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Council tours waste treatment plant, landfill

A unique Committee of the Whole meeting took place Monday night as Spencer’s City Council were given a bus tour of some of the city’s public works facilities.

The first stop was at the city’s waste treatment plant, where the council was given an update on the facility’s current operations and keeping future economic development in mind as the city’s sewer system is considered.

Summer Sizzler III attracts top state Democrats

The Dickinson County Democrats “Summer Sizzler III” will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Dickinson County Expo Center in Spirit Lake. Doors Open at 5 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m., and the evening program begins at 7 p.m.

  • John Randy Quail, 68, of Spencer, was charged at 4:59 p.m., July 15, with violation of a no contact order-domestic.
  • Jonathan Lee Guider, 29, of Spencer, was charged at 10:59 p.m., July 15, with violation of probation.
  • Carl Allen Leggett, 59, of Spencer, was charged at 9:49 a.m., July 16, with driving while barred, failure to provide proof of financial liability, operating without registration/plate and driving under suspension.
  • Alexander Clayton Plemmons, 36
Clay County Heritage’s Lunch & Learn programs return

Clay County Heritage’s Lunch & Learn program will be starting up again next week, with programs on July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28 at noon. Up to 25 people may attend each session by calling the Heritage Center at 712-262-3304 to reserve a spot.

Care for the caretakers

Working with the First Responders Foundation, area emergency service agencies will host a free Resiliency Training for regional first responders from 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 23 and 25 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. This two-hour Resiliency Training enables participants to learn how to expend, recover, heal and replenish resiliency to maintain healthier lives and careers.

New performers featured in fair strolling and grounds acts

A talking plant, a one handed juggler and frisbee dogs are just a few examples of the more than $180,000 in entertainment that will be offered free to fairgoers during the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

“One of the fair’s best traditions is giving you free entertainment around every corner,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “We’re excited this year to present a great combination of fair favorites and brand-new acts.”

Study ranks Iowa as 3rd most caring state

Iowa has ranked third in the country for the most caring states, according to a study from free online resource outlet for older Americans, Aging in Place. Combined with its overall care ranking, seven out of 10, Iowa performed above average compared to the other 50 states.

Outdoors: Catfish time across the state

Fishing for catfish is a fun summer tradition for many Iowa families. Invite someone new to come along this year to share the fun and memories.

“Catfish will bite most of the time, no matter what the water temperature,” explained Daniel Vogeler, Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician. “They are biting in most lakes, ponds, rivers and streams across Iowa.”

Outdoors: What’s a mudbug?

DES MOINES — If you’ve ever been out hiking and noticed a tiny volcano made of mud, you’ve seen the home of a mudbug! Actually, mudbug is just another name for crayfish ... just like crawdad or crawfish! We have eight species of crayfish in Iowa, but in this article we’re going to talk about three species that commonly dig burrows.

RSVP seeks Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator

ESTHERVILLE — After eight years of volunteering as the Northwest Iowa RSVP Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator in Estherville, Joan Nims is ready to hand over the reins to another volunteer this year, preferably to be trained before the next blood drive on Aug. 16. RSVP is partnering with the American Red Cross to find the right volunteer to fill her shoes.

Arby’s effort benefits Shayla Bee


These organizations have all been supporting Shayla Bee families for years now. These events and their customers and supporters are what make the Shayla Bee Fund possible. Shayla Bee has been able to serve 15 new kids/families so far in 2022, bring the total number of families to 227.



Hy-Noon Kiwanis welcomed Cuttell, Schauer

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis President Andrew Hasley and sponsors Karen Buchholz and John Rahn recently welcomed newly inducted members Christie Cuttell and Michael Schauer to the club. (Photo submitted)

Business Briefs

Lukan joins Black Hills Energy as government affairs manager

Ambassadors cut Ribbon at West O’s Brick Oven Pizza

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors made a trip to West Okoboji on July 19 to participate in the official ribbon cutting at West O Beer. The site also hosted Business After Five feature where the ribbon was cut for the establishment’s new Brick Oven Pizza, which is made in house fresh each day. (Photo submitted)

A summer in DC: Halverson serving on Feenstra intern team

WASHINGTON — Unlike many young men his age, Spencer native Jagaar Halverson has not spent his summer boating at Lakes, hitting the local night club scene or picking up a temporary job. Instead, the Spencer High School alumnus is spending his summer months in Washington, D.C., serving as an intern to U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, Iowa 4th Congressional District representative from Hull.

Parks director gives future, project updates

Recreation Director Jared Elbert shared he will soon be leaving his position in the near future after three years of service. Though there is no departure date yet, Elbert will be leaving for Kansas City due to his wife’s new job and their joint desire to be closer to family.

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