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Outdoors: 10th annual Shop With the Pros set for Nov. 12

For the past 10 years, Kabele’s Trading Post, located on the north end of Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake, has hosted its annual “Shop With the Pros” on the second Saturday of November. This year the event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, there is no charge for admission.

To celebrate their 10th annual event, owners Thane and Tanya Johnson are making this “the biggest and best” yet! For 2022, Shop With the Pros will be the Fish and Hunt Edition.

Occasions hosts annual quilt show

The interior of the Occasions facility was decorated in a sea of colors Friday and Saturday, as the former Spencer Area Activity Center hosted its annual quilt show. Norma Fitzgerald, one of the event organizers, reported this year marked the eighth anniversary of the quilt display at the center.

Business Brief: CMBA announced new partner

IOUX CITY — CMBA Architects announced Lee Beukelman has been named a principal architect. Beukelman, originally from Sioux Center, brings more than 12 years of experience to the CMBA team. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University, is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves a number of our northwest Iowa clients.

Iowa State Treasurer Q&A


Michael Fitzgerald

Age: 70.

Party Affiliation: Democrat.

City of Residence: Waukee.

Family: Wife, Susan. Two adult children, Ryan and Erin. Four grandchildren.

Occupation: State treasurer.


Q: Resident of the state of Iowa for how long?

Iowa State Auditor Q&A


Todd Halbur

Age: 55.

Party Affiliation: Republican.

City of Residence: Clive.

Family: Married to my wife Diane for 27 years and we have two grown boys, Jack and Ben who are in college.

Occupation: Small business owner and licensed realtor.


Q: Resident of the state of Iowa for how long?

A: 49 years


Q: Previous political experience?

T.J.Maxx sets Nov. 13 grand opening

T.J.Maxx, the nation’s leading off-price retailer, with more than 1,200 stores currently operating in 49 states and Puerto Rico, will open its new Spencer site at 11th Street SW and Seventh Avenue SW on Nov. 13.

‘The Train Rolls On’ Destination: North Poll

Jodi Adams, a Spencer native who low lives in Nebraska, recently launched her second children's book, a sequel to her debut picture book, “The Train Rolls On.” It is a Christmas tale titled “The Train Rolls On To The North Pole,” and it debuted Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Clay’s historic ‘mule’ ballot box to be on display

As election day approaches, people often cringe at the thought of political debates, endless commercials seeking to sway voters, and arguments arising between friends who disagree politically. There will be no debates this election season for the residents of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living in Spencer, who are invited to a program by one of their own prior to election day.

SHS theater to donate backpacks for foster children

In conjunction with its upcoming production of “Matilda: The Musical,” the Spencer High School Theatre Department has started a project to help foster children in the community. Known as the “Pack a Backpack” project, the department will be accepting donations of backpacks and items children may need as they are moved from house to house.

County supervisors receive funding requests

Two funding requests were heard by the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The first came from Rides, a northwest Iowa transportation provider, which requested $15,000 from the county.

AOG to host Henriksen for Music in the Gallery

Glenn Henriksen and special guests will be featured at Arts on Grand “Music in the Gallery” from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The event is free to the public. (File photo)

7 SHS band, choir members recognized at All-State Festival

Four Spencer High School band and choir members received high honors recently as they were selected for membership and three were selected as alternates for the 2022 Iowa All-State Music Festival.

Performing in the All-State Band will be Julia Gastelum, daughter of Jaime and Kathryn Gastelum. Receiving recognition as alternates were Owen Kierscht, son of Shawn and Marie Louise Kierscht; Isaac Dean, son of Scott and Beth Dean and Braxton Nachtigal, son of Nick and Brandi Tomason.

Iowa Lakes offers final visit day of ’22

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College is offering two Laker Visit Days, the last ones in 2022, for prospective students on Nov. 10 at the Estherville campus, starting at 1 p.m., and on Nov. 11 at the Emmetsburg campus, starting at 10 a.m.

ILCC announces annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste

ESTHERVILLE — Hear ye! Hear ye! The music department at Iowa Lakes Community College announces the 23rd annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste. This year's festivities will be held at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center in Estherville on Dec. 2-3, at 6 p.m. Ticket sales begin Nov. 4.

The Elizabeth Madrigal Feaste pays tribute to the Christmas Feaste, an annual celebration in early England, showcasing an extravagant display of rejoicing and toasting the 12 days of Christmas.

Business Spotlight: CMBA honored with 3 ‘Outstanding Project Awards’

CMBA Architects, with offenses in Spencer, was recently recognized for three different projects in northwest Iowa educational systems.

Skyler Gorsett, social media and digital content coordinator for CMBA Architects, said, “Student involvement not only honed the design but created in them a sense of pride and ownership in the new school.

Business Brief: Farmers Trust and Savings Bank CLO earned certificate

Eric Schable, commercial loan officer, successfully completed the 2022 Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School held Oct. 3-7 in Ankeny. The school is an intense one-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.

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