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Still time to register for adopt a family Christmas program

Officials with Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. have announced that there is still time for families to register for the Christmas Adopt A Family program. The program allows income-eligible Hamilton County residents to signup for the program which will help make the holidays a little ...

Mobile food pantry planned for Jewell

JEWELL — The Food Bank of Iowa’s mobile food pantry is coming to Jewell on Thursday, Nov.19 and food is available for anyone in need, according to officials,11 The pantry will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Lutheran Church parking lot, 439 Main St., in Jewell. Organizers ...

EG teen severely injured in crash

EAGLE GROVE – An Eagle Grove teenager was severely injured in a single-vehicle car accident on Sunday afternoon, just east of U.S. Highway 17 on 285th Street. According to the crash report from the Iowa State Patrol, a 16-year-old, who was not identified because they are a minor, was ...

Board to move ahead with high school study

A study to review potential upgrades or new construction at the Webster City High School was on the agenda Monday night for the school board to consider. The board met in person at the school administration office, with the public able to join via Zoom teleconferencing platform. The ...

EHCF challenge raises $24,00 for food pantries

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has announced that their recent Food Pantry Challenge set a new record for monies raised totaling over $24,750 benefitting Hamilton County area food pantries. This year’s food pantry challenge was a first as it was held over multiple months (June - ...

School board elects new officers

Beth Van Diest was re-elected as president of the Webster City Board of Education Monday night during the board’s regular session. Eric Patterson was elected vice president, and he and Van Diest were given the oath of office by Kathy Biere, school board secretary. Also during the ...

Fundraiser for fairgrounds planned

A fundraiser for the Hamilton County Fairgrounds will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A cattleman’s steak sandwich meal will be served in a drive-through formate featuring a ribeye sandwich, chips and a bottle of water for $10. All proceeds ...

East and west progress

There are some big changes going on at East and West Twin Parks on Superior Street in Webster City that will change the footprint of both green spaces. West Twin Park will soon have a new shelter house, according to Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds. The previous ...

Hamilton County sees 18 new COVID cases since Monday

Hamilton County logged an additional 18 positive cases since Monday, bringing the number of cases to 527. According to coronavirus.iowa.gov, there are 462 Hamilton County residents who have recovered and there have been 6 deaths attributed to COVID-19. According to the state dashboard, 11 ...

Doodle Bug comes home

A fully-restored Doodle Bug scooter will now be at home in the Depot Museum at the Wilson Brewer Park in Webster City. Director of Recreation and Public Grounds Larry Flaws, left, accepted the donation from Jim Richardson of Mason City. The scooter was given in memory of his parents Kenneth ...

Record voter turnout

There may not have been lines around the block, but there was a record turnout Tuesday in Hamilton County for the general election. Nearly 77 percent of the county’s 10,383 registered voters cast ballots in the election. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said County Auditor Kim ...

Bacon likely to win another term

Incumbent State Representative Robert Bacon appeared to be on his way to winning another term of office Tuesday night at press time. Bacon, a Republican from Slater, was challenged by Democrat Jack Friend, in the House District 48 race. With results from Hamilton, Webster and Boone counties, ...

County races uncontested

Several county races were also on the ballot Tuesday, but none of those races were contested. Jerry Kloberdanz, a Webster City Democrat, was elected to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. He will serve as the District 1 supervisor, replacing Doug Bailey who chose not to seek ...

Masks required in city buildings

Masks will be required for the public and staff in all city buildings, following a resolution passed Monday night by the City Council of Webster City. The resolution comes from the city’s COVID-19 committee. The committee asked that the measure be put into place until further notice. The ...

Council approves off-road vehicle, golf cart use on city streets

Off-road utility vehicles and golf carts will be able to travel some of the streets of Webster City beginning in January, after the Webster City City Council approved the third and final reading of a proposed ordinance Monday night. The council passed and adopted the ordinance during its ...

Record numbers vote early in Hamilton County

More than 4,700 voters of Hamilton County’s approximately 10,000 registered voters have already cast their ballots or submitted absentee ballots as of Monday afternoon. “We went over the 4,700 mark today. It’s been nonstop here at the courthouse,” Kim Schaa, county auditor ...

New name

FORT DODGE — Mid-Iowa Development Association (MIDAS) Council of Governments, a voluntary association of local governments headquartered in Fort Dodge, announced today that it will be adopting a new name and logo as part of a comprehensive rebranding process, with the transition to the new ...

Mayor proclaims Veterans Appreciation Days

Mayor John Hawkins signed a proclamation Monday night declaring Nov. 2 through 11 as Veterans Appreciation Days in Webster City. The proclamation, signed during the regular City Council session, comes just days before the observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “In honor of these dedicated ...

Decision time

It’s just five days until the Nov. 3 general election when Hamilton County voters will be asked to cast their ballots for county, state and national offices. Earlier this week, Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa reported that more 4,000 had requested absentee ...

Trick or treat

Halloween is here and Hamilton County communities are gearing up to offer trick-or-treaters as normal an experience as possible in these challenging days. Here are a few of the Halloween events planned for Hamilton County this year. Ellsworth — Trick-or-treating hours in Ellsworth are ...