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US Supreme Court overturns right to abortion

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right.

Sioux Rapids area residents invited to fiber internet open house

Both rural and town residents of the Sioux Rapids area are invited to an informational meeting, July 13, to learn about the fiber project set to bring residents ultra-fast internet, according to Roxanne White, general manager of Evertek, the company who is building the network. The meeting is come and go and will run from 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion in Sioux Rapids.

Sacred Heart celebrates 150th anniversary

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration over the weekend, Spencer’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church brought in a number of inflatables and food trucks to its location last Friday for a family fun night. Kids enjoyed the evening bouncing inside the inflatable houses, sliding down the slides and trying their hand at inflatable ax throwing.

Muni Band goes to the movies

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the direction of co-director Katie Bush, welcomes everyone to join them for another concert of band music Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the bandshell at East Leach Park. This will be the fourth in a series of six concerts the band will present.

Fletcher part of award-winning team

AMES — A team of fifth-year Iowa State University landscape architecture students won the 2022 Confluence Inc. Landscape Architecture Studio Prize awarded by the Department of Landscape Architecture in the ISU College of Design. Among the team, Spencer High School graduate, Olivia Fletcher.

Iowa Project celebrates 2nd anniversary with Community Day

In honor of its second anniversary, the Iowa Project hosted a Community Day Saturday. With a focus on family-friendly fun, the event featured food, live music, yard games and numerous kids activities including a bounce house, face painting and more. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Hoffmeyer named Cady Award of Merit recipient

At the Iowa Judges Association Annual Meeting on June 23, Third Judicial District Senior Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer was announced as the recipient of the Iowa Judges Association 34th Chief Justice Mark Cady Annual Award of Merit. The award is given “in recognition of his dedication, skill, distinguished service and extraordinary efforts for the betterment of the Iowa Judiciary.” It was presented by Iowa Chief Justice Susan Larson Christensen.

July Spencer Public Library Adult Programming


• Geri-Fit Senior Chair Fitness — Classes are every Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. No class on July 4, 18 and 22. Free to the public. Limited space available. Call 712-580-7290 for more information.

Public invited to join Alzheimer’s Walk

Area Alzheimer's rep Liz Vernonhas asked the public to join Edward Jones and team Region 254 — United For ALZ — on Sept. 24, for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's in Spencer. Learn more and register to walk at (Photo submitted)

Outdoors: Help fight the spread of invasive species

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.

Iowa woodlands, wildlands and waterways draw hundreds of thousands of tourists and recreational users each year. Much of the spread of Invasive species comes from people simply enjoying nature. Uninvited guests can hitch a ride on outdoor gear, shoes and clothes, traveling hundreds of miles in a single day.

Outdoors: Pheasant hunters bagged 375,000 roosters in 2021

Survey results confirmed what Iowa pheasant hunters already knew — pheasant hunting last fall was really good. In fact, it was the best in more than a decade. Iowa hunters bagged an estimated 375,000 roosters in 2021, the most since 2008.

Outdoors: Fishing seminar set for Okoboji Blue Water Festival

The final piece of the puzzle has come together for the 2022 Okoboji Blue Water Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, in Preservation Plaza at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. First came the announcement of Chad Pregracke as the keynote speaker, next came headliner Melissa Etheridge for the evening concert and now professional walleye angler Keith Kavajecz has agreed to share his fishing expertise at the 10 a.m. fishing seminar.

Time to brew and sip

The Home Wine and Craft Beer Department will include 15 divisions in the wine category and nine divisions in the craft beer category for the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

Facing homelessness

Several community nonprofit agencies, law enforcement administrators and health care representatives met Tuesday morning in the Clay County Board of Supervisors chambers to talk about the problems they’re seeing with homelessness in the county and what each agency can do going forward.

Clay County Garden Tour set for Friday

The Clay County Federated Garden Club will be holding its annual Garden Tour on Friday. Participants will have the chance to tour gardens of four different locations from 5:30-8 p.m.

“People can kind of come and go as they like,” said Shirley Selzer, who is on the committee for the Garden Club Tour. “They need to stop at the (Clay County Regional) Events Center parking lot and pick up a map. Once they have their map, they can go in any order to the four different homes.”

How safe is your water?

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been sampling water in dozens of cities in the past year to help determine the pervasiveness of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — commonly known as PFAS or “forever chemicals.”

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