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Police chief says domestic calls are up, businesses following closure orders
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Police chief says domestic calls are up, businesses following closure orders

Spencer police have seen an increase in domestic incident calls now that more people are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Mark Warburton told the Spencer City Council on Monday that the number of domestic disturbance reports the police department has received are above normal. “When you’re bringing people together, family spending that much...

Spencer area COVID-19 community updates
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Spencer area COVID-19 community updates

While the community continues to respond to the evolving situation regarding the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the Spencer Signal is collecting information about area closings, cancellations and other updates. As of April 10, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County. There have been 1,388 confirmed cases...

COVID-19: Updates from city, state, federal and public health officials
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COVID-19: Updates from city, state, federal and public health officials

Here are the latest updates from local, state and federal government officials about the new coronavirus and COVID-19 disease outbreak. As of April 10, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County. There have been 1,388 confirmed cases in Iowa and 31 deaths. Read Spencer area business...

Council agrees city employees should wear masks in public, confirms pay through April
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Council agrees city employees should wear masks in public, confirms pay through April

City of Spencer employees may soon be asked to consider wearing CDC-recommended cloth masks when in public. Mayor Kevin Robinson brought up the idea during Monday’s city council meeting. The CDC just days earlier issued a recommendation that the general public consider wearing cloth masks in certain situations. “Because we have essential staff members, I...

Council forgives $71,000 in loan to Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association for Pedersen Park lighting project
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Council forgives $71,000 in loan to Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association for Pedersen Park lighting project

The Spencer City Council voted Monday to release the Spencer Youth Baseball and Softball Association from future financial obligations regarding the Pedersen Park lighting project. The project was finished in 2018. The city and the association (SYBSA) had an informal agreement that city would fund the project and be reimbursed by the SYBSA. Council members...

Driver leads Spencer police on chase with toddler daughter in vehicle
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Driver leads Spencer police on chase with toddler daughter in vehicle

A Graettinger man faces charges of child endangerment, eluding and a slew of other traffic violations after he led Spencer police on a chase Saturday afternoon with his 16-month-old daughter in the vehicle. The driver, 40-year-old Frederick Connie, was eventually taken into custody, but not before trying to evade police. The Spencer Police Department stated...

Minor injuries reported in Friday accident
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Minor injuries reported in Friday accident

A driver suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident late Friday at the 180th Avenue and 340th Street intersection near Spencer. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to the accident at about 5:40 p.m. An investigation determined Andrea Cortez, 20, of Aurelia, was in a 2006 Dodge Ram facing north at a stop sign....

Officials: Social distancing key to preventing spread of COVID-19, not overwhelming health care system
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Officials: Social distancing key to preventing spread of COVID-19, not overwhelming health care system

Spencer city and health officials believe social distancing measures being taken now are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and not overwhelming the local health care system. Officials shared information on social distancing and more during a Facebook Live video Tuesday. The distancing measures are necessary, they said, to prevent the local COVID-19 situation...

Spencer Weekly Episode 3: Rainbow Hunts for Kids
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Spencer Weekly Episode 3: Rainbow Hunts for Kids

Listen to Episode 3 of Spencer Weekly, featuring Rachel Meyer, the creator of the popular Rainbow Hunts for Kids Facebook group that started in Spencer. It’s the first Spencer Weekly podcast episode ever recorded while social distancing! We made it work, though. This week, Kevin, Andy and Tim were joined by Rachel Meyer, a Spencer...

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