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STORM LAKE — Buena Vista University congratulates more than 300 students who graduated in spring 2023. Those on the list include:

• Sydney Salton, of Dickens, graduated with a Master of Science in Education in counseling (professional school counseling track).

• Margaret Doyle, of Spencer, graduated with a Master of Science in Education in counseling (professional school counseling track).

McCreary’s Catering unveils rebrand

McCreary’s Creative Catering, a local company in Spencer, owned and operated by Mark and Cassie McCreary, announced its rebranding as McCreary’s Hospitality, marking a significant milestone in the company’s evolution. This comprehensive rebranding effort brings together McCreary’s Catering; The Dock, a cafe located in north Spencer, serving Iowa Lakes Community College students and the public; a food truck; and their building at the Clay County Fair under one cohesive brand umbrella.

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Goede recognized

John Goede, of Spencer, with Century21 ProLink out of Le Mars, was awarded the Emeritus Award by the National Association of Realtors by Associate Executive Krista Stafford. This award is given to agents who have been a Realtor for 40 years. Goede has been very involved on committees with the national, state and local Realtor associations, as well as teaching education classes to new and renewing agents.


Ambassadors join UDMO for ribbon cutting

Spencer Chamber Ambassadors cut the ribbon at the new home of Upper Des Moines Opportunity, at 19 10th St. SW, in Spencer recently. The new facility offers room to spread items out and get organized with designated spaces for food pantry shelving, baby room, birthday room, special project prep area and waiting area. (Photo submitted)

Strouth hired as new Corridor CEO

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced Thursday the hire of Curt Strouth as the new president and chief executive officer for the regional economic development organization serving Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. Strouth will assume his responsibilities with the Corridor in August.

Shayla Bee Fund welcomes second set of Spirit Lake triplets

The Spencer-based Shayla Bee family keeps on growing.

The regional nonprofit, which supports families across the region whose children experience a medical crisis, and organizers brought their second set of triplets into the fold Saturday.

Oneota hosts veterans event

A free day focused on appreciation, with a dose of information, and support for veterans, active military and their families, was conducted Saturday for the public at Oneota Park and Cabin in Spencer. An idea spurred by Heather Warren, veteran career planner for Iowa Workforce Development, and a planning committee of regional veteran’s services agencies, kicked off the day at 11 a.m., with informational booths and displays available.

Mancini featured on Muni Band concert

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the baton of Tom Rutt, will be presenting their weekly concert of music in the park this Thursday at 7 p.m. The band is made up of area musicians and is supported by the city of Spencer and the Spencer Community Schools.

Herman’s Hermits returning to the CCF

The Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, announce Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, with special guest The Association, will be part of the SRG Concert Series on the Bud Light Stage at the 2023 Clay County Fair on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

CCCF welcomes new Executive Director Batschelet

Thursday, the Clay County Community Foundation welcomed Terri Batschelet as the new executive director for the organization. Batschelet, born and raised in Royal, earned her degree at Iowa State University and has deep experience in organizational leadership, planning, developing and executing programs and in coordinating volunteer efforts.

Boys Town to mark 70 years in Okoboji

Representatives of Boys Town gathered Saturday with area supporters as they looked ahead to next month's Blue Water Bash. The annual fundraiser support the Nebraska nonprofit's Camp Okoboji, which will mark its 70th anniversary this year.

Recognizing Elder Abuse Month

Elder Abuse Awareness Month in June. In observance and awareness of elder abuse the lights on Grand Avenue purple the week, June 12-17. Anyone who knows someone age 60-plus that may be at a risk or is experiencing some type of neglect or abuse, contact Elderbridge Agency on Aging at 1-800-243-0678. They can help them sort through challenges and identify possible solutions. Mayor Steve Bomgaars signed a proclamation of Elder Abuse Awareness. (Photo submitted)

Lawn & Garden: Make gardening with kids enjoyable

Gardening is good for the mind, body and spirit. It is also good for the youngsters in our lives. Research shows gardening helps relieve stress, improve focus, positively impacts mood and psychological well-being, builds a sense of confidence and more.

Look for creative ways to get children involved in gardening. Tap into other interests or skills like art, reading, writing, insects, math and computers if you need to persuade reluctant participants into growing plants.

Hy-Noon Kiwanis recognized

Past President Andrew Hasley and Fairstand Committee member Tim Steffen accepted a Certificate of Achievement from the Nebrask-Iowa District for their annual fundraising project, the Cookie Bucket & Hot Beef Sundae stand on the Clay County Fairgrounds. District Lt. Gov. Julie Weaver, also a member of Hy-Noon, presented multiple certificates to the club at a recent Monday noon meeting. Karen Buchholz was also honored for her work as a club secretary.

Midstates donate to People for Pets in Wampler’s memory

A $5,000 donation from Midstates Builders Inc. was made in May 2023 to People for Pets to kick-off their annual fundraiser Petoberfest. This $5,000 donation was made by Midstates Builders Inc. in memory of Craig Wampler, the company’s former president who passed away last November. Craig and his wife, Kirsten, owned and operated the business from 2007 until 2022 when Craig’s health declined. and they sold the business assets.

'Our Bookshelf’ virtual program for parents of preschoolers offered

Are you the parent of a preschooler? Did you know that parents can prepare their children to read by reading to them? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County is offering “Our Bookshelf,” a four-week virtual program for parents of preschoolers, on Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, starting at 7 p.m. “Our Bookshelf” focuses on a research-based reading technique called dialogic reading, which is designed to increase prereading skills in children aged 3-6.

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