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ILCC hosting retirement reception to honor Newhouse

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College will be hosting a retirement reception honoring Valerie Newhouse, the seventh President of Iowa Lakes, on June 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center located on the Estherville Campus.

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ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College releases the spring 2022 honors lists recognizing students who achieve the highest academic standards earning inclusion on the president's honor list or dean's list.

Spirit of Harmony honors members

Spirit of Harmony Chorus met on Monday, May 16, for its annual awards and officer installation banquet at The Hutt in Arnolds Park. This banquet is a time for them to honor members, install their officers and just spend time together socializing and singing.

Each year the Spirit of Harmony Chorus selects one of its members to be the Sweet Adeline of the Year and one of its members as Woman of Note.

Corridor hires summer intern Makarenko

SPENCER — The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced the hiring of Anna Makarenko as its new summer intern for the regional economic development organization serving Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.

Ambassadors cut ribbon at Peckish

On May 31, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors gathered at Peckish Cafe to conduct a ribbon cutting for its grand opening. Jay and Garek Norton have both indoor and outdoor seating and a menu of salads, soups and paninis, as well as a selection of coffee and teas. They will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Muni Band seeking musicians as rehearsals begin

The Spencer Municipal Band will begin rehearsals for its summer season Tuesday, June 7, in the band room at the Spencer Middle School. Additional rehearsals will continue at 7:30 p.m. on June 14, 21 and 28. The band is supported by the city of Spencer and Spencer Schools and welcomes anyone who has played an instrument in high school to join them.

Weather can’t stall Memorial Day message

“Those that we mourn today understand that it right and good for us to remember,” said Brent Cuttell, a 12-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran who provided the address at Avenue of Flags Memorial Day program. “We do that today with beautiful flowers, wreaths, flags, coins and a solemn time of remembrance. We set aside one day a year to remember all those who died while faithfully serving our country and the vast debt with owe them and the families who were left behind.

Running with the heart of Elijah

A group of fathers and sons arrived in Clay County on Friday afternoon to spread a message of unity amidst hard times. Motivated by their personal journeys, the seven forerunners decided to run and say the prayer of Elijah in all of Iowa’s 99 counties from May 23 to May 27.

SAAC extends board election voting hours

hile discussing the upcoming board election for the Spencer Area Activity Center on Thursday, June 9, the interim board decided to extend voting hours to Wednesday, June 8, as well. Voting for new SAAC board members will be taking place at the activity center on June 8 from 4-7 p.m., and on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Supervisor GOP candidate forum Wednesday

Six Republican Clay County Board of Supervisor candidates running for three open seats in November’s general election, will meet in a public forum sponsored by the Spencer-area media. The local media — Spencer Daily Reporter, Spencer Radio Group and Spencer Municipal Utilities — will host the public candidate forum from council chambers at Spencer City Hall from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, ahead of the June 7 primary.

Two bioretention cells to be constructed in Spencer

Two bioretention cells will be coming to the city of Spencer in the future, the contract having been awarded on May 16. Local engineering firm Kruse, Cate & Nelson will be the design engineers for the project.

“There’s two separate cells, one’s going near the entrance off of Highway 71, north of the community state bank building,” Engineer Brian Schmidt said. “The other one is northwest of the main (Iowa Lakes Community College) campus building.”

Spencer students celebrate final week of school

Before being let out of school for the summer, Spencer's students took some time to enjoy their final days of school. Johnson and Fairview Elementary students enjoyed a field day with a variety of different activities on Thursday. Kids ran, jumped and used their minds to beat their classmates to the finish line in games of fun.

Celebrating Poppy Day in Spencer

Ahead of memorial weekend, the American Legion promoted Poppy Day by selling poppies at the post office, Hy-Vee, Fareway and Bomgaars. All proceeds from the poppy sale will go toward veterans in need. Above: Jan Tanner, chair person of the Legion's Poppy Day, brings a smile to shoppers faces with poppies.

Hospital reports low numbers of COVID-19 infections

COVID-19 reports from Spencer Hospital continue to report low raw numbers. During the hospital’s board of trustees meeting, Hospital President Bill Bumgarner said numbers continue to be down both nationally and in Iowa, though they have been increasing in the last few weeks.

Spencer substitute teacher pay increased

The pay for substitute teachers serving the Spencer Community School system was approved for a $5 increase by the Spencer School Board during its meeting on Thursday.

Main Street welcomes national consultant

Spencer Main Street hosted Kathy La Plante, consultant from Main Street America, who reviewed the Main Street program’s progress and provide recommendations for the downtown last week. Main Street America is a national organization that seeks to revitalize downtowns through preservation-based economic development, and this visit is part of a partnership with Main Street Iowa. La Plante, senior program officer and director of Coordinating Program Services at Main Street America.

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