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First filing of IGL Construction property rezoning approved
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First filing of IGL Construction property rezoning approved

The Spencer City Council may fast-track a request from IGL Construction that its property at 221 32nd Avenue West be rezoned from mobile home to A residential district. Council members approved the first of three filings of an ordinance approved the rezoning with a 7-0 vote. Ron Hanson, Ward 5 council member, asked City Attorney...

Game State moving into former Hallmark building
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Game State moving into former Hallmark building

After years of sitting empty, the former Hallmark building on Grand Avenue is getting a new resident. Game State will be moving to the new location on September 1.   Game State is a store in downtown Spencer specializing in board games, card games, table-top games, and game accessories. Aside from selling games, Game State hosts...

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Mainstreet Market cancelled for 2020

The 2020 season for Mainstreet Market has been cancelled. Originally set to be five Thursday nights this summer beginning July 16, the Mainstreet Market had already been scaled back to only three nights.  Following the cancellation of the Clay County Fair the Spencer Alliance for a Creative Economy (SPACE) Board decided to cancel the remain...

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These are the Spencer and Clay County businesses and organizations that received PPP loans

A total of 523 Clay County businesses and organizations received Paycheck Protection Program loans that they indicated would help retain 4,476 jobs, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury Department released the data on Monday for loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)....

City issues 36 building permits in June
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City issues 36 building permits in June

The City of Spencer issued 36 building reports in June with total fees collected equaling $2,063.81. Construction costs for all projects combined was valued at $520,772. June building permits June 1 714 S Grand Avenue, aluminum lettering direct mount to wall, $35 fee 919 1st Ave. SW, new three-stall garage on adjacent lot to primary...

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...

JCPenney in Spencer not among initial stores closing
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JCPenney in Spencer not among initial stores closing

JCPenney in Spencer is not on the list of stores the retailer plans to close this summer, though more closure announcements are expected. The retailer, which declared bankruptcy last month, announced that it would be closing 154 store locations. The company declared bankruptcy while facing the same struggles of the coronavirus pandemic that other businesses...

Spencer bars ready for nightlife to return
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Spencer bars ready for nightlife to return

Kay Meyer was more than ready to reopen her bar Thursday afternoon. Like other bar owners throughout Iowa, Meyer, owner of 5:13 at 513 S Grand Ave. in Spencer, has had to keep her establishment closed to guests since March 17. That was the day Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered restaurants, bars and many other...

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