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Mannheim Steamroller tickets on sale Monday (Local News ~ 07/22/16)
Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller's Dec. 15 performance at the Clay County Regional Events Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The unique Christmas classic music show tickets are $69 for VIP seating and $54 for reserved seating. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the events center box office, online at midwestix.com or via phone by calling 515-244-2771...
Patchwork Quilt (Opinion Column ~ 07/18/16)
In May, Elderbridge was notified by the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Crime Victim Assistance Division that our agency was awarded a Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. According to the award letter, dated May 6, the Crime Victim Assistance Board voted to honor Elderbridge with a grant in the amount of $123,169 annually for a period of three years...
Selah to open Okoboji Bible Conference (Local News ~ 07/14/16)
ARNOLDS PARK -- With eight No. 1 singles to their credit, Christian music group Selah opens the Okoboji Bible Conference at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Tabernacle at 69 West Broadway in Arnolds Park. The non-ticketed, open seating concert launches the annual conference which runs through Sunday, Aug. 7...
Around Campus (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."...
Mega Millions pushing $540 million (Local News ~ 07/07/16)
The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps climbing and climbing in what has become the longest jackpot run in the history of the game. Strong sales in Iowa and across the country have raised the jackpot to an estimated $540 million annuity, $380 million lump-sum option for tonight's drawing. It remains at No. 3 on the list of the largest Mega Millions jackpots of all time and No. 7 among the largest jackpots in North America...
Riverview Terrace Assisted Living Tenant of the Week (Local News ~ 07/04/16)
Thelma Skelton married her Greenville High School sweetheart, Charles Mills, Oct. 6, 1946, at the Little Brown Church near Nashua. Together, the Mills rented their first farm, in rural Sioux Rapids, beginning in the 1947 crop year. A family was started the next year...
Delores Chamberlain (Obituaries ~ 07/01/16)
Funeral services for Delores Fare Chamberlain, 94, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Jan Whiteman will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer with family present from 5-7 p.m...
Mental health care shortage 'a huge struggle' (Local News ~ 07/01/16)
According to a new study, there are just 26 mental health patient beds available for 3.1 million Iowans. "Dead last. That's Iowa's new ranking in mental health beds available for our citizens," House Democratic Leader Mark Smith was quoted recently. "It's an embarrassing ranking and a critical situation for Iowa families with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses."...
Christensen trial moves to closing arguments (Local News ~ 06/29/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Three things will be on an Emmet County jury's agenda Thursday. They'll hear closing arguments. They'll receive jury instructions from Judge David Lester. And, if Thursday goes as planned, they may adjourn to a jury room to decide whether or not 19-year-old Lee Christiansen is guilty of first-degree murder...
Public invited to meet fire chief finalists (Local News ~ 06/27/16)
Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen confirmed that the pool of candidates for Spencer fire chief has been narrowed to five. The remaining candidates are Jay Bohan, John Conyn, Blake Deiber, Chuck Stansfield and Mark Stover. These five candidates will be available for a public meet and greet in the City Council chambers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on June 29. Prior to this, city staff will hold a private meeting with the candidates...
Testimony begins on day 3 of Christensen trial (Local News ~ 06/24/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- An Emmet County Jury will have to decide which version of Lee Christensen to believe. Defense attorney Leon Spies of Iowa City wants the jury to see a heartbroken, but successful, teenager who struggled to meet his own expectations. That version of Christensen lashed out at a rival suitor in a moment of passion, but lacked the planning and forethought needed to warrant a first-degree murder charge...
Iowa Lakes hires new volleyball coach (High School Sports ~ 06/24/16)
Iowa Lakes Director of Athletics Troy Larson announced Thursday that Lea Hartigan will become the new head volleyball coach. She will also take over the role of Success Center Instructor for the Estherville campus. Hartigan spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. ...
