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2023 ACA health insurance open enrollment approaches

DES MOINES — Open enrollment for Iowans purchasing or changing their Affordable Care Act individual health coverage for 2023 runs Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Jan. 15.

"The time for Iowans to be thinking about health insurance coverage for 2023 is now,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. "Employers are also offering choices, but for Iowans looking to the individual market, the time to enroll is coming very soon.”

Parkinson’s Disease Conference Oct. 27 in Okoboji

SPIRIT LAKE — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and local advocates have teamed up to bring an educational Parkinson’s Disease Conference to Okoboji on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 12:30-5 p.m. at Maser Monarch Lodge located on the campus of the Dickinson County Nature Center on Nature Center Road.

Outdoors: Monarch conservation effort report highlights Iowans’ hard work

Iowa has been steadily adding new habitat for monarch butterflies over the past couple of years. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium recently released its Monarch Conservation Effort Report, which offers a snapshot of monarch habitat establishment through 2020 in all 99 counties across the state.

Outdoors: Learn to Hunt program opens registration for upland bird panel discussion

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is offering a virtual program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook upland birds to those with little or no upland bird hunting experience.

The workshop will be held via Zoom, on Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Experienced instructors will teach the basics skills and strategies needed to hunt pheasants. The workshop is designed for participants age 16 and older. There is no fee to participate.

SCT kicks off 63rd season with 'Young Frankenstein'

As Halloween season officially begins, the Spencer Community Theatre will be welcoming the spookiest month of the year with their production of “Young Frankenstein,” the first production of its 63rd Mainstage Season. Performances of “Young Frankenstein” will be at the SCT Playhouse on Oct. 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Based on a movie and a musical by Mel Brooks, “Young Frankenstein” is a comedic spoof of the Frankenstein legend.

Iowa House District 6 Q&A


James Eliason

Age: 69.

Party Affiliation: Democrat.

City of Residence: Storm Lake.

Family: Brother and sister.

Occupation: Retired college professor.


Q: Resident of the district for how long?

A: 20 years.


Q: Previous political experience?

2nd forum features Iowa House District 6 opponents

The two candidates seeking the opportunity to represent the newly redistricted Iowa House District 6, incumbent Rep. Megan Jones, of Sioux Rapids, and challenger James Eliason, of Storm Lake, met for a public forum Wednesday night in council chambers at Spencer City Hall for a live, hourlong, Q&A session. The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, nationwide.

Sipping while shopping: Main Street holds 12th annual Wine Stroll

Spencer residents shopped downtown for some tasty refreshments with their purchases during Main Street’s 12th annual Wine Stroll on Thursday. The popular downtown event had strollers braving the chilly weather to sample the unique offerings at each store. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Scharnberg campers ready for Halloween Hike Saturday

The Clay County Conservation Board will host its annual Halloween Hike at Scharnberg Park, near Everly, from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Area youth are encouraged to come out, in costume, and trick or treat through the campground which will feature Halloween-decorated campsites. Those attending are encouraged to bring canned food items which will be donated to Upper Des Moines food bank. Campers will not be allowed to enter the grounds after 5:30 p.m. Trick-or-treaters are asked not to arrive early.

Petoberfest challenge

October is National Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month and is also Petoberfest, a fundraiser for People for Pets of Spencer. Petoberfest is Saturday at the Century Farms Distillery. A nonprofit no-kill animal shelter serving northwest Iowa and beyond, People for Pets is a safe haven and adoption center for unwanted, abused and stray pets. People for Pets receives no federal, state or city support to maintain operations. (File photo)

Pate launches updated Voter Ready website ahead of Nov. 8 general election

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate continues his “Voter Ready” outreach initiative by unveiling a fresh, updated website ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. is a one-stop shop for Iowa voters. They can register to vote, download an absentee ballot request form, track the status of their request, look up their polling place, and find important dates and deadlines for the election all in one place.

Corridor communities proclaim October ‘Manufacturing Month’

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation was joined by county supervisors and city officials this week to proclaim October as Manufacturing Month in their respective communities.

DOT officials recommend alterations to south US 71 intersections

The Spencer City Council met with representatives from the Iowa Department of Transportation on Monday to discuss possible alternatives to intersections on the south end of town along U.S. Highway 71. Upon completing a traffic study from 18th Street Southwest to Seventh Avenue Southwest, the DOT came up with interim and permanent solutions to the intersections.

Council rejects bid for intake replacement

An intake replacement project for the city of Spencer was pushed back when the Spencer City Council rejected a project bid from Cory Jurgens Construction at $68,345 on Monday. The city did not accept the bid because it was higher than both the engineer’s estimate and the project budget.

County approves application for railroad elimination funding

The Clay County Board of Supervisors approved a funding application for a railroad elimination project for almost a mile of road crossing over railroad track on East Fourth Street. The funding is offered through Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a federal bill which provides funds for infrastructure projects including road work.

Absentee ballot requests may be filed

Clay County voters interested in voting absentee for the Nov. 8 general election may file requests for absentee ballots with the Clay County auditor’s office.

Due to 2021 legislation, the time period to request absentee ballots has gone from 120 days to 70 days. The new legislation has also shortened the number of days that the auditor’s office may have ballots available for absentee voting. Voters now have 20 days to vote absentee either by mail or in-person rather than 29 days.

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