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Disaster Recovery Fund activated in Clay County

Following the severe weather events on May 21, the Clay County Community Foundation has activated the Disaster Recovery Fund on behalf of Clay County. Established in 2020 to support vulnerable populations, the DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give charitably, with the reassurance that donations will be quickly moved to resources where they are needed most to adapt to evolving priorities in Clay County.

Flooding returns

Last week, jet ski enthusiasts took full advantage of the flooded Little Sioux River which was way out of its banks near Spencer’s Grand Avenue Bridge and surrounding area. After the river waters began to recede late last week, Spencer was blasted with periodically heavy downpours and strong winds Monday and Tuesday, causing travel issues in south Spencer, forcing portions of the road way to be blocked and The Prime Rib to temporarily close its doors.

Palms Theatres upgrades nearing completion

Fridley Theatres President Russell Vannorsdel stopped in Spencer on May 22 to give local leaders a tour of construction progress on what is now known as The Palms Theatres — Southpark. Vannorsdel said the theater’s new bar is now serving beer, including one beer each from the West O brewery in Milford and Spencer’s own Iowa Project brewery. Vannorsdel said the bar will soon be offering specialty cocktails inspired by the movies being shown.

Local VFW, Legion present Memorial Day pro

Area veterans, associated with the Spencer-based American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, coordinated its annual Memorial Day commemorative service on the Larry M. Untiet Theater stage at Spencer High School beginning at 10 a.m., Monday.

Darla Sheasley, retired Army sergeant major, with Clay County Veterans Affaires, will provide the Memorial Day address.

ISU Extension Clay County to host grand opening June 17

The Clay County Extension Council and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County Office invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of its new office located at 1515 W. 18th St., in Spencer. A come-and-go open house will be held on June 17, from 4-6 p.m., at the office. Light refreshments and office tours will be provided.

Spencer Lutheran School announces $2.5 million fundraising campaign

The sanctuary at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer rang with an unusual amount of music on the evening of Tuesday, May 21.

Grand Avenue Picnic
  1. Spencer Mayor Steve Bomgaars stopped by the annual Grand Avenue Picnic held at North Park on May 22 by the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation. The nonprofit corporation was created to enhance and preserve the historic character of Spencer’s North Grand Avenue.
Absent Feenstra, Virgil accuses incumbent of failing to represent 4th District values during forum

Kevin Virgil, the Republican challenger for Iowa's 4th Congressional District, believes the federal government is the biggest existential threat the United States currently faces.

50 years serving needs

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Elderbridge Agency on Aging. Tuesday and Wednesday, the local facility celebrated with an open house at its 10th Avenue East offices, and provided an Older Americans Month presentation, appearing at Occasions for its weekly Dig In & Discover lunch program.

Council comes to consensus on splash pad financing

The Spencer City Council is poised to avoid a bond election for a new splash pad and will seek separate popular votes on bonds for upgrades to the city aquatic center and a new campground.

Future Subscribers
  • Reese Ann Batschelet was born to Abbey and Adam Batschelet, of Greenville, on April 29, 2024, at Spencer Hospital. The baby girl weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. Grandparents are: Steve and Tracey Biedenfeld, of Peterson; and Allen and Terri Batschelet, of Spencer. Reese is welcomed by big sister, Jaelyn.
  • Caspian Gatling Gatsby Arhart was born to Jazmin Ruiz, Emmetsburg, on April 29, 2024, at Spencer Hospital. The baby boy weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces.


Spencer Community School Foundation 2024 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Spencer Community Schools Foundation awarded scholarships to 79 seniors on Sunday, March 17, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. These awards are available through benefactors, as well as annual contributions from those choosing to support students, the school and the community. (Above) The Rod Potratz Scholarship: Aubrie Stell. (Below) The Sharon Howe Hitchcock Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Huckfelt.

SHS drama department to participate in IHSMTA

Spencer High School drama department will participate in the 2024 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase in honor of the school's achievements for its November production of “Anastasia.”

Around Campus
  • ORANGE CITY — Local students were among 252 graduates to receive bachelor’s degrees at Northwestern College during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11. Thirty students received Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, while the rest of the graduating seniors were granted Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Ernst names Ruthven Meat Processing Small Business of the Week

RED OAK — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, announced her Small Business of the Week, Ruthven Meat Processing of Palo Alto County. Throughout this Congress, ranking member Ernst plans to recognize a small business in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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