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A little holiday meandering

In 1986, the downtown merchant association introduced what has become a tradition to kick off the season in Spencer, Grand Meander. Monday night, from 5-7 p.m., Grand Meander will be transformed into a northwest Iowa winter wonderland.

Council approves demolition of nuisance building on 12th Street

The Spencer City Council gave city employees permission on Nov. 20 to demolish a house that has fallen into disrepair.

The house in question is located at 302 W. 12th St. in Spencer. City officials say the building has not been adequately maintained and has become a danger to the community.

“This was not a close question,” Spencer City Attorney Don Hemphill said.

2 Spencer board members, superintendent named IASB Award recipients

DES MOINES — The Iowa Association of School Boards presented two Spencer School Board members and the superintendent with 2022-23 annual Board Awards on Thursday, Nov. 16, during the IASB Convention.

Board members Shelby Haak and Bob Whittenburg each received the Individual Achievement Award; while Superintendent Terry Hemann was acknowledged with the Award of Honor.

School board to vote on new financial control policies next month

The Spencer School District is in line for roughly $200,000 worth of federal grants to improve school security, but first, the district must adopt new rules.

Parks Department: Disc golf course needs upgrade after move

After its late summer move from West Leach Park to River View Park, the Spencer disc golf course is due for a facelift, city officials say.

‘They will soar on wings like eagles’

"They will soar on wings like eagles" — Isaiah 40:31.

The motto of Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School was demonstrated when it was recognized as an award winning school.

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School was among nine Iowa schools chosen to receive the inaugural Yass Award for Education Freedom to enable the school to serve more students.

ILCC wrestler named ICCAC Athlete of the Week

Iowa Lakes women’s wrestler and freshman Morgan Griffin will have her name in the Iowa Lakes women’s wrestling history books forever. In the team dual last week against No. 2 Iowa Central, Griffin picked up a pin in the 170-pound match against the Tritons Olivia Fausnaugh. With the victory, she became the first women’s wrestler to win a match in school history. (Photo submitted)

Itty Bitty Boji Band featured at Dance 4 Fun event

The Everly dance sponsored by Dance 4 Fun, will be held on Saturday at the Hap Kettleson Community Center in Everly. The doors are open at 6:30 p.m., the dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The band will be The Itty Bitty Boji Band. Feel free to bring snacks to share. Singles and married couples are welcome.

Munson recognized as Rotary SOTM

The October Rotary Student of the Month is Spencer High School senior Van Munson. He plans to go to Cornell College, run cross-county, and has yet to decide on a major yet, but is considering engineering or a research scientist. Rotarian Greg Rasch presented Munson with the honor at a recent Spencer Rotary Club Meeting. (Photo submitted)

Get to Know: Theresa McKee

Teaching: Seventh grade science.

Education: Bachelor of Science in human growth and development, early childhood and gerontology, fine and studio art from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, teaching degree from College of Saint Mary Omaha.


Q: What is your teaching background?

A: I have taught consumer science, English, reading, art and yearbook journalism.


Festival of Lessons & Carols ready for Sunday

The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be presented on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The concert presents readings from the Bible with musical selections paired with each reading. The 60-person community choir is made up of area singers with a freewill offering used to support the Messiah production will be held again in 2025. (Photo submitted)

He’s back: Santa begins multiweekend guest appearances

The Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, made his first appearance at the Southpark Mall on Good Friday and the subsequent weekends through the Christmas celebration to greet Spencer area children and receive their gift wishes ahead of his worldwide journey Dec. 24. Santa’s Mailbox will also be at the mall and he will respond to all letters with an address included. All children are invited to come visit Santa from noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. (File photo)

Stolley Park trail repairs nearly finished

After several years and over $70,000, a raft of updates and improvements are nearly complete at the Stolley Park trail system in northwest Spencer.

Over the last three years, an effort led by Bob Rose and Mike Harleman has resulted in big improvements to the Stolley Pit Trail, a roughly 1.3-mile loop around a small lake that used to be a sand and gravel quarry. The trail is located in Stolley Park near the intersection of West 18th Street and 32nd Avenue West.

Main Street, Spencer Reads collaborate for holiday launch

Spencer Main Street welcomed crowds to brave the snow and venture downtown for Shop Small Saturday. Arts on Grand hosted the kickoff from 9 a.m. to noon with exclusive coupons and an assortment of breakfast items. In conjunction with Shop Small Saturday, Spencer Reads offered a story book walk which began at Spencer Community Theatre. (Photos submitted)

Spencer men seek to place monument recognizing unmarked graves at

A pair of Spencer men are raising money to place a monument at the city cemetery for 22 men, women, and children who died in the city between 1922 and 1954 but whose families couldn’t afford grave markers.

Menards collecting gifts for area children

In the spirit of Christmas, the local Menards store is serving as a toy drive drop site. The home services location has participated in this opportunity for a number of years. A drop box near the exit door of all stores to collect new, unwrapped toys from through the end of November. These presents will be distributed by a nonprofit organization within your community. Menards is located at 1301 12th Ave. SW, in Spencer.

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