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WC men accused in Sac County burglary

AUBURN — Two Webster City men are facing felony charges after they allegedly broke into a home in Auburn last month. Aric G. Dunn, 25, and Brett C. Nessa, 28, are each charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony; first-degree theft, a class C felony; and two counts of ...

Sutter joins news staff at DF-J

The Daily Freeman-Journal is pleased to announce that Joe Sutter is joining the newsroom staff. Sutter is originally from Manson and attended college in Ohio where he studied physics. He decided to pursue journalism because he liked the idea of sharing ideas and helping people know more ...

County says no to sub-acute unit

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning voted to turn down a proposal to potentially place a sub-acute residential recovery center in a portion of the former Webster City Medical Clinic building. The clinic building was obtained by Van Diest Medical Center with the ...

City to subscribe to community calendar service

The City of Webster City will soon have a service available that will track local events and link businesses, organizations and groups who wish to promote activities to the community. The city's vitality director, Lindsay Henderson said the new service will offer a robust community calendar ...

Gregory to discuss new book tonight

Coach John Gregory, a 1957 Webster City High School graduate and former Iowa Barnstormers coach, will present an author talk Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kendall Young Library. Gregory, who has been involved with football for more than 50 years, has written a book, “So You Want to be ...

Health Fair returns Saturday

The 6th annual Fuller Hall Health Fair is set for Saturday with a full slate of exhibitors and demonstrations scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scheduled activities include free massages, reflexology and blood pressure checks, a performance by the Dance Connection Dancers at 11 a.m. and ...

YSS plans program to help children in groups

Youth and Shelter Services, of Hamilton County, has its sights set on helping groups of children who aren’t fitting in. “We are trying to figure out how to help these kids,” Jane Adams, director of YSS, of Hamilton County, said during Monday’s City Council meeting. “We find that ...

Fatal accidents increase in 2018

The amount of fatal traffic accidents in the local Iowa State Patrol district increased by 10 in 2018. In all, there were 23 fatal accidents that were investigated by the Iowa State Patrol last year, according to Lt. Mark Miller, District 7 commander. Those 23 accidents led to the deaths of ...

Council approves subscription to community calendar service

The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the services of a company designed to help integrate all of the community’s events on one calendar. The city will subscribe to Locable Service at a cost of up to $3,500 annually for the service. According to Lindsay Henderson, community ...

Opening soon

A new Webster City business is set to open bright and early the morning of Jan. 10. Kwik Star, located at 505 Fair Meadow Dr., will welcome customers starting next Thursday as they open the doors for business beginning at 5 a.m. Headquartered in LaCrosse, Wis., Kwik Trip/Kwik Star is a ...

Bakers invited to enter favorite recipes

Whether it's a gooey molten lava cake or moist chocolate brownie, Kendall Young Library is looking for chocolate delicacies from area bakers. The annual Festival of Chocolate is planned for Sunday, Jan. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library and entries are needed. Bakers can submit their ...

Officials take oath of office

The newly-elected and re-elected Hamilton County officials took the oath of office Wednesday morning during the Board of Supervisors reorganizational meeting. District Court Judge James McGlynn led the swearing in ceremony for Hamilton County Supervisor Rick Young, Treasurer Judy Warwick, ...

A look ahead to the new year

Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Bailey outlined a few of the projects facing Hamilton County in 2019, including a large bridge project and the new mental health services building. Bailey spoke at the end of the board's reorganization meeting Wednesday morning and outlined the timetable ...

DCI releases names in officer-involved shooting

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identifed Matthew Hurley as the man found dead in rural Webster County following an officer-involved shooting and pursuit New Year’s Eve. Hurley, 45, of Wall Lake, shot at pursuing officers while trying to flee, according to the Webster County ...

One dead after pursuit ends in shootout

FORT DODGE — One person is dead after what started as a domestic disturbance became a pursuit that ended in gunfire in Webster County late Monday night, according to investigators. ‘‘It’s a tragic end of the year and start of the new year,’’ Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs ...

County officials to take oath of office

Newly-elected and re-elected county office holders will take the oath of office Wednesday morning as the Board of Supervisors holds a reorganizational meeting. County Treasurer Judy Warwick and Supervisor Rick Young will be among those sworn in to office at the meeting. Warwick, who was ...

VeroBlue civil suit won’t get to trial until 2020

VeroBlue Farms will get its day in court with former executives no sooner than June 2020. It will likely take at least that long for the defendants to satisfactorily account for where and how the nearly $100 million in funds belonging to the Webster City-based aquaculture firm were spent or ...

Crash Thursday claims life of FD woman

FORT DODGE — The death of a Fort Dodge woman has left her community in a state of shock, mourning and remembrance. Heidi Beisch, 47, lost control of her 2009 Nissan Quest minivan on Thursday while traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17. Beisch spun into the path of a 2014 Chrysler ...

Pool, ping pong and hoops

The break between Christmas and when classes resume can seem like an eternity for kids who may looking for things to do. Fuller Hall once again this year is hosting a series of contests and competitions to help alleviate some of that wintertime boredom. Wednesday brought the pool and ping ...

Fire destroys Eagle Grove family’s home Wednesday

EAGLE GROVE — It took one minute for Tiffini Toliver and her family to escape their rural Eagle Grove home early Wednesday morning after the smoke alarms sounded. And according to Toliver, they needed every last second to get out safely. “I let our dog out at 3:30 a.m.,” Toliver said. ...