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Joining forces

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ACE Community Center found a new and unique way to fill their executive director position. After deliberating and seeking out applicants, two Hamilton County individuals will be stepping up to the position. The partnership will give advanced expertise in business administration and property ...

Checking out

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Kendall Young Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze has always had a love of the library. Next Friday, July 14, she will be stepping down from her position as director. Martin-Schwarze has been the director at Kendall Young Library for the last six years. As her time at the library comes ...

Skills training

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— Submitted photo Webster City Fire Department conducted live fire training Monday night on an acquired structure at 1040 Bluff St. According to Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield, “This was an effective way to work on perfecting new personnel’s firefighting skills. Each member had the ...

New design for celebration

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STANHOPE — Watermelon Day, the annual summer celebration in Stanhope, will be this Saturday. This year is the 60th Watermelon Day, which draws visitors from a wide area to enjoy a full day of park activities, a morning parade, a slow-pitch softball tournament, and free ice-cold ...

Man Tased, arrested in downtown FD

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FORT DODGE — A man wanted on two arrest warrants out of Hamilton County ran from Webster County sheriff’s deputies in downtown Fort Dodge Monday night, according to Sgt. Tony Walter, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. Walter served those warrants to Jordan DeGraw, 19, at ...

Money requests

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The Hotel/Motel Tax Board met Monday evening to determine the final recommendations on projects and funding levels to be presented to the Webster City City Council. The recommendations will be made to the council on Monday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. The board will be recommending a total of ...

Bluegrass in the park

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STRATFORD — The Stratford Stride Bluegrass festival has long been a staple in Hamilton County. Going into its 33rd consecutive year it’s clear that the festival is not diminishing in popularity anytime soon. During the festival, the streets of the small town of Stratford are lined with ...

Valuing treasures

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WILLIAMS — Beauty and value are often in the eyes of the beholder was the message delivered by Mike Ryerson of Ryerson Auction and Realty of Eagle Grove at the fourth Hemken Antique Fair on Saturday at the Hemken Collection in Williams. Nearly 25 people brought their family heirlooms and ...

Sheriff’s office partners with firearm safety program

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program, will distribute free firearms safety kits to local residents. The safety kits include a cable-style gun lock. Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the ...

Coffee with the Commander set for Wednesday morning

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American Legion Post 191 Commander Marvin Carr will host a “Coffee with the Commander” for all area veterans on Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the post. Special guest will be Veteran Fellow Dave Allen from Sen. Charles Grassley’s office. Allen will there to answer questions on ...

Presentations abound

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Eight local groups requested Hotel/Motel Tax grant monies Thursday evening at city hall. A total of $221,132.71 was requested. The Avenue of Flags is requesting $9,000 for the Avenue of Flags building and structure improvement. The Boone Valley Izaak Walton League is requesting $7,355 ...

— Submitted photo Terry Meyers, a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas School, is taking part in the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program. He’s working at Brushy Creek Park’s Prairie Center.

Real-life applications

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CEDAR FALLS —The Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council matched more than 60 teachers from schools across Iowa with local STEM workplaces for the ninth year of the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program. The six-week immersions began in June ...

Great night for music

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Despite temperatures climbing into the 90s, local residents turned out for a night of music Thursday. Music in the Park was held at Availa Bank Plaza with Roadhard Band, above, performing. Area performers also took to the stage during the open mic session. Two more evenings of music are ...

Making their case

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Bruce Johnston speaks on behalf of the Avenue of Flags Thursday evening during presentations for requests for Hotel/Motel Tax Grant monies. Eight presentations were given to the board. Look for the full story in Monday’s paper.

Making a splash

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— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra The Webster City outdoor pool was packed with residents trying to beat the heat Wednesday afternoon. Many teens, like the one pictured above took advantage of the diving boards at the pool and showed off their skills throughout the afternoon. ...

Strategy and socializng

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In need of a night out? Enjoy games of strategy and good company? Kendall Young Library will be hosting an Adults Only Game Night at the library on Tuesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Adults ages 18 and up are invited to bring their favorite board or card game, or use games from the ...

Second Music in the Park set for tonight

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Music in the Park and Open Mic Night is returning to Availa Bank Plaza Thursday night. The music starts at 7 p.m. and will continue until 10 p.m. Roadhard will be the featured entertainment for the night. The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the musical ...

Applicants sought for UDMO program

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Upper Des Moines Opportunity is now accepting applications for its Back to School Program. Low-income families can pick up an application now through July 28. The Back-to- School Program will be held at The Bridge on Thursday, August 10th from 3:30 to 5 p.m. UDMO officials said ...

Try-outs Saturday

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Looking for a way to serve your community? Consider joining the Webster City Fire Department. The department is looking for new volunteers to join the force and will be holding tryouts on Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m. at the Webster City Fire Department. Applications can be obtained at the fire ...