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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)
STORM LAKE -- City Councilman Tyson Rice says that people don't like city officials coming into their homes, and notes that other communities where he handles rental housing do not have the mandatory rental unit inspection program that Storm Lake operates...
The Johnson Report (Opinion Column ~ 04/22/16)
Did you hear that giant flushing sound this week? I can explain. Any hopes of a longterm, voter-approved plan to protect Iowa's natural resources and promote outdoor recreation went down the toilet. The handle was pulled by some of my fellow Republicans, fellow Farm Bureau members and not-so-fellow anti-tax groups. To be sure, a few Democrats had a hand on it. In my opinion, this failure is an oil slick, a lead water pipe, a closed beach on the 2016 legislative session...
Veterinary technician program popular at Iowa Lakes (Local News ~ 04/22/16)
The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College gathered in Emmetsburg Tuesday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting to learn about the veterinary technician program at the college. After working with area veterinarians to develop a robust curriculum, the program was launched in the fall of 2011 with the first graduating class in the spring of 2013...
Guest Commentary (Opinion Column ~ 04/20/16)
Anyone reading this can likely cite tragic examples that have proven to be societal challenges due to inadequate and ineffective mental health services throughout Iowa. In the last several years, shootings in the United States have tended to have at least one of two common themes: access to guns, and individuals, usually men, who have untreated mental health issues...
Boater reminder: Pull the drain plugs (High School Sports ~ 04/15/16)
DES MOINES -- Anglers and boaters are reminded to make sure to pull the drain plug as a boat leaves a ramp to avoid spreading unwanted plants or animals to other water bodies. The regulation, that went into effect on July 1, 2013, requires drain plugs and other water draining devices must be removed and/or remain open during transport. If you want to keep live bait when leaving a water access, you must replace water in bait containers with tap or bottle water...
Music Review: 'Lukas Graham' (Business ~ 04/14/16)
For some reason, the first time I heard "7 Years," the first song off Lukas Graham's most recent album, I got much more of an "island vibe" than I believe was intended. This song's been all over the radio lately, it's borderline overwhelming. Later, after learning this band is from Denmark, I realized my mistake. Maybe it was the beat...
Life Lessons (Local News ~ 04/13/16)
Laura Manwarren is a hospital emergency department supervisor who doesn't want to see teenagers on the operating table. Amy Sievers is a driver's license supervisor who hopes young motorists don't encounter a drunk driver on area roads. For the past seven years they've orchestrated a tragedy...
'Busted' (Local News ~ 04/09/16)
EVERLY -- As students arrived at Clay Central-Everly High School Friday morning they were "busted" by Iowa State Trooper Vince Kurtz who watched them enter the school's parking lot. As the students exited their cars, Kurtz approached them and handed them a "ticket" -- good for a free slice of Casey's Pizza...
The path to 200 (High School Sports ~ 04/09/16)
In 2001, Ben MacRae took over a Spencer boys soccer program in its relative infancy. After a year as an assistant to Tom Van Tassell, who had gotten the proverbial ball rolling with the team's inaugural season in 1999, MacRae assumed the role as lead man for the boys program, allowing Van Tassell to delve into the girls side of the sport...
Where have the white bass gone? (Local News ~ 04/09/16)
There was a time on both East Okoboji and Big Spirit when if you wanted fishing action, you could go after white bass. On East Okoboji, they were even a nuisance when you pulled spinners and live bait for walleyes and even when you pulled crankbaits. They would attack pretty much anything thrown their way. However, most of the time they were the smaller ones...
Heil, Helmink announce June wedding (Engagements ~ 04/06/16)
Jeff and Shelly Helmink, of Spencer, along with Neal and Rita Heil, of Lincoln, Nebraska, are happy to announce the engagement of their children Austin Helmink and Bailey Heil. Austin is a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School. Bailey is a 2013 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School...
West O Beer achieves 'Best in Iowa' with CocO Stout (Local News ~ 04/01/16)
Northwest Iowa microbrewery West O Beer has picked up another major award -- being voted the winner of the Des Moines Register's Beer Brackets. Their CocO Chocolate Stout competed against 63 other Iowa beers, all selected by sponsor The Iowa Taproom, a newly opened bar/restaurant in Des Moines' East Village featuring Iowa beers exclusively and 120 taps. More than 11,000 readers from across Iowa voted in six rounds of elimination to declare CocO Stout the victor...
Weekend Destination (Local News ~ 04/01/16)
OKOBOJI -- Bobolinks nesting in the prairie, Blanding's turtles resting by the stream, bald eagles flying overhead -- a walk through the Judd Wildlife Area allows some of nature's finest to show off. Twenty years ago, the Dickinson County Conservation Board looked to add a public recreation area south of Milford, and a Wildlife Habitat Stamp grant assisted with the purchase of the original 136 acres of the Judd Wildlife Area...
2nd vocation leads Moschenrose to Spencer (Local News ~ 03/31/16)
Three weeks before Easter, Rev. Mike Moschenrose arrived at First Christian Church to begin serving his new congregation. "It's always fun to come in the middle of Lent," he joked. In October 2015, the pastor, serving a church in Bedford, Kentucky, went on search and call...
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)

Sent Dome packing (High School Sports ~ 11/13/15)

Corridor, SLU talk future of business development (Local News ~ 11/07/15)

Clay recognized at Iowa Tourism Conference (Local News ~ 11/04/15)

Arlene Jacobsen (Obituaries ~ 11/02/15)

AOG Exhibit: 'A Familiar Presence' from BVU (Local News ~ 10/31/15)

SPARC announces new season (Local News ~ 10/28/15)

6 counties begin Green Ribbon grant process (Local News ~ 10/28/15)

Spencer gets technical with NWI League of Cities (Local News ~ 10/23/15)

Preparing for the late season duck migration (High School Sports ~ 10/23/15)

Barbara Brownmiller (Obituaries ~ 10/23/15)

Flying the not-so-friendly skies (Opinion Column ~ 10/19/15)

West O tops field for 2nd straight year (Local News ~ 10/10/15)

State land values see 11 percent dip (Local News ~ 10/08/15)

Wilkersons honored as 'Angels In Adoption' (Local News ~ 10/07/15)