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• Spencer coach’s actions save two stranded boys in flooded river


SPENCER—Thursday evening, with the Little Sioux River under a flood warning, a Spencer High School tennis coach was forced into action, selflessly entering the elevated, rushing waters to rescue two 12-year-old boys, one clinging to a utility pole in the river.

Counting down the last days

• Spencer seniors high school careers come to a close next Sunday


Following Friday’s activity day and Sunday’s baccalaureate services, Spencer High School seniors have only to say their goodbyes and attend graduation next Sunday before beginning to write the next chapter in their continually evolving story.

Graduation, for a planned 160 participants, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., May 19, in the Spencer High School Field House.

Community works to retain bakery

SPENCER—The Spencer Retail Kickstarter Committee announced assistance to ALJ & Co., LLC with a loan for the acquisition and business retention of Carroll’s Bakery.

“Having been born and raised in Spencer, both myself and my wife, Megan, grew up with Carroll’s and have many memories of the bakery,” Zach Stuckey said. “It just felt right to try to keep the bakery open and running in the community.

North Y project sees $45K price hike due to delay

The Spencer City Council approved additional funding for infrastructure work on the North Y development at its May 6 regular meeting after the project experienced delays and increased contractor costs. 

CCCF distributes 2024 grant awards

Clay County Community Foundation’s mission statement reads, “Connecting donors who care with causes that matter.” In the case of most of these grants presented, the “donor” is the state of Iowa. In 2005, any county that did not have a licensed gaming facility was offered the chance to share in that revenue by forming a county foundation, which Clay County did. Seventy-five percent of those dollars allocated from the state each year are distributed in the form of grants to nonprofits.

Arts on Grand exhibit reception Thursday

Arts on Grand will host a reception for its newest studio exhibit, “Barns & Blooms,”  by artist Cecelia Comito, from 4-6 p.m., Thursday at the studio with all the works on display.

AOG’s celebration, “Colors of Rural Iowa,” had this particular exhibit debut Friday, May 3 and will remain on display through June 24.

Public able to view 'downtown upstairs'
SMU recognized as reliable electric service

SPENCER—Spencer Municipal Utilities (has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2023. 

The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

Camp, Farmers Market, livestock ID events upcoming

By Michele Hogrefe

Clay County Extension Office Manager


The months of May and June are always exciting at the Clay County Extension office. 4-H livestock are being ID’d, summer programming is kicking off, and the Clay County Fair is around 100 days away.

Ag Briefs

Webinar: Fermenting Whey to Produce Spirits

ORANGE CITY — The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 1 p.m. 

The program will feature Curt Basina from Copper Crow Distillery discussing the fermentation and distillation of lactose sugar found in whey to produce ethanol. 

Spencer Public Library Programs

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers. 


Thursday, May 16 — 2 p.m.

Hero Coach: 2 boys rescued from flooded river

On May 9, at approximately 5 p.m., the Spencer Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance complaint in the 600 block of Fourth Street SE in Spencer.

Arts on Grape celebrates ‘the Derby’

Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for Arts on Grand, was a success, AOG Executive Director Megan Pedersen said. There were approximately 80 in attendance, sporting their Kentucky Derby finest, from surrounding towns who enjoyed a meal by Teresa Stueben and the Clay County Cattlemen. The evening's events included a game of chance, betting on the winning horse of the actual Kentucky Derby and silent auction items, donated by our local businesses and local artists.

Clay County Supervisors Candidate Q&A

Art Hamrick

  • Party Affiliation: Republican
  • Age: 70
  • Family: wife, Mary; children, Renee and Samantha


Q: How long have you been a resident of Clay County?

A: I am a lifelong resident of Clay County.


Q: What experience do you have that makes you the right choice for the job?

Zulk, longtime Spencer Hospital VP of marketing, retires

Spencer Hospital’s cafeteria was unusually busy Wednesday afternoon as friends, family and co-workers gathered to celebrate Susan Zulk, the hospital’s retiring vice president of marketing and fund development.

Spencer seeing business growth amid workforce challenges

Spencer area businesses are growing, but some significant headwinds are slowing the city’s growth, according to a recent report presented to the Spencer City Council on May 6.

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