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Military Brief (Local News ~ 07/09/14)
Tanner M. Downing is a member of the Army ROTC program at Iowa State University, in Ames. The program recently received the MacArthur Award for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army ROTC units nationwide, as the top programs in the country. ...
Council approves school resource officer, Little Sioux Trail work (Local News ~ 07/07/14)
The Spencer City Council approved a sharing agreement between Spencer Community Schools and the city for a school resource officer and accepted work on the 2013 Little Sioux Trail and Bridge Project Monday evening. Ward 3 Councilman Steve Bomgaars was not present during the meeting...
Many Hands Market donates to Reins of Hope (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
While several things have changed at Many Hands Market since store manager Christi Gabhart moved to Haiti on June 20, the team at the local store has maintained the tradition of giving to local non-profit organizations with its recent donation of $1,000 to Reins of Hope. Reins of Hope is a Spencer-based ministry which practices hippotherapy, utilizing the movements of a horse to improve motor and sensory input. Reins of Hope began in 1989 as a community-service project by the Clay County Conquistadors 4-H group when they began introducing children with special needs to the world of horses. Many Hands Market has made a local donation each month since opening in August 2013, bringing total donations to $11,000 since that time. Karmen Brown has assumed the position of store manager since Gabhart's departure. (Photo submitted)
Lakes Redemption opens doors (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- A new can redemption center has popped up just in time for the busiest summer holiday. Lakes Redemption opens at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2 as the county's newest and only bottle and can redemption center. The new business operation, in a collaborative effort with Sandy Conover of Spencer and the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce, is located in the Center Lake Plaza along 30th Street in Spirit Lake...
'Photographing the Landscape' at Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
Arts on Grand is currently hosting a very special exhibit with the people of northwest Iowa during this summer season. "Photographing the Landscape" opened June 17 and runs through July 19. It consists of images captured both on film and computer chip, in a variety of sizes, and in both black and white and color...
Spencer new home sales down (Local News ~ 07/02/14)
While the national housing market's sales of new homes rose by approximately 18 percent in May -- a six-year high, it's been business as usual for the Spencer housing market. According to Spencer Realty, Inc. Owner and Broker Kyle Norris, that is due to the fact the Spencer housing market doesn't share the same ups and downs of the national housing market...
Reynolds demolition begins (Local News ~ 06/30/14)
Despite less-than-favorable weather conditions, de-construction efforts on the empty Reynolds School building got underway Monday morning. While new windows were removed on the west side of the building, demolition began on the southwest corner of the facility. Sieh Farm Drainage of Spencer was awarded the contract for both Reynolds School building and the former United Pentecostal Church building, used by the Spencer Schools for storage. Work on the church was completed last month. Combined demolition efforts will cost the district close to $80,000. Following a fire in the building in 2013, while it was being occupied by Curiel-Reynolds School of Visual Arts, the district received an insurance settlement of $219,000. Tony Curiel, the Curiel-Reynold School's director who had purchased the building from the district, relinquished it back to the district in a settlement in March. Before deciding to demolish the old school building, the district considered restoring it, but costs associated with necessary updates including a smoke system, new wiring, an elevator and ADA-compliant restrooms made that direction unfeasible. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Electric fish barrier now active (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- The electric fish barrier at the Lower Gar Outlet is active for the first time in 2014. "After Monday's storms (June 16) the lake levels were 3 inches over crest," said DNR fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins. "We had water spilling over the barrier. The lake rose about 8 inches fairly quickly, the storm brought the lakes up very, very quickly -- we started 5 inches below crest."...
Local drive-in weathers storm (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
SUPERIOR _ Gaylord Kemp thought his ticket booth was a goner last week. The high winds and rains from the June 16 storm shifted the booth four feet and nearly put it on its side. The devastating storm also ripped away a few metal planks from the skirt of his 55-by-90-foot movie screen...
Muessigmann's new album '100 percent me' (Local News ~ 06/25/14)
Casey Muessigmann breaks down the eight songs on 'Between the Rows' "Turn It Up" - "Ultimate party song. ... Turn that up." "Between the Rows" - "Small town good time. All the little things I love about Iowa." "Maybe" - "A shout out to all those girls who can't make their minds up."...
Spencer Schools receives ESGR award (Local News ~ 06/25/14)
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve local representatives presented Spencer Community Schools administration and board members with the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award semifinalist recognition at the school board meeting Tuesday afternoon. Spencer Schools was one of 46 finalists across the nation for the award, which is the U.S. government's highest recognition for employers. Spencer Schools was nominated by (far right) Jade Beehler, assistant principal at the high school and a lieutenant colonel with the South Dakota National Guard, for the district's support during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. (Photo by Kate Padilla)
