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The American Red Cross has been on the scene and providing continuing recovery support since floods struck western Iowa and the Tri-State Region. A Red Cross Client Intake Center for impacted Clay County residents will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday, July 17-19, at Spencer City Hall, 101 W. Fifth St. Please bring identification and proof of address.

Additional client intake centers will continue through July 27 at locations yet to be determined.

UDMO, Resource Distribution Center move to joint location

(Above) Brent Shatto, and his young helper Kolton Shatto, unload a flatbed of water bottles to Upper Des Moines Opportunity’s new site Friday afternoon. UDMO has relocated to 223 W. Seventh St., in Spencer, along with the Emergency Resource Distribution Center which was formerly housed at Foundation Church.

Hy-Noon Kiwanis, Love Takes Root partner to raise funds for school backpacks

Spencer’s Hy-Noon Kiwanis and local nonprofit organization Love Takes Root are joining forces to try and provide families with some relief from the stress of back-to-school purchases in Spencer and Everly. In the aftermath of the disastrous flooding, the two bodies are raising funds to provide all students in elementary, middle school and high school with backpacks loaded with necessary school supplies to begin the year.

Percy Jackson ‘Lightning Thief’ tale debuts at SCT

The Spencer Community Theatre’s summer teen show, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will be onstage July 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., and July 14, at 2 p.m.

The performance, directed by Lynn Morris-McEwan, is composed of 31 actors and 10 crew, most of which are teen-aged.

Clay County roads mostly back to normal, engineer says

Though the June 22 flood caused significant damage to roads and bridges in Clay County, most of the county’s secondary road system has reopened to regular traffic, County Engineer William Rabenberg has said.

Aquatic Center won’t reopen in 2024

Spencer Parks Superintended Bob Fullhart has told the city Parks Board that the Aquatic Center won’t reopen this year, and the city’s campground may not reopen after the calamitous June 2022 flood.

Be a competitor at the Clay County Fair

Anyone can be a competitor during the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15. Whether passionate about livestock or creative arts, all open class exhibitors are encouraged to register their blue ribbon entries before the open class entry deadline. Open class registration for all livestock entries will close on Monday, Aug. 19, at midnight. Preregistration for nonlivestock entries is also due Aug. 19, but entries will still be accepted prior to judging.

Summer Food Program Open Sites

Spencer Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first-come, first-serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:


Emergency Feeding Grab N Go Breakfast and Lunch

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) Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship: Boston Day.

(Below) Dale E. Norton Memorial Scholarships: Alex Baldwin and Lauren Ellis.

Spencer alum ends University of Michigan career

After 39 years at the University of Michigan, political science and public policy professor Richard L. Hall retired on June 30. Hall is a 1972 Spencer High School graduate and 1977 University of Iowa alumnus. His parents, John and Clyrene Hall, are founders of the Northwest Iowa Shopper.

Around Campus
  • MANKATO, Minn. — The academic high honor and honor lists (dean's lists) for the past spring semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced.
Ag Briefs

Flooding resources for Beef Cattle Producers

ORANGE CITY — A beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says cattle producers affected by recent flooding will most likely experience financial stress, and should contact their local Farm Service Agency office immediately.

Flooding is challenging agricultural producers financially

ORANGE CITY — There is little doubt that agricultural producers who experience flooding are affected financially, and Beth Doran, Iowa State University extension beef specialist, encouraged affected livestock producers to contact their local Farm Service Agency office immediately.

"FSA offices are gathering information pertaining to flood damage,” she said. "This includes any livestock losses, forage/grazing losses or damaged pastures due to recent flooding.”

Iowa Beef Industry Council announces coloring contest

July is here, and summer is in full swing. Young beef farmers are diligently preparing their 4-H projects for the county fair, kids are cooling off by the pool and the irresistible aroma of beef sizzling on the grill fills the air. A parent navigating summer vacation, might be searching for fun and engaging activities for a child. Look no further. The Iowa Beef Industry Council is excited to announce a coloring contest that will spark creativity and provide entertainment.

Reynolds announces $16.5 million in new disaster recovery housing programs

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled several new housing programs on July 11, specifically aimed at helping Iowans recover from the floods and tornadoes that have destroyed as many as 2,000 homes across the state so far in 2024.

"We know the recovery is long, but we're going to be here for the long haul," Reynolds said on July 10 during a meeting with local officials in Spencer.

Images demonstrate #SpencerStrong attitude

An American flag, raised among a large pile of broken personal items, stored memories, lost property and destroyed materials, serve as a reminder to those who drive by the enormous piles of discarded household items and appliances in the parking lots adjacent to the Clay County Fair & Events Center. Similar site appears south of the bridge in a vacant Spencer Aquatic Center lot.

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