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County leaders debate financial support for economic development

Some of Clay County’s Supervisors have questioned whether the county should continue funding the Iowa Lakes Development Corporation. 

County creates new position to manage buildings and grounds

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is looking to hire a Buildings and Grounds Director to oversee the maintenance of county-owned properties. 

Sioux Central celebrates commencement 2024; seniors receive numerous scholarships

Every year the graduating class is awarded scholarships and honors. During commencement, the seniors are recognized.

Students who have attained a 3.0-3.5 point GPA over their school career wear Honor Medallions. These students are: Max Adams, Annaliese Bloom, Odola Cham, Addison Fuchs, Alivia Glover, Abram Koster, Xavier McCann, Jaiden Morse, Trey Otto, Jaxsen Payne, Cody Siebrecht, Emma Storms, and Gavin Thams.

Sioux Central FFA attends leadership conference

By Ava McCarty

Sioux Central FFA Reporter


The Sioux Central FFA Chapter attended the Iowa FFA Association’s State Leadership Conference in Ames, Iowa in April. Thirty-one FFA members participated in competitive events and received recognition for activities over the past year.

Sioux Central's Rebel Mentoring wraps up 4-year journey

SIOUX RAPIDS — Sioux Central’s Rebel Mentoring Program recently marked the completion of its fourth year with a end-of-year celebration. The program, designed to foster positive relationships and empower students through mentorship, has been of support and growth for both high school and elementary participants.

Warburton online student of the year at BVU

STORM LAKE – In recognition of his outstanding dedication and achievement, Maverick Warburton, a criminology and criminal justice major, was named Buena Vista University’s Online Programs Student of the Year. 

This award celebrates a student who has demonstrated academic achievement, impressive leadership characteristics in their place of work and communities, and a dedication to the university’s motto of education for service.

Youth volunteer day hosted by Sioux Rapids Fire Department

The Sioux Rapids Fire Department hosted the 22nd consecutive year that the Senior Class from Sioux Central attended the Youth Volunteer Day.

Little Sioux's flood waters create opportunity for thrill seekers

A group of jet skiers took full advantage of the three-plus feet above flood stage “Little Sioux Lake,”  earlier this week, transforming it into a water wonderland.

Though the flood waters have begun to recede substantially, revealing all the potential surface water hazards, the jet skiers took full advantage of the safety cushion provided just west of the Grand Avenue bridge, passing over the normally docile Little Sioux River.

SHS Commencement is Sunday

Spencer High School graduation is Sunday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. in the Spencer Field House.

The class colors are lilac purple and purple dandelion. The class flower is purple dahlia.

The class motto is “Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” by Dr. Seuss.

County declares 50th anniversary of EMS Week

Clay County Board of Supervisors chairman Art Hamrick was joined by fellow supervisors and representatives from the various county EMS services for the signing of a proclamation declaring May 19-25 EMS Week.

The signing occurred during Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. It is the 50th anniversary of EMS Week, with this year’s theme: “Honoring Our Past. Forging Our Future.” (Photo submitted)


On May 15, Mayor Steve Bomgaars (center) signed a proclamation declaring May 24, 2024, the American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary’s annual Poppy Day.

The American Legion Auxiliary distributes hand-made crepe paper poppy flowers in exchange for donations to help fund American Legion efforts to support veterans and their families.

Sirens for May 17, 2024

Lonnie Lavoy Richardson, 56, of Spencer, was charged with driving while barred at 1:38 p.m., May 7, 2014.


Spencer man sentenced to 50 years for sexual abuse of children

SPENCER—The Clay County Court House’s normally quiet first floor echoed with conversation on the morning of May 13 as a small crowd gathered to attend a felony sentencing hearing scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Hero in right place at right time

• Spencer coach’s actions save two stranded boys in flooded river


SPENCER—Thursday evening, with the Little Sioux River under a flood warning, a Spencer High School tennis coach was forced into action, selflessly entering the elevated, rushing waters to rescue two 12-year-old boys, one clinging to a utility pole in the river.

Counting down the last days

• Spencer seniors high school careers come to a close next Sunday


Following Friday’s activity day and Sunday’s baccalaureate services, Spencer High School seniors have only to say their goodbyes and attend graduation next Sunday before beginning to write the next chapter in their continually evolving story.

Graduation, for a planned 160 participants, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., May 19, in the Spencer High School Field House.

Community works to retain bakery

SPENCER—The Spencer Retail Kickstarter Committee announced assistance to ALJ & Co., LLC with a loan for the acquisition and business retention of Carroll’s Bakery.

“Having been born and raised in Spencer, both myself and my wife, Megan, grew up with Carroll’s and have many memories of the bakery,” Zach Stuckey said. “It just felt right to try to keep the bakery open and running in the community.

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