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Middle school debuts first theater production 'Frozen Jr.'

Spencer Middle School will debut its first ever theater production this weekend. Sponsored by the Spencer Fine Arts Boosters, the middle school will put on “Frozen Jr.” at Spencer High School’s newly renamed Larry M. Untiet Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Women’s Health Event offers mammon, munchies, massages

Women are encouraged to take time for themselves and enjoy a Ladies’ Night Out health and wellness event on Thursday, March 23, between 5-7 p.m. at Spencer Hospital.

“As busy women, too often we don’t make our health needs a priority,” explained Susan Zulk, VP of marketing at Spencer Hospital. “Ladies Night Out will be a fun evening designed to encourage women to focus on themselves and their good health.”

Mayor declares March 20 Bob Rose Day

Mayor Steve Bomgaars made a proclamation on Monday honoring a longtime Spencer resident, leader and community volunteer. In conjunction with his 90th birthday, it was declared March 20, 2023, would be Bob Rose Day in the city of Spencer.

Nicknamed “Mr. Spencer” due to his active role in the community and vast knowledge of the town’s history, Bomgaars said Rose has been instrumental in support and dedication to the city of Spencer.

Summit Carbon engineering manager addresses carbon pipeline concerns

Concerns from landowners about a proposed carbon pipeline from Summit Carbon Solutions crossing through Clay County were addressed by a company representative on Tuesday. Eric Welch, pipeline engineering manager for Summit Carbon, answered some questions county landowners had at a meeting of the Clay County Board of Supervisors.

City approves plans, contracts for upcoming projects

Several upcoming city projects received approval from the Spencer City Council on Monday, including a sidewalk project, improvements at the North Y and at the 18th Street bridge.

The upcoming sidewalk project will install new walks and ADA ramps on the east side of Fifth Avenue East from East 16th Street up to East 19th Street. The city awarded the contract to Mulder Concrete $144,076, which was 78% of the engineer’s bid.

Portion of East 11th Street closes to public May 1

Approximately two blocks of East 11th Street in Spencer will permanently close to through traffic on May 1 associated with the construction of Spencer Hospital’s new emergency department and campus expansion.

Clay County audit report released

Winther, Stave & Co., LLP has released an audit report on Clay County for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022.

The county had local tax revenue of $36,165,909 for the year ended June 30, 2022, which included $2,929,766 in tax credits from the state. The county forwarded $26,762,631 of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities and other taxing bodies in the county.

Regional show hosted at AOG

The Iowa Artists Regional Show for Areas 1 & 4 will be held on Saturday, April 15, at Arts on Grand in Spencer from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Any artist residing in the following counties can enter up to three new, original works: Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmett, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury.

Sioux Central FFA members compete in subdistrict, district competitions

On Feb. 10, high school students competed in CDEs and LDEs at the subdistrict level at Sioux Central. There was a lot of preparation needed as the Sioux Central FFA hosted subdistricts this year.

Teams advancing to districts were: public speaking, creed speaking, ag broadcasting, ag issues and perceptions, parliamentary procedure, conduct of meetings and chapter program. Also performing was: ag sales, chapter test and greenhand quiz.

Patriot’s Pen Winners

Spencer VFW Post 3159 and Auxiliary announced their Patriot’s Pen Winners. The theme for the essays was “My Pledge to Our Veterans.” From the left are Bonnie Pullen-Lehman, president of the Auxiliary; winners Emily Pan, Ava Michels and Candace Lindsay; and Frank Lehman, VFW commander. Michels, daughter of Melissa Michels, won first place and received a notebook and $45. Lindsay, daughter of Kayla Kramer, won second place and received a notebook and $35.

Students ‘Dig In’ to healthy breakfast options at school

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Spencer Community School District schools celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 6-10.

According to a press release from the Spencer school district, the NSBW campaign theme, “Dig In to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that healthy breakfast options available at school provide an energizing start to the day for students.

Ambassadors cut ribbion at Helfire Upholstery

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors helped cut the ribbon at the new Helfire Upholstery shop in Spencer. Business owner Sharon Johannsen offers a range of upholstery services for furniture, auto interiors, boat cushions, even ATV and motorcycle seats. (Photos submitted)

Bill would eliminate requirement to publish public notices in Iowa newspapers

Copyright, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 3-8-2023

A bill approved Wednesday by an Iowa Senate committee would create a new state website to publish public notices and eliminate a long-standing requirement for cities, schools and other entities to publish the notices in newspapers.

Legislators join final Eggs & Issues of 2023

Saturday, area legislators attended the final Eggs & Issues legislative forum of 2023, hosted by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce. Coming off the first funnel week of the 2023 Legislative Session, Reps. Megan Jones and John H. Wills, and Sens. Dave Rowley and Lynn Evans spoke about surviving legislation.

Sioux Central FFA receives $2,000 grant for greenhouse

STORM LAKE ― Sioux Central FFA received a $2,000 grant for its FFA greenhouse. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s Working Here Fund.

The Working Here Fund Grant will be used to build a greenhouse with current technology, such as automatic watering and climate control. This project will allow students to learn how to manage business as well as a commercial greenhouse.

Preparations underway for May lecture series

Though March may be Iowa History Month, the Spencer Historic Preservation Commission always has a special lecture series prepared for May. The commission has been hard at work planning a series of presentations throughout the month of May on historical events and structures in the town.

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