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Local responders train at senior high

Ahead of a return to school in Spencer next week, local police and emergency personnel conducted drills in collaboration with the Spencer Community School District at Spencer High School Monday. With no staff in the building and facilities closed, the training took place from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Livestock entry deadline approaching quickly for fair

The open class livestock entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

All entries for open class beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, rabbits and horses are due by midnight on Monday, Aug. 22.

DNR offers 'Learn to Furharvest' workshop

RUTHVEN — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is offering a program to teach skills needed to trap furbearers. The workshops feature several knowledge and skill building sessions teaching the basics of trapping in Iowa for those with little to no trapping experience. The course takes place at the Lost Island Nature Center north east of Ruthven on Saturday Aug. 27. Free of charge. Each course is designed for participants 16 years of age and older.

Hanson hired as Spencer director of school improvement

With the departure of Pat Hamilton, who was hired as the new superintendent of schools in Mason City, the Spencer Community School District’s search for a new director of school improvement to Dr. Angie Hanson, formerly of Des Moines.

Local organizers, partners bring Dollywood Foundation books to county youth

The Dollywood Foundation is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Spencer area sponsors and funding contributors to provide one book a month to Clay County children from birth to age 5 with engaging, high-quality books, delivered directly to the home, at no cost to families.

Potential behavioral health position considered

City officials heard a request from Spencer Hospital President Bill Bumgarner about city assistance to create a behavioral health outreach navigator position for the Spencer community during a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Mayor Steve Bomgaars said the hospital president had approached him back about the position back in May, and a couple of meetings had been had since then with him, Bumgarner and various city personnel.

Upgrades to Grand Avenue traffic signals gets go-ahead

The Spencer City Council approved plans for two upcoming projects during Monday night’s council meeting — upgrades to several city traffic signals and a roof replacement project at the Spencer Public Library.

The traffic signals receiving the upgrade will be the lights from First Street to Seventh Street along Grand Avenue. Public Works Director Mark White explained the purpose behind the project is to update the aging traffic system as it has become difficult to repair.

Council purchases land by Spencer North Y

The purchase of over 40 acres of land on the east side of Highways U.S. 71 and U.S. 18 intersection, known as the Spencer North Y, was approved by the Spencer City Council during their meeting on Monday. City Manager Dan Gifford said the city’s intent with the approximately $2.2 million purchase is to open the area up for economic development.

Baxter joins chamber in marketing, tourism role

Spencer Chamber Executive Director Sheriffa Jones and the chamber board are announced they have hired Spencer native Olivia Baxter as the new marketing and tourism coordinator. The marketing and tourism coordinator is responsible for marketing all of Clay County, and its assets.

Crowd enjoys annual bison picnic and concert at Prairie Heritage

Prairie Heritage Center held its annual Bison Burger Picnic and Lawn Concert Tuesday night. Co-hosted by the O’Brien County Conservation Board and Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association, the event featured a bison burger meal, a facility tour and musical entertainment. Conservation staff were happy to show off the Heritage Center’s new aquarium, complete with live plants and locally caught fish.

School official, law officers caution drivers to watch for students

As students, teachers and parents get ready to head back to school, school officials and law enforcement officers want to remind citizens to be aware of the back-to-school traffic resuming next week.

Avera Foundation reports gifts of $46 million in 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Avera Foundation reports strong giving in 2022, with $46 million raised during fiscal year that ended June 30.

PBS documentary to touch on former Iowa governor's faith

Iowa Public Broadcasting recently announced the premiere screening of "Governors of Iowa: Harold Hughes" will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City. The documentary will also air on public television at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Four ILCC students receive Kibbie Outstanding Service Award

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Lakes Community College awarded four students the John P. "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award at the 2022 Summer Commencement Ceremony held on July 29 at the Emmetsburg campus.

Camp Foster prepares to prolong its legacy

Heavy equipment may have already begun moving earth at Camp Foster YMCA, but camp officials celebrated during last week's ceremonial groundbreaking outside the camp's dining hall.

The ceremony marked another milestone in the area YMCA's Igniting a Healthy Legacy Campaign — a multi-million project aimed at long-term sustainability of the local YMCA through facility improvements, debt reduction and endowment growth.

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