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Locals start season of giving with blood donation

Before the holiday season kicks into full swing, Spencer residents got into the spirit of giving by donating blood Monday. LifeServe held a community blood drive at Southpark Mall where locals could donate their blood and feel the spirit of giving by knowing their gift could improve the health of someone else. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Know anyone who enjoys writing letters?

Would you like to be a positive influence on Lydia Wallace’s fourth grade students? Pen Pals might be right for you. Pen Pals is a letter writing exchange program between volunteers and fourth grade students attending Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School. The program allows students to practice the art of letter writing, increases literacy skills, and build positive multigenerational relationships that are beneficial to students and volunteers.

Many older Iowans eligible for winter

DES MOINES — Cold winter temperatures have officially arrived in Iowa, and many residents will soon be facing higher utility bills as the price of fuel continues to impact heating costs. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects homes heated with natural gas could see prices 28% higher than last winter, while homes heated by electricity will see a 10% increase.

3 families join Shayla Bee

Shayla Bee added three new families in November, bringing the total number to 237, gaining one new Shayla Bee angel in the process. Family No. 235, Nathan and Katie Mader, of Webb, young Everett (above), and sister, Stella, joined the growing number of Shayla Bee families recently following a visit to their home. Everett was born with cleft lip and palate. He will have two surgeries before he turns a year old. Family No.

Ring in the holidays concert at Iowa Lakes


ESTHERVILLE — Let music bring joy to your holiday season by attending the Ring in the Holidays Concert in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

The free concert will feature the Iowa Lakes handbell choir, various instrumental ensembles, and the Lakes Area Community handbell choir under the direction of Carol Ayres.

Feenstra introduces legislation to apply quantum computing to fertilizer production

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, introduced the Quantum in Practice Act, which would amend the National Quantum Initiative Act to include quantum molecular simulations and modeling in federal scientific research. More specifically, quantum molecular simulations and modeling will allow experts to study chemical elements and reactions with impressive accuracy.

Spencer recognizes academic, attendance awardees

Spencer High School Principal Will Dible was joined by members of Spencer Rotary Wednesday afternoon in the high school auditorium to present members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes with their academic and attendance awards. Large number of the student body received a certificate recognizing their achievements in the classroom. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Tour of Homes kicks off holiday season

Clay County Heritage and Arts on Grand are partnering for the Tour of Homes Saturday, helping to kick off the holiday season. The Tour of Homes, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature the decorated homes of Dennis and Carolyn McKenzie, 1214 14th Ave.; Jason and Sandra Warren, 2118 20th Ave. W.; Melissa Pick, 428 W. Fourth St.; Jarold and Donna Krogman, 925 E. Ninth St.; and Eric and Jean Johnson, 2201 22nd Ave. W.

Library takes patrons to the stars

Spencer Public Library hosted educational seminars about outer space throughout the day Monday. With the assistance of a portable StarLab Planetarium, patrons were able to learn about the objects in the night sky with high-resolution visuals. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Local man faces 2 felony drug charges

A search warrant executed by the Spencer Police Department Wednesday night netted two felony drug-related charges against a Spencer man.

Hospital officials update behavioral health navigator status

Spencer Hospital officials provided an update on the recently filled behavioral health navigator position during the hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday. Created as part of the Clay County Health Collaboration Initiative, the navigator position will help put community providers in contact with services for situations where a patient is in a behavioral health crisis.

Holiday Family Adoption

A Spencer-area holiday staple, the Holiday Family Adoption Program allows generous families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of families and businesses, area families will be gifted with items to help make this Christmas season a little bit brighter.

Citizen of the Year to be recognized at ceremony Tuesday

A special celebration to honor Spencer’s next Citizen of the Year has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Clay County Regional Events Center. A special program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Supervisors allow city pursuit of abandoned land ownership

The tax sale certificate of an abandoned property has been assigned to the city of Spencer, as approved by the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The city may now continue the process of taking ownership of the property on the east side of town.

Board receives complaint on county asset damage response

During its meeting on Tuesday, the Clay County Board of Supervisors received a request to follow-up on an incident involving a county vehicle this July. Clay County resident Michael Mingus spoke to the board about a circumstance involving a county vehicle sustaining tire damage while an official was allegedly operating it for personal use.

Outdoors: The Hook Up to offer 3rd annual Iowa Ice Show

If you need a little exercise and want to talk fishing after the big Thanksgiving get together, this should be right up your alley. The Hook Up — located across the road to the north of Perkins at the north end of Milford — is excited to offer its third annual 2022 Iowa Ice Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 .

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