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JEWELL — It was a clunker, really it was just that simple. But how would South Hamilton respond? That was the important question as the softball team entered its own, at times water-logged Hawk Invite on Saturday at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex. The results speak for ...

GENIUS MOVE: State champion Drake Doolittle to wrestle at Duke

WEBSTER CITY — Wrestling and academics, Drake Doolittle has always excelled at both. So it’s fitting that he’s headed to a nationally known college where he’ll get the chance to showcase his talents in both arenas. Doolittle, a recent Webster City High School graduate, announced ...

Preventative planting: Is it an option this year?

To plant or not to plant? That is the question. To assist producers in making some of those decisions, Farm Credit Services of America held a crop insurance spring update last week discussing planting dates, prevent plant, replant, first and second crop insurance options and more. “We are ...

LAURA ORR

Laura J. Orr, 57, of Webster City, Died on March 19, 2019, at the Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Faith United Methodist Church from 12:00 - 1:00 PM followed by a funeral service at 1:30 PM.Boman Funeral ...

Cemetery cleanup to begin April 1

The spring cleanup removal will start on April 1 at Graceland and Foster’s Baby Addition Cemeteries. It is requested that all flower boxes, wreaths, decorations, and flowers (this includes items in above-ground fixtures-saddles, vases, planters, Shepherd hooks) be removed before April 1. ...

Sheriff, NCSC donate anti-drug materials

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the National Child Safety Council have partnered to supply child and drug safety materials to Hamilton County schools. The materials given to the schools focus on online safety, Bullying, Our Friendly Sheriff, Child Safety Manual with Safety Pup ...

Fire ignites in shed

WOOLSTOCK — A machine shed at a rural Hamilton County property was damaged by fire Thursday morning. No one was injured, and the structure is still standing. “It was more or less in the ceiling and walls,” said Woolstock Fire Chief Cory Anderson. The fire at 1921 Stagecoach Road ...

Time to Dodge for a Cause

Tonight’s tournament, as contestants dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge for a cause, is just the first of many events that will be put on this year by youth who care about their community. The Annual Dodge For A Cause Dodgeball Tournament, sponsored by SHIFT (Students Helping Impact ...

Citizens Academy returns

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. Citizens candidates in good standing, residing in Hamilton or a surrounding county with an interest in their community, law enforcement and area peace officers are encouraged to apply. Academy training will ...

DF-J brings home awards from newspaper contest

The Daily Freeman-Journal brought home 11 awards in the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest, including three first place honors. The awards were presented at awards banquet Friday night during the INA 2019 Convention and Trade Show in Des Moines. The ...

Mid-season ice fishing

The middle part of the ice-fishing season will soon be here. There are things we do in the middle of the season that we don’t do earlier in the year. For more fishing success in the next few weeks, keep these ideas in mind. I was fishing for perch a couple of years ago in South Dakota ...

Unwanted conversation topic

Dear Annie: A couple with whom I have a very close relationship have recently become friends with their new neighbors. These neighbors are retired from successful careers, have been U.S. residents for at least 50 years and are financially comfortable. I am grateful to be included in ...

Usefulness depends on individual risks

Dear Dr. Roach: Like many men, I have been taking 81-mg aspirin for decades. I recently saw a report indicating that not only is it not helpful, but that it actually can increase the risk of internal bleeding and the likelihood of death from cancer. What is your advice on the wisdom of ...

Calling for assistance

Dear Heloise: While installing some lighting, I was up in the attic when it occurred to me that I needed my cellphone so I could call my wife and have her direct me as to where the light should go. I also use my cellphone to call my wife so she can help direct me while I back up our RV into a ...

Donation to UDMO

The Women's Club of Webster City celebrated the Christmas season on Dec. 10 with an afternoon meeting featuring "grab bag Bingo.” The members also brought a variety of hygiene items to be donated to Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Members Darlene Dingman and JoAnn Robb are shown delivering ...

UPBEAT IN DEFEAT

BOONE — With rosy cheeks and her head cloaked in a black hooded sweatshirt, Taylor McKinney leaned forward, elbows on knees, and stared straight ahead as she dissected what might have been as afternoon turned to evening on Saturday. Two years ago the Webster City junior point guard would ...

Election 2018 in context: A political system out of sync

In the wake of Election 2018, analysts have delved deeply into a seemingly limitless supply of data points to explain the details of what happened. What role did suburban women play? Or health care? Was there a Kavanaugh effect? This obsession with details may be causing us to miss the ...

Ditched for a new crowd

Dear Annie: I am a college student and have met few people I would consider friends. However, there is one friend in particular, “Sally,” whom I have helped out a lot since we met. There have been times when I’ve taken her to and from work (she has paid me back for gas), and I even ...

The earmarks of FCS

Dear Dr. Roach: Recently I was diagnosed with FCS (familial chylomicronemia syndrome) by my primary physician. I have extremely high triglycerides and Type 2 diabetes. I have brought my A1C from 10 percent to 6 percent, as well as lost 40 pounds and completely changed my way of eating. I also ...

Pet plan for a foreign land

Dear Readers: Traveling to a FOREIGN COUNTRY with a pet requires preparation and planning. Here are some things to consider: * First, please consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website (www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel) for advice. * All vaccinations must be up to date and ...