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Wollam looking to repeat (High School Sports ~ 07/29/15)
The Northwest Amateur hasn't seen a repeat winner since Curtis Holck (Ankeny) pulled off the feat in 2004 and 2005 with identical four-round scores of 270, and it's happened just seven times since the tournament started back in 1921. This year it's 21-year-old Ben Wollam's (Marshalltown) turn to try to make it eight, and he may have a solid shot after posting the Northwest Am's four-round record a year ago with a sizzling score of 268 (-20) which was bolstered by back-to-back opening rounds of 65 (-7).. ...
Caroline Kurtenbach (Obituaries ~ 07/29/15)
Caroline Ann (Erickson) Kurtenbach, 71, passed away unexpectedly from a sudden stroke at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Caroline Ann Kurtenbach was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, on Sept. 2, 1943, to Theodore and Johanna (Lucken) Erickson. ...
Inching towards the Cup (High School Sports ~ 07/24/15)
After finishing in seventh for the 2013-14 school year and fourth a year ago, Spencer High School will come in third place for this year's Class 3A Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup, barring a Harlan state baseball championship. The Tigers posted a score of 990 this year, finishing behind Decorah (1,215) and defending champion Waverly-Shell Rock (1,070). Harlan (935) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (875) round out the top-five out of 64 3A schools...
5 board members, from 2 districts, up for re-election (Local News ~ 07/20/15)
Election season doesn't just apply to national campaigns or the state Legislature. This year, three incumbent board members from the Clay Central-Everly Community Schools and two from Spencer Community Schools are up for re-election. Election day is Sept. 8...
Wind energy industry spun into bat saving effort (Local News ~ 07/17/15)
The Iowa wind energy industry faces a bizarre problem. It is killing bats, and the demise sometimes comes in a gruesome way. Wind turbine blades catch the little creatures in a vortex wake that ruptures their lungs, causing them to drown in their blood, experts have found. Many also die colliding with the turbines...
Around Campus (Local News ~ 07/10/15)
SIOUX CITY -- Morningside College student Abigail Hoy, daughter of Mike and Kim Hoy, of Spencer, recently was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Hoy is a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School. Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. ...
Guest Commentary (Opinion Column ~ 07/09/15)
My constituents in Buena Vista and Sac Counties continually inspire me through their work ethic and strong sense of community. Farming is built around the same strong values of work ethic and community. The innovative production techniques and systems we have developed over generations of working together have made Iowa agriculture a global leader in production...
Walking with a Cause (Local News ~ 06/29/15)
The dollars and cents raised by Clay County's annual Relay For Life effort still remain to be totaled. But the teams, volunteers and supporters of the celebration of life, designed to fundraise for the fight against cancer, made the most out of a nice Saturday evening at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Food was served, a mixture of laughter and tears were shared, and feet hit the roadway as walkers young and old stayed the course for the duration of the event...
Ambassadors welcome new Brown's store manager (Local News ~ 06/25/15)
The Spencer Ambassadors welcomed Dustin Grossnickle, new manager at Brown's Shoe Fit in downtown Spencer Tuesday morning. Grossnickle, 24, moved to Spencer to take over management responsibilities of the footwear retail outlet two months ago. The move brought him closer to his hometown of Lehigh near Fort Dodge. Grossnickle began working with Brown's in 2008 as a part-time employee while attending Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. He became a full-time trainee at the beginning of 2013 and was transferred to Lawrence, Kansas where he continued training. Grossnickle received his own store in Red Oak where he remained for approximately 16 months before being moved to Spencer. Brown's Shoe Fit began in 1911 in Shenandoah and today has 81 stores located primarily in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Hours at the Spencer store are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
McDaniel to be sentenced in August (Local News ~ 06/19/15)
Ney McDaniel is scheduled to be sentenced for his charge of first-degree theft in Clay County Court on Aug. 21. McDaniel, a former Spencer attorney, served as a defense contractor for the State of Iowa Public Defenders Office. He plead guilty on April 3 and faces up to 10 years in prison for the Class C felony charge...
3 degrees of separation from Barbados (Local News ~ 06/19/15)
"A home away from home." That's how Kerry Belgrave, a native of the Parish of St. John, Barbados, referred to Iowa Lakes Community College. Belgrave came to Emmetsburg in August 2013, after the couple who adopted him moved. With a Bachelor of Science degree in management studies from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus, he realized he had other professional interests. ...
Fitzpatrick resentenced, will serve 2 sentences concurrently (Local News ~ 06/12/15)
A miscommunication allowed Chris Fitzpatrick to be resentenced Friday afternoon. Fitzpatrick, who pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to deliver less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison in May 2013. Of the 45 years, 25 years would be served for the robbery and 10 years each would be served for both the manslaughter and the conspiracy; all the sentences were to be served consecutively...
