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Not to be confused with Christmas bells, the Neal and Kitty Conover residence between 12th Street and 13th Street on Grand Avenue, was gifted a Christmas bale on Wednesday courtesy of a generous semi driver.
Sometime after 1 p.m., the semi, with a flatbed trailer full of hay, rolled through town, depositing one of its bales onto Grand Avenue.
"The driver tried but couldn't get it back on the trailer. We were able to get it off of Grand Avenue, and rolled it onto the sidewalk," Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson said.
"He saw it come off in his mirror. He thought he had them strapped down good enough," Lawson added.
Initially the driver, who is not from the area, indicated he would try to return, but later contacted the department to let them know he would be unable to get back to Spencer Wednesday to remove the hay from the sidewalk in front of the Conover's home.
Lawson said the city would handle the removal of the hay either late Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. The driver would be billed for the city's clean-up expense.
In addition to the cost of the clean-up, the driver would also be out the price of the hay bale.
"Some of those round bales go for around $150 to $225 I'm guessing. That's a little cost too," Lawson said.