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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.

The Don Heiter Memorial Scholarship: Abraham Arceo and Dylan Connor.

Around Campus

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The following students graduated after the spring 2024 semester at South Dakota State University. More than 1,500 students completed all requirements for a degree and/or certificate program. Locals on the list include: Zachary Martin Schoelerman, of Everly, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in SDSU's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Ryan L.

NWIRHTF offers limited number of micro-grants for eligible homeowners

The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NWIRHTF) has a limited number of micro-grants up to $5,000 available to eligible homeowners affected by the 2024 floods. Applicants must meet the income requirements of 120% or less of the Average Median Income (AMI) and reside in a county that has been approved under the Presidential Disaster Declaration. These counties include Buena Vista, Clay, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, and Sioux Counties in Iowa.

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.

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.

Officials: Clay County residents have received $17 million in FEMA assistance so far

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $17 million in disaster assistance grants to Clay County residents trying to recover and rebuild following the catastrophic June 22 flood.

Warren named president at Spencer’s Northwest Bank

Eric Walhof, regional bank president of Northwest Bank, announced Jason Warren has accepted the position as bank president overseeing our location in Spencer. Warren’s new role includes team development, coordinating bank involvement within the community, serving existing and developing new banking relationships.

City urges recording independent volunteer hours

Throughout Spencer, volunteers have been instrumental in helping with the city recover from the historical flood of June 22. The city of Spencer is urging volunteers to record their hours and run any assistance given or received through official channels.

Teen arrested for assaulting co-workers

A disturbance at the Hy-Vee gas station in Spencer sent one man to jail and injured two Hy-Vee employees on June 8, police say.

Peterson man charged following alleged assault

Following a domestic disturbance complaint, filed by Kimberly Rodrigo, of Peterson, on Wednesday, 33-year-old Christopher Rodriguez, also of Peterson, was arrested at approximately 8:25 p.m., by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Goodwill theft lands Spencer man in jail

A Spencer man has been arraigned on theft charges after police say he stole an unspecified amount of donations from the Goodwill store.

Fair photography themes announced

The photography department is excited to announce the 10 photography themes that exhibitors can compete in during the 2024 Clay County Fair, powered by Spencer Municipal Utilities, from Sept. 7-15. The 2024 photography themes, selected in the spring of 2023, have taken on a profound relevance in light of the recent flooding disaster that has affected Spencer and much of northwest Iowa.

City of Spencer sued after woman falls in Pedersen Park

A Spencer woman is suing the city after she says she was severely injured when she stepped into a hole at Pedersen Park and fell into a parked car on May 19, 2022.

July adult programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


Thursday, July 18 — 2 p.m.

Spirit of Harmony Chorus to perform at OST

OKOBOJI — Join the Spirit of Harmony Chorus as they return to present free preshow entertainment under the awning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 26, before the Okoboji Summer Theatre production of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” The Spirit of Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is directed by Judy Weipert and assistant director Marcia Klingbeil.

Hy-Noon donates to Child Safety and Drug Prevention Project

Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling, the guest speaker, at the June 17 Hy Noon Kiwanis meeting at Occasions, spoke about the Child Safety and Drug Prevention Project. He explained how he recognized the need for such a program and took charge of bringing it to our community through the National Child Safety Council. The program's main goal is to provide educational materials to both children and parents, teaching them how to live safely.

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