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City, county officials discuss future of North Y intersection

The future of the intersection of U.S. Highways 18 and 71 — commonly known as the “North Y" — was discussed by members of the Spencer City Council and Clay County Board of Supervisors during a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to modify the intersection and has requested city and county input.

‘Journey to Bethlehem’ provides interactive trek to find Christ child

The biblical recounting of Mary and Joseph’s flight to Bethlehem will come alive to area residents this Christmas season. All are invited to attend the Journey to Bethlehem which is a live, walk-through Nativity story held at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The event includes extended hours this year on Saturday, Dec. 10, or Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

American Legion to host veteran appreciation meal

In the spirit of giving, a free meal will be available to all honorably discharged veterans, those serving in active duty and their spouses on Dec. 10 at the Spencer American Legion Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The meal will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 1 of Spencer and the Clay County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3159.

Tigerettes earn 2 Division 1 ratings

DES MOINES — The Spencer Tigerettes dance team competed at the Iowa State Dance Championships on Dec. 2 in Des Moines. The team competed in Class 2 kick, Class 6 jazz and Class 9 solos. Tigerettes received Division 1 ratings in the jazz and kick categories; placing sixth in Class 2 kick.

T-Mobile opens south Spencer location

T-Mobile announced its newest retail location in Iowa and its first retail store in Spencer. The store opened for business on Saturday and is located at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and 11th Street SW. It’s the first store to support Clay County. The company has more than 40 retail locations across the state. The Spencer location is part of T-Mobile’s efforts to expand its retail footprint with the addition of new stores in small towns and rural communities across the country.

Holiday favorite given radio adaptation

“Every time a bell rings an Angel gets his wings.”

Experience the popular holiday story, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this December.

'Messiah' makes comeback to Spencer

Handel’s “Messiah” returned to Spencer in time for the holiday season at Spencer’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sunday evening. Almost a full house of eager listeners filled the church to see a chorus of singers and a full orchestra perform. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Everly creates indoor winter wonderland

In the spirit of Christmas, the city of Everly set up its own winter wonderland at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center Friday. The facility was decked out in Christmas decor, with a festival of trees setup, a bake sale and holiday-themed children’s activities. A special appearance was made by Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves, who posed for pictures and brought gifts for each child. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Outdoors: 4 states partner in Operation Early Birds waterfowl hunting enforcement project

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources joined its fellow agencies in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska on a joint project to check waterfowl regulations compliance over a 36-hour period from the evening on Nov. 4 to the morning on Nov. 6.

In Iowa, the project, named Operation Early Birds, focused on the public wetland complexes of Forney Lake and the Riverton area, as well as the private marshes surrounding the public areas in Fremont County.

Outdoors: The story of a true wanderer

Fish move. But how much, and why? That has been the ongoing question of anglers and biologists for years. Understanding fish movement can have large implications for management of species, highlighting the importance of seasonal habitat usage and sources of mortality. In particular, muskies are roamers.

SCT puts on classic Christmas tale

With the Christmas season in full swing, Spencer Community Theatre will be embracing the spirit of the holiday season with a Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Performances will take place at the SCT Playhouse on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

Holiday Family Adoption

We need boxes, and some help

Local schools benefit from ‘Power Snack’ program

WEST DES MOINES — With 1-in-8 children facing food insecurity, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms are driving the change to help end childhood hunger. Through the Power Snack program, Iowa Select Farms employees gave ham and bread coupons, along with pork sticks, to teachers and schools for distribution to their students.

Grand Meander offers plenty Monday

Spencer Main Street will kick off the Christmas season with its Grand Meander holiday tradition on Monday from 5-7 p.m. Families will be welcome to take a stroll downtown and take part in holiday-themed activities provided. Approximately 30 Main Street businesses will host different activities for strollers to take part in. Families can make crafts, decorate a cookie, make an ornament, write a letter to Santa, pet a rabbit and some dogs and cats up for adoption.

Godeberson Metal Works an Iowa Venture Award winner

DES MOINES — The Iowa Area Development Group and its Rural Electric Cooperative partners honored seven distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting. Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority, joined IADG as the presenter of the awards.

County supervisors approve broadband agreement with GLCC

An agreement between Clay County and Great Lakes Communications to offer broadband in previously unprovided areas was approved by the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

GLCC first reached out to the board in August after receiving state funding to the state broadband grant NOFA 007 to cover approximately 500 premises. The provider requested county support to fill in areas where the grant funding wasn’t available. The supervisors provided to cover approximately 137 houses

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