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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)
A former Iowa Lakes baseball star has signed to play with a Major League Baseball farm system team. Manny DeLeon, who played as a Laker during the 2013-14 season, had two successful years at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He was recently named NAIA National Player of the Year...
Mannheim Steamroller tickets on sale Monday (Local News ~ 07/22/16)
Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller's Dec. 15 performance at the Clay County Regional Events Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The unique Christmas classic music show tickets are $69 for VIP seating and $54 for reserved seating. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the events center box office, online at midwestix.com or via phone by calling 515-244-2771...
Patchwork Quilt (Opinion Column ~ 07/18/16)
In May, Elderbridge was notified by the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Crime Victim Assistance Division that our agency was awarded a Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. According to the award letter, dated May 6, the Crime Victim Assistance Board voted to honor Elderbridge with a grant in the amount of $123,169 annually for a period of three years...
Selah to open Okoboji Bible Conference (Local News ~ 07/14/16)
ARNOLDS PARK -- With eight No. 1 singles to their credit, Christian music group Selah opens the Okoboji Bible Conference at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Tabernacle at 69 West Broadway in Arnolds Park. The non-ticketed, open seating concert launches the annual conference which runs through Sunday, Aug. 7...
Around Campus (Local News ~ 07/08/16)
VERMILLION, S.D. -- Morningside College student Abby Hoy, daughter of Mike and Kim Hoy, of Spencer, recently presented a paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Hoy is a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School and a May graduate of Morningside College. She presented a paper on "The Confederacy's Secret Weapon: Eleanor King and the Utilization of Stereotypes in Wartime Espionage."...
Mega Millions pushing $540 million (Local News ~ 07/07/16)
The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps climbing and climbing in what has become the longest jackpot run in the history of the game. Strong sales in Iowa and across the country have raised the jackpot to an estimated $540 million annuity, $380 million lump-sum option for tonight's drawing. It remains at No. 3 on the list of the largest Mega Millions jackpots of all time and No. 7 among the largest jackpots in North America...
Riverview Terrace Assisted Living Tenant of the Week (Local News ~ 07/04/16)
Thelma Skelton married her Greenville High School sweetheart, Charles Mills, Oct. 6, 1946, at the Little Brown Church near Nashua. Together, the Mills rented their first farm, in rural Sioux Rapids, beginning in the 1947 crop year. A family was started the next year...
Delores Chamberlain (Obituaries ~ 07/01/16)
Funeral services for Delores Fare Chamberlain, 94, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Jan Whiteman will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer with family present from 5-7 p.m...
Mental health care shortage 'a huge struggle' (Local News ~ 07/01/16)
According to a new study, there are just 26 mental health patient beds available for 3.1 million Iowans. "Dead last. That's Iowa's new ranking in mental health beds available for our citizens," House Democratic Leader Mark Smith was quoted recently. "It's an embarrassing ranking and a critical situation for Iowa families with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses."...
Christensen trial moves to closing arguments (Local News ~ 06/29/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Three things will be on an Emmet County jury's agenda Thursday. They'll hear closing arguments. They'll receive jury instructions from Judge David Lester. And, if Thursday goes as planned, they may adjourn to a jury room to decide whether or not 19-year-old Lee Christiansen is guilty of first-degree murder...
Public invited to meet fire chief finalists (Local News ~ 06/27/16)
Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen confirmed that the pool of candidates for Spencer fire chief has been narrowed to five. The remaining candidates are Jay Bohan, John Conyn, Blake Deiber, Chuck Stansfield and Mark Stover. These five candidates will be available for a public meet and greet in the City Council chambers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on June 29. Prior to this, city staff will hold a private meeting with the candidates...
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)Fire chief candidates narrowed to 10 (Local News ~ 06/15/16)
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...
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)
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)