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Packing the Paddy Wagon

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association held their second annual Pack the Paddy Wagon event at Hy-Vee Sunday afternoon. This year, the HCPOA collected food for local pantries and hosted a cook-out to benefit the Special Olympics. A total ...

School board to meet tonight

The Webster City School Board will have a joint meeting with Northeast Hamilton at tonight’s board meeting concerning the proposed district reorganization. The board will discuss and review the most recent informal board meeting with the Stratford and Northeast Hamilton school districts. ...

Stratford business hosts Reynolds

STRATFORD – A Stratford winery caught the attention of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds during the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Thursday, Reynolds had a chance to see the Backcountry Winery in action. The winery is owned and operated by Amber and Preston Gable and was started in 2014. Backcountry ...

A closer look at Seneca Foundry

Students from the Iowa Central Career Academy toured Seneca Foundry Thursday morning to get a glimpse into the world of manufacturing. High school juniors and seniors from Webster City, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Fort Dodge and Humboldt participated in the tour of the foundry. “The importance ...

Pack the Paddy Wagon is Saturday

The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association and Webster City Hy-Vee will be holding their second annual Pack the Paddy-Wagon food drive and cook-out to benefit the Hamilton County Special Olympics. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Webster City ...

Parade is Oct. 13

The Webster City National Honor Society is requesting all interested participants sign up entries for this year’s homecoming parade set for Friday, Oct. 13. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. with line up to start at 1:30 p.m. and commence at 2:15 p.m. on Seneca Street on the west side ...

Breaking ground

The first shovelfuls of soil were turned in a ceremony Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of the $2.6 million Briggs Woods Conference Center construction project. County and city officials, donors and community members gathered in the Briggs Woods Golf Course parking near the site of ...

NEH goal: Don’t sit, get fit

BLAIRSBURG — Don't Sit, Get Fit! That's the goal at Northeast Hamilton as students, staff and community members kicked off the 2017 Iowa Healthiest State Initiative with a 20 minute stroll around the new walking track. "Community members and students from all across Iowa are walking 30 ...

Schools lockdown

CLARION — A threatening social media post forced some area schools to enter a lockdown Wednesday afternoon, according to Robert Olson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows superintendent. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Eagle Grove Community schools went on a low-level lockdown shortly after 1 p.m. A ...

“Nick’s Boat” sails to KYL

Jo Ann Hendricks describes Nick Seamonds as “one awesome guy.” Seamonds, 37, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Thanks to efforts by his family and friends, an accessible cabin at Lake Cornelia offers enjoyment and inclusion and gives Nick the ability to navigate his ...

Reynolds gets VIP tour of Prestage site

EAGLE GROVE — Gov. Kim Reynolds believes the addition of a $250 million pork plant south of Eagle Grove, which will process 10,000 hogs a day, is needed to help revitalize the area. “This can bring more companies here and help the area continue to evolve,” Reynolds said Saturday ...

Ride Across Iowa set for Saturday

Webster City resident Kent Harfst will be spending Saturday pedaling across the state with other cycling enthusiasts during the 7th annual Ride Across Iowa in a Day event. Harfst, 55, will be joining 31 other riders who hope to complete this road race. Ride Across Iowa in a Day (RAID) is ...

Ground breaking is tomorrow

The official ground breaking ceremony for the new Briggs Woods Conference Center will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Briggs Woods Golf Course. The ceremony marks the start of the $2.6 million construction project. Two weeks ago, Peterson Construction of Webster City was awarded the ...

WBHP agreement approved

Gary Groves, Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee Chairperson, provided the Webster City City Council with an update on the Wilson Brewer Park project Monday night. The Wilson Brewer Park Committee first began working on this project last September. The committee assembled specific groups ...

Donation will aid theater

— Submitted photo Chris Simmons, general manager of WMTel.net, presented a donation of $1,000 for the Webster Theater to Tyler Abens, HERO board member. The donation will help defray the costs from the recent break-in and will help get the movie screen repaired, Abens said.

Businesses to celebrate Manufacturing Day

Local residents will have a chance to learn more about local industries on Friday. In honor of Manufacturing Day, Seneca Foundry will be opening its doors to the public on Friday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will give community members a chance to learn about today’s ...

Petition received

A public hearing that was originally scheduled for Monday night’s city council meeting was cancelled. A request from applicant Kwik Star was withdrawn, according to the council packet. Although the public hearing did not occur, one local woman came to the meeting to express her support of ...

‘So many memories’

“So many memories," said Belinda Heinen of Webster City as she watched the home at 1437 Burgess St. consumed by flames. "This was my childhood home. It seemed bigger back then.” The Webster City Fire Department conducted a controlled burn Saturday in conjunction with the fire and ...

Timmons becomes NSI graduate

Aurora, CO — Hamilton County Sheriff Douglas D. Timmons completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, CO from September 18 to 22. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program ...

Public hearing cancelled

The public hearing originally scheduled for 5:50 p.m. at tonight’s city council meeting concerning the proposed rezoning of property located in an area west of Superior Street and north of Fairmeadow drive has been cancelled. This item has been cancelled due to the withdrawal of petition by ...