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Author to discuss COVID study at Spencer library

An author talk delving into the effects of COVID in a northwest Iowa community will be taking place at the Spencer Public Library this week. Dr. Emily Mendenhall will be discussing her book “Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji” at the library Wednesday, June 13, at 1 p.m.

City officials discuss trailer park work

City officials received an update on the work required to bring a trailer park at 317 W. 18th St. up to code during a Committee of the Whole meeting on Friday. The city had sent a letter to the park’s residents on June 21 stating the area was uninhabitable, and residents have since been required to vacate by July 12.

A pilgrimage of faith

Charting their own path. That’s the way Tom Howe described the 150-year history of First Congregational Church in Spencer.

“Like the pilgrims, that’s what we’ve done,” said Howe, a lifelong member of the church. “I think that’s a really a good way to put it. This church is a pilgrimage.”

Voices on Grand debuts Friday

While Arts on Grand is known for its visual arts, programs, and gallery shop, an element missing in northwest Iowa is a location for self-expression through written or oral communication. Just as ceramics, photography and paintings are healthy vehicles for expressing emotion; so, also, are written and oral communication for many individuals.

Tuesday night storm takes toll on corn

Saul Christensen, 18, of Royal, inspects his family’s downed corn 1 mile north of Royal following Tuesday’s derecho storm. Besides flattened corn, the Christensens also experienced damage to a grain bin — bent by the force of the wind — located near the family’s home. The Royal area corn crop was hit hard during the storm with much laid flat during the high winds. The community of Royal also lost power for several hours and many trees and branches left in the wake. (Photo submitted)

Mobile home miracles

Local area resource agencies offered their services to residents of the trailer park located at 317 W. 18th St. this week to help find them affordable housing alternatives. Parked across the street from the park in a Clay County Regional Response trailer, representatives from Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Elderbridge, Community Housing, General Relief, Atlas and Seasons Center were available Wednesday and Thursday, and will remain available Friday and Saturday by appointment.

Electric scooter business to come to Spencer

Stand-up electric scooters will soon be making their way to the city after the Spencer City Council’s approvement of an agreement with Bird Rides during their meeting on Tuesday. The city’s agreement with Bird Rides allows the corporation to provide electric scooters for rent as a private business within the city.

City deems trailer park uninhabitable

Residents of a trailer park at 317 W. 18th St. were told they need to vacate the property, having received a letter stating Spencer’s Planning Department has deemed the area uninhabitable. Margaret George, one of the park’s residents, attended Tuesday’s Spencer City Council meeting to say she and many of the park’s other inhabitants can’t find affordable housing anywhere else in the time frame provided.

Mystery returns to OST stage

OKOBOJI — Mystery returns to the Okoboji Summer Theatre stage with J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls.” Suspense rules when a middle-class Yorkshire family meets the enigmatic Inspector Goole, in this English classic "whodunit." The show will run from Tuesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 17, and this production is sponsored by the Kemna Auto Center and the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation.

IRRMA announces new music series, Songwriters Showcase

ARNOLDS PARK — Songwriters Showcase, a new concert series presented by the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, will feature the driving surf guitar sounds of The Surf Zombies, 2017 Spirit Award winners, on Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and Season Pass Punch Cards will be accepted.

Iowa Lakes receives federal funding for TRIO Upward Bound Program

EMMETSBURG — The U.S. Department of Education recently funded the Iowa Lakes Community College TRIO Upward Bound program for five more years. Contingent on annual congressional appropriations, the award is expected to total $1,488,005 over the next five years. The Iowa Lakes TRIO Upward Bound program will continue to serve high school students in Emmetsburg, Estherville and Spencer, and will add students from North Union.

Fair seeks board candidates, association members

Like any nonprofit organization, the Clay County Fair Association is currently seeking candidates to serve on its board of directors, as well as interested individuals to become members of the Association.

“For more than 100 years, the Fair Association has been tasked with putting on ‘The World’s Greatest County Fair’ and owning the 200-acre fairgrounds,” Fair & Events Center CEO Jeremy Parsons said. “We are always looking for more individuals to help us fulfill our mission.”

Prom finest to be on display at BTBL

Participants are encouraged to pull out their prom finest when they show up on Aug. 27 for the seventh annual Black Tie Black Leather Affair at Okoboji Classic Cars in Milford. The annual Shayla Bee Fund event generated approximately $170,000 and serves as the local children charity’s largest fundraising event. This year’s evening will include appetizers, dinner, both a live and silent auction, as well as live music from The Big Throwdown — returning for a second straight year.

‘A tale as old as time …’

Spencer Community Theatre and Deegan Children’s Theatre is excited to bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life with area teens.

The classic story tells of Belle (Maggie McNea), a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Oliver Morris‐McEwan), who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

Muni Band offers Italian and movie tunes

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the direction of co-director Tom Rutt, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at the bandshell at East Leach Park. This will be the fifth in a series of six concerts the band will present. The guest announcer for this week will be Robin Keith, a local music therapist and retired music educator who will once again be leading this fall’s “Selections from the Messiah” in December, sponsored by the Spencer Messiah Board.

Medlar Coffee joins Spencer downtown

Coffee lovers will have a new spot to frequent downtown as a new coffee shop, Medlar Coffee Co., taking up a residency in Spencer’s downtown district at 12 W. Fourth St. Owners Heather Belgrave and Cathy Veiseth, who also own the retail store Poiema Design just behind the new shop, are fulfilling one of their dreams by opening Medlar Coffee.

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