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Urban chicken ordinance doesn’t pass council vote

An ordinance that would allow chickens within Spencer’s city limits did not pass its second reading during the Spencer City Council meeting on Tuesday night. The decision came months after the ordinance was discussed in the Planning and Zoning Commission and passing the council’s first reading with a 4-3 vote, the ordinance receiving an opposing vote of 6-1 in its last reading.

Council awards contract for upgrades to Grand Avenue traffic signals

The contract for a project upgrading several traffic signals along Grand Avenue was awarded to Z&W Electric for $539,000 by the Spencer City Council on Tuesday. The upgraded lights will run from Eighth Street to First Street with replaced controllers to improve traffic efficiency along other upgrades.

Candidates making way to CCF opening weekend

Several candidates seeking an audience with constituents will appear at the Clay County Fair this weekend. Among those appearing at the “World’s Greatest County Fair” on opening weekend, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Admiral Michael Franken; Iowa secretary of agriculture opponents, incumbent Republican Mike Naig and Democratic challenger John Norwood; and Iowa 4th Congressional District Democratic challenger Ryan Melton.

County supervisors award bid for Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building

The contract for the necessary remodeling of the former Northwest Bank Building was awarded to Woodruff Construction for approximately $1.9 million by the Clay County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Now called the Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building, the facility will house Clay County Veterans Affairs and Clay County Attorney’s office.

From songwriter to center stage

Calling Nashville, Tennessee, home after growing up in Florida, Adam Sanders is looking forward to his appearance at the Clay County Fair, when he opens for Russell Dickerson on opening night, Saturday, on the grandstand stage.

“I’m looking forward to the show,” Sanders said. “I’m getting ready to accept a tour with Dustin Lynch and I’m getting ready for my own All Summer Long Tour. By the time we get to you, we should be running wide open.”

Girls finish 2nd at Le Mars Meet

LE MARS — On Tuesday the Spencer cross-country team traveled to Prairie Rose Golf Club in Le Mars for a meet with several schools, including Bishop Heelan, Gehlen Catholic, Sioux Center, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux City East and plenty of others in the big competition.

Spencer schools, BVU align through strategic partnership

Buena Vista University and the Spencer Community School District have entered a strategic partnership that will benefit both entities as they work to strengthen people and areas they serve.

Steele to honor mother’s memory

ESTHERVILLE — Author Mary McSwain Steele, of Spencer, has donated proceeds from her book, "Betty: A Memoir," to provide a new scholarship to Iowa Lakes Community College students in the nursing program.

Spencer Reads initiative kicks off

In conjunction with National Read a Book Day, the Spencer Reads initiative held its kickoff reading event on Tuesday. With the goal of having 85% of Spencer’s students reading proficiently by third grade, the Spencer Reads initiative encouraged the community to take 15 minutes out of their day to read. Businesses and community members stopped what they were doing and took a few minutes to read along with Spencer students. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Standoff: Steinbeck taken into custody on federal warrant

ROYAL — The normally quite Royal neighborhood near Meadow Street found itself rocked Friday night. Following an extensive standoff Friday late afternoon and evening in a residential area, Timothy Steinbeck, 46, a resident of the community, was taken into custody. He was held on a federal narcotics warrant until Tuesday when he was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Firefighters make quick work of excavator blaze

Ten Spencer firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour Tuesday, shortly after 11 a.m., after Spencer Fire-Rescue was dispatched to Shine Bros. Corp, at 225 10th Ave. SE, for an excavator which was on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a Komatsu excavator fully engulfed with fire. The fire crew placed one hose line in service and extinguished the fire within minutes.

Early morning stop nabs mushrooms

On Sunday, at 2:30 a.m., Clay County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in the 3200 mile of U.S. Highway 71 being driven by 16-year-old male, from Milford, for a traffic violation. Deputies observed open alcohol containers upon contact with the vehicle. Through investigation, mushrooms were located inside the vehicle along with other open containers.

Iowa writer gives author talk

Award-winning Iowa author Joesph LeValley gave an author talk at the Spencer Public Library on Tuesday. As a former reporter whose primary beat was crime and criminal justice, LeValley was inspired to use his crime writing experience to create a series of mystery/thriller novels. LeValley shared his journey to becoming an author with the gathered audience, explained the background for each of his books and answered audience questions. (Photo by Celia Brocker)

Greenville residents struggle without landline service for weeks

Several residents and business owners of Greenville had to adjust their communication methods when a power outage left many residents without landline service for the past few weeks. Though the timeline of the diminished services varied from resident to resident, Greenville's inhabitants struggled to get by with limited assistance from their landline service provider Century Link.

Federal, state representatives visit Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank’s Spencer location was paid a visit by U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra and Iowa Sen. Dave Rowley on Tuesday. The federal and state legislators participated in a roundtable discussion with bank employees about the challenges the banking industry is facing today.

Arts on Grand opens new exhibit

Arts on Grand held the grand opening of its new exhibit “In My Shoes: Remembrances & Reverences,” from Spirit Lake resident Carl Wesley this Tuesday. Several Spencer residents visited the Arts on Grand Gallery meet the artist behind the images and check out the his range of artwork. The exhibit featured a blend of mixed media and surrealism art, all of which were many details to make the pieces come to life. (Photos by Celia Brocker)

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