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Reaching 'epic proportions'

The flood of 1953 left an impression on Spencer which remains legend. That was until this weekend.

After setting the Little Sioux high water mark of 20.2 feet 71 years ago, the flood of 2024 will be remembered for establishing the new standard at 22.2. Before noon, Sunday water had begun receding — dropping to 20.18.

It was a record nobody in Spencer or Clay County had any desire to see broken.

Reynolds asks for expedited federal disaster declaration in response to historic flood

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has asked President Joe Biden for an expedited federal major disaster declaration following the unprecedented, ongoing flooding in the state’s northwest corner.


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A celebration of the red — west mostly — began Thursday at the Clay County Fair & Events Center and will continue on the grounds, indoors and out, through Sunday. Last year, it was announced “The World’s Greatest County Fair” would be hosting the Red Power Roundup, celebrating the 100 years of Farmall. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy 750 vendors, as well as exhibitors, tours, seminars, a daily tractor parade, a variety of food services and more.

Farmers Bank hosts Shred Day, Food Drive

Members of the Farmers Trust & Savings Bank team left their air-conditioned offices Thursday morning and worked to help local residents dispose of confidential shredding documents while also collecting food for Upper Des Moines Opportunity. The staff worked together for an hour-and-a-half emptying cars who stopped by the parking lot north of the bank’s drive-thru where the shred truck was set up. (Photos submitted)

Fire Department wants to raise volunteers’ pay, add new ranks

Spencer’s volunteer firefighters have gone a decade without a raise and are falling behind their peers in other cities, Spencer Fire Department Chief Jesse Coulson said.

Council considers Hometown Pride program participation

The Spencer City Council is weighing whether to spend more than $38,000 over five years to participate in Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Hometown Pride program.

City manager search to begin in July

The Spencer City Council’s personnel committee discussed the timeline for hiring and a salary range for outgoing City Manager Dan Gifford’s replacement on June 17.

Spencer Food Program Menu — June 21-28


• Friday: Grab 'n' go pancake, banana, juice — Spencer High School, Door 8.

• Monday: Eat-in breakfast — Fairview Elementary.

• Tuesday: Eat-in breakfast — Fairview Elementary.

• Wednesday: Eat-in breakfast — Fairview Elementary.

• Thursday: Eat-in breakfast — Fairview Elementary.

• Friday: Eat-in breakfast — Fairview Elementary.


Spencer Community School Foundation 2024 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Spencer Community Schools Foundation awarded scholarships to 79 seniors on Sunday, March 17, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. These awards are available through benefactors, as well as annual contributions from those choosing to support students, the school and the community. (Above) Class of 1971 Scholarship: Gensley Ball. (Below) The Spencer Police Association Scholarships: Jenna Bennett and Kade Johnson.

Gillis presented 1 of 16 scholarships

DES MOINES — Sixteen graduating Iowa high school seniors each received $3,000 scholarships for their work advancing the understanding and rights of Iowa’s LGBTQ+ community.

Ambassadors visit new Legacy business partnership

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited Legacy Financial to celebrate its new business partnership with Prairie Plans. The businesses have always been friendly competitors and are now looking forward to serving the community together. (Photo submitted)

New Extension space allows for program, site growth

Monday, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at the new Iowa State Clay County Extension offices. The building, which has been operational since January, hosts Iowa State outreach programs for adults and kids.

Members of the Clay County Extension Council spoke before going outside to cut the ribbon.

Iowa DNR participates in Pollinator Week

Between habitat loss, pesticides and climate change, pollinators — the group of insects that help flowering plants reproduce by carrying pollen around — have been struggling worldwide over the last few decades.

Let the good times roll

Last year, it was announced the Clay County Fair & Events Center would be hosting the Red Power Roundup, celebrating the 100 years of Farmall. This landmark event is here, beginning Thursday, June 20, and continuing through Sunday, June 23. The event is anticipated to draw approximately 15,000-20,000 attendees from around the globe.

Henry Mancini featured on Muni Band concert

The Spencer Municipal Band, under the baton of Katie Bush, will be presenting its weekly concert of music in the park this Thursday at 7 p.m. The band is made up of area musicians and is supported by the city of Spencer and the Spencer Community Schools.

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