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Barns, again

Several hundred people took advantage of fine summer weather on Saturday and Sunday to visit seven historic barns in rural Hamilton and Story counties. Sponsored by the nonprofit Iowa Barn Foundation and its members, who own the barns, the tours educate visitors about the need to preserve ...

To heck in a hotdish: Church Basement Ladies will turn up the heat

Everything’s going to heck in a hotdish in the basement. “Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping” — or CBL2 — will lay out a smorgasbord of comedy at Webster City Community Theatre beginning Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The cooks — well, the cast and crew — have been busy ...

Grandma Jane

Jodi Berns-Lennon, inspired by memories of her Grandma Jane, shared the bittersweet realities of the cruel disease that changed her at the National Alzheimer’s Longest Day celebration at Windsor Manor Tuesday. “My great-grandma Jane was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I was 16 years ...

Council aligns with state on fireworks rules

Companies wanting to sell fireworks in Webster City will have a little more flexibility in setting up their shops. Responding to the latest change in state law, the City Council on Monday formally dropped local rules that limited, among other things, how close a fireworks store can be to a ...

Landscape concepts for west Second Street considered by city council

Landscaping of west Second Street, Webster City’s most recently improved stretch, will continue to be a topic of discussion by the Webster City City Council. At issue are the types of plantings the council may choose, and whether trees might be reintroduced along the widened street. The ...

Run river, run

The water in the Boone River topped out at 2,720 cfs (cubic feet per second) on Friday. A flow rate of 1 cfs equals 448.8 gallons per minute. By 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when this photo was taken, Boone’s cfs rate had dropped to 2,300. It was 1,860 at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to the USGS. This ...