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Coronavirus

County COVID-19 cases climb by 15 in a week

As of Tuesday morning, there were 204 positive cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County with 183 people who have recovered or who have been released from isolation, according to Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator. She gave a COVID-19 update during the Tuesday morning ...

Relay for Life canceled

The committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Hamilton County announced Tuesday that an in-person event will not be held this year. “We were hoping we could have it in August, but the American Cancer Society and we as a Committee felt we couldn’t do it safely. However, ...

The Reopening:

By Ogden Newspapers Hair cuts. Massages. Tattoos. Pedicures. Manicures. These were just some of the luxuries lost as businesses faced mandatory shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as states began to reopen last month, most areas saw the resurgence of these businesses as longtime ...

Outbreak reported at FD prison

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility reported 39 cases of COVID-19 among inmates and another five among staff Monday, just five days after the facility’s first case was discovered Wednesday. The new outbreak outnumbers all COVID-19 cases that were documented in Iowa’s entire prison system up ...

Iowa Central debuts new student check-in system

FORT DODGE — The first group of students to check in for the 2020-2021 academic year at Iowa Central Community College on Monday walked into a whole new system. The usual crowded scene of parents and students in the lobby of a college building was replaced with a widely spaced series of ...

Same-day results

The parking lot on the west side of Community Health Center of Fort Dodge was plenty busy Wednesday afternoon. Many of the vehicles there represented patients needing to be tested for COVID-19. Community Health Center staff had COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and ...

Hamilton County has one additional positive COVID-19 case

Hamilton County had just one new positive COVID-19 case as of Wednesday night, according to information on coronavirus.iowa.gov. Positive cases in Hamilton County totaled 185 with 141 individuals who have recovered. A total of 1,910 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the ...

WCHS Class of 2020 graduates

It’s been an unusual spring for the Webster City High School Class of 2020. They left for spring break on March 12 and didn’t return again due to restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no prom, no spring concerts or sports and course work was finished ...

Calhoun County marks two COVID-19 deaths

ROCKWELL CITY – Amid a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, Calhoun County Public Health confirmed the county’s first two coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday. Both victims were described as elderly and with having risk factors that increased their chances of complications due ...

The Reopening

By COLIN MCGUIRE editor@freemanjournal.net With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while ...

No JunqueFest this year

Junk enthusiasts will have to wait until next May to search for treasures at Webster City’s annual JunqueFest. The annual event, sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, has become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber officials announced Thursday that the ...

Number of positive cases grows to 169

Just because many more venues and businesses have opened up as Gov. Kim Reynolds has eased COVID-19 restrictions across the state, doesn’t mean the coronavirus has gone away. That’s the message Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator, gave to the Hamilton County Board ...

National Night Out canceled for 2020

Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons has announced that the annual Hamilton County National Night Out is the latest victim of the COVID-19 virus. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual event, which is typically held the first Tuesday in August has been canceled for 2020. “This ...

Changes ahead for Firecracker Run

There are some changes ahead for the annual Webster City Firecracker run set for Saturday, July 4. The 2020 edition will be held on a closed 3,000 meter course. The event will be a “Prediction Run,” where participants will predict their time to run the course prior to the run and awards ...

COVID-19 cases spike in Hamilton Co.

Hamilton County’s COVID-19 positive cases spiked from 140 case on Friday to 158 as of Sunday night, according to the website coronavirus.iowa.gov. Hamilton County has also surged ahead of several surrounding counties, including Hardin with 53, Franklin with 60 cases, Boone with 117 and ...

The Reopening:

As states continue the process of reopening after being shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms have become a source of healing for many who were unable to work out while quarantining. “Part of the draw to come to the gym is the social interaction,” Val Holmes, owner of ...

Five more positive cases in the county

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continued to rise Tuesday with another five cases reported since Sunday. The total number of positive cases as of Tuesday night climbed to 124. A total of 1,508 people in Hamilton County have been tested for the coronavirus. Of those testing ...

Council to review plan to open outdoor pool

With Gov. Kim Reynolds easing more restriction last week, swimming pools around the state are weighing whether or not to open for business in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. The City Council of Webster City will review a plan Monday night to open the ...

The Reopening

To some, the beginning of summer means trips to the beach. Yet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been questions as to whether those beaches would be open for people to enjoy after nearly three months of stay-at-home orders. As mid-June approaches, the answer as to whether ...