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Local teens go 'into the wild' with conservation board camp

Hannah Roush’s face was a study of conflicting emotions when a young sparrow landed on her head.

Tuesday blaze destroys garage

Multiple Spencer Fire-Rescue vehicles responded to 223 E. Second St., following the report of a burning garage, Wednesday, at approximately 6:20 p.m.

The call indicated an electrical fire as the alleged source of the burn, with flames shooting through the roof and dark smoke rolling into the air, prior to the fire team’s arrival.

Weeklong stage crash course

Pirates beware … a group of new, dedicated actors and actresses are coming to steal the show.

Footliters Traveling Playhouse will bring the “Vanishing of the Jolly Roger” to local audiences on the Spencer Community Theatre Playhouse stage at 6:30 p.m., Friday. Spencer area novice and experienced performers alike, will share their immersive weeklong efforts.

State commission approves contract for Little Sioux mapping project

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission, on June 13, approved a contract of up to $35,000 for a company to eventually create a new virtual tour of the Little Sioux River.

Lack of jailers proving costly for Clay County

Clay County is forced to pay other counties high daily rates to house female inmates because the county jail is struggling to hire and retain correctional officers, according to Sheriff Chris Raveling.

Koppen, sister to share ‘human library’ experiences

Spencer Public Library will welcome local author Diana Koppen and her sister and fellow author, Pam Doocy-Curry, to an event featuring the Iowa author duo, at 6 p.m., Monday, June 24. The event is free of charge.

Gilbert faces abuse, kidnapping, sexual abuse charges

Thirty-eight-year-old Spencer resident Derek Edward Gilbert was charged on multiple counts from abuse to kidnapping for behavior spanning a three-day period of time.

Saturday, at 7:38 a.m., Spencer Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Following an investigation, it was alleged in the charges that the domestic abuse occurred in the 600 block of East 10th Street during a three-day window.

Teen transported Monday following moped accident

Fourteen-year-old Haleigh Kuhlman, of Spencer, was transported to Spencer Hospital Monday, just before 8 p.m., after the 2021 moped she was driving struck a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu crossing in front of it.



Spencer Summer Food Program

JOHNSON ELEMENTARY — 724 W. Ninth St., Spencer

• June 3-14, July 8 to Aug. 11 — Next day breakfast next given out after lunch service, Monday-Friday lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• June 17-28 — Lunch provided Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No grab 'n' go breakfast offered on these dates only.


FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY — 1508 Fifth Ave. E., Spencer

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 Hazel Barringer Hoeppner Scholarships: Jenna Bennett, Sophia Bern, Scarlet Finch, Weston Johnson, Jilliana Moser, Mya Ortiz and Aubreigh Werts.

ILCC nursing programs earn initial ACEN accreditation

EMMETSBURG — In April 2024, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted initial accreditation to Iowa Lakes Community College's Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program on the Emmetsburg campus.

NEW Cooperative Foundation supports local 4-H efforts

The NEW Cooperative Foundation continues their commitment to supporting local 4-H youth. Recently, the foundation donated $94,520 to 35 county extension and outreach offices, which will support 4,929 individual 4-H members.

Local bankers complete Agriculture Credit School

Iowa State Bank announced loan officers Grant Carroll and Stacy Bohl successfully completed the Iowa Bankers Association/Iowa State University Agriculture Credit School held recently. The school is an intense two-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association and Iowa State University. Students attend one week during their first year and complete the remaining week the following year. Bohl joined the bank in 2019 and serves customers from the bank’s office in Ruthven.

Ambassadors welcome new Y100 morning man

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Y100 on Tuesday to welcome Hank Ambrose. Ambrose is the new Morning Fix show host. Originally from Webster City, he attended Iowa Central Community College, and relocated to Spencer in November. He is very excited to be a part of a small community like Spencer and to learn about the northwest Iowa scene. He covers local high school sporting events and showcases local musicians every Friday in the Local Spotlight. (Photo submitted)

Gambling man’s winning hand

TJ Murphy walked through the doors at the Spencer Reporter office Monday morning a bit wealthier than when he left last week Monday to head to Las Vegas.

Celebrating his birthday week doing what he loves, playing poker, Murphy returned from the tables $368,977 richer after winning Event No. 17 $800 No-Limit Hold'em DeepStack, earning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Not a bad Vegas souvenir or birthday gift.

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