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Randy's Review: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - They aren't monkeying around anymore

A few generations after the passing of legendary leader, Caesar, who has been the series staple since he was introduced four films ago in the reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” series, things have taken a dramatic turn on future earth.

On Grass and Water: In praise of catching and eating smallmouth bass

You always know the moment you’ve hooked into a smallmouth bass. 

Something about a hook being set into a smallie’s jaw sets off an explosion. It’s sorta like punching Bruce Banner in the face. The ordinarily mild-mannered member of the sunfish family flips the switch to Beast Mode, and before you know it, the fish is trying to pull into the lake so you can fight face-to-face.  

The Evans Edition: Literacy, traffic cameras and other bills

As the Senate worked to finish up the legislative session, we discussed and passed dozens of bills to address a variety of issues. These issues are brought to us by constituents, departments, or stakeholders to make improvements to laws in Iowa.

CommStock Report: Is it time to pile on Tesla? Subscribers sure thought so!

My recent article on Tesla/EVs generated such a response from you that I thought it deserved another swing. Geniuses have done amazing things.

Pastor's Column: The life-giving Spirit is everywhere

This is one of the years when the local high school graduation and the holy day of Pentecost coincide. They have a few things in common, but I want to focus on one aspect: inspiration.

Pastor's Column: Ears to Hear

Jesus’ teaching in Luke 11 resonated with people who were longing to be set free from all that oppressed them. He calls them to put their trust in Him as God’s promised Deliverer. 

Christ calls them from demonic spiritual darkness into His kingdom of light and life. They will need ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to respond to the Good News of His kingdom. 

Pastor's Column: Have you ever wondered?

Do you ever wonder about things? I do. Have you ever wondered why ice floats? I have. Have you ever wondered if fish ever get thirsty? I have. Have you ever wondered why a yo-yo comes back up the string? I have. Have you ever wondered if the light really does go out when the refrigerator door is closed? I have. Have you ever wondered what Jesus was like? I have. Have you ever wondered what Heaven will be like? I have. Have you ever wandered in the woods? I have.

South on 71: Finally, it's spring

You know how I figured that one out? Because we’re spending our days walking through lawn and garden product in the north store and working our fingers to the bones when we get home.

Good thing the sun sets later in the day. We get so much work done when it’s dusk. 

Pastor's Column: Salvation and the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13b-14 “When you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit ...The spirit of God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.” (NLT)

One Man's Perspective: Show up and educate yourself

Show up and educate yourself


Wednesday, the Spencer media will partner for the first of two Primary election contested candidate forums. Our three Clay County Supervisor candidates are expected to be in attendance for the 6:30 p.m. pubic forum in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. I want to personally invite you to attend in person if you can, with the caution that seating can be limited.

Attend the forum on Wednesday

To the editor

First of all I want to thank the Spencer Reporter for all they did in regard to their annual Citizen of the Year award. I feel truly honored to be in the same company with all the previous recipients. I was surprised beyond belief when I got the knock on the door at 6 a.m. one Tuesday morning in April. I was barely able to comprehend what you and Publisher Brad Hicks were trying to tell me.

Is it time to pile on Tesla?

Tesla’s Cybertruck sales lost the gas pedal. Almost literally… as sales were put on hold.  Its creator, Elon Musk, may suffer from the greatest case of hubris ever contracted by a genius. The line between genius and madman cycles close and he has been alleged to have crossed it by taking on so many tasks that he can no longer do any of them well.

Be alert for unauthorized plan switching of your individual health insurance policies

Individual health insurance is insurance you purchase yourself – not through an employer or provided through a government health insurance program.  Individual health insurance policies come in two main forms – they are available either on or off the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.   

Gardening grows healthy, happy kids

Gardeners know and research is proving that gardening, even viewing a garden, as well as spending time in nature is good for the mind, body, and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure, and elevates our moods.

On Grass and Water: Lost Island, lost bass

It was easily the biggest largemouth bass I’d seen in years.

She was staring daggers at my wacky-rigged worm, not 5 feet off the bow of my kayak in 6 feet of water.

Pastor's Column: Love your city

Recently, I preached a sermon entitled, “Love Your Soil.” In northwest Iowa during the springtime, it is natural to conclude the sermon would be about planting the seed in the soil. But I didn’t choose that tack. Stay with me for a moment as I explain what seemed inspired at the time, what seemed to be an inconvenience, and what recently happened that confirmed my love for the soil in Spencer.

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