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'Come Home to the Clay County Fair' in 17 (Local News ~ 09/23/16)
"You hate to always say 'if' -- but if we had a full day on Thursday, we possibly could have had a record day in all aspects," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said, reflecting on the 2016 edition of the "World's Greatest County Fair." In terms of attendance, 2016 came up short of last year's 330,000 which is the second highest figure of all time. The all-time record was set in 2013 with 334,000 guests visiting the grounds. This year's fair topped out at 325,011...
Fagen to represent Spencer at Blue Zones Summit (Local News ~ 09/21/16)
Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen has been chosen to represent the Spencer area at the Blue Zones Project Summit. The summit will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 16-18. Fagen said that this will be the second Blue Zones summit, the first being held in Des Moines last year...
Today at the Fair: Sept. 17 (Local News ~ 09/16/16)
7:30 p.m. Prices are $33 (general admission stage front standing), $28 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $23 (general admission bleacher seating). Rock legends Three Dog Night, with openers Kory & The Fireflies, will provide the entertainment on the U.S. Cellular Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight...
Today at the Fair: Sept. 16 (Local News ~ 09/15/16)
6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Adult Reserved Seating tickets are $39 with Adult General Admission tickets are $36. Kid Reserved Seating tickets are $19 and Kid General Admission tickets are $16...
'13 Hours in Benghazi' hero 'Tanto' Paronto to appear at CCF (Local News ~ 09/09/16)
CommStock Investments and supporting sponsors announce that Chris "Tanto" Paronto will be speaking at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Clay County Fair for a private customer appreciation crowd at the Events Center. He will conduct a book signing following the event which would be open to the public...
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 09/08/16)
As farmers, feeding the world is one of the noblest causes a person can do, so for our customer appreciation event, CommStock Investments has called upon someone that we can all look up to with the highest respect and admiration. Kris "Tanto" Paronto is coming to our Clay County Fair event...
Gridiron Glance (High School Sports ~ 09/08/16)
Spencer opened up the 2015 campaign by welcoming a highly touted group of Humboldt Wildcats to Dale Norton Field and promptly brought them down to earth with a 24-13 victory. The Tigers allowed just 160 yards of offense in the contest while getting 100-yard games from Dylan Ellis and Dylan Holst. Humboldt went on to finish the season with a 4-6 record, bowing out in the first round of the postseason...
Hurst left his mark on Clay County Fair (Local News ~ 09/03/16)
Just a week ahead of the 2016 Clay County Fair, one its fathers and regular attendees has passed away. Phil Hurst, the face of the Clay County Fair for many years, passed away Friday at his home in Spencer. Service information was not available by press time Friday...
Ar-We-Va thumps ailing Mavs (High School Sports ~ 09/03/16)
WESTSIDE -- With three seniors, including standout tailback and linebacker Pete Trierweiler, standing on the sidelines with nagging injuries, Clay Central-Everly took on a full force Ar-We-Va team Friday night, looking to build on the program's first win since 2013 in week one...
Spencer Y welcomes new directors (Local News ~ 09/01/16)
Recent openings on the Spencer Family Y directors staff allowed Paige Gaedke and Cailee Ann Conlon to step up and bring their skills to the team. Gaedke was recently hired to operate as the youth program director and Conlon was hired to as the aquatics director...
Remembering Gene Wilder (Local News ~ 09/01/16)
Widely regarded as one of the best comedic actors of his time, Gene Wilder has passed away at 83 due to complications of Alzheimer's, leaving the world a slightly less amusing place. The man could transform a movie with a subtle facial expression or pregnant pause, or crack up an audience with athletic slapstick -- the closest we've seen to a modern Charlie Chaplin...
Substitute teacher charged with sexual exploitation (Local News ~ 08/31/16)
IDA COUNTY -- An area substitute teacher is facing charges for alleged sexual exploitation of underage students. John Tietsort, 32, of Battle Creek, was arrested last week and has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee and three counts of lascivious conduct with a minor...
Mavs hold off CO-U, snap 24-game skid (High School Sports ~ 08/27/16)
ROYAL -- It's 2016, and the Clay Central-Everly Mavericks are undefeated on the gridiron, holding off a Charter Oak-Ute comeback Friday night to win 30-28. The victory is CC-E's first since 2013 and snaps a 24-game skid. "It's awesome. We know it's awesome, but we also know we've got some work to do," Maverick coach Dan Heissel said. ...
Diverse group of panelists tackle clean water topics (High School Sports ~ 08/26/16)
The Okoboji Blue Water Festival held Saturday, Aug. 13, at Preservation Plaza on the shores of West Okoboji was a true celebration of all that is "good" about our clean water efforts. That being said, there is so much more to do, and in our lifetime so little time in which to do it...
Gridiron Glance (High School Sports ~ 08/25/16)
The Tigers and E-Hawks actually tied it up in week two last year with both teams coming off of impressive week one wins. Spencer proceeded to travel east and put the hurt on Emmetsburg, rolling to a 27-0 victory on the strength of a massive defensive line that held the E-Hawks' up-tempo run scheme to just 121 yards of total offense. ...
Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 08/24/16)
The winner of the annual Jack Wedel Community Service Award must possess volunteer and leadership qualities. The award was designed to recognize a person (couple) or organization for outstanding volunteer contributions. The award focuses on the amount of volunteer participation, interest and leadership shown in the past 12 months...
Come enjoy the Bee & Butterfly Festival (High School Sports ~ 08/19/16)
OKOBOJI ― We've been searching and searching for monarch eggs and caterpillars, and disappointment has seemed the rule of the day as of late. According to the University of Kansas' Monarch Watch program, a sleet storm hit monarch overwintering sites in Mexico in March. Some butterflies had already started north, but numbers reported up to 50 percent of monarchs that remained were killed, although percentages varied from colony to colony...
Dedication to community earns Gregg character award (Local News ~ 08/18/16)
Drake University awarded Valerie Gregg with the Iowa Character Award for her service in the Spencer community. Gregg, along with her husband, founded the charitable organization Community 4 Kids to support struggling families in the community. "We mainly help the families of children to give them support. Usually it is done by donating food, but during Christmas we really try to go above and beyond by giving Christmas presents too," Gregg said...
Maxheimer, Spooner wed in Cambridge (Weddings ~ 08/03/16)
Aaron Spooner, son of Ann and Norman Spooner, of Spencer, was united in marriage to Sarah Maxheimer, daughter of Ron and Kim Maxheimer, of Belmond, and Cathy and Dennis Bruley, of Clarion, on June 11, 2016. The ceremony, reception and dance was conducted at The Chateau at White Oak Vineyard at Cambridge, Iowa...
Schmidts fall short of record, form charitable research association (Local News ~ 08/01/16)
Saturday morning, the descendants of Hans Schmidt flooded the Clay County Fairgrounds as they attended the Schmidt Family Reunion. Genealogist Josiah Schmidt had begun planning the event in 2013 and worked since then to contact as many relatives as possible...
Annual pheasant survey begins Aug. 1 (High School Sports ~ 07/29/16)
DES MOINES -- Iowa's 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird. Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said snowfall totals, spring rain and nesting temperature all have a roll in pheasant survival and nesting success. ...
Around Campus (Local News ~ 07/29/16)
Two Iowa State University students from Clay County were each presented $500 scholarships from the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District. (Above) Josie McCarty, daughter of Allen and Javotte McCarty, of Linn Grove, and Ryan Crew, son of Peter and Andrea Crew, of Spencer, received their award at the monthly District Commissioners Meeting. ...
Seed company gets an earful from farmers (Local News ~ 07/28/16)
Aug. 18, representatives from the law firm of Mauro, Archer and Associates will conduct a meeting at the Everly Community Center. The firm will be discussing recent lawsuits being brought against corn seed supplier Syngenta. The firm has been holding such meetings in an effort to inform corn farmers who may have been impacted by Syngenta's alleged misconduct about recouping some of their losses...
Former Laker swimmer qualifies for Olympics (Other Sports ~ 07/28/16)
A former Iowa Lakes Community College swimmer has qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games in the 50-meter freestyle. Giordan Harris will represent his home country of Marshall Islands at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. Harris swam at Iowa Lakes Community College from 2013-2015. He previously swam for the Marshall Islands in the 2012 Olympics in London...
Spencer couple represent Clay County (Local News ~ 07/27/16)
Bri Pullen was elected to be the Historian of the Young Farmer Advisory Committee for the Iowa Farm Bureau at their most recent meeting. Pullen is a paraprofessional for a behavior school working with behavior challenged students in grades K-12. "As the historian I will be photographing and recording events throughout the year and putting them up online," Pullen said...
Former Laker signs with Padres' farm system (Other Sports ~ 07/27/16)

