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‘Just like a feedlot underwater’

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ELLSWORTH — “This is just like a feedlot underwater,” said Paul Skartvedt, as he gestured toward rows of huge fish tanks that are inside a new aquaculture facility on the edge of Ellsworth near Interstate 35. What looks like a long row of greenhouses is four acres under roof. The ...

Make it hop

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The field for the presidential nomination got a bit wider, furrier and cuter Wednesday as Sylvester, a Holland Hop rabbit belonging to Emma Bailey, 18, with the Boone Boosters 4-H Club, tossed his hat in the ring. Sylvester made the announcement during the Costume Class at the Rabbit ...

New fair queen to be crowned tonight

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Seven young women will compete for the title of 2019 Hamilton County Fair Queen tonight during a coronation ceremony set for the grandstand at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, according to organizers. McKenna Mitchell, the 2019 Fair Queen will crown the new queen during the ceremony, set to ...

Celebrating challenges and successes

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With Fiscal Year 2019 in the rearview mirror, Van Diest Medical Center’s administration, providers and staff are celebrating successes on several different fronts. Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge, Chief Financial Officer Alice Heinrichs and several members of the staff as well as ...

It’s fair time in Hamilton County

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Hundreds gathered along the streets of Webster City Tuesday night to watch the 2019 Hamilton County Fair parade. Hundreds of entries waved and tossed candy, popsicles and frisbees to those watching. Following the parade, the community was invited to a fundraiser meal sponsored by the ...

County appoints deputy examiner

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A deputy medical examiner and a medical examiner investigator were appointed at the Tuesday session of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Dustin Smith, M.D., Eagle Grove, will serve as the deputy medical examiner for Hamilton County. At the July 9 meeting, the board accepted the ...

Henderson is new SHIIP counselor in Jewell

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Linda Henderson is the new full-time volunteer counselor for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) through the State of Iowa Insurance Division. Linda is available to meet with individuals at Van Diest Family Health Clinic in Jewell on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and in the ...

Stanhope woman dies after getting exiting a moving vehicle

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LEHIGH — A Stanhope woman is dead after investigators say she got out of a moving vehicle early Friday morning. She was identified Monday as Margaret F. Garcia, of Stanhope, by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Jim Stubbs said deputies were alerted to the incident at 1:28 ...

Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun

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The Hamilton County Fair parade tonight will kick off the 2019 annual exposition that runs July 23 to 28. This year’s theme is “Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun.” The big parade will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, traveling through downtown Webster City to the fairgrounds. Following the ...

Seed-spittin’ fun at Watermelon Day

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STANHOPE — Mother Nature smiled on Stanhope Saturday, when pleasant weather prevailed as the community hosted the 62nd annual Watermelon Day. After a week of sweltering high temperatures coupled with high humidity, a cold front came through Saturday morning just in time to save the day for ...

Carlson takes expertise to Europe

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A Fort Dodge-based probation and parole officer recently spent some time in Poland, where she spoke at a corrections conference. Tennie Carlson, an officer with the 2nd Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, was in Poland from May 10 through May 21 as part of a delegation that ...

Residents invited to taxpayers’ meeting

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Area residents are invited to attend an Iowa Taxpayers’ meeting planned for Webster City on Thursday, Aug. 1. Tom Sands, president and chief executive officer of Iowa Taxpayers’ Association in Des Moines, will be traveling around Iowa to visit with members and guests about Iowa’s ...

Stanhope to serve up slices of fun at annual Watermelon Day

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STANHOPE — With warmer days predicted for the weekend, perhaps one of the best ways to beat the heat is with an ice-cold slice of watermelon. And Stanhope will be the place to be for watermelon. The 62nd Stanhope Watermelon Day is set for Saturday, sponsored by the Stanhope Lions Club. ...

‘This is important; they’re making history’

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Long before the internet, iPads and smart phones, people around the world gathered around televisions and radios to hear about the Apollo 11 moon landing. “The Eagle has landed,” were the words that signaled the successful landing of the lunar module. Webster City area residents ...

Underground railroad in Iowa is topic of program

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The Underground Railroad in Iowa will be the theme of a program to be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Park. The program will be presented by Judy and Gary Huxford. Their presentation centers around Iowa Underground Railroad sites, with ...

Progress continues at Wilson Brewer Park

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Anyone who’s driven past Wilson Brewer Park and the Depot Complex recently may have noticed there’s a great deal of activity going on. Renovations and upgrades are continuing at the historic park this summer. Most recently, Peterson Construction has begun the delicate task of moving the ...

Rescue tube donated at Kamrar

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Monday evening, members of the Kamrar Fire Department were trained in the operation of a grain bin rescue tube by Outstate Data LLC from Minnesota. This equipment was donated by the staff at Farm Credit Services of America in Webster City. Three members of FCSA staff were on hand for the ...

Ready for the county fair

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The 2019 Hamilton County Fair is less than a week away and fairgoers this year will likely notice some improvements around the fairgrounds. The Hamilton County Fair Foundation is the group responsible for the improvements, including a new play equipment next to the Ed Prince Building. An ...

Open for business

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WILLIAMS — The Jay Bros. Truck Shop and Circle S Motel are up and running. The Jay Bros is a new name but the location is familiar. The business was formerly known as Boondocks, USA, at the intersection of Interstate 35 and County Road D-25 at the Williams exit. Owned by Harry and ...

Ahrendsen appointed interim examiner

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The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors appointed an interim medical examiner Tuesday morning, following the resignations of Dr. Joseph Latella. The resignation comes on the heels of Latella’s guilty plea in federal court last week to a charge of making false statements about Medicare ...