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Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer
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Weather causes flooding, sewer issues in Spencer

Rain on top of snow that had nowhere to go caused flooding and sewer issues in Spencer Wednesday night into Thursday. Spencer Public Works Director Mark White said there were several severe issues with standing water in the southern part of town. “We had a lot of drainage issues in south Spencer, particularly south of...

Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills
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Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills

District 1 State Senator Zach Whiting has had a busy session up to this point of his first term. Whiting (R-Spirit Lake) sponsored and co-sponsored numerous bills and other pieces of legislation. Several of those survived last week’s legislative funnel that requires measures be reported out of committee if they are to be voted on...

Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel
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Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel

After giving birth a month ago to her third child, Rep. Megan Jones is back in Des Moines. She returned just in time for the first legislative deadline, known as the funnel, which requires all bills be reported out of committee if they are to be discussed on the House floor. Jones (R-Clay County) spoke...

3 arrested in drug bust
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3 arrested in drug bust

Three people were arrested Wednesday evening for various drug charges after Spencer police and Clay County sheriff’s deputies found marijuana, THC vape cartridges and drug paraphernalia in an apartment. The Spencer Police Department reported a search warrant was executed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 415 Fourth Avenue West Unit 1. Authorities found over a pound...

Simonsen Iron Works facility closing
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Simonsen Iron Works facility closing

Thurston Manufacturing Company announced this week that it is closing Simonsen Iron Works in Spencer. The Thurston, Nebraska, company had been providing contract manufacturing services and producing its ChuckWagon Mobile Grilling Systems products at its Spencer facility under the Simonsen Iron Works brand name. According to a press release, the company will merge its Spencer...

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