Mannheim Steamroller tickets on sale Monday (Local News ~ 07/22/16)

Patchwork Quilt (Opinion Column ~ 07/18/16)

Selah to open Okoboji Bible Conference (Local News ~ 07/14/16)

Around Campus (Local News ~ 07/08/16)

Mega Millions pushing $540 million (Local News ~ 07/07/16)

Riverview Terrace Assisted Living Tenant of the Week (Local News ~ 07/04/16)

Delores Chamberlain (Obituaries ~ 07/01/16)

Mental health care shortage 'a huge struggle' (Local News ~ 07/01/16)

Christensen trial moves to closing arguments (Local News ~ 06/29/16)

Public invited to meet fire chief finalists (Local News ~ 06/27/16)

Testimony begins on day 3 of Christensen trial (Local News ~ 06/24/16)

Iowa Lakes hires new volleyball coach (High School Sports ~ 06/24/16)

The best defense (Local News ~ 06/17/16)

Former Laker named NAIA Player of the Year (High School Sports ~ 06/17/16)

Fire chief candidates narrowed to 10 (Local News ~ 06/15/16)

Nell Dykshoorn (Obituaries ~ 06/13/16)

Around Campus (Local News ~ 06/10/16)

Portz to close out SPARC season tonight (Local News ~ 06/09/16)

Iltis, McCloud set August date (Engagements ~ 06/08/16)

Milford native named to oversee transparency for governor (Local News ~ 06/06/16)

GOP Primary U.S. House Q&A - Rick Bertrand (Local News ~ 06/03/16)

Portz to close out SPARC concert season (Local News ~ 06/02/16)

Wines & Vines: InnSpiration sees new developments (Local News ~ 05/30/16)

Destination Iowa (Local News ~ 05/27/16)

Y offers water safety instruction (Local News ~ 05/19/16)

(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)