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Zimmermanns begin restoration of flooded home

In the wake of the June 22 flood, which devastated many businesses and home in communities in northwest Iowa. Locally, many residents left through rising waters with an overnight bag or less.

There are hundreds of stories to tell, all epitomizing the strength of Spencer. Tammy Zimmermann’s story exemplifies the #SpencerStrong attitude which has prevailed in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster.

CAASA seeking community support

Spencer’s Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault location is seeking donations following the June 22 flood. The organization, which provides counseling and other services for survivors of abuse, was one of the first buildings to be inundated with water when the Little Sioux River flooded south of the bridge connecting north and south Spencer, and was one of the last on Grand Avenue to be free of it.

President Biden bows out of reelection campaign

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 presidential race Sunday, he said in a letter posted to social media, creating an unprecedented vacancy atop the Democratic ticket one month before he was scheduled to officially accept his party’s nomination.

In a followup post less than 30 minutes later, Biden endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to take his place as the Democratic nominee.

Community invited to ‘Family Festival of Healing’

Sacred Heart Parish and Catholic School will host a community Family Festival of Healing, Sunday, July 21, from 12–2 p.m., on the east lawn at Sacred Heart. Come together for a fun afternoon of fellowship and healing together. A free community meal and ice cream will be served, along with bouncy houses and yard games. The event is made possible by Keurig Dr.

‘SOUTHPARK MALL IS HERE TO STAY’

“The Southpark Mall is here to stay. Security National Properties is committed to our tenants and the town of Spencer.”

Senior Vice President of Real Estate with Baton Rouge, Louisiana based Security National Properties, J. Steven Williams, who has been in Spencer since the first of the week, stressed the south Spencer’s multi-store retail center is hard at work. Though he couldn’t give an exact timeline for re-opening, he assured Southpark Mall isn’t going anywhere.

GACO joins list of closures
Spencer drops suit against IsoNova

The City of Spencer is no longer suing the manufacturer of egg-based pet food products blamed for causing nauseating odors near Stolley Park.

SCT daycare drive yields strong community support

Spencer Community Theatre hosted a daycare supply drive during performances of Deegan Children’s Theatre’s performance of “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief Musical,” to be distributed to affected daycares and preschools throughout Spencer.

They will also continue to accept donations during SCTs regular business hours.

SCT volunteer Connie Goeken got the idea of a daycare supply drive from talking to members of the community and asking what services were most needed.

‘Sweet Dreams for Spencer’ - Beds for flood impacted children

Spencer Kiwanis After Five have partnered with Basil and Mildred Deegan Children’s Theatre to provide mattresses and beds in a program called “Sweet Dreams for Spencer.” The program, funded by a grant from the Clay County Community Foundation, is supported by local businesses.

Spencer Council directs Parks Department to open Aquatic Center

Though closed since the June 22 flood devastated the city, the Spencer Aquatic Center may yet re-open this summer.

Pre-fair ticket, wristband deals available

The Clay County Fair powered by SMU is just 50 days away, Sept. 7-15, and take advantage of several pre-fair deals.
“Taking advantage of these pre-fair sales is a great way to save some money on the tons of fun that the fair has to offer,” Fair Manager Jerome Hertel said.
Advance adult gate admission tickets for the Clay County Fair are available for $8, offering a $4 savings if purchased before the gates open on Sept. 7.

Library to welcome ‘Big River Systems’ author

The Spencer Public Library announced an upcoming event featuring author Dean Klinkenberg from St. Louis. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m., and is open to the public, free of charge.
Klinkenberg has written numerous books including nonfiction Mississippi River Travel Guides along with his fictional “Frank Dodgy Mystery” series where mysteries are solved in communities along the Mississippi River.

IUC sets public hearing for Black Hills Energy's gas rate increase

DES MOINES – The Iowa Utilities Commission issued an order today establishing the procedural schedule and setting the public hearing date regarding Black Hills Energy’s application for an increase in its Iowa natural gas rates to customers.

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Argus Hamilton Commentary

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    Hooters reports it will be closing several dozen of its restaurants nationwide last week. The chain is often accused of sexually objectifying women. I just want to point out that I have a Hooters Customer Loyalty Club membership card so it’s about time people started treating me with a little respect.

ILCC earns Military Spouse Friendly School Gold designation

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Lakes Community College has proudly earned the 2024-25 Military Spouse Friendly School Gold designation, recognizing the college's exceptional commitment to providing educational opportunities and support services to the spouses and families of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

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