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Three Hamilton County School Districts announcing their candidates for school board.
Posted: Jul 31 2015 by ppowers

 Three of the four Hamilton County school districts have released the names of the candidates who will be running for school board on September 8. At Northeast Hamilton,there will be no opposition for the three seats. Eric Patterson will be unopposed for District One Director, Thea Wibholm will be running for the Director 2 seat being vacated by Mike Rapp and Sarah Zorn will be the at large board member as she will succeed Roxanne Anderson. In Stratford Christina Bauer will run for re-election for her seat. April Carlson will not seek another term on the Stratford school board. There will be a write in candidate for Carlson's seat in the September election. There will be a new member of the Webster City school board this September. Beth Van Diest and Juli Jaycox will seek re-election for their two seats on the board while Paul Stenger will become a new member of the board. Stenger will take over the seat held by Dan Ryherd who decided not to seek another term on the Webster City board. 

As of late Friday morning,the South Hamilton school board has yet to present the nomination papers for the three seats on the board.Voters at South Hamilton will decide on a bond issue for building improvement projects.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 30 2015 by ppowers

 A brief agenda awaits the Webster City City Council at their next meeting Monday afternoon at 5:15 at City Hall. The council will be introduced to new public works director Alan Griffiths. A request from Wayne Johnson to terminate a Farm Lease on two parcels of city owned property. The date of August 17 at 5:30 p.m. will be set for the date and time for a public hearing on the city of Webster City's interest in property  by releasing a portion of an easement located in Alexander's Fifth Addition in Webster City. The council will discuss information received from RAGBRAI on a Town Information Update form and brochure. Monday's council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 at 5:15 with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Swon sworn in as new VDMC board member
Posted: Jul 29 2015 by ppowers



A new board member was sworn in Tuesday evening during the Van Diest Medical Center board meeting. Board president Carroll Ose (left) administers the oath of office to Darcy Swon (right). Swon will continue to serve the remaining term of Myra Maxon who died last March.

The board approved the medical staff appointments and reappointments Tuesday evening. The new appointments are Drs. Bryce Hoffman, Nicola Preston, Scott Green, Katherine Blomgren and Bridget Burke. Reappointments included Drs. Rick Salocker, Kenneth Adams, Swaleh Bahmadi, Charles Gilarski, Chad Rasmussen and Danice Klimek. A total of $31,256 in capital requests were approved by the Van Diest Medical Center board for July. The purchases include a software upgrade for the IT (Information Technology) department, a Stair Stepper for the physical therapy department and glidescope to be used in the surgery department.  The board approved a revision to the medical staff rules and regulations on the transition of care in the emergency department with the medical staff. Anesthetist Pegah Harlan presented a program to the board on the services she provides to patients. Harlan will be participating in online course through the University of Iowa to obtain her Doctorate of Nursing degree beginning this fall with her graduation in the spring of 2017.

There was a closed session of the board to consider the purchase of particular real estate and on patient care quality initiatives. The next Van Diest Medical Center board meeting will be Tuesday,September 15.

Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at installing solar array panels at Little Wall Lake.
Posted: Jul 28 2015 by ppowers

 A discussion on the possibility of installing solar array panels at Little Wall Lake Park near Jewell was the prime topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions based in Ames said his firm would help design and install a 187 kilowatt solar array system that would help reduce in cutting in half the utility bills for the park.Conservation director Brian Lammers said if the solar panels were to be installed,the total cost in savings would be $307,000. The conservation board voted to allow Lammers and Griffin to meet with the Hamilton County Supervisors on the proposed solar array project.

In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board discussed the plans of expanding the Briggs Woods Golf Course Club House. Russ Appel presented rendition drawings on the expanded club house that would be used for dinner meetings,wedding receptions and other events. The board Tuesday morning approved the allowing of private donors to help construct the expanded club house. There will be more information on how donations can be made toward the project.

