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Spencer Weekly is a new way to plug in to the Spencer, Iowa, community. Once a week, we'll sit down with awesome people who are doing awesome things right here in Spencer. We will also include a lightning-fast rundown of news and events happening in the area.
29 Episodes
It's the first Spencer Weekly episode of 2021! For this week's episode, we're featuring an interview with State Rep. Megan Jones that dives a little into what to expect from this year's legislative session. Thank you for listening to Spencer Weekly!State Farm Agent Craig Neiderheiser State Farm Agent Craig Neiderheiser educates and protects customers like they are our own family. Support the show (
This week on Spencer Weekly, we spoke with Rev. Beth Preston of The Way Station in Spencer, a mission outreach of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. Rev. Beth shared what The Way Station is all about, how it is serving the community, how her family arrived in Spencer and more.Thanks for listening!Support the show (
Kipp Davis, Artist

Kipp Davis, Artist


Who's ready for the return of Spencer Weekly? We sure are! After some time off, we are releasing an episode we recorded a while back with Spencer artist Kipp Davis. You might know Kipp for his mural work around town. We spoke with Kipp about his work around town and the local art scene.Enjoy the show! And get ready for more great episodes in the near future...Support the show (
Mayor Kevin Robinson

Mayor Kevin Robinson


We brought in the mayor of Spencer himself, Kevin Robinson, for Episode 25 of Spencer Weekly and, wow, we covered a lot of ground. We touched a lot on his official duties, of course, but we also dove into how he came to Spencer, a story that begins at the UNI Dome. From there, we spoke with him more about his personal life, including special moments enjoying the outdoors with his daughter and what it was like to lose his father to cancer during the pandemic.Thanks for listening!Support the show (
In a normal year, this would have been the busiest week in Spencer – fair week. As everyone knows, 2020 is anything but normal. The Clay County Fair was postponed until 2021. This week, we talked to the man in charge of Clay County Fair and Events, Jeremy Parsons, to get some insight on what went into that decision, the impacts of that decision and much more. Thanks for listening!Support the show (
Hey, Spencer Weekly is back and we've got some great shows lined up. We're starting off with something a little different, though. This week, we interviewed our very own Andy Green. Aside from being a talented podcast host, Andy works for Boy Scouts of America, a job that brought him to town. We spoke to Andy about how that's been going lately during the COVID-19 pandemic, plus a ton of other amazing things he does to keep himself busy, like traveling to all 48 lower states and now setting his sights on visiting every national park.We also want to hear from you about how the pandemic has affected your life – personal, work, anything. Tell us by calling 712-485-4303 and leaving a message. We may share your story on an upcoming episode of Spencer Weekly. Thanks for listening!Support the show (
This week's guest is owner of a business that's making a big move and has big plans to go with it! We spoke with Kevin Rohan from Game State, a table top game store that has carved out quite the niche for itself not only in Spencer, but in the region, too. In case you missed the news, Game State is moving to the old Hallmark building on Grand Avenue. Kevin's got great plans for the space, so asked him to share more about those, as well as talk board, table top and card games in general.Thanks for listening! Help us out by sharing this podcast with a friend.Support the show (
Flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Clay County has been a team effort. This week's guest, Jeff Messerole with Spencer Hospital and Clay County Public Health helped establish a unified command group of leaders from Spencer, Clay County and other county communities that has met Monday through Friday for months to make sure communities and organizations are all on the same page as they battle the novel coronavirus. We spoke with Messerole about that group and its efforts.Support the show (
This past week we caught up with Tom Nelson, owner of Nelson Jewelry on Grand Avenue in Spencer and Ward 1 city council member. You can bet we covered those topics, but we'd be willing to bet you didn't expect us to talk about Tom's adventures in Canada, including a cabin-invading bear! Thanks for listening!Support the show (
