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Sharing her passion: Local teen joins 4-H state leadership

For Gensley Ball, the 4-H program which has long been a part of the Ball family’s life, is more than just a way to pass the time while continuing her high school education.

Gensley was among 40 individuals across Iowa and one of nine in the Northwest Iowa District selected from more than 190 who applied to serve on the State 4-H Youth Council this upcoming year.

Seasons Center receives $4,600 Community Foundation Grant

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health received a $4,600 grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation for therapeutic respite care for children and young adults in Emmet County.

The beautification of Lake Street

ARNOLDS PARK — Imagine Iowa Great Lakes announced the completion and grand opening of Lake Street at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference on July 9, at 2 p.m.

Outdoors: Round Lake Wildlife Area is a gem hidden in plain sight

Round Lake has to be the easiest wildlife area to get to in the state. Sitting a mile east off of I-29 at the Highway 127 Mondamin exit, is the 430-acre mix of wetlands, timber and prairie in western Harrison County.

Primarily used by hunters, Round Lake can be especially good for duck hunting when the wetland has water, said Doug Chafa, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Missouri River Wildlife Unit.

Donors give 71 units of blood

LifeServe Blood Center came to the community of Spencer for a blood drive on June 21. A total of 37 units of blood were collected, saving an sustaining the lives of 111 people in need. LifeServe Blood Center would like to recognize donors that achieved milestone donations at this blood drive. They are:

• 1 gallon — Brain Mohr and Jeremy Keefer.

• 3 gallons — Seth McCaulley.

Business Brief: Maas named director of government guaranty lending

Joe Conover, president of Northwest Bank, Spencer, announced Lisa Maas as director of government guaranty lending. Maas has more than 16 years of experience in the banking industry, with the past seven years emphasis in small business administration lending developing her as an expert in this vital area of banking. She will work with all 19 Northwest Bank locations in originating and servicing SBA loans, enhancing the bank’s outreach and knowledge in this area.

Potential for severe weather later Tuesday

AccuWeather forecasters say summer heat will continue to set the stage for damaging thunderstorms this week as millions of residents find themselves in the path of potent storms for several days in a row.

Large supporter, legislative turnout at Feenstra Picnic

A large gathering of supporters turned out to support U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra at the second annual Feenstra Family Picnic at the Dean Classic Car Museum in Sioux Center on Thursday. Several state and national representatives were also in attendance to show support for Feenstra, including Gov. Kim Reynolds.



Rider transported following cycle crash

Kip Ireland, 57, of Humboldt, was taken to Spencer Hospital by ambulance after he was ejected from the motorcycle he was riding in the 200 block of 11th Street SE in Spencer. The accident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m., June 27.

A reporting party stated that the driver of the 2006 Harley Davidson was traveling westbound on 11th Street SE when he was ejected off from the motorcycle. The reporting party stated Ireland hit his head an lost consciousness and had a seizure.

Mainstreet Market sets July 14 start

The Spencer Art Alliance and Spencer Main Street Inc. announced the dates and live music scheduled for the five arts, farmers market, and entertainment events for the 2022 summer. Mainstreet Market will begin July 14 with five scheduled weeks.

Mainstreet Market events open to the public at 5 p.m. each night, with music performance beginning around 6 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m.

Kirby Place Hospitality House opens near Avera McKennan campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Avera announces the opening of Kirby Place, an expanded hospitality house for patients and families near the campus of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

Joe and Jennifer Kirby, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gave a lead gift to the Home for Hope Campaign to expand and renovate patient and family lodging.

Superintendent concerned about impact of open enrollment change

The Iowa open enrollment deadline has been eliminated in a new law signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 21, Spencer Schools Superintendent Terry Hemann reported during the school board meeting on Tuesday. The removal of the previous deadline, which went into effect immediately, could cause some problems for schools going forward Hemann said.

Dickens woman charged following collision

DICKENS — A 38-year-old Dickens woman was charged with felony second-degree mischief and taken to Clay County Jail following a collision involving a pair of vehicles in Dickens on June 28.

Evening Shade’s Lodge rededicated on 150th anniversary

Evening Shade No. 312 rededicated its Lodge and its charter commemorating the 150th anniversary. In January of 1872, eight Spencer men submitted articles of organization to the Grand Lodge of Iowa after being recommended by Prudence Lodge of Algona to raise Evening Shade Lodge No. 312. On June 5, 1872, Grand Lodge granted the Charter.

Supervisors updated on carbon pipelines

The possibility of carbon pipelines being constructed through Clay County has been a heavy discussion among landowners and county officials for almost a year. During their Tuesday meeting, the Clay County Board of Supervisors received a project update from representatives of the companies looking to construct the pipelines, Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator Heartland Greenway.

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