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Burning the prairie

A column of black and white smoke rose into the sky on Sunday, betraying the firestorm engulfing a small patch of restored prairie a few miles northwest of Silver Lake in southeast Clay County.

Fostoria residents face multiple felony drug charges after March 19 arrest

A Fostoria man was due to be arraigned Monday on multiple drug charges involving methamphetamine and marijuana.

Lucas Gene Richardson, 41, was arrested on March 19 after police say he attempted to sell 28 grams of methamphetamine and was found to have baggies, a scale, five marijuana plants and guns in his home in Fostoria.

New Clay County VA director to start May 28

Clay County has hired a new director for the county Veterans Affairs office.

On April 2, the county board of Supervisors approved the hire of Katie Ginger who will take over the VA office on May 28. Ginger was the best of 10 total candidates who submitted applications for the job being vacated by the retiring Darla Sheasley.

Blazek claims ‘Masters on Main’ top prize

Celebrating The Masters professional golf tournament, this past weekend, establishments along Grand Avenue hosted participants for the annual Masters on Main Street golf event. There wasn’t much driving or chipping involved, but putting was at a premium as obstacle ladened mini-golf strips afforded the amateurs an opportunity to test their skills. Colbert Blazek (right) had the low score, 12, who embraced the Ultra Golf Bag, from Doll Distributing, which he claimed as his trophy.

Vehicle sustains $4,500 in deer damages

April 8, at 10:20 p.m., Richard Christiansen, 46, of Hartley, was driving his 2014 Ford Edge westbound in the 1800 mile of 350th Street when he struck a deer that entered the roadway.

Christiansen sustained minor injuries from the seat belt during the collision and was seen by the Spencer Hospital Ambulance Services.

The estimated damage to the vehicle is $4,500.

The Price Cup comes home

SPENCER — Powered by Morningside College recruit Lauren Ellis’ No. 1 singles title run; and the Spencer No. 1 doubles team of Jenna Bennet and Kennedy Graettinger’s runner-up finish, the Tigers would recapture the Denny Price Trophy, returning it home after winning the team’s home tournament Saturday.

Bob Schlaeger, Spencer head coach, called the win a “great showing of our girls. They earned team first place overall, the first time in the six years of this tournament.”

Hoben scores 12 goals in 2 wins

Two games stopped early on back-to-back nights, Thursday and Friday, marked a successful ending to the week for the Spencer Tiger girls who finished with 30 goals, a trio of early stoppages and a clean sheet for the defense and goalie duo, Aubrie Stell and Alexa Hallett. Tuesday, Spencer, now 5-2, will travel Sheldon, for a 5 p.m. contest with the Orabs seeking to improve to 5-0 in NWI Soccer League standings.



Spencer faces elite competition on Sioux City track

SIOUX CITY — Saturday, with temps pushing close to 90 degrees for the first time in 2024, Spencer’s boys and girls track teams ran at the Sioux City Relays, hosted by Morningside College on the track at Olsen Stadium. Though no official team scores were kept, both of the Tigers coed programs had plenty to be proud of.

Boys improve to 6-0 on the pitch

Spencer’s boys soccer team managed to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in NWI Soccer League play, taking down unbeaten Sioux Center and a struggling West Sioux program, the Tigers move on Tuesday looking remain perfect when they host the Sheldon Orabs. Anticipated game time is 6:30 p.m.



Shooting 331 disappointing for Tigers

ORANGE CITY — Not their best moment. That’s the way Spencer boys golf coach Marc Bruning described the team’s performance at Landsmeer Country Club in Orange City, Saturday.

He said he was “a bit disappointed as this was our worst performance of the year as a team, but it's early, need to learn from our mistakes and I know they will be better on Monday (at its home invite).”

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