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Letting the sunshine in

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Crews were busy earlier this week installing large plate-glass windows in the former Elks building at 713 Second St. The work was part of an extensive exterior rehabilitation project that has taken place over the past year. Tuck pointing, brick replacement, new windows and doors, ...

LOSST measure up for renewal

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Hamilton County voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote on whether to renew a measure that has helped fund scores of projects over the past two decades. The renewal of the 1 percent Local Option Sales and Service Tax will be on the ballot. The LOSST has been in place in ...

Free Lymphedema Workshop to be held

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Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Specialist Sara Zorn with 21st Century Rehabilitation and Van Diest Medical Center will present a free workshop for those who suffer from lymphedema. The workshop will be held via Facebook Live on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. ...

Bassett guilty of murder

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A Hamilton County jury convicted Zackery Bassett of second-degree murder Tuesday in the September 2018 killing of Andrea Sokolowski. Deliberation started after noon on Tuesday, after 10 days at trial including two days of jury selection. The jury returned a verdict around 4 p.m. Bassett was ...

Tax asking to stay the same

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The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees voted to keep the hospital’s tax asking the same for the coming year. The board met Tuesday night in a virtual format. A public hearing on the tax asking was held at the start of the board meeting. Chief Financial Officer Alice ...

Conference board OKs assessor’s budget on split vote

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The Conference Board of Hamilton County declined to approve a 4 percent wage increase for staff in the Hamilton County assessor’s office, but decided on a split vote to approve a 2.75 percent increase — the same amount approved for other county workers — and added a stipend for the ...

Her final words

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“I am done,” said Andrea Sokolowski through a text message to defendant Zackery Bassett in her final moments before she was reported unresponsive in September 2018. “Oh, I am leaving.” Bassett called her seven times after those messages in a span of six minutes. “You made me ...

Bassett convicted of second-degree murder

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A jury in Hamilton County has convicted defendant Zackery Bassett of second-degree murder in the death of Andrea Sokolowski. The verdict came in late Tuesday afternoon. This story will be updated.

Board hears initial contract proposals

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The Webster City school board heard the initial contract proposals from the two school unions Monday night. The board met in person at the school administration building and the public was able to join the meeting via Zoom. Trish Bahrenfuss, representing the Webster City Education ...

T-shirts sought for service project

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First Congregational UCC in Webster City is seeking donations of good used t-shirts for a project. The shirts will be used for a service project to make tote bags. The Food Bank of Iowa is asking people to make shopping bags from t-shirts. The tote bag will need to hold up to 30 pounds of ...

The interrogation

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The jury spent most of Thursday listening to defendant Zackery Bassett’s interview with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, where he offered an alternate account in the death of girlfriend Andrea Sokolowski. But even after a 12-pack of beer, half a bottle of whiskey, meth use and ...

Shots in the arm

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Hamilton County Public Health continues to receive about 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine each week and to date have received a total of 2,500 doses, officials told the Board of Health Thursday night. Shelby Kroona, public health administrator, told the board that her department and its health ...

Keeping the lights on

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As many areas of the United States are experiencing extreme cold and snow, city officials explained why Webster City did not experience the rolling blackouts that occurred in many other Midwest communities in the past week. Officials said the City of Webster City purchases electric power ...

The autopsy

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After testimony from state witnesses narrated the signs of domestic violence leading up to Andrea Sokolowski’s death in September 2018, Wednesday’s testimony in Zackery Bassett’s trial examined the post mortem signs left on her body. State medical examiner Dr. Michelle Catellier walked ...

‘Robust communications’

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Webster City will soon have another option for internet service provided by a consortium of telecommunication firms in north central Iowa. The Webster City Broadband Consortium proposes to develop a fiber network in the community to offer what they say will be fast, reliable internet ...

Victim, suspect ID’d in Prestage homicide

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EAGLE GROVE – Authorities have identified both the victim and the suspect in a homicide that occurred at Prestage Foods of Iowa, 3813 Iowa Highway 17, on Tuesday. The identities were released on Wednesday by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. According to the DCI, Wayne Smith, ...

Silencing the bells

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As state witnesses described the warning signs of domestic abuse leading up to Andrea Sokolowski’s death, the defense attempted to disparage the credibility of key witnesses and the victim herself through conversations in front of the jury and out of their presence. Conversations showed ...

Homicide at Prestage

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EAGLE GROVE - One person is dead following a Tuesday morning stabbing in the employee locker room at the Prestage Foods of Iowa pork processing plant, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Investigators said the suspect and victim knew each other. The Wright County ...

WCCT to hold planning meeting

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Webster City Community Theatre invites its members and others interested to its annual planning meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. The hybrid meeting will be held in the auditorium to allow for social distancing. Masks are required. Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium. ...

The signs in hindsight

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On the fifth day of Zackery Bassett’s first-degree murder trial, several witnesses testified to the instances of domestic abuse they witnessed with victim Andrea Sokolowski throughout their relationship and in the days leading up to her death. Accounts from acquaintances describing the ...