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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
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Many not ready for college success (Opinion Column ~ 08/25/14)
I was up before dawn on Monday to take care of some very important business -- snapping the traditional "first day of school" photo of my son beneath the limbs of an apple tree we planted the summer he started kindergarten. Both the tree and the boy have grown tall and strong in the 15 years since that first photo. A junior in college, he's made a successful transition from high school to college, with few struggles in keeping up with the college curriculum...
Law enforcement encourages bus safety (Local News ~ 08/22/14)
With classes starting at Spencer Schools next week, local school busses will be out in full-force picking up and dropping off students. Spencer Schools' Transportation Department and local law enforcement agencies remind drivers to drive "defensively" when encountering school busses this year...
Athletics booming at ILCC (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)
The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees convened Tuesday in Estherville and received the latest on the value of athletics in the recruitment of students to the college. Executive Dean of Students, Julie Williams, welcomed Troy Larson, Director of Athletics, to the podium to share the significance of offering athletics at Iowa Lakes. ...
Strength in numbers (High School Sports ~ 08/22/14)
These days it seems if a kid wants to get involved with a summer sport, they're looking at three options: soccer, baseball/softball and swimming which is done mostly recreationally, but opportunities exist for kids to show off their competitive side in the pool. There's nothing wrong with any of these choices, but, starting in 2011, one more sport has been trying to work its way into the youth summer schedule...
Polaris hiring as it expands line of motorcycles (Local News ~ 08/22/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Sales of Indian motorcycles are strong enough to support more jobs at the Iowa plant that makes them. Polaris Industries expects to hire 300 more people at its Spirit Lake plant that already employs more than 700. Final assembly of the motorcycles will be done there, The Des Moines Register reported...
OHS student embarks on ambassador trip (Local News ~ 08/21/14)
Hannah Grosvenor's interest in global politics has opened up some unbelievable opportunities. The Okoboji student met with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley over lunch at the nation's Capitol. The high school senior's dream is to one day become President of the United States. With a recent trip to China in hand, she seems to be on a fast track to Washington, D.C...
Iowa Lakes wrestling announces recruiting class (High School Sports ~ 08/18/14)
Head coach Cody Alesch and the Iowa Lakes wrestling team have announced their 2014-15 recruiting class. "This class seems to be well rounded in the fact they have high goals academically and athletically," Alesch stated. "I believe these young men have a desire to compete at a high level and are coming to Iowa Lakes for the right reasons."...
Smoke on the Water returns Aug. 16 (Local News ~ 08/15/14)
OKOBOJI -- A damaging June storm pushed back the start date for the annual Smoke on the Water Competition. But on Saturday, the smell of smoked meats will be in the air once again. The third edition of the Okoboji Tourism barbecue competition returns Aug. 16 in Preservation Plaza...
Occupants escape serious injury after North Y collision (Local News ~ 08/14/14)
A pair of Fords collided at the North Y interchange for U.S. Highways 71 and 18 just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Despite $19,000 in combined damage estimates, no serious injuries were reported. Matthew Lauritsen, 34, of Estherville, was southbound on Highway 71 in a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup when a westbound 2013 Ford F-150, operated by Matthew Joseph Flattery, 35, of Urbandale, crossed the intersection, allegedly without stopping for the stop sign in the median, into the path of the Lauritsen's vehicle, resulting in the collision.. ...
'When our people are suffering, we are suffering' (Local News ~ 08/14/14)
STORM LAKE -- They call the place "Freedom Plaza." For a group of Sudanese-Americans from Storm Lake, that term, "freedom," is more than just a word. While they have made their lives in Iowa, earning U.S. citizenship, their emotional ties to their homeland and the loved ones in the volatile young African nation remain strong...
Military Briefs (Local News ~ 08/13/14)
Zachary A. Chicoine is an Army ROTC cadet involved in cadet language and cultural immersion training -- his first training deployment as a cadet. After a week-long training session at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the selected cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local cultures and languages. ...
Climate change impacts northwest Iowa (Local News ~ 08/08/14)
NORTHWEST IOWA -- Those who study the local environment are saying that climate change is no longer a debate of "if" -- but one of how much, how fast. And ultimately, a question of whether there is anything that can be done about it. Storm Lake Department of Natural Resources officer Julie Sievers says that after three straight drought years, interspersed with unusually heavy rains, the public is starting to sit up and take notice...
SHS 4th in chase for Cup (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)
With less than a week to go until the official end of the Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup season, Spencer's athletics and fine arts departments have combined for 995 points, placing them in fourth amongst 62 Class 3A schools and eighth out of 368 schools across all classes. ...
Team DeVries (High School Sports ~ 08/08/14)
Jay and Kaytee DeVries share a love for one another and a strong passion for racing. While love will keep them together, their ability to discuss strategies to maneuver bumper-to-bumper traffic on a dirt oval keeps the dinner conversation interesting...
Possible presidential hopeful stumps for King in Okoboji (Local News ~ 08/07/14)
OKOBOJI -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made a fundraising stop Monday in Okoboji on behalf of U.S. Rep. Steve King -- but, the high-profile senator says it's too soon to know if he'll ask King to return the favor. Paul made several stops in Iowa on behalf of King and 2nd District congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. The visits have fueled speculation that Paul will be a Republican candidate for the White House in 2016...
