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Anderson, DeLoss, Batschelet prevail in 6-person race

With a total of 4,764 ballots cast countywide in the race for the three seats open on the Clay County Board of Supervisors ballot, unofficially, Republican voters chose to return incumbent and board chair Barry Anderson to the November general election ticket along with newcomers Courtney DeLoss and Allen W. Batschelet.

Rocket Slide site work underway

The site work for the return of the long-awaited Rocket Slide kicked off this week. After awarding the contract and the performance bond for the project to Midstates Builders, the contractor began working on the site right away. The planned completion date for the site work is Aug. 1.

Zoning commission to hold urban chickens hearing in July

After spending the past few months going over a drafted ordinance that would allow urban chickens within city limits, Spencer’s Planning and Zoning Commission decided during their meeting on Wednesday to hold a public hearing at their next meeting on July 13.

From 19th century to today — history presentation at Spencer library

Patrons of the Spencer Public Library were able to attend a lecture by historian Kathy Wilson, Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies and Loose Women. Wilson taught attendees about the religion, clothing and capitalism of the 19th century, and how those practices and beliefs formed the middle class of today.

City officials receive new preliminary numbers for sewer project

Spencer city officials were given updated preliminary numbers for a sewer extension project on 25th Street Southwest and 11th Avenue from project engineers Kruse, Cate & Nelson at Monday’s Spencer Committee of the Whole meeting. The project was prompted by residents in the area of the two streets presenting a petition to have service brought out to their neighborhood.

Council to consider Events Center funding request

A new funding request from the Clay County Fair and Events Center was discussed by city officials during a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night. The request was split into two parts — a remaining portion of previously allocated funds, and a new request for the marketing and advertising of future events.

Hartley Clinic Services to transition to Spencer Hospital

HARTLEY — The family medicine clinic located within Hartley’s Community Memorial Health Center will transfer operations from MercyOne to Spencer Hospital later this summer.

Vermeer Glass Art reveals themes for summer classes

Local glass art business Vermeer Glass Art — Studio & Gallery typically offers two themed, organized classes per month, and the themes for the summer months have recently been announced. The themed class for this month is a butterfly display, the July the theme class will be a large oval platter and August will be a sunflower display. Classes will be on June 18, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20 at 9:30 a.m.

ILCC music department announces 5 concerts

ESTHERVILLE — The 41st annual Iowa Lakes Community College Reggie Schive Jazz Camp announces five concerts featuring the Headliners and camp participants on Monday through Thursday, June 13-16.

2021-22 SHS Honor Roll — 4th Quarter

(Students must earn a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify.)



Johnson honored as May Rotary Student

Evan Johnson was chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month for May. Johnson was recognized by Rotarian and Spencer Schools Administrator Elli Wiemers. He plans to go to University of Iowa in the fall and plans to pursue pre-med, he also graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College with an associates degree.

I-CASE recognizes Offerman, Meyer

Haley Offerman received the Scholarship in Special Education Leadership from the Iowa Council for Administrators of Special Education (I-CASE). Presenting the award is Chris Wells, I-CASE secretary and regional administrator at Prairie Lakes AEA.

Offerman is a special education consultant and chairperson of that department at Prairie Lakes AEA. She will transition to a new role with the agency this fall, facilitator of professional learning — internal/external.

BVU, Spencer Hospital connect through Strategic Partnership

STORM LAKE — Buena Vista University and Spencer Hospital have joined forces as Strategic Partners to strengthen their communities and the people they serve.

RiseFest announced latest lineup additions

SHELDON — RISE Ministries has announced the latest addition to the RiseFest 2022 lineup, Christian music artist Cade Thompson and speaker Adam Weber.

“Adding Cade and Adam to the lineup is such a blessing to an already amazing lineup,” Founder and President Rob Roozeboom said. “We can’t wait for RiseFest 2022.”

Catholic Charities lend a hand at GACO

A team from Catholic Charities visited the Grand Avenue Community Outreach and spent almost two hours working on various service projects alongside GACO’s local volunteer workforce. Other Catholic Charities members headed to Upper Des Moines to help with a backpack packing project during this same time. Time at GACO was spent primarily with His Hands Extended volunteers on our second floor stocking shelves of various non-perishable food items.

Ambassadors make it 2 for Tuesday

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors had a busy week with two visits on Tuesday, June 7. They visited Flanagan State Bank (above) and Grand Retreat Salon and Spa (below). Flanagan State Bank, located at 502 Grand Ave., is a family-run community bank which has been In business for more than 100 years. They champion technology while still valuing a handshake. Taylor Swanson and Tyler Peterson are the Spencer representatives for this bank.

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