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Celebrating achievement

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The Hamilton County 2020 Fair has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Hamilton County 4-H and FFA participants will still have a chance to showcase their hard work during judging days planned for later this month. Officials with the 4-H program said plans are still being ...

Council approves first reading of rezoning ordinance

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The City Council of Webster City approved a rezoning matter Monday night that will change a section of land near Wall Street from R-1 single family dwellings to R-3 multiple family dwellings. The council met in-person at the council chambers of City Hall. Members of the public were able to ...

Change of venue requested

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The defense for Joshua Pendleton, the man accused of killing the Rev. Al Henderson in October, motioned on Monday for a change of venue in the first-degree murder case headed to trial. Pendleton was charged after Fort Dodge police say he killed Henderson, 64, in an Oct. 2 confrontation ...

WCFD welcomes new cadets

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Four new cadets have begun training with the Webster City Fire Department. Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield said the four young men are Skyler Scott, Connor Hanson, Dew Schwering and Charlie Stansfield. The new opportunity through the Webster City Fire Department to reach out to young men ...

City Council to meet Monday

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The City Council of Webster City will meet in its first regular session of the new fiscal year Monday night at 6 p.m. A public hearing will be held on the rezoning of a property on Wall Street from R1 single family dwelling to R3 over four unit multiple family dwelling. In a memo to the ...

Same-day results

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The parking lot on the west side of Community Health Center of Fort Dodge was plenty busy Wednesday afternoon. Many of the vehicles there represented patients needing to be tested for COVID-19. Community Health Center staff had COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and ...

Hamilton County has one additional positive COVID-19 case

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Hamilton County had just one new positive COVID-19 case as of Wednesday night, according to information on coronavirus.iowa.gov. Positive cases in Hamilton County totaled 185 with 141 individuals who have recovered. A total of 1,910 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the ...

City seeks input for comprehensive plan

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The City of Webster City is seeking input from the public and have posted a survey on the city website to collect the information. The city is working with RDG Planning & Design on its new Comprehensive Plan, Housing Study, and Annexation Study. Officials said all Webster City residents ...

Safety first

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Even though most of the area July 4th observances have been canceled, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many area residents are planning to hold their own celebrations. If those celebrations will include the use of fireworks, Webster City Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield said there are some ...

Fireworks display set for Friday, July 3

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Even though many area July 4th celebrations have been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Webster City will still have a fireworks display to celebrate the holiday. Once again, Van Diest Supply Company of Webster City will be sponsoring a fireworks display at the Webster City ...

More relief

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Congress will probably pass a second relief package to deal with the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley predicted Monday. He said the size and scope of the legislation has yet to be determined. “I really believe that there is going to be a second one,” ...

‘We dropped the ball on this…’

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Twenty-four students who received their diplomas in absentia will receive a recognition that was missed at Sunday’s Webster City High School commencement ceremony. The students missed the event due to a variety of reasons, according to Dr. Mandy Ross. She read a statement about the ...

WC school board approves Return to Learn plan

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The Webster City school board Monday night approved the district’s Return to Learn plan which is being submitted to the Iowa Department of Education on July 1. The plan outlines how the district proposes to return to classes after several months of shutdown due to restrictions related to ...

Making a splash

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By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net It’s been a week since the Webster City Municipal Swimming Pool opened for the season and officials said the week has had some perfect conditions for a dip in the pool. However the pool has yet to meet the capacity set by the city ...

WCHS Class of 2020 graduates

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It’s been an unusual spring for the Webster City High School Class of 2020. They left for spring break on March 12 and didn’t return again due to restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no prom, no spring concerts or sports and course work was finished ...

Calhoun County marks two COVID-19 deaths

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ROCKWELL CITY – Amid a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, Calhoun County Public Health confirmed the county’s first two coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday. Both victims were described as elderly and with having risk factors that increased their chances of complications due ...

The Reopening

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By COLIN MCGUIRE editor@freemanjournal.net With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while ...

No JunqueFest this year

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Junk enthusiasts will have to wait until next May to search for treasures at Webster City’s annual JunqueFest. The annual event, sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, has become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber officials announced Thursday that the ...

A pop of color at the skate park

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— Daily Freeman-Journal phot o by Anne Blankenship Jasmine Stetz paints geometric shapes on the sidewalls of the ramps at the Webster City skate park Thursday morning. Community Vitality Director Lindsay Henderson said the paint was a simple way to add a splash of color at the park. The ...