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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 ...

Keep your distance

Snowbirds returning from winter destinations and people who traveled for spring break are reminded that health officials suggest a 14-day social-isolation period during this time of the coronavirus. “What social isolation really means is staying at home and not leaving except for ...

Health officials update supervisors

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors heard an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Public Health officials, Van Diest Medical Center health care professionals and emergency management Tuesday morning. The briefing was audio streamed on the county website, www.hamiltoncounty.org and ...

Brushy Creek Honor Flight rescheduled for August

The May 9, 2020 Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is rescheduled for August 22, 2020. The suspension is in response to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. All veterans who were scheduled to go on the May 9 flight leaving from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will be invited to go on ...

County OKs sharing agreement for public health administrator

Hamilton County Public Health Administrator Shelby Kroona will be dividing her time between Hamilton County and Wright County after the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approved a sharing agreement with the neighboring county. Chairman Doug Bailey said Tuesday morning the two counties ...

Backpack program to continue with pickup service

A program to help students get the food they need will continue while schools remain closed, thanks to the partners and volunteers supporting the Webster City Community Schools. Organizers of the Backpack Program have established an emergency distribution site at the Webster City Hy-Vee to ...

Getting some Face time

    Trish Bahrenfuss has grown accustomed to seeing her mom, Mary O'Connor, on a daily basis. But they've had to get creative with their interactions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.     As much as she would like to see her mom, to hold her hand or touch her face, Bahrenfuss ...

City: No electric, water disconnections until further notice

Officials with the city of Webster City announced Tuesday morning that there will no disconnection of water or electric services for non-payment until further notice. Effective immediately, the utility office will not mail out late notices or deliver disconnect slips to area customers. ...

New visitor restrictions at VDMC

Effective Tuesday, March 24, Van Diest Medical Center is increasing visitor restrictions. Hospital officials said for the immediate future, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital inpatient setting. Officials believe the fewer people with whom patients come into contact, the less ...

Curbside lunch

It's a new take on the idea of drive-in and carry-out, but the Webster City School District is distributing free lunches beginning this week to children ages 18 and younger during the COVID-19 closure of area schools. All children in the district are eligible to receive the USDA approved ...

No positive tests in Hamilton County

Iowa health officials announced Sunday that 22 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed in the state of Iowa. That brings the statewide total to 90 cases. In Hamilton County, there have been no positive tests, according to Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator. ...

District to provide student lunches

The Webster City Community School District will begin offering lunches today for children during the time off from school as part of the coronavirus precautions. Meal pickup will take place Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both the Webster City Middle School (the main door ...

Sanitizing smartphones

Smartphones are often an extension of people’s hands, making phones one of the dirtiest items people are likely to come in contact with throughout the day, according to Tony Smith, store manager at U.S. Cellular in Fort Dodge. And as people are being advised to wash their hands regularly ...

Man shot by officers in Webster City identified

The man shot by law enforcement officers after a three-hour hostage negotiation Monday has been named. Darwin Barnett Foy, 35, of Fort Dodge, was identified as the man who barricaded himself inside 109 Apple Street Monday afternoon. An autopsy will be conducted on Foy by the Iowa State ...

‘Rising above’

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is doing whatever it can to help support the local businesses during this time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. “I’m constantly checking with the CDC seeing what new things we’re finding out about COVID-19,” said ...

Board passes resolution to help meet needs stemming from COVID-19 closures

The Webster City School Board approved a resolution Thursday which gives Superintendent Dr. Mandy Ross authority to deal with administrative issues during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Present were board members Eric Patterson and Rich Stroner. Directors Linda Williams and Marlin Pruismann ...