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Tutoring program applications now open

Applications are now being accepted for the Asbury Learning Center tutoring program. Students in grades K-4 needing extra assistance in reading or math may qualify for this service. This program is nondenominational and is offered at no cost to area families through an endowment fund. ...

Restoring history

An ongoing project restoring the facilities and grounds at Wilson Brewer Park continues to make progress. Wilson Brewer Park, which receives its name from one of the founders of Webster City, was given to the city in 1932 by Brewer’s grandchildren to create a permanent memorial to honor ...

School board election Nov. 5

School board elections will be held in Hamilton County on Nov. 5 with the city elections. Seven board seats across Hamilton County will be on the ballot. In Webster City, two seats are are open. The District 2 director seat, currently held by Beth Van Diest, and an at large seat, ...

A real hero

A Van Diest Medical Center paramedic was presented with a Hospital Hero Award from the Iowa Hospital Association Thursday afternoon as Andi Dyer, who has worked at the hospital for 17 years, was named one of the 10 Hospital Heroes from across the state who will be honored at the IHA Annual ...

City election nominations close Sept. 19

The last day to file city election nominations for all city elections in Hamilton County is Sept. 19 by 5 p.m. Nomination papers can be obtained from the City Clerk or the County Auditor’s office, as well as online on the Secretary of State’s website: ...

Ellsworth ready to welcome RVTV

Volunteers in Ellsworth are working hard to be ready for RVTV when it rolls into their town on Tuesday. The day kicks off with a smoking meats contest that will last all day in the town park, where afternoon and evening activities will take place as well. Food will be available from ...

New reporter starts at DFJ

Hi Webster City! I’m the newest reporter here at the Daily Freeman-Journal, and I’m excited to get started. I’m both brand-new and very familiar with this area of North Central Iowa. I grew up just down the road in Fort Dodge, where I graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 2010. I ...

Still time to register for Fall Weekend

There’s still time to register for Legacy Learning Boone River Valley’s annual Fall Weekend, Sept. 27-29 at Briggs Woods Park. Participants will have a chance to immerse themselves in nature while exploring their creative side. Five different workshops, ranging from a watercolors to ...

Challenge continues for food pantry benefit

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has issued a Food Pantry challenge to Hamilton County residents throughout the month of September. Funds received on or before Sept. 30, will be matched by the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to the first $2,000. To participate ...

Doodle Bug Days proclaimed

Mayor John Hawkins shakes hands with Don Nokes, a member of the Doodle Bug Club of America. Tuesday night, Hawkins proclaimed Sept. 9 to 14 as Doodle Bug Days in Webster City. The club will hold its annual reunion that week. Looking on are club members Vern Ratcliff, Gerald Huisman, Jerry ...

Council sets informational meeting on proposed street project

An informational meeting about the proposed $9.1 million Second Street reconstruction project has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at city hall. Ken Wetzler, public works director, told the City Council Monday night that the meeting will give area residents a chance to learn ...

New agreements with city, day care centers approved

The City Council approved new arrangements with two Webster City day care facilities Tuesday night. Webster City Day Care Center, located at 1315 Beach Street, is purchasing the building from the city. The original real estate contract was inked in November 2004 in the amount of $786,000 ...

Cruisin’ South Car,Tractor Show to kick off Assisted Living Week

Southfield Wellness Community, owned and operated by ABCM Corporation, will hold its18th Annual Cruisin’ South Car & Tractor Show on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. in their parking lot at 2414 Des Moines St., Webster City. The event is being held in honor of National Assisted Living ...

The red will ride again

It happens every September: Just like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Doodle Bugs return to Webster City. This year is the 33rd annual Doodle Bug Reunion, sponsored by the Doodle Bug Club of America, and it runs from Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 15. The ...

POET idles Indiana plant, draws concern from Iowans

POET, which has ethanol plants near Gowrie and Emmetsburg, is closing one of its plants in Indiana in a move company executives say results from actions of the federal government. Due to recent decisions made by the Trump Administration regarding small refinery exemptions, POET will idle ...

Farmers Market opens Wednesday

Several local vendors have opened a Wednesday afternoon farmers market in Webster City. The vendors, most of whom also open up booths at the Saturday morning farmers market on Des Moines Street, offered a variety of produce, handmade items, home-baked goods, jams and honey. The second ...

Annual ISUAA event planned for Sept. 15

Members of the Hamilton County Iowa State University Alumni Association and their guests will gather Sept. 15 at the Briggs Woods Conference Center. The annual event will feature a social hour, dinner, program, and auction. Funds raised are used to provide scholarships to students ...

VDMC trustees table action on management, affiliation agreements

Action on the MercyOne management services and affiliation agreements for Van Diest Medical Center were tabled Tuesday night until the October board meeting. Board Chairman Roberta Knutson suggested postponing the vote on the matter so that trustees would have time to review the documents ...

LIFT WC to host A Taste of Fall

LIFT WC will present A Taste of Fall in partnership with the Briggs Woods Conference Center on Oct. 6. The event will be held on the 700 block of Second Street with all proceeds from the event going to assist with the restoration of the historic Elks Building. The festivities will begin at ...

It’s rodeo time

DAYTON — Daring cowboys will see how long they can stay on top of raging bulls during the upcoming Dayton Championship Rodeo. Watching people atop 2,000 pounds of hopping mad hamburger will be far from the only attraction during the four days of events. Barrel racing, steer wrestling, ...