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Homeowner facing demolition speaks out
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Homeowner facing demolition speaks out

Steve Knittel wants two things. “One is to be left alone and the other is justice,” he said as he stood inside the mudroom of his home at 100 East First Street. For Knittel, those two wants are related. The city has sought a court order that would deem his home a substandard and unsafe...

Spencer City Council notes: April 15
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Spencer City Council notes: April 15

Spencer City Council members on Monday filed for the second time an ordinance that would allow restaurants to set up sidewalk cafés on public sidewalks outside their establishments. If the ordinance is filed a third and final time, establishments where at least 50% of revenue comes from food sales can apply for permits to operate...

Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation
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Spencer City Council opposes property tax legislation

The Spencer City Council approved a resolution Monday stating the city’s opposition to proposed state legislation that would limit cities’ and counties’ increase in property tax revenue to 2% per year. At the Eggs and Issues form Sunday, area state legislators defended their support of the legislation. Many Republican state representatives, including Megan Jones of...

Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest
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Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest

Just two weeks after launching, Spencer’s new Retail Kickstarter Program is already generating interest. Through the program, Spencer businesses that fill retail gaps, diversify the economy or fill jobs can apply to receive forgivable loans up to $25,000 and separate zero percent interest loans up to $25,000. The program is a partnership between the City...

SUV vs. deer accident sends one to hospital
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SUV vs. deer accident sends one to hospital

A Hartley woman was transported to Spencer Hospital Tuesday morning after the vehicle she was driving hit a deer in the 1000 block of US-18. According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Valerie Moermond, 59, was driving a 2018 Chevy Equinox east on US-18 when the front end of the SUV struck a deer crossing...

Accident at US-71 and US-18 results in minor injuries
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Accident at US-71 and US-18 results in minor injuries

An accident Wednesday morning at the north intersection of highways 71 and 18 in Spencer resulted in minor injuries. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office and Spencer Police Department responded to a two-vehicle collision. An investigation determined December Pomerenke, driving a 2012 Ford F-150 owned by Christenson...

Spencer man faces charges for role in fight
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Spencer man faces charges for role in fight

A Spencer man was arrested for assault earlier this month for his role in a fight in March that left a male victim with injuries. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office on April 9 stated in a news release that Dylan Wallace, 26, was arrested April 4 on a warrant for a charge of assault causing...

City hiring McClure Engineering to review preliminary floodplain maps
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City hiring McClure Engineering to review preliminary floodplain maps

Spencer is bringing in experts to take a closer look at preliminary updated floodplain maps that include parts of town not previously within flood zone boundaries. On Monday, the city council approved hiring McClure Engineering Company to review preliminary floodplain maps from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, prepare any suggested revisions and provide the...

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