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Clay County naturalist awarded for dedication to education

Most folks don’t get to spend their days watching birds, identifying native plants and looking at animal tracks. But Clay County Naturalist Brianne Blom has made a career exploring the natural world and teaching others to appreciate nature.

Spencer among 20 receiving IDE funding

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education recently awarded more than $1.7 million in competitive grants to 20 Iowa school districts — including Spencer — focused on aligning secondary career and technical education programs with student attainment of industry-recognized credentials.

Beginning its 18th year of serving families

Marking the beginning of its 18th year of serving area families and children dealing with serious medical conditions, Shayla Bee announced tickets for its largest fundraiser of the year, the Black Tie Black Leather Affair, went on sale, less than a week after the organization recognized its anniversary.

Sargent arrested on sexual assault warrant

FOSTORIA — Twenty-nine-year-old Dustin Sargent was stopped and taken into custody at 7:30 p.m., April 16, on an active Humbolt County warrant out of Nebraska for third-degree sexual assault involving a child.

Sargent, who was arrested in the 200 block of NW First Street and transported by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to the county jail where he was detained for another agency.

Early morning fire forces apartment evacuation

MILFORD — At approximately 3 a.m., Tuesday, the Milford Fire Department was paged to an apartment building at 1022 Okoboji Ave. — U.S. Highway 71 — in Milford following the report of smoke.

While en route, responders were informed that law enforcement had found a fire in the laundry room and used extinguishers. Once they believed they had it out, officers began evacuating the residents.

‘Soaring like eagles for 25 years’

A weekend celebration commemorating Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School’s 25th anniversary of providing education to area students will begin Friday and continue through Sunday. Activities include an evening meal, entertainment, breakfast, 5K run, family carnival as well as a celebration service and reception.

Collision sends 2 teens to hospital

MILFORD — Area emergency responders assisted at the scene of an early morning accident near Milford, Sunday, April 7, resulted in three injuries to a passenger and two teens. The teenagers were transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Just before 1 a.m., the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and 260th Street.

Sirens sound, skies darken, clouds rotate

Tuesday afternoon, after a tornado watch had been issued for Clay County, the skies over Spencer and northern Clay County darkened and the watch quickly became a warning. The sirens sounded for the first time this spring and cars moved up and down the streets a bit quicker. Despite some subtle rotation above, nothing touched down locally from the ominous skies. The day included multiple heavy rain storms leading up to the warning. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)

Council approves plan to buy new fire trucks

The Spencer City Council, on April 15, approved the purchase of two new trucks for the city fire department at a cost of roughly $2.7 million.

Council accepts land swap for 24th Street expansion

On April 15, following a brief, commentless public hearing, the City Council voted to approve a land swap between the city and property owners Larry and Ieileen Steffes.

The properties included in the swap are located along U.S. Highway 71 north of Schoneman’s Lumber. The parcel owned by the Steffes was a relatively narrow strip of land running west from Highway 71 to Fourth Avenue West on the northern border of a vacant city-owned property.

City Council: Splash pad and campground engineering should proceed

The April 15 City Council meeting also saw the council approve an agreement with Des Moines-based engineering firm Bolton & Menk to move forward with designs for a proposed splash pad, aquatic center upgrade and new campground.

Spencer to spend $20.8 million next year

The Spencer City Council, on April 15, unanimously adopted a city budget that includes more than $20.8 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2025, which begins July 1.

Several Tigers get day off

SPIRIT LAKE — Despite three top finishes in relay events, and a first-third effort in the 400-meter dash by Tate VonEhwegen and Dalton Flikkema, Spencer wound up in fourth place among a powerhouse field at the Sheryl Maahs Co-ed Track & Field Meet in Spirit Lake Monday. The event, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was moved ahead a day with severe weather predicted.

Youngsters celebrate spring with song

Trinity preschoolers filled their annual spring concert with songs on counting flowers, happiness and Jesus’ love. More than 200 parents, grandparents and friends ushered into Trinity Church and Preschool on April 10 to enjoy the music. (Photos submitted)

Spencer Community School Foundation 2024 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Spencer Community Schools Foundation awarded scholarships to 79 seniors on Sunday, March 17, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. These awards are available through benefactors, as well as annual contributions from those choosing to support students, the school and the community.

(Above) The Kenneth Randall Memorial Scholarships: Melissa Augustin-Sebastian, Ross Carlson, Hannah Geiger, Elsie Graham, Olivia Jacobson and Maggie McNea.

Around Campus

SIOUX CITY — The annual Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Convocation was hosted at Morningside University during which several students and employees were recognized for their academic, co-curricular, athletic and professional achievements.

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