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Seasons Center receives $2K from Care Connections of Northern Iowa

Care Connections of Northern Iowa has awarded Seasons Center $2,000 in funding to support and enhance Seasons’ School-Based Programs offered in partnership with Algona, Clay Central-Everly and Emmetsburg school districts.

Northwest Bank staff play catch for fundraiser

It’s an unusual for a game of catch to occur in the lobby of a bank. But Wednesday afternoon at Northwest Bank, that’s exactly what happened. As part of the “Wanna Have a Catch?” challenge to raise money for the Miracle League of Sioux City, bank staff took part in a traditional game of catch.

The Sioux City league provides recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, made possible by its rubber-surfaced facility.

Holiday Family Adoption

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.

Bill tackling opioid epidemic heads to president’s desk

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act — a bipartisan bill to prevent opioid addiction, overdoses and deaths in rural communities — originally introduced by U.S. Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, from Iowa's 4th District, and Conor Lamb, D-Pa. The Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, introduced in the Senate by Sens.

City officials give update on trailer park

City officials provided an update on restoring power to mobile homes in a trailer park located on West 18th Street at Monday’s Spencer City Council meeting. After power to the park was initially shut off by the city of Spencer in July due to dangerous conditions, Planning Director Adam Severson reported 11 units have power after passing inspection.

‘Speak Clay County’ photo contest entry period underway

Clay County Tourism is hosting a photo contest, seeking the best photos of Clay County — winter, spring, summer or fall — to be featured in a new Clay County visitors guide to be published in 2023.

Honkomp November Rotary student

The Spencer Rotary November Student of the Month, Gavin Honkomp, was recently recognized at a Rotary meeting. He is active at Spencer High School in basketball, football and tennis; and is planning to get a degree in either exercise science or recreation management, possibly at South Dakota State University. Spencer High School administrator and Spencer Rotary member Elli Wiemers presented Honkomp with his certificate. (Photo submitted)

City, county officials discuss future of North Y intersection

The future of the intersection of U.S. Highways 18 and 71 — commonly known as the “North Y" — was discussed by members of the Spencer City Council and Clay County Board of Supervisors during a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to modify the intersection and has requested city and county input.

‘Journey to Bethlehem’ provides interactive trek to find Christ child

The biblical recounting of Mary and Joseph’s flight to Bethlehem will come alive to area residents this Christmas season. All are invited to attend the Journey to Bethlehem which is a live, walk-through Nativity story held at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The event includes extended hours this year on Saturday, Dec. 10, or Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

American Legion to host veteran appreciation meal

In the spirit of giving, a free meal will be available to all honorably discharged veterans, those serving in active duty and their spouses on Dec. 10 at the Spencer American Legion Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The meal will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 1 of Spencer and the Clay County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3159.

Tigerettes earn 2 Division 1 ratings

DES MOINES — The Spencer Tigerettes dance team competed at the Iowa State Dance Championships on Dec. 2 in Des Moines. The team competed in Class 2 kick, Class 6 jazz and Class 9 solos. Tigerettes received Division 1 ratings in the jazz and kick categories; placing sixth in Class 2 kick.

T-Mobile opens south Spencer location

T-Mobile announced its newest retail location in Iowa and its first retail store in Spencer. The store opened for business on Saturday and is located at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and 11th Street SW. It’s the first store to support Clay County. The company has more than 40 retail locations across the state. The Spencer location is part of T-Mobile’s efforts to expand its retail footprint with the addition of new stores in small towns and rural communities across the country.

Holiday favorite given radio adaptation

“Every time a bell rings an Angel gets his wings.”

Experience the popular holiday story, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this December.

'Messiah' makes comeback to Spencer

Handel’s “Messiah” returned to Spencer in time for the holiday season at Spencer’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sunday evening. Almost a full house of eager listeners filled the church to see a chorus of singers and a full orchestra perform. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Everly creates indoor winter wonderland

In the spirit of Christmas, the city of Everly set up its own winter wonderland at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center Friday. The facility was decked out in Christmas decor, with a festival of trees setup, a bake sale and holiday-themed children’s activities. A special appearance was made by Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves, who posed for pictures and brought gifts for each child. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Outdoors: 4 states partner in Operation Early Birds waterfowl hunting enforcement project

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources joined its fellow agencies in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska on a joint project to check waterfowl regulations compliance over a 36-hour period from the evening on Nov. 4 to the morning on Nov. 6.

In Iowa, the project, named Operation Early Birds, focused on the public wetland complexes of Forney Lake and the Riverton area, as well as the private marshes surrounding the public areas in Fremont County.

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