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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...

Community Insurance puts emphasis on giving back
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Community Insurance puts emphasis on giving back

Scott Simpson’s favorite part of working in the insurance industry is being there for people. “I love helping people and working with people,” said Simpson, owner and president of Community Insurance. “My slogan has always been ‘Insurance stinks until you need it.’ It’s great when you can work with people and when something does go...

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...

Microbreweries one step closer to being permitted use in downtown
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Microbreweries one step closer to being permitted use in downtown

Microbreweries are one step closer to being a permitted use in Spencer’s downtown area. Last week, the Spencer City Council voted 5-0 to approve the first filing of an ordinance that would make microbreweries a permitted use in the central business district zone, which encompasses downtown Spencer. City staff has fielded inquiries from “business owners”...

Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case
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Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Southside Grill may soon learn whether or not its liquor license will be renewed. City Attorney Don Hemphill told the Spencer City Council last week that he expects a decision from the state soon on the gentlemen’s steakhouse’s license. “I expect a decision probably before your next meeting,” Hemphill said. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s...

New company purchases Simonsen facility
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New company purchases Simonsen facility

The former Simonsen Iron Works facility has been purchased by Godbersen Metal Works, a startup manufacturing company with Ida Grove connections. At last week’s meeting, the Spencer City Council approved its $37,500 portion of a $75,000 Spencer Area Jobs Trust forgivable loan to the company. To have the loan amount forgiven, Godbersen Metal Works (GMW)...

Diversity delivers for Demco
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Diversity delivers for Demco

Diversity has helped a Spencer manufacturer succeed in more ways than one. Demco, which has had a facility located in Spencer since 1995, has been able to lean on its many products that are manufactured for several different industries and has also taken innovative hiring approaches. Although some industries, especially agriculture, have seen better days...

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