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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...

Hearing scheduled for  Southside Grill liquor license status
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Hearing scheduled for Southside Grill liquor license status

A judge will hear arguments later this month that could determine whether Southside Grill retains its liquor license. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s liquor license renewal in June citing evidence from law enforcement that Southside Grill’s employees had served alcohol to minors and intoxicated individuals and that dancers there had exposed their nipples...

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