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Avera announces Dover new president, CEO

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — James “Jim” Dover a seasoned health care executive with more than 30 years of experience serving in leadership positions across a wide array of hospital and health systems, has been named the next president and chief executive officer of Avera Health, one of the largest not-for-profit rural health care systems in the Midwest. His first day with Avera will be Oct. 23.

Fridley in talks to expand Southpark location

Spencer’s movie theater located in the Southpark Mall is looking to expand its space and services. A plan was revealed to the Spencer City Council on Monday for the Southpark 7 — owned by Fridley Theatres — to add amenities to its theater.

Plans for new spec building move forward

Plans to bring a speculative building into the south part of town were given the go-ahead from the city on Monday. The Spencer City Council agreed to financially support a spec building in the South Technical Park in a 5-1 vote.

Pretty in Pink

Celebrate survivors, honor loved ones who have lost their breast cancer battle, support those who are currently undergoing cancer care and join in helping bring attention to the importance of increasing awareness of breast cancer screenings and treatment by participating in the 2023 Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., at Spencer Hospital.

Supervisors consider future economic development

Clay County is considering how it might bring economic development to the area. During its regular Tuesday meeting, the Clay County Board of Supervisors had a conversation about how the county can support economic growth in the future.

Questers Club honors Thiesen for 4-H historic project

Spencer’s Romanzo A. Coates Questers Club recently recognized and honored Lenix Thiesen, an eighth grade student at Spencer Middle School, with the 4-H Preservation and Restoration Award during the 2023 Clay County Fair. The award is similar to an existing Quester’s state-level award presented during the Iowa State Fair each year.

Spirit of Harmony presents ‘Chasing Our Dream’

Autumn is quickly approaching and Spirit of Harmony Chorus is preparing for its Fall Show, “Chasing Our Dream,” Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., in the Lauridsen Theatre at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.

Festival of Lessons and Carols moves to GUMC

The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held in Spencer on Sunday, Dec. 3, beginning at 3 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church. The community is invited to this annual program of music and the Christmas story. All singers in the community are invited to join the choir with rehearsals being held on Sunday nights. Rehearsals are on Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 7 p.m at Grace United Methodist church. For more information visit “Spencer Messiah” on Facebook.




Ambassadors visit Stay in Home Care and Medical Staffing, CAASA

(Above) The Ambassadors visited Stay in Home in Royal on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to celebrate their 13-year anniversary. Stay in Home Care & Medical Staffing is an in-home service provider that assists individuals and families in the northwest Iowa region.


After Thursday night’s extended performances by country legends Diamond Rio and JoDee Messina (below) before a large Clay County Fair crowd; a family emergency forced Saturday’s headliner Dylan Scott to depart for home. As the saying goes, “the show must go on.” Scott’s opening act, Ingrid Andreas (above) found herself stepping into the spotlight and she delivered before she was forced to depart the stage to fulfill previous engagements.

Fair Photos
  • Marshall Bormann shows off his 4-H project of UV bracelets.
  • Cindy McGranahan walks the catwalk in the fair’s first Apron Fashion Show.
  • Families gather to see a bald eagle up close.
  • Kids take a ride on the midway’s merry-go-round.
  • A cappella group Minor Mischief performs their medley.
  • Kids try out gadgets and experiments during the fair’s “Science Saturday.”
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'Let’s unify our country'

Presidential candidate Ryan Binkley came to the Clay County Fair on Friday to discuss his campaign with voters. Like his fellow Republican candidates, the Texan has spent the last few weeks in Iowa, making stops along the campaign trail.

‘Revive our national identity, answer what it means to be an American’

On its last day open, the Clay County Fair received a visit from presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. The Republican toured the fairgrounds and spoke to constituents Sunday afternoon, eager to connect with potential voters.

“When we meet people here, there’s no social media algorithms in the air between us — it’s a two-way personal connection running very deep,” Ramaswamy said. “It’s authentic and it gives me hope.”

'Nobody has the breadth of experience that I do'

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was one of several Republican presidential candidates at the Clay County Fair at the end of the week. Hutchinson stopped by the GOP booth to speak with constituents on Friday and continued his conversations during a stroll along the fairgrounds.

Hutchinson has enjoyed his campaign in Iowa throughout the past few weeks. As he spoke to Iowans, the former governor was pleased to see how many of them cared about politics.

Iowa attorney general stops by Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair received a visit from Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on Friday. The attorney general had lots of Clay County constituents speak to her at the GOP booth as well as come up to her as she walked along the fairgrounds.

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