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Curbside recycling to begin in Blairsburg July 1

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BLAIRSBURG — Beginning July 1, the community of Blairsburg will have weekly curbside recycling. On Monday night, the Blairsburg City Council voted to begin the curbside recycling program following a presentation by Chris Kehoe, director of operations at The Trash Man. Kehoe proposed ...

New store director at the helm

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Hy-Vee’s newest store manager has been working with the grocery chain since he was 14. Kevin Barry took the position at Webster City Hy-Vee on April 29. “I was one of the young guys who got in. My dad is very traditional; he said if I was going to get a car, I needed to get a ...

Action on new director districts tabled

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Action on the new director districts for the reorganization of Webster City and Northeast Hamilton School Districts was tabled Monday night after the interim board of directors failed to come to a consensus on which of two options to approve. The board had previously approved a measure that ...

Avenue of Flags returns

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The Avenue of Flags, Webster City’s colorful display of Old Glory at Graceland Cemetery, will return once again for Memorial Day. Ron Keigan, Avenue of Flags coordinator for American Legion Post 191, said flags will go up on Wednesday, May 22. The work will be handled in two sessions, at ...

Hamilton County vets take Honor Flight

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Eight Hamilton County veterans took part in the 18th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight on Saturday. Pictured are, from left to right, Ron Keigan, Fred Trask, Roger Van Sickle, Terry Painton, Joe Sherman, Denny Hagenson, Duane Vavroch and Lynn Byers.

An emotional journey

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The roughly 160 veterans who boarded the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight jet in the pre-dawn darkness in Fort Dodge Saturday were told that perhaps 50 people would greet them when they landed near Washington, D.C. They were unprepared for what they encountered when they stepped into the ...

NEH parents learn about Availa Kares program

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BLAIRSBURG — Hamilton County Kindergarten students have an opportunity to get a head start on college finances, thanks to a program rolled-out Friday at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School. Availa Bank introduced the Availa Kares program which is a cooperative effort with the Financial ...

Sharing train station memories

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Holding an old Illinois Central train schedule from 1950, Glen Cue, at left, along with his wife Marie Cue, right, talk about their many years of working on the railroad as telegraphers and station agents for the Illinois Central Railroad in honor of National Train Day Saturday in the Depot ...

Moving in, meeting needs

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A food pantry and preschool are the first offices to open their doors at the former Webster City Medical Clinic after recent remodeling. Upper Des Moines Opportunity and Head Start are now open at the building, 1610 Collins St. in Webster City, even as work continues on the rest of the ...

UDMO Director: Need for services is up throughout 12 counties

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FORT DODGE — Only six months into the current year, Upper Des Moines Opportunity has already served more than 3/4 the people they served in all of last year in Webster County. “Chances are we'll be bypassing those numbers from last year,” said Jamey Whitney, UDMO executive director. ...

‘They are really supportive here in whatever you do’

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FORT DODGE — Moises De La Cruz, of Storm Lake, is feeling good about what he accomplished at Iowa Central Community College. Not just from an academic perspective, but from a wellness standpoint, too. “On Jan. 1, I weighed 280 and now I’m down to 198,” De La Cruz said prior to ...

Celebrating the arts

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BLAIRSBURG — A Night at the Show was theme of the Northeast Hamilton Spring Music Concert held Tuesday night in the Blairsburg school gym. Under the direction of the Music and Band Instructor Elizabeth Schwake, and accompanied by Matt Schutt on the piano, students performed popular ...

Information released on Vincent robbery suspect

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VINCENT — Authorities are looking for the man who went into the Vincent City Hall Tuesday afternoon and locked a woman into a back room before leaving with an undisclosed, limited amount of money. The Webster County Sheriff’s Department released a surveillance photo of the suspect on ...

Compassion and care

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Wally Ubben, a nurse at Van Diest Medical Center was presented the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses Tuesday morning at the hospital board room. He was one of 18 nominees this year for the annual award. The award coincided with the the beginning National Nurses Week, May 6 through ...

National Train Day rolls into the Depot Museum

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Saturday, May 11 is National Train Day, which celebrates and commemorates the history of the locomotive and rail travel in the United States and around the world. The Wilson Brewer Park and the Depot Museum in Webster City will celebrate Train Day on Saturday by opening its doors from 1 to ...

Vincent City Hall robbed

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VINCENT — The Vincent City Hall was allegedly robbed by a black male with dreadlocks and wearing a blue shirt Tuesday afternoon, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs. The suspect allegedly shoved a woman into a room and took an undisclosed amount of money, Stubbs reported. No ...

Setting priorities

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A group of area providers and community members gathered Monday night at a town hall meeting to view some insights from the recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted this spring. The project, conducted jointly by Hamilton County Public Health and Van Diest Medical Center, was ...

Firm to prepare plans for Elks facade improvements

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An architectural firm has been hired to find ways to restore the exterior of the former Elks Club building in downtown Webster City. The two-story masonry building at 713 Second St. was built in 1906. It’s now owned by the non-profit organization LIFT WC, which is seeking to restore ...

Going underground

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Overhead electric lines in two areas of Webster City will be moved underground in an upcoming project that will require the cooperation of home owners. One of the affected areas is bordered roughly by Bank Street to the north, Beach Street to the east, Walnut Street to the south and Lynx ...

Second Street rebuild idea advances

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The concept of rebuilding a long stretch of Second Street in Webster City advanced Monday when the City Council hired an engineering firm to prepare plans for the job. The council hired Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to prepare plans for the project at a maximum cost of $584,300. The ...