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Goodbye glass blocks

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Workers on Thursday removed some old glass blocks at Elks building on Second Street making way for some new energy-efficient windows. Windows will be installed on the front and rear sides of the building, according to officials with with ...

Murder suspect arrested

FORT DODGE — The man wanted for the murder of his estranged wife was arrested by local law enforcement early Thursday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. The FDPD, Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol responded to the area of Quail Avenue/P59 and ...

Fund raiser boosts East Twin Park project

— Submitted photo Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation held a drive-through fund raiser dinner on July 31. The take-out dinner raised $2,500 for the East Twin Park Revitalization project. Michael Peterson, dietary manager, and his team served a smoked pork loin dinner. Those attending drove ...

Man wanted for questioning

FORT DODGE —The Fort Dodge Police Department is searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection to a fatal shooting in Fort Dodge on Wednesday afternoon. Officers are attempting to locate Justin Christopher Hurdel, a 43-year-old white male. Information from recent criminal ...

COVID-19 cases continue to climb

Hamilton County saw an additional 18 positive cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Aug. 4, according to Hamilton County Public Health. That brings the total to 244 positive cases, with 221 individuals who have recovered. The county has one death attributed to COVID-19. According to ...

Canceled

FORT DODGE — COVID-19 has grounded the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flights for 2020. The committee that organizes the flights announced that it has scrapped all plans to fly veterans to Washington, D.C., this year to see the nation’s war memorials. A flight scheduled for May 9 had ...

Movies continue at Availa Bank Plaza Friday

“A Dog’s Journey” will be the free movie Friday, sponsored by KHI Financial Solutions. Using the City of Webtser City’s projector and outdoor screen, the film will be shown at Availa Bank Plaza at 9 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets ...

Prison murder defendant pleads not guilty

FORT DODGE — The man accused of killing a fellow inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment Monday. Eric Hall, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Thomas Daleske, who was found dead in his cell on June 14. Hall was ...

A new beginning

JEWELL — “This is a beautiful day for Jewell, Iowa,” Rick Young, Hamilton County Supervisor said Monday morning. Monday marked the official grand reopening of the Jewell Market, the town’s grocery store. Young said the reopening was due to the hard work of community members who ...

Council considers fall cleanup day

The City Council of Webster City may offer a fall cleanup day for the city if a suitable location and date can be found for the event. The council, meeting in person at city hall, but broadcasting the session via Zoom and Facebook live to the public, talked about once again planning a ...

Working together

In many communities, child care centers see each other as competition. That is not the case in Hamilton County. All four of the child care centers are coming together to help each other recruit a workforce to serve the families who reside and commute to this county. Mighty Trojan Child ...

LLBRV to host virtual creatures workshop Aug. 5

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is offering a Fantastic Creatures virtual clay class on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. You will create a clay creature/monster with instruction by artist Madalyn Loring, via Zoom. The video will be archived and students can see the steps again and ...

Remembering Larry

Best dad ever – that’s how Matt Ross describes his father, Larry Ross. His daughter Molly Pickett loved seeing him interact with his three grandsons — Cole, Drew and Henry —making breakfast for them on Saturday mornings or chasing geese in the golf cart at the golf course. ...

County treasurer reminds property owners taxes are due

Hamilton County Treasurer Judy Warwick issued a reminder today that Gov. Kim Reynold’s proclamation of disaster emergency impacts many services provided at the county treasurer’s office. The proclamation sections related to property taxes were extended through Friday, July 31. Taxes ...

County sees dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases since the weekend

Hamilton County Public Health Administrator Shelby Kroona issued a strong plea to county residents Tuesday morning — wear a mask when away from home. She made the comments during her regular COVID-19 update during the Hamilton County Supervisors meeting at the courthouse after ...

Paw prints found across WC

Area residents may notice colorful paw prints sprinkled throughout Webster City. Officials with the City of Webster City said the prints are part of special tribute to the community’s teachers and students as they prepare to return to the classroom this fall. Crosswalks near Webster City ...

Board OKs contracts with libraries

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the annual contract with the libraries throughout the county. The annual contract provides funding for residents who live in the unincorporated areas of the county to use the library of their choice. “By code, we would have ...

‘Dirty Dancing’ is free movie set for Friday

“Dirty Dancing” is the next in the series of Friday night outdoor movies in downtown Webster City. The movie, sponsored by Black Hills Energy, will be shown at Availa Bank Plaza at 9:05 p.m. Those attending the free movie are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. ...

Erickson marks 50 years with Rotary

Bob Erickson of Webster City shared memories and stories of his years with the Webster City Rotary Club on Monday when the group met at the Briggs Woods Conference Center. Erickson is celebrating 50 years of membership with the local club. “Fifty years is a longtime to be in a club,” ...

KY Library issues reminder of new guidelines for children

As the new school year draws near, officials with Kendall Young Library have issued a reminder of their guidelines concerning after school use by young people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children 11 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, officials said. ...