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Iowa’s Last-Dollar Scholarship

SHELDON — Iowa community colleges are offering free tuition. It is absolutely true. It is made possible through a state of Iowa program called Future Ready Iowa — the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship. Future Ready Iowa is a workforce initiative that started in 2019 that connects Iowans to the training and education required for high-paying jobs and careers that improve Iowans lives.

Iowa Lakes Regional Career Academy discussed at board meeting

SPIRIT LAKE — The Iowa Lakes board of trustees met Tuesday afternoon for their regularly scheduled board meeting. Tuesday's meeting was held on the Spirit Lake campus.

Area flea markets scheduled for Memorial Day weekend

The Lakes Area's three main flea markets are gearing up to host a variety of vendors over the weekend. Visitors will no doubt browse through a number of vintage collectables as part of the Memorial Day celebration.

Ambassadors celebrates 150 years of Sacred Heart

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors gathered Tuesday at Spencer Sacred Heart Catholic Church to recognize its 150th anniversary in the Spencer community. Rev. Tim Hogan has been with the Spencer parish for four years. Celebration activities include a float in the Spencer Flagfest parade on June 11. There will be a weekend celebration, June 24-26. June 24 will be a Family Fun Night, June 25 Sarah Hart will be in concert.

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SHS grads celebrate ability to live, laugh, love

Purple graduation caps were launched into the air and landed scattered across the Spencer field house floor after SHS Senior Class President Evan Johnson introduced the class of 2002 for the final time during commencement ceremonies. Rascal Flatt’s “Life is a Highway” boomed from the speakers as the newly named graduates exited the gymnasium Sunday afternoon — now Spencer alumni.

New officer joins Spencer PD

The Spencer Police Department has welcomed a new officer to its force. Thomas Bauler, who was officially sworn in May 10, is a certified drug recognition expert, D.A.R.E. and field sobriety instructor.

New hope for SAAC

Thursday, a group of individuals wishing to see the Spencer Area Activity Center remain open, despite previous plans to close its doors, presented an updated business plan for the center’s future to SAAC’s board to the existing board. During the meeting, which filled the SAAC dining room, Board President Scott Ten Kley and several board members submitted their resignations to make way for a new board made of members of the committee behind the proposal.

Admission details announced for '22 CCF

A new promotion providing free admission after 7:30 p.m. each evening highlights some admission changes for the 2022 Clay County Fair, Sept. 10-18.

“To be able to provide a free experience for literally anyone to come enjoy the fair is an incredible opportunity,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “This will especially benefit those fairgoers who are just attending an evening grandstand event.”

4-H Development offers 'A Day on the Farm' May 26

EMMETSBURG — Local families are invited to attend an upcoming free event for youth. A Day on the Farm will be hosted the evening of May 26 in the Open-Air Pavilion at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg.

The hands-on agriculture learning event is open to all youth who are interested in learning more about agriculture and animals. 4-H membership is not needed to participate.

Bringing Dolly's Imagination Library to Spencer

Spencer resident Lindy Hornby has been working to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Spencer since January of 2020. Now with the Daybreaker Kiwanis as the local champion, along with support from local organizations such as the Hi-Noon Kiwanis, Spencer Jaycees and Northwest Bank, Hornby is excited about the progress the program has made.

Countrymen beautify Everly

The Clay County Countrymen 4-H Club recently beautified Everly’s Main Street. On Saturday, May 14, members of the 4-H club planted the pots with flowers that will be placed on Main Street. Members who participated include: Brooklynn Scharnberg, Keegan Hutchinson, Martina Harmon, Eli Harmon, Kelsie Sonius, Madi Sonius, Amrie Pearson, Emma Scharnberg and Connor Pearson.

Library kicks off Summer Reading May 27

The Spencer Public Library encourages members of the community to sign-up for Summer Reading Program starting with a kick-off come and go from 12:30-5 p.m. May 27. At the kick-off, there will be a popcorn buffet, a craft and the sign-up.

The theme this year is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” with an emphasis on camp, adventure and skill development.

May is Beef Month: Compare the labels

ORANGE CITY — Consumers can get their dietary protein from two main sources — animals or plants.

But the nutrition of these protein sources depends on the specific product. Let’s compare two patties — one is an 85% lean ground beef patty and the other a Beyond Burger (pea protein) patty.

SHS music receives high ratings at state

Students of the music department at Spencer High School were recently rewarded for their hard work and efforts this spring. The concert band and mixed chorus received a Division I rating from each of their judges. The treble clef chorus received a Division I and two Division II ratings. The SHS choirs are under the direction of Jackie Bryan and the SHS concert band is under the direction of Kurt Schwarck.

ILCC competitors earn top ranking at Iowa SkillsUSA

ANKENY — Seven students attending Iowa Lakes Community College received top rankings at the 2022 Iowa SkillsUSA competition held in Ankeny, on April 7-8. The annual Iowa SkillsUSA competition showcases the best-of-the-best in career and technical education students when they put their skills to the test and compete in more than 50 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

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