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Pastor's Column: Have you ever wondered?

Do you ever wonder about things? I do. Have you ever wondered why ice floats? I have. Have you ever wondered if fish ever get thirsty? I have. Have you ever wondered why a yo-yo comes back up the string? I have. Have you ever wondered if the light really does go out when the refrigerator door is closed? I have. Have you ever wondered what Jesus was like? I have. Have you ever wondered what Heaven will be like? I have. Have you ever wandered in the woods? I have.

South on 71: Finally, it's spring

You know how I figured that one out? Because we’re spending our days walking through lawn and garden product in the north store and working our fingers to the bones when we get home.

Good thing the sun sets later in the day. We get so much work done when it’s dusk. 

Pastor's Column: Salvation and the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13b-14 “When you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit ...The spirit of God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.” (NLT)

One Man's Perspective: Show up and educate yourself

Show up and educate yourself


Wednesday, the Spencer media will partner for the first of two Primary election contested candidate forums. Our three Clay County Supervisor candidates are expected to be in attendance for the 6:30 p.m. pubic forum in council chambers at Spencer City Hall. I want to personally invite you to attend in person if you can, with the caution that seating can be limited.

Attend the forum on Wednesday

To the editor

First of all I want to thank the Spencer Reporter for all they did in regard to their annual Citizen of the Year award. I feel truly honored to be in the same company with all the previous recipients. I was surprised beyond belief when I got the knock on the door at 6 a.m. one Tuesday morning in April. I was barely able to comprehend what you and Publisher Brad Hicks were trying to tell me.

Is it time to pile on Tesla?

Tesla’s Cybertruck sales lost the gas pedal. Almost literally… as sales were put on hold.  Its creator, Elon Musk, may suffer from the greatest case of hubris ever contracted by a genius. The line between genius and madman cycles close and he has been alleged to have crossed it by taking on so many tasks that he can no longer do any of them well.

Be alert for unauthorized plan switching of your individual health insurance policies

Individual health insurance is insurance you purchase yourself – not through an employer or provided through a government health insurance program.  Individual health insurance policies come in two main forms – they are available either on or off the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.   

Gardening grows healthy, happy kids

Gardeners know and research is proving that gardening, even viewing a garden, as well as spending time in nature is good for the mind, body, and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure, and elevates our moods.

On Grass and Water: Lost Island, lost bass

It was easily the biggest largemouth bass I’d seen in years.

She was staring daggers at my wacky-rigged worm, not 5 feet off the bow of my kayak in 6 feet of water.

Pastor's Column: Love your city

Recently, I preached a sermon entitled, “Love Your Soil.” In northwest Iowa during the springtime, it is natural to conclude the sermon would be about planting the seed in the soil. But I didn’t choose that tack. Stay with me for a moment as I explain what seemed inspired at the time, what seemed to be an inconvenience, and what recently happened that confirmed my love for the soil in Spencer.

Randy's Review: ‘The Fall Guy’

“The Fall Guy” is essentially just a little over two hours of fun in the form of mindless action, some laughs, stunts and fights wrapped around a rekindling romance. Aside from the primary character’s name and career path, this celebration of “the unknown stuntman” — as star Lee Major’s so poorly sang it on the '80s TV show of the same name — there is no real connection between the two entertaining productions.

One Man’s Perspective: When does free speech cross the line?

I’m as big a First Amendment advocate is there. I work in the industry governed by the First Amendment. Whether it’s Calvin loudly — and I mean LOUDLY — proclaiming the word of God on the corner of Fourth and Grand in downtown Spencer or some guy going on late night television making some outrageous suggestion — the Constitution affords them the right to do it.

Guest Commentary: Wrapping up the 2024 legislative session

At 4:23 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, we adjourned sine die (which just means final adjournment for the session).

It was an early morning and a late night. There were a lot of broken hearts over bills that didn't make it. There was lot of frustration about bills that did make it.

Lawn & Garden: Boost the beauty and comfort of your outdoor spaces

Add some comfort and beauty to your outdoor spaces this year. Look for options that fit your lifestyle, budget and schedule. Even simple changes can make a positive impact on the time you spend relaxing and entertaining on your patio, deck or other outdoor spaces.

Home Country

“Happy May Day!” said Delbert McLain, our self-appointed, undisputed, and unpaid head of our nonexistent chamber of commerce. He wears a tie. Here, in this town. ‘Nuf said.

“By golly you’re right,” said Doc. “I have a question, Del. How are we supposed to celebrate it?”

“By starting a business, maybe,” he said. “You know. And then joining the chamber of commerce.”

“And paying dues?”

“Why not?”

Randy's Review: ‘Challengers’

A trio of young tennis standouts involved in a love triangle. What could go wrong?

Answer: A lot.

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