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Spencer man sentenced for role in violent assault

A Spencer man will spend 30 days in jail, a year on probation, and will pay a $430 fine after he falsely imprisoned a woman and physically assaulted her in his car.

Spirit Lake man guilty of illegal possession of firearm in Spencer

A man who illegally possessed a firearm pled guilty on Oct. 25 in federal court in Sioux City.

Andrew Mitchell, 36, of Spirit Lake, was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Spencer schools still recovering from pandemic state report card shows

All of Spencer’s public schools were rated as “commendable” in the latest set of Iowa Department of Education school report cards bringing district schools’ performance closer to pre-pandemic levels.

All three of Spencer’s elementary schools improved their ratings from acceptable in 2022 to commendable this year. Spencer High School improved its performance scores slightly, while Spencer Middle School’s scores declined. Both schools retained their “commendable” ratings from 2022.

Premier announces plans to purchase IGL, Royal Telephone

SIOUX CENTER — Premier Communications, of Sioux Center, has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Great Lakes Communication Corp., doing business as IGL TeleConnect, to purchase its local telephone and Internet business. Additionally, Premier entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Royal Telephone Company to purchase its telephone, cable television and Internet business.

Clay County teens lagging behind peers in rate of vaccination against HPV

Clay County youths aren’t keeping up with their peers elsewhere in Iowa when it comes to receiving the potentially life-saving vaccine against the human papillomavirus.

Holiday Family Adoption

A Spencer-area holiday staple, the Holiday Family Adoption Program allows generous families, businesses and groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty by giving gifts to more needy families.

Farmers Bank to honor service providers on ‘Best Day Ever’

Farmers Bank and Trust will celebrate Friday’s Best Day Ever by demonstrating its appreciation for local service agencies — the Spencer Police Department, Spencer Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and emergency service — surprising each with a personal note and a donation to their associations or departments.

2023 Election Preview

Tuesday, Nov. 7 — Polling Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Spencer Mayor

Steve Bomgaars


Spencer City Council — Ward 2

David Lyons


Spencer City Council — Ward 4

Donavon Wunschel


Spencer City Council — At Large

Loren Reit


Spencer Hospital Board of Trustees

(Vote for 3)

Steve Lensing

Lincoln students celebrate token achievement

Lincoln Elementary celebrated its second overall Tiger Token goal reaching 11,000 tokens. To celebrate the students got to enjoy popcorn and a snack while watching a movie. The Parent-Teacher Organization donated the popcorn. (Photo submitted)

Kiwanis trick or treat for UNICEF

The Spencer Middle School Builders Club and High School Key Club went trick-or-treating for UNICEF and donations for the Spencer Middle School food pantry on Sunday, Oct. 22. They raised over $200 for UNICEF and filled the pantry with food and hygiene products. After collecting donations, the kids had a Halloween Party at Axoholics. Club members are joined by advisors Lisa Duffy and Kelsie Baccam. (Photo submitted)

Johnny Appleseed sharers apple knowledge

The preschool students in Spencer received a visit from Johnny Appleseed, portrayed by Brad Smith. The students learned how to crush apples and transform them into cider. (Photos submitted)

$3.5 million-plus Last-Dollar Scholarships awarded to ILCC students

ESTHERVILLE — The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship has proven to be a game changer for students at Iowa Lakes, with over $3.5 million in scholarships awarded since the program's beginning. During the fall 2023 term, Iowa Lakes students received an impressive $374,800 in scholarship aid from the program.

Festival of Lessons and Carols: The Christmas story in verse and song

The Spencer Messiah Board welcomes everyone to join them for this year's Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is presented by the board for the benefit of the community by area singers.

The CommStock Report: What do walls and fences do for us?

The Kruse side of my family lineage is German. Having explored the German countryside it became very apparent how important that fences are to their perception of defining property borders. Their home is their castle and every castle, regardless how simple, must be fenced even if no moat is required. They have entire Home Depot-like supply centers in Germany that sell nothing but fencing materials. Almost every home is surrounded by some kind of fence.

Marshall joins chamber as office coordinator

Spencer Chamber Executive Director Sheriffa Jones and the board announced the hiring of Lexi Marshall as the new office coordinator.

Marshall, from Sheldon, is a graduate of Sheldon High School. She brings a background in office operations and customer service. For the past six years, Marshall has worked in medical offices, assisting patients and providers in every way possible. She is excited for this opportunity to be more involved in the community, and learn something new.

McCreary’s share new branding with Ambassadors

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited The Dock on Tuesday to unveil the new brand for McCreary's Creative Catering and congratulate them on their feature on “America's Best Restaurants.” Cassie and Mark McCreary have been in the restaurant business for 30 years and decided it was time to rebrand all of their different ventures under one house of brands.

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