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‘It’s a story about empowerment’

A tale of empowerment will take center stage at Spencer High School’s stage this weekend, as the SHS theater department brings “Matilda: The Musical” to life this weekend. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

City begins acquiring process for abandoned property

The city of Spencer has begun the process of taking ownership of an abandoned property at 617 E. 10th St. During Monday’s Spencer City Council meeting, the city approved a request for the Clay County Board of Supervisors to assign the tax sale certificate to the city, along with abatement assessments for mowing and snow removal.

Clay County Election Results


United States Senator (97 of 99 Counties Reporting)

Dem Michael Franken 1,793 531,742

•Rep Chuck Grassley 4,576 679,040


United States Representative 4th District

Dem Ryan Melton, 1,527 84,149

•Rep Randy Feenstra 4,689 186,373

Lib Bryan Jack Holder 106 6,030


Governor/Lt Governor (97 of 99 Counties Reporting)

Dem Deidre DeJear & Eric Van Lancker 1,536 481,536

GOP 'red wave’ felt in Clay County, state

While the red wave did not sweep through the entire country as predicted, it did splash down statewide in Iowa, rolling especially hard in Clay County where the only Democrat on the ballot to win was Clay County Attorney Travis Johnson. Other than the county attorney race, it was a GOP night in the county of Clay.

Parks department to remove ash trees by Sunset Park

The process of removing approximately 30 ash trees in the area by Sunset Park will begin Monday, Nov. 14, due to the arrival of the emerald ash borer. The Spencer Parks Department sent out a letter to residents in Prospect Lane, Pleasant Lane and West Lane between West Fifth Street and West Seventh Street on Nov. 1, alerting them to the tree’s scheduled removal.

Making ‘The Human Connection’

On a mission to reclaim what he calls “The Human Connection” in school communities throughout the world, Joe Beckman will be in Spencer for a series of presentations Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15. Beckman plans to meet with students, staff and the public over the course of the two days.

Hospital audit reveals financial effects of staffing issues, pandemic

Spencer Hospital’s annual audit report reflected a similar story to health care entities across the country, with operating margins negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, increased expenses related to staffing and a decreased return on investments. The hospital ended the fiscal year with a 0.4% negative operating margin as outlined in the annual audit report presented at October’s hospital board meeting.

Holiday Family Adoption underway

A Spencer-area holiday staple, the Holiday Family Adoption Program allows generous families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of families and businesses, area families will be gifted with items to help make this Christmas season a little bit brighter.

Johnson claims Clay County attorney race

Incumbent Clay County Attorney Travis Johnson emerged victorious as part of Tuesday’s midterm general election in the lone contested Clay County official's race, topping challenger Ashley Herrig by an unofficial county voter count of 3,689 to 2,741. There were eight write-in votes as well.

Iowa Lakes hosts 32nd Annual Jazz Festival

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College music department held the 32nd Annual Jazz Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3, on the Estherville campus in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center. This year’s festival clinic featured professional jazz musicians Joey Gulizia, percussion; Andy Hall, bass; Dan Cassady, trombone; and Steve Smith, keyboards.

‘Benediction’ closes Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged season

Arts on Grand and Carey’s Electronics are once again cooperating to present Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged. This series featured five films on consecutive Monday evenings running through Nov. 14. The final film will be screened upstairs at Carey’s, 220 Grand Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.


Monday, Nov. 14


United Kingdom 2019


Spencer High School Honor Roll


1st Quarter — 2022-23

(Students must earn a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify)



Local elementary students enjoy ‘Matilda’ preview

Elementary students were treated to a special 45-minute preview Wednesday of the Spencer High School music and drama departments fall musical, “Matilda The Musical” which runs three shows this weekend. The kids enjoyed the costumed, musical performance on the show sets in the high school auditorium. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Northwest Iowa RSVP 'booked' schools for Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day, held on the fourth Saturday of October every year, has become the most well-known and celebrated national day focused on service in the United States, with millions of people improving the lives of others through community-support projects.

Crowder joins RiseFest 2023 lineup

RISE Ministries recently announced that Crowder is returning to RiseFest this summer.

“It’s simply been too long since Crowder has joined us at RiseFest and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back,” RiseFest founder and President Rob Roozeboom said. “I can’t wait for festivalgoers to hear his new music and enjoy worshipping with Crowder.”

RiseFest 2023 is scheduled for June 9-10. See performances by We The Kingdom, Crowder, CAIN, Anne Wilson, Ben Fuller and more.

Messiah Moments: Meet our director

Rehearsals have started for this year’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Area singers can join the rehearsals on Sundays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Copies of the Messiah are available for purchase at the rehearsals. Additional information can be found on Facebook at “Spencer Messiah.”

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