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Visitors enjoying the Festival of Chocolate on Sunday, January 25 at Kendall Young Library in Webster City.

 • Hamilton County sees increase in unemployment for December.

 Hamilton County saw an increase in its unemployment numbers for December. The Iowa Workforce Development office announced Tuesday that the rate for last month was at 5.3 percent up from the November rate of 4.4 percent. There were 6,330 people employed while 360 residents were unemployed. Iowa's unemployment rate for December stood at 4.1 percent down from the November figure of 4.3 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties for December included Boone at 3 percent, Franklin at 3.6 percent,Hardin at 4.2 percent, Story at 2.7 percent, Webster at 5.1 percent and Wright at 3.8 percent.

 • Tax workshop coming to the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office Thursday evening.

 A free workshop entitled "Your Chance to Get Ahead" is set for Thursday evening,January 29 at the Hamilton Countyh ISU Extension and Outreach office at 311 Bank Street. The workshop will offer practical and simple steps you can take to improve your lives when you receive your tax refund. Human Services Specialist Barb Wollan said the workshop will help those weigh the pros and cons of saving versus paying off debt, and will also address long term benefits, evaluating major purchases and the importance of children learning to save. Pre registration is required by January 28 by calling the Hamiton County Extension office at 515-832-9597.

 • Hamilton County Conservation Board look at a solar array system for Little Wall Lake Park.

 A proposed solar array system for Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell was discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions of Jewell presented information on a 187 kilowatt solar array system at the park that would be used in cooperation with Allliant Energy to produce Little Wall Lake's own electrical system. Griffin said the system would go on the electric grid owned by Alliant and draw electricity. The system would be good for a 20 year  purchase agreement. It would save Hamilton County $307,000 or 50 percent of the electrical costs at the park. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers plans to bring this proposal to the Board of Supervisors for review. Lammers said that there is another company that is drafting another proposal for a similar solar array system to be presented to the conservation board at a future meeting.

In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board Tuesday is preparing to submit its budget for the 2016 fiscal year. The tax allocation for the budget is expected to be the same as last year. The total cost of the budget is at $1.2 million including revenue and expenditures.  There has also been an increase in insurance, water,electricity and the cost of living for the department's employees. The conservation board decided to take no action on the budget due to the absence of a board member at the meeting and to take a determination on the percentage of the cost of living. A special meeting on the budget issue will be set in the next few weeks.

 • Gilbert and O'Hearn selected WCHS Winterfest Queen and King.
 • Local businessman donates $3 million dollars to Van Diest Medical Center Clinic



Today...Cloudy through mid morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Breezy. High in the mid 40s. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight...Cloudy...Windy. Low in the lower 30s. North wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to northwest 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy through mid morning then becoming mostly sunny. Windy...Colder. High in the mid 30s. Northwest wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

Iowa State News


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    ‘Out of an abundance of caution’ Branstad to stay overnight in hospital
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    Hawkeye coach not sure if White will be ready to play Saturday
    Iowa coach Fran McCaffery hopes senior forward Aaron White will be available on Saturday when the Hawkeyes host Wisconsin. White suffered a shoulder “stinger” in Saturday’s loss at Purdue and sat out most of the game. “It’s gonna be painful, and hopefully it’s probably a function of what kid of grade it is, it looks […]
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    AIB College of Business merging with University of Iowa (audio)
    The University of Iowa is increasing its presence in central Iowa with the announcement today that the AIB College of Business in Des Moines will become the U-I Des Moines campus. University of Iowa president Sally Mason joined AIB president Nancy Williams to reveal the details. “The idea for this merger stemmed from a casual […]
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Time for a playing in the snow selfie with
Natalie, Rhonda, Mary and Myra. 

Chuck Long former IA Hawkeye quarterback
made a visit to KQWC...We had to get a 
picture with him and signed autographs! 

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