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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 ...

‘If it sounds too good to be true, it is’

Wherever there are good people, there are bad people posed to take advantage of them, so Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons has issued a warning to the public of several scams that have been circulating in central Iowa recently. Most of the scams are conducted over the phone and include ...

Curbside pickup available

Just as many area restaurants are transitioning to curbside pick-up and delivery from the usual dining room service, Kendall Young Library has also found a similar way to serve their patrons during the community precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Even though the ...

VDMC to limit some non-essential services

In order to minimize the risk of exposure and to provide the best care for communities, while protecting the health and well-being of patients and caregivers, Van Diest Medical Center officials announced Wednesday that the facility would be following the most recent updates and ...

County buildings to close

The Hamilton County Courthouse and Social Services building are closing, effective today, and Hamilton County Public Health at Shashi Station will close Thursday following action taken yesterday by the board of supervisors. The board met in special session Tuesday afternoon to announce the ...

Fareway, Hy-Vee announce changes in hours

Area grocery stores are making changes to hours and procedures as the state of Iowa works to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. FAREWAY Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all Fareway stores and meat markets will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The early closure ...

VDMC implements additional visitor screenings

Van Diest Medical Center is now conducting an additional level of screening at each entry point of our hospital and clinics for all visitors and staff effective today. The screening protocol for everyone entering our facilities will include documentation of name, body temperature, contact ...