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Local legislators vote for tuition freeze (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
DES MOINES -- Thursday, Reps. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, and John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, voted to freeze tuition for in-state students at Iowa's three Regents institutions. In 2013, the Iowa Board of Regents instituted the Transparent, Inclusive Efficient Review program at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. ...
Crash organizers hope students understand their Power of Choice (Local News ~ 05/01/15)
OKOBOJI -- Laura Manwarren is a hospital emergency department supervisor who doesn't want to see teenagers on the operating table. Amy Sievers is a drivers license supervisor who hopes young motorists don't encounter a drunk driver on area roads. For the past six years, they've orchestrated a tragedy...
Botcher to submit written plea (Local News ~ 04/28/15)
Anthony Botcher and his attorney were scheduled to submit a written plea to the Clay County District Court Monday. The plea is in regards to charges of sexual abuse brought against Botcher in July 2013. According Clay County Assistant Attorney Kristi Kuester, Botcher was to submit a written plea of guilty to a misdemeanor of a lesser included charge...
Cynthia Karls (Obituaries ~ 04/27/15)
Cynthia Lu (Drake) Karls, 51, of Rochester, was born on Dec. 28, 1963, in Spencer to Robert and Norma (Hansen) Drake. Cindy's strong will, wit, and love of life soon won over the hearts of her three other siblings. She became the apple of everyone's eyes, especially her grandma Lulu, whom she was named after. ...
Glienke signs with Nebraska at Kearney (High School Sports ~ 04/24/15)
2013 Spencer High School graduate Weston Glienke signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska at Kearney last week. The current Iowa Central Community College sophomore is leading the first-place conference Tritons in saves, coming out of the bullpen as a closer. (Photo submitted.)
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 04/23/15)
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has got a very big job ahead of him that was made all the tougher by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) lawsuit filed against drainage districts in Northern Iowa for non-point source nutrient runoff. He has been exceedingly sensitive to conservation concerns and has been diligently trying to bridge the gap in understanding between rural and urban populations in the discord over conservation approach. ...
'Game changer' (Local News ~ 04/22/15)
The Clay County Regional Events Center ballroom was a full house Wednesday evening for the Season Center for Behavioral Health's annual event featuring Leigh Anne Tuohy and special guest Jennifer Elgersma. All proceeds from the event and the silent auction conducted during the event will benefit Autumn's Center, a new regional children's center...
Harrington enters pair of guilty pleas (Local News ~ 04/22/15)
The final string in the legal entanglements surrounding Edward Kitto's death in August 2012 may finally be tied up as a presentence investigation was issued by District Court Judge Don Courtney for Jaykie Harrington following the defendant's submission of a guilty plea on a reduced charge of committing malicious prosecution...
Wilke pleads guilty to 2nd stalking charge (Local News ~ 04/20/15)
Sentencing for Curtis Wilke, 39, of Emmetsburg, has been set for 10 a.m. June 1 in Clay County Court after he entered a guilty plea Monday on charges of felony stalking, second offense. Multiple charges against Wilke were filed by the Spencer Police Department on Feb. 6 including first-degree harassment, malicious prosecution, false report of an indictable offense to a public entity and fourth-degree criminal mischief...
Week filled with special events (Opinion Column ~ 04/20/15)
Spring has sprung, and the calendar has certainly heated up! I love weeks like this -- with a schedule jam-packed with great events. For those who complain there's "nothing to do," this week should convince you otherwise. On Wednesday you can have a great evening, while contributing to a great cause. ...
Citizens Awareness Council focused on ending child abuse (Local News ~ 04/17/15)
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, some members of the child abuse coalition in Clay County and the Clay County Citizens Awareness Council, are displaying pinwheel bouquets in honor of this event. The blue pinwheel, the universal symbol for child abuse prevention, represents the joyful childhood that every child deserves...