Reinsbach appointed as Milford mayor, Pederson fills council seat (Local News ~ 06/23/14)
The Milford City Council on Monday voted to approve a severance package that ends its relationship with outgoing city administrator Matt Skaret. -- Skaret had been on paid administrative leave since June 11 as the council reviewed his job performance. He will receive four months pay, health insurance benefits and will be compensated for unused vacation days and sick days as part of the severance package...
Lyle Davis (Other Records ~ 06/23/14)
Funeral services for Lyle Davis, 88, of Ayrshire, will be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Burial will be conducted privately at a later date. Davis passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Omaha Veteran's Hospital in Omaha, Neb...
Raveling retires from the USAF (Local News ~ 06/23/14)
Master Sgt. Christopher Raveling, United States Air Force, has retired after 27 years spent serving in the military. Raveling, a 1988 graduate of Spencer High School, enlisted in the Army National Guard with the 1-194th Field Artillery Unit in 1987 while still a junior in high school...
InnSpiration Vines and Wines uncorked (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
LINN GROVE -- June 1 marked the one-year anniversary of InnSpiration Vines and Wines, a winery owned and operated by Paul and Sheila Thomsen of Linn Grove, but June 1, 2013 was not the true beginning to the business. It all started with a little inspiration...
The evolution of obstetrics (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
Spencer Hospital officially opened for business on Jan. 17, 1915 and occupied a remodeled Baptist church on West Third Street. The first baby delivered in the hospital was born just two days later on Jan. 19. At the time, births happened primarily at the home and Spencer Hospital hadn't planned to take obstetrical patients. According to Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital vice president of marketing and fund development, the first birth at the hospital happened due to unique circumstances...
LPA meeting highlights importance of dredging Storm Lake (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
STORM LAKE -- In the last dozen years the Lake Preservation Association has come together to dredge the lake to improve the water clarity, as well as providing more depth to the lake. Tuesday evening the LPA had its annual meeting to discuss the future of the lake while disclosing the results of an Iowa State University study about the lake...
CC-E notes 3 resignations, 4 new hires (Local News ~ 06/19/14)
Three people resigned from the Clay Central-Everly school district, according to the board meeting Thursday evening. Bill Koenig, who taught math in Everly for the past three years, has accepted a full-time position at Spencer Schools. Norm Sindt drove a bus for the district for the past 16 years. His resignation stemmed from an eye surgery he underwent last year...
City to apply for State Recreation Grant (Local News ~ 06/16/14)
Members of the Spencer City Council approved the Spencer Parks Department application for a State Recreation Grant. The funds from the grant would go toward building the city of Spencer's portion of the Iowa Great Lakes Trail Connection. "The project would cost approximately $600,000, and this grant if approved would cover 75 percent of that," Spencer Parks Director Delray Bredehoeft said. ...
Ex-roommate accused of arson in apartment building fire (Local News ~ 06/13/14)
STORM LAKE -- An Aurelia man has been accused of setting two fires in an apartment building as revenge against a former roommate. Occupants of the building were safely evacuated Saturday amid heavy smoke in the building. Storm Lake Fire and Police Departments were called to the building at 205 West Sixth Street when the building fire alarm went off shortly before 4 p.m...
Grand Diner ownership changed, expected to re-open soon (Local News ~ 06/13/14)
As of June 3, ownership of the Grand Diner changed hands from Misty Essington, who ran the restaurant from January 2012 until November 2013, to Jennifer Pullen-Ingledue, who hopes to re-open later this summer. "My goal is to open mid-July," she said. "I don't know how realistic that is, with the changes we want to make, but it is at least a goal."...
Survivor headlines Boatstock 2014 (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
ARNOLDS PARK -- Saturday night's Preservation Plaza concert might have its audience thinking of a "Rocky" movie by the end of the night. As a part of the Boatstock 2014 celebration on Saturday, June 14, the legendary band Survivor will perform on Preservation Plaza at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. The theme for the this year's celebration is an aquarian exposition -- celebrating two things the area is most known for -- boating and live music...
The bands of Rocket Suzie: Christopher the Conquered (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
The Rocket Suzie Music Festival will return to the green space outside Gary's on the River July 18-19. Bands performing include headliners The Pines and He's My Brother, She's My Sister alongside musical acts Comfort Kings, King of the Tramps, Mat d. and the Profane Saints, Josh Davis and Will Locker, Christopher the Conquered, The High Crest, Saint Anyway and David Mayfield Parade. EarlyBird tickets cost between $10 and $25 and are available on Tikly and rocketsuzie.com...
Command Presence (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
The South Dakota Army National Guard 152nd Combat Sustainment and Support Battalion conducted a change in leadership ceremony Saturday following Spencer High School Assistant Principal Jade Beehler's promotion to Lt. Colonel. Beehler participated in the guidon passing...
RICL progress moving forward (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
Since their public informational meeting in August 2013, representatives of the Rock Island Clean Line project have been meeting with landowners to answer questions directly regarding the project's 500-mile wind energy transmission system through Iowa into Illinois to connect with the power grid in the northeast region of the country...
Ambassadors welcome new surgeon to town (Local News ~ 06/11/14)

