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Outdoors: Do what it takes to catch ‘em

The summer months can provide very good fishing, and when the fall months arrive, fishing can be even better. In the warm water of summer, fish eat often. The cooling water in the fall is Mother Nature’s way of telling the fish they need to fatten up for winter, so they eat often then also. Fish that are eating are easier to catch.

Outdoors: Recent weather conditions conducive to cyanobacteria

I visited with fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins last week, and he said he has been getting lots of calls about really bad looking water on Big Spirit, East Okoboji and Lake Minnewashta along with some of the other area lakes. Often called blue-green algae, the correct name for this organism is cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria gets its common name from the vivid cyan, blue-green colors it turns when it dies.

Sorrell breaks world record at Iowa Games

AMES — Spencer native Laurie Sorrell, 75, broke the world powerlifting record for all federations when she bench-pressed 143.3 pounds in the over 148-pound division. The effort came during the Iowa Games in Ames on July 15.

“I beat the records of the current top three lifters from Germany, Russia and Norway,” she said.

“I competed against the records of 16 world federations and over 300 federations in the world, against both drug-tested and non-tested lifters at this.”

Schmidt Foundation to cover SHS student activity passes

The Spencer Community School District has received $10,000 in contributions from the Spencer Community School Foundation and the Chuck and Pat Schmidt Foundation to fund activity passes for all students in grades 9-12 during the 2023-24 school year.

The activity passes will grant students access to all home athletic and fine art events.

Pink Ribbon nets $19K for Women’s Center

The Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament was conducted July 11, at Spencer Golf and Country Club. There were 144 participants and the event raised $19,000 for the Spencer Hospital Women's Health Center. Sara Taylor, foundation director and KC Kidd, women's health coordinator, accepted the check for the Women's Health Center. Next year's event will be held July 9, 2024. (Photos submitted)

Lakers bring in Nelson to lead swim effort

EMMESTBURG — Samantha Nelson joins the Iowa Lakes Community College athletic department as the new head swimming and diving coach.

With 15 years of swimming experience and four years of club and collegiate swim coaching experience, Nelson brings a strong passion for the sport, the determination to succeed, and the love of supporting student-athletes to achieve their academic, athletic and life goals.

Outdoors: Catch a summer of family fun

A summer of family fun is just a short drive and a fishing pole away. Plan a day trip or bring along fishing gear on your next weekend or camping trip.

The best fishing is early in the morning or later in the evening and after dark. Avoid the brightest, hottest part of the day. Like anglers, fish adjust to the heat.

Outdoors: DNR creating plans to improve amenities at Gull Point State Park

MILFORD — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is in the early planning stages of a renovation plan at Gull Point State Park to repave park roads, upgrade the campground, install a new flush bathroom and improve accessibility.

The project is expected to begin in spring 2024 and be completed by spring 2025.

Outdoors: Summer weed action

The bite is on! The summer months are when most people go fishing, and the action can be fast. Most fish are constantly looking for something to eat at this time of year, and they’ll look for that something to eat in a variety of places. Their prey can be in deep water, shallow water, or suspended somewhere between the surface and the bottom. Places that an angler can count on to hold fish are weedlines and weedbeds.

Outdoors: Brenton family offers Brenton Slough to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Over the past decade, I’ve watched the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation work with individuals and businesses in the Iowa Great Lakes area to help purchase and protect important parcels of land that by doing so have helped protect the Iowa Great Lakes.

Tigers 14U team wins 14AA Elite Silver Bracket

DES MOINES — Spencer has been enjoying a lot of success in baseball as of late. The Varsity Tigers just ended their long state tournament drought and had a super successful season. The 14U Spencer Tigers just won the 2023 USSSA Iowa State Tournament in Des Moines, putting together a 5-1 game stretch and dominating the championship game by 12 runs to win 14-2.

U of O Junior Tennis Classic slated for July 29-30

OKOBOJI — The 2023 edition of the University of Okoboji Junior Tennis Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30. Headquarters will be at Speier Park in Okoboji, though other courts, such as Riverside Park in Spencer and Spirit Lake high school courts, will also be used.

Tigges selected to 2023 IHSSA All-Star squad

SPENCER — The IHSSA All-Star Series showcases some of the best senior high school baseball players in the entire state of Iowa. Spencer will have a representative on this year’s team in slugging shortstop Reid Tigges.

68 compete at Bulls Eyes BBW Trapshoot

Many of the athletes and spectators who came to the Bulls Eyes Bully Bullhead Weekend Trapshoot commented on the perfect weather. The temperature was comfortable, the sun was shining and the wind was minimal. The proof of these conditions was in the high scores recorded by the 42 adult and 26 youth athletes. Five adults and five youth recorded 25 straights.

Clay County Fair Speedway opens Salute to Veterans Tour on July 26

SPENCER — It’s almost time for another eventful evening of racing at the Clay County Fair Speedway. On July 26, the Hunting with Heroes Salute to Veterans Tour is coming to Spencer. The event features over $125,000 in giveaways for veterans.

Tigers season ends against North Polk

IOWA CITY — The Spencer Tigers baseball team’s magical run came to an end at the state baseball tournament on Monday. The boys fell short in their hopes to advance, losing 3-1 to North Polk in a good old-fashioned pitcher's duel. The Comets used a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to claim a narrow victory over Spencer.

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