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Emergency funding approved for Depot

The Depot Museum at Wilson Brewer Park will soon be fitted with new heating and cooling units to provide climate control for the building and its artifacts. The City Council of Webster City approved the request from Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds for funding to ...

Rasch Construction awarded street project contract

Rasch Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge was awarded the contract for the 2021 Second Street Reconstruction Project Monday night as the City Council of Webster City met in regular session. The meeting was held on the Zoom platform and was also presented on the city’s Facebook page. The ...

RAGBRAI returning to Fort Dodge

After having to cancel the annual RAGBRAI in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced the bike ride across Iowa is back on for 2021 with Fort Dodge as one of the overnight stay hosts. In January 2020, Fort Dodge was announced as an overnight host for the 48th annual ...

Hearing on 2021 street project tonight

A public hearing concerning the 2021 Second Street reconstruction project will be held Monday night as the City Council of Webster City meets in regular session. The public can take part in the 6 p.m. meeting virtually by logging onto the Zoom tele-conferencing platform by entering the ...

Audit report for VDMC released

For public record, the accounting firm of Seim Johnson, LLP released an audit report for Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City, Iowa on December 10, 2020: The Hospital’s operating revenue totaled $30,562,261 for the year ended June 30, 2020, a 2.5% increase from the prior year. Total ...

Limited COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton County for 1B populations

Officials with Hamilton County Public Health have announced that a very limited supply COVID-19 vaccine will be allocated to area clinics to begin 1B vaccinations. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced changes to the priority populations receiving a vaccination in Phase 1B. These ...

Valentine’s Day tradition returns … in a slightly different way

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Singing Valentines by the Webster City High School choir members and Webster City Vocal Booster Club is an annual tradition on that day. But this year, due to the pandemic, the group will be offering singing Valentines in a slightly ...

Virtual fundraiser ending

A virtual online fundraiser for Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 29. The organization is selling raffle tickets on its website, www.legacylearningbrv.org. Click on the link to purchase tickets. One ticket is $5 or $5 for $20. The ...

Winterfest candidates selected

— Submitted photo Ten Webster City High School seniors have been chosen for the annual Winterfest Court. According to school officials, Winterfest Coronation will take place on Monday, Feb. 8 at the high school with a very limited attendance to adhere to social distancing standards. ...

Ready to move forward

The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said in a statement that it is “ready to finally be able to move forward.” The statement came just days after former administrative assistant Leah Mulholland, 41, was sentenced in Hamilton County District Court on a ...

Absentee ballots available for March 2 election

Kim Schaa, Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, has announced that absentee ballots are now available for the March. 2, 2021, Special Local Option Sales and Services Tax Election and the Stratford Community School District. A qualified voter may request an absentee ballot ...

Ukulele classes offered

Area youths who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument are invited to sign up for a six week course offered by Kendall Young Library. Wayne Judkins, children’s librarian, will be presenting ukulele lessons via Zoom for students in 4th through 8th grades. Classes ...

A good day for sledding

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Ariana Angeles, 5, takes a break from sledding Tuesday afternoon. She was one of the dozens of young people who made good use of a snow day coasting down Hospital Hill. Several inches of fresh snow following Monday's storm made for ...

Slight decline in COVID-19 cases noted

Hamilton County health officials are seeing a slight downturn in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Last week there were 36 new cases that tested positive in Hamilton County, according to Public Health Administrator Shelby Kroona. She gave an update to the Board of ...

Treasurer gives semi-annual report

County Treasurer Judy Warwick presented her semi-annual report and settlement of assets Tuesday morning during the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting. “It’s not very fun this year, as you can see, we’re down this year,” she said of the investments. “We’re ...

Restitution part of ex-Chamber assistant’s sentence

In addition to a 10-year suspended prison sentence, five years of probation and a $1,000 fine which was also suspended, a former Webster City Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant will have to make restitution, according to online court records. Leah Mulholland, 41,will have ...

Fresh and locally-grown

A ribbon cutting on Friday afternoon marked the start of a new venture in Webster City which will produce fresh, locally-grown shrimp. NaturalShrimp LLC recently acquired the assets of Alder Aqua, formerly known as VeroBlue Farms in Webster City. According to the company’s website, that ...

Eagle Grove schools expanding

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has been facing a unique problem that many central Iowa schools aren’t — rapid increases in enrollment. In fact, in the last three years, the district has welcomed 111 additional students, Superintendent Jess Toliver said. To ...

Back to class

“We’re ready.” That’s what Webster City High School Principal Dan Johnson said of the students returning to 100 percent in-person classes Monday, Jan. 25. That marks the first time since mid-March that all of the students will be in class together at the school. The students ...