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Destination unknown: Soiree en Blanc returns Saturday

Clay County Heritage’s team announced its Soiree en Blanc fundraiser commences on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. As per tradition, the location of the event is a surprise until the participants are notified one hour before the event.

“Soiree en Blanc” means “Evening in White” in French, so guests are asked to don a white outfit, bring their table, chairs, food and drink, and enjoy a lovely evening pop-up dinner. Lawn games, like bags and croquet, will be available for all to play.

Tigerettes take to the runway

The Spencer High School Tigerette Dance Squad is taking fundraising in a different direction this year. Charged with raising its own funding, rather than selling items to generate dollars for the season’s activities, the girls have chosen with local stores and boutiques to present a fashion show Saturday at Spencer High School.

Request to restore power at trailer denied

Sunday afternoon, a decision was reached in the court hearing to restore power at the trailer park at 317 W. 18th St., with Judge Shayne Mayer, of the Clay County District Court, denying the relief requested by the trailer park petitioners and ruling in favor of the city of Spencer.

Outdoors: DNR looks for help in counting turkeys

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for help with its annual wild turkey production survey. During the months of July and August wild turkey sightings are recorded to estimate this year’s nesting rates and nest success.

Outdoors: Management planned for Eurasian watermilfoil found at Lost Island Lake

RUTHVEN — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil is growing at four sites along the west and southwest side of Lost Island Lake, located three miles north of Ruthven in Palo Alto County.

The Iowa DNR aquatic plant management team monitors 35 sites at Lost Island Lake each year.

100 volunteers needed for Northwest Iowa RSVP pen pal program

SPIRIT LAKE — A fourth grade student recently told a Northwest Iowa RSVP volunteer assisting at the Okoboji Elementary School, "Our class doesn't get to have pen pals."

Students and teachers want to have pen pals, but at least 100 more volunteers, age 55 and up, are needed to join the Dickinson County RSVP Pen Pal program to serve all the third and fourth grade classes in Dickinson County schools wanting to participate.

Spencer shoppers take part in tax-free weekend

Spencer residents enjoyed Iowa's tax-free holiday weekend, spanning from Friday to Saturday. As stated by Iowa code, no shoppers could be charged sales tax or local option tax on purchases of clothing or footwear with a selling price less than $100. Locals took the opportunity to snag some good purchases during the limited time offer. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

‘Voices on Grand’ returns Saturday

Arts on Grand will host Voices on Grand on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Local authors, poets and storytellers will share “their stories” for listeners to enjoy.

The event complements the Voices on Grand author panel held in July.

Voices on Grand promotes self-expression through written accounts and oral delivery. Hearing personal stories can bring greater understanding of differences as well as similarities.

Goosmann attorneys selected Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Goosmann Law Firm announced that four attorneys have been selected to the 2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers list including, Jeana Goosmann, Joel Carney, Barry Sackett and Daniel Epstein. This honor is limited to no more than 5% of the lawyers in the Great Plains.

Sheridan recognized for role in ag safety

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health honored six individuals for their contributions to ISASH and to the field of agricultural safety and health at its 2022 annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Among the 2022 awardees was Practitioner Award recipient Carolyn Sheridan, RN, founder and executive director of the Ag Health and Safety Alliance.

SCT brings magic to stage with 'Aladdin KIDS'

Spencer Community Theatre, partnered with Deegan Children’s Theatre, will be brining a beloved Disney classic to life with their production of “Aladdin KIDS.” Performances will be staged at SCT Playhouse on Aug. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. and on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

Tax Free Weekend ahead of return to school

Just ahead of the return to school, Iowa’s annual Tax Free Weekend offers shoppers a bit of tax relief for two days. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ends at midnight the following day. The holiday does not include Sunday. Businesses that are open on these days are required to participate.

Library celebrates end of Summer Reading Program

To celebrate the end of its Summer Reading Program this year, the Spencer Public Library will be throwing a final party for the program this Saturday at the library at 2 p.m.

“We had a lot of really good, really fun programs this year,” Library Director Sarah Beth Fuchsen said. “Not quite the numbers we had prior to the pandemic, but we still saw a lot of people in here most days this summer.”

Public invited to 26th Clay County Relay for Life

The public is invited to come out Saturday at Centennial Plaza on the Clay County Fairgrounds, to celebrate the 26th Annual Clay County Relay for Life. Opening ceremonies get under way a 5 p.m. followed by a community barbecue from 5:30-7 p.m., sponsored by the Clay County Cattlemen. Survivor ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m., with a frozen T-shirt relay and scavenger hunt to follow. A “Let’s Blow Cancer Away With Bubbles” lap is planned for 8:30 p.m.

Milford Family Care announces new practitioner

Area health care nurse practitioner and local resident Jessica Kelley will be joining the staff of Milford Family Care of Spencer Hospital in September as its primary care provider. Kelley will join Milford Family Care effective Sept. 19.

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