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Simonsen approved for $300K Iowa EDA loan (Local News ~ 12/19/14)
DES MOINES -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority board Friday awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to eight companies for job creation and expansion projects. The awards will assist in the creation of 84 jobs, retain 171 jobs and will result in almost $227 million in new capital investment for the state...
CommStock Report (Opinion Column ~ 12/19/14)
Badcorn.com is a website posted by the Onder Law Firm soliciting farmers to participate in a class action lawsuit against Syngenta for losses related to reduced corn prices resulting from the ban of U.S. corn and DDG imports by China. The Wall Street Journal says that 180 separate lawsuits have been filed by farmers. ...
Graettinger man injured in collision with semi (Local News ~ 12/17/14)
High winds and icy road conditions were cited in an accident involving a 2013 Freightliner and 2005 Ford F150 at 8:17 p.m. Monday in the 3300-mile of U.S. Highway 18. Norman Reed, 39, of Detroit, Michigan, was westbound on Highway 18 in the Freightliner with a trailer, which high winds, icy roads and speed allegedly caused him to lose control of the vehicle and cross the center line...
Council approves SMU loan (Local News ~ 12/15/14)
Members of the Spencer City Council passed a resolution approving a $360,000 loan from Spencer Municipal Utilities in a 6-0 vote Monday night. Ward 4 Councilman Randy Swanson was absent from the proceedings. The loan secured by SMU was a zero-percent interest Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLEG loan), which will be used to pay for the new communication center. The resolution also provided for the levying of taxes to pay the loan back...
ILCC wins 2 Mid-America Economic Development Council Awards (Local News ~ 12/15/14)
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation captured two awards at the Mid-American Economic Development Council Conference & Site Selector Forum earlier this month. Iowa Lakes Corridor took first place for Best Workforce Development program and Best Annual Report in the small organization category, which included economic development groups with annual marketing budgets of less than $100,000...
Helping Hands living up to its name in Albert City (Local News ~ 12/11/14)
ALBERT CITY -- Director Cheryl Abbas describes Helping Hands as a "help center to the community" -- because it's more than a food pantry. They reach out to those in need in many ways. Simple, straightforward truths are lived here: feed the hungry, share and be a friend. ...
Three trials rescheduled (Local News ~ 12/10/14)
Three trials, originally scheduled for Tuesday, have been continued to later dates. A motion for continuance of the trial and scheduling of a plea hearing in the Ney McDaniel trial was requested by his attorney Leon Spies and granted on Dec. 6. No date has been listed for the hearing...
Military Briefs (Local News ~ 12/10/14)
Air Force Airman Kyle Staples graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills...
St. Luke Lutheran Home Resident of the Week (Local News ~ 12/08/14)
Dorothy Schmid is a trendsetter with an unfaltering positive attitude. In August 1991, Dorothy and Carl Schmid moved from rural Fostoria to The Highlands. They were among the inaugural residents of the newly-opened, independent living building's east wing...
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)

State Representative House District 2 (Local News ~ 10/29/14)

'That Tree' (Local News ~ 10/27/14)

NWIA All-Stars struggle on day one (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)

Hansen named National Merit Scholarship 'Commended Student' (Local News ~ 10/24/14)

Annual Basketball Alumni Games/Drug Awareness Clinic (High School Sports ~ 10/24/14)

Iowa Lakes men's basketball releases schedule (High School Sports ~ 10/23/14)

Retired state analyst challenges auditor for post
 (Local News ~ 10/22/14)

Boji Nites owner receives 33-month prison sentence (Local News ~ 10/22/14)

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)