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Larry Untiet theater dedication this weekend

A beloved former teacher and drama director will be honored in a special ceremony this weekend. Larry Untiet, the face of Spencer School’s theater department for many years, will be recognized as the Spencer High School theater is officially renamed the Larry M. Untiet Theatre Saturday at 6 p.m.

UDMO holds successful barbecue fundraiser

The Clay County Upper Des Moines Opportunity Outreach had a successful turnout for its Pulled Pork and Burger Fundraiser Friday. The organization made a lot of orders as they worked in the Daybreakers K Cafe at the Clay County Fairgrounds throughout the day. Businesses placed orders for staff lunch, and families came to grab a bite in the evening. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

A night to be remembered

Spencer High School students participated in a special evening under the lights with friends Saturday. The teens danced, ate and enjoyed each others’ company in the field house before making their way to the After Prom festivities at the Spencer Family YMCA. Parents had the chance to snap some photos of their kids and their friends as they strolled down the decorated school halls. Afterward, the students danced their hearts out. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Digital fellow position up for consideration in county

A digital fellow position may be in Clay County’s future. Curtis Dean and Jon Willow, co-founders of the Community Broadband Action Network, explained the position as a community navigator addressing digital inclusion in the community.

Solid waste rates to increase 6.5% this fiscal year

The city’s solid waste rates will have a 6.5% increase in the upcoming fiscal year. beginning July 1, the residential rate will increase from $19 to $20.50 and the commercial rate will increase from $36.50 to $38.75.

The change was implemented by the Spencer City Council on Monday. Finance Director Brian Weuve reported the 6.5% increase was recommended by PFM, the city’s financial advisor.

Occasions to host board elections

Occasions will be conducting an election for three board of directors vacancies. The election will be held on Monday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All members of the community are encouraged to come to Occasions that day to vote. Anyone unable to attend on May 1, may vote at Occasions, in person, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 24-26.

Rotary supports Cherish Center dance

Spencer Rotary Club has donated $200 to support the Cherish Center Dance, June 4, at the Roof Garden Ballroom. Rotary Treasurer Bob Rose made the donation to Lori Swanson and Rev. Jay Van Gelder, members of the dance committee. (Photo submitted)

Farm safety expert reminds Iowans to share the roadways

Steve Freeman is a professor and safety research expert at Iowa State University, where he teaches classes related to occupational safety, including farm and rural safety. He grew up on a diversified farm/ranch in eastern Colorado. He holds a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Purdue University and has written numerous research articles about occupational safety.


Business Briefs

Adams honored at Telco Triad meeting

SIOUX CITY — Telco Triad Community Credit Union held its 78th Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 15, at the Sioux City Country Club. Brad Bergstrom, Terry Blom, Fitzgerald Grant and John Gunia were reelected to serve three-year terms on the credit union’s volunteer board of directors. During this meeting several employees were given years of service awards including Sandy Adams, Spencer branch manager, 25 years (above).

The new ‘Crown Jewel’

The lights are on and the doors are open once again at Gary’s on the River. Last weekend, Carlos and Charity Salazar, of Spirit Lake, welcomed guests in the new King’s Steakhouse & Bar.

SCT completes 63rd season with 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'

Spencer Community Theatre will be wrapping up its 63rd Mainstage Season with its production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” for the next two weekends. Performances will take place at the SCT Playhouse on April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a musical comedy based on a 1988 film of the same name. The story follows conmen, Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, who compete to prove who is the best player of the game.

PALS dedicate Gengler memorial bench

The Clay County PALS recently dedicated a bench purchased in memory of the late Spencer High School counselor and PALS President Eileen Gengler, who passed away suddenly in January 2022. Gengler retired from SHS in 2018 after serving close to 20 years counseling and advising local high schoolers. The Gengler family participated in the dedication of the bench, with “Mrs.

$500K worth of meth seized

On April 18, a Spencer man was arrested on drug trafficking charges following an investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety — Division of Narcotics Enforcement. This investigation resulted in evidence sufficient to obtain a search warrant for an apartment in downtown Spencer and one male subject.

Speed zone changes pass first filing

Some speed zone changes in Spencer may soon be on their way. On Monday, the Spencer City Council passed the first of three filings to alter three speed zone areas.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton revealed the process to change the zones started after First English Lutheran School approached the Police Department to inquire about the speed zones by its school.

Tax levy to increase 10 cents from current rate

The city’s tax levy rate will increase 10 cents from in the 2024 fiscal year starting on July 1, 2023. The new levy rate will rise from $13.08 to $13.18, a 0.78% increase.

Robison recognized for year

“When I first learned that I had been chosen citizen of the year, I was not very happy. I thought that my recognition last year, when Duaine was chosen, was quite enough and very appreciated,” Shelly Robison said.

The 2022 Spencer Citizen of the Year honoree humbly admitted, “I felt that my volunteering these last three years, was not very notable, partially because of COVID, but more because of new grandbabies, and a bout with breast cancer.

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