Local News

First tenants of facility gifted to the county revealed

The first two tenants in a building expected to house health care and mental health services in Webster City have been revealed. The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that HeadStart and Hamilton County Public Health will be moving into portions of the former Webster City ...

GARY BAKER

DES MOINES – Gary Leigh Baker, 65, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Gary was born on September 16, 1953 in Denison, Iowa to Ralph and Helen (Mahler) Baker. Gary graduated from Webster City High School, Des Moines Area ...

Young honored as he retires from board

Hamilton County Supervisor David Young, right, Stanhope, was honored Wednesday afternoon with an open house following his final board meeting. He chats with Tim Mortenson. Young, who decided not to run for another term, will finish out his term at the end of this month. Rick Young of Jewell was ...

Loss in county shed fire estimated to be $3M

Nearly $3 million in damage was sustained the Dec. 16 fire at the Hamilton County maintenance shed, according to County Engineer Nicole Stinn. The cause of the early morning fire is still under investigation, she said, adding that the State Fire Marshall and a cause and origins specialist ...

Body of missing Otho man found

Three weeks after he went missing, the search for Kris Markle ended Wednesday when his body and vehicle were found around noon south of the landfill in Webster County. Markle, 28, of Otho, and his car were discovered Wednesday by a landfill worker in a “ravine, washed-out area,” according ...

Fortune, and endurance

At the end of the year, when he locks the office a final time, Jim Fortune will be closing the door on a long real estate career in this Hamilton County town. On Jan. 1, Jim Fortune Realty will no longer exist. But that’s only the end of the most recent chapter of Fortune’s life. There ...

And baby makes five…

Kirbie and Trey Seiser of Blairsburg always wanted a lot of kids. The couple, married in 2013, knew children would play a big part of their lives. “We always wanted a large family and talked about it lots,” Kirbie said. But she had no idea of the path they would take in building that ...

NEH school board reviews state school rankings

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School Board reviewed its state school rankings, set a tentative date for the School Improvement Advisory Committee and agreed to request funding for the At-Risk and Drop-Out Prevention programs at its last meeting for 2018 on Thursday night in the school ...

Grain bin acoustics

Will Lopes, the Iowa Central Community College director of vocal music, always wondered what it would sound like to sing in a grain bin. “I wanted to come up with a project where I would engage the students right away in something that they never experienced,” Lopes said. “I am ...

Training collaboration

Webster City Fire Department has been undergoing training for mass casualty incidents. Some of this training has been with active shooter training, and more recently with the Van Diest Medical Center on “Stop the Bleed” training. Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield said the Webster City Fire ...

Funds raised for local day care centers

Staff from First State Bank and Town & Country Insurance came together this holiday season and with the organization matching staff contributions, were able to raise a total of $2,145 for local daycare centers. Staff members presented a donation of $1072.50 each to Webster City Daycare and ...

Counting community benefits

Van Diest Medical Center provides $1,285,518 in community benefits to Hamilton County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on fiscal year 2017 figures, includes $1,216,557 in uncompensated care and $68,961 in free or discounted ...

SOS Vintage to close its doors

A Webster City business announced Wednesday that it will be closing its doors at the end of the day on Saturday. SOS Vintage announced on their Facebook page the closure “It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will be closing our #SOSVintage retail store. We will be open this ...

Preserving local history

Work on the Wilson Brewer/Jackson Groves and Jamison log cabins at Wilson Brewer Historic Park is expected to begin in January, according to Gary Groves, historical committee member and Kent Harfst, acting city manager. Earlier this month, the City Council awarded the bid for the restoration ...

Peterman hired for chamber position

Jennifer Peterman has been hired as the new director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her duties Tuesday. She and her husband, Dan, live on an acreage west of Webster City. Originally, from Gowrie, Peterman was previously employed with the Webster County Health ...

MS students donate to Toys for Tots drive

The students, peer helpers and room staff from the Webster City Middle School Special Education Room of Mrs. Robertson's went to Kmart Tuesday to buy toys to help support the Toys for Tots at the high school. These students with the help of their peer helpers and classroom staff have a coffee ...

Holiday fun at Southfield

Southfield Wellness Community residents, families and friends celebrated at the annual Christmas party. Members of the Harvest Baptist Church led the group with singing popular carols. Two Southfield CNAs, Chanler Baird and Rufus Kunwon, performed a dancing elves comical skit as they waved ...

Angel Tree gifts distributed

HERO board members and Rotary Club members were busy playing Santa Sunday afternoon as area families stopped to pick up their gifts from the Angel Tree. This year, the program helped 107 Hamilton County families, including 298 children. The group was also able to give some of the larger ...

Hotel/motel tax grants awarded

Thousands of dollars of hotel/motel tax grants were awarded at Monday’s City Council meeting, including almost $30,000 to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. Council members approved the grants based on recommendations from Andy Sowle, chairman of the Hotel/Motel Tax Board. Sowle ...

City aids county following shed fire

The city of Webster City is loaning some equipment to the county after a costly early morning fire Sunday that engulfed a Hamilton County maintenance shed. Ken Wetlzer, the city’s public works director, reported during Monday’s City Council meeting, that the city would be helping the ...