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Congressional visit shines spotlight on SHS work-based learning program

Spencer’s unique approach to boosting the area’s workforce got some congressional recognition on April 23 when northwest Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra stopped by Spencer High School.

Farm to Fork raised $33K for charitable trust

The third annual Farm to Fork FUNdraiser, at the Clay County Regional Events Center, Thursday, April 18, raised $33,000 for the Clay County Fair Charitable Trust. The event featured a four-course meal, a quilt raffle, a 50/50 raffle, and live and silent auctions.

20th CCF Queen anniversary to feature 4 teens

Kamden Van Gelder (pictured) recently finished her Clay County Fair Queen reign. Four young ladies will compete for the opportunity to serve as the next queen at the ceremony, Sunday, April 28, at the Clay County Fair & Events Center. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Clay County Fair Queen Contest. Contestants include Linnea Bloom, of Marathon; Aubrie Stell, of Spencer; Hannah Tessum, of Everly, the daughter of Tyler and Ashley Tessum; and Addison Wyman of Spencer.

SCT Playhouse Presents: 'Lend Me a Tenor'

"Lend Me a Tenor,” the Tony Award-winning comedy by Ken Lugwig, is set in a lavish Cleveland hotel suite in 1934. World renowned tenor, Tito Merelli, has signed on to sing the title role in Pagliacci at the Cleveland Opera Company. His appearance is crucial to the survival of the company, but, through a set of crazy circumstances, he passes out after accidentally mixing wine with tranquilizers.

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) Betty McSwain Nursing Scholarship: Gabriel Reiman. (Below) Joe and Pat Graff Memorial Scholarship: Alicia Graettinger.

SHS earns national award for exchange program participation

Spencer High School has received national recognition for its efforts to welcome international exchange students.

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WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has granted scholarships to 109 current and future college students looking to further their post-high school education within the agricultural industry. Spencer’s Aubrie Stell, daughter of Melissa Stell, attending South Dakota State University, was among 27 scholarship recipients.

Schlueter joins 2024 RiseFest lineup

SHELDON — RISE Ministries announced a new artist for RiseFest 2024, Seph Schlueter.

“This year my team and I are praying for 25,000-plus one festivalgoers at RiseFest 2024 to redeem a record set 100 years ago in our community by 25,000 (Ku Klux) Klan members,” RISE Ministries Founder and President Rob Rozeboom said. “We believe adding Seph to an already incredible lineup will help make that a possibility.

Spirit of Harmony to present Friends and Family Night

The Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present their annual Friends and Family Night. The performance will be conducted Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 27th St., in Spirit Lake. The show features barbershop vocal selections they will be singing at their spring 2024 Regional Competition in Rochester, Minnesota, the first weekend in May. This award winning chorus is made up of women from many local communities brought together in a sisterhood of song.

Spencer Main Street honored at state meeting

DES MOINES — Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards celebration last Friday evening in Des Moines. Fourteen projects were honored and Spencer Main Street was among them. The program honors the efforts of local leaders who work tirelessly to revitalize Iowa’s downtowns and Main Street districts.

Ambassadors help cut ribbon at 154i

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Logan and Darcy Wood's new business, 154i, Tuesday morning. This venture specializes in web design, marketing, internet marketing and boosting companies online visibility. (Photo submitted)

‘A guy who is always willing to step up and get involved’

A special, freewill offering, gathering to celebrate 2023 Citizen of the Year Bill Kersting and recognize past recipients will be conducted on Tuesday, April 30, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The short program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


Southpark theater renovation on pace for June completion

Fridley Theatre’s plans to expand, enhance, and rebrand the Southpark 7 movie theater in Spencer are moving along quickly, said company president Russell Vanorsdel during an April 19 tour of the facility.

SMU honored with national safety award

WASHINGTON — Spencer Municipal Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2023. The utility earned a gold award in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

Rev your engines: Rodders Swap Meets expect early Sunday start

The 28th annual Rodders Swap Meet returns to the Clay County Fairgrounds bright and early next Sunday when gates open at 6 a.m. Organized by Denny Houseman. All vendors are welcome, with no preregistration required. Participating vendors are expected to set up between 2-7 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

IGLLS: The blessing of Christian education for 25 years

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School hosted a three-day celebration commemorating the school’s 25th anniversary. One of the most popular youth-targeted events was conducted Saturday morning in the school’s gym where students and families gathered together for the carnival. Games of skill and chance, bouncy houses and obstacle courses, a cake walk and photo opportunities made for a fun event — in the midst of a breakfast in the gathering area of the attached First English Lutheran Church.

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