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CCCF distributes 2024 grant awards

Clay County Community Foundation’s mission statement reads, “Connecting donors who care with causes that matter.” In the case of most of these grants presented, the “donor” is the state of Iowa. In 2005, any county that did not have a licensed gaming facility was offered the chance to share in that revenue by forming a county foundation, which Clay County did. Seventy-five percent of those dollars allocated from the state each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

Arts on Grand exhibit reception Thursday

Arts on Grand will host a reception for its newest studio exhibit, “Barns & Blooms,”  by artist Cecelia Comito, from 4-6 p.m., Thursday at the studio with all the works on display.

AOG’s celebration, “Colors of Rural Iowa,” had this particular exhibit debut Friday, May 3 and will remain on display through June 24.

Public able to view 'downtown upstairs'
SMU recognized as reliable electric service

SPENCER—Spencer Municipal Utilities (has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2023. 

The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

Camp, Farmers Market, livestock ID events upcoming

By Michele Hogrefe

Clay County Extension Office Manager


The months of May and June are always exciting at the Clay County Extension office. 4-H livestock are being ID’d, summer programming is kicking off, and the Clay County Fair is around 100 days away.

Ag Briefs

Webinar: Fermenting Whey to Produce Spirits

ORANGE CITY — The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 1 p.m. 

The program will feature Curt Basina from Copper Crow Distillery discussing the fermentation and distillation of lactose sugar found in whey to produce ethanol. 

Spencer Public Library Programs

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers. 


Thursday, May 16 — 2 p.m.

Hero Coach: 2 boys rescued from flooded river

On May 9, at approximately 5 p.m., the Spencer Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance complaint in the 600 block of Fourth Street SE in Spencer.

Arts on Grape celebrates ‘the Derby’

Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for Arts on Grand, was a success, AOG Executive Director Megan Pedersen said. There were approximately 80 in attendance, sporting their Kentucky Derby finest, from surrounding towns who enjoyed a meal by Teresa Stueben and the Clay County Cattlemen. The evening's events included a game of chance, betting on the winning horse of the actual Kentucky Derby and silent auction items, donated by our local businesses and local artists.

Clay County Supervisors Candidate Q&A

Art Hamrick

  • Party Affiliation: Republican
  • Age: 70
  • Family: wife, Mary; children, Renee and Samantha


Q: How long have you been a resident of Clay County?

A: I am a lifelong resident of Clay County.


Q: What experience do you have that makes you the right choice for the job?

Zulk, longtime Spencer Hospital VP of marketing, retires

Spencer Hospital’s cafeteria was unusually busy Wednesday afternoon as friends, family and co-workers gathered to celebrate Susan Zulk, the hospital’s retiring vice president of marketing and fund development.

Spencer seeing business growth amid workforce challenges

Spencer area businesses are growing, but some significant headwinds are slowing the city’s growth, according to a recent report presented to the Spencer City Council on May 6.

Spencer city manager to retire in September

After almost three years serving as Spencer's city manager, Dan Gifford announced at Monday night's City Council meeting that he will retire at the end of September.

Gifford has been Spencer’s city manager since 2021, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city government and all departments. He cited the lengthy process of recruiting a new city manager as the reason for providing over four months' notice of his retirement.

Memorial Day planners seeking volunteers ahead of remembrance


The Avenue of Flags committee is needing volunteers to help look for pipe holes at Riverside Cemetery on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. Please wear old clothing, work gloves, a screwdriver a metal detector if available. Many of the flags displayed on Memorial Day are located at this cemetery.



Electrical fire starts in Spencer home

Monday, shortly after 5 p.m., Spencer Fire & Rescue dispatched three units to 410 E. 10th St., following the report of an electrical fire at the residence.

Arriving on the scene approximately 10 minutes later, the noted nothing on the exterior of the home, but a light haze of smoke filled the interior. The actual fire did not extend outside of the electrical panel to the structure. Spencer Municipal Utilities assisted in disconnecting electrical service to the residence.



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