Editorials

Successful celebration brings community together

Thursday marked the third time RVTV has visited Webster City. That's called a hat trick. Thursday also marked yet another time Webster City has shown the state what our community can do when we work together.The celebration of the Iowa/Iowa State game stretched for three city blocks, with ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

The 2015 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend deservedly so.What began more than 75 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys - Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson - has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

Sign installation may send the wrong message

The Webster City Lynx football team is off to a great start this season. Despite the rain and soggy conditions, the Lynxmen soundly defeated their opponents from Gilbert Friday night. School spirit was certainly alive and well at Lynx Field.Those attending the game likely saw the Lynx Country ...

Newspaper collaboration revisits unsolved homicides

Homicides attract the attention of just about everyone. These tragic and disturbing events start us all wondering why they happened, who are the victim or victims and who will be determined to be at fault.The response of law enforcement, the details of the investigation and after charges are ...

Teamwork makes for successful day

It's been a busy week in Webster City. RAGBRAI passed-through, the Hamilton County Fair Parade was held followed by several days of fun at the fairgrounds.On Tuesday, more than 20,000 people filtered through downtown Webster City as the community hosted RAGBRAI riders passing through on the way ...

New clinic is welcome addition to the area

Ground was broken this week for a new $7 million family practice clinic at the Van Diest Medical Center. This marks the latest addition to the continued development on the city's southern edge, with WCF Financial Bank's recently completed new facility, and the new Shopko location coming in the ...

Nation’s promises are meant for all

July 4th is here again, and we are reminded once again that this country is not a nation of one but a nation of many. Many points of view, many religions, many personal stories. It was the promise of this country that freedom and opportunity would be available to anyone, regardless of what ...

Helping those who help strengthen families

Families sometimes have problems. A child that is out of control. A parent that is having trouble coping with the demands of both work and parenthood. A teenager who is experimenting with drugs and needs help finding their way back. A family member who is having trouble with depression and ...

Drop-off showcases community spirit

It was great to see the community drop-off event in Webster City come to fruition this past weekend. The event serves as an example of how the City Council and the public can come together to get worthwhile work done.The effort was born from discussion at the council's town hall meeting held on ...

Time to step up to help clean up

The month of June has been proclaimed as Webster City Beautification Month by Mayor Doug Getter. The proclamation encourages area residents to take pride in their community by cleaning up their properties, painting homes and clearing the clutter.As part of the month-long event, a two-day drop ...

The Class of 2015 begins next chapter

It's that time of year again, as our young people begin the next chapter of their life stories.On Sunday, Webster City High School and Northeast Hamilton High School seniors will mark the completion of their high school careers. South Hamilton seniors will receive their diplomas May 24.Some of ...

Town hall meetings in Webster City encourage dialogue

The Daily Freeman-Journal wants to applaud the City Council's decision to invite members of the public to a town hall meeting to discuss the goals that the city has established for the future. Encouraging the community to comment and react to decisions made by government is the essence of our ...

Rushing to judgment not good for community

A central part of our mission at The Daily Freeman-Journal is to support and promote Webster City. The other part of our mission is to report the news, as it happens.The recent events involving the Webster City High School wrestling coaches' alleged actions in Story County required us to ...

A time to share with others

As we move our way into the Christmas holiday, it's easy to lose track of what's really important in the rush to buy gifts and plan holiday gatherings. It's easy to forget that for some people Christmas Day is just like any other, only with sadness that something is missing, whether it's a ...

Counting our many blessings

Now is the time of year where families gather together to share a meal and remember the things they have to be thankful for. We wanted to share some of the things we're thankful for this year.We're thankful for the hard work put forth by the HERO group to bring the Webster Theater back to ...

Send Joni Ernst to Washington

If they elect Joni Ernst to the U.S. Senate, Iowans will be sending to Washington a woman whose service there will make our nation stronger. An Ernst victory will also provide notice to politicians on Capitol Hill that the voters of the Hawkeye State want major changes in the way they do ...

Let’s keep Steve King in Congress

The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn't live in the district that sent them to Washington.Steve King, a Republican from Kiron who has been in the U.S. House for a dozen years, does not fit ...

Keep Branstad in governor’s chair

Four years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor's chair.The record of Branstad's fifth term has proved that decision to have been wise.In 2010, the ...