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NEH board appoints new director

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School Board installed a new director at its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 20. Tyler Burton applied for the position of NEH CSD District Two Director when Thea Wibholm resigned last month due to moving from the district she represented.  Burton ...

Town Hall meeting tonight at WCMS

The public is invited to come out to the Webster City Middle School commons tonight at 7 p.m. for a Town Hall meeting. The Webster City City Council will be present to take questions on a variety of topics. As the council has seen a large amount of complaints due to fireworks usage over ...

It’s fair time

It’s time for the Hamilton County Fair this week and officials are gearing up for the 100th continuous year of the annual expo. Judging activities began Sunday night with the Clover Kids pet show judging and continues this morning with the judging of 4-H photography, visual arts, science, ...

Third Leeper Legacy ride planned

Organizers have announced that the third annual Leeper’s Legacy Memorial Ride has been scheduled for Aug. 5. The event is held in memory of Jorden Leeper, a Webster City High School student who died in an auto accident in February 2015. All proceeds from the ride will go to the Jorden ...

On the road to recovery

“It happened so fast, I’m not sure exactly what happened,” said Pat Blake. “All I heard was a click noise.” The Webster City auto shop owner is recovering from an accident that happened at his business in early June. Blake, owner of Blakes Auto Repair, was injured on the morning of ...

Fire in tree causes brief power outage

The Webster City Fire Department was called out for a possible pole/tree on fire on Thursday afternoon in the alley of the 1100 block of First Street. “When we arrived, the tree was on fire because it actually broke at the base and fell into the powerline wires. So we had some live wires ...

Chickens and roosters

There wasn’t anything “fowl” about the magic show at Kendall Young Library Thursday night, except for some kids and dads dressed up as chickens and roosters. Magician Rick Eugene, center, asked the volunteers to do their best chicken impressions. The winners were selected to help with a ...

Expanding the arts

Webster City artist in residence, Cord McMahon, has been honing his skills at the new ArtSpace downtown. McMahon’s medium focuses on mixed media collages. In an effort to broaden the scope of the arts in Webster City, McMahon is partnering with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley to teach the ...

‘Lewis and Clark in Iowa’

Iowa’s history is full of exploration and ingenuity. Learn more about famous explorers Lewis and Clark this Saturday at the Mulberry Center Church. Join Humanities Iowa presenter Donald G. Shurr at 1 p.m. as he takes visitors through a perilous journey. “Lewis and Clark in Iowa” ...

The making of ‘Mushtown’

STRATFORD – Every farm is unique. The Chally homestead outside of Stratford is no exception. Rustic barns, shining silos and weathered red sheds line the property, which is owned by Jerold and Arlene Chally. This week, jigs, rigs, camera equipment and film crew members were welcomed onto the ...

Developing a safe plan

A change in his career path is what ultimately brought Hamilton County’s new emergency management coordinator to the community. Dylan Hagen, 23, began his duties at Hamilton County Emergency Management Coordinator on March 15. Hagen graduated from Jefferson High School. After high ...

Koop honored by Kiwanis Club

At the Main Street Morning Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday, 22 local farmers enjoyed a Grid Iron breakfast and program about 100 years of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau presented by Leah Maass. Maass is pictured at the left with Kiwanian Jeannie Hill. During the meeting, John J. Koop was ...

Animals at Kendall Young Library

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra The Blank Park Zoo, of Des Moines, visited Kendall Young Library on Tuesday morning. Kids got to meet three animals and learn fun facts about their habitats, food habits and their species. Children met a hedge hog, guinea pig and tortoise. ...

Lights, camera, action

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Crew members involved in the making of “Mushtown” are seen above filming in one of Jerold and Arlene Chally’s barns outside of Stratford Monday afternoon. The crew braved the hot July heat well known to Iowa as they set up cameras and ...

Animals, magic events planned for KY Library

Area youngsters will have an opportunity to meet some animals from the Blank Park Zoo and experience a magic show this week at the Kendall Young Library’s children’s department. Today, representatives of the Blank Park Zoo will make a visit to storytime at 10:30 a.m. The storytime is ...

Council approves grants

The Webster City City Council approved the Hotel/Motel Tax Board’s recommendations for the 19th round of grant monies Monday night. A total of $78,687.71 in grant monies was approved.The board met last Monday, July 10 to determine the final recommendations on projects and funding levels to ...

Food and fun

STANHOPE -- It was a standard mid-July day on Saturday, but bright sunshine, temperatures in the 90s, and high humidity didn’t seem to stop crowds of folks of all ages from heading to the annual Watermelon Day celebration in Stanhope. Attending Watermelon Day is a strong tradition for ...

Saying farewell

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship An open house was held Friday afternoon at the Kendall Young Library for Angie Martin-Schwarze who is leaving her position as library director. She and her family are moving to Washington state soon. She's pictured with Gary Moenck of the ...

Council meets tonight

The Hotel/Motel Tax Board will give their recommendations for the 19th round of grant monies to the Webster City City Council tonight at 5:30 p.m. The board met last Monday, July 10 to determine the final recommendations on projects and funding levels. The board will be recommending a total of ...

HCHA to meet on Saturday

The Hamilton County Historical Alliance will meet on Saturday, July 22 at the city hall in Randall. Meeting starting at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in their towns history or the history of Hamilton County is welcome. Wanted: representatives from Blairsburg, Williams, Kamrar and Webster ...