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School board approves Classroom Clinic agreement for second year

The Spencer School Board approved a services agreement with Classroom Clinic, a program which provides rural school districts with timely and convenient access to children’s mental health services, for 2022-23 school year.

Summer Reading Program closes with splash

As the Spencer Public Library’s Summer Reading Program nears its end, the library celebrated with a water fight for its young patrons to participate in. The Spencer Fire Department supplied a truck, hoses and a tank full of water to help kids cool off in the summer sun. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Nonparty political organization and nonaffiliated filing changes

Clay County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Ann Baschke announced pursuant to a federal court order, the filing period for candidates for nonparty political organizations and nonaffiliated persons for the upcoming general election, Nov. 8, has changed.

Sacred Heart and volunteers clean up Oneota playscape

Approximately 30 kids from Spencer’s Sacred Heart Summer Care and other young volunteers enjoyed an outdoors volunteering experience as they helped clean up the Oneota playscape on Tuesday.

Northwest Bank raises donations for Clay County Relay for Life

Northwest Bank held a community shred day on June 10 at its bank location in Spencer. The event allowed community members to dispose of confidential paperwork easily and securely. Overall, the event raised $749 by collecting freewill donations.

Ready Seth Go: Gates and walls

I've been thinking a lot about the words of two U.S. senators.

One is Iowa's own U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who recently visited the country's southern border to see first-hand how the country monitors said border and — ideally — prevents people from illegally entering the United States.

Ernst described what she saw as horrific — and I can't deny that she's right.

Students attended SkillsUSA Conference

EMMETSBURG — Caleb Robinson and Jacob Tuttle, two Iowa Lakes Community College students, attended the 58th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 20-24. The yearly national conference showcased state contest winners competing in their respective career, technical and leadership divisions.

Online and distance learning featured at ILCC board meeting

ALGONA — The Iowa Lakes Community College board of trustees met Tuesday afternoon for their regularly scheduled board meeting on the Algona campus.

Robert Leifeld, vice president of administration, began Tuesday’s meeting by introducing Theresa Waechter, Algona campus supervisor. Wachter provided a campus update and shared her excitement for the upcoming school year.

Ambassadors welcome chamber, school staff

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited the Spencer Schools Central Office welcoming several new staff members to the chamber and Spencer School System. New team members are Dr. Angie Hanson, director of school improvement; Blake Goss, chamber programs and events coordinator; Maggie Ostrum, chamber office and finance coordinator, and Alex Dreier, chamber work based learning assistant. (Photo submitted)

Council tours waste treatment plant, landfill

A unique Committee of the Whole meeting took place Monday night as Spencer’s City Council were given a bus tour of some of the city’s public works facilities.

The first stop was at the city’s waste treatment plant, where the council was given an update on the facility’s current operations and keeping future economic development in mind as the city’s sewer system is considered.

Summer Sizzler III attracts top state Democrats

The Dickinson County Democrats “Summer Sizzler III” will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Dickinson County Expo Center in Spirit Lake. Doors Open at 5 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m., and the evening program begins at 7 p.m.

  • John Randy Quail, 68, of Spencer, was charged at 4:59 p.m., July 15, with violation of a no contact order-domestic.
  • Jonathan Lee Guider, 29, of Spencer, was charged at 10:59 p.m., July 15, with violation of probation.
  • Carl Allen Leggett, 59, of Spencer, was charged at 9:49 a.m., July 16, with driving while barred, failure to provide proof of financial liability, operating without registration/plate and driving under suspension.
  • Alexander Clayton Plemmons,
Clay County Heritage’s Lunch & Learn programs return

Clay County Heritage’s Lunch & Learn program will be starting up again next week, with programs on July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28 at noon. Up to 25 people may attend each session by calling the Heritage Center at 712-262-3304 to reserve a spot.

Care for the caretakers

Working with the First Responders Foundation, area emergency service agencies will host a free Resiliency Training for regional first responders from 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 23 and 25 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. This two-hour Resiliency Training enables participants to learn how to expend, recover, heal and replenish resiliency to maintain healthier lives and careers.

New performers featured in fair strolling and grounds acts

A talking plant, a one handed juggler and frisbee dogs are just a few examples of the more than $180,000 in entertainment that will be offered free to fairgoers during the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

“One of the fair’s best traditions is giving you free entertainment around every corner,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “We’re excited this year to present a great combination of fair favorites and brand-new acts.”

Study ranks Iowa as 3rd most caring state

Iowa has ranked third in the country for the most caring states, according to a study from free online resource outlet for older Americans, Aging in Place. Combined with its overall care ranking, seven out of 10, Iowa performed above average compared to the other 50 states.

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