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BHE to break ground on WC facility

Employees of the Webster City Black Hills Energy unit are one step closer to a new office. A 5-acre parcel of land purchased from the city last fall, breaks ground in June and is expected to be complete in early March 2021. The 12,000 square foot facility will serve as regional ...

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 ...

Retirement Parade set to honor WCCS staff

A special parade is planned for Thursday afternoon to honor the retiring Webster City Community School staff members. School officials said that since the traditional retirement party could not be held, the parade will allow co-workers, students and community members to show their ...

Everson appointed to VDMC board

David Everson was appointed to the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees Tuesday night in an electronic meeting of the board. Everson will fill the vacancy left when Alyssa Kenville resigned from the board effective May 1. Kenville was appointed to the board in January to fill the ...

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 ...

Shanti Rejuvenation Center to reopen June 2

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. In Sanskrit, Shanti means “inner peace,” something everyone could use a little more of in the age of the coronavirus. And personal ...

Grant to boost West Twin Parks projects

The City of Webster City recently was awarded a large grant which will be used for the East Twin Park Playground Project. The grant from the Wellmark Foundation was awarded in the amount of $96,928. MIDAS Council of Governments assisted the city with the application for this grant. The ...

Memorial Day broadcast planned by Legion Post

Monday is Memorial Day, and while things may seem a little different this year, members of the American Legion Post 191 are working to still provide a meaningful observance for veterans, their family members and the community in general. Rich Stroner, legion commander, said that there would ...

Wright County COVID-19 positives double

CLARION — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Wright County has doubled from 20 to 41 since the beginning of the week. That spike in positive test results is due to the increased testing efforts at the county’s larger employers, said Karl Helgevold, a Wright County supervisor and ...

Back to the DIAMOND

The first and second hurdles to the return of high school baseball and softball this summer were cleared yesterday, but the decision will ultimately come down to individual schools regarding participation. Governor Kim Reynolds cleared the way for the sports’ returns during her morning ...

Osweiler’s gets back to business

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. Osweiler’s Fashions in downtown Webster City is officially back in business. After a two-month closure due to the coronavirus ...

Flags flying

Derrick Greenfield, commander of Williams American Legion Post 633 and his family, along with two former commanders, Don Williams andWayne Wahlert, and Alivia Wahlert took some time this week to put out veterans flags in Williams for Memorial Day.

Facade project moves forward

The former Elks building moved a step closer to receiving a much-needed facelift this summer, following action taken by the City Council of Webster City Monday night. The council held a public hearing on the façade project during the Zoom meeting that was also broadcast on Facebook ...