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Picture a blue ribbon at the 2022 Clay County Fair

Now is a perfect time to begin sorting through all of the photos you have taken and enter them in one of the many photography competitions at the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

“We’re really excited to be back for the 2022 Fair,” said Dana Metcalf, superintendent of the Photography Department. “We’re excited to have eight new sponsored theme classes, including new for the 2022 Fair, ‘Batter Up.'”

DD 37 trustees announce drainage assessments, review ditch improvement plan

The board of trustees for Drainage District 37 in Clay County met last Tuesday to arrive at a drainage assessment for landowners in the district. The amount assessed was $697,911, and it will go out in the fall with property taxes.

Board member Allen McGranahan clarified the landowners’ assessment is money that has already been incurred, which should have been assessed in the past and wasn’t.

Change order for airport terminal project required

The rehabilitation project for the Spencer Municipal Airport’s Terminal Building is underway, but some recent developments required action from the Spencer Airport Board. During their meeting on Monday, the board gave its approval to allow the Spencer city manager to authorize a change order in the near future.

Supervisors move toward broadband expansion

The Clay County Board of Supervisors have been discussing the process of making broadband connections more widely available in the county. During their meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a request for proposal document to solicit proposals from local providers to establish broadband in unprovided areas using some of the county’s funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Iowa Rocks Talent Contest announced

ARNOLDS PARK — The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association announced that enrollment starts June 15 for the 2022 Iowa Rocks Talent Contest.

Around Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The following students have been named to the president's list or earned academic honors for the spring 2022 semester. The president's list recognizes full-time (12-plus credits), degree-seeking students who earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Academic honors acknowledges degree-seeking students enrolled in six to 11 credits with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Locals on the list include Emma Larson, of Spencer, president's list.


Business Briefs

CMBA Architects is pleased to announce that Levi Brausey has joined their staff. Brausey is a Spencer native and is joining our Spencer office as an architectural designer. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from South Dakota State University. While at SDSU, Brausey gained experience through his courses and completed his internship with CMBA last year.


Ambassadors welcome Drivensole

On June 14, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors gathered at Drivensole, located at 8 W. Fifth St., in Spencer. This new bohemian/vintage style clothing store is owned by entrepreneur sisters Abby Rutledge and Lisa Raper. They carry kids clothing and women’s up to size 3X. They also offer Kringle’s Pretzels in a wide variety of flavors and unique accessories and gift items. In the future, this business will also feature Lisa Nichole Photography.

Flagfest 2022

Flagfest weekend in Spencer was greeted with three days of sunny skies and good crowds.



Rossie man charged with felony child sexual abuse

ROSSIE — A Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigation dating back to New Year’s Day led to the arrest of Stacy Baas, 56, of Rossie. The sheriff’s office received a report in December 2021 of alleged sexual abuse dating back to Jan. 1, 2016.

MercyOne addresses Hartley Family transfer to Spencer Hospital

SIOUX CITY — Michaela Feldmann, regional communications lead, with MercyOne, based in Sioux City, issued a statement regarding Hartley Community Memorial Health Center announced transfer of operations from MercyOne to Spencer Hospital later this summer.

Visitors celebrate opening of Narrows Preserve to public Saturday

Saturday's early morning showers were a concern for some as organizers prepared to host an outdoor open house from 10 a.m. to noon at The Narrows Preserve that day. However, by 9:30 a.m., the showers were gone, and visitors to the open house were greeted by overcast skies and mild temperatures, fit for informal walking tours of the recently purchased 50-acre tract of land. The property features 2,020 feet of East Lake Okoboji's last undeveloped shoreline.

Enter blue ribbon produce at the 2022 Clay County Fair

Gardeners are encouraged to enter their blue ribbon best in the Fields and Gardens Department at the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18. One of the fair’s original competitive departments, will yet again have another great year of showing.

“Even with the cool spring and all the challenges with the weather we are still hopeful for a good turn out on produce and exhibits for fair,” Fields and Gardens superintendent Jerry Groenewold said.

DeLoss looking forward for chance to serve

Thirty-year-old Courtney DeLoss, a lifelong Clay County resident, is looking forward to the arrival of the general election later this year. After earning the support of more than 900 voters in the June 7 primary, the mother of four and local business administrator, finds herself among three GOP candidates running unopposed on the ballot to fill three Clay County Board of Supervisor seats.

Zoo ambassadors inspire kids to explore

As part of the Spencer Public Library's Summer Reading Program, Explore Beyond the Beaten Path, the library had a visit from the Blank Park Zoo last Thursday. Kids learned about how to be a good explorer and how to recognize different animals in their natural habitat. A few animal friends even came along for the children to meet.

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