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KQWC radio adds a new translator for it AM programming.
Posted: Oct 31 2014 by ppowers

 At 1:00 Friday afternoon, KQWC Radio signed on its FM translator at 92.9 on the FM dial. The frequency will broadcast the programming from KQWC AM 1570 including the Goodtime Oldies in stereo. You will also be able to hear all Lynx sports including Monday night's football playoff game from Sioux City Bishop Heelan High School at 7:00 p.m. on both 92.9 FM and on AM 1570. We hope you give it a listen!

Election Day polling sites in Hamilton County announced
Posted: Oct 31 2014 by ppowers

 Polls across Hamilton County will be open Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.for voting in the general election. The key races are those for the U.S. Senate, Fourth District House of Representative and for Governor. Here are the locations:

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Activity Room in Webster City for voters in the city of Kamrar, Cass,Freedom, Fremon and Independence townships.

Blairsburg City Hall for voters in the cities of Blairsburg and Williams, and Blairsburg, Liberty and Williams townships.

Stanhope Community Center for the voters of Stanhope and Stratford and Clear Lake, Hamilton, Marion and Webster townships.

South Hamilton High School for voters of Jewell and Randall and Ellsworth and Lyon townships.

Ellsworth Community Center for the voters of Ellsworth and Lincoln, Rose Grove and Scott townships.

Webster City Fire Station-Webster City Precinct 1

St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Webster City Precinct 2

First Baptist Church-Webster City Precinct 3 and a portion of Cass Township.

Voters who have questions on where they vote should call the Hamilton County Auditor's Office at 515-832-9510.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 31 2014 by ppowers

 The next Clarion city council meeting is Monday at 5:00 at the city council chambers. The council approve a pay request for the traffic signalization project to KWS,Incorporated totaling $75,591.Another pay request will be made to Wicks Construction for $41,326 for the Whitefox Landing project will be approved.The city financial report for the 2014 fiscal year will be approved. The appointment of Tana Boyington to the Clarion Planning and Zoning Commission will be made.

Ernst makes late afternoon stop in Webster City
Posted: Oct 31 2014 by ppowers


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.
Posted: Oct 31 2014 by ppowers

 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.
Posted: Oct 30 2014 by ppowers

 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.
Posted: Oct 30 2014 by ppowers

 │ Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) generates nearly 300 jobs that add more than $13 million to Hamilton County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  In addition, Van Diest Medical Center employees by themselves spend nearly $1.8 million on retail sales and contribute more than $107,000 in state sales tax revenue. “Having a strong hospital at the center of a rural community is a huge economic driver for the community and the area.  Economic growth is essential to the future of Webster City and Hamilton County and the hospital’s presence is not only vital to the health of the people who live here, but it contributes significantly to the nearby towns and their ability to prosper economically,” shared Lori Rathbun, Van Diest Medical Center CEO.  “Beyond quality health care and the economic impact our hospital provides to the area, it’s the people who work at the hospital and what they bring to the community that makes the impact even greater.  Physicians like Dr. Reda Daher, and many other health care professionals who put down roots, start families, and strengthen neighborhoods that help to keep rural Iowa communities healthy and thriving,” Rathbun further stated.    The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector.  The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.  


The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,437 people and create another 57,792 jobs outside the hospital sector.  As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits, and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.Iowa’s health care sector, which includes employed clinicians, long-term care services and assisted living centers, pharmacies and other medical and health services, directly and indirectly accounts for 307,402 Iowa jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment “People are often unaware of the contributions that hospitals make to their local economies, including the number of people they employ, the significance of hospital purchases with local businesses and the impact of their employees’ spending and tax support for an entire region,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO.  “Just as no one provides the services and community benefits found at community hospitals, there is also no substitute for the jobs and business hospitals provide and create.”The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences.  All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members.


Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon to appear in Webster City Wednesday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 29 2014 by ppowers

 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and lieutenant governor candidate Monica Vernon will make a joint appearance Wednesday afternoon in Webster City. Both candidates are traveling across the state in their Fresh Start Tour. They will be appearing at 1:30 p.m. at Second Street Emporium. The public is invited to attend.

Iowa DNR investigates manure release near Williams.
Posted: Oct 28 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  investigated a manure spill from a 15,000-head capacity swine to finish operation four miles southeast of Williams Tuesday morning. The release was discovered by a farmer harvesting corn Monday afternoon when he found liquid manure pooled in his field. The apparent cause of the release was a break in an underground manure pipeline at the Prestage Farms of Iowa PI 205 unit. On Monday night, workers with Prestage Farms built a dike to prevent manure from reaching a stream and is currently pumping it into a nearby lagoon. A DNR inspector found that manure likely was contained in two areas. Field tests of water quality in a nearby drainage ditch locally known as Tipton Creek did not show elevated levels of ammonia or have other indications of water quality impacts.  The DNR will continue to monitor the clean-up. The DNR requested Prestage Farms provide details on the discovery and reporting on the pipeline break. After reviewing the details,the DNR will consider if enforcement action is appropriate. The facility is on the high priority list for an on site inspection as part of the DNR's Workplan Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Air Choice One to provide air service from Fort Dodge.
Posted: Oct 27 2014 by ppowers


The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday  of their selection of St. Louis based Air Choice One to provide air service from Fort Dodge. The actual start date which can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days will be released by Air Choice One. The airline company will release they departure and arrival schedule along with the date the booking site will be activated allowing customers to book tickets. Fort Dodge Regional Airport Rhonda Chambers stated the airport commission and the entire airport staff are thrilled to begin offering commercial flights from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The former carrier,Great Lakes Airlines discontinued service to and from Fort Dodge to Minneapolis St.Paul International Airport on January 31,2014. Air Choice One will operate a turbo prop Cessna Caravan holding 9 to 10 passengers. Chambers said while the aircraft are smaller, it's a first class experience much like a business private aircraft. The plane from Fort Dodge will arrive at Lambert-St. Louis(STL) International Airport. STL has direct flights to 18 out of the top 25 cities identified in the survey conducted by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.  Southwest Airlines operates over 90 departures per day. American is the second largest carrier followed closely by Delta as far as daily flights. United, US Airways, Frontier, Alaska and Air Canada also operate in and out of St. Louis. Air Choice One serves Mason City and Burlington with daily flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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