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City officials discuss moving tennis courts

Spencer city officials continued to debate the repair and relocation of the Fairview Tennis Courts in a committee meeting on Monday. Since the Spencer Community School District gave its approval to move the courts to the middle school last week, Spencer City Council members came to a general consensus they would be in favor of the courts’ relocation.

City hears update on North Y development

Members of the Spencer City Council received an update on the upcoming development project on the east side of U.S. Highways 18 and 71, also known as the Spencer North Y. The plan to expand Spencer’s commercial offerings on the north side of town would span approximately 60 acres between 37th Street and 44th Street.

City Engineer Jim Thiesse reported the city has either verbal agreements or signed easements for most of the property in the area the city wishes to develop.

SCT's ‘Proof’ to debut Feb. 17

Spencer Community Theatre will continue its 63rd Mainstage Season with Pulitzer Prize-winning “Proof,” by David Auburn, in the SCT Playhouse, Feb. 17-19, 24-26.

Nominees sought for 2023 Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College Alumni & Friends Association seeks nominations for the 30th annual Jim Hall Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is presented to Iowa Lakes alumni who exemplify outstanding support for the community, business, school and service clubs annually at the spring commencement.

Bystander Awareness with Tim Collins at 2 ILCC campuses

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes offers convocations to bring culturally diverse events to campus and the community. The next convocation will be Bystander Awareness with Tim Collins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10 s.m., on the Estherville campus in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center and 2 p.m., on the Emmetsburg Campus in the Smith Wellness Center gymnasium.

Around Campus

IOWA CITY — More than 4,000 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the dean's list for the 2022 spring semester. Dean's list status was earned by 714 first year undergraduates during the 2022 spring semester at Iowa, only 1,268 second year students, only 1,559 third year students, and only 2,045 fourth year students.

Corridor to host quarterly investor meeting

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will be hosting a Quarterly Investor Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville campus. The Corridor is partnering with Northwest Iowa STEM for this event.

Ambassadors visit DEMCO operations

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors were at DEMCO Tuesday to recognize the company and their recent feature in the chamber “Thrive” publication. Specializing in agriculture equipment, DEMCO has been a family owned business for four generations focused on supporting the local community and striving for the highest standards of safety, quality and productivity. (Photo submitted)

Cleanup underway

Following Sunday afternoon’s fire in the 200 block of Grand Avenue which involved response from Spencer and other area fire responders, as well multiple other agencies moved into follow up mode on Monday. The blaze, which impacted and damaged multiple businesses and upstairs apartments in the block, left doors closed and residents homeless in the aftermath of the blaze which kept firefighters on site for approximately eight hours.

Tiger Pa’s perform Friday

The Spencer Community School Foundation is hosting the Tiger Pa’s — high school junior and senior dads — showing their dance moves Friday, during the halftimes of the girls and boys basketball games with Spirit Lake. Funds raised will go to provide robotics equipment for technical education classes. Come support the dads as they raise funds to benefit the education of Spencer students.

Hospital emergency department work shifts indoors

Work to Spencer Hospital’s emergency department has shifted to indoor work. Though initially the hospital’s expansion project began with exterior work, the project schedule has changed slightly due to recent weather conditions.

Eggs & Issues returns this weekend, along with breakfast option

Local legislative forum Eggs & Issues will have its first event Saturday, hosted by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce at Spencer City Hall. Doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m., with the session running from 9-10:30 a.m. as area legislators speak to community members.

City further deliberates Retail Coach contract

City officials further considered the possibility of using the services of a retail recruitment partner to assist with developing recently purchased city land. The city had previously discussed approving a contract with the firm Retail Coach at a previous committee meeting on Jan. 5, and during a committee meeting on Monday, officials met with Austin Farmer, the firm’s project director, to hear more information about the company’s plan.

County supervisors hear IGL broadband plans

Representatives from IGL TeleConnect visited the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to share the company’s plan on providing broadband in the county. IGL representative Alex Seaman reported the company is planning on building in Clay County sometime this year.

Iowa PBS presents Season 7 of ‘The Film Lounge’

Celebrate the work of Iowa filmmakers and explore the art of filmmaking with brand-new episodes of “The Film Lounge.” Iowa PBS recently announced the upcoming seventh season of its popular series that showcases short films created by Iowans. This season includes two new episodes featuring 10 short films of varying styles and subject matters as well as some special segments.

Spencer Rotary recognizes Thompson

Spencer High School senior Josie Thompson was recognized as the Spencer Rotary Student of the Month. Thompson is very active in speech and drama and choir. She isn’t sure where she will be attending school this fall but is leaning toward a business degree and a minor in theater. (Photo submitted)

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