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Serious injuries avoided in crash near Duncombe

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DUNCOMBE — A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle collision east of Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 4:23 p.m. Deputy Justin Wood, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, said a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Felicia Phillips, was eastbound on 200th ...

‘Lucky’ Larry Dawson will get his day in court

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DES MOINES — “Lucky Larry” may have a shot to win millions more — this time from a jury. A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, of Webster City, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as ...

Faiferlick to offer women’s self-defense class

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FORT DODGE — Women interested in learning how to defend themselves will have the opportunity to learn self-defense skills and more this Saturday at the second annual Fight Like a Girl event. The class is a collaboration between the Fort Dodge Police Department and Faiferlick Martial ...

Bittersweet memories

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The joy during the Webster City High School awards night was sprinkled with tears for former students after whom memorial scholarships were named. But that didn’t dampen the evening. Nearly $250,000 was awarded to Webster City High School seniors Wednesday night during the annual ...

Scammers are posing as Webster City police officers

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The Webster City Police Department is alerting the public that scammers have been calling people in the community posing as members of the department. Police Chief Shiloh Mork said the scammers are calling and identifying themselves as an officer. The caller then tells the victim they need to ...

Housing project moves ahead in Blairsburg

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The Blairsburg City Council on Monday voted to promote town expansion by supporting a project to sell and build homes on four city-owned lots. Blairsburg Lumber Company general manager Keith Halleland appeared before the council and outlined a project to promote the sale of the four lots ...

Supervisors proclaim May Mental Health Month

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The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring the month of May as Mental Health Month. The proclamation was signed during the supervisor’s regular meeting. Pictured are, front row, Supervisors Rick Young, Dan Campidilli and Doug Bailey; back row, Sheriff ...

Sups OK bond loan agreement

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The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approved a loan agreement with the issuance of general obligation corporate purpose bonds to help pay for the updates and renovations to the former Webster City Medical Clinic. A public hearing on the matter was held Tuesday morning during the ...

Curbside recycling to begin in Blairsburg July 1

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BLAIRSBURG — Beginning July 1, the community of Blairsburg will have weekly curbside recycling. On Monday night, the Blairsburg City Council voted to begin the curbside recycling program following a presentation by Chris Kehoe, director of operations at The Trash Man. Kehoe proposed ...

New store director at the helm

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Hy-Vee’s newest store manager has been working with the grocery chain since he was 14. Kevin Barry took the position at Webster City Hy-Vee on April 29. “I was one of the young guys who got in. My dad is very traditional; he said if I was going to get a car, I needed to get a ...

Action on new director districts tabled

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Action on the new director districts for the reorganization of Webster City and Northeast Hamilton School Districts was tabled Monday night after the interim board of directors failed to come to a consensus on which of two options to approve. The board had previously approved a measure that ...

Avenue of Flags returns

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The Avenue of Flags, Webster City’s colorful display of Old Glory at Graceland Cemetery, will return once again for Memorial Day. Ron Keigan, Avenue of Flags coordinator for American Legion Post 191, said flags will go up on Wednesday, May 22. The work will be handled in two sessions, at ...

Hamilton County vets take Honor Flight

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Eight Hamilton County veterans took part in the 18th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight on Saturday. Pictured are, from left to right, Ron Keigan, Fred Trask, Roger Van Sickle, Terry Painton, Joe Sherman, Denny Hagenson, Duane Vavroch and Lynn Byers.

An emotional journey

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The roughly 160 veterans who boarded the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight jet in the pre-dawn darkness in Fort Dodge Saturday were told that perhaps 50 people would greet them when they landed near Washington, D.C. They were unprepared for what they encountered when they stepped into the ...

NEH parents learn about Availa Kares program

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BLAIRSBURG — Hamilton County Kindergarten students have an opportunity to get a head start on college finances, thanks to a program rolled-out Friday at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School. Availa Bank introduced the Availa Kares program which is a cooperative effort with the Financial ...

Sharing train station memories

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Holding an old Illinois Central train schedule from 1950, Glen Cue, at left, along with his wife Marie Cue, right, talk about their many years of working on the railroad as telegraphers and station agents for the Illinois Central Railroad in honor of National Train Day Saturday in the Depot ...

Moving in, meeting needs

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A food pantry and preschool are the first offices to open their doors at the former Webster City Medical Clinic after recent remodeling. Upper Des Moines Opportunity and Head Start are now open at the building, 1610 Collins St. in Webster City, even as work continues on the rest of the ...

UDMO Director: Need for services is up throughout 12 counties

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FORT DODGE — Only six months into the current year, Upper Des Moines Opportunity has already served more than 3/4 the people they served in all of last year in Webster County. “Chances are we'll be bypassing those numbers from last year,” said Jamey Whitney, UDMO executive director. ...

‘They are really supportive here in whatever you do’

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FORT DODGE — Moises De La Cruz, of Storm Lake, is feeling good about what he accomplished at Iowa Central Community College. Not just from an academic perspective, but from a wellness standpoint, too. “On Jan. 1, I weighed 280 and now I’m down to 198,” De La Cruz said prior to ...

Celebrating the arts

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BLAIRSBURG — A Night at the Show was theme of the Northeast Hamilton Spring Music Concert held Tuesday night in the Blairsburg school gym. Under the direction of the Music and Band Instructor Elizabeth Schwake, and accompanied by Matt Schutt on the piano, students performed popular ...