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Wastewater, weeds top discussion at City Council’s town hall meeting

The City Council of Webster City fielded questions on topics ranging from wastewater to weeds, from picnic tables to trash receptacles Monday night during its town hall session held at the Webster City Middle School. Brandon Hayes of the Tile Pros and TMI Services asked the council members ...

Board hears report on start of school

Dr. Mandy Ross, Webster City Schools superintendent, briefed the school board Monday about the workshop week for the school district staff, which consisted of meeting with teachers from each building and getting to walk through all of the school buildings. The week began with a ...

Rotary District Governor visits

Webster City Rotary Club hosted District Governor Neil Fell of Garner Monday morning at its morning meeting. Fell shared his plans for his term in office and encouraged Rotarians to follow the theme for the year, “Be the Inspiration.” Looking on are Dalene Schlitter and Mark Dohms.

Crime Stoppers receives sponsorship donation

The Hamilton County Crime Stoppers recently received a $1,500 donation from Jerry Goebel State Farm Insurance to sponsor theTipSoft program. TipSoft is an electronic service that allows tipsters to remain completely anonymous when submitting information to local law enforcement. “We ...

Homer plays host to annual Threshing Bee

HOMER — David Carlson, of Otho, was standing next to a piece of antique farm equipment Saturday afternoon at the West Central Region Cockshutt & Co-op Club Threshing Bee watching April Patten and Sean Collette, both of Ogden, pitching freshly harvested wheat into an old threshing ...

Town hall meeting tonight

The City Council of Webster City will hold a town hall-style meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School Commons, 1101 Des Moines St. The public is encouraged to bring questions, concerns or comments to the meeting. The last City Council town hall meeting was held in ...

NEH Board hears opening day report

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School Board heard opening day reports and appointed district representatives for the 2018-2019 school year at its regular meeting on Thursday in Blairsburg. Superintendent/Principal Mike Kruger told the board that the year is off to a good start with ...

Raise the flag

BLAIRSBURG — Northeast Hamilton Elementary School students and staff held their traditional "Gather Around the Flag" ceremony on Thursday morning to mark the first day of the 2018-2019 school year in Blairsburg. Superintendent Mike Kruger welcomed the students on a brisk, sunny morning ...

ICCC hosts networking event

Iowa Central Community College on Friday hosted a Networking Event for area businesses and students. Southfield Wellness Community, Friendship Haven, Shady Oaks Care Center, and Stratford Specialty Care were in attendance for the last day of an Integrated Certified Nurse Aide class, in ...

Road work under way

Motorists traveling Fair Meadow Drive between Des Moines and Superior Streets will find a street closure as road work begins. Access to McDonald’s, Kmart, Bomgaars, WCF Bank and other businesses is open from the Superior Street intersection, while patrons to the Hamilton County Social ...

Use of eminent domain for pipeline still questioned

FORT DODGE — Landowners who tried unsuccessfully to keep an oil pipeline from being built through their land will get their day before the Iowa Supreme Court in September. Nine landowners are named in the suit, and claim eminent domain shouldn’t have been used to take their land for ...

‘Ultimately, it was a business decision’

The decision to close the Family Birth Place at Van Diest Medical Center was a difficult one, according to hospital officials who sat down to talk about it Tuesday. But it was a business decision based on an ongoing study of the service, they said. VDMC officials announced a week ago that ...

Patten joins WC medical practice

A new name has appeared on the sign outside the Advanced Family Medicine clinic along with the list of other providers. Kari Patten, PA-C, originally from Webster City, wanted to settle down and practice her specialties in her own hometown. After receiving her biology degree, with a minor ...

Students get ready for new school year

Bright smiles were all around as the incoming second through fourth graders stopped at the Sunset Heights open house Monday evening. Students were greeted by Principal Kelli Reis, and were treated to a red carpet experience, getting their photos taken, receiving free books, and ...

Fines may increase for industrial sewage violations

Industries that dump more than they should into the Webster City sanitary sewer system would face higher fines under a plan advanced by the City Council Monday. VeroBlue, the fish farm that City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said consistently violates its wastewater agreement, will be sent a ...

Council OKs plan to pay for annual cleanup days

Money from the landfill fee Webster City residents pay every month will also be used for the annual community cleanup and maintaining the composting operation as a result of City Council action Monday. Homeowners pay a landfill fee of $1.75 per month, and businesses pay higher monthly fees. ...

Threshing bee returns to Homer

HOMER — The West Central Region Cockshutt & Co-op Club will hold the annual Antique Threshing Bee at Homer, located eight miles north of Stratford on Hamilton County Road R21. The event will feature Minneapolis Moline, Depression-era tractors and Cockshutt 40, antique demonstrations ...

Council action removes local preferences from purchases

Webster City businesses hoping to land a contract with the city government will no longer have a local purchasing preference to help them out. For years, the city had a policy that enabled the council to award a contract or purchase to a local company if their price was within 5 percent of ...

Thompson resigns from Hamilton Hometowns

STANHOPE — When the board of directors for Hamilton Hometowns met in special session Wednesday evening, the only agenda item was to accept the resignation of executive director Sarah Thompson. Thompson resigned following a recent decision from the board of supervisors to withdraw county ...

Parents encouraged to make sure student immunizations are current

Starting the school year can be stressful for parents, gathering all of their children's school supplies, making sure they have all of their important forms in order. One of these vital forms required by state law in order for incoming kindergartners, 7th graders, and seniors to begin school, ...