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Have You Noticed: More books in Little Free Libraries around Spencer?
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Have You Noticed: More books in Little Free Libraries around Spencer?

Walk through a number of Spencer’s city parks and you may notice what look like little a little house or small, enclosed bookcase with reading materials stacked inside. These are Little Free Libraries – small structures with books for people to borrow. The Spencer Public Library maintains seven little free libraries throughout the community, mostly...

The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1
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The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1

One of Spencer’s most distinctive dining options is closing. The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 24 West Park Street, will close Nov. 1, co-owners Dave and Leann Jacobsen announced early Monday evening. The space, including the former Gary’s on the River upstairs, will be available for Christmas parties and other events using private caterers until...

Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer
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Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer

Sammy Ramadani has heard Spencer misses good Italian food. Even in Algona, where he owns Napoli’s, Ramadani said he often hears from people about how they missed the Napoli’s in Spencer. “Everybody who came to my restaurant in Alonga told me they missed the Italian restaurant in Spencer,” he said. “I thought it was probably...

City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects
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City manager updates council on arts and culture, economic development projects

A Des Moines firm charged with further developing Spencer’s arts and culture community in hopes of becoming more attractive to potential and current residents kicked off a series of vision sessions last week. Representatives from McClure led multiple sessions last week, inviting community members and existing arts and culture organizations to the table. The city...

Affidavit: Woman hit bicyclist with vehicle, punched victim in face 10-15 times over alleged affair
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Affidavit: Woman hit bicyclist with vehicle, punched victim in face 10-15 times over alleged affair

A woman who Spencer police say earlier this month hit a female bicyclist with her vehicle then got out and assaulted the victim did so over an alleged affair. A complaint and affidavit states Wendy Willard, 44, on Aug. 30 intentionally hit Jennifer Armstrong with her vehicle at the Fourth Avenue SW and 12th Street...

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