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Tiger girls finish in 3rd at Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — The Spencer girls wrestling team was scheduled to wrestle twice over the weekend. Mother Nature had other ideas, canceling the girls Austin Roberts Tournament on Friday. The Tigers hit the road on Saturday to compete in the Fort Dodge Girls Invitational. Three girls were crowned as champions for Spencer, Olivia Huckfelt, Kaylee Nachtigal and Shaylee Sutherland claimed the top spot for the Tigers. A third place team finish was the result of the day for the girls.

VFW breakfast supports Special Olympics

Clay County VFW Post 3159 recently hosted its annual benefit breakfast for Clay County Special Olympics organization. Proceeds from benefit breakfast support Special Olympics operating budget as well as expenses to attend the Iowa Track and Field games. (Left to right) Chris Raveling, VFW; Special Olympics representative Mishelle Howard; Katrina Howard; Frank Lehman, Commander VFW; Abby Rob, representative; and Jody Wilkerson Jr. Vice VFW. (Photo submitted)

Outdoors: Summer seasonal positions open at fisheries offices

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau has openings for seasonal fisheries aides for the summer 2023 season at fisheries offices across Iowa.

Learn about fisheries careers and gain valuable experience while working alongside biologists and technicians. Positions are available in research, management, culture and aquatic invasive species.

Outdoors: Snowmobile and off-highway vehicle registrations set to expire

Registrations for snowmobiles and OHVs purchased during the 2022 registration cycle expire Dec. 31. Any decal displayed on a machine with a 22 printed on it will no longer be valid for machines used

Outdoors: Black Hawk Lake restoration efforts receive national recognition

Project partners behind a major restoration effort to improve water quality in Black Hawk Lake, located in Sac County, received national recognition for their achievements.

Outdoors: Ongoing projects in northwest Iowa

As we come to the end of 2022, it's a good time to look at all of the projects completed this year in northwest Iowa.

First, a major shoreline restoration on Silver Lake (Lake Park).

According to Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins, “This was a pretty massive shoreline project. It covers a little over a mile of shoreline restoration.”

And the winner is …

On Dec. 10, Michael Hyde, of Spencer, had his name was drawn for the quilt which was raffled for the Michael Rohan Memorial Fund. This was the seventh quilt donated and raffled to help fund the Michael Rohan Memorial Fund. This fund was established by Michael’s parents, Kevin and Susan Rohan, after Michael’s accidental drowning at 6 1/2 years old in 2012.

Daybreakers, Builders Club collect toys for UDMO

The Spencer Kiwanis Daybreakers and Spencer Middle School Builders Club spent the Dec. 3 requesting gifts for Upper Des Moines Opportunity at the local Walmart and J.C. Penney’s stores. The members collected almost three pickup loads of toys that were delivered. These toys will be used to provide gifts to area children who are in need of assistance for the holiday season. (Photo submitted)

Play Ball Project seeking community support

A No Boundaries project, involving area high school students, is seeking local funding to help provide an integrated baseball opportunity for special needs youth in the region. In its second year of existence, the Play Ball Project led to the creation the Northwest Iowa All-Inclusive League, designed to provide opportunities for special needs kids to play sports, specifically baseball.

Community members not permitted to address school board

A small group of community members attended the Spencer School Board meeting on Wednesday, hoping to speak to the board about a personnel matter. Board President Bob Whittenburg said the board would not recognize the received request to speak, citing board policy based in Iowa Code.

Future recreation amenities discussed by park board

The Spencer Park Board discussed potential future amenities coming to town during its meeting on Tuesday. Improvements to the tennis courts at Fairview, have been considered for several months, and Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fullhart revealed a possible location for the new courts would be on the east side of Spencer Middle School.




Holiday Family Adoption: Final drop off this weekend

A Spencer-area holiday staple, the Holiday Family Adoption Program allows generous families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of families and businesses, area families will be gifted with items to help make this Christmas season a little bit brighter.

Grace United Methodist to host Henriksen for Christmas concert

A special Christmas concert will be held by Grace United Methodist Church this weekend, starring accomplished pianist and organist from Spirit Lake Glenn Henriksen. Joined by vocalist Sara Taylor, Henriksen will be playing at the church Saturday at 2 p.m.

“It is an organ and piano concert being given by the Grace United Methodist Church, and it is our gift to the community for Christmas,” associate lay leader John Rahn said.

'I just want to put a smile on a kid’s face'

In the spirit of the holiday season, a generous donation was dropped off at Grand Avenue Community Outreach Tuesday. Lakeview resident Ken Barney delivered several boxes of wooden toys he’d made to give children some holiday cheer.

“I just want to put a smile on a kid’s face,” Barney said. “I couldn’t believe some kids don’t get toys; it’s hard to believe that. But some kids don’t get toys, and it’s not right.”

GACK to host community Christmas meal

The Grand Avenue Community Kitchen volunteers will host a Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to use the dining room east entrance at 605 Grand Ave. to enjoy the food, fellowship, live music and festivities during this special holiday observance. (File photo)

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