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Death reported in Clay County single-vehicle accident
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Death reported in Clay County single-vehicle accident

A Spencer man died in a single-vehicle accident reported early Wednesday morning in Clay County. According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, at about 3:41 a.m. deputies were called to the 2300 mile of 420th Street for a reported injury accident. Cole Millard, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies determined that the 1992...

Spencer City Council notes: January 21, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: January 21, 2019

The Spencer City Council took action on the following notable items during its January 21 meeting. City manager compensation increase approved The Spencer City Council on Monday night approved a $5,000 compensation increase for City Manager Amanda Mack. This increase brings Mack’s compensation to $120,000 per year effective January 1. According to an agenda item...

Minor injuries reported in Clay County accident
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Minor injuries reported in Clay County accident

A 2007 Lexus driven by a juvenile female crashed January 14 in the 2400 mile of 340th Street, resulting the minor injuries for both the driver and a passenger. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 9:30 p.m. January 14, a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch in...

City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition
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City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition

Despite hearing from multiple downtown business owners and representatives of stakeholder organizations, the Spencer City Council on Monday passed a second filing of an ordinance that would allow murals. The ordinance amends city code to allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside wall of a commercial building, but not on the...

Search warrant results in drug bust, arrests
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Search warrant results in drug bust, arrests

A search last Thursday in Spencer led authorities to discover drug-related items and arrest two people. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office in a press release stated deputies executed a search warrant in the 100 block of West Third Street in Spencer. Deputies reportedly found drug paraphernalia and two unprocessed marijuana plants that were being grown...

City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking
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City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking

Candidates for next week’s Spencer City Council Ward 1 special election participated in a forum last week, often emphasizing similar points, but also highlighting differences in other areas. Ward 1 voters will choose next Tuesday between Natasha Mohror, Tom Nelson and Michael Watland to fill the vacancy created when Frank Petska died unexpectedly in October....

Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019

Spencer City Council approves audit The Spencer City Council on Monday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 audit as prepared by Winther Stave and Co. The only expense that went over budget noted on Monday was one that had already been approved. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, disbursements for debt service exceeded...

Deputies discover drug paraphernalia during traffic stop
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Deputies discover drug paraphernalia during traffic stop

A Hartley man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia Sunday afternoon after Clay County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop and then searched the vehicle. Christopher Cavin, 40, was arrested after a K-9 search resulted in an alert and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle. The sheriff’s office reportedly stopped a vehicle at...