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Occasions holds Halloween-themed fundraiser

In the spirit of the spookiest season of the year, Occasions (formerly known as the Spencer Area Activity Center) held a Halloween party Saturday to fundraise for the center. Earlier in the day, children were invited to the center to come trick or treating and show off their Halloween costumes. That evening, the center held an adult costume party with food, drinks and musical entertainment form Terry Cline. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Library expands Spanish collection, adds bilingual storytimes

The Spencer Public Library has updated its Spanish collection and added Spanish Storytimes, and library staff and patrons celebrated the expanded collection during a reveal reception and Storytime on Monday. The library was able to expand its collection thanks to a grant from the Clay County Community Foundation.

Hope Haven walks to end cancer

Hope Haven staff and clients took part in a walk to raise awareness for breast cancer Friday. A Pink-Blue Walk, in conjunction with the internationally recognized colors for women's and men's breast cancer, the walkers were decked out in pink and blue apparel and sported signs with the insistence cancer doesn't discriminate.

Heritage Center holds 1st historical walking tours

The Clay County Heritage Center kicked off its first ever walking tour of Spencer’s downtown Saturday. Spencer High School student Kaylee Nachtigal, who spent the summer compiling research on the 1931 Spencer Fire and the reconstruction of downtown Spencer, led tours on the fire’s path and the history of the buildings along Grand Avenue. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Artist returns to exhibit at Arts on Grand

The artist behind Arts on Grand’s current exhibit, “In My Shoes: Remembrances & Reverences,” Spirit Lake resident Carl Wesley, visited the gallery on Thursday evening. Westly was happy to speak about his work with gallery attendees before the exhibit’s end on Oct. 29.

4 injured in high-speed collision

A 2016 Mazda CX-9, driven by Lisa Shiley, 58, of Royal, was southbound on 170th Avenue, at approximately 4:47 p.m., on Saturday, and a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, westbound on 420th Street, operated by Cole Whiteside, 21, of Greenville, allegedly failed to stop at the intersection. The two vehicles collided at a high rate of speed, sending both off the roadway.

Virtual program scheduled for adult children of aging caregiving parents

LE MARS — November is National Family Caregivers Month — a time to recognize and honor those who care for a child, teen or adult child with special health or behavioral needs or those who care for an adult with a chronic condition.

Outdoors: Fall is a great time to plant shade trees

It’s not too late to plant some varieties of shade trees before winter sets in. Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees with mild temperatures and adequate ground moisture.

“Properly planted trees will have a better opportunity for a long healthy life,” Iowa Department of Natural Reources district forester Mark Vitosh said. “Improperly planted trees can become stressed more easily or may look otherwise healthy, but then suddenly die in the first 10-20 years after planting.”

Outdoors: Enjoy Iowa’s natural landscapes fishing rivers and streams this fall

Fall is a great time to catch fish in Iowa’s rivers. A unique angling challenge is hidden around every bend.

“You are never far from one of Iowa’s many rivers,” said Greg Gelwicks, interior rivers research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Fall is a great time to give them a try.”

Fish become more active and hungry when the stream temperature drops.

Hy-Noon Kiwanis contribute to Oneota Environmental Learning Center

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis member John Rahn, representing the local service club, presented Clay County Conversation Board Chairman Lee Schoenewe with a $10,000 donation toward the Oneota Environmental Learning Center project. (Photo submitted)

‘Help Cook Our Pig’

Upper Des Moines — Clay County and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce recently announced an opportunity for businesses to donate to the UDMO Food Pantry. The campaign, nicknamed “Help Cook Our Pig,” is a reference to the over 400 pork loins that have been donated to the food pantry. In a recent development, the Clay County Community Foundation has pledged $5,000 to the cause, with hopes that other businesses will match their gift dollar for dollar.

IID encourages impacted by Joyce Funeral Home to complete claim

DES MOINES — The Iowa Insurance Division is reminding customers that may have been harmed by Andrew Joyce or Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg to complete the claims process. The claims process began in September and all claims must be submitted on or before Monday, Nov. 7.

Spencer welcomes Main Street leaders

This week, the city of Spencer welcomed representatives from 55 Main Street communities as the host of the Main Street Iowa Fall Workshop.

“One of the things we provide for our Main Street Iowa network is an opportunity for advanced education and training,” said Carol Lily, downtown development specialist with Main Street Iowa. “We do this three times a year, and we try and spread it out across the state.

Potential courthouse repair could cost county upward of $1M

The Clay County Board of Supervisors were visited by a representative of Samuels Group on Tuesday to discuss necessary, upcoming repairs to the Clay County Courthouse building. Business Development Manager Greg Wilde spoke to the supervisors about Samuels Group potentially conducting the project.

‘Nightmare at the Fair’ returns Friday night

“Circus of Horror” is this year’s theme for the Spencer Jyacee’s Nightmare at the Fair which opens a two weekend run beginning Friday night. Located in the Tower Gate Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds, in Spencer, doors will be open from 7-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. Entry is $15 per person, or $10 with two non-perishable food item donations. (File photo)

Rocket Slide makes comeback this week

The long-awaited return of Spencer’s Rocket Slide is finally over — as of Wednesday, the slide was ready for Spencer residents to use. Once school was let out for the day, Jayden Luke and Edith Becker delighted in testing the restored slide out, climbing to the top and zooming back down to Earth. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

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