Ben walloped (High School Sports ~ 08/04/14)
2013 Northwest Amateur Tournament champion Trent Peterson gave this year's title a run by shooting the low round of the tournament (64, -5) Sunday morning, but 20-year-old Ben Wallom's back-to-back opening rounds of 65 gave him enough cushion to hold off the 27-year-old former pro while breaking the Northwest Am total score record by a stroke, finishing at 20-under par. Kirby Pettitt, of Carroll, set the record in 2010 at 19-under...
Smith pulls even with Donohue (High School Sports ~ 08/01/14)
With day two of the Northwest Amatuer Tournament at Spencer Golf and Country Club, 25 players have overall scores below par. Day one leader, Max Donohue stays in the top spot at 10-under, but he's been joined by Grant Smith after Smith matched Donohue's first-round score of 65 (-7) during his second trip around the course...
Spirit Lake city hall ahead of schedule (Local News ~ 08/01/14)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Come late fall, Spirit Lake government officials should have a brand new place to call home. City Administrator Gregg Owens said the construction of the new city hall, which began with demolition in the fall of 2013, is actually ahead of schedule. The exterior of the building will be finished next week...
Two candidates meet Milford election deadline (Local News ~ 08/01/14)
MILFORD -- Appointees Bill Reinsbach and Rody Pederson both met the filing deadline to appear on a special election ballot in the city of Milford. Reinsbach was appointed to the mayor's office on July 14, following Don Lamb's June 11 resignation. Council member Rick Kilts also resigned at the June 11 meeting. Fellow businessman Rody Pederson was appointed to his seat and has since been named the city's mayor pro tem...
Young guns come out firing (High School Sports ~ 07/31/14)
Beautiful weather, other than an afternoon spat of rain, saw youth reign supreme on day one of the Northwest Amateur Tournament at Spencer Golf and Country Club Thursday. Two-hundred and nine of the 355 registered golfers for the 93rd installment of Iowa's only 72-hole tournament turned in their first 18 holes with 18-year-old Max Donohue, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, taking an early two-stroke lead at 7-under par...
Iowa's Texting-While-Driving ban not reducing crashes, hard to enforce (Local News ~ 07/28/14)
Iowa's law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Although texting-related crashes have been on the rise in recent years, Iowa convicted an average of only 2.5 drivers per county for texting last year, the investigation revealed...
Multiple charges complicate cost (Local News ~ 07/28/14)
Although Chris Fitzpatrick's involvement in the September 2012 death of 59-year-old Edward Kitto has been completed, the total cost of his case is undetermined. Between his booking on Aug. 29, 2012 and his release to the Iowa Medical and Classfication Center on May 16, 2013, Fitzpatrick spent 259 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes in the Clay County Jail, according to Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow...
ILCC student elected Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association VP (Local News ~ 07/26/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College is proud to announce the election of Michael J. Morson into the position of vice president for the Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association. Morson was voted into his position during the AST National Conference in Denver, Colorado, in May...
Sirens (Local News ~ 07/24/14)
Salvador Enrique Recinos, 39, Walnut Fifth-degree theft Consumption in public/intox Luke Todd Logan, 27, Spencer Assault Michael Gene Fitzloff, 61, Spencer OWI first offense Mark Steven Thuston, 21, Walford Supplying alcohol to a minor Robert Patrick Hesseltine, 38, Milford...
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)
On Saturday a group of Iowa's most talented cheerleaders and pre-college football players will line up in the UNI Dome for the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All Star Football Classic. Hunter Cushman, of Spencer, will be participating in this year's bowl game. ...
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)
Storm Lake steps into carbon footprint spotlight (Local News ~ 07/18/14)
Law enforcement: Stoplights would make North Y more accident prone (Local News ~ 07/18/14)
Three sentenced to prison, breaking NW Iowa/Minnesota meth ring (Local News ~ 07/17/14)
Pair of collisions on West Beltway (Local News ~ 07/17/14)
Michelle Byers (Obituaries ~ 07/16/14)
Harrington trial expected to move to October (Local News ~ 07/14/14)
Clay County Fair contributes $6.2 million to local economy (Local News ~ 07/10/14)
Military Brief (Local News ~ 07/09/14)
Council approves school resource officer, Little Sioux Trail work (Local News ~ 07/07/14)
Many Hands Market donates to Reins of Hope (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
Lakes Redemption opens doors (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
'Photographing the Landscape' at Arts on Grand (Local News ~ 07/04/14)
Spencer new home sales down (Local News ~ 07/02/14)
Reynolds demolition begins (Local News ~ 06/30/14)
Electric fish barrier now active (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
Local drive-in weathers storm (Local News ~ 06/27/14)
Muessigmann's new album '100 percent me' (Local News ~ 06/25/14)
Spencer Schools receives ESGR award (Local News ~ 06/25/14)
Reinsbach appointed as Milford mayor, Pederson fills council seat (Local News ~ 06/23/14)
Lyle Davis (Other Records ~ 06/23/14)
Raveling retires from the USAF (Local News ~ 06/23/14)
InnSpiration Vines and Wines uncorked (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
The evolution of obstetrics (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
LPA meeting highlights importance of dredging Storm Lake (Local News ~ 06/20/14)
CC-E notes 3 resignations, 4 new hires (Local News ~ 06/19/14)
City to apply for State Recreation Grant (Local News ~ 06/16/14)
Ex-roommate accused of arson in apartment building fire (Local News ~ 06/13/14)
Grand Diner ownership changed, expected to re-open soon (Local News ~ 06/13/14)
Survivor headlines Boatstock 2014 (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
The bands of Rocket Suzie: Christopher the Conquered (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
Command Presence (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
RICL progress moving forward (Local News ~ 06/12/14)
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)