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Be safe this Thanksgiving holiday by buckling up (Opinion Column ~ 11/24/14)
The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and the law enforcement officers across our state wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday. To ensure safety, please take the time to buckle up, slow down and drive defensively in your travels around the state...
The next step (High School Sports ~ 11/21/14)
Much like this year's Lady Tiger basketball team, the boys squad at Spencer High School doesn't bring a lot of height into the 2014-15 season which makes playing in a Lakes Conference that seems to grow an inch every day a bit of a challenge, but despite lacking rafter cleaners, the Tigers do bring a group of deceptively long players that know how to play the game at its most basic level, putting the ball in the hoop...
New Spirit Lake city hall opened Thursday (Local News ~ 11/21/14)
For years, city staff members worked around poor ventilation, a leaking roof, basement water and mold at Spirit Lake City Hall. Now they're enjoying new surroundings. Spirit Lake's new city hall opened to the public on Thursday, Nov. 20. Spirit Lake city administrator Gregg Owens said he expects the project to come in well under budget...
Adoption secures the blessings of hope, home (Opinion Column ~ 11/21/14)
There's no place like home. During this season of thanksgiving, celebrating life's blessings with family and friends offers Americans a time-treasured ritual observed for generations. Gathering at the table for food and fellowship, we continue customs set forth during colonial times. ...
Slater named 2014 Realtor of the Year (Local News ~ 11/21/14)
The Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS recently named Katie Slater as the organization's 2014 REALTOR of the Year. The REALTOR of the Year Award is the greatest honor bestowed upon a REALTOR by their peers. The award recognizes the person named for meritorious contributions to the advancement of their profession and the real estate community...
Judge change in McDaniel case (Local News ~ 11/19/14)
With a pretrial hearing scheduled Tuesday, Judge Patrick Tott was assigned to preside over Ney McDaniel's Dec. 9 trial. McDaniel, a former Spencer attorney who served as a contract defense attorney for the State of Iowa Public Defenders Office is charged with felony ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and fraudulent practice...
Changes in health coverage suggest positive trend (Local News ~ 11/14/14)
During the first six months of this year, the number of people hospitalized in Iowa without insurance fell by 45.7 percent compared with the same period last year, an Iowa Hospital Association analysis has found. The analysis is based on data collected from 101 Iowa hospitals from January through June...
Heart transplant survivor shares with students (Local News ~ 11/14/14)
STORM LAKE -- A new heart beats inside of Aspen Wiederholt and for the first time she spoke publicly about the transplant she received in May. Sixth-graders at Storm Lake Middle School listened to the almost 20-year-old tell her story Thursday morning...
A Guiding Hand (Local News ~ 11/13/14)
In 2013, the Spencer Middle School developed the Tiger Mentoring program to serve its sixth- through eighth-grade students. To date, the program has 20 mentors involved, but the school is looking to expand opportunities to more students by adding 10 mentors...
Mustangs advance to championship (High School Sports ~ 11/13/14)
CEDAR FALLS -- What started out in disaster ended in a rout as the Mustangs of Newell-Fonda advanced to the programs first state championship game in football. Although the final score was lopsided in favor of the Mustangs, a 40-18 win, it didn't start so great...
Fairview Elementary incorporates garden into learning (Local News ~ 11/07/14)
In 2013, the Fairview Community Garden, consisting of raised garden beds and a feed bunk for potatoes, was started at Fairview Elementary. With the help of Del's Garden Center, Spencer Hospital and Hy-Vee, the school has slowly begun to incorporate the garden into its curriculum since then...
May 2015 date likely to settle Mrs. Lady's case (Local News ~ 11/07/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Former Mrs. Lady's owner Carole Hinders may have to wait until next spring to find out whether she'll get her $32,820.56 back from the federal government. Institute For Justice attorney Larry Salzman said a May 2015 court date is likely in Sioux City as Hinders challenges an IRS decision to seize her bank account. Agents questioned the pattern Hinders used to deposit money from her restaurant...
A forgotten holiday? (Opinion Column ~ 11/07/14)
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis, director of war information, WWII On the list of most celebrated federal holidays, Veteran's Day is probably towards the bottom of the list. As members of the Iowa State Patrol, we often highlight major holiday travel weekends for additional patrol. ...
