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5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program
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5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program

Five properties in town will receive funding for home repairs thanks to Spencer’s new Substandard Housing Rehabilitation Program. The Spencer City Council last week approved 5-0 a resolution authorizing the acceptance of bids from contractors for work on the five properties. The combined amount awarded for the five bids is $122,475. Under the program, the...

Spencer City Council, School Board and other Clay County election results
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Spencer City Council, School Board and other Clay County election results

Here are the unofficial election results of last night’s Spencer City Council, School Board and other Clay County elections. Spencer MayorKevin Robinson – 1,055 votes (97.32%)Write-in – 29 votes (2.68%) City Council At-LargeLoren H. Reit – 724 votes (63.62%)Rich Prentice – 412 votes (36.2%)Write-in – 2 votes (0.18%) City Council Ward 2Bill Orrison – 106...

Arrest made after Dyno’s robbery
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Arrest made after Dyno’s robbery

Authorities arrested a Florida man Tuesday night after he robbed and fled a south Spencer gas station. Spencer police in a press release stated Jaime Salina Munoz, 22, of Shalimar, Florida, robbed the Dynos Convenience Store at 1001 South Grand Ave. Officers responded at 10:18 p.m. to a call that reported the robbery. The call...

Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance
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Council approves first filing of new microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries ordinance

Like a bad batch of beer, some ordinances apparently are best dumped and brewed fresh. The Spencer City Council did just that last week when it voted 5-1 to approve the first filing of a clarified ordinance that would allow microbreweries, microwineries and microdistilleries downtown and other areas as a permitted use. The council flushed...

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...

Here’s who is running for Spencer City Council and other Clay County elections
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Here’s who is running for Spencer City Council and other Clay County elections

The Clay County Auditor’s office this week released the names that will appear on ballots November 5 as voters participate in city and school elections. City of Spencer MayorKevin Robinson (incumbent) City Council Ward 2William Orrison (incumbent) City Council Ward 4Donavon WunschelDuane Bates City Council At-LargeRich Prentice (incumbent)Loren H. Reit City Council Ward 3 (to...

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...

Jacobsen won’t seek city council reelection; Orrison to run for another term
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Jacobsen won’t seek city council reelection; Orrison to run for another term

Leann Jacobsen will not run for reelection to the Spencer City Council. Jacobsen, who has represented Ward 4 since 2017, announced her decision Friday and spoke about her reasoning at Monday’s council meeting. “It was not an easy decision,” she said. “There seems to be a chapter for everything in our life and I’m looking...

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