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 • Kendall Young Library Board updated on security camera project.

 The Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees Tuesday evening received a progress report on the installation of security cameras in the library. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said the work is nearing its completion of the installation of the cameras across the building and the parking lot. The work on the project began in late December. Board members spent their meeting time reviewing  investments for the library with no action taken. There was also a review of the library by-laws and personnel policy with some minor wording changes to both of them.

Director Martin Schwarze said the library is preparing for the annual Family Game Night set for February 19 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Those attending will enjoy life-size games, board games, card games and more. There will be taco bags and cookies provided. The recent Festival of Chocolate drew over 200 people to the library on January 31 with over 40 chocolate treats served to the visitors. 200 middle and high school particiated in the Teen Lounge program in January while 225 elementary school students participated in the different programs such as Science Club, Pre-School Storytime, Crafty Readers and Saturday morning movies.

 • Renovation for the court room in Clarion to begin in December.

 Renovation work on the Wright County Courthouse court room is slated to begin this December. At a meeting on Tuesday morning, the Wright County Board of Supervisors met with building and grounds director Andy Yackle on the renovation plans and funding sources for the project. Yackle told the supervisors that he has obtained $94,000 in grant money for the renovation. The supervisors committed $300,000 to renovate the court room. After much discussion, the board voted to reduce... the amount to $150,000. Wright County Supervisor chairman Stan Watne said there are plans for a Capital Campaign project asking Wright County residents and businesses for their financial support. There will be more information coming on how residents can make a contribution.
A new Wright County Veterans Affairs Commissioner was appointed by the supervisors. Dennis Mraz of Clarion was appointed as he takes over for retiring commissioner Dean Kluss of Woolstock. Eric Rector was appointed as Wright County Weed Commissioner.
Thr Wright County supervisors set March 7 at 10:00 a.m. for a public hearing on the 2016-17 county budget. The budget was finalized Tuesday morning. The joint drainage meeting with Humboldt County supervisors scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until next week.

 • Wilson denied post conviction relief.

 The man accused in the death of a Clare woman fifteen years ago had his application for post conviction relief denied on Monday. Mark Wilson was found guilty in March,2010 of Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony for the 2001 death of Joni Manning. Wilson was also convicted of Theft in the Second Degree, a class D felon. On April 30,2010, Wilson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as required by Iowa law. In his post conviction relief action, Wilson's arguments primarily revolved around claims that his charging documents and indictments filed by the State of Iowa were defective and illegal or inconsistent with Iowa law and that his original trial counsel was ineffective. Wilson argued that his trial counsel failed to adequately question jurors and failed to rescind objectionable statements made by the prosecutor in closing. Wilson also raised issues that his appellate counsel was ineffective for raising the same issues on appeal. Webster County District Judge Kurt Wilke found each of Wilson's claims to be without merit. In denying the application for post conviction relief, the Court held that Wilson failed to prove his attorney's assistance at trial was ineffective or show that any of the State's charging documents were contrary to Iowa law. Wilson was represented in the post conviction relief action by Daniel Feistner. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Susan Krisko and Former Webster County Attorney Ricki L. Osborn prosecuted Wilson in the 2010 murder trial and Assistant Webster County Attorney Brad McIntyre represented the State of Iowa in the post-conviction relief action.

 • Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
 • South Hamilton Community School Board to meet Monday evening in Jewell.



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