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The Iowa Project Brewing Company ready for grand opening
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The Iowa Project Brewing Company ready for grand opening

Craft beer lovers will be able to enjoy a cold beverage brewed in Spencer on Saturday when The Iowa Project Brewing Company holds its grand opening. The brewery, long-awaited in Spencer, has been selling beers to-go through online ordering and curbside pickup for a couple of weeks now. Brewery co-owner Nick Applegate said they’re ready...

Clay County unemployment rate drops to 8.3% in May
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Clay County unemployment rate drops to 8.3% in May

The unemployment rate in Clay County dipped back below 10% in May to 8.3%, according to Iowa Workforce Development. That’s an improvement of just over two percentage points compared to April, when the rate in the county spiked to 10.4% due to the economic impact of COVID-19. The Clay County unemployment rate had jumped from...

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Public hearing, disciplinary action for police chief on Sioux Rapids City Council meeting agenda

Sioux Rapids Police Chief Tim Porter may face disciplinary action from the city council following a Facebook comment he posted that appeared to encourage violence against Des Moines Black Lives Matter protesters. The city council has scheduled a special meeting for June 29 beginning at 6 p.m. A public hearing, possible closed session and potential...

Clay County reaches 100-plus COVID-19 cases
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Clay County reaches 100-plus COVID-19 cases

Clay County has reached more than 100 cases of COVID-19. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County. Clay County Public Health has reported 57 people have recovered. Clay County has added about five cases per day this week, continuing last week’s...

Spencer Family Aquatic Center to open July 1
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Spencer Family Aquatic Center to open July 1

The Spencer Family Aquatic Center will open for the season on July 1. The pool’s opening had been delayed this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions on pools last week, allowing cities to decide if and when to open municipal pools to the public.  New guidelines will be...

City Council meeting notes: June 15, 2020
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City Council meeting notes: June 15, 2020

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its regular meeting on June 15, 2020. Council approves sale of former railroad right-of-way property to Iowa DOT for $225K The Spencer City Council held a public hearing and then approved, 7-0, the sale of 9.66 acres of former railroad right-of-way property to the Iowa Department...

No Boundaries program to operate out of Spencer City Hall
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No Boundaries program to operate out of Spencer City Hall

A program that offers real world experience to area high school students by letting them work on projects for local businesses, nonprofits and government entities will be housed at Spencer City Hall for the upcoming school year. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved, 7-0, a resource sharing agreement with the Spencer Community School District...

Suspicious person complaint leads to Peterson man’s arrest for car burglaries, vehicle thefts
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Suspicious person complaint leads to Peterson man’s arrest for car burglaries, vehicle thefts

A Peterson man faces charges connected to multiple car burglaries and two vehicle thefts in Spencer. On Monday, the Spencer Police Department stated in a news release that Gary Stallings II was arrested June 11 after officers responded to a suspicious person complaint near 215 12th Avenue West. Officers arrived on scene that afternoon to...

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