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Ambassadors welcome guests, vendors to Ag Outlook

Donning their traditional plaid jackets, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors attended Ag Outlook on Tuesday morning, enjoying the sites and sounds of the event hosted by the Spencer Chamber Ag Committee. (Photo submitted)

Parsons 'fair-well' rescheduled to next Wednesday

A special "fair-well" event planned for Clay County Fair & Events Center CEO Jeremy Parsons, Wednesday afternoon has been rescheduled to 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, a a result of the winter weather. The event will be conducted in the Events Center Ballroom. Parsons was hired for the same role with the Iowa State Fair.

29-year-old male found dead outdoors

Monday, Feb. 20, shortly before noon, the Spencer Police Department and Spencer Ambulance responded to a call regarding an unresponsive male. When responders arrived, it was determined the individual was deceased.

Sioux Central celebrates FFA week

In conjunction with Future Farmers of America Week, which has been designated from Feb. 18-23 Sioux Central’s FFA chapter has prepared several events for its students this week. FFA instructor Melanie Bloom reported the school district will have a series of games, activities and dress up days during the week, with special events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Spencer Y dancers shine in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Spencer Studio Y YDC Company Dance Team traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to compete in the Masquerade National Dance Competition. This was their first competition of the season. The following are the results for routines that placed in the overalls:



• Zarah Zahrt, "Wide Open" Teen Contemporary: Received a high gold and third overall gold teen solos.

Applications open for new Main Street grant program

Spencer’s downtown businesses may now apply for a brand-new funding opportunity, courtesy of Spencer Main Street. Last week, Main Street announced the launch of the Main Street Micros program, a competitive grant program offered twice a year, and applications are now open.

Spirit Lake woman charged after allegedly fleeing rollover

Friday evening, 42-year-old Jolynn Pullen, of Spirit Lake, was taken into custody after allegedly wrecking her 2012 Chevrolet Malibu in the 3100 mile of U.S. Highway 71, and reportedly fleeing the scene.

Library patrons meet ‘Ulysses S. Grant’

Spencer Public Library had a special guest visit its patrons Friday. Portraying Ulysses S. Grant, war general during the Civil War and eventual U.S. president, actor Pete Grady taught patrons the story behind the iconic figure. Throughout his performance, Grady never broke character as he shared the stories that made the iconic figure the world recognizes today. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

2023 Clay County Fair grandstand lineup announced

The Clay County Fair announces eight nights of grandstand events — including five shows that are part of the SRG Concert Series — for the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17.

Attorney general visits Clay County

As part of her plan to visit all 99 Iowa counties, Attorney General Brenna Bird came to Clay County on Friday afternoon. During her visit, the attorney general held a roundtable discussion with victim advocates, local prosecutors and law enforcement officials to talk about victims' services.

Hospital president prepares for retirement this year

After 41 years in hospital leadership, 14 of which were spent serving as president of Spencer Hospital, Bill Bumgarner announced his plans for retirement Thursday. Bumgarner plans to retire on Dec. 29 of this year, following his 65th birthday in October.

Bumgarner revealed he has been contemplating his retirement for the past year, taking into consideration the needs of his family as well as the needs of the hospital.

Rotary supporting Family Fest

Spencer Rotary presented the Clay County Fair & Events Center a check for $200 for Family Fest on March 4. (Above) Clay County Fair & Events Center staff Alicia Kopriva and Jason Brockshus, and Rotarian Bob Rose. (Photo submitted)

Spencer Hospital president announces retirement plans

Spencer Hospital president Bill Bumgarner announced on Thursday that he will be retiring on Dec. 29 of this year.

"I'll be celebrating my 65th birthday in October and will have served 41 years in hospital leadership and over 14 years as Spencer Hospital's president," Bumgarner shared. "My wife Karen and I have agreed the time has come to enjoy the next phase of our life together."

Kitty Litter

Spencer’s resident nonprofit animal shelter has its hands full as the four-legged feline population has currently stretched the agency and its staff to its limits.

St. Luke nursing home reports COVID outbreak

Due to an outbreak of COVID-19, the St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home facility is currently discouraging visitors. This has been in effect since Sunday, Feb. 11.

Though visits are being discouraged at this time, Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Ken Nelson reported the nursing home is not under lockdown and visitors may still enter the facility.

Spencer Main Street launches Main Street Micros

Spencer Main Street recently announced a new funding source for building and business owners specifically in the Main Street District. This will be the first of its kind solely for downtown Spencer. The Main Street Micros program is a new competitive grant program that will be offered twice a year — spring and fall — and in each round we will award a maximum of $20,000.

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