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Great Lakes Communication to expand broadband request

Great Lakes Communication Corporation recently submitted a proposal requesting county financial support to provide broadband in areas where the service isn’t currently available. During the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, it was revealed the provider would like to expand its current proposal.

Supervisors approve 2 loans for Oneota Environmental Learning Center

Clay County Conservation’s plan to construct the Oneota Environmental Learning Center has gotten closer to becoming a reality after receiving two loans. Spencer Municipal Utilities and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative have each agreed to loan Clay County $360,000 in accordance with the USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, a decision approved by the Clay County Board of Supervisors during their meeting on Tuesday.

Day care service opens at CC-E this week

After being discussed by the Clay-Central Everly School Board last month, a day care room for the Safari Childcare and Preschool opened at CC-E Monday.

“We are now servicing ages 4 weeks to 10 years of age, because we got our infant and toddler room approved,” said Dani Muller, owner of Safari. “Families could just give us a call and come take a tour anytime, and then registration we can do in house or via email.”

AccuWeather's 2022 US fall forecast

It has been a hot summer across the United States with the mercury frequently flirting with the 100-degree mark in countless cities and towns across the country and even some of the longest-duration heat waves in a decade. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those awaiting the return of hoodie weather, pumpkin-flavored beverages and even snow.

First responders receive resiliency training

Several local law officers participated in a resiliency training program hosted by the First Responders Foundation on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Director of Behavioral Health Jason Workman spoke to the officers about taking care of their mental health and demonstrated strategies for dealing with work-related stress in healthy ways. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Senator Grassley pays visit to Demco in Spencer

As part of his 99-county tour, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley stopped by Demco’s Spencer location Wednesday afternoon to tour the facilities and visit with staff.

Hospital board approves easement, jurisdiction agreement over former city property

In preparation for the construction of Spencer Hospital’s new emergency department, the Spencer Hospital’s Board of Trustees approved a property easement and transfer of jurisdiction agreements during its meeting on Thursday. The agreements transfer a portion of East 11th Street and First Avenue East from the city of Spencer to the hospital and provides for easement access.

Downtown ice cream social has successful turnout

Spencer residents cooled down amidst the humid August weather with a scoop of ice cream at Main Street’s Ice Cream Social event on Thursday. The event had a large turnout, with residents of all ages stopping by for a sweet treat. Families spent the evening enjoying outdoor games, face painting and a dish of ice cream paired with cookies from the Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Republicans sweep Iowa State Fair Straw Poll

DES MOINES — Republican candidates won all six races in Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s State Fair Straw Poll. Conducted on iPads at the secretary of state’s booth inside the Varied Industries Building, the poll gauged fairgoers’ support for candidates in Iowa’s U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor’s races. It was held throughout the State Fair, Aug. 11-21. More than 2,600 individuals cast votes.

  • Joshua Jeffrey Edwardson, 21, of Spencer, was held on a judgment entry at 3:55 p.m., Aug. 15.
  • Larry Steven Steece, 71, of Spencer, was charged with fourth-degree theft, greater than $300, less than $700 at 3:43 p.m., Aug. 16.
  • Tabetha Lee Wilson, 37, of Spencer, was charged with violation of a no contact order — domestic at 12:16 a.m., Aug.
SCT 63rd Mainstage Season announced

Spencer Community Theatre recently announced the show lineup for its 63rd Mainstage Season in 2022-23. Applications for production positions such as directors, music directors, choreographers, designers and stage managers are now open. To apply, visit SCT contributing memberships and season tickets will be available starting mid-August.


'Young Frankenstein!' — Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 2022

Iowa Lakes earns No. 1 ranking for community college aviation

ESTHERVILLE — The aviation and airport management program at Iowa Lakes Community College earned top national rankings. Flying Magazine has recently ranked Iowa Lakes Community College as the nation's leading community college aviation program and third among all college-based aviation programs in the United States.

The aviation and airport management program has been offered at Iowa Lakes for more than 40 years, with significant growth and expansion over the past three years.

Future Ready Iowa Summit announced

CEDAR FALLS — The 2022 statewide Future Ready Iowa Summit: All Options on the Table will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Iowa Events in Des Moines. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Ambassadors receive Gary's on the River update

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Gary's on the River to receive updates from property owner Dave Jacobsen on the new businesses at the location and to learn about the revitalized energy of the space. (Photo submitted)

New vendors join to celebrate the fair

There will be 66 new vendors joining the hundreds of returning favorite commercial exhibits and concessions at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

“The fair is renowned for the tremendous variety and quality of our commercial exhibits and concessions,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “We know shopping at the fair, whether it’s for your home or farm, is high on the priority list for many of our fairgoers.”

Mental and physical wellness

First Responders Foundation mission is “to serve and honor all our first responders, veterans and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work and enhance public safety.”

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