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Retail Kickstarter awards loan to Mr. B’s

The Spencer Retail Kickstarter Committee is pleased to be assisting Mr. B’s Flooring with a loan for business expansion.

Jason and Tammy Brown, owners of Mr. B’s Flooring, said in a statement, “We would like to thank the Spencer Retail Kickstarter Committee for allowing us to be part of the nine businesses that they have assisted to date. …”

Iowa filmmaker’s project debuts Friday

Annette Duffy lost both of Alzheimer’s, and the experience is reflected in a few scenes presented in “When Jack Came Back,” a new feature film which was shot over three weeks in Des Moines, Waukee and the Iowa Falls area last year.

70 years at Camp Okoboji

For 70 years, the Boys Town nonprofit has offered its youth an annual summer camp opportunity at Camp Okoboji. As the camp’s 70th season started wrapping up, campers and their families celebrated last Saturday with the annual Blue Water Bash Fundraiser.




Daniels charged after allegedly fleeing stop

Clay County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Michael Daniels, 48, of Dickens, in the 2200 mile of 320th Street at 12:10 a.m., July 22. Daniels allegedly failed to stop his vehicle for deputies, and a pursuit ensued.

Hospital advances 2 $125K projects

Spencer Hospital is moving forward with two budgeted projects for the 2024 fiscal year. The addition of a second behavioral health security room, as well as some roofing repair, received approval from the Spencer Hospital board of trustees on Thursday. Both projects will cost approximately $125,000 each.

Jen Dau, vice president of nursing, requested an additional behavioral health security room so the hospital could treat more at-risk patients.

County to purchase additional jail cameras

As part of the Clay County Jail’s updated surveillance system, 12 additional fisheye cameras will be purchased. The cameras will cost $750 each and will be installed by Alpha Wireless.

The purchase was approved by the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board had discussed and reached a consensus to approve the additional purchase at its July 11 meeting after learning 12 of the jail’s cameras couldn’t be switched over to the new surveillance system.

IowaWORKS debuts new branding

Spencer IowaWORKS office held an open house Thursday to celebrate its rebranding. The local office has joined Iowa Plains Local Workforce Development Area to provide greater access.

6 acts to be featured on Farmers Bank Stage

The Farmers Bank Stage will feature six different acts at the 2023 Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17, just a portion of the $180,000 in free entertainment that will be offered to fairgoers every day at the fair.

“There is a little bit of something for everyone at the Farmers Bank Stage,” fair manager Jerome Hertel said. “The tent is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds and is always a great source of free entertainment at the fair.”


‘Let’s get Crazy’

Bustling sidewalks downtown and seasonally warm temps marked the first of three Crazy Days in Spencer Thursday. The celebration of late summer deals will continue during business hours through Saturday.

“Like so many things in Spencer, Crazy Days has a long and rich history and it's become a tradition for many families,” said Nancy Naeve, Spencer Main Street director. “We love that the city affords us the opportunity to use the sidewalks for sales for three days.”

Conservation ‘builds better birders’

Experienced and aspiring birders joined birding workshops at Oneota Park Wednesday, hosted by the Clay County Conservation. Kelly McKay from BioEco Research and Monitoring Center taught participants to distinguish different birds and led several hikes to find them in their natural habitat.

The Building Better Birder workshop was possible because of a grant provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).

GUMC supports local 4-H efforts

On July 16, Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle presented the Spencer Sparks and Meadow Busy Bees 4-H clubs with a check for $1,000 from the Grace United Methodist Church Foundation. The 4-H Clubs have been working all year on their Citizenship Project, Backpacks 4 Kids. The club is providing 63 supplied backpacks and 63 earphones/earbuds for students from Preschool to eighth grade. (Photo submitted)

Kuehler to serve as new Work Based Learning coordinator

The Spencer Community School District and the Spencer Chamber executive director and board announced the appointment of Kelly Kuehler as the new Work Based Learning coordinator. Born and raised in Spencer, Kuehler reportedly brings a deep understanding of the community and a passion for fostering connections between education and local businesses.

Ambassadors honor Exit Realty Midwest's Stave

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Exit Realty Midwest in Spencer to recognize real estate agent Kari Stave. Stave recently received the Real Trends+Tom Ferry Award and was ranked in the top 141 agents in Iowa. (Photo submitted)

Strolling and grounds acts among fair highlights

A walking robot, bubble show and comedy acts are just a few examples of the more than $180,000 in free entertainment to fairgoers during the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17.

“Providing free entertainment to everyone at the Fair is a great tradition that we are glad to continue,” fair manager Jerome Hertel said. “We’re excited this year to present returning and new acts for everyone to enjoy.”

Despite obstacles ‘Lemonade Boys’ focus on the prize

Just days after three young boys were bullied for their lemonade stand, the Spencer community came together to support its young entrepreneurs and those in need. Donating 10% of the funds to Shayla Bee, alongside donations made directly to the organization, the boys ended their fundraiser with $1,065 raised for Shayla Bee.

The lemonade stand “Squeezy Lemonade” was founded by Kayden Harle, Keegan Leth-Engelkes and Terrance Harle on July 10.

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