2014 Iowa Election Roundup (Local News ~ 11/05/14)
DES MOINES (AP) -- State Sen. Joni Ernst was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, becoming Iowa's first woman elected to Congress and helping Republicans deliver the party to a new majority in Washington, D.C. Iowa's first open Senate seat in 40 years was among the most contested in the battle for control of the chamber, which Republicans won decidedly Tuesday. ...
Sirens (Local News ~ 11/03/14)
Jayson Henry McGuire, 38, Spencer Judgement entry --- Sheila Marie Sundall, 32, Spencer Two judgement entries --- Alberto Ruiz Jr., 30, Spencer OWI first offense --- Steve Almeida, 24, Spencer Obstructing emergency PBX Domestic abuse assault --- Nancy Jean Elsbecker, 50, Sioux Falls, South Dakota...
Autumn's Center (Local News ~ 10/31/14)
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health, an Avera Partner, announced the naming of its new regional children's center -- Autumn's Center -- during a special event in the soon-to-be-renovated building Friday morning. The center, located in the 100-block of East Fifth Street in the former Twetten's building, will be a fitting legacy and reminder of 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma, whose life was ended way too early. ...
Unemployment rate doubled in Storm Lake since '90s, but jobs are there (Local News ~ 10/31/14)
STORM LAKE -- While Buena Vista County's unemployment rate remains slightly below the statewide percentage, it has continued to creep gradually higher. In October, the local rate was 4.2 percent of the county population unemployed and seeking work, virtually unchanged from the month before, but up significantly from 3.5 percent in October of 2013...
State Representative House District 2 (Local News ~ 10/29/14)
Party Affiliation: Republican Office You Are Seeking: State representative, House District 2 Age: 27 Residence: Sioux Rapids Occupation: Associate Attorney, Hemphill Law Office, PLC Immediate Family: Husband, Will State representative and associate attorney at Hemphill Law Office, PLC. ...
'That Tree' (Local News ~ 10/27/14)
Arts on Grand will conduct an artist reception for Mark Hirsch's exhibit titled "That Tree" from 5-7 p.m. tonight. The exhibit will be on display for free at AOG until Nov. 29. Hirsch, of Plattville, Wisconsin, is a freelance photojournalist, who spent 19 years working in the newspaper industry. ...
NWIA All-Stars struggle on day one (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)
Hannah Butler watches an iron shot from the fairway Friday. Butler and the rest of the Northwest Iowa PGA Junior League All-Stars got off to a difficult start on the first day of national competition at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. Team Iowa opened play with an 11.5-1.5 loss to 2013 runner-up Team California. Play resumes today. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)
Hansen named National Merit Scholarship 'Commended Student' (Local News ~ 10/24/14)
Spencer High School Principal Elli Wiemers announced Friday that senior Jordan Hansen, daughter of Curt and Julie Hansen, of Spencer, has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to Hansen...
Annual Basketball Alumni Games/Drug Awareness Clinic (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)
Iowa Lakes men's and women's basketball teams will hold their annual alumni games today. The Youth Basketball/Drug Awareness Clinic kicks off the afternoon at 12 p.m. The clinic is open for kid's kindergarten through eighth grade. The games start at 1 p.m. with the women playing first. The men are to follow at 2:15 p.m...
Iowa Lakes men's basketball releases schedule (High School Sports ~ 10/23/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College head men's basketball coach Troy Larson has announced the 2014-2015 schedule. The schedule includes five games against NJCAA Division One opponents and 12 ICCAC opponents. The Lakers are scheduled to play 18 home games and will open the season Monday, Nov. ...
Retired state analyst challenges auditor for post
 (Local News ~ 10/22/14)
Provide audits of state and local government agencies, averaging about 150,000 audit hours yearly. Also provides state budget analysis and gives recommendations or performance reports with the goal of helping agencies achieve efficiencies. Age: 52 Political party: Republican...
Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (Local News ~ 10/22/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- The owner of an Arnolds Park business on Wednesday received a sentence of two years and nine months following an Internal Revenue Service investigation into her tax returns. Veronica Fairchild of Canistota, South Dakota, was found guilty of four counts of tax fraud following a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The three-day jury trial took place June 24-26. She was indicted by a grand jury on July 9, 2013...
CCF Speedway to have weekly races (Professional Sports ~ 10/20/14)

