the 15 recommended laws adopted...
Fitzpatrick to be resentenced (Local News ~ 01/28/15)
Appeals court affirms convictions, vacates sentence The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Christopher Calvert Fitzpatrick, of Spencer, for voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, but vacated his sentence and remanded the case for re-sentencing in its filing Wednesday morning.
Vosberg, Leckband to wed Aug. 8 (Engagements ~ 01/28/15)
Robert and Carol Vosberg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Vosberg to Jordan Leckband, son of Kent and Julie Leckband, of Newton. Meghan is a 2008 Spencer High School graduate and 2013 graduate of Simpson College. She resides and teaches preschool in West Des Moines...
Toft supports Clay County small towns (Local News ~ 01/26/15)
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 ninth story in the series. --- Name: Iesha Toft Age: 29 Occupation: Little Mavs Child Care Center director...
Helma Hofsommer (Obituaries ~ 01/26/15)
Services for Helma Hofsommer, 102, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Len Halvorson will officiate the service. Visitation with the family present will be conducted beginning 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Seasons Center looking at potential expansion of Autumn's Center (Local News ~ 01/23/15)
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health, an Avera Partner, indicated its plans for Autumn's Center, the first of its kind regional children's center, are growing to match an increased number of children who require Seasons' services. The Center was originally scheduled to open in 2015, and will be located in Spencer...
Former HLP teacher, probation officer's trial delayed (Local News ~ 01/23/15)
LAKE PARK -- The trial has been delayed for a former juvenile court worker from Storm Lake who is accused of promising to eliminate a 14-year-old offender's community service requirements in exchange for sex acts. Trent Prather was a fourth-grade teacher in the Harris-Lake Park School District during the 2013-14 school year. He was arrested Monday, June 16, by Storm Lake Police as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Storm Lake...
Randy's Review: 'American Sniper' (Entertainment ~ 01/22/15)
Clint Eastwood's direction and Bradley Cooper's action capture the true horrors of the ongoing battle against terrorism as it spills from the battlefields of Iraq to the home front for the American soldier. Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, who earned the title of "Legend" for his sniper services as a U.S. ...
Simpson keeping Spencer blue (Local News ~ 01/19/15)
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 fifth story in the series. --- Despite her preference to remain behind the scenes, Alison Simpson was honored with two volunteerism awards for her efforts in Spencer in 2014...
Wiemers promotes community, new education opportunities (Local News ~ 01/15/15)
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 third story in the series. --- Name: Elli Wiemers Age: 46 Occupation: Spencer High School principal...
Schrunk's film career includes travels around the world (Local News ~ 01/15/15)
Nick Schrunk's passport has plenty of stamps. He's trekked the Himalayas in Nepal, climbed mountains in the Far East. He's visited the southern island of New Zealand and experienced the nightlife of Barcelona. But ask the 2004 Spirit Lake graduate about his favorite places and he's likely to give you one of the most well-known lines in movie history...
Ex-soldier sentenced in daughter's death (Local News ~ 01/15/15)
STORM LAKE -- A Storm Lake man has been sentenced to six years in prison for causing the brain injury death of his 4-year-old daughter in Alabama in 2011. A federal judge in Alabama Friday sentenced Benjamin Schrad, 31, a former soldier at Fort Rucker. The maximum sentence would have been eight years...
'It's its own, beautiful thing' (Local News ~ 01/14/15)
While they are technically based in Kansas City, Missouri, "Penny," the stage name for Erin McGrane, was born and raised in Spencer. "My mom lived in Spencer until she became ill and then moved down to spend her last year in Texas," McGrane said. "After she passed away, we had a big memorial service for her there (in Spencer) in 2002, but that was the last time I've spent a significant amount of time there."...
The Perfect Fit (High School Sports ~ 01/09/15)
Spencer ADs practice aid invention goes nationwide
Botcher, Harrington trials rescheduled a second time (Local News ~ 01/07/15)
