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Kids on the Move returns

The Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Department is offering Kids on the Move beginning March 21. The activities program is offered to third through sixth grade students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The cost is $30 for residents and $34 for ...

FD woman gets federal prison sentence for meth possession

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Fort Dodge woman who fled the country after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. Lara Pineda, 33, pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. The guilty plea was ...

Trustees: tax levy to remain the same

The tax asking from Van Diest Medical Center will remain the same at $2.10 according to action taken by the board of trustees Tuesday evening. The board approved keeping the tax asking the same at $2.10 per $1,000 evaluation. The asking has remained the same for the past five years. The ...

County moves forward with communications project

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with a general obligation emergency communication equipment lease-purchase agreement, providing for the levy of taxes to pay for the measure. A public hearing was held on the matter Tuesday during the board's regular ...

WCF Bank names a new CFO

WCF Financial Bank has named Stacy Johnson as its new Chief Financial Officer. Johnson earned her BA in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa with an MBA from Upper Iowa University. She is also a Certified Management Accountant, has 6 years experience as a plant controller and 11 ...

Eagle Grove resident dies in fire

EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove resident is dead and another injured following a Monday night fire in a home at 222 Commercial Ave. S., according to Eagle Grove Fire Chief Tom Peterson. The name of the victims have not been released by local officials. Peterson said three people were in the ...

‘A Little Song and Dance’

Webster City High School Choir Program will present its annual Variety Show Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 4 at 2 pm. This year’s theme is “A Little Song and Dance.” Every show will feature the following groups: Lynx Singers will perform ...

Ice, river conditions blamed for accident

STRATFORD — The man injured in a snowmobile accident Monday hit a dip while riding at the convergence of the Boone and Des Moines rivers near Stratford. Conservation Officer Bill Spece, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the victim, who has not been publicly identified, ...

Snowmobiler airlifted after crash

STRATFORD — A man was airlifted Monday evening with injuries he sustained in a snowmobile accident at the convergence of the Boone and Des Moines rivers near Stratford. The man was with two friends who were not involved in the accident. He was not identified by press time. “It was a ...

Stratford city manager calls job perfect fit

STRATFORD — Just before Stratford’s new city manager started work in the office, she set off on a honeymoon cruise. A few days later, the ship had come back to port early, and the couple had to rent a car and join the bumper-to-bumper gridlock flowing out of Florida to escape Hurricane ...

Search for new superintendent progresses

Things are moving quickly with the search for a new Webster City Schools superintendent according to Mike Billings, a consultant with McPherson and Jacobson LLC, the firm conducting the search for the district. “We're vetting candidates now,” he told the Webster City school board Monday ...

NEH SIAC meeting planned for tonight

The Northeast Hamilton Elementary School School Improvement Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. In addition to a discussion about bullying, the meeting will also include a Power Point presentation on the school reorganization plan between ...

Fierce competition

Approximately $750 was raised at Friday night’s Dodge for a Cause event for the launching of a Youth Mentoring Program in Webster City. “We’re really appreciative of the community that we live in and that they rally to help support not only youth, but causes in the community,” said ...

NEH board approves facilities project

The Northeast Hamilton School Board approved a facilities project and viewed a Power Point presentation on the proposed school reorganization its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Elementary Media Center. All board members voted to approve the facilities project which includes ...

School board tonight

A series of initial proposals are on the Webster City school board agenda this evening. The Webster City Education Association will give their initial proposal to the board. The board will then give their initial proposal to the WCEA. The Webster City Educational Services Association ...

Read across America at NEH

Northeast Hamilton Elementary School is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday from Feb. 26 - March 2 with Read Across America. Each day, the students are asked to dress in celebration the author who wrote many children's books including Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop and Mr. ...

Another snowy afternoon

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Snow flurries and showers moved into Webster City Thursday afternoon, making for slushy and sometimes slick driving conditions around the area. Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a wintery mix of snow and sleet is expected to move ...

Dodgeball set for tonight

Dodge For A Cause returns to Jeff Gym at the Webster City Middle School tonight. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Bee Inspired CAPP Coordinator Tiffany Larson would like registrations in by Thursday, Feb. 22 at the latest. The first throw will start promptly at ...

Grant awarded to Elderbridge Agency

The National Council on Aging recently announced that Elderbridge Agency on Aging is being awarded a grant to develop Benefits Enrollment Centers to help low-income Medicare Beneficiaries access and apply for programs that pay for prescriptions, healthcare, food and more. Elderbridge will ...

Ribbon cut at Deja Vu

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of Deja Vu Boutique, located at 620 Second St., Suite 3. The upscale clothing consignment store opened for business in the space where R Company was formerly located. Pictured above are owners Tim and Sandy Jondal along with ...