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Outdoors: Support bees and butterflies

If you enjoy eating apples, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, squash and more, thank a bee. Or, better yet, plant some pollinator friendly native plants in a pot, or flower bed or garden and support the local bees and butterflies. National Pollinator Week is June 17-23.

Outdoors: Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club keeps busy

The Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club works year around helping people, both young and old, learn more about the sport of fishing. Club volunteers were part of the June 6-9, JOY Camp, which is a four-day camp for individuals with special needs. The camp is held twice each summer at Camp Okoboji. Members of the IGLFC helped participants enjoy a fishing outing on the docks of the camp on Saturday, June 6.

Outdoors: Try trolling faster

Fish are cold-blooded. Water temperature effects how they go about their lives. When the water is cold, the fish prefer a slow moving bait. Their metabolism is slower in cold water, so they don’t move as fast.

When water temperatures warm up, like they do in the summer, fish will move around more, and they’ll also be willing to chase down a faster moving bait.

Outdoors: Wendt wins Classic Bass Champions Tour qualifier on Okobojis

Once again, the Okobojis did not disappoint as 64 teams on the Classic Bass Champions Tour from Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin got to experience bass fishing at its best June 11. Anglers were blessed with a mostly sunny day, a westerly wind and low humidity.

Tigers start week winning 3

A pair of lopsided winds sandwiched a very competitive home, nondistrict matchup with MOC-Floyd Valley Tuesday night as the Tiger baseball team picked up three straight wins to start the week.


Spencer 11, Western Christian 1

HULL — “It was nice to get back on the field after a tough outing against Waukee last Friday,” Spencer coach Brian Dirkx said. “We came up with some key hits against Western.”

20-run outburst highlights Tiger second win

An offensive explosion by the Spencer softball team in Ruthven, against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, highlighted a week which included two tough losses. The 20-2 win against the Titans Tuesday served as the team’s second win of the year.

In between an 8-4 loss to Western Christian in Hull, Monday, and a 6-4 defeat at home to Lakes Conference foe Spirit Lake Wednesday, the Tiger bats came alive Tuesday.

Rebel girls improve to 12-3

The Rebel girls picked up three wins, collecting a pair of Twin Lakes victories over Emmetsburg and Alta-Aurelia to remain perfect in conference, and improving to 12-3 overall.


Sioux Central 7, Emmetsburg 1

EMMETSBURG — Sioux Central defeated Emmetsburg 7-1, Monday, on the E-hawks softball fields.

Sioux Central drops pair to tough conference foes

Sioux Central’s boys fell to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the loop with back-to-back losses to start the week to the two top teams in the Twin Lakes Conference, Emmetsburg and Alta-Aurelia, sitting just ahead of them in the 12-team field.


Emmetsburg 11, Sioux Central 1 (6 innings)

EMMETSBURG — In Twin Lakes action Monday, Sioux Central’s boys traveled to Emmetsburg for baseball action with the E-Hawks, falling 11-1.

New tennis courts honor Price’s role in the sport

The official court naming ceremony for the man who inspired and developed the tennis program at Spencer High School, Dennis Price, was hosted near the courts behind the middle school Saturday afternoon.

Rough road trip

DES MOINES — West Des Moines Valley hosted a tournament over the weekend with large schools and a combined 31 wins. Spencer, coming in with just a single victory, faced No. 6 West Des Moines Valley right away Friday, followed by Des Moines East, Sioux City East and Des Moines Roosevelt. The Tigers would drop each game by double digits, falling to 1-12 on the year.

Tiger boys fall to Waukee

HARLAN — Playing at Harlan Rogers Park Friday, Spencer played visitor to Waukee on the scoreboard, suffering a 10-0 loss in five innings.

The Tigers managed just three hits in the game — all singles by Jackson Eilts, Jack Berends and George Lawson.

Freshman Braden Seversen started the game, working 3 1/3 innings, and taking the loss. Aiden Techen worked the final 1 1/3 before the game was called on the 10-run rule

Sioux Central girls struggle with Midgets, Hawks


PETERSON — No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central took care of a very solid Sioux Central softball team, 10-0 in five innings, Thursday, handing the Rebels just the team’s second loss on the season.

Kasey Krager, Rebel coach, said, “Estherville is a very good team with great pitching and quality hitting throughout their lineup.

Rebel boys improve to 4-0 in Twin Lakes

GILMORE CITY — A 10-hit night propelled Sioux Central baseball squad to a 14-5 road win at West Bend-Mallard Friday night. The victory elevated the Rebels to 4-0 in Twin Lakes Conference and 8-3 overall.

Sioux Central took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first before making it a 5-0 game with four more runs in the top of the third.

Clay County PF supports Bulls Eyes

BJ Sikora and David Warren of the Clay County Pheasants Forever presented a $3,500 check to the GTRA/Spencer Bulls Eyes Trap Team to cover their entry fees to the State Championship Shoot in Cedar Falls, and for two Garmin Trap Training devices. Over the last several years members of the Bulls Eyes Trap Team have assisted the Clay County Pheasants Forever at their annual fundraising event. Sixteen of the 27 Bulls Eyes live in Clay County and over half of the athletes also hunt and fish.

Outdoors: Help stop the spread of invasive species in your community

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.

Invasive species, like emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, spongy moth and oriental bittersweet threaten Iowa’s ecosystem by competing with and destroying native trees and disrupting the natural complex habitat system.

Outdoors: What a roller coaster ride it’s been

Remember how low the lakes were right after the ice went off? Let’s take a look back … this is the post I put on the Okoboji Protective Association’s Facebook page on March 24. “Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. The weather forecast is for at least an inch of rain over the next 24 hours, along with a mix of snow and sleet. We definitely need the moisture with Big Spirit Lake 12.8 inches below the spillway and the Okobojis 3.4 inches below Lower Gar overflow.

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