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Fall ‘Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged’ begin Monday

Arts on Grand and Carey’s Electronics are once again cooperating to present Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged this fall beginning on Oct. 17. This series will feature five films on consecutive Monday evenings running through Nov. 14. The films are screened upstairs at Carey’s, 220 Grand Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. This fall’s series features films from Britain, Hong Kong, France, South Korea and United Kingdom.

Iowa’s youth to vote on congressional, gubernatorial races on Oct. 25

DES MOINES — Thousands of students across Iowa will cast ballots for their preferred congressional and gubernatorial candidates in the upcoming Iowa Youth Straw Poll. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, two weeks before Election Day, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate will poll students on their choices. More than 120 schools have registered to participate so far.

ILCC receives $580K federal grant for veteran student success

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College receives a $587,298 grant to develop a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the Estherville and Emmetsburg campuses. The center, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will support the success of veteran students by coordinating services that address academic, financial, physical and social needs.

Changing leaves, crisp air means autumn is here, and so are fall camps at Lakeside Lab

OKOBOJI — Lakeside Lab and ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County are excited to partner for No School Camps and Homeschool Explore Camps this October and November. No School Camps for kindergarten to fourth grade students will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 28, a day off for Harris-Lake Park and Graettinger-Terril, Nov. 7, a day off for Okoboji and Oct. 11, a day off for Spirit Lake. If your student is not in these districts but still has the day off, they are welcome to attend.

Messiah Moments: Building on tradition

Rehearsals have started for this year’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Area singers can join the rehearsals on Sundays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Copies of the Messiah are available for purchase at the rehearsals. Additional information can be found on Facebook at “Spencer Messiah.”

End of life issues from a Catholic perspective

Join Siouxland Catholic Radio and Catholic United Financial, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 12:45 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the historic St. Boniface Rectory for an educational End of Life Workshop Series told through a uniquely Catholic perspective.

Ambassadors welcome new ASI branch manager

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors returned to Advance Services Inc. to meet the company’s growing recruiting team and congratulate Jessica Emery on her promotion to branch manager. (Photo submitted)

Sun sets on District 4A title battle

As the sun dropped from the sky, below the cornfield bordering the west end zone of Webster City’s football field Friday night, the Spencer Tigers warmed up ahead of their showdown with the Lynx among Class 4A, District 1 un-beatens. The Tigers broke a three-game slide against the Webster City squad, earning its first win again the Lynx, 49-40, since the 2018 season. (Photo by Sondra Hookfin)

Failed traffic stop results in collision

On Friday, at approximately 2 a.m., Spencer Police attempted to execute a traffic stop in the 100 block of East 24th Street for careless driving.

UDMO awarded an Iowa Nonprofit Innovation Grant

Upper Des Moines Opportunity Executive Director Julie Edwards announced the award of an Iowa Nonprofit Innovation Grant funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Market manager celebrates retirement from Spencer Farmers Market

Spencer Farmers Market will be bidding goodbye to one of its longtime vendors. Rhonda Eaton, market manager and vendor for the last 25 years, has announced her retirement from the local farmers market this year.

Eaton got her love of gardening from growing up on her family farm in Ruthven. As a place that has been home to her family for over 100 years, living there has ingrained in her the values of that lifestyle.

Festive fundraiser for pets

As a fundraiser for People for Pets, Century Farms Distillery hosted the Petoberfest Saturday. Committing to the merged theme of pets and Octoberfest, the distillery offered several pet-themed drinks and workers donned ears to match. Eventgoers had the chance to tour the People for Pets shelter and look at the cats and dogs available for adoption, participate in an auction and enjoy live entertainment. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Mural to match all 'Occasions'

A hand painted new mural hangs in what was formerly known as the Spencer Area Activity Center, now called Occasions. The mural is part of the center’s efforts to rebrand as a multi-use facility.

Juvenile injured in T-bone collision Thursday

On the morning of Oct. 6, at 6:55 a.m., the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of 350th Street and 240th Avenue — Clay County Road M-50.

Families take part in Halloween Hike

Kids, tweens and entire families turned up at Scharnberg Park Saturday to take part in a Halloween Hike, hosted by the Clay County Conservation Board. No shortage of unique and creative costumes were found on trick-or-treaters, along with spooky displays at each campsite to match the Halloween theme. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Ivy League educated Nguyen joins Abben Cancer Center

First impressions can make a big difference. Abben Cancer Center and northwest Iowa left a great first impression on Dr. D. B. Nguyen, an Ivy League trained and experience radiation oncologist, when he visited in 2019. That fond memory has drawn him to return to establish a full-time practice.

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