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Michael Shaeffer, new Spencer teacher


Position: English 1 and 2.

When were you hired? June.

Family: I am happily married to my wife, Laura.

Personal history: I'm the oldest of four kids, and my folks still live up in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Education: SDSU class of 1992, majored in communications studies and theater.

Tritle to perform organ recital at Grace United Methodist

Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is director of Cathedral Music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the Grammy-nominated volunteer chorus; and music director of Musica Sacra, New York’s elite professional chorus.

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Nancy Naeve, Executive director Spencer Main Street


When where you hired? Feb. 29, 2016

Corridor to host quarterly investor meeting

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will be hosting a quarterly investor meeting and Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville Campus. The Corridor is partnering with Northwest Iowa STEM for this event.

Ambassadors get look at County Tourism Guide

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Spencer Reporter to discuss the new Clay County visitors guide, Experience Clay County. This was a collaborative effort by Clay County Tourism and the Spencer Reporter, and is available, free of charge, at local businesses; and on both the Reporter and Clay County Tourism's websites. (Photo submitted)

Hospital board offers Tiefenthaler president role

Following an interview process, the Spencer Hospital board of trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday to offer current Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Operations Brenda Tiefenthaler the position of hospital president. If she accepts, Tiefenthaler would officially assume the position later this year, following current President Bill Bumgarner's retirement.


“Watching the goodness of God in action is our passion,” Karen Liko said.

She and her husband, Emil, have spent the last two decades, offering prayer and ministry through their outreach, Roadside Ministries.

In early May, the Liko’s Roadside Ministries, a long existing missions outreach began making appearances in Spencer on the south side of The Commons parking lot, near the South T occasionally on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

UDMO launches Battle of the Businesses Food Drive

Upper Des Moines Opportunity announced the launch of the UDMO Battle of the Businesses Food Drive, aimed at rallying local businesses to join forces in fighting hunger within our community. The kickoff event is scheduled for Aug. 28, with the delivery date set for Tuesday, Sept. 5. This initiative aims to foster a spirit of friendly competition while making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families in need.

Final results of Iowa State Fair Presidential Straw Poll released

DES MOINES — Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Raymond Wagner received the most votes in each of their political parties in Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s 2023 State Fair Straw Poll. Throughout the Iowa State Fair, more than 4,700 votes were cast for preferred presidential candidates at the Iowa secretary of state’s booth.

Northwest Iowa Counseling to move buildings next year

Northwest Iowa Counseling will be in a new location by the beginning of next year. Currently located at 20 W. Fourth St., the counseling services will move into the building at 20 W. Sixth St. by January 2024 at the latest.

Healthiest State Annual Walk set for October

Registration for the Healthiest State 13th Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, thousands of Iowans across the state will participate in organized walks at schools, workplaces and in their communities. The Spencer walk will be hosted on the hospital campus.

Town and Country Innovation celebrates 8th year

The Town and Country Innovation Department will celebrate its eighth year of competition at the 2023 Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17.

The fair’s newest competitive department, which began in 2015, started from the back of every Successful Farmer magazine, specifically, the page headlined as “All Around the Farm.” After three successful years, the department has changed its name to incorporate more opportunities for people to exhibit their greatest creations.

Numerous prizes to be given for blue ribbon cooking

With over 40 divisions, there is a bit of everything for everyone who want to enter their kitchen creations to win blue ribbons and cash prizes at the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17.

Dogs dive into family swim

The Spencer Family Aquatic Center was open Saturday for a swim with the whole family — including the family dog. Hosted by People for Pets and the Spencer Family YMCA, last weekend’s “Doggie Dip” was an aquatic adventure for man’s best friend. All proceeds from the event went toward the animal shelter. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

Tire adjustment system to make Clay County Fair debut

First-time Clay County Fair vendor AgriBrink USA will be showing its tire pressure adjustment system at the 2023 fair by the Small Animal Barn. The system will allow farmers to change their tire pressure on the go as their vehicles travel from road to field.

Founder Jake Kraayenbrink and his family saw a need to protect the soil from high-pressure tires. Though tires require high pressure traveling down the road, the same amount of pressure will damage the soil on the field.

Iowa Lakes offers 2 third-age classes

Iowa Lakes Community College announced two captivating third-age college classes designed mainly for seniors to enrich participants' understanding of politics and cinema, offering unique perspectives on democracy and films directed by Baz Luhrmann. Third-age classes promote life-long learning for individuals between middle age and old age and will be provided on the Spencer Campus starting in September.

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