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Humboldt man arrested on robbery charges Thursday afternoon
Posted: Dec 19 2014 by ppowers

 A 20 year old Humboldt man is in the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge after possibly involved in two robberies in Humboldt and another one in Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon. Fort Dodge Police arrested Kaleb Lenning. He is facing a charge of second degree robbery at the Days Inn at 3040 Fifth Avenue South at 1:14 p.m.  After getting a description of the vehicle involved, a Fort Dodge police officer conducted a traffic stop and found two men inside a vehicle that was believed to be involved in the case. The men were transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center for questioning. A description of the suspect in the robbery of the Days Inn matched that of a man involved in two robberies in Humboldt also on Thursday. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department  reported robberies at Cenex Cross Roads and at Hy Vee Wine and Spirits. During one of the robberies, authorities said the man displayed a knife and demanded money.  Lenning is in the Webster County Jail  awaiting his initial appearance. Other charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Hamilton County sees a ten percent drop in land value for 2014.
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers

 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Thursday released the 2014 Land Value Survey. Hamilton County witnessed a 10 percent drop in its farmland value this year. The value per acre in 2014 was at $9,779 compared with $10,907 in 2013. The state average was $7,943 per acre down from the 2013 price of $8,716. The land values for surrounding counties included Boone at $9,391, Franklin at $8,517, Hardin at $8,976, Story at $9,628, Webster at  $9,405 and Wright at $9,458. A complete report on the Iowa State Land Value Survey can be found at http://www.card.iastate.edu/land-value/2014/

Webster City Fire Department has safety tips for the holiday season.
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers

 As the holiday season is upon us, the Webster City Fire Department reminds all residents to be safe during this time of year. Local fire chief John Conyn recommends that your smoke detectors be checked out. Be sure to feed your Christmas tree with water each day. The extension cords should be put to good use. Another recommendation is to practice a fire escape drill while everyone is home. Other safety items include watching for trip hazards, put candles out before going to bed, check the lint filter in your dryer and cooking in a safe area. Another recommendation is to make sure that the space heater in the home has a good foundation and clear the path around the unit. When done with your fire, cool the ashes outside. If you have any further questions on fire safety in the home during the holidays, be sure and call the Webster City Fire Department at 832-9131.

Clarion City Council rename street in honor of the founder of Hagie Manufacturing
Posted: Dec 18 2014 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council this week announced the renaming of 8th Street Northwest to Ray Hagie Drive. Hagie founded the company that bears his name in 1947. A new sign will be installed in the next few weeks. 

Florene Swanson representing Vision 2020 presented the council with a Certificate of Equality for advancing gender equality through shared leadership among women and men on appointed boards and commissions of the Clarion City Council. Swanson told the council that there are four counties and seventeen cities in Iowa are compliance. The council approved the reappointment of Steve Terhark as police chief, Rich Bordwell as city attorney, and city administrator Rochelle Pohlman.

There was a discussion on a list of properties in Clarion that have junk, junk vehicles or other unsightly debris. Police Chief Terhark has sent letters to many of the addresses on a list presented to the council. A meeting is scheduled for this Monday between police chief Terhark, city administrator Rochelle Pohlman and mayor Mike Nail to discuss derelict properties

The Clarion city council voted to discontinue metering individual mobile homes located in the Mobile Home Parks and water supply will be metered through a meter located in the water pit located in the mobile home park.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will meet Thursday night.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 The December meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will approve a modified allowable growth/dropout prevention grant for the district, consider the purchase of a school vehicle, discuss negotiating for the new school contract,review last month's Iowa Association of School Board convention and plans for mental health services. There will be reports by school superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent Mike Kruger

Hamilton County Compensation Board sets salaries for next fiscal year.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 On Tuesday afternoon, the Hamilton County Compensation Board set the salaries of the county's elected officials for the 2016 fiscal year. County auditor Kim Schaa and new county treasurer Joni Hilpipre could see an increase in their salaries of five percent. The rest of the county elected officials will see their salaries increase four percent pending final approval by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. The current salaries include the county attorney at $69,661, county auditor at $55,236, county recorder at $53,720, county sheriff at $72,249, all three county supervisors at $36,800 and county treasurer at $54,086. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor of increasing the salaries. Board member Tim Neuroth casted the no vote. Hamilton County Supervisors will take action on the recommendation by the compensation board in the next few weeks. Kelly Wirtz was named as the new chairperson for the compensation board with Tim Neuroth as secretary for 2015

