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Coronavirus

Living with the pandemic

Part of a six-part series on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton County Iowans have been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for the past six months, with business and school closings, social distancing, hand sanitizer and face coverings. Hamilton County has not experienced a large ...

Reynolds: ‘some of the toughest decisions’

In an exclusive 45 minute interview, Gov. Kim Reynolds explained the decisions she has made to guide the state during COVID pandemic. Excerpts of that interview are presented here. What have been the principles that have guided your response to the COVID pandemic? ‘‘These are some ...

Rotary Club to continue turkey dinner

The Webster City Rotary Club’s Annual Turkey Dinner returns on Sunday, Oct. 11. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be some changes to keep the fundraiser safe for all. The dinner site has been changed to Briggs Woods Conference Center. There is no dine-in or carry-out as in ...

Helping Hamilton County’s littlest residents

There’s still time to donate items to a program that will held some of the county’s littlest residents and their families. Love a Little, Keep ‘Em Clean and Dry is a new diaper and baby necessity drive that Jamie Nielsen of Jewell is spearheading. “About 30 percent of the ...

Open air performance

Despite the pandemic, Webster City Community Theatre has found a new way to bring live performances to their audiences. Even though the performing arts center is shuttered right now, the troupe will move to an outside venue Sunday to perform three short plays. Billed as an "Outdoor Pop-Up ...

Outdoor movie set for Saturday

This week's outdoor movie will be shown on Saturday instead of the usual Friday night screening. Officials with the Webster Theater said the move was made so as not to conflict with the Lynx home football game Friday night. This week, the classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown on ...

No mask ordinance for Hamilton County

By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors was poised to vote on a county-wide mask ordinance Tuesday morning, but found that the ordinance would only have affected those in unincorporated areas of the county. Towns and cities in the county ...

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 ...