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ACE secures funding from Hamilton County

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All Cultures Equal received a second infusion of funding Tuesday morning as the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors agreed to approve the organization's $15,000 funding request. ACE received approval on a similar funding request from the City of Webster City. The City Council approved the ...

Walls going up at FSB

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Work is progressing on the First State Bank expansion project. The two-story building is beginning to take shape as walls go up. Bank President David Taylor said the project is on track for completion in the fall of 2019. He said with the building nearly enclosed, crews will be able to continue ...

H/M Tax Board votes to award more than $100K in grants

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More than $100,000 in Hotel/Motel Tax Grants were approved for funding by the H/M Tax Board Tuesday night. Eight projects were funded by the board and will be sent on for final approval to the Webster City City Council. The board, Andy Sowle, Keri Holmes, Linda Conaway and Kyle Swon, ...

A holiday ensemble

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The Webster City High School music department presented its winter concert Monday night. The event featured the Lynx Singers, Purple and Gold Singers and the concert band. Each group performed several holiday selections and at the end of the performance, joined together to present “Hallelujah ...

Bassett enters plea of not guilty

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A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has entered a plea of not guilty in Hamilton County District Court. Zackery Nelson Bassett, 32, entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in the death of Andrea Sokolowski. Bassett also waived his right to a speedy ...

Toys for Tots collection underway at WCHS

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Students, faculty and staff at Webster City High School are hoping to make the Christmas season a little brighter for those in need. The school is partnering with the Marine Corps Reserves to collect new, unopened toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive. “One of our goals this year ...

Christmas worship directory

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Area churches are invited to share schedules of Christmas worship services and special events. The annual Daily Freeman-Journal Christmas Worship Directory will be printed on Dec. 21. Please submit information via email to ablankenship@freemanjournal.net. Deadline is noon, Tuesday Dec. 18.

Heart of Iowa Trust Fund receives $217K

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FORT DODGE —A new regional entity aimed at improving owner-occupied housing just got its expected boost from the state. The Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund was awarded $217,108 in grants last week by the Iowa Finance Authority Board, to improve housing in Webster and Hamilton ...

Meet and greet

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Santa took a break from his busy holiday schedule to make a stop at the Williams Fire Hall on Saturday. There he was visited by one of the newest entries on his list, four-month old Dawsyn Dilley. The Williams Lions Club also hosted a soup supper in conjunction with Santa's visit. The ...

Seminar to look at safety awareness, personal protection

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A personal safety seminar will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Hamilton County Courthouse. “Not Me, Not Today,” produced and presented by Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Rod Hicok, in cooperation with the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association, will be offered at 1 p.m. Hicok ...

Christmas at the Bridge is Saturday

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A Webster City church is once again offering local residents the opportunity to choose a gift for someone on their Christmas list, have the gift wrapped in festive paper and create card — all free of charge. It's Christmas at the Bridge, sponsored by the Webster City Church of Christ. The ...

Supper with Santa returns

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A popular holiday tradition is returning to Webster City. Supper with Santa at the Grid Iron Grill will be held on two nights — Monday, Dec. 10 and Monday, Dec. 17 — from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Children ages 10 and younger who dine with a parent will eat for free and will also get to meet ...

Strategies and studies

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FORT DODGE — There are many ways to reduce nitrates getting into Iowa’s rivers and streams, as outlined in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Which ones work the best? Where might one work that doesn’t work in another location? What’s the best way to make nutrient reduction ...

WCHS music department plans winter concert

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Webster City High School proudly presents its Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Prem Sahai Auditorium. Lynx Singers will perform Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Somewhere in My Memory,” from the movie Home Alone; and “The Twelve Days of ...

Shopko Hometown to close

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The Webster City Shopko Hometown will close its doors by the end of February, according to officials with Shopko's corporate office. Michelle Hansen, manager of public relations for Shopko Stores Operating LLC, said Tuesday that liquidation sales at the Webster City store would begin on ...

A celebration of friends

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YSS of Hamilton County honored volunteers, staff and local philanthropy efforts as well as celebrating the ongoing success of its many programs Tuesday night at a special holiday event. Jane Adams, YSSHC director, welcomed the approximately 35 people who attended the annual Celebration of ...

Gas line struck in Eagle Grove

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EAGLE GROVE — Multiple people were evacuated from their homes Tuesday afternoon after a gas leak was reported on the west side of Eagle Grove, according to Bryce Davis, city administrator. No injuries were reported. Eagle Grove emergency crews were called to the area of North Hewitt ...

Contract awarded for cabin project

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Plans to preserve the Wilson Brewer Park cabins were advanced by the City Council on Monday. The council awarded a contract to Heritage Woodworks, of Clemons, for the dismantling and reconstruction of the cabins. The contract is in the amount of $126,060. Phil Grossman, of Heritage ...

Council approves tax rebates for development firm

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The Webster City City Council on Monday approved property tax rebates for the firm planning to develop housing along Edgewood Drive. The council approved the agreement with Kenyon Hill Ridge, LLC. Karla Wetzler, the city’s planning director, said it will allow the firm to collect taxes ...

New fund established for band boosters

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The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has recently opened a new fund to benefit the Webster City High School Band Boosters (WCHS Band Boosters). All monies donated to this fund will go to support the WCHS Band Boosters by providing funding for items such as new band uniforms, music, ...