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SHS earns national award for exchange program participation

Spencer High School has received national recognition for its efforts to welcome international exchange students.

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WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has granted scholarships to 109 current and future college students looking to further their post-high school education within the agricultural industry. Spencer’s Aubrie Stell, daughter of Melissa Stell, attending South Dakota State University, was among 27 scholarship recipients.

Schlueter joins 2024 RiseFest lineup

SHELDON — RISE Ministries announced a new artist for RiseFest 2024, Seph Schlueter.

“This year my team and I are praying for 25,000-plus one festivalgoers at RiseFest 2024 to redeem a record set 100 years ago in our community by 25,000 (Ku Klux) Klan members,” RISE Ministries Founder and President Rob Rozeboom said. “We believe adding Seph to an already incredible lineup will help make that a possibility.

Spirit of Harmony to present Friends and Family Night

The Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present their annual Friends and Family Night. The performance will be conducted Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 27th St., in Spirit Lake. The show features barbershop vocal selections they will be singing at their spring 2024 Regional Competition in Rochester, Minnesota, the first weekend in May. This award winning chorus is made up of women from many local communities brought together in a sisterhood of song.

Spencer Main Street honored at state meeting

DES MOINES — Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards celebration last Friday evening in Des Moines. Fourteen projects were honored and Spencer Main Street was among them. The program honors the efforts of local leaders who work tirelessly to revitalize Iowa’s downtowns and Main Street districts.

Ambassadors help cut ribbon at 154i

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Logan and Darcy Wood's new business, 154i, Tuesday morning. This venture specializes in web design, marketing, internet marketing and boosting companies online visibility. (Photo submitted)

‘A guy who is always willing to step up and get involved’

A special, freewill offering, gathering to celebrate 2023 Citizen of the Year Bill Kersting and recognize past recipients will be conducted on Tuesday, April 30, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The short program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


Southpark theater renovation on pace for June completion

Fridley Theatre’s plans to expand, enhance, and rebrand the Southpark 7 movie theater in Spencer are moving along quickly, said company president Russell Vanorsdel during an April 19 tour of the facility.

SMU honored with national safety award

WASHINGTON — Spencer Municipal Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2023. The utility earned a gold award in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

Rev your engines: Rodders Swap Meets expect early Sunday start

The 28th annual Rodders Swap Meet returns to the Clay County Fairgrounds bright and early next Sunday when gates open at 6 a.m. Organized by Denny Houseman. All vendors are welcome, with no preregistration required. Participating vendors are expected to set up between 2-7 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

IGLLS: The blessing of Christian education for 25 years

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School hosted a three-day celebration commemorating the school’s 25th anniversary. One of the most popular youth-targeted events was conducted Saturday morning in the school’s gym where students and families gathered together for the carnival. Games of skill and chance, bouncy houses and obstacle courses, a cake walk and photo opportunities made for a fun event — in the midst of a breakfast in the gathering area of the attached First English Lutheran Church.

20th CCF Queen anniversary to feature 4 teens

Four young ladies will compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, April 28, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Clay County Fair Queen Contest.


Spencer, Sioux Central and Okoboji high schools all hosted their spring proms Saturday night. While the exciting evening often includes nice meals, a grand march, music and dancing, snacks, and an a fun late night after-prom. But beforehand is when the magic happens — preparation for the big night and pictures with a date, family and friends.


Adult programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


April 1-30

CCCF hand out '24 rewards

Clay County Community Foundation’s mission statement reads, “Connecting donors who care with causes that matter.” In the case of most of these grants presented, the “donor” is the state of Iowa. In 2005, any county that did not have a licensed gaming facility was offered the chance to share in that revenue by forming a county foundation, which Clay County did. Seventy-five percent of those dollars allocated to us from the State each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

Farm to Fork FUNdraiser fills ballroom

Supporters of the Clay County Fair Charitable Foundation enjoyed an evening of food, fun and silent auction bidding in an effort to generate supportive dollars at the Farm to Fork FUNdraiser Thursday night, filling the Clay County Regional Events Center ballroom. The $100 ticket, with all proceeds going to the foundation to support special fair projects, included a bottle of wine on each specially decorated table.

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