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New report reinforces Iowa agriculture’s role in ‘Feeding the Economy’

WEST DES MOINES — In Iowa, more than 325,800 jobs totaling $13.9 billion in wages are directly attributed to agriculture, according to the seventh annual Feeding the Economy report released by 25 food and agriculture groups.

SHS speech students head to All-State

Spencer High School’s speech program will be sending six students and seven entries to the Iowa High School Speech Association’s All-State Festival at the University of Northern Iowa next Monday. Becky Koeng, director of speech at the high school, was pleased with her student’s accomplishments and hard work this year.

Subsoil moisture could impact crop success

As snow slowly transitions to rain, and temperatures begin to warm, Gentry Sorenson, field agronomist| CCA with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggested coming into the planting season this spring, subsoil moisture could have impacts of crop success throughout northwest Iowa.

Mental health legislation still alive

Legislation which could impact Iowa’s mental health services is making its way through the Iowa Legislature. Known currently as House File 671, the bill would facilitate interstate practice of licensed professional counselors by creating a compact for counselors to have reciprocity in other states.

Everly council votes 'no' to urban chickens

The city of Everly will not be allowing chickens within the city limits after the Everly City Council voted “no” to an urban chicken ordinance Monday night. Similar to the city of Spencer’s decision not to pass an urban chickens ordinance in September of 2022, the majority of community responses were against such an ordinance.

City awards contract for North Y project

An anticipated expansion project on the north side of town is now one step closer to reality. The contract for the “North Y Gateway Improvements Project” was awarded to DeLoss Construction by the Spencer City Council on Monday night for approximately $4.3 million.

Courthouse repairs on their way

Repairs at the Clay County Courthouse are closer to getting started after the Clay County Supervisors met with representatives from Samuels Group on Tuesday. The supervisors reached a consensus to have the managing firm start working on getting the repairs out for bid.

Samuels Group would like to start with repairs to the roof and ensuring no water leaks through, tuckpointing of exterior elevations and finish with interior repairs where water damage has occurred.

ILCC to host free Memoir Writing 101 in Spencer

Everyone has a story to share, but who will tell it?

For people interested in telling their own stories, Iowa Lakes Community College is offering a free Memoir Writing 101 Lunch and Learn. Steve and Mary McSwain Steele, the co-authors of "Times They Are A-Changin' …," will lead the class on the Spencer campus on Thursday, April 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Last-Dollar Scholarship awards over $1 million to ILCC students

The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship has paid off big for Iowa Lakes students. During the 2022-23 academic year, students enrolled in qualifying programs received over $1 million in scholarship aid.

Around Campus

SIOUX CITY — Sixty-one Morningside University students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and 48 students earned graduate degrees in December 2022. Morningside awards general honors based on undergraduate work completed at the university and according to the grade point averages. Locals on the list included: Morgan Hohbach, of Albert City, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-BSN nurse degree completion; and Carter Hassel, of Spirit Lake, Master of Arts in Teaching.


Ambassadors tour new Agriland offices

Tuesday, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors toured the new Agriland location, at 905 S. Grand Ave. Purchased in August of 2022, this facility is centrally located for father and son duo Chuck and Patrick White to offer farm real estate and management services across northwest and central Iowa, into Minnesota and Illinois. (Photo submitted)

Town celebrates 'Mr. Spencer’s' 90th birthday

The man known as “Mr. Spencer” had his 90th birthday on Monday, and the Spencer community celebrated with him at the Spencer Golf & Country Club Saturday. Longtime community volunteer and dedicated Spencer historian Bob Rose was joined by former co-workers, fellow volunteers and lifelong friends to celebrate his birthday.

School board approves personnel changes

In a special meeting on Friday, the Spencer School Board approved some personnel changes for the upcoming academic year, including the principal and band teacher's positions at Spencer High School.

Spencer Community School District audit released

Cornwell, Frideres, Maher & Associates PLC, CPAs recently released an audit report on the Spencer Community School District in Spencer.

Fire chief to retire in May

After seven years of serving the city of Spencer, Fire Chief John Conyn will soon be hanging up his Spencer Fire Department uniform. It was announced on Monday the fire chief will be retiring on May 15.

“For the past seven years, Chief Conyn has been an invaluable asset to the city of Spencer,” Mayor Steve Bomgaars said. “He has provided valuable leadership to the Spencer Fire Department and to the city as a whole.”

Spencer Hospital hosting women’s health night

Spencer Hospital is hosting a special health and wellness event for women this week. The Ladies Night Out will take place on Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

The event provides a chance for women to take time for themselves and their health, VP of Marketing at Spencer Hospital Susan Zulk said.

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