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Shayla Bee welcomes Harmelink family

In December the Shayla Bee Board approved three new Shayla Bee Families, and made its third and final December donation on the 28th to family No. 238, Brady and Ashton Harmelink. The family, from Milford, received five nominations for 3-month-old son Briggs who spent more than six weeks in the hospital for RSV and many subsequent complications. The Shayla Bee caravan welcomed Brady, Aston, Briggs and his big brothers, Braxton and Brooks, into the ever expanding family.

CC-E board sets hearing for new election method

EVERLY — The manner of electing directors to the Clay Central-Everly School Board may change in the new year. During the board’s meeting on Wednesday, a public hearing to establish new director districts was set for Jan. 25.

January Orientation Days for spring term at ILCC

The Iowa Lakes Community College admissions department announces two January Orientation Days, on Jan. 5 and 10, for students interested in fast-tracking the application, orientation and registration process to attend Iowa Lakes for the spring term, starting Jan. 11.

No. 3 Feature Story of 2022: 'In My Shoes: Remembrances & Reverences'

In 1997, Carl Wesley was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of taking another man’s life. Wesley served his required 20 years in the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a model prisoner, and since his release in 2017 has held steadfast in his resolve to be a productive member of society.

No. 3 News Story of 2022: Weighing in on Roe v. Wade

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, returning power to the states, a small group of choice supporters, as well as a small group of supporters of the ruling, took to Grand Avenue on a Saturday in July. The two sides made their opposing views quite clear with very little interaction. An active police presence assured no conflict between the two groups. The news story was originally printed in the July 19 Daily Reporter.


Dancing with heart

At Spencer High School’s home basketball games, the Spencer Tigerettes have entertained the home and visitor crowds with choreographed routines at halftime. In the intermission during the Fort Dodge matchup, the final week before the holiday break, Emma Marlow fired up the crowd as part of the mid-game break, drawing rave reviews from the appreciative audience. (Photos by Sondra Hookfin)

Seasons Center receives $6,300 from Valero

HARTLEY — Seasons Center received a charitable grant of $6,300 from Valero Benefit for Children thanks to the Valero Texas Open golf tournament and associated events. The funding will be used to support and enhance Seasons’ School-Based Program offered in partnership with the Algona Community School District.

‘Speak Clay County’ photo contest entry period underway

Clay County Tourism is hosting a photo contest, seeking the best photos of Clay County — winter, spring, summer or fall — to be featured in a new Clay County visitors guide to be published in 2023.

“With help from the public, we want to show visitors and locals alike what Clay County is all about,” said Olivia Baxter, tourism coordinator for Clay County Tourism.

County supervisors sworn in

Newcomers to the Clay County Board of Supervisors Courtney DeLoss and Allen W. Batschelet were sworn into office Tuesday morning. It was also the last board meeting for outgoing supervisors Burlin Matthews and Dan Skelton.

Hy-Noon group contributes to ‘Wow Project'

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis President Randy Cauthron announced the club’s newest “Wow Project” contribution of $7,250 toward Camp Autumn’s musical instrument addition. Season’s Center CEO Dan Reis, also a Hy-Noon member, accepted the club’s gift. (Photo submitted)

120 years, 4 generations, 1 business

For more than a century, Shine Bros. Corp. has served Spencer and the surrounding region under four generations of leadership from the namesake family. As 2022 closes, the business family celebrates 120 years of operation.

Current owner and president Toby Shine, and his daughters, Keven Shine and Eva Shine, are now part of the Shine Bros. Corp. management team, making them the fourth generation to join the family business.

No. 4 Feature Story of 2022: 'Dreaming big, living bigger'
  • At No. 4 in our 2022 countdown centers around SHS alum Casey Muessigmann and the two major Iowa music industry awards he was recognized with this year, as well as his ongoing journey in music. The story was originally printed in the Nov. 15 Spencer Reporter.


“Prepare for the worst, and pray for the best.”

No. 4 News Story of 2022: City deems trailer park uninhabitable
  • The ongoing saga — which remain unresolved — of the trailer court on the corner of West 18th Street and Fourth Avenue West is the Spencer Reporter’s No. 4 news story. Residents in a trailer park with reported electrical, plumbing and safety issues find themselves searching for new homes as the city opts to turn off power until the park can meet safety standards.



Local dancers part of Lakes ‘Nutcracker’ production

Spencer Family YMCA Studio Y had the opportunity to dance in the Iowa Great Lakes “Nutcracker.” (Above) Studio Y members participating include (front row) Zoey Konrad, Kathryn Manwarren, (back row) Zarah Zahrt, Faith Klatt and Cherrylenne Hibbing. The collaboration involved local dancers and a professional dance company. American Midwest Ballet hosted auditions for selected parts for local dancers in October.

Clay County Tourism receives $10K grant

DES MOINES — Clay County Tourism recently received a $10,000 grant to fund a new initiative, “Destination Clay.”

Destination Clay is a media project with the intent to create interest in Clay County as well as display Clay County's best assets. The project will include professionally sourced videos and photography highlighting Spencer and the natural aspects of Clay County.

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