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From troubled teen to CEO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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 ...

ADDICTED

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The Daily Freeman-Journal continues it’s three-part series about addiction today with the second installment. The story of a young woman’s journey from addiction to recovery continues with “The downward spiral.” A local physician looks at ways substance abuse and addiction are ...

Williams, Stroner and Walters elected to WC school board

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Linda Williams, Richard Stroner and Michelle Walters will be the three new members of the Webster City school board. Williams and Stroner and incumbent Pam Hayes were running for two vacant seats. Williams, a former Webster City school administrator and counselor, received the most votes, ...

Broken dreams

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Josi Gilbert didn’t know much about drugs or their effects when she was growing up. As a child and young teen, she was somewhat insulated from the hard truths that would become part of her life in just a few short years. She grew up in Webster City and Fort Dodge surrounded by a large ...

Zero tolerance

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The fight against the drug epidemic in Hamilton County takes multiple law enforcement agencies. With a slight rise in the population’s use of methamphetamine and marijuana, members of the Webster City Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are working to proactively combat ...

What is addiction?

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Addiction is a very real problem that reaches every part of the nation. While cities and urban areas are often in the news, rural communities are also struggling with the challenges of substance abuse and addiction. Iowa is facing not only the challenges of the past, like alcoholism, but also ...

YSS marks 35 years in Hamilton Co.

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Community leaders, advisory board members and YSS staff gathered Tuesday afternoon at the Adele and Dean Bowden Youth and Family Clinic to celebrate the 35th anniversary of YSS of Hamilton County. YSS Founder and former Chief Executive Officer George Belitsoes talked about the history of the ...

County proclaims Recovery Month

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Official proclamations naming September as National Recovery Month and National Voter Registration Month were signed Tuesday as the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session. Representatives of several area organizations dedicated to substance abuse education, prevention ...

Bissen joins staff at First State Bank

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Rob Bissen joins the First State Bank staff as an Ag/Commercial Lender. He resides in Boone with his wife Angie and their 3 children, Derek, Reese and Brynnley. He is a graduate of Harlan Community High School and went on to attend Iowa State University where he received a business degree ...

No injuries in Sunday rollover

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—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra A rollover accident occurred on Sunday evening in the 1400 block of 230th St. Samantha J. Walker, Fort Dodge, was driving a 2003 Mercury Sable when her brakes reportedly failed. Two other passengers were also in the vehicle. No injuries were ...

Board approves lane changes

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The Webster City School Board approved lane changes for 10 teachers in the district Monday evening. One staff member moved to a Bachelors of Arts plus ten credit hours beyond their degree, two staff members moved to a Bachelor’s of Arts plus 20 credit hours beyond their degree, one staff ...

WCFD wears red

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In honor of our military servicemen and servicewomen, the Webster City Fire Department will be wearing red shirts, when possible, on Fridays in support of the service, safety and freedoms our military personnel provide for us on a daily basis. “Webster City Fire Department thanks all U.S. ...

VDMC to host fundraiser for hurricane relief

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Van Diest Medical Center is hosting an event to help support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The hospital will hold a cinnamon roll fundraiser Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the lobby of the main hospital entrance.  The sale will also be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Van Diest ...