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Spencer Community Schools recognizes retirees

(Front row) LeAnne Schenk, kindergarten — 33 years; Arla Stover, teacher associate — 26 years; Teresa Triplett, high school business — five years; Deb Ortiz, elementary teacher — 14 years; (back row) Gary Krogh, middle school custodian — 10 years; Marcia Klett, middle school physical education — 40 years; Lisa Clark, middle school math and language arts — 13 years); Julie Hansen, elementary teacher — 33 years; and Tim Bates, high school custodian — 47 years. (Photo submitted)

Klatt receives PEO Chapter AT scholarship

On May 1, Sandy Hart of PEO Chapter AT was delighted to award Faith Klatt of Spencer High School a $1,000 scholarship for her upcoming college expenses. In addition to this local grant, PEO has a wide array of scholarships, loans and grants available for women in traditional and non-traditional programs.

Northwest Bank celebrates Financial Literacy Month with local students

Throughout the month of April, Northwest Bank employees shared important lessons on saving money with local community students as part of the American Bankers Associations’ National Teach Children to Save Program. Since becoming Teach Children to Save Champions in 2012, the bank has educated almost 21,000 students in partnership with the ABA through this national program.

Around Campus

DES MOINES — High school graduates were recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 22nd Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 28 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Locals on the list included: Landon Greve, of Harris-Lake Park; Zachary Fisher, of Spirit Lake; Blake Borchers, of Estherville; Emily Quanbeck, of Milford; and Ben Woodall, of Sutherland.

The Three Sons marks 150th anniversary of storefront

MILFORD — The Three Sons Clothing Store announced its milestone 150th anniversary of the storefront.

Business Briefs

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank announces new roles

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank announced promotions for Kristy Seaman, Ryan Davelaar and Lauren Nickolisen.

Ambassadors welcome new GUMC pastor

Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Grace United Methodist Church Tuesday to welcome Pastor Michael Slininger. He was officially welcomed to Grace UMC on May 5. Slininger and his wife are excited to serve the Spencer community, emphasizing their desire to support and connect with locals, particularly young families and foster families, while also engaging in community activities. Above all, Slininger emphasizes the church's mission of service and love for all. (Photo submitted)

New minister excited to serve Spencer community

After more than a year working with an interim minister, Spencer’s Grace United Methodist Church welcomed Michael Slinigier as its new senior pastor on Sunday, May 5.

Slininger enjoyed the church’s welcome block party with his children late Sunday morning. He said he’s excited to take on his new role and to get involved in the community.

‘Copping a squat’ — an Iowa non-issue

Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling confirmed, “At this time we have had no calls in the county for squatters.”

Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton agreed.

School board approves raises for all staff, calendar change

During a May 3 special meeting, the Spencer Community School Board approved a set of agreements that will raise pay for teachers, teacher aids, maintenance staff and administrators. Negotiations over teacher pay had been delayed for weeks due to legislative wrangling of state education funding.

2024 June 4 primary voter information


Clay County voters interested in voting absentee for the June 4 primary election may file requests for absentee ballots with the Clay County Auditor’s Office.

Downtown fun at Spencer Main Street’s Roc n’ Guac

On May 2, Spencer Main Street held its annual Roc n' Guac Cinco De Mayo celebration. The event brought around 80 participants to 19 participating Grand Avenue businesses to try a selection of cocktails and guacamole.

Iowa man riding mule across state to raise awareness about dental health

It’s not every day that a guy riding a mule leading a mammoth donkey wanders into Spencer.

But that’s just what Mike Siddell did on Saturday afternoon, rounding out the first week of his monthlong trek across Iowa. A Ferrier by trade and mule wrangler by choice, Siddell is taking his ride to raise awareness about oral hygiene among one of Iowa’s most vulnerable populations, residents of long-term care facilities.

Carbon monoxide detected following alarm at First Christian

A carbon monoxide alarm at First Christian Church, in Spencer, on Thursday morning resulted in the response of five Spencer Fire-Rescue units, the Spencer Police and Black Hills Energy.

The team arrived at 9:30 a.m., with CO detected by firefighters upon entering the church with gas meters.

High levels of CO were detected throughout the building. The natural gas supply to the building was turned off and firefighters ventilated the structure.

Rotary contribute to Daughter’s Dance

Spencer Rotary donated $200 for the Cherish Center Daughter’s Dance on June 2. Participating in the check presentation Office Manager Lori Swanson, Finance Director Jennifer Otto and Rotary Treasurer Bob Rose. (Photo submitted)

Corridor celebrates Economic Development Week

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will join the International Economic Development Council in celebrating the 2024 Economic Development Week from May 6-10. This global initiative recognizes and honors the dedicated work of economic developers and their contributions to communities around the world.

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