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Guest Commentary: Recovering and rebuilding together

Our communities have faced — and continue to experience — catastrophic flooding that has devastated homes, farms, businesses, schools and hospitals. Families have lost cherished possessions, businesses face costly cleanup, and farmers have lost crops. However, despite this challenging time for our district, Iowans are resilient. Neighbors are stepping up to help neighbors, farmers are deploying their payloaders to haul away debris, and communities are coming together to recover and rebuild.

Lawn & Garden: Managing weeds in the garden

No matter the weather, weeds seem to thrive and reproduce, and if left unchecked, they can overwhelm the garden and gardener. These unwanted plants find their way into your garden as seeds, roots, rhizomes or whole plants. Seeds can be carried in by the wind, birds and other animals, or on the soles of shoes. Roots, rhizomes and even plants hitch a ride in the soil or with plants that we move into the garden.

Home Country

Now I’m not sayin’ that comin’ down with that Lombardo in my back was a good thing … nossir. Hurtin’ like that can’t hardly ever be good, ‘course, but every white cloud has a silver linin’ as they do say.

Alphonse Wilson here, with another life lesson to be disgruntlified whenever you get around to it. And there’s never any charge for these lessons unless you don’t believe me. If that happens, send me a dollar.

One Man's Perspective: A community united

First, I want to let everyone know that Coffee with the Editor will resume at 7 a.m., Tuesday in a new location. Occasions has graciously offered to allow us to meet there until Grand Avenue Community Outreach and I invite everyone to come out for some coffee and civil conversation.

Now, on to much more important things — a heartfelt thank you.

One Man’s Perspective: Spencer Strong

In my 57 — soon to be 58 — years of life, I have never witnessed anything like the flood of 2024 first hand. I know that’s less years than some of our readers, and more than others, but I believe, based on feedback I’ve personally received and comments I’ve read online from others, this may indeed be that 100-year flood they talk about so often.

Then someone, far smarter than myself, provided statistics backing up a statement they included calling it a 500-year flood.

Pastor's Column: In the wake of Spencer’s unprecedented disaster

I want to thank the Spencer Daily Reporter and especially Randy Cauthron for his help in getting the local pastor’s columns printed on Fridays. I had planned for something altogether different for my article today but felt that the readers would appreciate something more relevant with all that has been going on in our area even though the Bible is always relevant.

Review: OST begins season on high note

The Okoboji Summer Theatre has started its 66th season of quality live theatrical musicals, comedies and dramas on a high note … literally and figuratively.

“Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical” has lots of everything good in it. It is the story of songwriter and producer Ellie Greenwich, who is not necessarily a well-known name, but her music from the ‘60s is among the best ever written.

On the Side: Reporter's news team dives into local flooding

Basically, it came without warning, the flash flood that struck Clay County late last Friday night and grew in intensity over the weekend. Our local area's rainfall the end of last week was significant enough, but not rare, with areas getting 3 to 6 inches. But that happened on top of already wet soil, and combined with the 8 to 12 inches of rain that fell over the same period in the northern parts of the Little Sioux basin, there was just too much water.

Lawn & Garden: Grow some pain relief in gardens and containers

Ease your way through the busy summer season with the help of some pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory garden produce. Add them to your garden or containers or purchase the produce at your local farmer’s market.

Home Country

Now I’m not sayin’ that comin’ down with that Lombardo in my back was a good thing … nossir. Hurtin’ like that can’t hardly ever be good, ‘course, but every white cloud has a silver linin’ as they do say.

Alphonse Wilson here, with another life lesson to be disgruntlified whenever you get around to it. And there’s never any charge for these lessons unless you don’t believe me. If that happens, send me a dollar.

Extension Outreach: June is always such a busy month

Every year it seems to surprise me! Just in my role we have weigh-ins and deadlines the first two weeks. Then we start focusing on Achievement Fair and Fair Entry which means basically it is fair time! That’s a bit of a jump, but if I am not intentional with my time everything gets away from me very quickly. A few deadline date reminders. State Fair Entry is open right now. Clay County Fair Entry opens July 1 through Aug. 1. Rabbits need to be identified by July 1.

The CommStock Report: Old money trying to survive as the American dream

It took a while but America has now come of age where there is generational wealth. Just a few hundred years ago, no one, not even the indigenous peoples of North America had a lock on the title to their lands. The waves of immigrants that arrived in America intended on establishing generational wealth by their presence. They survived hardships including wars and quickly established the legal system that embraced private ownership as the law of the land.

On Grass & Water: Let's talk about bugs

It may not seem like there’s any shortage of insects in northwest Iowa this year. We’ve had plenty of rain for the first time in several years, and our backyards are bursting with buzzing, bustling, biting bugs.

Pastor's Column

In the Old Testament, we read about the children of Israel who were enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt. As they cried out for help, God delivered them from bondage and began to lead them to the land He had promised. Throughout their supernatural deliverance, they began to complain against Moses and ultimately against God, their Rescuer. They didn’t like the way He was doing things!

Guest Commentary: How to deal with insurance, contractors and public adjusters after a storm

The following information was provided by the Iowa Insurance Division:

Letter to the Editor

In the Friday, June 14, edition of the Spencer Reporter, J.P. Greer's letter piqued my ire enough to roust me from my easy chair and head to the computer to fire off a response. First of all, J.P. is a friend. Secondly, he is a rabid Democrat and an equally rabid detractor of Donald Trump.

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