School's out (for the summer) (Local News ~ 06/04/14)

Supervisor candidates previews (Local News ~ 05/30/14)

Young Professionals Spotlight: Kristi Davis (Local News ~ 05/30/14)

StartupCity Spencer hosts state leaders (Local News ~ 05/29/14)

Mother arrested after young child falls into fire (Local News ~ 05/29/14)

Spensley, Clark exchange vows (Weddings ~ 05/28/14)

Rhonda Lea (Struve) Dobbins (Obituaries ~ 05/28/14)

Crown Clinics wins People's Choice Award (Local News ~ 05/27/14)

High steaks competition (Opinion Column ~ 05/24/14)

Spencer Football Camp (High School Sports ~ 05/23/14)

Beehler to keynote Memorial Day service (Local News ~ 05/23/14)

Memorial Day launches season of boating concerns (Local News ~ 05/23/14)

Bedell Family YMCA announces expansion plans (Local News ~ 05/23/14)

Young Professionals Spotlight: Brad Jungers (Local News ~ 05/23/14)

Muessigmann CMA Fest bound (Local News ~ 05/22/14)

The CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 05/22/14)

$1.7 million amendment has minimal impact (Local News ~ 05/21/14)

Harrington's trial continued to Aug. 5 (Local News ~ 05/21/14)

Glaser joins the Iowa Lakes Corridor (Local News ~ 05/21/14)

SMU 'Water Quality Report' available (Local News ~ 05/21/14)

Council amends budget, approves police chief appointment (Local News ~ 05/19/14)

St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Week: Carl Abel (Local News ~ 05/19/14)

Northey puts seal of approval on Jacobs (Local News ~ 05/16/14)

Soldier from Storm Lake dies in Afghanistan combat zone (Local News ~ 05/16/14)

Phase III completed at St. Joseph (Local News ~ 05/15/14)

Uptick of school bus passing violations in 2014 (Local News ~ 05/15/14)

Deondre Parks named First Team All-American (Community Sports ~ 05/14/14)

Judah's Journey (Local News ~ 05/14/14)

County maintains 'structurally deficient' bridges (Local News ~ 05/12/14)

Glover crowned 2014 Clay County Fair Queen (Local News ~ 05/12/14)

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation bill a 'great first step' (Local News ~ 05/12/14)

DePalma group to maintain The Inn at Okoboji operations (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

Clay County 4-H Endowment supports Clover Kids (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

RAGBRAI committees focused on planning (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

Arnolds Park moves ahead to fill mayor's office vacancy (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

Great Lakes Communication Corp. constructs data center near Lake Park (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

Young Professionals Spotlight: Cody Steinkamp (Local News ~ 05/09/14)

'To see the wonders of the world abroad' (Opinion Column ~ 05/09/14)

Legislative wrap-up (Local News ~ 05/08/14)

Guitar shop, Grand Diner closed for time being (Local News ~ 05/08/14)

Hynes, Lair wed in Spencer (Weddings ~ 05/07/14)

SHS speech, drama students honored (Local News ~ 05/05/14)

Spirit Lake educator named semifinalist in national teacher search (Local News ~ 05/02/14)

Lois Merchant (Obituaries ~ 05/01/14)

'Citizen' reception packs CCREC ballroom (Local News ~ 04/30/14)

Salton, Koch to marry this weekend (Engagements ~ 04/30/14)

Local producers, bakers and artisans wanted (Local News ~ 04/25/14)

Vaccination: Health pros vs. Hollywood (Local News ~ 04/25/14)

RiseFest announces full Friday night lineup (Local News ~ 04/24/14)

King targeted in Zuckerberg immigration reform ad (Local News ~ 04/23/14)

Tiger Tennis keeps winning (High School Sports ~ 04/23/14)

NORTHEY ON: IOWA CROPS AND WEATHER (Local News ~ 04/23/14)

Sheriff's office recognized with sTEP award (Local News ~ 04/18/14)

Serving the community one mouth at a time (Local News ~ 04/17/14)

SMU board approves communication rate increase (Local News ~ 04/17/14)

Taylor, Thompson set September date (Engagements ~ 04/16/14)

'Continental Hopscotch' (Local News ~ 04/11/14)

Okoboji RAGBRAI logo and theme revealed (Local News ~ 04/11/14)

Muessigmann coming home (Local News ~ 04/10/14)

Bethany puts a spin on Trivia Night (Local News ~ 04/09/14)

Brazil skill (College Sports ~ 04/07/14)

Census: Dickinson County growth continues (Local News ~ 04/05/14)

Spirit Lake splash pad faces uncertain start date (Local News ~ 04/04/14)

Spirit Lake girl receives successful liver transplant (Local News ~ 04/04/14)

Hunter Hayes to perform opening weekend of fair (Local News ~ 04/03/14)

A place to call home (Local News ~ 04/03/14)

Autism affects 1 in 68 children (Local News ~ 04/03/14)

Sirens (Local News ~ 04/02/14)

Military Brief (Local News ~ 04/02/14)

Gabharts prepare for move to Haiti (Local News ~ 03/31/14)

How badly do you want your MTV? (Local News ~ 03/28/14)

Waiting for a Heart (Local News ~ 03/28/14)

Robert Zevenbergen (Obituaries ~ 03/27/14)

Lange scores for Red Cross preparedness (Local News ~ 03/26/14)