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Gambling man’s winning hand

TJ Murphy walked through the doors at the Spencer Reporter office Monday morning a bit wealthier than when he left last week Monday to head to Las Vegas.

Celebrating his birthday week doing what he loves, playing poker, Murphy returned from the tables $368,977 richer after winning Event No. 17 $800 No-Limit Hold'em DeepStack, earning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Not a bad Vegas souvenir or birthday gift.

DNR fines Clay County hog farmer for late paperwork

A Clay County man has been ordered to pay the Iowa Department of Natural Resources $9,000 in fines for failing to update manure management plans at three Clay County hog confinements last year.

Spencer Muni Band features hits from ‘Chicago’

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Spencer Municipal Band’s second in a series of six concerts, Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., at the bandshell at East Leach Park. The band is under the direction of Spencer Middle School music instructor Katie Bush and local musician Tom Rutt.

Spencer Hospital to install new CT Scanner, continue growth

Despite ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Spencer Hospital is still growing and improving, officials told the Spencer City Council on June 3.

Hospital President Brenda Tiefenthaler and Rebecca Peters, the hospital’s new public relations director, updated city councilors on the hospital’s recent achievements and ongoing projects during the June 3 regular council meeting.

SMU Water Quality Report available

The latest edition of Spencer Municipal Utilities’ annual Consumer Confidence Report on water quality has been prepared and is being distributed electronically to customers through SMU’s website at

Ruthven hit-and-run lands child in hospital, driver in jail

Area police officers arrested An Estherville woman on June 9 after they say she struck a girl riding a bike in Ruthven with a car and then fled the scene.

Recycling ready for return

Occasions is ready to help you dispose of your extra bottles and cans. With local retail outlets reducing recycling services, and fewer local resources available, the regional community center is offering a win-win.

In July 2003, after being elected to the board of directors of Occasions, Randy Plagman found that, as a nonprofit, the organization is always looking for new ways to raise funds.

Competitive bond sale nets city $118K more to spend

A strong credit rating and a competitive bidding process were major factors in the city of Spencer’s most recent bond sale, the city’s financial adviser said on June 3.

Gross discusses Okoboji set mystery novel at AOG

Arts on Grand hosted a public reception and Author Talk Thursday with Gene Gross, an author and and former Spencer educator, who recently released “The Girl in the Net,” a mystery set at Lake Okoboji. Those who attended were able to visit with Gross, have books signed and hear a presentation. While living in Spencer, he began to consider the Iowa Great Lakes Region as an ideal setting for a series of mystery novels.

Flagfest 2024: A weekend of family, fun and flags

Flag City USA — Spencer — hosted its annual Flagfest celebration beginning Friday night and continuing through Sunday afternoon. Aside from some light moisture Friday evening during some activities in North School Park, mild early summer temps and sunny skies made the rest of the weekend enjoyable.



Rotary supports YMCA Strong Community campaign

Spencer Rotary’s Bob Rose presented Spencer Family YMCA Executive Director Nathan Prenzlow with a $1,000 donation toward its annual Strong Community campaign. (Photo submitted)

May, June adult programs at Spencer Public Library

Every Monday and Friday — 1 p.m.

Geri-Fit: Senior Chair Fitness — Limited space available.


Every Tuesday — 5:30 p.m.

Just Write — All ages can come to the library for a quiet place to work on their writing. An hour of quiet and then go or stay to visit with other writers. A great opportunity to get your writing done and meet other writers.


Friday, May 24 — June 15

Ambassadors visit new Veterans Affair Office

The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited the new Clay County Veterans Affairs office on Wednesday. They have been in the newly remodeled space since November. New administrator Katie Ginger and retiring administrator Darla Sheasley mentioned that of over 1,000 veterans in Clay County, they provide services to between 500 and 600. They offer services such as transportation to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Spirit Lake for VA appointments and getting benefits lined up. (Photo submitted)

Area youth to participate in touring playhouse creative opportunity

Ahoy mateys.

The Spencer Community Children’s Theatre will be hosting a lively pirate production for teens and kids alike. “The Vanishing of the Jolly Roger,” produced by the Footliters Traveling Playhouse, will offer an all-encompassing opportunity for all. The weeklong camp, June 10-14, will conclude with a 6:30 p.m., Friday public performance.

Consultant tells council grocery chain, burger joint are top prospects for Spencer

A chain of small-scale grocery stores that recently announced a multiyear nationwide 800-store expansion is a top prospect for recruitment into Spencer, a consultant told the City Council on June 3.

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