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Ambassadors welcome Irvine to Edward Jones

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Edward Jones Tuesday morning to welcome Jen Irvine as a financial advisor at the branch. With the office now located at 112 W. Sixth St., Irvine will strive to learn the needs of each client and apply key strategies to help meet their goals. (Photo submitted)

Fire Department blesses new engine with push-in ceremony

Dozens of Spencer residents turned out at the Spencer Fire Department Sunday to witness the push-in and official blessing of the department’s new fire engine.

Rotary Book Sale begins 5-day run Wednesday night

Spencer Rotary Club 30th Annual five-day Used Book Sale is scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday at the Clay County Regional Events Center. First Choice Party is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday from with light appetizers. Admission is $5 and $3 hard covers or $1 paperbacks that night. Thursday and Friday will offer $1 admission from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will be free admission with special reduced book pricing. Hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reynolds’ bus tour stops in Clay County

Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with other Republican candidates up for election on Nov. 8, stopped at the Clay County Regional Events Center Saturday as part of her statewide bus tour heading into this year’s election.

Weaver to lead NE-IA Kiwanis Division 3

For the second straight year, a member of a Spencer Kiwanis organization will occupy the seat of the district’s Julie Weaver, a member and former president of the Hy-Noon Kiwanis follows Spencer After 5 club member Kristi Franker.

Spencer celebrates Halloween weekend

(Above) As the spookiest season of the year drew to a close, the city of Spencer celebrated with several Halloween-themed events over the weekend. Residents took the opportunity to get creative with their costumes and decorations at each event. On Saturday afternoon, Spencer Main Street hosted its MASKerade on Main trick-or-treating stroll.

Sioux Rapids man faces felony charges after fleeing police

A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Benjamin Schroeder, 40, in the 100 block of West Second Street at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday. Schroeder allegedly fled from the deputy and was located in 200 block of West Second Street. Once located, Schroeder reportedly refused to comply with officers and was placed under arrest. Upon searching Schroeder, marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Q&A


Mike Naig

Age: 44.

Party Affiliation: Republican.

City of Residence: Urbandale.

Family: Wife, Jaime, and three boys, Mitch, Zach and Joe.

Occupation: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, farmer in NW Iowa.


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

Iowa Secretary of State Q&A


Joel Miller

Age: 67.

Party Affiliation: Democrat.

City of Residence: Robins.

Family: Married to Sylvia for 45 years. We are the parents of three adult married children and grandparents to nine children.

Occupation: Linn County auditor and commissioner of elections since Feb. 20, 2007.


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

Outdoors: Iowa’s furharvest season starts on Nov. 5

Iowa trappers can expect to find good numbers of furbearers available statewide when the season begins on Nov. 5.

Outdoors: IGLFC DNR Night set for Nov. 10

The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club will be hosting its annual fall Department of Natural Reources night at Oak Hill Outdoor located at the north edge of Milford (across the road to the north of Perkins) on Thursday, No. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pizza at 6 p.m., followed by the DNR presentations at 7 p.m.

Outdoors: Ice fishing open houses set for November

How can an outdoor person get bored here in northwest Iowa? Right now we have hunting seasons going like crazy, the fall fishing is only getting better as the lake water temperatures fall! Oh, but that’s not all. Nope! Because the “pre-ice fishing craze” is just around the corner.

It always comes in November and into December across the Midwest … ice fishing shows such as the Dakota Angler Ice Institute in Sioux Falls (Nov. 11-13) and the St. Paul Ice Show (Dec. 2-4).

Library receives Farmstand

Recently, the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis secured a grant for the YMCA Gardening Club for a self-watering, self-fertilizing vertical garden called a Farmstand through the company Lettuce Grow, an entity founded by actress Zooey Deschanel and actor Jacob Pechenik. Kiwanis’s focus is on health and nutrition-and then Lettuce Give X Kiwanis was born.

Porath joins Hy-Noon Kiwanis

Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis member Ryan Daverllar (left) invited Farmers Bank co-worker Ryan Porath (middle) to join the noon club. Hy-Noon President Randy Cauthron welcomed and inducted Porath during a recent meeting. The Hy-Noon club meets at noon on Mondays at the Clay County Fair & Events Center. (Photo submitted)

Local quilter created STEMM auction piece

Spencer resident Rosie Osterberg and STEMM Executive Director Kevin Brown hold up a quilt with its creator Beth Wethor (left), also of Spencer. The quilt was unveiled during the Daily Reporter’s Coffee with the Editor gathering at GACO Tuesday morning. Osterberg requested the local quilter craft the piece to be sold at the upcoming STEMM fundraising auction. STEMM is a Sioux City-based mission serving those in need in Tanzania. (Photo submitted)

10th annual Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1

The Affordable Care Act’s annual Open Enrollment period is days away and new rules have made the program stronger than ever. Last year, a record number of people enrolled in healthcare coverage through the Marketplace. In Iowa, more than 9 in 10 people that got their insurance on the Marketplace were eligible for a monthly subsidy that helps them pay for the plan they selected.

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