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2-year CIP approved under new process

The city’s new process for capital improvement planning has made some progress in the months since its approval. A two-year plan submitted by the city’s CIP committee received approval on Tuesday night from the Spencer City Council.

The approved plan will use approximately $1.4 million capital funds for the 2023-24 fiscal year. $609,000 is currently planned for the 2024-25 fiscal year, making a total of approximately $2 million in capital funds for the next two years.

City takes further odor enforcement action

Complaints about an odor from an egg processing facility on the west side of town have been received by the city since last spring. Recently, the city has taken some enforcement action in an attempt to get the odor eliminated.

Sioux Central FFA receives ‘Grants for Growing’ funding

SIOUX CENTRAL — The Sioux Central FFA chapter in Sioux Rapids has been awarded $5,000 as part of the Grants for Growing program. The nationwide program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, provides grant funds to local FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural education projects that enhance the classroom experiences for students through chapter engagement activities.

Iowa Lakes prepares students for construction industry boom

EMMETSBURG — Iowa Lakes Community College effectively equips students in construction technology with practical skills for a promising career in the construction industry by providing them with ample opportunities for hands-on projects. The college's partnership with the city of Emmetsburg and the Emmetsburg Economic Development Corporation in constructing a duplex at Rockport Development is just one example of how these students can showcase their abilities in real-world settings.






Bishop to preside at Blue Mass honoring first responders

Bishop Walker Nickless and the Sioux City Cathedral Parish are hosting a Blue Mass at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, the Feast of the Archangels — Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The date was selected for the Mass due to St. Michael’s patronage of law enforcement.

Ramaswamy to campaign in Okoboji Friday

Republican presidential hopeful, Vivek Ramaswamy, is planning a campaign breakfast rally at 9:15 a.m., Friday, at Tweeters in Okoboji.

Dale Norton crowd recognize those who serve

Friday, as part of the Spencer football team’s home opener with rival Webster City, the community was invited to come out and support Salute to Service Night, honoring those who serve locally and nationally. Those being honored included local law enforcement, active military and veterans.

Talking 'tech' at the library

Anyone who is struggling to keep up with modern technology may want to check out a monthly program at the Spencer Public Library. IT Librarian Aimee Clark provides Tech Talks every month to guide community members through using free online applications.




Goldstar brining ‘thrills’ back to midway

Goldstar Amusements returns for a 12th year at the Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17, with an addition of several newly remodeled rides.

“Working with GoldStar Amusements is a great partnership for the fair,” fair manager Jerome Hertel said. “We are glad to have a company with safe and fun rides for all ages to enjoy at the fair.”

Community State supports ‘Grow Clay County’ building effort

Representatives from Community State Bank in Spencer presented a $25,000 donation to representatives of the Clay County Extension to go toward their Grow Clay County Building Project. (Photo submitted)

Banks faces multiple felonies following warrant

Aug. 30, the Spencer Police Department executed a search warrant at 502 Eighth St. SW, Apt. 5 in Spencer. During the search, cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, THC concentrates, prescription pills and a firearm were located. As a result, 42-year-old Leon Banks, of Spencer, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Clay County Jail.

Ambassadors celebrate 100 years of Goodwill

The Spencer Ambassadors visited Goodwill on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the business’ 100-year anniversary. Mayor Steve Bomgaars was also present and proclaimed Aug. 31 as Goodwill of the Great Plains Day. Customers were welcomed for lunch and offered a 25% off coupon and a chance to win a $25 gift card to the store all in honor of the Goodwill 100-year anniversary. (Photo submitted)

Swimming not recommended at 13 state beaches for holiday weekend

A small crowd gathered at Goodwill of the Great Plains’ location in Spencer on Thursday. As part of its 100th anniversary, the organization has been hosting customer appreciation celebrations at all of its locations this summer.

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