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NCC ranked 2nd in the nation

SHELDON — Northwest Iowa Community College was ranked among the top five in Best Community Colleges in the nation, according to a new report published by the personal finance website WalletHub. ranked NCC as second in the nation for Best Overall Community College and second in the Nation for career outcomes in their 2022 Best & Worst Community Colleges the Nation report.

Ambassadors welcome Northwest Iowa Counseling owners

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Northwest Iowa Counseling to meet new co-owners and care providers, Anne Peters and Amy Ondler. They have made several updates to their office since taking ownership in June and work to serve the mental health needs of infants and early childhood to adolescents, adults and individuals with Medicare. (Photo submitted)

28 new foods will entice stomachs at the CCF

Fairgoers to the 2022 Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, will have 28 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 10-18, including five that have been named as finalists for the sixth edition of the The World’s Greatest County Fair Food Contest.

“In our visitor surveys, fairgoers tell us one of the top reasons they attend the fair is for the food,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “This list of unique new foods will only add to our reputation as a nine-day foodie festival.”

Shayla Bee enjoys record turnout at annual BTBL event

The Shayla Bee Fund hosted its largest turnout yet for the annual Black Tie Black Leather Affair fundraiser with 560 people in attendance at Okoboji Classic Cars in north Miford. Matching the event’s prom theme, many of the guests were decked out in formal outfits — or adhered to the organization’s traditional black leather attire. Several Shayla Bee families were present at the fundraiser.

'She's a one of a kind person'

For 8-year-old Neveya Mckee, it's about having fun rather than winning. And for her mother Jezzika McKee, it's been about watching her daughter build confidence.

Water level to be lowered this fall at Virgin Lake to help eliminate carp

RUTHVEN — Virgin Lake, near Ruthven in Palo Alto County, will undergo a water level management project to improve its water quality and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will lower the water level in the 222-acre shallow natural lake this fall. The goal is to remove enough water from the lake in the coming months to allow managers to get rid of common carp.

Show & Shine: Southpark hosts annual tractor showcase

The Northwest Iowa Tractor Club is displaying antique and vintage tractors and trailers through Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Southpark Mall. This is the largest group of tractors on display at one time here at the mall. The newest tractor belongs to Jason Huisenga, a John Deere 4250, which is 38 years old; and the oldest tractor belongs to Dave Goosen, a John Deere A. The show is free to enjoy for all mallgoers. (Photos by Sue Loring)

State Auditor’s Office presents report following Emmetsburg AD, coach investigation

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand recently released a report on a special investigation of the Emmetsburg Community School District Student Activity Football Account and selected other activity accounts for the period July 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2021. The special investigation was requested by District officials as a result of concerns regarding certain financial transaction and fundraising activities administered by the high school football coach Mike Dunlap.

Seasons Center receives funding from Fund for Siouxland

As part of the Fund for Siouxland 2022 initiative, Seasons Center was awarded $1,180 to furnish a “Self-Care Room” at the Sioux City office location.

Secretary Pate named co-chair of national elections committee

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is the new co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State Elections Committee. Pate will serve for one year overseeing the important, bipartisan committee, along with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. They will work together to share best practices and help every state conduct smooth, clean elections.

3 new physicians join Spencer medical community

Two new radiologists and a hospitalist have joined the Spencer medical community.

Radiologists Drs. Tim Hurst and Louis Roemhildt have joined Dr. Nate Rohling of Midwest Radiology & Imaging, serving Spencer Hospital as well as other hospitals in northwest Iowa. Dr. Craig Simons has joined Spencer Hospital as a hospitalist, filling the vacancy due to Dr. Brian Dvorak’s retirement in September.

All three physicians have Midwest roots.

Award-winning author to visit Spencer library

As part of a Lunch and Learn program, the Spencer Public Library will be hosting an author talk with award winning Iowa author Joseph LeValley on Sept. 6 at noon. A light lunch will be provided by the library while LeValley will discuss his writing experiences as a former news reporter and current mystery author.

State auditor announces 2022 PIE winners

Auditor of State Rob Sand recently congratulated counties, cities and school districts across Iowa for participating in the Public Innovations and Efficiencies — PIE — program. Both the city of Fostoria and Sioux Central Community School District were among those recognized.

Iowa National Guard senior leaders visit Kosovo

Iowa National Guard leaders wrapped up a weeklong visit to Kosovo to foster and strengthen the state partnership with the Kosovo Security Force this week.

Maj. Gen. Ben Corell, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, and command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad, the command senior enlisted leader, joined the Kosovo Minister of Defense, U.S. Embassy personnel and KSF members in touring several cities to learn more about Kosovo history, traditions and culture.

The 2022 fair continues its mission of ag education

Fairgoers can expect lots of opportunities to learn more about one of Iowa’s largest industries ― agriculture ― at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

“Ag education has always been one of the core missions of the fair,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “This year we are excited to spread those educational opportunities across the entire fairgrounds.”

Students receive warm welcome back to school

Spencer students were welcomed back to school this week with open arms. Several Spencer schools kicked off their school year with school staff and other community members greeting students at the school doors with kind words and high-fives. With an enthusiastic greeting from their community, students were all smiles on their first day of school. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

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