The best defense (Local News ~ 06/17/16)
The Clay County Emergency Management is preparing to update its hazard mitigation plan. The current plan was prepared in 2013 and FEMA requires an updated plan every five years. Recently, Cara Elbert, a planner with the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission, and Eric Tigges, with the Clay County Emergency Management, met with the Clay County Board of Supervisors to inform them of a $225,000 grant they will be applying for. ...
Former Laker named NAIA Player of the Year (High School Sports ~ 06/17/16)
A 2014 baseball player at Iowa Lakes Community College has been named NAIA National Player of the Year. Manny DeLeon, who played as a Laker during the 2013-14 season, transferred to Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas and played two years for the BlueJays...
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...
Nell Dykshoorn (Obituaries ~ 06/13/16)
Funeral services for Pieternelle "Nell" Bessie Dykshoorn, 87, of Spencer, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer. Rev. Jay Van Gelder officiated the service. Visitation was conducted from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
Around Campus (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...
Portz to close out SPARC season tonight (Local News ~ 06/09/16)
SPARC Concert Series will present Danika Portz as the last concert performer of the 2016 season. Portz will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight at SCT Playhouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Portz is a singer/songwriter from the town of Remsen, population 1,600, and she has been singing for as long as she can remember. ...
Iltis, McCloud set August date (Engagements ~ 06/08/16)
Mark and Heidi Iltis, of LeClaire, announce the engagement of their daughter, Naomi, to Ian McCloud, son of Keith and Mary McCloud, of Spencer. Naomi is a 2011 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and a 2015 graduate of Concordia University Nebraska. She is currently a nursing student at the University of Iowa...
Milford native named to oversee transparency for governor (Local News ~ 06/06/16)
DES MOINES -- Gov. Terry Branstad has announced that Keith Luchtel will serve as a special advisor for government transparency in the Branstad-Reynolds administration. Luchtel replaces Bill Monroe, a former Spencer Daily Reporter publisher, who retired this month and who has served in the administration since February 2011...
GOP Primary U.S. House Q&A - Rick Bertrand (Local News ~ 06/03/16)
Married to Tammy, 18 years; with children: Addison, 8, Will, 6 and Henry, 4. Commercial developer Attended Iowa Central Community College -- then to UNI for graduation in economics and political science -- now expected to graduate master's with honors in organizational leadership from Bellevue University...
Portz to close out SPARC concert season (Local News ~ 06/02/16)
SPARC Concert Series will present Danika Portz as the last concert performer of the 2016 season. Portz will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at SCT Playhouse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Portz is a singer/songwriter from the town of Remsen, population 1,600, and she has been singing for as long as she can remember. ...
Wines & Vines: InnSpiration sees new developments (Local News ~ 05/30/16)
LINN GROVE -- InnSpiration Winery in Linn Grove has seen a lot of changes since opening their doors in March 2013 -- the winery/inn has had continued growth in bookings for people who want to experience the bucolic, pastoral settings of rural northwest Iowa, and sample some of the best wine the state has to offer. Paul and Shelia Thomsen own and operate the establishment, which boasts live music from spring until late fall...
Destination Iowa (Local News ~ 05/27/16)
This weekly series from Courtney Carstens throughout the summer will feature destinations and opportunities throughout the region that are good for a weekend trip. SAC CITY -- It's not every day that a town and the people in the area have the opportunity to set a world record for anything, let alone the world's largest popcorn ball. On June 18, people from all around are welcome to meet up in Sac City and help build the next largest popcorn ball at 8,000 pounds...
Y offers water safety instruction (Local News ~ 05/19/16)
The month of May celebrates Water Safety Month and in conjunction with that the Spencer Family Y invited kindergarten and first-grade students to participate in the Y's Water Safety Week which took place through May 19. Four schools participated in this event -- Clay Central-Everly, Johnson Elementary, Sacred Heart and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School. ...
(A few of) my favorite books (Other ~ 05/19/16)

