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Spencer mayor proclaims World Elder Abuse Day

Spencer Mayor Steve Bomgaars signed a proclamation declaring World Elder Abuse Day, June 15, in Spencer. He was joined for the official signing in council chambers at Spencer City Hall by Nancy Ketcham, elder rights specialist at Elderbridge Agency on Aging; Tara Anderson, Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services; Shelly Sindt, CEO of Elderbridge Agency on Aging; Adam Severson, planning; Alek Schulz, planning director; and Anna Harmon, planning supervisor.

Outdoors: White Pine Hollow is as wild as it gets in Iowa

“If there’s a place you can get lost in Iowa, this is it,” said Curt Kemmerer, wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Maquoketa Wildlife Unit, while bushwhacking through White Pine Hollow State Preserve in northwestern Dubuque County.

Hy-Noon Kiwanis Legion of Honor 2022

Fourteen members of the Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis were recently recognized during a visit from former Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson as members of the Kiwanis Legion of Honors.

Young family met Grassley during Washington visit

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, met with the Young family, of Spencer, during their vacation visit to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 9. Grassley said, “I enjoyed visiting with the Young family. I appreciate the opportunity to meet face-to-face, hear concerns and answer questions from Iowans.” The family spoke with Grassley about a variety of issues and current events.

ABATE delivers toys to UDMO

ABATE of Iowa District 8 Toy Ride, took place Saturday. Toys collected on the ride were donated to Upper Des Moines of Spencer. The ride began in Paullina at 2 p.m. and ended in Spencer at Flagfest’s Christian Motorcycle Association’s Bike Show. UDMO staff gladly accepted the gifts.

In this corner: New York vs. Iowa burger battle

Nothing beats the taste of a delicious mouth-watering burger. There are tons of great burgers out there, but have you ever wondered where the home of the best burger is? The Iowa Beef Industry Council and New York Beef Council are sending forth their state’s best burger to answer that exact question.

Ambassadors cut ribbon at NCI

On June 9, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors participated in a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated North Central International. The company increased its size to 15,000 square feet and employs 16 full-time employees. NCI serves a 30- to 40-mile radius and caters to agricultural market.

Anderson, DeLoss, Batschelet prevail in 6-person race

With a total of 4,764 ballots cast countywide in the race for the three seats open on the Clay County Board of Supervisors ballot, unofficially, Republican voters chose to return incumbent and board chair Barry Anderson to the November general election ticket along with newcomers Courtney DeLoss and Allen W. Batschelet.

Rocket Slide site work underway

The site work for the return of the long-awaited Rocket Slide kicked off this week. After awarding the contract and the performance bond for the project to Midstates Builders, the contractor began working on the site right away. The planned completion date for the site work is Aug. 1.

Zoning commission to hold urban chickens hearing in July

After spending the past few months going over a drafted ordinance that would allow urban chickens within city limits, Spencer’s Planning and Zoning Commission decided during their meeting on Wednesday to hold a public hearing at their next meeting on July 13.

From 19th century to today — history presentation at Spencer library

Patrons of the Spencer Public Library were able to attend a lecture by historian Kathy Wilson, Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies and Loose Women. Wilson taught attendees about the religion, clothing and capitalism of the 19th century, and how those practices and beliefs formed the middle class of today.

City officials receive new preliminary numbers for sewer project

Spencer city officials were given updated preliminary numbers for a sewer extension project on 25th Street Southwest and 11th Avenue from project engineers Kruse, Cate & Nelson at Monday’s Spencer Committee of the Whole meeting. The project was prompted by residents in the area of the two streets presenting a petition to have service brought out to their neighborhood.

Council to consider Events Center funding request

A new funding request from the Clay County Fair and Events Center was discussed by city officials during a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night. The request was split into two parts — a remaining portion of previously allocated funds, and a new request for the marketing and advertising of future events.

Hartley Clinic Services to transition to Spencer Hospital

HARTLEY — The family medicine clinic located within Hartley’s Community Memorial Health Center will transfer operations from MercyOne to Spencer Hospital later this summer.

Vermeer Glass Art reveals themes for summer classes

Local glass art business Vermeer Glass Art — Studio & Gallery typically offers two themed, organized classes per month, and the themes for the summer months have recently been announced. The themed class for this month is a butterfly display, the July the theme class will be a large oval platter and August will be a sunflower display. Classes will be on June 18, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20 at 9:30 a.m.

ILCC music department announces 5 concerts

ESTHERVILLE — The 41st annual Iowa Lakes Community College Reggie Schive Jazz Camp announces five concerts featuring the Headliners and camp participants on Monday through Thursday, June 13-16.

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