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BLAST OFF! City cuts ribbon for Rocket Slide

With the long-awaited Spencer Rocket Slide ready for use at East Leach Park, the Spencer Parks Department held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored slide on Friday.

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Kate Padilla, a local realtor with EXP Realty, is determined to let the aged in the community know they aren’t forgotten this holiday season. She hopes her project will ensure many of our area seniors are remembered this year.

The mother and wife recently crafted three “mailboxes” which she is hoping will be filled with greeting cards to be distributed to elderly living communities in the Spencer area.

Grassley, Franken go head to head after primary wins

Michael Franken

Party: Democrat

City of residence: Sioux City

Occupation: Retired U.S. Navy admiral


Q: What inspired you to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate this election cycle?

Voters to choose from field of gubernatorial candidates


Deidre DeJear

Party: Democrat

City of residence: Des Moines

Occupation: Small business owner

Family: Husband Marvin DeJear


Q: What inspires you to seek office as Iowa's governor?

School board approves early retirement plan for next school year

An early retirement plan for eligible certified teaching and administrative staff at Spencer Community Schools for the 2023-24 school year was approved by the Spencer School Board during its Tuesday meeting.

SHS auditorium named after former teacher of 44 years

The Spencer High School auditorium will be named the Larry M. Untiet Theatre after former SHS English and drama teacher of 44 years Larry Untiet. The decision was made by the Spencer School Board on Tuesday after many requests from SHS students, parents, alumni, faculty and Spencer community members.

Reynolds, other GOP leaders plan Spencer stop

Gov. Kim Reynolds and other GOP officials are participating in a bus stop tour across the state ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. A Spencer stop at 1:45 p.m. Saturday appears on the website announcing the tour. Although the stop location has not been confirmed, a local Republican leader indicated the stop will be on the Clay County Fairgrounds. (File photo)

Halloween in Spencer


Friday, Oct. 28


7-11 p.m. — Clay County Fairgrounds


Saturday, Oct. 29


3-4 p.m. — Downtown Spencer



2-4 p.m. — SCT Playhouse


Ernst staff to host local traveling office hours

RED OAK — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced her office will be holding traveling office hours in every county throughout the state during the month of November. Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced the nomination period for the 12th annual Business Recognition Luncheon to be held in mid-November. This ceremony thanks the businesses and individuals in our region for stimulating the region through job creation, investment and fostering quality of life throughout Corridor communities.

Clay County Fair Association celebrates 'nearly perfect year'

Members of the Clay County Fair Association convened at the Regional Events Center on Tuesday night to celebrate a “nearly perfect year” of the annual county fair.

“I do not say those words ‘nearly perfect’ lightly,” said Jeremy Parsons, CEO and manager of the Clay County Fair. “When you combine incredible weather, strong programming and happy fairgoers, it led the 2022 fair to be a record setter in many ways.”

CC-E celebrates fall with Family Fun Night

Clay Central-Everly had a large turnout for its Fall Family Fun Night last Thursday, with over 130 guests in attendance. The event had autumn-themed activities for families to take part in, including pumpkins painting and tractor rides. There were also traditional festival activities like face painting and inflatable houses for kids to enjoy.

‘The Page Turner’ featured at Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged

Arts on Grand and Carey’s Electronics are once again cooperating to present Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged. This series will feature five films on consecutive Monday evenings running through Nov. 14. The films are screened upstairs at Carey’s, 220 Grand Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 31

“The Page Turner,” original title: “La tourneuse De Pages”

France 2006

Rock 4 Vets returning to Roof Garden

ARNOLDS PARK — The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association, the Roof Garden Ballroom and Humana will present Rock 4 Vets featuring Galaxy on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the fabulous Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the music and dancing starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at or at the door.

Grassley, Reynolds win Iowa Youth Straw Poll

DES MOINES — A total of 16,629 students from more than 140 schools voted in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Iowa Youth Straw Poll this week. Students in every K-12 school across the state were invited to vote for their preferred candidates in Iowa’s U.S. Senate, U.S. House and gubernatorial races. The purpose of the poll is to serve as a fun, hands-on, learning activity to engage young people in civics.

Children’s author visits Lincoln Elementary

Children’s author Jack Gantos spoke with Spencer elementary students during his visit to Lincoln Elementary School Wednesday. The author talked about his experiences as a writer, and offered the children advice on how to enhance their own skills as writers. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

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