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Nelson Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Carrie Nelson, of Clay County, was inducted into the 2023 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 20. Ninety-one Iowa counties participated this year and selected 127 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.

Football opener to salute law enforcement, military, veterans

Friday, as part of the Spencer football team’s home opener with rival Webster City, the community is invited to come out and support Salute to Service Night, honoring those who serve locally and nationally. To show their support, the Tiger football players will be sporting special jerseys.

Those being honored include local law enforcement, active military and veterans.

Spencer woman suffers injuries in motorcycle accident

A 32-year-old Spencer woman suffered minor injuries when the Harley Davidson motorcycle she was operating left the traveled roadway to avoid a collision shortly after 3 p.m., Saturday.

Northwest Iowa RSVP Pen Pal programs experience ‘growing pains’

In an age of text messages, snap chats, emails and other electronic communications, receiving a hand-written letter from a pen pal may be what students and adults need to take a break from screen time and make a personal connection with another individual. The thrill of opening an envelope and holding a letter in hand is an experience that students and adults don’t often get with all the technology currently utilized in classrooms and the home.

Spencer class of 1956 holds 67-year reunion

The Spencer High School Class of 1956 held its 67-year reunion recently at the Spencer Golf and Country Club. Left to right, standing, are: Jim Feldhacker, Mary Huston, Gene Huston, Don Hofsommer, Bob Steffens, Mary (Jackson) O'Brien, Roger Bracker, Chris Christofferson, Jon Bang, Mitzi Wagner and Frank Edington; sitting: Alene Feldhacker, Sybil (Norton) Wiegman, Sandy Hofsommer, Sharon Bracker and Janice (Carpenter) Malmstrom. Not pictured: Greg Malmstrom.

Arnold Motor Supply and Barron Motor Supply announce merger

Arnold Motor Supply and Barron Motor Supply announced the companies have merged, marking nearly a century serving customers in the automotive aftermarket industry. Established in 1930 by William J. Barron Sr., Barron Motor Supply is a multigenerational company with a network of 12 eastern Iowa locations. The company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids and is currently under the management of third-generation leader John Barron.

Tiefenthaler appointed president of Spencer Hospital

The search for the next hospital president and chief executive officer is over, as longtime health care leader Brenda Tiefenthaler was officially approved for the position this Thursday. Tiefenthaler will take on the role on Nov. 10 after current President Bill Bumgarner’s retirement.


Wednesday, Spencer High School and Middle School students and teachers returned to the classroom, and Thursday was the first day of school for Spencer elementary students at both the three public schools, as well as Sacred Heart Catholic and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran. The returning youth received a warm welcome to school from staff and many community leaders. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Oneota Learning Center project bids come over budget

The dream of having an education facility in Oneota Park has run into a funding problem. Bids to construct what would become the Oneota Environmental Learning Center were received earlier this month, all of which were over the project’s budget.

Clay County Conservation has been working on transforming an old barn at Oneota Park since April of 2018. The goal was to offer an 18,000-square-foot regional scholastic facility.

Splash pad might be in Spencer’s future

The city of Spencer may be looking to bring a splash pad into town. City Manger Dan Gifford reported city officials had a meeting with Bolton and Menk on Monday about the cost of splash pad, along with improvements to the Spencer Aquatic Center and relocating the East Leach Park campground to River View Park.

21 new foods will entice stomachs at 2023 fair

Fairgoers to the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU will have 21 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept. 9-17, including five that have been named as finalists for the seventh edition of the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest sponsored by Farmers Savings Bank.

Heat wave: Spencer area disrupted by late season burner

Early in the week, Spencer had tied one record high Tuesday when the high temperature hit 96 degrees, equaling a record set in 1968, with heat advisory warnings in place through Thursday. Wednesday temps topped out at 97 with a heat index reaching a steamy 113, following Monday’s index of 111 and Tuesday’s mark of 116.

Play time: Sacred Heart children get new play space

The Sacred Heart Catholic school will have updated playgrounds for the upcoming school year thanks to staff and volunteers in the Spencer community.

Gracie Dammann, early childhood director at Sacred Heart, said the project has been in the works for over a year.

“In June of 2022 I applied for a stabilization grant,” she said. “We were lucky enough to get that grant, which provided us the funds to be able to renovate these playgrounds.”






New teachers welcomed to Spencer district

Spencer Community School District welcomed several new teachers for the 2023-24 school year during a back-to-school training earlier this month. Educators joining the system include: (Front row) Theresa McKee, Jordan Hallgren, Justine Kelley, Hallie Lovstad, Abby Long, Janel McFarland, Alia Horst, (back row) Linda Ankeny, Maggie Doyle, Michael Shaeffer, Jackson Smith, Caleb Langner, Brice Montgomery and Kristin Hass. (Photo submitted)

Lincoln Elementary educator awarded statewide honor

Lincoln Elementary School teacher Jane Gude, is a 2023 Excellence in Education Award runner-up sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association. Gude was chosen from a field of top educators nominated by colleagues, students, parents and community members because of the difference she makes in the lives of her students.

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