For the second time, the separate trials of Anthony Botcher and Jaykie Harrington were rescheduled Tuesday. A motion for continuance for the pretrial for Anthony Botcher's second-degree sexual abuse case was requested by both the state and Botcher's attorney Jack Bjornstad...
Back into the swing of things (Opinion Column ~ 01/07/15)
All is calm and quiet now as the holiday season comes to a close. The whirlwind of holiday fun with Christmas and New Year's the past two weeks has definitely died down. Now it is time to return to the normal ebb and flow of our routines. Due to both Christmas and New Years falling on Thursdays this year, I have had a two-week reprieve from writing a weekly column. So much has happened in that time...
The cowardly lion (Opinion Column ~ 01/02/15)
The NFL playoffs are finally here. It's taken 17 weeks of fantasy football heart attacks (congratulations to all the league champions out there), but we've made it to win-or-go home time. Even if your team didn't make it into the field of 12, there's no denying the entertainment value of playoff football unless Florida State is involved. ...
Newest Habitat home dedicated (Local News ~ 12/25/14)
LAKE PARK -- Every house has a story. The one at 1204 Clayton Street in Lake Park is a story that begins with compassion. The Kris and John Newton family received the keys to their Habit for Humanity home during a ceremony Sunday, Dec. 14, in Lake Park. The Northwest Iowa Habitat for Humanity group builds homes for families and alternates between Dickinson and Clay counties every other year -- the most recent home, in Everly, was completed in 2011...
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year -- No. 2 (High School Sports ~ 12/25/14)
Originally published October 11, 2014 Sioux Central's Devin Tripp rumbled his way into the runner-up position on our list back on Friday, Oct. 10 when he had one of, if not the best game on the ground in Iowa high school football history. Playing against Le Mars Gehlen on the road, the Rebels were greatly in need of a district victory to keep playoff hopes alive, and Tripp as well his teammates in the trenches responded with a state record-breaking 549 yard game to pair with a record-tying nine touchdowns in a 64-32 victory. ...
Elliott to perform at West O (Local News ~ 12/25/14)
MILFORD -- Award-winning Iowa songwriter Chad Elliott will perform at West O Beer in Milford at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, with special guest J. Jeffrey Messerole opening. Elliott, winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge, performs a mix of Americana, blues and roots music including original songs. He has performed over 200 shows in the past 12 months, logging miles crisscrossing the nation from Utah to New York and as far south as Texas...
Iowa land values take largest hit since 1986 (Local News ~ 12/22/14)
Across Iowa, land values decreased an average of 8.9 percent from 2013. According to Iowa State University's 2014 Land Value Survey, this is the largest decrease in Iowa land values since 1986. Mike Duffy, preparer of the Iowa Value Survey and emeritus professor of economics at ISU, said Iowa's record high land prices were the result of high commodity prices and record low interest rates...
Running the World Race (Local News ~ 12/22/14)
For Heather Brown and Mercy Preston, 2015 will be a year unlike any they've ever experienced. Beginning Jan. 1, the two will fly to Thailand with a group of others from across the United States to launch The World Race, an 11-month mission experience through 11 countries. They will meet the other members of their team, from South Korea and South Africa, in Thailand and begin their mission work...
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)

Only at the Fair' attracts 323,288 to 2014 CCF (Local News ~ 09/18/14)

SHS honors top academic students (Local News ~ 09/17/14)

Mosiman seeks election as incumbent (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Spencer Fire Department earns safety award (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Saturday at the Fair (Local News ~ 09/12/14)

Library battles the book banners (Local News ~ 09/12/14)

Veterans First Center forced to close (Local News ~ 09/11/14)

McDaniel trial pushed back to December (Local News ~ 09/10/14)

Cybercrime on attorney general candidate's radar (Local News ~ 09/10/14)

ISU Insect Zoo part of Family Day (Local News ~ 09/08/14)

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)