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Parkinson’s disease education at the Spencer YMCA in October

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer “A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease,” a three-session educational series, from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at the Spencer Family YMCA. The program is free and open to the public.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans and 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.

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Fitzgerald gives sneak peek of Top 10 Clay County unclaimed properties

DES MOINES — In advance of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt's fall publication, which will shine light on the individuals who were recently added to the state's unclaimed property database, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is giving us a sneak peek of new names in Clay County.

"The entire list of new names will be published soon, but here's a sneak peek into the top 10 unclaimed properties in your area," Fitzgerald said.


United Way holds kickoff, announces fundraising goal

United Way held its kickoff event for the year at Grand Avenue Community Outreach on Wednesday morning. Several local nonprofit agencies attended the kickoff to learn more about the organization and receive the assistance and information they applied for.

“The goal of the kick off is to give everybody their packets, but then to also have a couple of the groups that we are supporting highlight their particular missions,” Levi Morris, United Way board member, said.

Safest states in America

TOP Data has identified the safest states in America by comparing all 50 states across 37 relevant metrics distributed in six key dimensions: personal Safety, public safety, financial safety, mental health, transportation and infrastructure and public security the 2022 America's Safest States rankings showed Iowa as the No. 11 safest state in the nation.

Woodruff Construction to acquire Midstates Builders assets

FORT DODGE — Woodruff Construction, an employee-owned general contractor in Iowa, has agreed to acquire the assets of Midstates Builders Inc., in Spencer. The business opportunity fits into Woodruff’s plan to further expand into the northwest portion of the state, and will create its fifth region. Scheduled for Oct. 1, Midstates assets and their current employees will be merged as part of Woodruff Construction.

CARES to host carnival

SPIRIT LAKE — Community Advocates Ready to Empower Survivors, a local volunteer group supporting the Family Crisis Center, and the Center Against Abuse and Sexual Assault. These agencies support victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and other violent crimes in northwest Iowa, including Dickinson and Emmet counties.

County supervisors receive bid for Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building

Bids for the remodeling of the former Northwest Bank Building were received by the Clay County Board of Supervisors in a special meeting on Thursday. Now called the Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building, the facility will house Clay County Veterans Affairs and Clay County Attorney’s office.

NCC ranked 2nd in the nation

SHELDON — Northwest Iowa Community College was ranked among the top five in Best Community Colleges in the nation, according to a new report published by the personal finance website WalletHub. ranked NCC as second in the nation for Best Overall Community College and second in the Nation for career outcomes in their 2022 Best & Worst Community Colleges the Nation report.

Ambassadors welcome Northwest Iowa Counseling owners

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Northwest Iowa Counseling to meet new co-owners and care providers, Anne Peters and Amy Ondler. They have made several updates to their office since taking ownership in June and work to serve the mental health needs of infants and early childhood to adolescents, adults and individuals with Medicare. (Photo submitted)

28 new foods will entice stomachs at the CCF

Fairgoers to the 2022 Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, will have 28 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 10-18, including five that have been named as finalists for the sixth edition of the The World’s Greatest County Fair Food Contest.

“In our visitor surveys, fairgoers tell us one of the top reasons they attend the fair is for the food,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “This list of unique new foods will only add to our reputation as a nine-day foodie festival.”

Shayla Bee enjoys record turnout at annual BTBL event

The Shayla Bee Fund hosted its largest turnout yet for the annual Black Tie Black Leather Affair fundraiser with 560 people in attendance at Okoboji Classic Cars in north Miford. Matching the event’s prom theme, many of the guests were decked out in formal outfits — or adhered to the organization’s traditional black leather attire. Several Shayla Bee families were present at the fundraiser.

'She's a one of a kind person'

For 8-year-old Neveya Mckee, it's about having fun rather than winning. And for her mother Jezzika McKee, it's been about watching her daughter build confidence.

Water level to be lowered this fall at Virgin Lake to help eliminate carp

RUTHVEN — Virgin Lake, near Ruthven in Palo Alto County, will undergo a water level management project to improve its water quality and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will lower the water level in the 222-acre shallow natural lake this fall. The goal is to remove enough water from the lake in the coming months to allow managers to get rid of common carp.

Show & Shine: Southpark hosts annual tractor showcase

The Northwest Iowa Tractor Club is displaying antique and vintage tractors and trailers through Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Southpark Mall. This is the largest group of tractors on display at one time here at the mall. The newest tractor belongs to Jason Huisenga, a John Deere 4250, which is 38 years old; and the oldest tractor belongs to Dave Goosen, a John Deere A. The show is free to enjoy for all mallgoers. (Photos by Sue Loring)

State Auditor’s Office presents report following Emmetsburg AD, coach investigation

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand recently released a report on a special investigation of the Emmetsburg Community School District Student Activity Football Account and selected other activity accounts for the period July 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2021. The special investigation was requested by District officials as a result of concerns regarding certain financial transaction and fundraising activities administered by the high school football coach Mike Dunlap.

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