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Parents encouraged to make sure student immunizations are current

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Starting the school year can be stressful for parents, gathering all of their children's school supplies, making sure they have all of their important forms in order. One of these vital forms required by state law in order for incoming kindergartners, 7th graders, and seniors to begin school, ...

Back to school

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Time to head back to school! Northeast Hamilton Elementary School held an open house Thursday for students to check out their new classroom for the coming year. Timothy Morgan supervises as his son Sean places supplies in his Fourth Grade classroom desk. His sister Samantha, left. will ...

VDMC to close birth center

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Van Diest Medical Center announced Wednesday that it will close its birth center this fall and the news has the man whose name the hospital bears deeply concerned. “I was shocked to see our local tax supported hospital has adopted a policy to no longer deliver babies after Oct. 12, 2018,” ...

A little history

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New babies have been arriving at medical facilities in Webster City for generations. Residents from all over Hamilton County share fond recollections of children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren born at the Hamilton County Public Hospital or, more recently, Van Diest Medical Center. ...

First of its kind program will benefit students

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JEWELL — A new initiative was announced Wednesday that will emphasize the importance that financial literacy plays in one's success and the value of learning these skills at an early age. The Financial Literacy Council of Greater Hamilton County unveiled the new program at the South ...

First impressions

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A group of faculty, staff and students from the University of Iowa were in Webster City Monday to get their first glimpse of the community. The group was part of the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities at the University of Iowa. In March it was announced that the Webster City would ...

Back to school events planned

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The start of the 2018-2019 school year for Webster City students is just around the corner. Classes begin Thursday, Aug. 23. Teachers and staff are hosting several events to welcome students back as well as to meet students new to the building or the district. On Monday, Aug. 20, new ...

Supervisors tackle drainage issues in Tuesday meeting

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The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors tackled a wide range of drainage issues at its Tuesday meeting. Board Chairman Dan Campidilli was absent, so Chairman Pro-Tem Doug Bailey presided over the meeting. The Hamilton County Engineer's office submitted a bill for mowing in Drainage ...

Open house

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McKinley Bailey, the Executive Director of Building Families, a local non-profit that provides supports and services for children, youth, and families within the community, conducts a presentation at Iowa Central Community College about the English Language Learners free non-credit courses ...

Repairs begin

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Work on the exterior of the Liberty Center Schoolhouse, located just south of the Intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 20, has begun. Throughout the years, Board of Trustee members Chairman Jerry Ose, township clerk Larry Jansen, Brad Anderson and Dan Schaa have worked to restore the ...

Pack the bus

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Webster City area residents were invited to “Pack the Bus” with school supplies starting Monday morning. A Webster City Schools minibus is parked in the parking lot at Hy-Vee and Jon Johnson, store director, and Sonja Brennan, general merchandise manager, shown posing with the bus, say ...

Board hears report on new school year

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Dr. Mandy Ross, new Webster City superintendent of schools, told the school board Monday night things are on track for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Ross said new teachers are currently in training sessions and returning staff members will be back on Monday to prepare for the ...

Ten new teachers join WC district

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Ten new teachers will be joining the Webster City Community Schools staff when the 2018-2019 school year begins in just a couple of weeks. Starting off the new staff roster is Ben Baker, who was raised and currently resides in Eagle Grove with girlfriend Misty, daughter Cora, 3, and son, ...

Poplar Grove Speedway lights up the track

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KAMRAR — A ribbon cutting was held Saturday at Poplar Grove Speedway in Kamrar just before officials flipped the switch for the lights to come on for the DREAM ALIVE Race. According to owners, Tim and Holly Mortensen, the dream came alive after 22 years of dreaming of racing under ...

Playing through

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Many local and out-of-town golf enthusiasts turned out for the 21st Annual Webster City Fire Department Golf Tournament, held at the Briggs Woods Golf Course this past Sunday. The tournament was booked to capacity for yet another successful year, according to Chuck Stansfield, Webster City ...

Sogard joins the DFJ staff

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The Daily-Freeman Journal is pleased to welcome Buena Vista University alumnus Courtney Sogard. Sogard will be a part-time reporter for the DFJ. She said looks forward to getting out and wielding a camera, pen and paper in hand, getting some great photos and stories from the citizens of ...

Candidate for state auditor stops in WC

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Rob Sand, a Democrat from Des Moines, said he's running for state auditor in Iowa because he feels the office needs to have a watchdog, preferably one with law enforcement experience to investigate taxpayer-funded corruption. Sand made a stop in Webster City Wednesday morning to visit with ...

County ends funding for Hamilton Hometowns

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STANHOPE — One agenda item generated lengthy discussion, debate, and at times disagreement among board members, county supervisors, and the dozen people who attended Tuesday evening’s meeting of the board of Hamilton Hometowns. At issue was county funding for the group, originally ...

One dead following motorcycle accident

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An Ottumwa woman has died as result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Hamilton County. The 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Todd A. Burnstedt, 52, of Ottumwa, was traveling southbound near the 128 mile marker when the rear tire blew. ...