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Bids rejected for demolition of former pastry shop

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The City Council on Monday rejected bids for the demolition of a former pastry shop located in the city’s downtown. According to Karyl Bonjour, the bids exceeded the engineer’s opinion of probable cost. The shop, located at 605 Second Street, was acquired by the city for $1 from Fuhs ...

SSMID renewal advanced

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An arrangement between downtown property owners to pay for maintenance along Second Street was advanced by the City Council Monday night. The petition will now go to the city’s planning and zoning commission for action. Bill Greenley is chairman of the Self-Supported Municipal ...

Blaze destroys maintenance shed

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An early Sunday morning fire in Webster City destroyed a Hamilton County maintenance shed and several plows and trucks housed inside. Webster City firefighters were called to 1605 Second St. at 5:19 a.m. after the fire and several explosions were reported. The fire crew found the brick ...

Celebrating the spirit of giving

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Officials with the annual Christmas at the Bridge event, held Saturday, say it was another rousing success. Sponsored by the Webster City Church of Christ, the annual event gives community members a chance to experience the joy of giving to others by picking out a special present for ...

Restoring majesty

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First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1000 Willson Ave., Webster City, has a sanctuary filled with color and light as the newly restored stained glass windows have been returned to their original glory. Thirty-eight windows in the church were removed by Cathedral Crafts Inc. of ...

Iowa Central to offer flat rate tuition

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Iowa Central Community College is now the first such school in the state to offer full-time students a flat tuition rate. The new tuition package, approved unanimously Tuesday by the college’s Board of Directors, could trim more than $1,000 from the cost of earning an associate degree. As ...

ACE secures funding from Hamilton County

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All Cultures Equal received a second infusion of funding Tuesday morning as the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors agreed to approve the organization's $15,000 funding request. ACE received approval on a similar funding request from the City of Webster City. The City Council approved the ...

Walls going up at FSB

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Work is progressing on the First State Bank expansion project. The two-story building is beginning to take shape as walls go up. Bank President David Taylor said the project is on track for completion in the fall of 2019. He said with the building nearly enclosed, crews will be able to continue ...

H/M Tax Board votes to award more than $100K in grants

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More than $100,000 in Hotel/Motel Tax Grants were approved for funding by the H/M Tax Board Tuesday night. Eight projects were funded by the board and will be sent on for final approval to the Webster City City Council. The board, Andy Sowle, Keri Holmes, Linda Conaway and Kyle Swon, ...

A holiday ensemble

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The Webster City High School music department presented its winter concert Monday night. The event featured the Lynx Singers, Purple and Gold Singers and the concert band. Each group performed several holiday selections and at the end of the performance, joined together to present “Hallelujah ...

Bassett enters plea of not guilty

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A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has entered a plea of not guilty in Hamilton County District Court. Zackery Nelson Bassett, 32, entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in the death of Andrea Sokolowski. Bassett also waived his right to a speedy ...

Toys for Tots collection underway at WCHS

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Students, faculty and staff at Webster City High School are hoping to make the Christmas season a little brighter for those in need. The school is partnering with the Marine Corps Reserves to collect new, unopened toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive. “One of our goals this year ...

Christmas worship directory

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Area churches are invited to share schedules of Christmas worship services and special events. The annual Daily Freeman-Journal Christmas Worship Directory will be printed on Dec. 21. Please submit information via email to ablankenship@freemanjournal.net. Deadline is noon, Tuesday Dec. 18.

Heart of Iowa Trust Fund receives $217K

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FORT DODGE —A new regional entity aimed at improving owner-occupied housing just got its expected boost from the state. The Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund was awarded $217,108 in grants last week by the Iowa Finance Authority Board, to improve housing in Webster and Hamilton ...

Meet and greet

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Santa took a break from his busy holiday schedule to make a stop at the Williams Fire Hall on Saturday. There he was visited by one of the newest entries on his list, four-month old Dawsyn Dilley. The Williams Lions Club also hosted a soup supper in conjunction with Santa's visit. The ...

Seminar to look at safety awareness, personal protection

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A personal safety seminar will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Hamilton County Courthouse. “Not Me, Not Today,” produced and presented by Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Rod Hicok, in cooperation with the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association, will be offered at 1 p.m. Hicok ...

Christmas at the Bridge is Saturday

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A Webster City church is once again offering local residents the opportunity to choose a gift for someone on their Christmas list, have the gift 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 ...

Supper with Santa returns

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A popular holiday tradition is returning to Webster City. Supper with Santa at the Grid Iron Grill will be held on two nights — Monday, Dec. 10 and Monday, Dec. 17 — from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Children ages 10 and younger who dine with a parent will eat for free and will also get to meet ...

Strategies and studies

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FORT DODGE — There are many ways to reduce nitrates getting into Iowa’s rivers and streams, as outlined in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Which ones work the best? Where might one work that doesn’t work in another location? What’s the best way to make nutrient reduction ...