Architectural plans for a new cabin at Briggs Woods Park were outlined at Tuesday's board meeting. Director Lammers said the proposed cabin would be a loft style cabin to include a downstairs area used for classrooms and the upstairs for rental space. Construction would begin in the fall. It would be the tenth cabin at Briggs Woods Park once the construction is completed by sometine next year.

The next meeting of the conservation board is set for Tuesday,August 25 at 9:30 at the Lake View Cabin at Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell.

Two accidents investigated by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.
Posted: Jul 28 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated two accidents late last week with details released Tuesday morning.

On Friday afternoon, an accident at Lockwood Avenue and 250th Street two miles north of Kamrar involving two pickup trucks. Reportedly a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Scott Tempel of Webster City accudentally struck the rear wheel of a westbound 2013 Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Aaron Lesmeier of Fort Dodge. The impact sent the Lesmeier truck to spin around landing in the north ditch. A corn field near the intersection may have caused visibility issues for both drivers. There were no injuries. Both the Tempel and Lesmeier trucks were severely damaged as a result of the accident.

The intersection of Highway 17 and 330th Street north of Stanhope was the location of a two vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon. Reportedly a westbound 1998 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by Shawn Georgesen of Stanhope apparently failed to stop at the stop sign striking a south bound 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Daniel Tague of Webster City. There were no injuries reported. Damage to the Georgesen vehicle was estimated at $1500 with $500 in damage to the Tague pickup. A charge of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign was filed against Shawn Georgesen. Both of the accidents was investigated by Hamilton County Deputy Dave Turpen.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jul 27 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The agenda will include the semi-annual report and settlement of assets from Hamilton County Treasurer Joni Hilpipre. There will be personnel action with Hamilton County Public Health and Sheriff Departments. A Health Care Flexible Spending Account Amendment will be considered. The board will appoint a representative to the Stratford Library Board and an alternate to Central Iowa Community Services. The approval of the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Handbook will be on Tuesday's agenda plus other matters.

Swon to become new Van Diest Medical Center Board member.
Posted: Jul 27 2015 by ppowers

 Darcy Swon will be sworn in Tuesday evening as the newest member of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees. Swon will take over the seat that was held by Myra Maxon who died last March.The other agenda matters include medical staff appointments and reappointments, a revision of medical staff rules and regulations, and capital requests for July. Van Diest Medical Center C.E.O. Lori Rathbun will have her update on current events at the hospital. There will be a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday's meeting. The meeting will take place in the hospital conference room at 7:00 p.m.

Lindsey Graham coming to Webster City
Posted: Jul 27 2015 by ppowers


South Carolina U.S. Senator and Repubican Presidential candidate Lindsey Graham will be in Webster City Tuesday evening. Graham will be at Godfather's Pizza on Second Street to meet with the public at 7:00p.m. He will speak about why he is running for president and to take questions from the audience.

Ackley man killed in Friday afternoon accident near Iowa Falls
Posted: Jul 27 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a car semi accident Friday afternoon near Iowa Falls  on Hardin County Road D-15. Reportedly a westbound 1991 Chevrolet Lumina driven by 54 year old Heralcio Guerrero Duran of Ackley collided with an eastbound 2007 Kenworth semi driven by Kirk Gunderson of Marshalltown.  Duran was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Injured were two passengers in the Duran car, 57 year old Jose Isarraraz and 56 year old Melchor Ramirez both of Ackley and Kirk Gunderson. All were transported to Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls for treatment. The accident remains under investigation.

Webster County Fatality
Posted: Jul 27 2015 by ppowers

 Two people were killed and one person injured as the result of a one car accident just after 8:30 Sunday night near Fort Dodge. The Iowa State Patrol reported a southbound 2002 Ford Musting driven by Chad Grell of Fort Dodge was on Webster County Road P-59 when he was reportedly accelerating excessively to pass vehicles when he lost control of the car. The Grell auto entered the east ditch striking a utility pole and rolled over. Grell and one of his passengers 34 year old April Montgomery of Otho were killed in the accident. Another passenger, 25 year old Amanda Imhoff of Fort Dodge was first taken to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to a Des Moines hospital for further treatment. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Webster County Sheriff's Department.

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