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Revitalizing Webster City

In order to revitalize its downtown, Webster City could apply to re-join the Main Street Iowa program which it was a part of in the late 80s and early 90s, students with the University of Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities said Thursday night. But to do so successfully would take ...

Crackdown on distraction

Texting while driving — or reading something off a screen, or taking a picture or video while driving — has become all too common lately. It doesn’t make sense to Lt. Mark Miller, with the Iowa State Patrol, who is sometimes the one to tell a family their son, or daughter, has died in ...

It’s all about Ag

EAGLE GROVE — As many as 800 fifth-graders from Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Webster and Wright counties learning about the impact agriculture has on their lives during the 2019 Youth Environmental Agriculture Days. The 24th annual event is held each year at the Wright County Fairgrounds in ...

Honor Flight prepares for takeoff

FORT DODGE — Veterans from across northern Iowa who served their country in the steaming jungles of Vietnam, on the world’s oceans or in the skies gathered together Wednesday evening at the Webster County Fairgrounds to prepare for another mission. But their upcoming mission will be ...

St. Thomas Ball set for Saturday night

Local residents will have a chance to preview the  2019 Friends of St. Thomas Ball Friday night. The preview, which is open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Those attending will have a chance to view auction items, check out the decorations and enjoy refreshments. The ...

Wanted: Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s Junquefest coming up on Memorial Day weekend, according to Webster City Chamber of Commerce officials. Junquefest is Webster City’s annual vintage and antiques show held downtown May 24-26. Officials with the Chamber of Commerce are ...

Tractors destroyed in hoop barn fire

EVANSTON — A couple of classic International Harvesters were the only casualties of a fire that broke out in a hoop barn Monday evening between Duncombe and Lehigh. No humans or animals were harmed in the fire, reported around 5:30 p.m. at 2608 255th St. Some hay bales also burned in ...

Perry selected to create sculpture

Arts R Alive in Webster City, Iowa has chosen Dan Perry to design and construct a permanent sculpture for Webster City. Perry is a Studio Technician/Instructor and Co-Supervisor of the Public Art Incubator, University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Forty-five entries were considered for ...

Community health priorities are topic of town hall meeting

Van Diest Medical Center and Hamilton County Public Health have partnered to perform an evaluation of the health needs throughout Hamilton County and surrounding areas.  The findings in this evaluation will be compiled into a public report called a Community Health Needs Assessment. The ...

Mental Health conference planned

A Mental Health Awareness Day Conference is planned for Friday, May 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, in Webster City. The second annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration for the conference is due May 9. Those wishing to reserve a spot can contact ...

Last payment

BLAIRSBURG — The Northeast Hamilton School Board authorized the final debt service payment of $668,942 for the 2010 elementary school building at its regular meeting on Thursday. "That's a good feeling," said NEH School Board President Eric Patterson, noting that by utilizing the rapid ...

Celebration is Thursday

The public is invited to attend a special event Thursday, May 2 at the Briggs Woods Conference Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The gathering marks the final event in the year-long partnership between the City of Webster City and the University of Iowa. It was in March 2018 that the Iowa ...

Finding jobs that fit

FORT DODGE — Stop by Taco Tico during the busy hours on Tuesday or Thursday and you might see Ryan Feauto’s smiling face as he clears the trays and wipes down the tables. Feauto has always wanted to work at the restaurant, where he was long known to the staff. Thanks to the One ...

Bring on the books

Some pretty unusual books — hardbacks from the 1930s and earlier — can be found at the Kendall Young Library’s semi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. “They don’t make them like this anymore,” said Mike Smith, a member of the Friends group, as he held up a book from ...

Dream Chaser to open Saturday

A new clothing store will open its doors on Saturday in downtown Webster City. Dream Chasers Boutique, 620 Second St., offers a huge selection of women’s clothing. While the shop is new to Webster City, owner Whitney Coleman is certainly no stranger to the clothing industry. She’s ...

Studying the Boone

BRIGGS WOODS — When a group of University of Iowa Marketing Institute students presented the results of their two semester long study on the Boone Forks area to the Boone Forks Regional Planning Committee Wednesday in the new Briggs Woods Convention Center, it left the members of the ...

POET Biorefining awards 3 ‘Never Satisfied’ grants

JEWELL — POET's 'Never Satisfied' effort is a scholarship and grant program that helps passionate people reach their goals to help change the world. This year's grant recipiants in and around the Jewell area are Montgomery Memorial Library in Jewell, for their Community Room that ...

Sunset Stinkers strike again

Those Sunset Stinkers are at it again! They are keeping their pledge to not shower for a whole week. The second grade students at Sunset Heights are once again holding their annual shower strike this week. The students agreed not to shower as they raise funds to support Well Aware, an ...

Grassley talks trade, flood relief, health care in WC

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, toured Tasler, Inc. in Webster City Wednesday morning and spoke with employees about health care, immigration and border security, trade talks, flood relief and gun control. The stop was part of Grassley’s 99-county tour. Following the tour, Grassley told the ...

Readers Theatre to meet Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Webster City Community Theatre Readers Theatre will meet Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. to read “The 39 Steps.” Note the time. “The 39 Steps” was adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and from the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. The story line involves a mystery, ...