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City council notes: October 7, 2019
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City council notes: October 7, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on October 7. Council approves recommended zoning code changes The Spencer City Council approved a list of zoning code changes as recommended in the economic development strategic plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting in January.  The council held a public hearing and followed that...

Updated floodplain maps available at city hall
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Updated floodplain maps available at city hall

The city has received updated proposed floodplain maps that are available at city hall for the public to review. Once finalized, the map will set flood boundaries for 100- and 500-year floods. At last week’s city council meeting, Spencer Planning Director Steve Hallgren said there should be public meetings to review the maps with the...

Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance
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Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance

Like a bad batch of beer, some ordinances apparently are best dumped and brewed fresh. The Spencer City Council did just that last week when it voted 5-1 to approve the first filing of a clarified ordinance that would allow microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries downtown and other areas as a permitted use. The council flushed...

NW Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit hopes attendees leave inspired
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NW Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit hopes attendees leave inspired

The organizers of Friday’s Northwest Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit in Spencer want attendees to leave inspired and ready to engage with their communities. The event, held at the Clay County Fair and Events Center from 12-5 p.m., is being put on by the SpencerUSA Young Professionals and the Lakes Area Young Professionals. There will be...

Sheriff’s office seeks wanted man
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Sheriff’s office seeks wanted man

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Spencer man with numerous warrants out for his arrest. In a Facebook post on Thursday, the sheriff’s office asked the public to contact authorities if they see 32-year-old Nathan Ray Tesch or know where he is. Tesch has active Clay County warrants for possession of drug...

Here’s who is running for Spencer City Council and other Clay County elections
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Here’s who is running for Spencer City Council and other Clay County elections

The Clay County Auditor’s office this week released the names that will appear on ballots November 5 as voters participate in city and school elections. City of Spencer MayorKevin Robinson (incumbent) City Council Ward 2William Orrison (incumbent) City Council Ward 4Donavon WunschelDuane Bates City Council At-LargeRich Prentice (incumbent)Loren H. Reit City Council Ward 3 (to...

Southside Grill owner faces serving alcohol to minor charges in 12 cases
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Southside Grill owner faces serving alcohol to minor charges in 12 cases

The owner of Southside Grill has been charged with serving alcohol to a minor in 12 different cases in Third Judicial District Court in Clay County. Court records show the gentlemen’s steakhouse owner, Chris Burg, appeared in court Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to all counts of licensee supplying alcohol to a minor. Each of...

Jacobsen won’t seek city council reelection; Orrison to run for another term
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Jacobsen won’t seek city council reelection; Orrison to run for another term

Leann Jacobsen will not run for reelection to the Spencer City Council. Jacobsen, who has represented Ward 4 since 2017, announced her decision Friday and spoke about her reasoning at Monday’s council meeting. “It was not an easy decision,” she said. “There seems to be a chapter for everything in our life and I’m looking...

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