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Celebrating 50 years of service

The Hap Ketelsen Community Center was a full house Sunday to celebrate the birthday and retirement of Roger “Lefty” Ginger. After serving the Everly Fire & Rescue for the past 50 years, there was no shortage of co-workers and community members wanting to express their appreciation for the volunteer firefighter.

Sounding off in Des Moines

Last week, Clay County Attorney Travis Johnson spent a day at the Iowa Capitol, voicing support for Senate File 525, a bill which seeks to make several changes to criminal rules, two of which he claims of large concern to his office.

According to Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, the bill failed to advance out of a House subcommittee before Friday and is effectively and procedurally dead for the legislative session.

Feenstra announces Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced that high school students across Iowa’s 4th Congressional District are invited to submit their artwork for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. This competition is conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage students from across the country to express their artistic talents.

CC-E brings back carnival fundraiser

Friday was a night of nostalgia for Clay Central-Everly as the school hosted its first carnival since the middle school and high school were closed. With a fish fry meal and a variety of carnival games, CC-E families enjoyed the festivities together. The night capped out with some sweet fun as mayors of Rossi, Royal, Everly and Greenville volunteered to have students throw pie at them alongside some CC-E teachers. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

BUS-eum exhibit kicks off tour

The BUS-eum mobile exhibit from TRACES Center of History and Culture kicked off its Midwest tour at the Clay County Heritage Center last Friday. TRACES volunteers and the German students who created the latest climate change exhibit presented their work to Spencer community members. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Clay, Dickinson counties Adult Drug Treatment Court to commence

SPIRIT LAKE — Effective April 1, the District Court for Clay and Dickinson counties launched its first Adult Drug Treatment Court. District Judge John M. Sandy spearheaded the launch of the program and will preside over the docket with the assistance of District Judge Shayne Mayer.

National Volunteer Month: Fountain of youth through volunteering

Giving back to others isn't just good for the community — it's also good for a volunteer's health. April is National Volunteer Month, the time to celebrate volunteers for all they do. While it is easy to see the role volunteering has in the community, it's also essential to recognize the benefits for the actual volunteer.

1 man dead, another injured in tractor, car collision

An accident just before 6 p.m., Sunday, claimed the life of a Terril man after the International 300 tractor he was operating was rear-ended by a 2022 Chevy 1500 on U.S. Highway 71.


Irene Leu’s parents haven’t met her children — at least the face-to-face.

“They have a relationship with Babusia and Diduce 15 minutes at a time,” Irene’s husband, Jeremy, said. “… We haven’t seen them since 2019 because of COVID and the war.”

Mobile climate change exhibit launches Midwest tour

A group of German students have brought their mobile exhibit on climate change to Spencer this week as the kickoff event for their tour across the Midwest. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Clay County Heritage Center Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with panel discussions led by the students at noon and 5 p.m.

Clemen sworn in as Spencer firefighter

Elijah Clemen was sworn in at Spencer City Hall as a new firefighter by Mayor Steve Bomgaars. Carrie Welch, Elijah’s significant other, pinned him following the swearing-in ceremony. The two were joined by Olivia Clemen, Wanda Jennings and Bri Atwood. (Photos submitted)

Spencer elementary students graduate D.A.R.E. program

Students from Lincoln Elementary, Iowa Lakes Lutheran School and Spencer Sacred Heart Catholic School assembled at Spencer Middle School to celebrate their graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

A variety of topics are discussed throughout the 10-week program, school resource officer and D.A.R.E. educator Daaron Hansen said. Students are also taught how handle peer pressure and stress, ways to communicate and the consequences of their choices.

Council hears proposed 2023-24 budget

During a committee meeting on Monday, Spencer City Council members reviewed the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2023-24 and how changes at the state level had an impact.

City officials review facilities study

Spencer City Council members met with representatives from engineering firm ISG on Monday night to review a study of city facilities. The firm had prepared a summary of its findings so city officials could start thinking about the next steps the city needs to take.

Hospital project to close 11th Street in May

The permanent closure of two blocks on East 11th Street as of May 1 was announced by Spencer Hospital earlier this month. The blocks will be closed due to the construction of the hospital’s new emergency department and campus expansion.

Everly dance Saturday

The Everly dance, sponsored by the N.W.I.A Singles, will be held on Saturday at the Hap Kettleson Community Center in Everly. The doors are open at 6:30 p.m., the dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The band will be the Itty Bitty Boji Band. Put on your dancing shoes and come join for a fun evening of dancing! Singles and married couples are welcome. You may bring snacks to share.

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