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Two accused of drug offenses following traffic stop

A Spencer woman is facing two felony charges and several misdemeanors after police say they caught her with methamphetamine and prescription drugs that weren’t hers.

Main Street Market to begin July 11

The Spencer Art Alliance — SPACE — announced the dates for Main Street Market, five arts, farmers market and entertainment events in the summer of 2024.

Main Street Market events are open to the public and take place on the Clay County Courthouse Square, with live entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.; and will run five consecutive Thursday evenings, in July and August.

Summer Reading Program includes special events

The Spencer Public Library is inviting members of all ages in the community to sign-up for Summer Reading Program which runs through July 31.

The theme this year is “Read, Renew, Repeat” with an emphasis on reading, repurposing items and outdoors.

“We are excited to offer great programs for our community again this summer and everyone has a chance to win prizes, the more you read the more chances you have to win,” librarian Robin Munson said.

Grassley, Ernst greet Iowa National History Day participants

WASHINGTON — Last week, Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with 66 Iowa students who advanced to the final round of the National History Day Contest. The group discussed the students’ achievements and the importance of history.

Exciting dirt events at fair

The Clay County Fair grandstand will feature thrilling dirt events, including sprint cars, IMCA races and tractor pulls, during the Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15.

Workforce recruitment, retention focus of Corridor L&L

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, in partnership with the Estherville Chamber of Commerce and Estherville Area Growth Partnership, will host a Lunch & Learn event at the Iowa Lakes Community College Performing Arts Center at noon on Thursday, June 27, featuring speaker Kathy Anderson from Iowa Workforce Development.

Peters joins Rotary

Spencer Rotary President Greg Rasch welcomed the organization’s newest member Rebecca Peters. Peters is the new director of marketing and public relations at Spencer Hospital, taking the position Susan Zulk recently retired from. (Photo submitted)

June adult programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


Thursday, June 20 — 2 p.m.

Local teens go 'into the wild' with conservation board camp

Hannah Roush’s face was a study of conflicting emotions when a young sparrow landed on her head.

Tuesday blaze destroys garage

Multiple Spencer Fire-Rescue vehicles responded to 223 E. Second St., following the report of a burning garage, Wednesday, at approximately 6:20 p.m.

The call indicated an electrical fire as the alleged source of the burn, with flames shooting through the roof and dark smoke rolling into the air, prior to the fire team’s arrival.

Weeklong stage crash course

Pirates beware … a group of new, dedicated actors and actresses are coming to steal the show.

Footliters Traveling Playhouse will bring the “Vanishing of the Jolly Roger” to local audiences on the Spencer Community Theatre Playhouse stage at 6:30 p.m., Friday. Spencer area novice and experienced performers alike, will share their immersive weeklong efforts.

State commission approves contract for Little Sioux mapping project

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission, on June 13, approved a contract of up to $35,000 for a company to eventually create a new virtual tour of the Little Sioux River.

Lack of jailers proving costly for Clay County

Clay County is forced to pay other counties high daily rates to house female inmates because the county jail is struggling to hire and retain correctional officers, according to Sheriff Chris Raveling.

Koppen, sister to share ‘human library’ experiences

Spencer Public Library will welcome local author Diana Koppen and her sister and fellow author, Pam Doocy-Curry, to an event featuring the Iowa author duo, at 6 p.m., Monday, June 24. The event is free of charge.

Gilbert faces abuse, kidnapping, sexual abuse charges

Thirty-eight-year-old Spencer resident Derek Edward Gilbert was charged on multiple counts from abuse to kidnapping for behavior spanning a three-day period of time.

Saturday, at 7:38 a.m., Spencer Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Following an investigation, it was alleged in the charges that the domestic abuse occurred in the 600 block of East 10th Street during a three-day window.

Teen transported Monday following moped accident

Fourteen-year-old Haleigh Kuhlman, of Spencer, was transported to Spencer Hospital Monday, just before 8 p.m., after the 2021 moped she was driving struck a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu crossing in front of it.

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