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Outdoors: IGLFC DNR Night set for Nov. 10

The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club will be hosting its annual fall Department of Natural Reources night at Oak Hill Outdoor located at the north edge of Milford (across the road to the north of Perkins) on Thursday, No. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pizza at 6 p.m., followed by the DNR presentations at 7 p.m.

Outdoors: Ice fishing open houses set for November

How can an outdoor person get bored here in northwest Iowa? Right now we have hunting seasons going like crazy, the fall fishing is only getting better as the lake water temperatures fall! Oh, but that’s not all. Nope! Because the “pre-ice fishing craze” is just around the corner.

It always comes in November and into December across the Midwest … ice fishing shows such as the Dakota Angler Ice Institute in Sioux Falls (Nov. 11-13) and the St. Paul Ice Show (Dec. 2-4).

Library receives Farmstand

Recently, the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis secured a grant for the YMCA Gardening Club for a self-watering, self-fertilizing vertical garden called a Farmstand through the company Lettuce Grow, an entity founded by actress Zooey Deschanel and actor Jacob Pechenik. Kiwanis’s focus is on health and nutrition-and then Lettuce Give X Kiwanis was born.

Porath joins Hy-Noon Kiwanis

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis member Ryan Daverllar (left) invited Farmers Bank co-worker Ryan Porath (middle) to join the noon club. Hy-Noon President Randy Cauthron welcomed and inducted Porath during a recent meeting. The Hy-Noon club meets at noon on Mondays at the Clay County Fair & Events Center. (Photo submitted)

Local quilter created STEMM auction piece

Spencer resident Rosie Osterberg and STEMM Executive Director Kevin Brown hold up a quilt with its creator Beth Wethor (left), also of Spencer. The quilt was unveiled during the Daily Reporter’s Coffee with the Editor gathering at GACO Tuesday morning. Osterberg requested the local quilter craft the piece to be sold at the upcoming STEMM fundraising auction. STEMM is a Sioux City-based mission serving those in need in Tanzania. (Photo submitted)

10th annual Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1

The Affordable Care Act’s annual Open Enrollment period is days away and new rules have made the program stronger than ever. Last year, a record number of people enrolled in healthcare coverage through the Marketplace. In Iowa, more than 9 in 10 people that got their insurance on the Marketplace were eligible for a monthly subsidy that helps them pay for the plan they selected.

BLAST OFF! City cuts ribbon for Rocket Slide

With the long-awaited Spencer Rocket Slide ready for use at East Leach Park, the Spencer Parks Department held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored slide on Friday.

Send a card

Kate Padilla, a local realtor with EXP Realty, is determined to let the aged in the community know they aren’t forgotten this holiday season. She hopes her project will ensure many of our area seniors are remembered this year.

The mother and wife recently crafted three “mailboxes” which she is hoping will be filled with greeting cards to be distributed to elderly living communities in the Spencer area.

Grassley, Franken go head to head after primary wins

Michael Franken

Party: Democrat

City of residence: Sioux City

Occupation: Retired U.S. Navy admiral


Q: What inspired you to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate this election cycle?

Voters to choose from field of gubernatorial candidates


Deidre DeJear

Party: Democrat

City of residence: Des Moines

Occupation: Small business owner

Family: Husband Marvin DeJear


Q: What inspires you to seek office as Iowa's governor?

School board approves early retirement plan for next school year

An early retirement plan for eligible certified teaching and administrative staff at Spencer Community Schools for the 2023-24 school year was approved by the Spencer School Board during its Tuesday meeting.

SHS auditorium named after former teacher of 44 years

The Spencer High School auditorium will be named the Larry M. Untiet Theatre after former SHS English and drama teacher of 44 years Larry Untiet. The decision was made by the Spencer School Board on Tuesday after many requests from SHS students, parents, alumni, faculty and Spencer community members.

Reynolds, other GOP leaders plan Spencer stop

Gov. Kim Reynolds and other GOP officials are participating in a bus stop tour across the state ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. A Spencer stop at 1:45 p.m. Saturday appears on the website announcing the tour. Although the stop location has not been confirmed, a local Republican leader indicated the stop will be on the Clay County Fairgrounds. (File photo)

Halloween in Spencer


Friday, Oct. 28


7-11 p.m. — Clay County Fairgrounds


Saturday, Oct. 29


3-4 p.m. — Downtown Spencer



2-4 p.m. — SCT Playhouse


Ernst staff to host local traveling office hours

RED OAK — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced her office will be holding traveling office hours in every county throughout the state during the month of November. Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced the nomination period for the 12th annual Business Recognition Luncheon to be held in mid-November. This ceremony thanks the businesses and individuals in our region for stimulating the region through job creation, investment and fostering quality of life throughout Corridor communities.

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