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Sipping wine, rain or shine

Spencer residents braved Thursday evening’s rain to participate in Spencer Main Street’s annual Wine Stroll. Many groups traveled from store to store, sipping on unique samples as they shopped downtown. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Library patrons meet ‘Teddy Roosevelt’

Theodore Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand brought his show to the Spencer Public Library on Monday afternoon. While in character, the actor and historian taught patrons about Roosevelt’s life and presidency — while making good natured jabs about the modern day. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Chamber helps farmers to 'take a break'

The annual Take a Break event from the Spencer Chamber of Commerce has returned in full swing this year. Organized by the Spencer Chamber’s Ag Committee, volunteers have been going out into the fields to gift goodie bags to hard-working farmers.

SHS band closes successful season

The Spencer Tiger Marching Band took the field for competition for two weekend competitions. On Sept. 30, the band headed over to Algona for its Band Days Festival. After taking first in the parade march for Class 3A, the band earned fourth in the field show.

Seniors celebrate muddy win

Spencer’s senior football players, covered from head-to-toe in mud, celebrated a big football win — their second straight of the season — with senior fans at Dale Norton Field on Friday night, after downing Storm Lake 61-0 on Senior Night. (Photo by Sondra Hookfin)

Naig encourages propane consumers to plan ahead for winter

DES MOINES — With propane prices lower than last year and supply above the five-year average, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging propane consumers to make preparations ahead of the arrival of colder temperatures and winter conditions.

Iowa’s absentee voting period begins Wednesday

DES MOINES — Iowans who want to participate in early voting can begin casting ballots for the 2023 city-school election on Wednesday, Oct. 18. This marks the start of the absentee voting period and the first day Iowans can vote in person at their county election office. Oct. 18 is also the first day county auditors can mail absentee ballots to voters who requested them.

Get to Know: Blake Goss

Position: Spencer Chamber events and programs coordinator.

When were you hired: May 9, 2022.

Education: B.S. in sports, fitness and leisure studies from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Family: I come from a small family where I am the youngest. I was born and raised in a small west Texas town population of 600 where my family still resides today.


School board candidates make their case in forum

The three candidates vying for two seats on the Spencer School Board participated in a public forum ahead of the November election. At the City Council Chambers on Wednesday evening, incumbent board members Brea Schmidt and Philip Bieber who was appointed in February to fulfill the term of Jeremy Parsons who resigned — and longtime former member Dean Mechler voiced their opinions on education issues and shared their goals for the district.

2023 Spencer School Board Election Q&A

Philip Bieber

Age: 33.

Family: My wife, Jessica; son, Zeke (6, in kindergarten at Johnson Elementary); daughter, Nora (2).

Occupation: Certified public accountant.


Q: How long have you been a resident of Spencer?

A: We have lived in Spencer since June of 2017.


Q: What led you to pursue this seat on the school board?

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ to visit local library

History will be brought to life at the Spencer Public Library on Monday. Actor and historian Joe Wiegand will be putting on his Teddy Roosevelt Show on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

Summit Carbon hearing to resume Nov. 6

DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order addressing the remainder of the public evidentiary hearing dates regarding the petition for a hazardous liquid pipeline permit by Summit Carbon Solutions LLC for its proposed carbon capture pipeline. The public hearing will resume at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Cardiff Event Center in Fort Dodge.

Joint volunteer, family celebration at SCT

Spencer Community Theatre will recognize its families and volunteers during a special event Saturday. The theater’s Volunteer and Family Reunion Night will start with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by a picnic supper and celebration program.

Harvest sale at Gary’s Gardens this Saturday

Spencer resident Gary Holck loves opening up his garden every year for community members to shop for produce. Saturday, Gary’s Gardens — located one block south of St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer — will be open once again for a fall harvest sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holck will be providing pumpkins, squash, potatoes and carrots all grown from his garden. There will also be a new addition to the traditional harvest sale at Gary’s Gardens this year — a bake sale.

Oct. 23 deadline to request absentee ballots

Clay County voters interested in voting absentee for the Nov. 7, city-school election may file requests for absentee ballots with the Clay County Auditor’s Office.

Voters wishing to receive a ballot by mail for the city-school election will need to complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to the Clay County Auditor’s Office, 300 W. Fourth St., Suite 4, Spencer IA, 51301, before 5 p.m., Oct. 23.

ILCC hosts 9th Annual Heartland Honor Choir Concert

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department presents the 9th Annual Heartland Honor Choir on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus. The concert, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will showcase the musical talents of approximately 160 local singers across the region.

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