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Cleanup underway

Following Sunday afternoon’s fire in the 200 block of Grand Avenue which involved response from Spencer and other area fire responders, as well multiple other agencies moved into follow up mode on Monday. The blaze, which impacted and damaged multiple businesses and upstairs apartments in the block, left doors closed and residents homeless in the aftermath of the blaze which kept firefighters on site for approximately eight hours.

Tiger Pa’s perform Friday

The Spencer Community School Foundation is hosting the Tiger Pa’s — high school junior and senior dads — showing their dance moves Friday, during the halftimes of the girls and boys basketball games with Spirit Lake. Funds raised will go to provide robotics equipment for technical education classes. Come support the dads as they raise funds to benefit the education of Spencer students.

Hospital emergency department work shifts indoors

Work to Spencer Hospital’s emergency department has shifted to indoor work. Though initially the hospital’s expansion project began with exterior work, the project schedule has changed slightly due to recent weather conditions.

Eggs & Issues returns this weekend, along with breakfast option

Local legislative forum Eggs & Issues will have its first event Saturday, hosted by the Spencer Chamber of Commerce at Spencer City Hall. Doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m., with the session running from 9-10:30 a.m. as area legislators speak to community members.

City further deliberates Retail Coach contract

City officials further considered the possibility of using the services of a retail recruitment partner to assist with developing recently purchased city land. The city had previously discussed approving a contract with the firm Retail Coach at a previous committee meeting on Jan. 5, and during a committee meeting on Monday, officials met with Austin Farmer, the firm’s project director, to hear more information about the company’s plan.

County supervisors hear IGL broadband plans

Representatives from IGL TeleConnect visited the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to share the company’s plan on providing broadband in the county. IGL representative Alex Seaman reported the company is planning on building in Clay County sometime this year.

Iowa PBS presents Season 7 of ‘The Film Lounge’

Celebrate the work of Iowa filmmakers and explore the art of filmmaking with brand-new episodes of “The Film Lounge.” Iowa PBS recently announced the upcoming seventh season of its popular series that showcases short films created by Iowans. This season includes two new episodes featuring 10 short films of varying styles and subject matters as well as some special segments.

Spencer Rotary recognizes Thompson

Spencer High School senior Josie Thompson was recognized as the Spencer Rotary Student of the Month. Thompson is very active in speech and drama and choir. She isn’t sure where she will be attending school this fall but is leaning toward a business degree and a minor in theater. (Photo submitted)

Around Campus

BROOKINGS, S.D. — More than 3,200 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance over the fall 2022 semester at South Dakota State University by being named to the dean's list.

Jam the Gym on Laker Visit Day

ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes Community College will hold the annual Jam the Gym on Laker Visit Day on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 10 a.m., on the Estherville campus for anyone considering attending college at Iowa Lakes and their families.

The Laker Visit Day will include a tour of campus, presentations from Student Services areas, a meeting with an academic advisor, and a free lunch.

6th grade SMS students named to Honor Band

Twelve students from Spencer recently participated in the Strong Foundations Honor Band held in Sioux City on Jan 16. These students were chosen through a nomination process and 100 students were selected representing three states. The purpose of this honor band is to provide an opportunity for young instrumental musicians to have an excellent ensemble experience in a positive, friendly environment while working with outstanding music educators.

Business Brief: Jones completes 2nd year at Institute for Organization Management

WASHINGTON — Institute for Organization Management announced Sheriffa Jones, executive director, of the Spencer Chamber, has recently completed her second year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Winter Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Ambassadors welcome new T-Mobile store

This week, the Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited the new T-Mobile location in south Spencer. Since opening the store in December, Rural Marketing Manager Dena Pavlo and the T-Mobile team have worked to offer a wide range of mobile phone and internet services for the community and northwest Iowa area. (Photo submitted)

Reactions differ on new ‘school choice’ bill

After years of debate and a decisive election with school choice at center stage, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed her private school scholarship program into law Tuesday.

Community addresses school board policy

The Central Academy main board room was filled with community members during the Spencer School Board meeting on Tuesday. While community members were denied the opportunity to speak at a previous meeting on Dec. 14, they had the chance to address the board Tuesday night.

Before opening the floor to the community, Board President Bob Whittenburg laid out the governing bodies policy for allowing visitors to speak in a public forum.

Heavy snow, early mornings

Spencer’s anticipated White Christmas has spilled over into the new year, and looks to continue into the early months with no relief in site for the next two or three months as the snow events continue to pound the northwest part of the state. That in turn creates early mornings and long days for the city and county street departments, charged with clearing the streets and creating manageable travel conditions for daily traffic.

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