Stanhope City Council approves an increase in water, solid waste and sanitary sewer rates.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 Residents of Stanhope will be spending extra on solid waste service. At its recent meeting the Stanhope City Council voted to increase the residential solid waste collection charge at $19 a month effective in February. The current rate has been at $18 a month. There will be no change as for the vacation rate for solid waste pickup at $10 a month. The council approved an increase in the sanitary sewer rates. The cost per thousand will be at $5.93 up from the current rate of $5.33. The sewer service charge will remain at $14.97 a month. Water rates will also increase to $6.79 per thousand gallons up from the current rate at $6.19. The new rates will take effect in February.

Wright County Supervisors receive health insurance rates for 2015.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors Monday morning learned that the rates for the county employee health insurance increased 8.49 percent for 2015. Supervisor chairman Rick Rasmussen said there is a bit of good news to this. Employees involved in the wellness program will see their rates increase 3.5 percent for next year. There are several employees who are on this program.Last year's rate was at two percent. 

Wright County Economic Development Director Brad Hicks informed the supervisors that he will be leaving his position at the end of this to assume a new job in Ennis,Texas. A farewell reception for Hicks will be held Monday,December 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the public invited to attend.

A resolution was approved by the supervisors on Monday to include the paving project on 150th Street between the city of Belmond and Wright County for next year. The work on this project will begin next spring.

In another matter, the Wright County Supervisors approved the wetland mitigation agreement for drainage district 33. This agreement is for an area of farm ground to be converted over to wetlands. 

The board also met with the executive director of the Iowa Drainage District  Association John Torbert with his annual update. Torbert told the board that 2014 was a good year for the association. The association will be working with the legislature next year on drainage issues. One of those issues would be to elminate the run off of dirt and water in ditches. Torbert commended the efforts of the Wright County supervisors for their work this year.

Preliminary hearing for Larson and Nessa set for December 23 in Nevada.
Posted: Dec 16 2014 by ppowers

 A judge Monday set next Tuesday,December 23 at 1:00 for a preliminary hearing in Story County District Court in Nevada for both 50 year old Ted Larson of Webster City and  52 year old Terry Nessa of Woolstock on the charges filed against them last Saturday  night after an incident at a rural McCallsburg residence. Larson and Nessa are facing charges of first degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief and willful injury with the intent to cause serious injury. The judge issued a non contact order prohibiting both Larson and Nessa from having contact with Lyndal Olson after the incident. Both men have posted their bond money and were released on their promise to appear in court next Tuesday. Webster City school superintendent Mike Sherwood said that Larson is on administrative leave from his position of both Webster City school transportation director and  high school wrestling coach until a further investigation is completed into his conduct. A decision on Nessa's status has not been made. 

Van Diest Medical Center approves list of medical staff appointments and reappointments.
Posted: Dec 15 2014 by ppowers

 At a special meeting Monday afternoon the Van Diest Medical Center board of trustees approved the list of medical staff appointments and reappointments for the coming year. Dr. Reda Daher was named to serve on the active staff. Dr. Christian Ledet will be on the consulting staff as he will provide pain management services through the Van Diest Medical Center's Specialty Clinic. The physicians that will serve on the teleradiology department include Drs. Jonathan Jaksha, Perry Kaneriya and Timothy Myers. The reappointments to the medical staff include Emily Hill Engstler, Daniel Gabrielson, Charles Heggen and Donald Woodhouse as active staff physicians, Matthew Biggerstaff and Afshin Malaki on the consulting staff,  Amber Burgin,Diane Cooper, Christine Fishel, Joyce Francis, Pegah Harlan, Linda Milner, Krista Ysker and Dean Heideman will be the allied health providers. Linda Newsome is a member of the ER contract staff at Van Diest Medical Center. Additional privilege requests were approved to Dr. Subhash Sahai for urethral dilatations, Dr. James Meyer for pulmonary function testing and interpretation and Christina Rider as a surgical assistant. The medical staff bylaws were approved by the board. Changes in the bylaws focused on diagnostic procedures, organ and tissue donations, and for general nursing. The board also approved a capital request for $24,075 for a Stryker 100 Micro saw to be used  in the surgery department.

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