Biking, boarding & blading (Local News ~ 04/17/15)
STORM LAKE -- In a quiet little area town better known for catfish angling than extreme sports, a long-vacant old school gym is taking on new life, and on Friday night, things are flying. The gym has been gradually converted into an 8,000 square feet youth recreation facility dubbed Bikes Boards Blades...
Food assistance numbers rise despite economic boost (Local News ~ 04/10/15)
A recent Gallup survey reported that 14.6 percent of Iowans admit they didn't have enough money for food last year, an increase of 2.2 percent from 2013. Locally, representatives of both the food banks at the Spencer Dream Center and Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Spencer have noticed an increase in people taking advantage of the food assistance resources...
Abandoned railway ownership in dispute (Local News ~ 04/10/15)
During the week of March 29 Robert Graham, owner of Graham Tire and Graham Retread in Spencer, filed an "Affidavit of Ownership" with the Clay County Recorders Office. In the affidavit, Graham claims ownership of the railroad right-of-way that lies between his two properties north of West 18th Street. The section of railroad right-of-way in dispute is part of the abandoned railway between 10th Street and 58th Street the city of Spencer is in the process of converting into a recreational trail...
Johnathan Jordan Resigns as Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Iowa Lakes (High School Sports ~ 04/08/15)
The head swimming and diving coach at Iowa Lakes Community College has submitted his resignation. Johnathan Jordan is leaving Iowa Lakes after five years to become the head swimming and diving coach at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois. He already began his duties with Lincoln on Tuesday...
Marcella McCord (Obituaries ~ 04/08/15)
Services for Marcella McCord, 72, of Spencer, formerly of Fostoria, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Julia McCullough will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted beginning one hour prior to the service at the church...
Census, laborshed give picture of corridor region's future (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
Between the 2014 census and the recent landshed survey conducted by the Iowa Lakes Corridor, a trend is showing the population of Spencer maintaining and the population of Clay County decreasing slightly. "In a year-to-year look, Spencer decreased in population between 2013 and 2014," said Kiley Miller, president of the Iowa Lake Corridor. "But if you look back to 2010, the general trend shows Spencer holding steady. Not growing, but not shrinking."...
Council hears audit, passes budget amendment (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
Representatives from Winther, Stave & Company presented the Spencer City Council with the audit of fiscal year 2013-14 Monday. The council approved the audit in a 6-0 vote. According to the audit, the city is in "good financial condition." "In our opinion, the financial statements that are included here do present fairly in all material respects the respective cash basis of all governmental activities, business-type activities, each major fund and aggregate fund information of the city of Spencer as of June 30, 2014, and the respective changes in cash balances," Arvin Druvenga, a partner with Winther, Stave & Company, said.. ...
St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Month (Local News ~ 04/06/15)
Michael Anderson, who was born on Christmas Eve to Art and Marie Anderson, of Spencer, learned how to work at a young age. Following graduation with his high school equivalency, he moved to San Diego, California, and worked for a construction company. Anderson then transferred to Sarasota, where he assisted in the construction of hurricane-proof apartment buildings...
'Bubba' is ready to rock (Local News ~ 04/03/15)
EVERLY -- Not quite two years since local organizers went public with plans to have a Freedom Rock created and placed in Everly, work got underway on Friday under the protection of a large tent at the city's Garden of Peace and Hope. Artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II started painting the rock mural at 9 a.m. Friday, and after a lengthy lunch break, to allow the primer to take, he was back at work Friday afternoon as local project volunteers attempted to warm the workspace with heaters...
Household hazardous waste facility open for season (Local News ~ 04/02/15)
The Northern Plains Regional Collection Center for household hazardous waste is open for the season. This is the beginning of the third year that the household hazardous waste facility located north of the Spencer transfer station has been open. According to Craig Poulsen, Northern Plains Regional Collection Center operations manager, many still don't know about the facility, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and every third Saturday of the month...
