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Ernst staff to host local traveling office hours

RED OAK — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced her office will be holding traveling office hours in every county throughout the state during the month of November. Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced the nomination period for the 12th annual Business Recognition Luncheon to be held in mid-November. This ceremony thanks the businesses and individuals in our region for stimulating the region through job creation, investment and fostering quality of life throughout Corridor communities.

Clay County Fair Association celebrates 'nearly perfect year'

Members of the Clay County Fair Association convened at the Regional Events Center on Tuesday night to celebrate a “nearly perfect year” of the annual county fair.

“I do not say those words ‘nearly perfect’ lightly,” said Jeremy Parsons, CEO and manager of the Clay County Fair. “When you combine incredible weather, strong programming and happy fairgoers, it led the 2022 fair to be a record setter in many ways.”

CC-E celebrates fall with Family Fun Night

Clay Central-Everly had a large turnout for its Fall Family Fun Night last Thursday, with over 130 guests in attendance. The event had autumn-themed activities for families to take part in, including pumpkins painting and tractor rides. There were also traditional festival activities like face painting and inflatable houses for kids to enjoy.

‘The Page Turner’ featured at Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged

Arts on Grand and Carey’s Electronics are once again cooperating to present Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged. This series will feature five films on consecutive Monday evenings running through Nov. 14. The films are screened upstairs at Carey’s, 220 Grand Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

 

Monday, Oct. 31

“The Page Turner,” original title: “La tourneuse De Pages”

France 2006

Rock 4 Vets returning to Roof Garden

ARNOLDS PARK — The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, the Roof Garden Ballroom and Humana will present Rock 4 Vets featuring Galaxy on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the fabulous Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the music and dancing starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.iowarocknroll.com/events or at the door.

Grassley, Reynolds win Iowa Youth Straw Poll

DES MOINES — A total of 16,629 students from more than 140 schools voted in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Iowa Youth Straw Poll this week. Students in every K-12 school across the state were invited to vote for their preferred candidates in Iowa’s U.S. Senate, U.S. House and gubernatorial races. The purpose of the poll is to serve as a fun, hands-on, learning activity to engage young people in civics.

Children’s author visits Lincoln Elementary

Children’s author Jack Gantos spoke with Spencer elementary students during his visit to Lincoln Elementary School Wednesday. The author talked about his experiences as a writer, and offered the children advice on how to enhance their own skills as writers. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Wilson, Fuller join 2023 RiseFest lineup

SHELDON — RISE Ministries has announced new artists for RiseFest 2023, Anne Wilson and Ben Fuller.

Messiah moments: Based on the Bible

Rehearsals have started for this year’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Area singers can join the rehearsals on Sundays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Copies of the Messiah are available for purchase at the rehearsals. Additional information can be found on Facebook at “Spencer Messiah.”

Ambassadors visit Sacred Heart, Spencer library

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed two new staff members to the Sacred Heart School (above). Sacred Heart School Principal Deena Fries and Manzer Family Early Childhood Center Director Gracie Dammann both spoke on growing programs and services for early childhood education. (Below) The ambassadors also visited Spencer Public Library to learn about the newly expanded Business Book Collection.

Elliott, friends return for area performance

OKOBOJI — The first-ever Iowa Roots Round tour with Chad Elliott, Ryne Doughty, Royce Johns and Kathryn Fox has been making its way to stages statewide in throughout October and begin a second week of shows Oct. 27, with Elliott, Doughty and Fox in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre at Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, starting at 7:30 p.m.

3 seek 4th District House seat

Incumbent Iowa 4th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Randy Feensra, a Republican from Hull, will face a challenge from Democrat Ryan Melton, of Nevada, and Liberty Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder, of Council Bluffs. All three were invited to submit responses to questions. Their responses follow. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, nationwide.

 

Randy Feenstra

Age: 53.

Party Affiliation: Republican.

Spencer families enjoy night under the stars

The Spencer Public Library and the Sanford Museum came together to host a special night under the stars at the Stub Johnson Equestrian Area Friday. With the assistance of telescopes, Spencer families got a closer look at Jupiter, Saturn and other objects in outer space. Experts from the Sanford Museum pointed out some of the most famous constellations, and showed families how to find them on their own. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

SCT to host 4th annual Costume Contest

Spencer Community Theatre will be joined by the Spencer Public Library for a family-friendly costume contest for all ages. The SCT 4th Annual Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 29, will run from 2-4 p.m.

Time to launch the ‘Rocket’

An official ribbon cutting for the refurbished Rocket Slide is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday at East Leach Park in Spencer. The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors are scheduled part of the ceremony for the popular slide which was removed from West Leach Park, repaired and updated, then relocated near the Miracle on Fourth Street in East Leach Park. (File photo)

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