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Below normal precipitation,above normal temperatures describe the weather in March in Webster City.
Posted: Apr 01 2015 by ppowers

 Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can best describe the weather in Webster City. Records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for March at 49 degrees and the average low at 22. The normal high temperature for March is 36 degrees. The warmest day for the month was 84 degrees on March 16. It was a new record high for the date breaking the old record of 82 degrees set March 16,2012. The lowest temperature was 8 degrees below zero set the morning of March 5. As for precipitation,we ended March with only three tenths of an inch and a trace of snow. Iowa state climatologist Harry Hillaker said it was the driest March since 1994. The National Weather Service outlook for April in Iowa indicates it will be a month of normal to above normal temperatures and normal to below  normal precipitation. Last April the average high was 58 degrees and the average low was 33 degrees. We measured 4.43 inches of rain and an inch and a half of snow in April,2014. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Slight drop in Hamilton County's Unemployment Rate for February.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

There has been a slight decrease in Hamilton County's unemployment rate. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported today the rate for February was at 5.3 percent down from the January rate of 5.6 percent. There were 6,850 people employed while 380 people in Hamilton County who were unemployed in February. Iowa's unemployment rate for February was at 4.1 percent down from the January rate of 4.2 percent. In surrounding counties, the unemployment rate for Boone County was 3.8 percent,Franklin at 4.6 percent, Hardin at 5.6, Story at 2.7 percent, Webster County at 5.2 percent and Wright County at 4.6 percent.

Home fire under investigation in Woolstock.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

 A house fire sent the Woolstock Fire Department into action early Monday evening. The call was received from the Wayne Westberg residence on Neville Street. Woolstock fire chief Chase Pruismann said the fire started in the garage and spread to the entire residence. The Eagle Grove fire department provided mutual aid at the scene. There were no injuries reported. The Westberg home is a total loss. Firemen remained on the scene for three and a half hours. Chief Pruismann said the fire cause is undetermind but possibly electrical in nature. There were no injuries reported.

Van Diest Medical Center to meet for a special session Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 in the hospital board room. This will be a closed session for the board.

Jordan Aquifer rule changes to be discussed at Fort Dodge meeting.
Posted: Mar 29 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting in Fort Dodge on proposed rule changes that would govern the use of the Cambrian Ordovician Aquifer commonly called the Jordan Aquifer in Iowa. A stakeholder group, tasked with evaluating and improving the current rules, recommended the proposed changes which include incorporating a three tier criteria to classify each Jordan well with a water allocation permit into one of the three tiers. Wells in the Tier 1 category shall follow standard water use reporting procedures with no additional requirements of site-specific water use reduction plans. Another proposed change would include the permit cycle for Jordan water allocation permits to five years. There would also be the addition of a protected water source in Webster County. The meeting in Fort Dodge will be held April 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room at 424 Central Avenue.

Iowa Falls teller charged with bank embezzlement.
Posted: Mar 27 2015 by ppowers

 A 43 year old Iowa Falls woman has been charged with embezzling more that $144,000 from a bank where she had worked.Federal court documents filed earlier this week say Teresa Kobriger stole the money while an employee for the Iowa Falls State Bank between December,2008 and December,2012. Documents say Kobriger took cash from teller drawers and the bank vault and fraudulently altered bank records to cover up the theft.Kobriger intends to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

Webster City Parks and Rec,Hamilton County Conservation look at issues.
Posted: Mar 27 2015 by ppowers

 Issues facing the Hamilton County Conservation Board and the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission were discussed at a joint meeting held Thursday afternoon. Both departments looked at working together on improvement to park areas and on promotion. Another issue discussed was on the Boone River Recreational Trail. Both the parks and recreation commission and the conservation department will look at the application of grant money to replace the identification signs along the trail that have been faded due to weather. There will also work that will need to be done in the future on cracks that have been noticed along the trail.It's likely that the fixing of the cracks will take place next year.

At a meeting earlier this week the Hamilton County Conservation Board met with John Laird on his environmental education programs and on the improvements to Briggs Woods Park during 2014. The Briggs Woods Golf Course opened for the season on March 17. Russ Appel said the numbers have been down since opening day due to the cold weather but it should pickup in the next few weeks with warmer weather.  The board also met with Jessica Johnson of the Prairie Rivers R C and D on marketing Hamilton County's parks and conservation areas. The department will look at using social media for their promotions beginning late this spring.

Webster City Community Schools asking residents to participate in a We Support survey next week.
Posted: Mar 25 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community School District is asking for input in the community wide needs assessment from students,parents, teachers, support staff and community members. The district is using the WE Surveys which provide a unique opportunity for voices of all students, staff, and community members to be heard. The We Support Survey is designed to provide the district with an understanding of expectations and perceptions the community has about the school system and student learning. Results are tabulated by the Successful Practices Network and reported back to the school district. You can access the online survey by visiting www.wesurvey.org from Tuesday,March 31 through Thursday,April 2. Enter the case sensitive password- C5WCCSIA. When all questions have been answered click "Submit" for your voice to be counted. All answers will be kept anonymous. The results will be released sometime this spring. If you have any questions about the survey contact Linda Williams at 515-832-9200 or e-mail lwilliams@webster-city.k12.ia.us


Webster City selected to receive funding for the Riverside Stormwater Wetland project.
Posted: Mar 25 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Tuesday that nine Urban Conservation Water Quality Initiative Demonstration Projects have been selected to receive $655,194 in funding. One of those projects is in Webster City. The Riverside Stormwater Wetlands project will receive a grant for $100,000 from the Iowa Agriculture Department with the total project amounting to $273,091. The city of Webster City plans to divert their storm water runoff from a 70 acre urban area to a wetland instead of directly into the Boone River. The wetland will help by slowing and filtering stormwater generated from Webster City's urban streets and parking areas.The other projects are located in Ames, Calmar, Calhoun County, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Granger, Storm Lake and West Des Moines. The projects join 16 Water Quality Initiative demonstration projects in targeted watersheds that are focused on helping farmers implement and demonstrate water quality practices. The state has provided $7.4 million in funding to support these projects and has leveraged  an additional $11.7 million in additional funding from partners and landowners. More than 95 organizations are participating in these projects. You can find out more about these voluntary, science based practices that can be implemented on farms and cities by going to www.cleanwateriowa.org.


Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Mar 25 2015 by ppowers

 The March meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will have a public hearing on the 2015-16 budget followed by its adoption, review the school improvement advisory committee meeting. approve open enrollment requests and plans for an informal board meeting with the Stratford and Webster City school boards on April 22. There will be reports by superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger.

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