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New Extension space allows for program, site growth

Monday, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at the new Iowa State Clay County Extension offices. The building, which has been operational since January, hosts Iowa State outreach programs for adults and kids.

Members of the Clay County Extension Council spoke before going outside to cut the ribbon.

Iowa DNR participates in Pollinator Week

Between habitat loss, pesticides and climate change, pollinators — the group of insects that help flowering plants reproduce by carrying pollen around — have been struggling worldwide over the last few decades.

Let the good times roll

Last year, it was announced the Clay County Fair & Events Center would be hosting the Red Power Roundup, celebrating the 100 years of Farmall. This landmark event is here, beginning Thursday, June 20, and continuing through Sunday, June 23. The event is anticipated to draw approximately 15,000-20,000 attendees from around the globe.

Henry Mancini featured on Muni Band concert

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the baton of Katie Bush, will be presenting its weekly concert of music in the park this Thursday at 7 p.m. The band is made up of area musicians and is supported by the city of Spencer and the Spencer Community Schools.

Two accused of drug offenses following traffic stop

A Spencer woman is facing two felony charges and several misdemeanors after police say they caught her with methamphetamine and prescription drugs that weren’t hers.

Main Street Market to begin July 11

The Spencer Art Alliance — SPACE — announced the dates for Main Street Market, five arts, farmers market and entertainment events in the summer of 2024.

Main Street Market events are open to the public and take place on the Clay County Courthouse Square, with live entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.; and will run five consecutive Thursday evenings, in July and August.

Summer Reading Program includes special events

The Spencer Public Library is inviting members of all ages in the community to sign-up for Summer Reading Program which runs through July 31.

The theme this year is “Read, Renew, Repeat” with an emphasis on reading, repurposing items and outdoors.

“We are excited to offer great programs for our community again this summer and everyone has a chance to win prizes, the more you read the more chances you have to win,” librarian Robin Munson said.

Grassley, Ernst greet Iowa National History Day participants

WASHINGTON — Last week, Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with 66 Iowa students who advanced to the final round of the National History Day Contest. The group discussed the students’ achievements and the importance of history.

Exciting dirt events at fair

The Clay County Fair grandstand will feature thrilling dirt events, including sprint cars, IMCA races and tractor pulls, during the Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15.

Workforce recruitment, retention focus of Corridor L&L

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, in partnership with the Estherville Chamber of Commerce and Estherville Area Growth Partnership, will host a Lunch & Learn event at the Iowa Lakes Community College Performing Arts Center at noon on Thursday, June 27, featuring speaker Kathy Anderson from Iowa Workforce Development.

Peters joins Rotary

Spencer Rotary President Greg Rasch welcomed the organization’s newest member Rebecca Peters. Peters is the new director of marketing and public relations at Spencer Hospital, taking the position Susan Zulk recently retired from. (Photo submitted)

June adult programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


Thursday, June 20 — 2 p.m.

Local teens go 'into the wild' with conservation board camp

Hannah Roush’s face was a study of conflicting emotions when a young sparrow landed on her head.

Tuesday blaze destroys garage

Multiple Spencer Fire-Rescue vehicles responded to 223 E. Second St., following the report of a burning garage, Wednesday, at approximately 6:20 p.m.

The call indicated an electrical fire as the alleged source of the burn, with flames shooting through the roof and dark smoke rolling into the air, prior to the fire team’s arrival.

Weeklong stage crash course

Pirates beware … a group of new, dedicated actors and actresses are coming to steal the show.

Footliters Traveling Playhouse will bring the “Vanishing of the Jolly Roger” to local audiences on the Spencer Community Theatre Playhouse stage at 6:30 p.m., Friday. Spencer area novice and experienced performers alike, will share their immersive weeklong efforts.

State commission approves contract for Little Sioux mapping project

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission, on June 13, approved a contract of up to $35,000 for a company to eventually create a new virtual tour of the Little Sioux River.

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