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Contract awarded for cabin project

Plans to preserve the Wilson Brewer Park cabins were advanced by the City Council on Monday. The council awarded a contract to Heritage Woodworks, of Clemons, for the dismantling and reconstruction of the cabins. The contract is in the amount of $126,060. Phil Grossman, of Heritage ...

Council approves tax rebates for development firm

The Webster City City Council on Monday approved property tax rebates for the firm planning to develop housing along Edgewood Drive. The council approved the agreement with Kenyon Hill Ridge, LLC. Karla Wetzler, the city’s planning director, said it will allow the firm to collect taxes ...

New fund established for band boosters

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has recently opened a new fund to benefit the Webster City High School Band Boosters (WCHS Band Boosters). All monies donated to this fund will go to support the WCHS Band Boosters by providing funding for items such as new band uniforms, music, ...

City Council approves funding for ACE

City and county officials are working to help keep the doors open to a local organization which focuses on cultural understanding. The City Council on Monday approved $15,000 in funding for All Cultures Equal. ACE provides a safe space for people of all cultures to visit. The organization ...

Holiday pop-up shop opens

A group of local artists, craftspeople, gift makers, welders, leather workers and more have created a pop-up holiday store in the former Big Picture store, 600 Second St. The store was the brainchild of Kim Anderson who reached out to area craftspeople. The shop will be open Thursdays from 3 ...

City Council to award bids for cabin work

The City Council of Webster City will hold a public hearing tonight to consider the 2018 Wilson Brewer Park Cabins dismantling and reconstruction project and are expected to award the contract for the project. The Council will meet at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Monday. According to a Council ...

Holiday sounds

Joan Hopkins, a piano instructor for over 50 years, teamed up with piano student, Sylvia Otteros, as they performed Christmas songs for residents, families and staff at Southfield Wellness Community. Sylvia is 10 years old and a third-year piano student. Her younger sister, Ava, age 8, also ...

New owners purchase Boondocks

WILLIAMS — Boondocks, USA will live on. That’s the goal of the new owner, according to David Whitaker of Whitaker Marketing Group, of Ames, which conducted the commercial property auction on Wednesday. Anyway Logistics, Inc. of Fresno, California, and Gary, Indiana, bought the ...

YSS to hold annual holiday event

YSS of Hamilton County will hold its annual celebration of the youths the organization serves and the volunteers and donors who make that possible. The holiday event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office, 311 Bank St., ...

Chorus to present holiday concerts

The Webster City Community Chorus, under the direction of Dane Barner, will present its 32nd annual holiday concert with two performances this weekend. The chorus will be presented Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 921 Des Moines ...

Bilingual story time comes to KYL

A new bilingual story time is starting Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Kendall Young Library. The “Cuentos Bilingues” will be held at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the library, according to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, library director. “This time, it's going to have a holiday theme,” she ...

Still time to register bell ringing team

The Webster City Ministerial Association continues to seek bell ringers for the 2018 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. If you have not yet organized a team to ring, now is the time to do so. There are several open dates for your team to ring; to reserve a date contact Rev. Craig Blaufuss ...

Knigge trial moved to Story County, summer 2019

The trial for a woman accused of killing her friend has been moved to Story County after potential jurors in Webster County said they had already formed an opinion in the case. Mackenzie Knigge, 27, of Clare, was scheduled to go on trial starting Tuesday in Webster County District Court. ...

Sounds of the season

The Webster City Community Chorus, under the direction of Dane Barner, will present its 32nd annual holiday concert with two performances this weekend. The chorus will be presented Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 921 Des Moines ...

ACE seeks end-of-year funding from county

A board member of All Cultures Equal presented a report to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday and requested funds to help continue operation of the Webster City-based organization. John Boughton said the organization, which has operated since 2004, is facing some dire ...

Opperman hired as new deputy

By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net Wyatt Opperman has been hired as a new deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Opperman is a native of Decorah and graduated from South Winneshiek High School. He moved to Fort Dodge to play baseball at Iowa Central ...

Reorganization plan draft reviewed

Members of the Webster City school board reviewed a draft of the reorganization plan Monday night as district moves closer to merging with Northeast Hamilton. Dr. Mandy Ross, superintendent, said since the plan is a “living document” and changes would be occurring in the coming months, ...

WCPD to host shopping event for area families

The Webster City Police Department will host a Christmas shopping event for local families as part of its Blue Light Uniformed Events or BLUE program. The event will take place on Dec. 15, according to organizers. Several children will be paired up with police officers to go Christmas ...

Encouraging the spirit of giving

A Webster City church is once again offering local residents the opportunity to choose a gift for someone on their Christmas list, have wrapped in festive paper and create card — all free of charge. It's Christmas at the Bridge, sponsored by the Webster City Church of Christ. The annual ...

Still time to help Angel Tree project

There are still a several tags on the Angel Tree at the Webster Theater and members of the HERO Board and the Webster City Rotary Club hope to see all of the tags gone in the coming weeks. The two groups are sponsoring the Angel Tree project. Through this program, children in need in the ...