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Healing together

Becky Harfst grabs a box of Kleenex and places it directly in front of her. She rips one out of the box and dabs her eyes before she balls it up and places it on the rectangular table inside the dining room of her Webster City home. A second tissue is used to wipe her cheeks. And so it goes ...

Teaching ‘outside the box’

The Iowa Central Community College campus may be devoid of students now that the college has moved to virtual learning for the rest of the spring semester, but that doesn’t mean classes are over. With virtual learning, Iowa Central’s instructors are still holding class at the same times ...

Campgrounds open with some restrictions

The Hamilton County Conservation Board has announced that all campsites in the Hamilton County Parks are open for campers.  Due to the COVID–19 crisis, there will be restrictions put into place. They are as follows:  n All Bathroom/Shower facilities will remain closed until further ...

Briggs Woods Golf open for business with COVID-19 precautions

 Briggs Woods Golf Course is now open for play, but golfers will have to observe several restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to hit the links. Officials with Briggs Woods Golf Course said the course will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather and usage permitting. Tee ...

Virus interrupts semester abroad

When Cinestie Olson received the news that her four-month international journey was going to be cut short, she was shocked, devastated and heartbroken. All the planning and dreaming of being immersed in a new culture was gone. Olson, a 2018 Webster City graduate, was on a study-abroad trek ...

‘We’re in uncharted territory’

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met in special session Tuesday morning and approved the 2020-2021 county budget amid the financial uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re in the midst of what has proven to be the largest social and financial disruption this ...

DOROTHY WILCOX

Dorothy Faye Wilcox formerly of Jewell, Iowa – Dorothy (Swenson) Wilcox passed away on March 22, 2020, at the Carlisle Care Center, surrounded by her husband and daughters. Funeral services will be held at Elim Lutheran Church, Randall, Iowa, date to be determined. Dorothy was born April 3, ...

MIDAS suspends transit service

MIDAS Council of Governments announced that it will temporarily suspend services for its two transit systems - the Dodger Area Rapid Transit and the Regional Transit Authority which served Hamilton, Wright, Webster, Calhoun, Humnboldt and Pocahontas counties. The move is in response to the ...

No positive tests in Hamilton Co.

Hamilton County health officials said Tuesday morning that there are still no positive COVID-19 tests in the county. The weekly briefing by officials with Hamilton County Public Health, Van Diest Medical Center and Emergency Management was presented at the start of a special Board of ...

Iowa Central to end spring semester online

Iowa Central to end spring semester online Iowa Central Community College President Dr. Dan Kinney has announced that the college is going to finish the spring semester online. “In the next few class periods, your faculty will share additional information on how your class ...

WC Schools offer update

The Webster City Community School District issued an update Monday on the district Facebook page. Over the past week, the Webster City Community Schools teachers, staff and administrators have been hard at work, preparing learning and emotional supports for students and families during this ...

Trip of a lifetime

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series of Webster City graduate Cinestie Olson’s study-abroad trip to Italy. Cinestie Olson wanted to travel the world and absorb all it has to offer. The Iowa State University sophomore got the chance of a lifetime when she signed up to ...

Scoopin’ the loop

A parade of about 50 cars circled the streets of Webster City Friday night as a fun and safe way to interact with others in the community. In light of the social distancing recommendations, the many people living in social isolation and working from home, the outing proved to be a loud and ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

Webster City area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Daily Freeman-Journal has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing ...

A sign of support and hope

Last week, Webster City Fire and Police participated in a show of strength with other departments across the State of Iowa to try and give hope and encouragement to communities thatshowing they are still here to serve. The Iowa Firefighters Association issued a challenge to open the doors and ...

Feeding a need

With schools closed for at least the next three weeks and many folks having to stay home from work to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many families are feeling the extra pressure of putting food on the table. Several local organizations and agencies are working to help ...

COVID-19 confirmed in Webster, Wright counties

Webster County’s first positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was confirmed on Thursday, according to the Webster County Public Health. The individual has since recovered from the virus, the Health Department reported. The Webster County resident is in the 18-40 age group, ...

Telehealth service available at YSS

While the YSS of Hamilton County building is closed during the cornavirus pandemic, the agency will continue to provide behavioral health, medication management, substance use treatment and aftercare services by telephone or via the the teleconferencing system. Current YSSHC clients or ...

Street project begins in WC

The first phase of the $3.7 million 2020 Second Street Reconstruction Project commenced on Tuesday with the closure of Second Street between Prospect Street and Beach Street. “They’ll be taking the street down to dirt and first replacing all the utilities – the sewer, the water and ...

‘We might not get those memories’

April and May - the two months that high school seniors look forward to the most each and every year. For some, it's their last chance to compete in sports, whether it be track and field, soccer, golf or tennis. For others, there's the parade of bands. Or the spring musical. Or the ...