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County approves application for railroad elimination funding

The Clay County Board of Supervisors approved a funding application for a railroad elimination project for almost a mile of road crossing over railroad track on East Fourth Street. The funding is offered through Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a federal bill which provides funds for infrastructure projects including road work.

Absentee ballot requests may be filed

Clay County voters interested in voting absentee for the Nov. 8 general election may file requests for absentee ballots with the Clay County auditor’s office.

Due to 2021 legislation, the time period to request absentee ballots has gone from 120 days to 70 days. The new legislation has also shortened the number of days that the auditor’s office may have ballots available for absentee voting. Voters now have 20 days to vote absentee either by mail or in-person rather than 29 days.

Lakes Partnership School receives grant from Care Connections

Students and staff at Lakes Partnership School will benefit from special funding provided by Care Connections of Northern Iowa.

LPS is a day treatment school in Spencer for students who are currently experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges that prevent them from making progress in the public school setting. The school, which opened in 2014, is a partnership between Prairie Lakes AEA, Spencer Community Schools, and other northwest Iowa school districts.

Heartland Honor Choir hosted by Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College music department will host area high school choirs for the eighth annual Heartland Honor Choir on Thursday, Oct. 20. At the end of the day, the music department will offer a concert at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center in Estherville at 6 p.m.

The performance will feature more than 100 local singers, the Iowa Lakes Concert Choir, and the guest choir, Spirit Lake High School's Meistersingers, under the direction of Luke Miller.

Funeral Notice: Gary Enderton

Memorial services for Gary Enderton, 49, of Spencer, will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Perry DeGroot will officiate the service. Visitation will be conducted one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Enderton passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at his residence in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Ambassadors welcome new US Bank manager

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors were at U.S. Bank Tuesday morning to meet new Branch Manager Nicole Clark. Originally from Florida, Clark recently moved to Spencer and is looking forward to promoting financial well-being for bank patrons and community members. (Photo submitted)

SHS enthusiastic senior celebration

Students turned out in force for the final scheduled home varsity football game of the 2022 campaign. Billed as senior night, the evening served as a final celebration for the 2023 class at Dale Norton Field. After the lopsided win over visiting Fort Dodge, 49-14, the Tiger fourth year payers took the ceremonial 100-yard player walk from the south end zone to the north goal line where they were embraced by both classmates and underclass teammates.

SHS athletes help young readers stay ‘on the ball’

As part of the Spencer Reads initiative, several Spencer High School athletes joined second graders from Spencer Schools, Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School and Sacred Heart Catholic School on the football field last Friday to share the joy of reading with them. The new addition to Spencer Reads, called “On The Ball Readers,” will have the community’s second graders meet with high school athletes in each sports season.



McGee charged after alleged 90 mph pursuit

Dalton McGee, of Spencer, was arrested and charged on multiple accounts after allegedly engaging in a pursuit which reached speeds of 90 mph.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a Clay County deputy observed a vehicle southbound on Grand Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed, allegedly going airborne railroad tracks. A vehicle pursuit began with speeds, ending a short time later in the 800 block of Ninth Street SW.

Le Mars man, female charged on multiple counts following stop

A Clay County deputy initiated a traffic stop, at 9:58 a.m., Sept. 25, for a traffic violation and while waiting for the vehicle to stop, the deputy observed the driver and the front passenger switch places while the vehicle was in motion.

In the 3200 mile of U.S. Highway, the deputy contacted the male in the passenger seat and identified him as Chase Kounkel, 37, of Le Mars. Upon running a license check on Kounkel, it was discovered he had a barred driver's license.

Iowa House District 10 Q&A

Republican incumbent John Wills and Independent Dan Wahl are running in the general election for Iowa House of Representatives District 10 on Nov. 8.


Daniel L. Wahl

Age: 55

Party Affiliation: Independent

City of Residence: Spirit Lake

Family: I have been married to Shawna for 18 years and have 3 children.

Occupation: Family farmer for 36 years on family-owned property.

Eliason faces Jones in new District 6 forum

A pair of candidates seeking to represent the newly formed Iowa House District 6 in the Nov. 8 general election, will meet in a public forum sponsored by the Spencer-area media. The local media — Spencer Reporter, Spencer Radio Group and Spencer Municipal Utilities — will host the public candidate forum from council chambers at Spencer City Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. The two candidates are incumbent Iowa House District 2 Rep.

Raising awareness about human trafficking

Spencer Sacred Heart Catholic Church will host longtime advocate Sister Shirley Fineran as she presents an educational seminar about human trafficking on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Sacred Heart Catholic Daughters, the event is freewill offering with all ages welcome to attend.

Feenstra, Bustos introduce legislation to help farmers access, utilize ag tech

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, introduced the Precision Agriculture Loan Program Act of 2022, which is bipartisan legislation that would establish the first-ever federal precision agriculture loan program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, have introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Driver life-flighted after rollover

At 5:53 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover in the 4700 mile of Clay County M-27.

Upon arrival, deputies determined Courtney Engeltjes, of Everly, was southbound on M-27 in a 2003 GMC Envoy, owned by Arlin Engeltjes, left the roadway to the right, over corrected and entered the east ditch with the vehicle coming to rest on the driver’s side.

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