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Creative Arts changes name to Textiles, Arts and Crafts for 2022 CCF

The Clay County Fair Textiles, Crafts and Arts Department has changed its name to the Creative Arts Department for the 2022 Fair, Sept. 10-18.

Wonder Barn

A group of local women have spent the past few years researching locations and opportunities to establish a WonderLab site near Spencer. After failing to secure a location in its previous search, Megan Jones opted to create a prototype to give others a taste of what she and her partners have been working on.

Legislators, organizations react to state abortion ruling

The Iowa Supreme Court found there is no state constitutional right to an abortion, reversing a previous decision in a ruling Friday. The decision leaves Iowa open to an abortion ban or heightened restrictions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal protections in a ruling expected in the coming weeks.

'Pink Panther' on Muni Band’s dance card

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the baton of Tom Rutt, will be presenting its weekly concert of music in the park, Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. The band is made up of area musicians and is supported by the city of Spencer and the Spencer Community Schools.

The band will be playing an audience favorite this week. The band will showcase Henry Mancini's, “Pink Panther,” at their concert.

Rocket Slide work continues

Spencer's Rocket Slide has gotten one step closer to being restored, with the slide arriving at East Leach Park on Monday. Midstates Builders lowered the slide to the site in East Leach where it will eventually stand.

Historic Preservation to return grant funding

Plans for a second-floor accessibility study for Spencer’s downtown may be on hold. During its meeting last Thursday, Spencer’s Historic Preservation Commission decided to recommend to the Spencer City Council to return the project’s grant funding from the state in the amount of $15,062.

Fireworks returning to fairgrounds July 4th

Fireworks will return to the skies above the Clay County Fair on July 4.

Last year, the fireworks were launched in conjunction with Spencer’s sesquicentennial celebration, leaving a bit of a gap in the annual holiday spectacular. Jeremy Parsons and Bob Rose are both busy trying to raise funds to cover the cost of the light show. To date, $5,000 has been raised through city and nonprofit contributions, as well as fundraising.

SWOT supports community programs

The Spencer Women of Today hosted its donation presentation night, distributing funding gifts to Clay County Sheriff K-9, Spencer EMTs, Hope Haven, Atlas, Spencer Fire Department, Spencer Police Department, Spencer Police K-9, Reins of Hope, Birthright, Cherish House, Feed Our Children, Grand Ave Outreach, People for Pets, NW IA Humane Society, Upper Des Moines, Respite Angels, Relay for Life, Clay County Pals, Iowa Lakes Fishing Club, Classroom Collection, Spencer Archery, Spencer After Prom

Rotary puts $500 toward NWIA Autism Network

Spencer Rotary Treasurer Bob Rose presented a $500 donation to Greg Rasch, with the Northwest Iowa Autism Network, to provide financial help to families who have unforeseen expenses. (Photo submitted)

Fisher Hydraulics donate to AMVETS Riders, Ronald McDonald House

Fisher Hydraulics, of Laurens, general manager Gregg Eiles, presented a $150 donation to AMVETS Riders, Chapter 41, for the Bug Splat Target prizes, for the July 16 second annual Poker Run which begins and ends in Havelock this year. Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Des Moines. (Photo submitted)

Evening Shade contributes to Spencer Main Street

Evening Shade Lodge 312 donated $250 to Spencer Main Street in conjunction with a joint effort on April 18. Mac Slawson, committee chair, and Steve Heaton, master, with the Evening Shade Lodge, presented Nancy Naeve, executive director of Spencer Main Street, with the donation. The lodge team organized a drive through or sit down meal of loose meat sandwiches at the Masonic Temple.

Queen of Hearts

Sunday, May 1, the crown changed heads, as the 2021 Clay County Fair Queen Gabbi Carpenter bestowed the 2022 tiara to Spencer High School junior Autumn Erdman who was chosen from among seven candidates.

“As my name was called I became very excited,” Erdman recalled.

New board steps in to save SAAC

For the past several months, it appeared the Spencer Area Activity Center was on a path to close its doors for good. Due to low funds and attendance, the board at the time voted at the beginning of the year to cease operations by the end of June, much to the surprise of several community members.

Recruitment underway for Milford Family Care provider

MILFORD — Milford Family Care of Spencer Hospital has initiated recruitment for a new primary care provider for the community’s family medicine clinic.

The hospital recently announced that the clinic’s current provider, advanced registered nurse practitioner Jamie Billings, will be transitioning from Milford Family Care to Hartley Family Care later this summer.

Picture a blue ribbon at the 2022 Clay County Fair

Now is a perfect time to begin sorting through all of the photos you have taken and enter them in one of the many photography competitions at the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

“We’re really excited to be back for the 2022 Fair,” said Dana Metcalf, superintendent of the Photography Department. “We’re excited to have eight new sponsored theme classes, including new for the 2022 Fair, ‘Batter Up.'”

DD 37 trustees announce drainage assessments, review ditch improvement plan

The board of trustees for Drainage District 37 in Clay County met last Tuesday to arrive at a drainage assessment for landowners in the district. The amount assessed was $697,911, and it will go out in the fall with property taxes.

Board member Allen McGranahan clarified the landowners’ assessment is money that has already been incurred, which should have been assessed in the past and wasn’t.

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