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Youth volunteer day hosted by Sioux Rapids Fire Department

The Sioux Rapids Fire Department hosted the 22nd consecutive year that the Senior Class from Sioux Central attended the Youth Volunteer Day.

Little Sioux's flood waters create opportunity for thrill seekers

A group of jet skiers took full advantage of the three-plus feet above flood stage “Little Sioux Lake,”  earlier this week, transforming it into a water wonderland.

Though the flood waters have begun to recede substantially, revealing all the potential surface water hazards, the jet skiers took full advantage of the safety cushion provided just west of the Grand Avenue bridge, passing over the normally docile Little Sioux River.

SHS Commencement is Sunday

Spencer High School graduation is Sunday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. in the Spencer Field House.

The class colors are lilac purple and purple dandelion. The class flower is purple dahlia.

The class motto is “Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” by Dr. Seuss.

County declares 50th anniversary of EMS Week

Clay County Board of Supervisors chairman Art Hamrick was joined by fellow supervisors and representatives from the various county EMS services for the signing of a proclamation declaring May 19-25 EMS Week.

The signing occurred during Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. It is the 50th anniversary of EMS Week, with this year’s theme: “Honoring Our Past. Forging Our Future.” (Photo submitted)


On May 15, Mayor Steve Bomgaars (center) signed a proclamation declaring May 24, 2024, the American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary’s annual Poppy Day.

The American Legion Auxiliary distributes hand-made crepe paper poppy flowers in exchange for donations to help fund American Legion efforts to support veterans and their families.

Sirens for May 17, 2024

Lonnie Lavoy Richardson, 56, of Spencer, was charged with driving while barred at 1:38 p.m., May 7, 2014.


Spencer man sentenced to 50 years for sexual abuse of children

SPENCER—The Clay County Court House’s normally quiet first floor echoed with conversation on the morning of May 13 as a small crowd gathered to attend a felony sentencing hearing scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Hero in right place at right time

• Spencer coach’s actions save two stranded boys in flooded river


SPENCER—Thursday evening, with the Little Sioux River under a flood warning, a Spencer High School tennis coach was forced into action, selflessly entering the elevated, rushing waters to rescue two 12-year-old boys, one clinging to a utility pole in the river.

Counting down the last days

• Spencer seniors high school careers come to a close next Sunday


Following Friday’s activity day and Sunday’s baccalaureate services, Spencer High School seniors have only to say their goodbyes and attend graduation next Sunday before beginning to write the next chapter in their continually evolving story.

Graduation, for a planned 160 participants, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., May 19, in the Spencer High School Field House.

Community works to retain bakery

SPENCER—The Spencer Retail Kickstarter Committee announced assistance to ALJ & Co., LLC with a loan for the acquisition and business retention of Carroll’s Bakery.

“Having been born and raised in Spencer, both myself and my wife, Megan, grew up with Carroll’s and have many memories of the bakery,” Zach Stuckey said. “It just felt right to try to keep the bakery open and running in the community.

North Y project sees $45K price hike due to delay

The Spencer City Council approved additional funding for infrastructure work on the North Y development at its May 6 regular meeting after the project experienced delays and increased contractor costs. 

CCCF distributes 2024 grant awards

Clay County Community Foundation’s mission statement reads, “Connecting donors who care with causes that matter.” In the case of most of these grants presented, the “donor” is the state of Iowa. In 2005, any county that did not have a licensed gaming facility was offered the chance to share in that revenue by forming a county foundation, which Clay County did. Seventy-five percent of those dollars allocated from the state each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

Arts on Grand exhibit reception Thursday

Arts on Grand will host a reception for its newest studio exhibit, “Barns & Blooms,”  by artist Cecelia Comito, from 4-6 p.m., Thursday at the studio with all the works on display.

AOG’s celebration, “Colors of Rural Iowa,” had this particular exhibit debut Friday, May 3 and will remain on display through June 24.

Public able to view 'downtown upstairs'
SMU recognized as reliable electric service

SPENCER—Spencer Municipal Utilities (has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2023. 

The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

Camp, Farmers Market, livestock ID events upcoming

By Michele Hogrefe

Clay County Extension Office Manager


The months of May and June are always exciting at the Clay County Extension office. 4-H livestock are being ID’d, summer programming is kicking off, and the Clay County Fair is around 100 days away.

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