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Mike Hemiller, an agriculture/commercial banker, AVP with Northwest Bank in Milford, successfully completed the 2022 Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School held Oct. 3-7, in Ankeny. Hemiller is a graduate of Winona State University with a degree in finance. He has served as an agriculture/commercial banker with Northwest Bank for nearly five years.

Ambassadors meet with CMBA team

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited the Spencer office of CMBA Architects to meet new team members and discuss the range of services across the Spencer and regional offices. Specializing in architecture, interior design and master planning services. CMBA reaches to Sioux City, Des Moines and into Nebraska and South Dakota to collaborate and complete a variety of projects. (Photo submitted)

Chamber unveils Gift Card option

Spencer Chamber has unveiled its new gift card in an effort to keep more dollars local, sponsored by Spencer Municipal Utilities. The Spencer Chamber Gift Card is a high-tech gift card that can be spent with multiple participating businesses in the area, including retail, hospitality, leisure and services.

Johnson claims Clay County attorney race

Incumbent Clay County Attorney Travis Johnson emerged victorious Tuesday 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.

Harvest wrapping

As temperatures rapidly drop in the transition from fall to winter months, regionally, except for Wisconsin, harvest progress is above-average across the corn belt according to Gary D. Wright, farm management specialist with Agriculture & Natural Resources for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Batschelet to keynote Veterans Day event

Allen W. Batschelet, retired U.S. Army major general and CEO of First Responders Foundation based in Omaha, will keynote Friday’s Veterans Day event at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Spencer, starting at 11 a.m.

Clay County locals fish DNR released trout

A group of Clay County residents turned out at Scharnberg Park Saturday to fish for trout released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Normally in the spring, fall or in the winter, we do trout stockings like this, normally in urban areas,” said Steve Pecinovesay, technician for the Iowa DNR. “It’s an event to get people out fishing, as trout can only be stocked in these areas in the fall, winter and spring when water temperatures cool down.”

Property owners benefit from IEDA Challenge Grant

Spencer Main Street was one of the 10 Main Street Iowa Communities to receive a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant for 2022, marking the second straight year the Spencer organization has received funding. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded a total of $934,430 to the communities throughout the state.

School scare deemed falsehood

Friday morning, an electronic message went out to parents and students indicating a potential threat at Spencer High School had been resolved and school would resume as scheduled.

Spencer Rotary holds 30th annual book sale

The Clay County Regional Events Center was filled with books and browsing Spencer residents last week as the Spencer Rotary Club held its 30th annual book sale. From last Wednesday to Sunday, locals shopped for books from the large collection the club had put together. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Record breaking turnout for 6th annual Ladies Hunt

There was a record turnout for the sixth annual Clay County Pheasants Forever Ladies Hunt Saturday, the number of participants capped at approximately 70 women taking part this year.

Original musical performance coming to Spencer library

Patrons of the Spencer Public Library will be treated to a historical one-woman musical “Oh Jackie O!” about the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Written, directed and starring Jillann Gabrielle of Paradise Productions, the performance will depict the former first lady reflecting on some of the most profound moments of her life.

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.

St. Luke's hosts night of trick-or-treating

On Oct. 31, St. Luke Lutheran Home opened its doors to trick-or-treaters for Halloween night. Friends and family members of St. Luke's residents, along with eager trick-or-treaters, visited the facility in costume to receive candy from participating residents. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Outdoors: State park campgrounds getting ready for winter

Another busy camping year in Iowa state parks is coming to an end and staff are winterizing their facilities, including shutting off water in the campgrounds and closing shower houses.

Campers can check the status of water availability in a particular park by going to The page is updated regularly by park staff.

Outdoors: Project this fall will repair a portion of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline

Work will begin this fall on a section of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline that, once completed, will reduce the amount of siltation entering the lake and provide protection to the road surface of the adjacent Ingham Lake Road. Drivers who use Ingham Lake Road may experience occasional disruptions at County Road A34 while the work is underway.

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