Former teacher's sex abuse case put on hold (Local News ~ 06/12/15)
A former northwest Iowa teacher and Buena Vista County juvenile court officer may not have to stand trial for a suspected 2008 sex offense as long he meets a series of probation requirements. Trent Prather was charged with third-degree sexual abuse in June 2014 after Storm Lake Police learned that he may have engaged in a sex act with a 14-year-old juvenile female...
Let's Talk About It (Opinion Column ~ 06/12/15)
Trails systems have been a part of our society since the early settlers traveled across America in search of a place to start their life. Through the years the appearance of those trail connections have changed. Since the early 80s, paved trails have become an integral part of Iowa. ...
Clinton Stough (Obituaries ~ 06/11/15)
Memorial services for Clinton Stough, 83, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Len Halvorson will officiate the service. Visitation with the family will be conducted beginning 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home...
Zebra mussels discovered in Big Spirit Lake (Local News ~ 06/05/15)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Zebra mussel larvae have been confirmed in Iowa's largest natural lake. DNR fisheries officials discovered the aquatic invasive species in a sample taken from Big Spirit Lake last fall. "We took about a 24-gallon sample from the middle of the lake during last fall and processed it over the winter as part of our protocol for zebra mussel surveillance," said Northwest Iowa DNR Fisheries Management Biologist Mike Hawkins. ...
A flood of frustrations (Local News ~ 06/05/15)
Even amid a flood of frustration, Storm Lake native Kat Ames and her twin daughters Aloha and Oceana find reason for gratitude every day. Ames lives in the midst of an area of Texas where recent flash-flooding has killed 22 people, and President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster area...
Iowa 'Archaeological Guide' headed to Peterson (Local News ~ 06/03/15)
PETERSON -- Iowa's unique archaeological history comes alive this summer, as the authors of a newly released book, "The Archaeological Guide to Iowa," tour the state, bridging the past to the present. William Whittaker, Lynn Alex and Mary De La Garza of the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist created a one-of-a-kind guidebook on 68 important archaeological sites across Iowa, for people who want to experience Iowa's archaeological heritage first hand...
A creative alliance (Local News ~ 06/03/15)
Both Rolf Mosbo and Andy Van Engen, representatives of Arts on Grand and the Spencer Performing Arts Coalition (SPARC) noted the joining of Arts on Grand and the Spencer Community Theatre "just made sense." "We did an event together," Van Engen said, referencing a Shattered Glass string ensemble performance in 2013. "It was a great event."...
Daugherty sentenced for meth conspiracy (Local News ~ 06/03/15)
A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced last week to 11 years in federal prison. Todd Daugherty, 52, from Spencer, received the prison term after a Feb. 19 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. At the guilty plea, Daugherty admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about 2013 and continuing through May 2014 that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in Spencer and the surrounding area. ...
Wilke sentenced to 6 years in stalking incident (Local News ~ 06/01/15)
Curtis Wilke, 39, of Emmetsburg, was sentenced to six years incarceration Monday morning in the Clay County Courthouse by Judge Carl J. Peterson regarding charges stemming from a stalking incident, his second such offense. During the sentencing event, Peterson administered a five-year sentence and $750 fine for felony second-degree stalking and an additional year and $315 fine on a charge of making a false report on an indictable offense to a public entity. ...
Summer lunches return to Johnson, Fairview (Local News ~ 05/28/15)
For the fifth consecutive year, breakfast and lunch will be offered at Johnson and Fairview Elementary Schools through the summer. "It's gone well so far," said Laurie Lawson, food service director at Spencer Schools. "If you qualify, you're qualified for five years, and we've already qualified to continue."...
Halestorm to perform at 2015 Clay County Fair (Local News ~ 05/28/15)
The Clay County Fair is excited to announce an evening of rock music featuring Halestorm with special guest We Are Harlot in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at the 2015 Clay County Fair on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30p.m. "As always, our goal in the Grandstand is to provide something for everyone," said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. "This night of active rock featuring a Grammy Award-winning group will be one to remember."...
Schmidt family reunion might be for the record books (Local News ~ 05/27/15)
The Clay County Fairgrounds holds many events throughout the year, but come next summer, one of those events might also be record breaking. While talking to his father about his side of the family, Josiah Schmidt, who is a professional genealogist, decided to put together a family reunion. He soon discovered the number of Schmidts he was related to was in the thousands. This news got him thinking that a reunion could be more than just a time to catch up with relatives...
RaeLynn to headline country night at CCF (Local News ~ 05/20/15)Musgrove joins Daily Reporter staff for the summer (Local News ~ 05/20/15)
The Clay County Fair announced an evening of country music featuring RaeLynn with special guests Kelsey K and Casey Muessigmann at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at the 2015 Clay County Fair. "A night of three up-and-coming country musicians will be a great way to kick off the 2015 fair," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said...
