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Fireworks cause $15,000 in damage to Fairview Elementary playground
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Fireworks cause $15,000 in damage to Fairview Elementary playground

Nothing good happens after midnight. Those wise words often ring true no matter the location, but they were definitely accurate around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Fairview Elementary School playground. Spencer authorities say that’s when fireworks lit by juveniles caused a fire that did $15,000 in damage to the playground surface and its equipment. The...

Gas main struck near North School Park
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Gas main struck near North School Park

A contract crew struck a gas main Monday night near West 11th Street and First Avenue West, causing a large leak. Fire chief John Conyn had just finished delivering his monthly report to the Spencer City Council when the Spencer Fire Department was called to the scene. Public Works Director Mark White later told the...

City council notes: May 20
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City council notes: May 20

Drivers traveling north on Grand Avenue will eventually see new street signs and light poles thanks to private fundraising by the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation. At Monday’s city council meeting, the council to approve a memo of agreement with the Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation (GAIC) on the installation of “historic street poles and street signage,”...

Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019
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Spencer City Council notes: January 7, 2019

Spencer City Council approves audit The Spencer City Council on Monday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 audit as prepared by Winther Stave and Co. The only expense that went over budget noted on Monday was one that had already been approved. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, disbursements for debt service exceeded...

Spencer police calls and incidents report: December 4-6
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Spencer police calls and incidents report: December 4-6

Below are the calls and incidents as reported by the Spencer Police Department for Tuesday, December 4, through the early morning hours of Friday, December 7. This list includes calls handled by other agencies. Specific actions taken are in parenthesis.   Tuesday, December 4 7:55 a.m. – Traffic stop, 300 block of Fourth Avenue East (verbal...

City Council notes: December 3 meeting
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City Council notes: December 3 meeting

The Spencer City Council took action on or discussed the following items at its December 3 meeting.   Parking ordinances filed 3rd and final time The City Council approved the third filings of ordinances placing restrictions on parking in yards. One ordinance restricts the number of accessory vehicles allowed to be parked in yards, while...

City council approves contract for storm sewer extension necessary for new Northwest Bank facility
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City council approves contract for storm sewer extension necessary for new Northwest Bank facility

The Spencer City Council on Tuesday approved a $572,242.50 contract for the 18th Avenue West storm sewer extension, a project made necessary by construction of a new Northwest Bank facility in that area. At its last meeting on Aug. 20, the council awarded the project to H & W Contracting out of Sioux Falls. The...

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