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School district recognizes board members

May is School Board Recognition Month, sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards to celebrate the contributions of board members to Iowa public education. This year’s theme is “Propelling Students to New Heights.” Spencer Community Schools is celebrating the work of our school board, who has maintained their commitment to students, schools and communities while facing challenges and making decisions they never could have anticipated when they were elected.

CfF Industries presents Classroom Mini-Grants to teachers

CF Industries, of Spencer, awarded teachers participating in this year’s Classroom Mini-Grant program. Spencer educators received $2,300 for their projects. Pictured (front row): Tara Rabenberg; Ben Gloyd, CF Industries; Debra Wittrock, Danica Thome, Britni Berns, Carli Krukow; (back row) Dr. Angie Hanson, Nicole Anderson, Troy Kaufman, Julie Hansen, Tami Cline, Amanda Mathis and Brandy Kirschbaum.

Terril Terminal expansion phase one completed

TERRIL — Pro Cooperative’s expansion project at the Terril Terminal Facility, in Terril, has reached a significant milestone with the completion of phase one in time for the spring 2024 planting season. Gales Design & Consulting, the firm overseeing the project, announced the newly expanded seed and chemical warehouse, along with the 1.5 million-gallon liquid urea ammonium nitrate tank, is ready for use in time for the planting activities.

Ambassadors meet new CCF staff

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed new Clay County Fair & Events Center staff on Tuesday. Stacey Meyer, events services director, has worked with the fair for 12 years and accepted her promotion at the end of March. Emily Mars, social media specialist, also started in March with previous experience doing social media at other fairs. Jennifer Vodraska has worked with the fair for nine years, taking over the food and beverage coordinator position from Meyer. (Photo submitted)

Bloom to reign over CCF

All hail the queen.

Clay County Fair Queen Linnea Bloom that is. Bloom was crowned by 2023 Queen Kamden Van Gelder in front of a live audience Sunday evening at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The transition concluding a day of interviews and events designated to help a team of three judges — including Iowa State Fair Queen Kalayna Durr — pick the winner and runner-up, Aubrie Stell, of Spencer.


An effort to fill Spencer elementary and pre-elementary rooms with volunteer readers generated strong community support Friday for Rally The Readers. SpencerReads appealed to members of the district area to turn out and read to Johnson, Fairview, Lincoln and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran elementary classrooms, as well as the YMCA 4-year-old preschool room. Readers were asked to bring a book or read a selection from the classroom teach.

Minnesota man to stand trial for collectible cards theft

An Alden, Minnesota, man is facing felony theft charges in Spencer after police say he stole more than $62,000 worth of collectible sports cards from an area business.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Spencer police officers, Jason Lee Pestorious and another man worked together to steal $62,030 worth of sports cards from Spencer Sports Cards and Comics in May 2023. Pestorious was scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on April 29, 2024.

Legislative session comes to close

DES MOINES — After the 2023-24 Iowa legislative session wrapped up in the state Senate, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, Sen. Dave Rowley, R-Spirit Lake, called the completion “… another great success this session in the Iowa Senate.”

Spencer woman faces felony theft charge for pocketing payments

A Spencer woman is facing felony theft charges after police say she stole more than $17,000 from a local restaurant.


A special, freewill offering, gathering to celebrate 2023 Citizen of the Year Bill Kersting and recognize past recipients will be conducted from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. A short program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. A freewill offering to cover expenses will be accepted. (File photo)

Tenants in Spencer apartment left without water for 2 weeks

When Beth Herke stepped into the kitchen of her apartment at 104 12th St. SW on April 11 to make some tea, she was surprised to find the vinyl kitchen floor covered in water.

The water soon seeped into the 75-year-old’s living room carpet, and before too long, her whole apartment developed a musty smell. Herke didn’t know it then, but she and her neighbors were about to spend the next 13 days without running water in their homes.

Cooke, Roos go 1-2 in home victory

SPENCER — Thursday, at the Spencer Golf & Country Club, the home team had all four its scoring finishers shoot within six strokes of one another. Tigers Trevor Cooke and Foster Roos earned medalist and runner-up honors to lead Spencer past Storm Lake, 162-170.

Tiger coach Marc Bruning acknowledged “another conference win, if we can win against ELC next week, we will win the regular conference title for the second year in a row.”

May Adult Programs at Spencer Public Library

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.

CCCF hands out 2024 rewards

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 to us from the state each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

NWIA/SWMN Area HRA awarded

SHRM recently awarded NWIA/SWMN Area HRA its prestigious Bronze Excel Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2023.

The Excel Award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.

Business Brief: Dehrkoop joins Farmers Bank e-services team

Farmers Trust and Savings Bank announced Gracie Dehrkoop has moved into her new role as an e-services specialist. Gracie has been an integral part of the Farmers Bank team for one year, and in this role she will help the team elevate the overall customer experience. With a proven track record of excellence and dedication to customer service, Dehrkoop brings experience to the e-services team.

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