Local News

Teen advisory board meets

By COURTNEY SOGARD csogard@freemanjournal.net The Teen Advisory Board met for the first time Thursday afternoon in the Jane Young Room of the Kendall Young Library. Led by Teen Librarian, Pascale Bruns, the board meets to discuss what the teens would like to see more of in the library ...

Hundreds turnout for car show

Sunny skies brought out vintage and classic car enthusiasts to the annual Cruisin’ South car and tractor show, held Sunday afternoon in the Southfield Wellness Community parking lot. Shined and polished entries with hoods up were on display for visitors to check out. Residents of ...

Building in the middle of everything

STRATFORD — A conference held in Hamilton County which was geared toward growing and strengthening small towns drew participants from all over the Midwest this week. The Rural That Works Conference, organized by Deb Brown of Building Possibility and Sarah Thompson of Rural Revitalization ...

Conservation efforts in the prairie pothole region

When one thinks of conservation efforts being made toward any aspect of nature, one might assume that preserving the natural resources in any given ecosystem may be all the Hamilton County Conservation does for the Briggs Woods animal and vegetation populations. But some other key elements ...

Camp S’more Reading Night held at KYL

Twin sisters Lily Romp, top left and Hope Romp, top right age 6, make some band-aid fireflies in a mason jar while attending the Camp S’more Reading night at Kendall Young Library on Thursday evening. The event included crafts, treats and story reading.

New store director bringing community to Hy-Vee

Webster City Hy-Vee’s new store director, Jon Johnson, has worked for the Hy-Vee Corporation for 25 years and has decided to bring his experience to the Webster City community. Johnson took advantage of the opportunity when it was first suggested to him by his friend, the Fort Dodge Hy-Vee ...

Contract awarded for bridge project

The Dubuque Street Bridge in Webster City will receive extensive repairs as a result of a contract awarded Monday by the City Council. Public Works Director Ken Wetzler said the bridge will be closed completely while the work is under way. But exactly when that work will begin remained ...

New regulations for fences move forward

New rules regulating what fences can be made of in Webster City were advanced by the City Council on Monday. The rules are intended to make fences safe and aesthetically pleasing, according to a staff report to the City Council. The city has zoning regulations on the height and location ...

WCPD investigates possible shooting

An unidentified man was taken to Van Diest Medical Center Tuesday evening following an incident that may have involved a firearm in the 900 block of Division Street. Shortly before 7 p.m., Webster City police and Van Diest Medical Center were dispatched to 914 Division St. for a man who was ...

DNR: WC man shot while squirrel hunting at Brushy Creek

LEHIGH — A Webster City man was shot by his brother on Saturday while squirrel hunting at the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area. Sao Bunpan, 55, was shot in the upper body by Khor Bunpan, 50. Both men are from Webster City, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday. ...

Autumn Ambush to ride into WC

Riding and shooting enthusiasts will put their skills to the test on Sept. 15 and 16 at an event planned for the Hamilton County Saddle Club arena. The Autumn Ambush is sponsored by the Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. The group is an Iowa equine club that is affiliated with the ...

Dale Hansen is coming to a middle school near you

A nationally-known sportscaster will be in Webster City next week. Dale Hansen, an award-winning Dallas, Texas, sportscaster will speak at Webster City Middle School on Sept. 12 for the Hamilton County Democrats annual soup supper. He’s coming because he is the brother of Colleen ...

Hart talks about cost of higher education

State Sen. Rita Hart, who is running for lieutenant governor with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell, was in attendance for a roundtable discussion about education reform at the college level at the Iowa Central Community College Webster City campus on Thursday. The main issues ...

Gathering around the campfire

Parents trying to find some after school bonding time with their kids might be interested in visting the Kendall Young Library during their Family Reading Night Camp Read S’more on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, in the children’s libary department. Family members of all ages ...

Shelter dedicated at Little Wall Lake

The Hamilton County Conservation Board held their recent board meeting at Little Wall Lake Park on Tuesday. The Conservation Board dedicated the new open air shelter located next to the sand volleyball court. Businesses and organizations were recognized for their contributions towards the ...

Supervisors say no to CAFO moratorium

A resolution calling for a the governor and state Legislature to put a moratorium on new hog confinements in Hamilton County was denied traction before the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The resolution, which also asked the state to review and address the master matrix, failed ...

Segner named CEO at WCF

WCF Bancorp, parent of WCF Financial Bank, have announced that Michael Segner has been named Chief Executive Officer of WCF Bancorp and WCF Financial Bank. He will also serve on the company's board of directors. Segner replaces retiring CEO Steve Mourlam. He began his duties ...

More to a library than just books

JEWELL — When stepping inside the Montgomery Memorial Library, patrons can see the most recent best-sellers from fiction to nonfiction, to young adult novels, and children’s books, but if you walk in a little further, you will also find a computer station, a 3-D printer, and The Nook. ...

Former Iowa House Speaker Dale Cochran dies

When Dale Cochran stepped into the role of Iowa’s secretary of agriculture at the start of 1987, he expected new challenges. However, he did not anticipate dealing with a feisty pack of muskrats. Yet, there they were, attacking a lagoon near the Nishnabotna River in Carroll County, early ...

Pledge to the flag

Students at Pleasant View Elementary School helped hoist the flags Monday morning. The group gathered outside to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing the school song. Principal Mindy Mossman, the teachers and staff introduced themselves. The flags were later lowered to half-mast in ...