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Ambassadors introduced to new Chamber Gift Card

The Spencer Chamber Ambassador visit featured the new Chamber Gift Card sponsored by SMU. The Chamber Gift Card can be used at participating businesses all around Spencer to ensure dollars and spent locally this holiday season and beyond. (Photo submitted)

CCF receives international recognition

“The World’s Greatest County Fair” lived up to its billing, winning 10 awards — including a coveted “Best of Division” Award — during the International Association of Fairs and Expositions 2022 Virtual Awards Show held last week.

Spencer’s own ‘Johnny Appleseed’ named COY

Duaine Holck has been selected from a field of eight nominees as Spencer’s 2021 Citizen of the Year. The annual honor dates back 54 years to 1967 when Harold Howe was recognized as the city’s first awardee. This year’s winners marks the first time since an individual has been recognized since his fellow Daybreakers Keith Bress received the award in 2018.

Holiday season begins with Tour of Homes

Spencer residents got an early taste of the holiday spirit during the Tour of Homes event Saturday. Five Spencer homes opened their doors to the public all day for touring community members to visit and admire. Each home had a mix of modern and vintage styles, and was adorned with unique holiday decorations. Saturday’s Tour of Homes was the first event for the Festival of Trees fundraiser for Arts on Grand and Clay County Heritage. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Corridor announces business recognition awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation once again recognized great achievements by local businesses Wednesday at the organization’s 12th Annual Business Recognition Luncheon at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.


Winners of this year’s Business Recognition awards are:

• Young Professional of the Year — Teresa Beck, Beck Engineering, Spirit Lake.

Holiday Family Adoption

A Spencer-area holiday staple, the Holiday Family Adoption Program allows generous families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of families and businesses, area families will be gifted with items to help make this Christmas season a little bit brighter.

Main Street prepares for Shop Small Saturday

Spencer residents will have the chance to celebrate local business as Main Street hosts Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Headquarters will be at Arts on Grand, and participants may receive coupons and other prizes as they shop local on Saturday.

Community leaders speak with SHS students

Spencer High’s English classes were visited by various community leaders throughout the day on Friday to take part in leadership forums. Students used the opportunity to ask questions directly to their community leaders




Driver cited for OWI following single-vehicle accident

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Spencer Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 2300 mile of U.S. Highway 18 just before midnight on Nov. 15. Following an investigation, 59-year-old Steven Hoogeterp, of Spencer, was arrested and charged with OWI.

Locals start season of giving with blood donation

Before the holiday season kicks into full swing, Spencer residents got into the spirit of giving by donating blood Monday. LifeServe held a community blood drive at Southpark Mall where locals could donate their blood and feel the spirit of giving by knowing their gift could improve the health of someone else. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Know anyone who enjoys writing letters?

Would you like to be a positive influence on Lydia Wallace’s fourth grade students? Pen Pals might be right for you. Pen Pals is a letter writing exchange program between volunteers and fourth grade students attending Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School. The program allows students to practice the art of letter writing, increases literacy skills, and build positive multigenerational relationships that are beneficial to students and volunteers.

Many older Iowans eligible for winter

DES MOINES — Cold winter temperatures have officially arrived in Iowa, and many residents will soon be facing higher utility bills as the price of fuel continues to impact heating costs. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects homes heated with natural gas could see prices 28% higher than last winter, while homes heated by electricity will see a 10% increase.

3 families join Shayla Bee

Shayla Bee added three new families in November, bringing the total number to 237, gaining one new Shayla Bee angel in the process. Family No. 235, Nathan and Katie Mader, of Webb, young Everett (above), and sister, Stella, joined the growing number of Shayla Bee families recently following a visit to their home. Everett was born with cleft lip and palate. He will have two surgeries before he turns a year old. Family No.

Ring in the holidays concert at Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE — Let music bring joy to your holiday season by attending the Ring in the Holidays Concert in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

The free concert will feature the Iowa Lakes handbell choir, various instrumental ensembles, and the Lakes Area Community handbell choir under the direction of Carol Ayres.

Feenstra introduces legislation to apply quantum computing to fertilizer production

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, introduced the Quantum in Practice Act, which would amend the National Quantum Initiative Act to include quantum molecular simulations and modeling in federal scientific research. More specifically, quantum molecular simulations and modeling will allow experts to study chemical elements and reactions with impressive accuracy.

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