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 • Ernst makes late afternoon stop in Webster City


Hamilton County was the 98th stop Thursday in Joni Ernst's tour of Iowa counties as she is heading into the final few days of campaigning before Tuesday's election. Ernst is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Joining Ernst on the campaing tour is Iowa U.S. Congressman Tom Latham.After 20 years in Washington, Latham will be retiring from Congress at the end of this year.He currently serves the third congressional district  covering 16 counties in southwest and south central Iowa. During his appearance Latham thanked the people of Hamilton County for their support when Latham served in Congress before moving out of the district due to redistricting in 2003. In her address to supporters at the Webster City Maid Rite, Ernst explained why the election is important to the future of America,its economy and its security.She asked the audience for their support in what is a closely watched U.S.Senate race between Ernst and her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley. The winner will succeed Tom Harkin who will be retiring at the end of this year after serving both U.S.House and Senate for 40 years.


 • Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.

 The first meeting of November for the Webster City City Council will be Monday at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall. Items on the agenda will include a resolution authorizing the project coordinator and or the finance director to proceed with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Disaster Declaration procedures with the United States Department of Homeland Security. A resolution terminating the Tax Increment Financing Development Agreement with Infinity Services,LLC of Webster City will be considered.The council will make a motion on a request to enter into an agreement with Revize Software Systems for services in connection with the Webster City Economic Development Web Site. There will be a request from VeroBlue Farms,Incorporated to install a well at 207 Commerce Drive to source untreated groundwater. Four public hearings are on Monday's council agenda. The first is the proposed rezoning of property from an M-1 Light Industrial District to an M-2 Heavy Industrial District on Des Moines Street at 5:30 p.m. The second is for the proposed use of the property located at 401 Des Moines Street at 5:35 p.m. The next hearing at 5:40 p.m. is for the proposed use of the property located at 1700 West Second Street.The final hearing at 5:45 Monday is for the propose sale of city owned property in the West New Castle Addition that is vacated adjacent to Seneca Street in Webster City. This is the property near the MIDAS bus garage. The Webster City City Council meeting will be telecast on Cable Channel 12 Monday at 5:15 p.m.

 • Trick or Treat Night set for Friday night in Hamilton County.

 Friday night will be the night for all ghosts and goblins to roam the streets of Hamilton County communities as it's time for Beggar's Night. In Webster City,the downtown business district will welcome the youngsters from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the stores identified by a poster on the window.Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Southfield Wellness Community and Windsor Manor will be open from 3:30 until 5:00 for children to get their treats. The first annual Trunk or Treat event to be held in the parking lot of Webster City High School will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Over 20 cars loaded with Halloween treats will be parked waiting for the youngsters to come by. The official resident trick or treat hours in Webster City will be 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Elswewhere in Hamilton County, the towns of Blairsburg,Kamrar and Stratford will observe trick or treat hours from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 at the Kamrar fire station Friday evening. The trick or treat hours in Ellsworth, Jewell, Randall Stanhope and Williams will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. There will be a Halloween party for the kids in Stanhope at the Community Building from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served for the trick or treaters at the Ellsworth and Jewell fire stations early Friday evening.

Hamilton County law enforcement officials ask motorists to be on the lookout for the youngsters in the residential areas as they make their visits.Children should stop in to the homes of people they know. Home owners are asked to leave their porch lights on to welcome the youngsters. Children should wait until they arrive home and enjoy their treats.

 • Van Diest Medical Center is an important part of Hamilton County's economy.
 • Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon to appear in Webster City Wednesday afternoon.
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