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FINISHING ON TOP

Varsity Spencer girls tennis players proudly display the Lakes Conference trophy which they will share with Cherokee for the 2024 season. Complete coverage of the Tigers run to the title Wednesday can be found here: https://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/lakes-co-champs. (Photo by Glenn Graettinger)

Three Grand Avenue businesses get grants

Spencer Main Street was awarded three Main Street Micros microgrants on April 22 during a ceremony at the Iowa Project Brewery on Grand Avenue.

To sing, or not to sing — results in chaos

“We would love to have you enjoy this great comedy with us,” said T.J. Johnson, director of “Lend Me a Tenor,” which will make its 2024 debut on the Spencer Community Theatre Playhouse stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Closing its 64th season, the show is scheduled for a two-week run, with shows Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 and May 2-3, at 7:30 p.m. all four nights; with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, April 28.

School board approves Johnson Elementary HVAC update cost increase

The Spencer School Board gave district maintenance personnel a green light during its April 23 regular meeting to replace the aging boiler in Johnson Elementary School’s heating system after learning that the project would cost significantly more than initial estimates.

Congressional visit shines spotlight on SHS work-based learning program

Spencer’s unique approach to boosting the area’s workforce got some congressional recognition on April 23 when northwest Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra stopped by Spencer High School.

Farm to Fork raised $33K for charitable trust

The third annual Farm to Fork FUNdraiser, at the Clay County Regional Events Center, Thursday, April 18, raised $33,000 for the Clay County Fair Charitable Trust. The event featured a four-course meal, a quilt raffle, a 50/50 raffle, and live and silent auctions.

20th CCF Queen anniversary to feature 4 teens

Kamden Van Gelder (pictured) recently finished her Clay County Fair Queen reign. Four young ladies will compete for the opportunity to serve as the next queen at the ceremony, Sunday, April 28, at the Clay County Fair & Events Center. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Clay County Fair Queen Contest. Contestants include Linnea Bloom, of Marathon; Aubrie Stell, of Spencer; Hannah Tessum, of Everly, the daughter of Tyler and Ashley Tessum; and Addison Wyman of Spencer.

SCT Playhouse Presents: 'Lend Me a Tenor'

"Lend Me a Tenor,” the Tony Award-winning comedy by Ken Lugwig, is set in a lavish Cleveland hotel suite in 1934. World renowned tenor, Tito Merelli, has signed on to sing the title role in Pagliacci at the Cleveland Opera Company. His appearance is crucial to the survival of the company, but, through a set of crazy circumstances, he passes out after accidentally mixing wine with tranquilizers.

Spencer Community School Foundation 2024 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Spencer Community Schools Foundation awarded scholarships to 79 seniors on Sunday, March 17, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. These awards are available through benefactors, as well as annual contributions from those choosing to support students, the school and the community. (Above) Betty McSwain Nursing Scholarship: Gabriel Reiman. (Below) Joe and Pat Graff Memorial Scholarship: Alicia Graettinger.

SHS earns national award for exchange program participation

Spencer High School has received national recognition for its efforts to welcome international exchange students.

Around Campus

WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has granted scholarships to 109 current and future college students looking to further their post-high school education within the agricultural industry. Spencer’s Aubrie Stell, daughter of Melissa Stell, attending South Dakota State University, was among 27 scholarship recipients.

Schlueter joins 2024 RiseFest lineup

SHELDON — RISE Ministries announced a new artist for RiseFest 2024, Seph Schlueter.

“This year my team and I are praying for 25,000-plus one festivalgoers at RiseFest 2024 to redeem a record set 100 years ago in our community by 25,000 (Ku Klux) Klan members,” RISE Ministries Founder and President Rob Rozeboom said. “We believe adding Seph to an already incredible lineup will help make that a possibility.

Spirit of Harmony to present Friends and Family Night

The Spirit of Harmony Chorus will present their annual Friends and Family Night. The performance will be conducted Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 27th St., in Spirit Lake. The show features barbershop vocal selections they will be singing at their spring 2024 Regional Competition in Rochester, Minnesota, the first weekend in May. This award winning chorus is made up of women from many local communities brought together in a sisterhood of song.

Spencer Main Street honored at state meeting

DES MOINES — Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Development Awards celebration last Friday evening in Des Moines. Fourteen projects were honored and Spencer Main Street was among them. The program honors the efforts of local leaders who work tirelessly to revitalize Iowa’s downtowns and Main Street districts.

Ambassadors help cut ribbon at 154i

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Logan and Darcy Wood's new business, 154i, Tuesday morning. This venture specializes in web design, marketing, internet marketing and boosting companies online visibility. (Photo submitted)

‘A guy who is always willing to step up and get involved’

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

 

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