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Board OKs first reading of smoke-free policy

The Webster City School Board approved the first reading for a district-wide smoke-free environment policy at its regular meeting this week. The smoke-free environment policy addresses not only tobacco products but also electronic cigarettes and the vapor they produce. The board also ...

Shoetown Market a success

Vintage and antique enthusiasts once again found bargains and unique items in Webster City. Last weekend, Oct. 12 and 13, the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Shoetown Market at the Tex Trails Warehouse. Dozens of vendors from across the state brought a wide ...

An evening of music, art and storytelling

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is planning a special evening celebrating art, nature, music and storytelling. The annual celebration is planned for Monday, Oct. 28 at the Briggs Woods Conference Center beginning at 5 p.m. Twenty different artists will display and demonstrate their ...

Appellate Court reverses $100,000 Wilson Brewer Park donation

A $100,000 gift made last year to the Wilson Brewer Park Foundation has been reversed by order of the Iowa Court of Appeals after a successful legal challenge on behalf of Mabelle Raska, a successful businesswoman and longtime Webster City resident. The Sept. 25 opinion precedes a meeting ...

WC man charged with attempted murder

A Webster City man has been charged with attempt to commit murder in connection with an incident that occurred in Eagle Grove in July. On Monday, Eagle Grove Police issued an arrest warrant for David Hernandez, 30, of Webster City. He was arrested and is currently in custody in the ...

FD mural site to get an upgrade

FORT DODGE - Stopping by the old grain silos on Hawkeye Avenue to view the massive mural painted on them may become an easier experience as a result of a contract awarded Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The mural, painted by Australian artist Guido van Helten, features the images of ...

‘Hot Tamale Louie’ to be presented Saturday

Humanities Iowa presenter John Rapson will give a program “Hot Tamale Louie: Telling Stories Without Words” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Historic Park, Webster City. Zarif Khan as a teenager left his home near the Khyber Pass in Afghanistan and ...

Homecoming parade entries are sought

The Webster City Homecoming Parade will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. and the National Honor Society is requesting that all interested participants sign up for a homecoming parade entry this year. Any individual, nonpolitical group, or business, associated with the high school, is ...

H/M grant process opens

The Webster City Hotel/Motel Tax Board has announced the schedule for the 24th round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants. Hotel/Motel tax grants are for the purpose of increasing tourism and visitors in Webster City, officials said. A grant training session will be held on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at ...

Rotary Club turkey dinner returns

The Webster City Rotary Club will be holding their 40th annual Turkey dinner from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Webster City High School. The menu includes turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, dinner roll and a light dessert, as well as coffee or milk. There ...

Here comes the bride

The North Central Iowa Bridal Event presented by The Messenger and The Daily Freeman-Journal welcomed scores of area brides to the Briggs Woods Conference Center on Sunday afternoon. Around 40 local vendors, including photographers, venues, caterers, DJ services and dress boutiques were on ...

Republicans celebrate over chili in Webster City

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds lauded the state’s low unemployment rate and ability to attract new businesses during the Hamilton County Republican Chili Supper Saturday night. “We constantly rank in the top five for providing job creators the lowest cost of doing business,” Reynolds said to a ...

Benefit to be held for Webster City man

Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City will be hosting two benefit meals to raise money to help relieve some of the financial burden a Webster City family is facing following a series of medical expenses it endured over the past year. Seth Rowse, of Webster City, was diagnosed with ...

‘This is not a done deal’

The agreement announced last week between the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture that was negotiated by President Donald Trump is by no means a “done deal,” according to Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels ...

Koppen Named RSVP Volunteer Coordinator for Webster County

Becky Koppen started as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteer coordinator for Hamilton County in October 2012. Her office in downtown Webster City is a hub of activity for local senior citizens. Recently she has picked up the responsibilities of Webster County volunteer ...

Public trails meeting on Oct. 17

The Hamilton County Conservation Board along with the Webster City Park and Recreation are hosting a public trails meeting on Oct. 17 at the Briggs Woods Conference Center from 5 to 7 p.m. The purpose of the public meeting is to gain feedback and information as to what the public is wanting ...

Domestic Violence Awareness month: D/SAOC events raise awareness, funds

FORT DODGE - Since the beginning of 1995, 319 people have been killed in Iowa as a result of domestic violence. Nine more have been killed since the last Attorney General report in April this year. “It’s happening more than people think,” said Marie Harvey, a homicide and violent ...

Supervisors OK master matrix data

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the results of the master matrix evaluation of a proposed hog confinement north of Williams during its regular board meeting on Tuesday morning at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The Fox Site hog confinement, which will ...

KYL to host All Iowa Reads author

Kendall Young Library will host Ted Genoways, author of the 2019 All Iowa Reads title, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, on Oct. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kendall Young Library in Webster City. Genoways will discuss his book and the rapidly changing landscape ...