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 • Open house set for new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park set for next month.

 Plans were announced Tuesday for the open house of the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The announcement was made during the monthly meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board held at Little Wall Lake Park. Director Brian Lammers said the public can tour the new cabin from 5:00 until 8:00 on Tuesday evening,June 14. Conservation staff will be on hand to answer questions about this latest cabin. Reservations for the cabin can now be made by calling the Conservation Office at 515-832-9570.

With the Memorial Day weekend coming up, director Lammers said there are still some camping sites available for patrons at Bells Mill, Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake. Customers can make reservations by calling the Conservation office at 515-832-9570 or by visiting www.mycountyparks.org to find out if there is available space.

Director Lammers presented a quote for the roof project to the Little Wall Lake park residence and shower house. Wind damage was done to the structure earlier this year. The existing roof is over 25 years of age. The quote from Seamless Pros of Jewell came in at $16,000 to replace the roof with a steel roof system. The board asked Lammers to gather two more quotes to be reviewed at next month's meeting.

Crews from Peterson Construction of Reinbeck met with Hamilton County Conservation officials earlier this week on the Jewellsworth Trail project. Work is expected to begin the week of June 20 for the three and a half mile trail linking Jewell and Ellsworth. A formal ground breaking ceremony will be announced by the Conservation department.

In other matters, Russ Appel from the Briggs Woods Golf Course discussed the plans for the events center. A private fund raising project is continuing to get the project started. The construction is set for this September. 

Following the meeting, members of the board toured Little Wall Lake Park. They toured the location where the solar ray panels will be located, the camper cabins and other buildings in the park area.

The next meeting of the conservation board will be June 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Briggs Woods Conservation Office south of Webster City.

 • Ames motorist escapes injury in a one vehicle crash near Randall Friday night.

 An Ames motorist escaped injury in a one vehicle accident late Friday night two miles southwest of Randall at 390th Street and Rigsley Avenue. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department reported a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Devin Ellsworth rolled over on its passenger side entering the east ditch. The pickup received an estimated $6000 in damage. Investigating deputy Ryan Rupiper charged Devin Ellsworth with Failure to Maintain Control.

 • No injuries in Eagle Grove Fire on Friday evening.

 A fire in the business district of Eagle Grove Friday evening is under investigation. The Eagle Grove Fire Department reported the fire started in an abandoned upstairs apartment in the 200 block of West Broadway shortly before 6:00 P.M. Firefighters from both Eagle Grove and Goldfield remained on the scene for five hours in battling the flames and smoke. There were no injuries reported. Assistant Fire Chief Tom Peterson reported smoke damage was done to four buildings with one of them receiving fire damage. The buildings will be closed until further notice.

 • Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday afternoon.
 • Volunteers needed for tree planting on Thursday.



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Friday...Cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms likely through mid morning...Then a chance of thunderstorms in the late morning and afternoon. High in the upper 70s. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of thunderstorms 60 percent.

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