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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)
Shannan Zenkovich, of Spencer, and the late Thomas Zenkovich, along with Al and Carla Vanderberg, of Spencer, would like to announce the engagement of their children, Megan Zenkovich and Brady Vanderberg. Megan is a 2013 graduate from Buena Vista University with a degree in finance and banking. She is employed at Iowa Savings Bank in Carroll...
Spencer Community Gardens receive Hy-Vee One Step grant (Local News ~ 03/28/16)
WEST DES MOINES -- Hy-Vee Inc. has awarded 164 One Step Garden Grants totaling $164,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores this spring as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program. Spencer Community Gardens were among the programs to receive a grant statewide...
FEMA decision offers new hope for electric cooperatives (Local News ~ 03/25/16)
Area electric utility providers may finally be getting assistance to offset 2013 damage to the northwest Iowa power grid. After two rounds of appeals to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), three northwest Iowa electric cooperatives and a municipal electric utility said they will receive needed funding to pay for millions of dollars' worth of infrastructure damage caused by an April 2013 ice storm...
2 cars collide at Fourth and Grand Sunday (Local News ~ 03/23/16)
No injuries were reported following a Sunday afternoon accident at the intersection of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue in Spencer. Just before 3:30 p.m., Spencer Police responded to the call of a two-vehicle accident. Arriving at the scene, an officer found a pair of cars had collided near the northwest corner of the intersection...
Zenkovich, Vandenberg announce September wedding (Engagements ~ 03/23/16)
Shannan Zenkovich, of Spencer, and the late Thomas Zenkovich, along with Al and Carla Vanderberg, of Spencer, would like to announce the engagement of their children, Megan Zenkovich and Brady Vanderberg. Megan is a 2013 graduate from Buena Vista University with a degree in finance and banking. She is employed at Iowa Savings Bank in Carroll...
Merchant, Schulz to wed Aug. 6 (Engagements ~ 03/23/16)
Kirsten Merchant and Dillon Schulz are happy to announce their plans to marry. Kirsten is the daughter of JoAnne and Leland Franke and Scott and Angela Merchant, all of Spencer. Dillon is the son of David Schulz, of Spencer, and Carla Schulz, of Lakefield, Minnesota...
Casting for recovery (Local News ~ 03/21/16)
Women at any stage of breast cancer are invited to apply for the Casting for Recovery program, a weekend retreat Oct. 7-9 at Ewalu Camp and Retreat in Strawberry Point, where participants are taught to fly fish. Applications are due by July 29 and can be completed online at www.castingforrecovery.org...
Sac County wants popcorn ball world record back (Local News ~ 03/18/16)
SAC CITY -- The three-time Guinness World Record holders of Sac County are determined to retake the record for the World's Largest Popcorn Ball. The 5,000 pound record, set in 2009, has been beaten to the tune of nearly 1,500 pounds by the Indiana State Fair in 2013...
Russel Auberg (Obituaries ~ 03/17/16)
Services for Russel "Russ" Lee Auberg, 65, of Spencer, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Russell Muilenburg will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the service at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer...
What's Don is Don (High School Sports ~ 03/11/16)
No one coaches basketball quite like Don Martindale. Some put in the necessary offseason work, evaluating players and finding situations for them to succeed. Some create camps and facilitate traveling play apart from the school season. Some can't help but dump emotion out on the floor from the bench during a game. ...
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)

Local artist honored in Art EMC 2015 (Local News ~ 10/01/15)

Re-evaluating No Child Left Behind (Local News ~ 09/30/15)

Miller, Allen announce October wedding (Engagements ~ 09/30/15)

Jones receives Iowa League of Cities Legislative Award (Local News ~ 09/25/15)

No summer, no problem Fall lends to steady park activity (Local News ~ 09/25/15)

Miller helps lead Morningside College to national award (Local News ~ 09/25/15)

Nomination deadline for Jack Wedel Award approaching (Local News ~ 09/23/15)

FarmHer recognizes women in ag (Local News ~ 09/17/15)

Today at the Fair: Sept. 17 (Local News ~ 09/16/15)

Ardelle Block (Obituaries ~ 09/16/15)