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Social media rollout

Over the next few weeks, the Webster City School District will be broadening its social media presence.The district will be expanding social media platforms where students, teachers, and community members can find information about what is happening in the Webster City school system."As a ...

Tanzania and back

This summer, five Webster City residents made the trip of a lifetime.Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Mike Kroona, his wife Shelby, and students Alex Hooker, Isabelle Hooker, and Kamren Neddermeyer traveled with local church groups to do mission work in Tanzania.They worked through the Western ...

90-plus Club brunch planned

The third annual 90+ Club will meet for brunch and a program Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m at The Bridge, at the corner of Des Moines and Division Streets.The event, which honors Webster City residents born in 1926 or before, celebrates the contributions of these individuals to the vitality of ...

Pork donated to UDMO

Several area businesses and individuals donated 1,000 pounds of pork to Upper Des Moines Opportunity recently.The ground pork and pork sausage were donated by Arnold Ag Services, Good Life RV, Webster City Custom Meats, Tim and Kathy Finucan, Jim and Judy Bergkamp, and Dean and Adele Bowden. ...

Bergman honored for service

AMES - Because of their countless hours given to the Iowa 4-H program, 125 Iowa 4-H volunteers from 95 counties were welcomed into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 21 at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. Inductees were introduced on stage and awarded a certificate. Following ...

NEH Board hears older building options

BLAIRSBURG - The Northeast Hamilton school board voted to replace the handicapped accessible elevator and heard options concerning the older buildings on campus at its regular meeting last Thursday.Principal Mike Kruger reported that the district was notified on Aug. 2 that it would need to ...

Position filled

The City Council of Webster City approved the motion to appoint Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez as the new Webster City City Manager Thursday night at a public meeting.The motion was approved unanimously in a roll call vote."It will obviously take awhile to figure out what things we need to get done, ...

Onderdonck arrested in FD

A Webster City man has been ordered held in jail after he allegedly stole a van and used it to break into the business it belonged to.Jason Onderdonck, 35, is charged with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary and driving while barred, according to Fort Dodge ...

Search ends when body is found

STRATFORD An individual was found dead in a remote area of Hamilton County Wednesday following a search that covered parts of two counties and involved multiple agencies.The individual's name has not been released by authorities.The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in ...

What’s Up

Benefit for Jass family SaturdayThe benefit dinner for Dr. Morgan Pommrehn-Jass and the Jass family will be taking place on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School.The 35-year old Alden resident passed away last Monday. She was the wife of Webster City High School ...

Public meetings

The Hamilton County Conservation Board will meet today at 9:30 a.m. at the Conservation Headquarters at Briggs Woods Park. The Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee will meet today in the Council Chambers at 10:30 a.m. for a special meeting. A tour of the Wilson Brewer Park will follow. The ...

Road to recovery

By ANNE BLANKENSHIPablankenship@freemanjournal.netMax Bailey, his parents and sister are finally together again in the U.S. and planning for what comes next in their lives.The infant, son of McKinley and Jessica Bailey, was born June 5 in Costa Rica. McKinley Bailey is a Webster City native ...

Feeding a need

Most school bags are filled with notebooks, pencils, pens, and three-ring binders. Organizers and volunteers in the Webster City School District are putting a different type of bag together for students in need.The Backpack Program provides meals for students in the district who are unable to ...

Flag raising starts new year at NEH

"I know that together, we are going to have a great year!" said Northeast Hamilton Elementary School Principal Mike Kruger at the opening day ceremony in Blairsburg on Tuesday.As NEH students returned from summer vacation, they gathered at the south side of the school to participate in the ...

‘Smooth start’ for school in WC

Students in the Webster City Community School District began the 2016-2017 academic year Tuesday morning.The new year is off to a positive start according to several Webster City school administrators."It was a good first day," said Webster City Superintendent Mike Sherwood. "We had a nice ...

Iowa Central to train Prestage workers

Iowa Central Community College will provide training for prospective employees for the new Prestage Foods of Iowa pork processing plant to be located south of Eagle Grove.The program, Iowa Industrial New Jobs, provides flexible funding for employee training.The program is set up to train for ...

No soft water

Officials with the City of Webster City have announced that there will be a temporary halt to the water softening process at the Webster City Water Plant.Due to maintenance at the Water Plant, water softening is being discontinued until completed. City officials said the maintenance and ...

Wright Co. enters deal with Prestage

CLARION - The Wright County Board of Supervisors has entered a deal with Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC that will allow the company build its multi-million dollar pork processing plant on a 150 plus-acre stretch of land five miles south of Eagle Grove.Supervisors approved a resolution entering the ...