Rally supports Child Abuse Awareness Month (Local News ~ 04/01/15)
In support of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health hosted a rally at the Sioux County Sheriff's office in Orange City Wednesday morning. The rally also served to honor Autumn Elgersma, the 3-year-old who died at the hands of her babysitter in 2013. Phil and Jean Elgersma, Autumn's parents, partnered with the behavioral center in the event...
Spirit Lake receives Blue Zones certification (Local News ~ 03/27/15)
Spirit Lake officially is one of the healthiest cities in the state, according to a nationwide organization. The city was revealed as a Blue Zones certified community last week. "It's a true accomplishment for Spirit Lake and our area in general," said Spirit Lake Mayor Blain Andera, who is also a member of the local Power 9 Advisory board. ...
Van Otterloo to head Spencer's Northwest Bank operation (Local News ~ 03/27/15)
Joe Conover, Lakes market president of Northwest Bank announced Joe Van Otterloo as bank president overseeing Northwest Bank in Spencer beginning April 1. Van Otterloo's responsibilities include overseeing the Spencer bank operations while focusing on team development and leading our sales and service efforts by building customer relationships...
'This is a great day' (Local News ~ 03/25/15)2015 commercial, residential property assessments increase (Local News ~ 03/23/15)
State military leaders joined regional business and community leaders, along with area military personnel, to celebrate Clay County's recent designation as a Home Base Iowa Community. The Iowa National Guard Armory in Spencer was the perfect setting Wednesday morning for the event which drew a large crowd to hear from Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Orr and Home Base Iowa Project Director Kathy Anderson who worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Clay County earn the designation...
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)
'It's its own, beautiful thing' (Local News ~ 01/14/15)
The Perfect Fit (High School Sports ~ 01/09/15)
Botcher, Harrington trials rescheduled a second time (Local News ~ 01/07/15)
Back into the swing of things (Opinion Column ~ 01/07/15)
The cowardly lion (Opinion Column ~ 01/02/15)
Newest Habitat home dedicated (Local News ~ 12/25/14)
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year -- No. 2 (High School Sports ~ 12/25/14)
Elliott to perform at West O (Local News ~ 12/25/14)
Iowa land values take largest hit since 1986 (Local News ~ 12/22/14)
Running the World Race (Local News ~ 12/22/14)
Simonsen approved for $300K Iowa EDA loan (Local News ~ 12/19/14)
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 12/19/14)
Graettinger man injured in collision with semi (Local News ~ 12/17/14)
Council approves SMU loan (Local News ~ 12/15/14)
ILCC wins 2 Mid-America Economic Development Council Awards (Local News ~ 12/15/14)
Helping Hands living up to its name in Albert City (Local News ~ 12/11/14)
Three trials rescheduled (Local News ~ 12/10/14)
Military Briefs (Local News ~ 12/10/14)
St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Week (Local News ~ 12/08/14)
Be safe this Thanksgiving holiday by buckling up (Opinion Column ~ 11/24/14)
The next step (High School Sports ~ 11/21/14)
New Spirit Lake city hall opened Thursday (Local News ~ 11/21/14)
Adoption secures the blessings of hope, home (Opinion Column ~ 11/21/14)
Slater named 2014 Realtor of the Year (Local News ~ 11/21/14)
Judge change in McDaniel case (Local News ~ 11/19/14)
Changes in health coverage suggest positive trend (Local News ~ 11/14/14)
Heart transplant survivor shares with students (Local News ~ 11/14/14)
A Guiding Hand (Local News ~ 11/13/14)
Mustangs advance to championship (High School Sports ~ 11/13/14)
Fairview Elementary incorporates garden into learning (Local News ~ 11/07/14)
May 2015 date likely to settle Mrs. Lady's case (Local News ~ 11/07/14)
A forgotten holiday? (Opinion Column ~ 11/07/14)
2014 Iowa Election Roundup (Local News ~ 11/05/14)
Sirens (Local News ~ 11/03/14)