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RSVP seeks Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator

ESTHERVILLE — After eight years of volunteering as the Northwest Iowa RSVP Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator in Estherville, Joan Nims is ready to hand over the reins to another volunteer this year, preferably to be trained before the next blood drive on Aug. 16. RSVP is partnering with the American Red Cross to find the right volunteer to fill her shoes.

Arby’s effort benefits Shayla Bee


These organizations have all been supporting Shayla Bee families for years now. These events and their customers and supporters are what make the Shayla Bee Fund possible. Shayla Bee has been able to serve 15 new kids/families so far in 2022, bring the total number of families to 227.



Hy-Noon Kiwanis welcomed Cuttell, Schauer

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis President Andrew Hasley and sponsors Karen Buchholz and John Rahn recently welcomed newly inducted members Christie Cuttell and Michael Schauer to the club. (Photo submitted)

Business Briefs

Lukan joins Black Hills Energy as government affairs manager

Ambassadors cut Ribbon at West O’s Brick Oven Pizza

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors made a trip to West Okoboji on July 19 to participate in the official ribbon cutting at West O Beer. The site also hosted Business After Five feature where the ribbon was cut for the establishment’s new Brick Oven Pizza, which is made in house fresh each day. (Photo submitted)

A summer in DC: Halverson serving on Feenstra intern team

WASHINGTON — Unlike many young men his age, Spencer native Jagaar Halverson has not spent his summer boating at Lakes, hitting the local night club scene or picking up a temporary job. Instead, the Spencer High School alumnus is spending his summer months in Washington, D.C., serving as an intern to U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, Iowa 4th Congressional District representative from Hull.

Parks director gives future, project updates

Recreation Director Jared Elbert shared he will soon be leaving his position in the near future after three years of service. Though there is no departure date yet, Elbert will be leaving for Kansas City due to his wife’s new job and their joint desire to be closer to family.

School food programs continue July 25 to Aug. 12

Spencer Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are provided to all children on a first-come, first-serve basis, July 25 through Aug. 12. Hot Grab N Go or dine-in will occur at Johnson School, 724 W. Ninth St., Door 2, from 8-9 a.m. for breakfast, and 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. for lunch. Pick-up Cook at Home Grab N Go breakfast and lunch meals are also available from 8-9 a.m. at Lincoln School, 615 Fourth Ave.

Spencer honors city clerk ahead of retirement

Monday night was City Clerk Theresa Reardon’s last Spencer City Council meeting as a member of city staff, as she will be retiring at the end of July after 40 years of working for the city. Prior to the meeting, a reception was held in Reardon’s honor to congratulate her on her retirement.

Special days to highlight 2022 Clay County Fair

No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

“Each day the fair is chock full of activities for all ages,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “However, some activities are scheduled only on a special day, which makes each day at the Fair a very unique experience.”

Council approves floodplain study from Snyder & Associates

With recommendation from the Finance Committee, the Spencer City Council approved a floodplain study from Snyder & Associates at the city council meeting on Monday. The purpose of the study is to shrink the floodplain affecting Green Industrial Park

A study from the Federal Emergency Management Agency from November 2021 shows the floodplain in the Green Industrial Park area increasing in size by November of this year.

Hearing date to restore trailer park power scheduled

An injunction hearing to restore the power at the trailer park located on West 18th Street has been scheduled to take place on Aug. 2, allowing for a full day of proceedings. Until then, the power at the trailer park will remain off.

Sewer extension project passes public hearing

An extension to the city sewer system on 25th Street and 11th Avenue Southwest made it through a public hearing during Spencer’s City Council meeting on Monday. Since the project cleared the public hearing hurdle, it will proceed with a letting date on July 28 and a hearing date for plans and specifications on Aug. 1.

‘Bright Star: A New Musical’ at OST

OKOBOJI — Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s “Bright Star: A New Musical,” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the

American South in the 1920s and '40s. And as one reviewer notes, the story has "a rollercoaster of emotions and a happy ending that proves there will always be a ‘bright star’ of light to shine through the darkness.”

Community concert to celebrate 30 years at Arnolds Park

ARNOLDS PARK — The Northwest Iowa Concert Band, directed by Rich Nicklay, will present their annual summer concert Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m., at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park Majestic Pavilion. This will be the 30th anniversary of the band performing a summer concert at the park. The band is made up of volunteers from area communities, including Armstrong, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Lake Park, Milford, Ringsted, Spirit Lake and Swea City.

Trinity Lutheran children enjoy Rocket Slide art

Young people attending Trinity Preschool’s summer care program spent time coloring the Rocket Slide page art in last Wednesday’s Northwest Iowa Shopper. In celebration of the anticipated reopening of the legendary, refurbished Rocket Slide in East Leach Park, the Shopper is including a weekly fun page in honor of the long-awaited project returning the iconic landmark to a Spencer park. The slide remains behind a fence as work is completed. (Photos submitted)

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