Local News

Ribbon cutting draws crowd

ELLSWORTH -- The Love's Travel Stop ribbon cutting in Ellsworth on Thursday was a celebration of teamwork and community effort. While the store opened for business on Dec. 15, Thursday's ribbon cutting included several Ellsworth residents and Hamilton County business leaders who worked to ...

CCS Bank to take over three First American Bank offices

First American Bank, of Fort Dodge, is handing off three of its branch locations in central Iowa to Carroll County State Bank, of Carroll. The companies made a joint announcement Thursday in a written statement. Carroll County State Bank will be purchasing offices in Webster City, Jewell ...

Inspiring art

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is holding a series of workshops in January to help beat the winter blues. This January Winter Weekend will feature wood carving, painting, jacket-making, and garden sculpture courses. • Making Memories in Wood Join Instructor Ernie Koch for ...

Paving the way

After nearly a month of planning, leveling, and working, Webster City Boy Scout Luke Bergeson is one step closer to achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Bergeson, 18, is a senior at Webster City High School. He is the son of Dave and Shelly Bergeson and Susan Holdgrafer. Bergeson ...

Baessler joins DF-J team

The Daily Freeman-Journal is pleased to welcome Danny Baessler, a new marketing consultant, to its staff. Baessler, a 2004 graduate of Eagle Grove High School, began his duties Monday. He attended Iowa Central Community College. He worked at Vinny's BBQ in Dakota City and the Humboldt ...

Welcoming the stranger

On Dec. 17 community members of all ages and ethnicities attended a “Welcoming the Stranger” conversation club at ACE Community Center. Individuals played games and participated in activities designed to learn about the diverse cultures that represent Hamilton County. In the photo above, ...

Feeding a need

Volunteers from across the community helped feed the needs of local individuals and families Tuesday afternoon at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The Mobile Food Bank of Iowa made it’s fourth trip to the parish this year in order to help individuals overcome food insecurity. According to the ...

Clarion woman killed in crash

BLAIRSBURG —A Clarion woman was killed in a crash Monday afternoon when she lost control on a slick road and collided with another auto near Blairsburg. Andrea Martul, 24, Clarion, was headed north just after noon on Highway 69 just south of the 220th Street intersection. She reportedly ...

Trial date set for Stenger

A trial date has been set for a Webster City man accused of second degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. Paul Stenger, 64, will go to trial in Hamilton County District Court on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. Stenger submitted a written plea of not guilty on Dec. 16. The Webster City ...

City honors employees

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra City Employees Kent Harfst, recreation and public grounds director/assistant city manager, Tim Danielson, superintendent of the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant, and Beth Chelesvig, administrative services director, were ...

New WC fire chief named

Charles T. Stansfield was approved as the new Webster City Fire Chief at Monday evening’s city council meeting. Stansfield will be coming to Webster City from Derby, KS and has been serving as a Lieutenant on the Derby Fire Department since 2005. According to City Manager Daniel ...

H/M grants OK’d by council

Hotel/Motel Tax Grant funds totaling $126,284.20 were approved Monday night by the City Council of Webster City. The council followed the recommendations presented by the H/M Tax Board. The H/M Tax Board met Dec. 7 to decide how they wished to distribute grant monies to local applicants. ...

Land purchase approved by City Council

The City Council of Webster City approved a purchase agreement with Van Diest Medical Center for a piece of land adjacent to the Graceland Cemetery Monday night. Councilman Matt McKinney, who is employed by Van Diest Medical Center, abstained from the vote. The accepted offer of ...

Two-vehicle crash investigated

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash late Monday morning that occurred just south of the intersection of Highway 69 and 220th Street, also known as Old Highway 20. No ...

School to dismiss for the holidays

There will be no school for students attending Webster City Community Schools Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2 because of the holidays. All elementary, middle school, high school, and the administration building will be closed Dec. 23, 2016 through Jan. 2. Classes will resume on ...

Santa’s helpers

Thirteen local children had the chance to shop for their families Friday night with a little help from local law enforcement officers. With shopping carts at hand, the cops and kids took to the aisles of Kmart to track down items on their wish lists. This marks the second year for the ...

NEH board reviews new assessments

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton school board learned of the new assessment tests to be introduced in 2018 at its regular meeting on Thursday. NEH Principal Mike Kruger gave a presentation of the Smarter Balance assessment tests which will replace the Iowa Assessment tests in ...

Hagenson honored at reception

Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Hagenson was honored Thursday afternoon at a reception held at his office. Hagenson will retire Dec. 31. Colleagues, friends and family gathered to thank him for his service and wish him well.

Open for business

ELLSWORTH — Love’s Travel Stop opened for business Thursday in Ellsworth, at Interstate 35 and State Route 175 (Exit 133). The travel stop adds approximately 60 jobs to Hamilton County. “We are excited to open our second store in Iowa this month,” said Tom Love, founder and ...

Active adaptations

Students of all skill levels at Webster City High School are getting the chance to interact more in P.E. thanks to the hard work and creative efforts of students and staff. Peer P.E. is giving students of all skill levels and capabilities an opportunity to be a part of physical education ...