Iowah project postponed in 2015 (Local News ~ 05/18/15)
Bradley Bear meets Shayla Bee (Local News ~ 05/15/15)
Botcher receives 2 years in sexual abuse case (Local News ~ 05/14/15)
Wear a Seat Belt (Opinion Column ~ 05/13/15)
Cynthia Lu Karls (Obituaries ~ 05/13/15)
Ambassadors cut ribbon at Potaczek's new location (Local News ~ 05/13/15)
Goff's 'touching memoir' complete (Local News ~ 05/07/15)
Spencer named top 10 city for young families in Iowa (Local News ~ 05/06/15)
Local legislators vote for tuition freeze (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
Crash organizers hope students understand their Power of Choice (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
Botcher to submit written plea (Local News ~ 04/28/15)
Cynthia Karls (Obituaries ~ 04/27/15)
Glienke signs with Nebraska at Kearney (High School Sports ~ 04/24/15)
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 04/23/15)
'Game changer' (Local News ~ 04/22/15)
Harrington enters pair of guilty pleas (Local News ~ 04/22/15)
Wilke pleads guilty to 2nd stalking charge (Local News ~ 04/20/15)
Week filled with special events (Opinion Column ~ 04/20/15)
Citizens Awareness Council focused on ending child abuse (Local News ~ 04/17/15)
Biking, boarding & blading (Local News ~ 04/17/15)
Food assistance numbers rise despite economic boost (Local News ~ 04/10/15)
Abandoned railway ownership in dispute (Local News ~ 04/10/15)
Johnathan Jordan Resigns as Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Iowa Lakes (High School Sports ~ 04/08/15)
Marcella McCord (Obituaries ~ 04/08/15)
Census, laborshed give picture of corridor region's future (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
Council hears audit, passes budget amendment (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Month (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
'Bubba' is ready to rock (Local News ~ 04/03/15)
Household hazardous waste facility open for season (Local News ~ 04/02/15)
Rally supports Child Abuse Awareness Month (Local News ~ 04/01/15)
Spirit Lake receives Blue Zones certification (Local News ~ 03/27/15)
Van Otterloo to head Spencer's Northwest Bank operation (Local News ~ 03/27/15)
'This is a great day' (Local News ~ 03/25/15)
2015 commercial, residential property assessments increase (Local News ~ 03/23/15)
Casting Crowns first act announced for 2015 Clay County Fair (Local News ~ 03/19/15)
County sees uptick in assessment land values (Local News ~ 03/16/15)
Concurrent enrollment a benefit to local students (Local News ~ 03/16/15)
Water Works votes to sue 3 area counties (Local News ~ 03/13/15)
Clay County designated a Home Base Iowa Community (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
After 20 years, refugee to reunite with family (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
Flyboard Romance (Local News ~ 03/06/15)
The CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 03/05/15)
Hallgren bids farewell to the CCREC (Local News ~ 03/04/15)
Spencer ranked state's 6th best place to retire (Local News ~ 03/02/15)
Human trafficking: Local, state, federal officials vigilant to free teen prostitutes (Local News ~ 02/27/15)
Northwest Region STEM Hub partnership renewed (Local News ~ 02/26/15)
Text alerts from banks are scams (Local News ~ 02/24/15)
Legislative Update (Opinion Column ~ 02/24/15)
Kruses named Master Pork Producers (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
When can officers stop a car? (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
BVU undertakes massive self-study as a guide to the future (Local News ~ 02/20/15)
Enrollment climbing across the state (Local News ~ 02/19/15)
Estherville jury finds Sudbeck 'guilty' of murder (Local News ~ 02/19/15)
Business Briefs (Local News ~ 02/16/15)
Larry Johnson (Obituaries ~ 02/13/15)
Health care coverage enrollment deadline Sunday (Local News ~ 02/13/15)
Business property tax credit deadline looms closer (Local News ~ 02/05/15)
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 02/05/15)
Clay County hog farmers named 2014 Master Pork Producers (Local News ~ 02/02/15)
Take Care 2015: Take care of the environment (Local News ~ 01/30/15)
Spencer ranked 10th safest in Iowa (Local News ~ 01/30/15)
Spencer archers to compete at Johnston for Iowa Games (High School Sports ~ 01/30/15)
Iowa highway safety laws in the red (Local News ~ 01/29/15)
Fitzpatrick to be resentenced (Local News ~ 01/28/15)
Vosberg, Leckband to wed Aug. 8 (Engagements ~ 01/28/15)
Toft supports Clay County small towns (Local News ~ 01/26/15)
Helma Hofsommer (Obituaries ~ 01/26/15)
Seasons Center looking at potential expansion of Autumn's Center (Local News ~ 01/23/15)
Former HLP teacher, probation officer's trial delayed (Local News ~ 01/23/15)
Randy's Review: 'American Sniper' (Entertainment ~ 01/22/15)
Simpson keeping Spencer blue (Local News ~ 01/19/15)
Wiemers promotes community, new education opportunities (Local News ~ 01/15/15)
Schrunk's film career includes travels around the world (Local News ~ 01/15/15)
Ex-soldier sentenced in daughter's death (Local News ~ 01/15/15)