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Wright County inks deal with chicken litter facility

CLARION — A company that will turn chicken droppings into a more environmentally-friendly organic fertilizer will locate its multi-million-dollar facility in Wright County. On Monday the Wright County Board of Supervisors entered into a development agreement with ReNewTrient 1. “We ...

Building owners get 6 months to make repairs

The owners of a partially collapsed building in Webster City have been given six months to make the needed repairs.The City Council voted unanimously Monday to impose that deadline for the property at 411 Prospect St. But council members told the building’s owners, Brian Hubbard and Matthew ...

Electric bond refinancing saves city $1 million

The refinancing of a Webster City municipal electric utility bond has saved nearly $1 million. Paul Donna, of the financial firm R.W. Baird, told the City Council that Monday’s refinancing action was ‘‘a very successful sale.’’ ‘‘We did exceed the expectations we put forth a ...

‘The cleanup process begins’

LEHIGH — A day after some Lehigh residents were told to evacuate due to concerns over flooding, they have been told they can return to their homes. On Sunday, an ice jam in Humboldt prompted the evacuation notice for fears it was going to cause increased flooding in the Des Moines River in ...

Search for new city manager resumes

The search for a new city manager for Webster City has resumed with the goal of having someone on the job in July. Whoever is hired will replace former City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, who resigned last summer to take a similiar position in California. Kent Harfst, the assistant city ...

‘Even small contributions have made a difference’

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the March Our Hometown Magazine. It is reprinted here for the enjoyment of our readers. By BILLIE SHELTON editor@freemanjournal.net STANHOPE — Just because one lives in a community for years doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she ...

Council OKs lease of three police vehicles

The Webster City Police Department will receive three new vehicles this year. The City Council on Monday approved a lease agreement that will give the police force three 2019 Chevrolet Tahoes. They will replace two 2014 Chevrolet Tahoes, one of which isn’t used because of electrical and ...

Sharing a good book

A new plan will soon get all the kids at Sunset Heights Elementary reading together. The whole school will be reading the same book at the same time, through the One School, One Book program, when students return from spring break on March 25. “The whole concept is they get the book, ...

Digging in for Lehigh

LEHIGH — Be it May or March, the little Webster County town of Lehigh that is settled in a low spot along the Des Moines River, looks forward to warm weather after a long winter freeze. After all, Lehigh is known for its annual River Days. But there’s the flip side to its ...

Watch out for that pothole

All over town, drivers are facing a familiar problem — potholes. It’s been some time since Webster City Street Department Supervisor Brandon Bahrenfuss has seen it this bad. “We understand the roads are in tough shape right now,” Bahrenfuss said. “This happens after a tough ...

Travel difficult and not recommended on county gravel roads

County engineers across the state have a request. Don’t go on the gravel roads unless you have to. “As much as they can stay off them, is beneficial to everyone. Every vehicle that goes down just creates more damage,” said Hamilton County Engineer Nicole Stinn. With all the rain ...

If there’s water over the road, ‘turn around, don’t drown’

High waters threaten to cause problems across the state. In Hamilton County, the Boone River has mostly stayed within its banks, Sheriff Doug Timmons said. “I think the river is flowing pretty good. It’s probably bank full,” Timmons said. “Haven’t heard of any areas where its ...

Cemetery cleanup to begin April 1

The spring cleanup removal will start on April 1 at Graceland and Foster’s Baby Addition Cemeteries. It is requested that all flower boxes, wreaths, decorations, and flowers (this includes items in above-ground fixtures-saddles, vases, planters, Shepherd hooks) be removed before April 1. ...

On the road to recovery

An encounter with a patch of black ice on a cold, wintry February morning proved to be life-changing for a young Webster City woman. Taylor Elliott, 21, the daughter of Greg Elliott and Aleisha Ridenour, has been around cars for most of her life. Part of the Elliott racing family, she’s ...

Gilbert man pleads guilty to two assault charges

A man who has faced multiple charges relating to sex crimes across the state was sentenced earlier this week to prison after pleading guilty in two Hamilton County sex cases. Mason M. Reilly, 27, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual ...

Iowa Central board sets tuition rates, room and board

FORT DODGE — Tuition rates for students taking less than 12 or more than 18 hours have been set for Iowa Central Community College. Students taking between 12 and 18 hours will be able to pay a flat-rate tuition, in a move the board said could trim $1,000 from the cost of earning ...

Supervisors approves FY 2020 budget

The Fiscal Year 2020 Hamilton County budget, totaling nearly $28 million, was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning following a public hearing. The $27,950,995 budget includes nearly $8.8 million in property tax levies. “The rest of the funding comes from a variety of ...

Greehey center is a go

FORT DODGE — It’s a green light for the Greehey center. A contractor has now been chosen for Iowa Central Community College’s planned Greehey Family Student Success Center, the largest new project made possible by a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue approved in February ...

Interim board presents initial contract proposals

The initial contract proposals from the interim board of the Northeast Hamilton and Webster City School districts were presented to the Webster City Education Association and the Webster City Educational Services Association Monday night. The board offered a proposed one year contract to ...

WC board recognizes wrestlers and speech students

The Webster City school board welcomed members of the high school large group and individual speech contest participants and the four state qualifying wrestlers Monday night during the regular meeting of the board. Heather Noethe, large group speech coach, introduced Charlotte and Tucker ...