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Chamber awards standout business, community member at annual meeting

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 90th anniversary of its existing format during its annual meeting Tuesday night at Oneota Park. Members of the community became acquainted with the chamber’s new team, which has been formed over the past few months.

Power restored to some mobile homes in trailer park

Progress has been made to some parts of the trailer park located on West 18th Street, resulting in power restoration in several mobile homes. Planning Director Adam Severson reported the city of Spencer is working with the property owner to restore power on a trailer-by-trailer basis.

City selects new planning director

The city of Spencer has promoted Adam Severson, the city’s building services official, to the position of planning director. Human Resources Director Jessica Wright reported Severson has transitioned into the planning director role this week while continuing to cover his previous duties as the city recruits to backfill it.

Pate encourages states to adopt trafficking awareness initiative

BOULDER, Colo. — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate urged states around the country to adopt a program similar to his Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking initiative. He made the remarks during one of the keynote addresses at the National Association of Confidential Address Programs conference in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday.

Koppen shares the history of aunt’s life at Heritage Center

As part of its monthly Lunch & Learn series, the Clay County Heritage Center coordinated this month’s lecture to be in conjunction with its current exhibit on civil rights activist Marion Helland. Spencer resident Diana Koppen, Marion’s niece who co-authored her aunt’s memoir, gave an oral history of her aunt’s life at the Heritage Center this Wednesday.

‘Help Cook Our Pig’

Upper Des Moines-Clay County and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce announced an opportunity for businesses to donate to the UDMO Food Pantry, with a goal of raising $20,000. This fundraising effort is led by an anonymous donation valued at $2,000; and with participation from other local businesses, $7,000 has been raised to date. The campaign, nicknamed “Help Cook Our Pig,” is a reference to over 400 pork loins that have been donated to the food pantry.

SPACE to host Fall Market

The Spencer Art Alliance announced the "Fall Market" an artist market, farmers market and live entertainment event on Oct. 8. The Fall Market event is open to the public and takes place at the East Leach Park Band Shell and Shelter House area. The event opens at 11 a.m. for shopping with live music entertainment beginning at 11:30 a.m. This one time event ends at 3 p.m. A band is yet to be announced. No admission fee is charged to attend.

Fall Harvest at Gary’s Gardens turns 15

The time has arrived for the annual Fall Harvest at Gary’s Gardens, which will be taking place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual fall harvest has been hosted by Spencer resident Gary Holck at his garden — located one block south of St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home — for 15 years. Fall specific produce such as pumpkins, squash and potatoes will be available at this year’s harvest.

City officials tour Spencer facilities

Several Spencer city officials participated in a tour of some of the city’s facilities in a special Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. The tour was prompted by facilities study from ISG the city had done to determine what improvements facilities will need.

County attorney candidates face-off in front of audience

The two Clay County attorney candidates, incumbent Travis Johnson (left) and Ashley Herrig (right), met for a public forum Wednesday night in council chambers at Spencer City Hall for a live questions and answer session regarding their efforts to earn voter support for the office. The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, nationwide.

Black Hills Energy announces updated clean energy target

Black Hills Energy announced an updated clean energy target to further reduce methane emissions associated with its natural gas utility system. The “Net Zero by 2035” target is among the highlights featured in the company’s newly released 2021 sustainability report addressing environmental, social and governance priorities, plans and achievements.

2022 Artisans Road Trip Guide

Oct. 1 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Oct. 2 — Noon to 5 p.m.

 

PRAIRIE WETLANDS

 

Diane O’Hern

Arts on Grand

408 N. Grand Ave., Spencer

Iowa PBS celebrates 50 seasons of 'Iowa Press'

JOHNSTON — Iowa PBS’s series “Iowa Press,” the state’s longest-running news interview program, has reached a broadcasting milestone — in August 2022, the series began its 50th season.

It’s pronounced ‘FronK-en-steen’

Spencer Community Theatre will kick off its 63rd Mainstage Season with “Young Frankenstein The Mel Brooks Musical.”

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, “The Producers,” comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation.

Iowa Roots Round to play Pearson Lakes Art Center

OKOBOJI — The first-ever Iowa Roots Round tour with Chad Elliott, Ryne Doughty, Royce Johns and Kathryn Fox will hit multiple stages statewide in October. A second week of Iowa Roots Round shows will kick-off on Oct. 27, with Elliott, Doughty and Fox at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.

Iowa Lakes offers 'Night at the P.A.C.'

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College music department announced the first night at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center this fall on Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The Night at the P.A.C. will showcase instrumental and vocal performances from various musical genres, including country, jazz, pop and show tunes. Anyone interested in performing at the event should contact the Iowa Lakes music department at 712-362-8345 or music@iowalakes.edu.

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