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Spencer high schoolers learn by doing in No Boundaries program

The Spencer High School No Boundaries program’s classroom is a case study in controlled chaos.

Upon entering the space, visitors find themselves in a wood-paneled common area complete with conference tables and colorful decorations. Shouts, laughter, questions, and serious discussion flowed through the air, emanating from the office doors lining the common area's north and south walls. There are whiteboards covered in notes and diagrams.

Spencer man faces felony drug-related felony charge

A 48-year-old Spencer man was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance — third or subsequent offense, a Class D felony on Wednesday evening.

Spencer man charged with felony after attempt to outrun police

A Spencer man was formally charged with a felony for trying to outrun Spencer police officers and a misdemeanor for marijuana possession on Monday, March 4.

‘You've got trouble, right here in River City’

Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy, “The Music Man,” will begin a two-week run beginning Friday on the Spencer Community Theatre stage.

Pheasants Forever donates to BVU shooting sports

The Clay County Chapter of Pheasants Forever donated $2,000 to Buena Vista University’s shooting sports program last week as part of its annual fundraising banquet. The money will be used to help grow the shooting sports community at Buena Vista University. (Photo submitted)

Family Fest

1: Jaden Ward, 10, and his father, Jeremy, play cornhole at the 2024 Family Fest held at the Clay County Regional Events Center on Saturday, March 2.

2: Landon Rehnstrom, 7, pets a Flemish Giant rabbit named Ned at the 2024 Family Fest held at the Clay County Regional Events Center on Saturday, March 2. Ned was at Family Fest as part of the Clay County 4-H Rabbit Ranglers Club.

Dance the night away

The Disco 'Til Dawn Prom was conducted Saturday at the Spencer Family YMCA, sponsored and hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church and Faith Outreach Prom Committee. (Above) John Munden and Kelli Klein, both of Spencer, dance at the Disco 'Til Dawn Prom. (Below) Payge Bechler, Spencer, enjoying the dance. Michelle Howard, of Spencer, dances with the Clay County Fair Queen Kamdyn Van Gelder. The west gym was transformed into a dance floor, complete with gowns, suits and balloons.

Applications being accepted for 2024 CCF Queen Contest

The search is underway for candidates to compete for the title of the 2024 Clay County Fair Queen. The winner, to be crowned Sunday, April 28, will reign over this year’s Clay County Fair and will also compete for the Iowa State Fair Queen title.



Game of Life brings a dose of financial literacy to SHS seniors

What happens when a traffic collision suddenly strips you of your sole means of transportation? Will car insurance cover a replacement car that meets your needs? How will you get to work without a car? How are you going to pay rent if you can’t work?

Outpouring of support

Friday was a record setting day at Papa Murphy’s. Normally the south Spencer retail take-and-bake pizza operation would do anywhere from 80 to 100 pizzas on the day leading into the weekend. This past Friday, the local franchise owner and operator Mandy Schatz said sales tickets began piling up at 6:30 a.m. that morning, resulting in approximately 450 pizzas ordered and constructed by store staff by end of the business day.

Legislators address education bills; AEA specialist per diem

In her opening statement during Saturday’s Eggs & Issues session, Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, addressed the hot state education topics — SAA and AEA.

Jones, the Iowa House District 6 representative, noted many bills less controversial bills — approximately 50 — moved off the floor this past week, admitting “the AEA bill has kind of sucked up the space” which would have been utilized to further address other items.

School board sets tax levy hearing, gets update on deferred maintenance

During its regular meeting on Feb. 27, the Spencer School Board accepted a proposal to raise the district’s property tax levy for the next fiscal year by about 18 cents per $1,000 valuation.
The board also set a preliminary public meeting to discuss its proposed tax levy for the next fiscal year, April 3, 2024. Under the district’s proposed levy, its property tax rate would rise to $12.15 per $1,000 of valuation from $11.97.

Rotary to begin collecting books next Friday

Spencer Rotary will start accepting books March 8 and will continue the second Friday of each month in the parking lot outside Spencer Municipal Utilities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Those making donations are asked not to drop off moldy books, encyclopedias, magazines or text books. (Photo submitted)

Adkins joins CCF lineup

Country superstar Trace Adkins with special guest, Eli Alger and the Faster Horses, will take the Grandstand stage at the 2024 Clay County Fair at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. CCF, powered by SMU, made the SRG Concert Series announcement Thursday.

Feenstra successfully files for reelection to US House

HULL — Wednesday, Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, successfully filed for reelection to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Feenstra submitted 224% of the minimum signature requirement.

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