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Spencer ADA team talk overcoming challenges

Students at both Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School took part in a disability awareness presentation Wednesday. The two groups heard from Spencer ADA Council representative Erik Erickson who was born with two shortened arms talked about life challenges that come along with disabilities — including bullying, possible limitations and overcoming.

Area club hosts more than 100 during annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic

Seven-year-old Abel Gray was having trouble holding still as his mother Emily threaded a squirming red wiggler worm onto a small hook.

May Day, May Day!

It wasn’t a call for help, it’s was a call for food, fellowship and fun. First Congregational Church, of Spencer, welcomed May on Wednesday with its annual May Day Breakfast & Bake Sale in the church hall. Egg bake, fruits cups and pastries welcomed dining guests with desserts a plenty lined the hallway for an after meal snack.

Brandt takes home Americana artist honor

ARNOLDS PARK — Molly Brandt, granddaughter of Sonna and Merlyn Winther, of Spencer, was the winner in the Americana Artist of the Year honor at the Midwest Country Music Association Awards Saturday evening in the famous Roof Garden Ballroom at Arnolds Park.

After winning the award in a pool of five finalists, Brandt would perform to open the second half of the awards presentation.

Mule ride across Iowa Highway 18 to promote oral health to underserved

Mike Siddall saddled up his mule to ride across Iowa and his travels will take him through a town near you! The trek, which began on April 30, will take Siddall, astride his long-eared equine — donkey sire and horse mare — from western border of Iowa, to Guttenburg on Iowa’s eastern edge throughout the month of May. Siddall and his long-eared steed began the journey near Rock Valley and is visiting communities across Iowa’s U.S. Highway 18.

SCT Mainstage final weekend

At 7:30 p.m., Friday, the final weekend of the Spencer Community Theatre Mainstage season will begin when the curtain rises of the fast-paced, manic comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor.” The Tony Award winning comedy by Ken Ludwig, takes place in a Cleveland hotel suite. Set in 1934, world renowned tenor, Tito Merelli (Steve Deutsch), has signed on to sing the title role in Pagliacci at the Cleveland Opera Company.

Sirens

Booked Into Clay County Jail

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 John W. Campbell Memorial Scholarship: Alex Baldwin and Aubrie Rabel. (Below) The Michael Fischer Memorial Scholarship: Caden Johnson.

School district recognizes board members

May is School Board Recognition Month, sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards to celebrate the contributions of board members to Iowa public education. This year’s theme is “Propelling Students to New Heights.” Spencer Community Schools is celebrating the work of our school board, who has maintained their commitment to students, schools and communities while facing challenges and making decisions they never could have anticipated when they were elected.

CfF Industries presents Classroom Mini-Grants to teachers

CF Industries, of Spencer, awarded teachers participating in this year’s Classroom Mini-Grant program. Spencer educators received $2,300 for their projects. Pictured (front row): Tara Rabenberg; Ben Gloyd, CF Industries; Debra Wittrock, Danica Thome, Britni Berns, Carli Krukow; (back row) Dr. Angie Hanson, Nicole Anderson, Troy Kaufman, Julie Hansen, Tami Cline, Amanda Mathis and Brandy Kirschbaum.

Terril Terminal expansion phase one completed

TERRIL — Pro Cooperative’s expansion project at the Terril Terminal Facility, in Terril, has reached a significant milestone with the completion of phase one in time for the spring 2024 planting season. Gales Design & Consulting, the firm overseeing the project, announced the newly expanded seed and chemical warehouse, along with the 1.5 million-gallon liquid urea ammonium nitrate tank, is ready for use in time for the planting activities.

Ambassadors meet new CCF staff

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed new Clay County Fair & Events Center staff on Tuesday. Stacey Meyer, events services director, has worked with the fair for 12 years and accepted her promotion at the end of March. Emily Mars, social media specialist, also started in March with previous experience doing social media at other fairs. Jennifer Vodraska has worked with the fair for nine years, taking over the food and beverage coordinator position from Meyer. (Photo submitted)

Bloom to reign over CCF

All hail the queen.

Clay County Fair Queen Linnea Bloom that is. Bloom was crowned by 2023 Queen Kamden Van Gelder in front of a live audience Sunday evening at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The transition concluding a day of interviews and events designated to help a team of three judges — including Iowa State Fair Queen Kalayna Durr — pick the winner and runner-up, Aubrie Stell, of Spencer.

RALLY THE READERS

An effort to fill Spencer elementary and pre-elementary rooms with volunteer readers generated strong community support Friday for Rally The Readers. SpencerReads appealed to members of the district area to turn out and read to Johnson, Fairview, Lincoln and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran elementary classrooms, as well as the YMCA 4-year-old preschool room. Readers were asked to bring a book or read a selection from the classroom teach.

Minnesota man to stand trial for collectible cards theft

An Alden, Minnesota, man is facing felony theft charges in Spencer after police say he stole more than $62,000 worth of collectible sports cards from an area business.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Spencer police officers, Jason Lee Pestorious and another man worked together to steal $62,030 worth of sports cards from Spencer Sports Cards and Comics in May 2023. Pestorious was scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on April 29, 2024.

Legislative session comes to close

DES MOINES — After the 2023-24 Iowa legislative session wrapped up in the state Senate, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, Sen. Dave Rowley, R-Spirit Lake, called the completion “… another great success this session in the Iowa Senate.”

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