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Coronavirus

COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County now at 61

Hamilton County has 61 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday night, up 15 from Wednesday’s count. Public Health officials said that increase reflects a surge in testing efforts in Wright County. “It really is all in relationship to the additional testing,” said Shelby Kroona, ...

A fond farewell

The teaching staff at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School stood at the bus lane to bid farewell to students Wednesday afternoon. The day was the official last day of school, although students had been participating in on-line learning because of the Covid-19 and hadn't been in the school and ...

COVID-19 cases climb to 45 in Hamilton Co.

Hamilton County now has 45 positive case of COVID-19 as of Wednesday night, according to the website coronavirus.iowa.gov. The website features an interactive map of cases across the state. In Hamilton County, 1,173 individuals have been tested for coronavirus. Eighteen of the 45 positive ...

Drive through food pantry set for Tuesday

Upper Des Moines Opportunity will be holding a Drive Thru Food Pantry on Tuesday, June 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1610 Collins Street, Webster City. Participants are asked to stay in their vehicle and food will be brought to you.

Back behind the chair

Editor’s Note: The following article is part of a continuing series on how Webster City area businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. A big city vibe with small town beliefs — that’s always been the vision that Tina Poland has had for Salon Meraki, the business she ...

Caffeine deliveries

Editor’s Note: The following article is part of a continuing series on how Webster City area businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. A morning cup of coffee is essential for many people, and not even a global pandemic can change that. And that's where Mornin' Glory ...

Reopening

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

What’s allowed to be open in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds has gradually been peeling away the various restrictions on businesses that have been imposed since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings are now allowed. Events that include more than 10 people are ...

City offices to reopen by appointment

Webster City parks, playgrounds and the skate park are officially open, following lifting of some of the restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fuller Hall will also reopen, though its use will be restricted to those over age 18 who wish to use the weight and cardio ...

VDMC to resume elective services

With additional screening and safety protocols in place, Van Diest Medical Center has utilized a phased-in approach to resuming elective surgeries and procedures. Following the guidelines established by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

WC High School cancels prom

Webster City High School has canceled prom for spring 2020. School administration had tentatively rescheduled the event for Saturday, June 13 in hopes that an in-person prom would be possible by that date. However, even with Gov. Kim Reynolds at-home requirements, it became apparent that ...

City parks to fully reopen June 1

Effective Monday, June 1, Webster City parks, including playground equipment and the skate park, will be open for use by individuals and small groups of less than 10 people. The practice of social distancing when utilizing the parks of Webster City will still be encouraged. The emphasis ...

Watermelon Day is the latest coronavirus victim

STANHOPE —The Stanhope Lions Club announced Thursday that it has made the difficult decision to cancel the Stanhope Watermelon Day scheduled for July 20. Organizers said many factors were taken into account, including the health and safety of the club members, volunteers and the many ...

Dayton Rodeo canceled

DAYTON — The 2020 Annual Dayton Labor Day Pro Rodeo has been canceled for the first time in its history, according to a Wednesday announcement from the Dayton Rodeo Celebration Committee. “It was one of the toughest decisions we’ve ever made,” said Matt Johnson, rodeo ...

Hamilton County Development awards stimulus funds

Forty Hamilton County businesses have received grants from the new Hamilton County Development group this week. Officials said the money for these grants came from funds that were setup in 1995 and managed by Hamilton County S.E.E.D. for a revolving loan program. Per the original agreement, ...

Grateful for support

Editor’s Note: The following article is part of a continuing series on how Webster City area businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The times have been challenging for restaurants and bar owners over the past two months. With coronavirus restrictions in place that ...

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Hamilton County

Hamilton County is starting to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases with 26 positive cases as of Tuesday morning. During the weekly COVID-19 briefing held by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator said that 10 of the case have ...

Wright Co. COVID-19 cases increase amid amped-up testing

CLARION — A surveillance testing effort for COVID-19 in Wright County has resulted in a significant increase in positive results over Memorial Day weekend. At the previous update on Thursday, there were 73 positive COVID-19 results in Wright County. As of press time on Tuesday, that number ...

A return to dancing

Editor’s Note: The following article is part of a continuing series on how Webster City area businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two months of online classes and virtual high-fives have sustained Becky Harfst to this point, but the owner of The Dance Connection is ...

Webster Theater to reopen, but not just yet

This week, Gov. Kim Richards announced that restrictions would be eased for many businesses, including movie theaters. With several restrictions still in place, officials with the Webster Theater aren’t sure when they will open the doors to the public. Kay Ross, a member of the HERO ...