Collision clogs Highway 18 for 4 hours (Local News ~ 05/14/16)

Head-on collision injures 3 (Local News ~ 05/14/16)

Annual 'Whisker Walk' to benefit People for Pets (Local News ~ 05/11/16)

Spooner, Maxheimer to wed June 11 (Engagements ~ 05/11/16)

SHS speech, drama students honored (Local News ~ 05/09/16)

Senior class changes song in honor of passed classmates (Local News ~ 05/05/16)

2 transported following collision east of Dickens (Local News ~ 05/04/16)

Spencer native introduces Chargers' pick (Local News ~ 05/02/16)

Betty Engelke (Obituaries ~ 04/28/16)

Councilman: Does Storm Lake need rental inspections? (Local News ~ 04/22/16)

The Johnson Report (Opinion Column ~ 04/22/16)

Veterinary technician program popular at Iowa Lakes (Local News ~ 04/22/16)

Guest Commentary (Opinion Column ~ 04/20/16)

Boater reminder: Pull the drain plugs (High School Sports ~ 04/15/16)

Music Review: 'Lukas Graham' (Business ~ 04/14/16)

Life Lessons (Local News ~ 04/13/16)

'Busted' (Local News ~ 04/09/16)

The path to 200 (High School Sports ~ 04/09/16)

Where have the white bass gone? (Local News ~ 04/09/16)

Heil, Helmink announce June wedding (Engagements ~ 04/06/16)

West O Beer achieves 'Best in Iowa' with CocO Stout (Local News ~ 04/01/16)

Weekend Destination (Local News ~ 04/01/16)

2nd vocation leads Moschenrose to Spencer (Local News ~ 03/31/16)

Zenkovich, Vanderberg announce September wedding (Engagements ~ 03/30/16)

Spencer Community Gardens receive Hy-Vee One Step grant (Local News ~ 03/28/16)

FEMA decision offers new hope for electric cooperatives (Local News ~ 03/25/16)

2 cars collide at Fourth and Grand Sunday (Local News ~ 03/23/16)

Zenkovich, Vandenberg announce September wedding (Engagements ~ 03/23/16)

Merchant, Schulz to wed Aug. 6 (Engagements ~ 03/23/16)

Casting for recovery (Local News ~ 03/21/16)

Sac County wants popcorn ball world record back (Local News ~ 03/18/16)

Russel Auberg (Obituaries ~ 03/17/16)

What's Don is Don (High School Sports ~ 03/11/16)

Sippin' green beer this year? Find a safe ride home (Opinion Column ~ 03/11/16)

2 canines shot test positive as wolves (High School Sports ~ 03/11/16)

What you need to know about Zika virus (Local News ~ 03/04/16)

Aiming for a 3-peat (High School Sports ~ 03/04/16)

Chickadee Tax Check-off seeking rise in donations on 2015 tax forms (High School Sports ~ 03/04/16)

Okoboji reveals 2 superintendent finalists (Local News ~ 02/24/16)

Dana Hubbard (Obituaries ~ 02/24/16)

Celtic guitarist featured in concert (Local News ~ 02/18/16)

Brotherly Love (Local News ~ 02/12/16)

49th general CRP signup underway (High School Sports ~ 02/12/16)

Patchwork Quilt (Opinion Column ~ 02/08/16)

IGLFC to host fishing seminar Feb. 11 (High School Sports ~ 02/05/16)

Vilsack announces additional support for Iowa producers (High School Sports ~ 02/05/16)

Woodall takes 'lead' at Sacred Heart (Local News ~ 02/04/16)

Bridging the Gap, Part 1 of 3 (Local News ~ 02/03/16)

Learning disguised as fun (Local News ~ 01/29/16)

Contributions to Chickadee Check-off continues its modest rise (High School Sports ~ 01/29/16)

Patchwork Quilt (Opinion Column ~ 01/25/16)

Gjerde to play softball at Iowa Lakes (High School Sports ~ 01/25/16)

I wonder if it will mean anything (Opinion Column ~ 01/23/16)

McDaniel sentenced to 10 years (Local News ~ 01/22/16)

Appeals court upholds Norem's kidnapping conviction (Local News ~ 01/22/16)

Christie calls Iran deal into question during Milford stop (Local News ~ 01/20/16)

Deltano to headline 'No Apologies' event (Local News ~ 01/14/16)

Power play (Local News ~ 01/08/16)

Spencer library issues community challenge (Local News ~ 01/07/16)

A dream in the making (Local News ~ 01/04/16)

NO. 1 FEATURE STORY OF THE YEAR (Local News ~ 01/01/16)

Sharing rare air (Local News ~ 01/01/16)

ILCC student sports championship ring (Local News ~ 01/01/16)

The court of the absurd (Opinion Column ~ 01/01/16)

NO. 5 NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR (Local News ~ 12/23/15)

NW Iowa bucks downward ag land trend (Local News ~ 12/23/15)

Sether, Ferguson set May date (Engagements ~ 12/23/15)

World of Outlaws to return to CCF in 2016 (High School Sports ~ 12/18/15)

2016 hunting, fishing licenses on sale Dec. 15 (High School Sports ~ 12/18/15)

'Right now we need the 'doing' (Local News ~ 12/17/15)

RiseFest lineup adds Crowder, Tomlin, Mandisa, Maher (Local News ~ 12/17/15)

St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Week (Local News ~ 12/14/15)

Conservation Reserve Program general signup now open (Local News ~ 12/12/15)

Helene Simons (Obituaries ~ 12/09/15)