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Gabhart wins big in Dec. 30 drawing

CLIVE — A Clay County man has won a $10,000 Mega Millions prize. Robert Gabhart, of Spencer, matched four of five white balls and the Mega Ball in the Dec. 30 Mega Millions drawing. He was one number away from winning that night’s $685 million jackpot. Gabhart purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh, in Spencer. He claimed his prize Thursday at the lottery’s Storm Lake regional office. The winning numbers in the Dec. 30 drawing were 1-3-6-44-51 and Mega Ball 7.

County supervisors receive update on carbon pipeline

Clay County received an update on one of the proposed carbon pipelines set to cross through the county on Tuesday. Summit Carbon Solutions, one of two companies planning a carbon capture project spanning across several Midwest states, gave a progress report during the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Traditional to unique baby names chosen in 2022

The year 2022 represented another fun year in Spencer Hospital’s Birth Center with around 250 new babies welcomed into the world.

“Our birth center team enjoys getting to know each family and being a part of each birth experience,” said Ann Polaschek, birth center director. “Each baby is special and often we see their personalities emerging from day one, so it’s fun learning what names parents have chosen to go with each child.”

Outdoors: IGLFC sets Adult/Kids Fishing Tournament for Jan. 21

For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club is offering its members the opportunity for an Adult/Kid Hardwater Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1-3 p.m. Fishing will take place in the bay just north of the Ritz. Cones will be placed to designate the tournament boundaries.

Outdoors: Soil health and profitability

SPIRIT LAKE — The Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the Iowa Soybean Association, Cooperative Farmers Elevator and Iowa State University Extension is hosting a Soil and Profitability Seminar on Friday, January 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maser Monarch Lodge located at 22785 Nature Center Road in Okoboji.

Outdoors: DNR to eliminate invasive rough fish at Nobles Lake

MISSOURI VALLEY — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will treat Nobles Lake with a low concentration of rotenone to eliminate rough fish.

Nobles Lake, 95-acre cutoff oxbow lake located in Harrison and Pottawatomie counties on the Missouri River floodplain, was inundated and infested with numerous invasive and river fish species during the floods of 2011 and 2019.

KTIV announces leadership promotions in newsroom

SIOUX CITY — Kim Fickett, news director at KTIV-TV in Sioux City, announced Matt Breen has been promoted to managing editor. In his new role he will work directly with the station’s multimedia journalists and offer insight, suggestions and guidance that will provide the best coverage for viewers. Breen will continue to work in the afternoons and evenings and will remain as an anchor on News 4 at Six and News 4 at Ten.

ILCC offers Third Age WWI, musical classes

The Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education Department is offering two Third Age College, also known as Stay Active in Learning, classes mainly for individuals 65 and older this January. The classes, World War I: The “Great War,” starting Jan. 17, and Rodgers & Hammerstein Movie Musicals 1943-65, beginning Jan. 19, will be in-person on the Spencer campus, with virtual learning options available.



Around Campus

WAVERLY — Jenna Morey, of Spencer, was named to the Wartburg College fall term dean's list. The college recognized 474 students for fall term. The list honors students who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in at least four course credits during the term. Three of the four course credits have to be graded with a traditional letter grade.


Alliant Energy named to Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies list

MADISON, Wis. — For the third consecutive year, Alliant Energy has been named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies. Alliant Energy was recognized as a top-25 company in the energy and utility industry based on a combination of its environmental, social and governance scores. This ranking accounts for the progress made in renewable energy, inclusivity in the workplace and social causes.

Ambassadors welcome new Highlands staff

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited The Highlands Independent Living to meet new members of the St. Luke Lutheran Home team. Campus Chaplain Ken Schmidt; Assisted Living Director Terina DeVos; and Highlands/Southridge Manager Kellie Lowe each work to provide residents with services and amenities to live their retirement to the fullest. (Photo submitted)

Annual winter celebration will return Saturday

The annual S’mores and Blazing Pines tradition hosted by the Love Where You Live group will take place Saturday. Winter activities and treats will be available at East Leach Park from 3-5:30 p.m., and the blazing pines fire will take place at West Leach Park at 6 p.m.

West O Beer announces ‘Blue Taps = Blue Water’

WEST OKOBOJI — West O Beer, Okoboji’s premier craft brewery, announces “Blue Taps = Blue Water,” a new commitment to protecting waterways in the Lakes area and beyond.

Spencer schools see growth in student performance

After a year of hard work and introducing new initiatives, the Spencer Community School District was able to see the results of teacher and student efforts. According to the Iowa Department of Education, the district exceeded the state average in nearly all categories for the 2021-22 academic year.

Local Iowa legislators to hit the ground running

Iowa was among a limited amount of states across the country which actually did experience the projected “red wave” during the November 2022 general election. Heading into the 2023 legislative session, which began Monday, Republicans control most of the administrative offices in the Hawkeye State with Democrat Rob Sand retaining his position as the state auditor following a closely contested race. The GOP hold a majority in both the House, 64-36, and Senate, 36-14.

Feenstra, Iowa House members sworn in

It was a long week in D.C. for members of the U.S. House as Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, took four days and 15 ballots before securing the votes early Saturday to be elected speaker.

Iowa’s four Republican representatives voted for McCarthy throughout the drawn-out process, but could not be sworn in or start taking action on bills until a speaker was elected.

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