COVID-19 hasn't gone anywhere. In fact, Clay County and Spencer saw a significant jump in cases in June. The county had its first death due to COVID-19 earlier this month.So, this week on Spencer Weekly, we caught up with Colette Rossiter from Clay County Public Health and talked about where the area is at in managing COVID-19 locally, why it's still important to social distance/wear a mask and more.Thank you to our show's sponsor, State Farm Insurance Agent Craig Neiderheiser in Spencer for making this podcast possible.Support the show (
You're getting TWO episodes of Spencer Weekly this week! First up is Will Dible with Spencer Community School District. Will fills us in on the school district's Return to Learn plan and where that's at. We also dove into Will's non-COVID duties, primarily as a leader of the high school's No Boundaries program.Support the show (
This week, we spoke with Stephanie Horsley, director of Clay County Heritage, about all the great happenings that organization has going on, including the upcoming Soiree en Blanc. Stephanie and her team are a wealth of knowledge on all things historical about Spencer and Clay County. Enjoy the show – and then head down to 7 Grand Avenue to visit when you get a chance.Support the show (
This week on Spencer Weekly, we talked to Spencer Public Library Director Mandie Muehlhausen about her role at the library, what services the library is providing during the pandemic, how she arrived in Spencer – and a whole lot more. We covered a ton of ground and we hope you enjoy the episode!Support the show (
Our guests this week are Brandon Edmonds and Wayne Koppen, co-owners of Spencer Sports Cards and Comics, a new store at 313 Grand Avenue. Brandon and Wayne own a wealth of knowledge on all things collectible. If you’re a collector or a sports fan – or both – then this episode is for you! Even if you aren’t, we promise you will be blown away by these guys’ passion for what they do. Support the show (
Everybody likes to keep an eye on what's happening along Grand Avenue in Spencer. It's the heart of the community. The downtown area had really built up some momentum before COVID-19 hit. Now, as businesses open back up to full operations, will it bounce back? We spoke to Spencer Main Street Executive Director Nancy Naeve to find out.Support the show (
Our hosts need haircuts and salons and barber shops across Iowa are now open for business – with a few social distancing regulations in place. So, with that in mind, we spoke with Madeline Knapp, owner of Posh Salon in downtown Spencer, to see what it's been like navigating those regulations. We also wanted to chat with Madeline about her experience as a young business owner here in Spencer. Hope you enjoy the show!Support the show (
Note to listeners: This episode contains some strong language. This week we talked with Ty Rushing (@Rushthewriter on Twitter), managing editor for Iowa Information in Sheldon. Ty attended and spoke at the March for Justice for George Floyd protest Thursday in Spencer. Ty shared some of his personal story and discussed with us the value of having an event calling for justice and pointing out racism in the community. Then we switched things up a bit to chat journalism and small town life.Get the Spencer Weekly Extra! – an extra conversation with each week's guest – and even more perks by becoming a Spencer Signal supporter.Support the show (
Century Farms Distillery, 2304 Hwy Blvd. in Spencer, opened its tasting room for the first time Thursday after being limited to drinks to-go orders for the last couple of months due to COVID-19 restrictions set by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Distillery owners Ryan and Amanda Bare are this week’s guests on the Spencer Weekly podcast. We spoke to them about how their business has navigated the pandemic, including their partnership with West O Beer to make hand sanitizer.Support the show (
Spencer Weekly is kicking off a series of episodes that will feature Spencer area business owners and leaders from the business community. We'll be asking how they have been adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and overcoming the different challenges it presents. Starting us out is Sheriffa Jones, director of the Spencer Area Chamber of Commerce. Support the show (
If you've been thinking to yourself, "These guys are OK at this podcast, but they need some help from a pro," then we couldn't agree more! This episode is for you! Our hosts welcome a well-known voice in the Spencer community, more104.9 FM morning show co-host Kevin Tlam. Kevin and the Spencer Weekly crew talk radio in a small market and how he feels so much like a part of the community. Oh, Kevin gives us some tips on our radio voices, too! Enjoy the show.Support the show (
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