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Outdoors: Dove season to begin Sept. 1

As we head into the month of August, we begin to look forward to school and fall activities starting. Sept. 1 actually kicks off two early hunting seasons — the dove season and the teal season. Let’s take a look at the dove season.



Testing their mettle

Ahead of this week’s “heated” showdown with Humboldt on the road Friday night, the Spencer Tigers football squad hit the field in an intersquad sports drink showdown before heading into the weekend. Dale Norton Field hosted its first football action of the season, getting a little time under the lights, and showcasing some new talent before an anxious crowd.

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Spencer Girls Boys & Girls Cross-Country — Spencer Invitational


Thursday, 5 p.m., Spencer Municipal Golf Course.



Algona, Bishop Garrigan, Boyden-Hull, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Harris-Lake Park, LeMars, North Union, Okoboji, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Western Christian.



Lakers struggle at McCook Invite

The Lakers fell to Casper Community College, Barton Community College, Gillette College and Western Wyoming Community College, 3-0, at the McCook Invite over the weekend.

“We needed to be a lot more efficient this weekend if we wanted to compete against these strong teams,” coach Nick Erdman said. “ There were definitely some bright spots and we went into it with the knowledge that we are extremely young and still working out the kinks.”

Iowa Lakes start 2-0 on road trip

Iowa Lakes men's soccer opened the 2023 campaign Thursday on the road in Colorado, using a full display of their attacking capabilities to down Northwestern Junior College, 5-1. Freshman Ian Campbell made his debut in the second half for the Lakers, putting the ICCAC on high alert by scoring a hat trick in the span of five minutes.

Spencer Municipal Morning League champions crowned

(Left) Spencer Municipal Morning Golf League winners were crowned recently included Karen Eickhoff and Jeanne Lawrence, first place; (back row) Karen Buchholz and Marie Thomas, second place; and Arla Kintigh and Mary Higgins, third place. (Right) Spencer Municipal Golf Morning League Tournament winners were first flight: Sharon Burgeson, first; Judy Good, second; and Cindy Evans, third. Second flight: Jeanne Lawrence, first; Arla Kintigh, second and Mary Brosnahan, third.

Fall sports underway next week

Volleyball and girls swimming get their 2023 Spencer fall campaigns underway Tuesday night, with the boys and girls cross-country squads hosting their annual season opener Thursday at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course and the Tiger football team starting the season on the road in Humboldt Friday, Aug. 25. A busy week for the student-athletes transitioning from summer fun back to the classroom and sporting venues.



Laker softball 7th in NJCAA academics

Iowa Lakes Community College softball had another great year both on and off the field. The Lakers were recognized with the seventh highest team GPA in junior college softball programs in the country. This includes Division I, Division II and Division III junior colleges. The student-athletes compiled a 3.68 team GPA. This is the third year in a row that the Laker softball team has made the top 20 for team GPA.

Outdoors: Trip tip — Big Creek Wildlife Area

Often overlooked for its similarly named state park or mistaken for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sprawling Saylorville Wildlife Area, Big Creek Wildlife Area is roughly 3,100-acre, one stop outdoor shop just 10 minutes from Ankeny.

It features remnant and reconstructed prairie, mature hardwood forest, small sediment basins for remote, hike-in fishing, and huge blocks of contiguous forest with no roads or lanes to break it up.

Outdoors: Keep it simple for more fish

Boy oh boy has it been hot! Record heat in some areas! For safety reasons, many anglers are limiting their time on the water to early and late in the day to avoid the heat.

When we go fishing, but especially when our time on the water is limited, we want to use techniques that increase our chances for getting bit. Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, the best technique for getting bit is a simple technique. Following are some simple ideas that will catch fish.

Outdoors: What do we do now?

The word is out, and the Iowa Great Lakes is once again reeling from the news of the discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil in the Millers Bay canal, the Harbor and Triboji Lagoon. Plus, brittle naiad, another invasive plant was also found at Triboji Lagoon. The media — radio, television and newspaper have all covered it, so there is no sense in rehashing it all.

Back in action

Spencer High School athletes returned to school this week — not in the classroom — but in the athletic arena as fall sports practices officially got underway. 2022 Tiger volleyball standout Addison Hoben digs the ball at a team practice Tuesday. Adrian Carrillo, who led the purple and gold in rushing stretches ahead of Tuesday night’s workout; Spencer players participated in line drills on the team’s practice field, southeast of Dale Norton Field.

Smith Wellness Center upgrades afford community new opportunities

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Lakes Community College has recently completed significant upgrades to the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center's cardiovascular and weight rooms, including new state-of-the-art treadmills, bikes, seated ellipticals and a functional trainer designed to offer countless workout styles while targeting multiple muscle groups.

Outdoors: Think about trying a river

It’s about this time every year when I think back on my early days of fishing on the small to medium-size rivers that were close to my north Iowa home. There were ponds and lakes in the area, but the rivers at this time of year provided better fishing action. In recent days, I visited some of my old fishing holes.

Outdoors: IGLFC gets youngsters involved in fishing

It has been a pretty crazy, busy and at the same time a gratifying summer for the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club. It seems like since the ice left the area lakes, IGLFC volunteers have been going nonstop making sure northwest Iowa youngsters get the chance to go fishing.

Weather challenges golfers

Brett Benson had to battle the inclement weather conditions — including fog and rain — play delays and Connor Schubring requiring five extra holes to claim the top prize at the 101st Northwest Am Sunday evening. The two men completed the required a number of holes knotted at 10-under, tied at 206, setting up the showdown for the honor of hoisting the trophy and pocketing the $1,000 prize.

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