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A new generation of leaders

Six students in Webster City are working to ensure the voices of the community youth are heard. The City Council of Webster City appointed six students to the newly formed Youth Advisory Commission on March 20, 2017. The council appointed middle school students Sophia Vanderpool, Aiden ...

Cultural Cooking

With a new year comes new Legacy Learning Boone River Valley workshops. Visit ACE Community Center the second Saturday of each month to create a new dish with experienced chefs. The second cooking class is this Saturday at ACE Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. with supper to follow from 5 ...

Duck, dip and dodge

SHIFT Happens is back again and wants the community to duck, dodge, dip, and dive for a cause. This year's Dodge For A Cause event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 at Jeff Gym at the Webster City Middle School. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...

Snow emergency declared in WC

Snow emergency has been declared in Webster City for Friday, Feb. 9 starting at 6 a.m. All vehicles must be off the streets by 8 a.m. Parking is not allowed on residential streets until both sides have been cleaned.

ICCC bond issue passes

Area voters easily approved a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College Tuesday, with 67.5 percent of them voting yes. To pass, the bond issue had to be approved by at least 60 percent of those who cast ballots. “This really sets Iowa Central apart and ...

Caring for all creatures

“I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Dr. Richard Stribe. “The vets that came out to the farm – they were probably some of the few educated people you saw on the farm.” Stribe, 68, a veterinarian at the Webster City Vet Clinic, is retiring from the profession ...

Time for a SWITCH

BLAIRSBURG — It's time for SWITCH at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School. SWITCH stands for School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health and is aimed to help students develop healthy lifestyles in the age of technology. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University and was ...

Iowa Central vote is today

The referendum on the proposed $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College will be Tuesday. The polls in Hamilton County will be open from noon to 8 p.m. today. The proposed bond issue would pay for physical improvements at the college’s facilities in ...

Council approves rezoning request

The City Council of Webster City approved the rezoning of property on Fairmeadow Drive at Monday evening’s meeting. The council approved the second reading of the proposed ordinance rezoning land on Fairmeadow Drive from residential to commercial in a unanimous roll call vote. ...

Planning begins for Junquefest 2018

Teams of volunteers are being organized and preliminary planning for JunqueFest 2018 has started. JunqueFest will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 to 27, 2018 and once again, located in downtown Webster City. The show hours are as follows: • Friday, May 25, 12 p.m. to 7 ...

Retirement program set by Extension Service

“How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?” This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on Thursdays Feb. 15 and 22, 6-8 p.m. at Hamilton County Extension in Webster City. Writing Your Retirement ...

Ernst to hold Jewell town hall meeting

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the South Hamilton High School Auditorium, 315 Division St., Jewell. The stop is part of the senator’s 99-county tour to hear from constituents in the area about issues most important to ...

The SWITCH program

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Teresa Wood At Northeast Hamilton Elementary School Lynne Roberts fills her water bottle at the ElKay EZ H2O station. The school had the filtered water dispenser installed from the funds received for the school's participation in the Iowa State University's ...

Norris would end privatized Medicaid

Democrat John Norris vowed Saturday to end Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system if he is elected governor. “That would be the first policy initiative I would take,” he said during a Fort Dodge visit. He called the current system “a complete failure.” During a Saturday afternoon ...

Council meets tonight

The City Council of Webster City may approve the second reading of a rezoning of property on Fairmeadow Drive at tonight’s meeting. After considering numerous written and oral objections at a public hearing held on Jan. 15, the first reading of a proposed ordinance amending the Official ...

DFJ brings home honors

The Daily Freeman-Journal staff brought home seven first place honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association convention held in Des Moines Thursday and Friday. The awards were part of the Better Newspaper Contest the association holds each year. This year's contest was judged by members of the ...

Building going up

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra The Briggs Woods Conference Center is going vertical, as seen in the photo above on Thursday afternoon. The building, which is steel engineered, began going up this week at Briggs Woods. The concrete footings were poured during the beginning of ...

Special election set for Tuesday

Hamilton County voters and those in eight other counties decide the fate of a $25.5 million bond referendum for Iowa Central Community College next week. A special election is set for Tuesday and polls are between noon and 8 p.m. The bond referendum if approved will fund many building ...

Shoe cutting party set

ELLSWORTH — Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth will host an event for the people of Uganda on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1629 Dewitt St. in Ellsworth. A Potluck supper will begin at 6 pm followed by the shoe cutting event. The church is also collecting old ...

Community input sought

Representatives of McPherson and Jacobson, the firm conducting the search for a new Webster City Superintendent, is asking parents and other community members to attend a stakeholders meeting on at the Administration Building Feb. 7. Meetings are set for noon and 6 p.m. and should last ...