High 5 Program (Opinion Column ~ 10/17/14)

Remembering Kyle by rewarding others (Local News ~ 10/15/14)

Special education population jumps dramatically (Local News ~ 10/10/14)

Roti named 'Friends' executive director (Local News ~ 10/03/14)

'Saturday Night Baths and Sunday Dinners' (Local News ~ 09/29/14)

Forever Gold: Iowa Select teammates remember Chris Street (High School Sports ~ 09/29/14)

SMU moving on water treatment facility overhaul (Local News ~ 09/25/14)

Bohnenkamp named Iowa Agent of the Year (Local News ~ 09/25/14)

Relief coming back to Clay County (Local News ~ 09/24/14)

Junior All-Stars heading to Chicago (High School Sports ~ 09/24/14)

Plymouth county man sentenced on meth conviction (Local News ~ 09/24/14)

Farmers Trust & Savings Bank named IFA Top Iowa Lender (Local News ~ 09/22/14)

Korean War pilot details life in the clouds (Local News ~ 09/18/14)

Only at the Fair' attracts 323,288 to 2014 CCF (Local News ~ 09/18/14)

SHS honors top academic students (Local News ~ 09/17/14)

Mosiman seeks election as incumbent (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Wedel Award nominations sought (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Spencer Fire Department earns safety award (Local News ~ 09/15/14)

Saturday at the Fair (Local News ~ 09/12/14)

Library battles the book banners (Local News ~ 09/12/14)

Veterans First Center forced to close (Local News ~ 09/11/14)

McDaniel trial pushed back to December (Local News ~ 09/10/14)

Cybercrime on attorney general candidate's radar (Local News ~ 09/10/14)

ISU Insect Zoo part of Family Day (Local News ~ 09/08/14)

A little Clay County Fair history (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

New life for Planned Parenthood battle (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

King: 22 sheriffs won't honor immigration law (Local News ~ 09/05/14)

Moving on from Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 09/04/14)

Book Review: 'Island of a Thousand Mirrors' (Other ~ 09/04/14)

Lake Park flag raising ceremony held (Local News ~ 09/04/14)

Damage exceeds $53,000 in multi-vehicle collision (Local News ~ 09/03/14)

Gordon Erick (Obituaries ~ 09/03/14)

Hilsabeck, Lowery to wed Sept. 20 (Engagements ~ 09/03/14)

Spectrum 70 honored as 'Hall' inductee (Local News ~ 08/29/14)

Tigers' season starts in Humboldt (High School Sports ~ 08/29/14)

Black Hills announces move to 'Beltway' (Local News ~ 08/28/14)

Many not ready for college success (Opinion Column ~ 08/25/14)

Law enforcement encourages bus safety (Local News ~ 08/22/14)

Athletics booming at ILCC (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)

Strength in numbers (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)

Polaris hiring as it expands line of motorcycles (Local News ~ 08/22/14)

OHS student embarks on ambassador trip (Local News ~ 08/21/14)

Iowa Lakes wrestling announces recruiting class (High School Sports ~ 08/18/14)

Smoke on the Water returns Aug. 16 (Local News ~ 08/15/14)

Occupants escape serious injury after North Y collision (Local News ~ 08/14/14)

'When our people are suffering, we are suffering' (Local News ~ 08/14/14)

Military Briefs (Local News ~ 08/13/14)

Climate change impacts northwest Iowa (Local News ~ 08/08/14)

SHS 4th in chase for Cup (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)

Team DeVries (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)

Possible presidential hopeful stumps for King in Okoboji (Local News ~ 08/07/14)

Ben walloped (High School Sports ~ 08/04/14)

Smith pulls even with Donohue (High School Sports ~ 08/01/14)

Spirit Lake city hall ahead of schedule (Local News ~ 08/01/14)

Two candidates meet Milford election deadline (Local News ~ 08/01/14)

Young guns come out firing (High School Sports ~ 07/31/14)

Iowa's Texting-While-Driving ban not reducing crashes, hard to enforce (Local News ~ 07/28/14)

Multiple charges complicate cost (Local News ~ 07/28/14)

ILCC student elected Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association VP (Local News ~ 07/26/14)

Sirens (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Spencer trio headed to Shrine Bowl (High School Sports ~ 07/24/14)

Johnson earns 100 percent score in Iowa Prosperity Project (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Rohans' memorial fund provides swim scholarships (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Show your stock at the 2014 CCF (Local News ~ 07/24/14)

Spencer Family Aquatic Center usage diving (Local News ~ 07/21/14)

Storm Lake steps into carbon footprint spotlight (Local News ~ 07/18/14)

Law enforcement: Stoplights would make North Y more accident prone (Local News ~ 07/18/14)

Three sentenced to prison, breaking NW Iowa/Minnesota meth ring (Local News ~ 07/17/14)

Pair of collisions on West Beltway (Local News ~ 07/17/14)

Michelle Byers (Obituaries ~ 07/16/14)

Harrington trial expected to move to October (Local News ~ 07/14/14)

Clay County Fair contributes $6.2 million to local economy (Local News ~ 07/10/14)

Military Brief (Local News ~ 07/09/14)

Council approves school resource officer, Little Sioux Trail work (Local News ~ 07/07/14)