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May is Beef Month: How important is cattle feeding to northwest Iowa?

ORANGE CITY — In total, 17 counties in northwest Iowa had over 1 million head of cattle and calves in 2021. These same northwest Iowa counties were home to over 81,000 beef cows and 64,000 dairy cows in 2021.

Subtracting the calves born, the cows and first-calf replacement heifers, there were an estimated 614,000 head of feedlot cattle that would have provided an estimated 392 million pounds of boneless retail beef.

In a class all by herself

When it came to selecting class colors, class verse and class quote for the Wallace Academy, part of the Spencer Christian Homeschool Co-op, there was little discussion or debate among the graduates … or should we say graduate. Elisabeth Wallace was the lone graduate for the local coop this year, so the decisions were all hers.

Honoring the fallen: Cuttell to keynote Memorial Day event

Twenty new American flags will be dedicated to the Avenue of Flags in honor of fallen loved ones who served in the military during Monday’s Memorial Day program, beginning at 10 a.m. in flag filled Riverside Cemetery. The service will follow the parade which will process west on Fourth Street to the cemetery beginning at 9:30 a.m.

June Primary Q&A: US Senate

Candidates both Republican and Democratic will enter contested primaries for the U.S. Senate seat on June 7.


Jim Carlin

Party Affiliation: Republican.

Age: 59.

City of Residence: Sioux City.

Family: Wife, Donna Carlin; Children, Westly, Whitney and Hannah; Grandchildren, Bennett, Anne, Clara.

Occupation: Lawyer.

Resident of Iowa: 31 years.

Summer food service for children begins Monday

Spencer Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

• May 31 through June 30: Grab & Go Meals

Hope Haven clients enjoy special ride

Clients of Hope Haven were in for a fun ride Tuesday morning, as community members offering to take them for a quick drive in a vintage car around the Clay County Regional Events Center.

May is National Foster Care Month: Western Iowa kids and teens need you

May is National Foster Care Month. While this month celebrates the parents who are dedicated to supporting Iowa children and their birth families, this is also a time to raise awareness for the hundreds of children who urgently need safe, temporary foster care.

SFD, Sunshine Services/Hope Haven working together

Spencer Sunshine Services/Hope Haven has been helping the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department with Fire Prevention Week the past three years. The Sunshine/Hope Haven team has stuffed approximately 1,500 packets the fire department handed out to schools during the week. Fire Prevention Week this year is Oct. 9-15, but it takes almost the entire month of October to visit all of the public and private schools, as well as the area preschools.

Interim SAAC board looks to future

The interim board for the Spencer Area Activity Center met Monday afternoon to discuss ideas for upcoming plans and projects for the center, including the election for SAAC’s new board members on June 9.

Kiwanis groups pairing for drive-thru Stolley Trail benefit

The Spencer DayBreakers and Hy-Noon Kiwanis will be preparing dinner and desert Tuesday, March 31, between 4:30-7 p.m., at their respective Clay County Fair stands. All proceeds will go to the Stolley Trail Fund to replace the deteriorating trail system. (Above) Work is completed on the west side of Stolleys with more work yet to be done. Made popular last year during COVID protocols, the two service clubs will be hosting the drive-thru event to benefit the project.

Council Bluffs woman cited in hit-and-run

On May 16, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, was advised of an alleged hit-and-run, which occurred at the intersection of 240th Avenue and 390th Street.

Chad Elliott supports Arts on Grand studio renovation

Arts on Grand welcomed artist, musician and old friend Chad Elliott to the gallery for a special performance Tuesday night. Elliott played several of his own compositions and raffled off one of his paintings to help kick off the renovation of Arts on Grand’s Multi-Purpose Studio Renovation.

Spirit of Harmony Chorus earns first at regional competition

Instead of traveling to Rochester, Minnesota, for their annual regional competition this year, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus gathered at The Venue in Spirit Lake on Saturday afternoon, April 23, to view the results of their virtual competition.

  • Lawrence Xavier Knox, 26, of Emmetsburtg, was arrested on May 11, at 9:55 a.m., on a judgment entry.
  • Joanne Marie Keyes, 57, of Spencer, was arrested at 9 a.m., May 11, and charged with felony forgery.
  • Eduardo Sanchez-Hildago, 34, Spencer, was arrested at 1:27 a.m., May 12, and charged with OWI — first offense, speeding and open container — driver 21-plus years of age.
  • Jennessa Lynn Zamarron Heckath, 30, of Spencer, was arrested at 11:34 a.m., May 12, and ch
Around Campus

ORANGE CITY — Melissa Lansink and Patricia Zimmermann were among 221 graduates to receive bachelor’s degrees at Northwestern College during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14. Twenty-seven students received Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, while the rest of the graduating seniors were granted Bachelor of Arts degrees. Lansink, of Sioux Rapids, graduated with a major in elementary education.

Iowa’s Last-Dollar Scholarship

SHELDON — Iowa community colleges are offering free tuition. It is absolutely true. It is made possible through a state of Iowa program called Future Ready Iowa — the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship. Future Ready Iowa is a workforce initiative that started in 2019 that connects Iowans to the training and education required for high-paying jobs and careers that improve Iowans lives.

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