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Governor gets inside look at Pressed

As part of her 99 county tour, Gov. Kim Reynolds made a stop at Pressed on Monday. The governor received a tour of the building, and chatted with owners Eric and Kristen Meeter about what it's been like navigating a business in rural Iowa and expanding their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plots remaining for Community Gardens

As local enthusiasts begin planting personal gardens for the spring season, less than 10 Spencer Community Garden plots are yet to be filled. Anyone interested should contact Gary Hoefling at 260-9834.

Learning historical perspectives of the 19th century and today

Spencer community members will have the chance to learn how history effects modern-day practices Wednesday, as Kathy Wilson of Historical Perspectives will present Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies & Loose Women at the Spencer Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. The program is the first of a three-part series Wilson put together focusing on the development and formation of the middle class in the 19th century.

Outdoors: Spring turkey season ends on a high note

Despite some challenging weather conditions, Iowa’s wild turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 12,000 birds through the mandatory registration system. While similar to 2021, the 300 additional birds registered represented and overall state increase in harvest of around two percent.

Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 8 with the youth season and ended on May 15. Hunters purchased nearly 52,500 spring turkey tags.

Outdoors: INHF to host open house to celebrate protection of The Narrows Preserve

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is excited to celebrate with the Iowa Great Lakes community this summer now that the last private, undeveloped piece of shoreline on East Lake has been permanently protected. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals, area businesses, community groups and foundations, this 2,020-foot span of lakeshore will benefit wildlife, water quality and people for generations to come.



Outdoors: Ducks Unlimited works on clean water efforts in Dickinson County

The Iowa Great Lakes Watershed consists of approximately 90,631 acres in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Each lake in the system is affected by specific sub-watersheds. Driving around this entire system, you can see tiles and waterways that are moving water eventually to our lakes. You can also see best management practices, conservation efforts, that have been enacted to help clean the water flowing into each of the Iowa Great Lakes.

Research, demonstration farm reports available for 2021

AMES — The latest version of Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms summary reports are now available online and in print.

Nine farm reports are available, with a new look that includes larger headings, expanded tables and color photography.

Feenstra, state reps tour Morton Buildings

During their tour of northwest Iowa, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids, and Sen. Dave Rowley, R-Spirit Lake, stopped by Morton Buildings in Spencer on Tuesday. The congressional representatives received a tour of the facility, and discussed inflation and supply chain issues with management and staff.

Gas prices, inflation, labor pool common issues for Ernst

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, stopped by the Iowa Lakes Corridor on Wednesday as part of her 99 County Tour. During her visit to Clay County, the senator emphasized the importance of helping small businesses grow with collaboration between local communities and government.

CC-E approves superintendent sharing agreement

ROYAL — In a special meeting, the Clay Central-Everly board of directors agreed to share the services of a superintendent with the Sioux Central Community School District, which will be filled by Superintendent Kevin Wood and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Scharn. Board Secretary Diane White said this will be the third year CC-E has been sharing superintendent services with Sioux Central.

Supervisors discuss possible funding for YES Center

Potential funding to the Youth Educational Services Center in Cherokee was discussed by the Clay County Board of Supervisors during its meeting Tuesday. The YES Center had asked for each county which utilizes the center to offer some funds to help keep the facility operational from a transport standpoint, requesting $6,619 from Clay County.

Clabaugh accused in a tire iron assault

On May 25, at approximately 5:40 p.m., the Clay County Communication Center received several 911 calls about an assault that had occurred at 916 Second Ave. W. in Spencer. Following an investigation it was alleged 28-year-old Tiffany Clabaugh, of Spencer, had arrived at the residence and announced that she was the police.

Spencer library to host ‘straight-laced’ historian

Kathy Wilson, of Historical Perspectives, a historical research and consulting service, will be at the Spencer Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, to present, Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies & Loose Women.

Supervisor candidates sound off

Six candidates seeking three available spots on the Clay County Board of Supervisors took part in a forum to answer community questions for voters as they head into the booth for June 7 Primary Election. Candidates Barry Anderson, Allen Batschelet, Shane Breidinger, Courtney DeLoss, Paul Kassel and Dough Small explained why they were running for the position and what their future goals are.

Coffee Beanz brewing Rodgers & Hammerstein showcase

“The hills are alive with the sound of music” at Arts on Grand this June. Coffee Beanz Theatre Group, in collaboration with Arts on Grand, will present a weekend of Broadway classics in “Ten Minutes Ago: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Cabaret,” starring Spencer High School alumni Natalie Kroll and Rhyan Busch; and will feature Chandler Todd, Kyle Goeken and Makenna Pierce. The show will run at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4; with a 2:30 p.m.

June declared Iowa Craft Beer Month

DES MOINES — The Iowa Brewers Guild proudly announces that Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a proclamation declaring June 2022 as Iowa Craft Brew Month. The proclamation demonstrates the broad economic and community impact the craft brewing industry has on the state of Iowa and coincides with the Iowa Craft Brew Festival, June 4.

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