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Sacred Heart students enjoy dress up, holiday dinner

Students, and their teachers, were treated to a holiday dinner by their parents at Spencer Sacred Heart School Wednesday. Dressed up in their nice clothes, the students of Sacred Heart were happy to get a taste of a Christmas meal with their family ahead of the holiday. The event was delayed on two occasions by inclement weather. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Graettinger named Rotary student for December

The Spencer Rotary December Spencer High School Student of the month is Jayna Graettinger. The senior plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to pursues a career in physical therapy. Rotary member Mike Koenecke presented her with the award. (Photo submitted)

Around Campus

ANKENY — Des Moines Area Community College's Ankeny campus graduate Michael Schany (above, on right), of Spencer, received congratulations from President Rob Denson at the Ankeny campus fall graduation reception. Schany graduated from DMACC’s criminal justice program. A total of 60 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma. (Photo submitted)


Church Briefs

Spencer Messiah on SMU

Spencer Municipal Utilities will be showing this year's presentation of "Selections from Handel's Messiah" on the following dates on SMU Channel 3: Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at noon; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 26, at 3 p.m.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church 24th Annual Christmas Day Dinner

Business Brief: Hoffman to retire from Farmers Bank

Farmers Bank announces Rita Hoffman, vice president mortgage lender will retire on Dec. 30, after 24-plus years with Farmers Bank. Hoffman pursued a banking career in 1975, after studying accounting at an area community college. She worked in several departments before becoming a mortgage loan officer. In 1998, Hoffman joined the Farmers Bank team.

Ambassadors welcome new city department heads

For their last visit of 2022, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed new Spencer City Department Heads at City Hall Council Chambers. Planning Director Adam Severson and Parks & Recreation Director Bob Fullhart each spoke about their positions and the dedicated team members working to make Spencer the best it can be. (Photo submitted)

HERE IT COMES … And there’s more where that came from

Last Thursday into Friday’s first major snow event dropped eight inches on parts of Spencer, creating difficult travel conditions until city and county removal teams could hit the streets and clear the path. Friday morning, digging out began for area residents. After a brief respite, Tuesday the area is projected to face an ice and snow event with less of the white stuff but possibly icy conditions. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Local veterans enjoy annual meal

There was a full house at the American Legion Post 1 of Spencer Saturday as veterans and their families turned out for a meal of appreciation. Honorable discharged veterans, their spouses and active duty service men and women enjoyed the annual meal from the legion and the Clay County VFW Post 3159. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Kruse charged with OWI, possession of loaded firearm

After an investigation stemming from a traffic stop in the 3700 mile of 340th Avenue, the Clay County Sheriff's Office arrested Tyson Kruse, 22, of Emmetsburg, charging him with OWI, first offense, a serious misdemeanor.

The stop occurred at 2:14 a.m., Sunday on Clay County Road N-18.

Kruse was also found with a loaded firearm within his immediate possession and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, a serious misdemeanor.

SMS mock trial completes season at state

With 29 students, comprising three full teams, the Spencer Middle School mock trial program is the largest team in northwest Iowa. These three middle school teams, named Rook, Bishop and Knight, traveled to Sioux City to argue a slip-and-fall civil negligence case against other teams from this corner of the state. The team is coached by instructor Grant Muilenburg and Clay County Attorney Travis Johnson.

Locals visit Bethlehem with interactive tour

Last weekend, visitors of Grace United Methodist Church were treated to a trip back in time to the beginning of Christmas. The church’s Journey to Bethlehem tour was available all weekend for churchgoers to learn or be reminded of the birth of Jesus. The tour took attendees throughout the entire church, which was transformed to look like the setting of Bethlehem. With actors in full costume, interactive props and live animals, churchgoers traveled through the story as active participants.

Schutter recognized as IAFE graduate of IAFE Institute of Fair Management

INDIANAPOLIS — Janet Schutter, commercial exhibits director of the Clay County Fair, was recognized at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management.

Peterson arrested on abuse warrant, felony drug charges

On Dec. 5, at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Spencer Police officer on routine patrol noticed a vehicle in the parking lot in the 600 block of East 19th Street. The occupant of the vehicle, 47-year-old Eric Peterson, had valid arrest warrant for domestic abuse impeding air flow, a Class D felony.

Upon investigation, police were able to take Peterson into custody and at that time discovered that he was in possession of methamphetamine.

Take Caution: RSV, flu, COVID numbers on the rise locally

Each week — on Thursday nights — the CDC updates each county’s rate of community transmission. Currently, influenza rates are more significant than COVID-19 rates.

Spencer students gear up with computer science

Schools and other learning institutions across the state spent the past week celebrating Computer Science Education Week, lasting from Dec. 5-11. However, Spencer students don’t need the one week to dedicate themselves — rather, students invest their time the entire academic year.

Chamber Christmas Home Decor contest entries accepted until Dec. 14

Registration is open to participate in the Christmas Home Decor Contest hosted by Spencer Chamber of Commerce. Spencer residents are welcome to decorate their home for Christmas. The contest is free to enter! To register your home, the chamber will need your name, address, phone number and email address. All registrations need to be received at the chamber office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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