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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)
A little secret: I had a book read for review this week. But I thought it would be more appropriate to cover some of my favorite books that I've read and reviewed over the last four and a half years. I'm going with five, in part because that's all of the space I anticipate I'll have. I imagine I've reviewed almost 200 books for the Daily Reporter, however, so my full list is likely a lot longer...
Collision clogs Highway 18 for 4 hours (Local News ~ 05/14/16)
DICKENS -- Eastbound traffic was backed up a mile, travel was limited for approximately four hours and a pair of ambulances were needed to transport injured following a Friday morning accident, just before 8 a.m., at the intersection of U.S. Highway 18 and Clay County Road N-14 -- also known as the Terril blacktop -- east of Dickens. This marks the second accident at the same intersection in less than two weeks...
Head-on collision injures 3 (Local News ~ 05/14/16)
MILFORD -- Three people were injured following a head-on collision Thursday evening. Emergency crews were called at 4:24 p.m. to the 2600 block of 190th Avenue. The crash site was on a gravel road southwest of Milford and less than a mile from the Clay County line...
Annual 'Whisker Walk' to benefit People for Pets (Local News ~ 05/11/16)
The annual pet-friendly 5K known as the "Whisker Walk" will take place once again at the Spencer Y at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Registration is $15 for all pets and can be paid ahead of time or at the event. "It's a good community partnership with the city," said Eric Sherden, program director at the Spencer Y. ...
Spooner, Maxheimer to wed June 11 (Engagements ~ 05/11/16)
Ann and Norman Spooner, of Spencer; along with Ron and Kim Maxheimer, of Belmond; and Cathy and Dennis Bruley, of Clarion, are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their children, Aaron Joseph Spooner and Sarah Ann Maxheimer. Aaron graduated from Spencer High School in 2009. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from AIB College of Business in 2012. He is employed as a loan officer at State Savings Bank in Des Moines...
SHS speech, drama students honored (Local News ~ 05/09/16)
The Spencer Community Schools Central Office hosted Spencer High School's speech and drama students, as well as their parents, Saturday for the Speech and Drama Awards Banquet. Awards in Individual Speech were presented by Amy Metcalf and Becky Koenig, individual speech coaches, who gave out certificates to students for their accomplishments at the district and state contest contests and the All-State Festival of the Iowa High School Speech Association, as well as the following major individual speech awards:. ...
Senior class changes song in honor of passed classmates (Local News ~ 05/05/16)
In honor of Kyle Lachner, who passed away in July 2013, and Austin Roberts, who passed away in December 2015, the graduating senior class for Spencer High School has changed its song from "Breakaway," by Kelly Clarkson to "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. Both Lachner and Roberts would have graduated this year...
2 transported following collision east of Dickens (Local News ~ 05/04/16)
A pair of drivers were transported to Spencer Hospital Tuesday morning following a collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 18 and 310th Avenue -- knows as Clay County Road N-14 and the "Terril Blacktop" -- east of Dickens. Jane Turner, 73, of Sherwood, Oregon, was westbound on U.S. ...
Spencer native introduces Chargers' pick (Local News ~ 05/02/16)
CHICAGO -- Adding a little Clay County flavor to the NFL Draft, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chazz Brown, born in Spencer and a 2013 graduate of Clay Central-Everly High School, had the opportunity to announce the San Diego Chargers' sixth-round draft pick, punter Drew Kaser from Texas A&M. Brown recently completed more than a year of training at 29 Palms in California. Brown, the brother of Sacred Heart Catholic School sixth-grade teacher Tenee Jessen, was told by his superiors this past week he had been selected to attend the 2016 NFL Draft. Saturday, Brown was asked to announce the Chargers' pick, the 179th player taken in the NFL Draft. (Photo submitted)
Betty Engelke (Obituaries ~ 04/28/16)
Services for Betty Lorraine Engelke, 66, of Sutherland, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland. Rev. Leroy Riemer will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning 3 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland...
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)

BVU students premier films (Local News ~ 12/05/15)

A regrettable farewell (Local News ~ 12/03/15)

Iowa's 2015 shotgun deer season preview (High School Sports ~ 11/27/15)

Making the 'smart choice' in health care (Local News ~ 11/26/15)

World renowned pianist to perform in Spencer (Local News ~ 11/23/15)

Walter Lammers (Obituaries ~ 11/19/15)

City prioritizes 7 goals for next 2 years (Local News ~ 11/18/15)

Application season open for county foundation grants (Local News ~ 11/18/15)

Lung cancer in women on the rise (Local News ~ 11/14/15)

Graduating Kyle (Local News ~ 11/14/15)