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Freedom Rock comes to life in Stratford

The Sorenson Studios Freedom Rock Tour has come to Hamilton County. Ray “Bubba” Sorenson has begun to paint the Hamilton County Freedom Rock in Stratford this week.

Manufacturing Day

Seneca Foundry is well known throughout the community for their casting manufacturing. In honor of Manufacturing Day, Seneca Foundry will be opening their doors to the public on Friday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will give community members a chance to learn about today’s ...

Briggs Woods project moves forward

A project that has been in development for more than 2 years took a giant leap forward Tuesday morning as the construction contract was approved for the proposed Briggs Woods Conference Center. Peterson Construction of Webster City turned in the low bid for the project, $2,223,000 and were ...

Local writer to give book talk at Kendall Young Library

Webster City author Jasmine Flowerday will be at Kendall Young Library on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her recent work “Veiled Embers.” Flowerday describes this novel as fantasy dipped in realism mixed with the teenage mind. She chose to write the book through the ...

Honor Flight vets

Pictured above are the Hamilton County Veterans that were on the last Honor Flight that happened on Saturday, Sept. 16. Left to right: Craig Conway, Charles Arnold, Gary Biggs, Richard Barkema, Ted Hayes, Dennis McAlister, Donald McNelly, Alan Ehley, Frank Hubbard, Melvin Moore, Steve Ostrem, ...

Bark in the Park

Wilson Brewer Park is taking a new twist on this year’s Fall Fest. “Bark in the Park” is scheduled for this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wilson Brewer Park. The community is invited to take their furry friends and check out local history. “The park has traditionally tried to have ...

Lincoln joins local clinic

The Webster City Veterinary Clinic recently welcomed a new doctor to the practice. Whitney Lincoln, DVM, joined the clinic staff on Sept. 5. She'll be caring for both small animals and pets brought into the clinic, and larger animals — swine, cattle and horses — that require a visit to ...

Action deferred on co-op silo

The City Council of Webster City declined to establish a nuisance at 612 Seneca St. at Monday’s meeting, but instead, voted to defer any action on the proposed nuisance until their first meeting in 2018. The property, owned by United Cooperative, features a silo that is in disrepair. ...

Doodlebug delight

Doodlebug Club of America members scooted into Webster City last week for the club’s 31st annual reunion. Over 70 members flocked from 17 states for the highly-anticipated gathering. Some drove nearly 2,000 miles for the fun and fellowship with fellow motor scooter enthusiasts. Attendees ...

15th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight allows for welcome many veterans deserve

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight took to the skies for the 15th time on Saturday, giving 145 veterans the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., and the memorials from the wars they fought. During the daylong trip to the nation’s capital, veterans were taken to the ...

Council meets tonight

The council may approve establishing a nuisance at 612 Seneca St. at tonight’s meeting. At their Sept. 5 meeting, the council approved deferring a resolution establishing a nuisance at 612 Seneca St. An unsafe building notice was sent to owner, D. B. A. W. C. Branch, on March 22. The ...

A new beginning

“I think people need to hear the nitty-gritty about addiction,” said Josi Gilbert. That’s why she stepped out of the shadows and decided to share her story. “My addiction made me a monster. I felt like I lost my soul,” she said. “I was a ghost.” Today, Josi is 27. She’s ...

Last Music in the Park draws crowd

The fourth Music in the Park/Open Mic Night Thursday evening brought locals out for music, food, fun and a chance to check out the Doodlebug scooters. Doodlebug Club of America members in town for their 31st annual reunion showed off their unique rides and visited with passerbys about their ...

From troubled teen to CEO

The chief executive officer of YSS has had an interesting and winding path to get to where he is today. As a teenager, he was addicted to alcohol and marijuana and eventually became a client of the organization he would someday lead. Andrew Allen assumed the leadership for YSS after the ...

Treatment, support essential on the road to recovery

FORT DODGE — One of the big names in treatment and recovery services in the Fort Dodge area is Community Family Resources. In addition to the residential treatment center in Fort Dodge, CFR offers outpatient services in outreach offices throughout the region. “We’re in a lot ...

A warm welcome back

The ‘Bugs are back in town. If you head out to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds this week, you’ll find it filled with members of the Doodlebug Club of America. Members returned to Webster City in honor of the organization’s 31st reunion. The Doodle Bug motor scooter was built from ...

The downward spiral

Josi Gilbert had been through a lot in her young life. She grew up in Webster City and Fort Dodge, with four younger siblings. She suffered abuse by her stepfather, left home at 17 and was married at 18, became a mother and was divorced by 21. She was also addicted to methamphetamine. Her ...

A piece of history

WILLIAMS -- Barns serve many purposes. They house livestock. They store farm equipment. What many don’t know is that these agricultural structures are pieces of history. The Iowa Barn Foundation celebrates this history each year with a state-wide tour of unique barns. The 2017 Iowa ...

Side effects

With to a slight increase in the use of substances like marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin, local physicians are seeing more drug-related cases at hospitals and clinics. Nikki Ehn, MD, was been a family physician with Webster City Medical Clinic, and now at Van Diest Medical Center and ...

‘Fair but firm’ prosecution

“Firm but fair is the goal,” said Hamilton County Attorney Pat Chambers. “My goal as the county attorney here is to be firm with those people that commit crimes within our jurisdiction, but to be fair at the same time.” Chambers has been the Hamilton County Attorney since 1990. He ...