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Large supporter, legislative turnout at Feenstra Picnic

A large gathering of supporters turned out to support U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra at the second annual Feenstra Family Picnic at the Dean Classic Car Museum in Sioux Center on Thursday. Several state and national representatives were also in attendance to show support for Feenstra, including Gov. Kim Reynolds.



Rider transported following cycle crash

Kip Ireland, 57, of Humboldt, was taken to Spencer Hospital by ambulance after he was ejected from the motorcycle he was riding in the 200 block of 11th Street SE in Spencer. The accident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m., June 27.

A reporting party stated that the driver of the 2006 Harley Davidson was traveling westbound on 11th Street SE when he was ejected off from the motorcycle. The reporting party stated Ireland hit his head an lost consciousness and had a seizure.

Mainstreet Market sets July 14 start

The Spencer Art Alliance and Spencer Main Street Inc. announced the dates and live music scheduled for the five arts, farmers market, and entertainment events for the 2022 summer. Mainstreet Market will begin July 14 with five scheduled weeks.

Mainstreet Market events open to the public at 5 p.m. each night, with music performance beginning around 6 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m.

Kirby Place Hospitality House opens near Avera McKennan campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Avera announces the opening of Kirby Place, an expanded hospitality house for patients and families near the campus of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

Joe and Jennifer Kirby, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gave a lead gift to the Home for Hope Campaign to expand and renovate patient and family lodging.

Superintendent concerned about impact of open enrollment change

The Iowa open enrollment deadline has been eliminated in a new law signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 21, Spencer Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann reported during the school board meeting on Tuesday. The removal of the previous deadline, which went into effect immediately, could cause some problems for schools going forward Hemann said.

Dickens woman charged following collision

DICKENS — A 38-year-old Dickens woman was charged with felony second-degree mischief and taken to Clay County Jail following a collision involving a pair of vehicles in Dickens on June 28.

Evening Shade’s Lodge rededicated on 150th anniversary

Evening Shade No. 312 rededicated its Lodge and its charter commemorating the 150th anniversary. In January of 1872, eight Spencer men submitted articles of organization to the Grand Lodge of Iowa after being recommended by Prudence Lodge of Algona to raise Evening Shade Lodge No. 312. On June 5, 1872, Grand Lodge granted the Charter.

Supervisors updated on carbon pipelines

The possibility of carbon pipelines being constructed through Clay County has been a heavy discussion among landowners and county officials for almost a year. During their Tuesday meeting, the Clay County Board of Supervisors received a project update from representatives of the companies looking to construct the pipelines, Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator Heartland Greenway.

Fireworks to light the Spencer skies on 4th

Thanks to the ongoing collection of contributions from local businesses, nonprofits and private donors, the Spencer Fourth of July fireworks show will light up the skies over the Clay County Fairgrounds beginning at approximately 10 p.m., Monday. The parking lot on the grounds and the grassy area around the grounds will also be open. Guests are asked not to bring private fireworks onto the fairgrounds to help prevent extra clean-up for the fair staff afterward.

The IRRMA plans the first Music Camp at Arnolds Park

ARNOLDS PARK — The first annual Iowa Rock Music Camp at Arnolds Park is scheduled July 26-28, in and around the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Targeted toward middle school and high school students, there will be morning and afternoon sessions depending upon age group and/or program interest.

Spirit of Harmony Chorus featured in OST pre-show

OKOBOJI — The Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present pre-show entertainment under the awning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 15, before the Okoboji Summer Theatre production of An Inspector Calls. Celebrating their recent regional first place competition results, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus is excited to share their harmony with OST audiences again. The chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is directed by Judy Weipert and assistant director Marcia Klingbeil.

Ambassadors greet Pluegers at Advance Services

On June 28, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors gathered at Advance Services Inc. to greet a father and son duo for this company. Chad Plueger is their regional manager and his son, Jordan Plueger, is the regional sales manager. Advance Services Inc. is an employment Agency to assist businesses looking for the right workers for their companies. This agency has branches in all 50 states. (Photo submitted)

Make plans, save big with CCF deals

Fairgoers have the opportunity to save big through several pre-fair deals as they make plans to attend the Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

“We know people in today’s economy are looking for ways to save money,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “Taking advantage of these pre-fair discounts is the perfect way to do that.”

Smoky Mountain Railroad exhibit turns 75

Regular attendees of the Clay County Fair may be familiar with the Smoky Mountain Railroad train station in The Depot building. What they may not realize is this year, the exhibit will be 75 years old, and a great deal of work has gone into its upkeep over the years.

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