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April weather stats show above normal temperatures but below normal precipitation in Webster City.
Posted: May 01 2016 by ppowers

 Weather records for April in Webster City showed the month brought above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The average high for the month was at 60 degrees with the average low being 36 degrees.Normal high for April is at 49 degrees. The warmest day for the month was 79 degreees on April 17 with the coldest temperature for the month set April 12 with a low of 16 degrees. The 16 degree reading on April 12 tied a record of 16 degrees set April 12,1990. As for precipitation, Webster City received 1.85 inches of rainfall for the month ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 30.

The National Weather Service outlook for May in Iowa indicates near normal temperatures and equal chances for precipitation. Last May, the average high in Webster City was 69 degrees and the average low was 48. We received 5.61 inches of rainfall in Webster City for May,2015. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Authorities searching for the person who robbed the Dayton Casey's store.
Posted: Apr 29 2016 by ppowers

 Webster County authorities are one the lookout for the individual who robbed the Dayton Casey's General Store late Wednesday night. The robbery happened at 10:35 p.m.at the store located at 307 Third Street,N.W. The man demanded money from the clerk on duty. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the cash register. The suspect left the store and fled north. The suspect is described as a white man, about 60 years of age and 6 feet tall. The individual was described as having a thin build,green eyes and clean shaven. At the time of the robbery, the man was wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a yellow Iowa Hawkeye emblem on the hood. He was also wearing tennis shoes. The suspect had the sweatshirt's hood up and used his hand to try and hide his identity. A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the supect. If you have any information, please call the Webster County Sheriff's Department at 515-573-1410, Dayton Police at 515-547-2624 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 515-573-1444. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Dash for the Stash at Kendall Young Library is on until May 14.
Posted: Apr 29 2016 by ppowers

 Kendall Young Library is participating in the Dash for the Stash contest as a part of Money Smart Week and Financial Literacy Month. Participants can enter the contest at the library through Saturday,May 14. The statewide winner for Iowa will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account thanks to the Investor Protection Institute and Iowa Insurance Division. The Dash for the Stash will play out an nearly 80 libraries and other locations across Iowa. The contest works much like a scavenger hunt.Instead of collecting objects, players gather information and leave answers to quiz questions. Participants wishing to participate will go to the reference desk at Kendall Young Library to find four posters. They will read each poster, access the quiz questions online and choose an answer. The posters will cover topics of importance to savers and investors­ such as understanding investment fees, finding financial advisors, avoiding fraud and learning about investment products. For more information,you may call the library at 515­832­9100

Farm to Fork program Monday evening at Hy-Vee
Posted: Apr 29 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Hy-Vee to showcase Iowa Food and Family Project leader Aaron Putze as the kick off speaker for the Second Annual Farm to Fork Week in Webster City. The program will be Monday,May 2 from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Putze will share information about the project, share his stories and answer any questions from the audience.There will be appetizers and beverages provided. The first 25 attendees will receive goody bags with door prizes to be awarded. Putze is the director of communications and external relation for the Iowa Soybean Association. He is working closely with the Iowa Food and Family Project to grow understanding and trust in today's farmers and farming activities. 

Webster City City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 29 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city council chambers. Items on the agenda will include a request from the Relay for Life Committee to close Seneca Street from Bank to Water Streets on Thursday,June 16 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. for the Relay for Life event at West Twin Park. Resolutions for accepting and approving the Preliminary and Final Plat at Van Diest Medical Center will be considered. The Webster City City Council will set May 16 as the date for two public hearings. The first one at 5:45 is for the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the construction of the Riverside Park Stormwater Wetland,an Urban Water Quality Demonstration Project. The second at 5:50 p.m.is to make budget amendments to the 2015-16 fiscal year. In other matters, the council will consider a resolution for the work and final payment of $54,326 to Heartland Asphalt of Mason City for the completion of the 2015 Street Improvement Project. Another resolution is finalize the agreement for professional services with Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC of Johnston and authorization of the final payment in the amount of $15,519. There will be a resolution establishing fees from 2016,2017 and 2018 plus a discussion on property tax assessments for water and sewer connections plus other matters. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 at 5:30 with repeat telecasts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Solar array project delayed for Little Wall Lake Park.
Posted: Apr 28 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board learned Thursday morning that the solar array project for Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell will be delayed. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions informed the board that the financial restructuring for the project has been put on hold. The firm is working with the KPMG auditing company on the necessary paperwork. Griffin said the project will start early this summer with work to last two to three weeks for the installation of the solar array system. 

Work is nearing completion on the latest camper cabin facility at Briggs Woods Park. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said that conservation staff is finishing the interior work. There is also work on the landscaping and outside deck. The opening of the cabin will be sometime on or around July 1. A new name for the cabin was approved. It will be known as the Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park. Once completed the Hickory Cabin will sleep up to thirteen people with a larger opening gathering space on the first floor. Online reservations will be accepted effective this Monday,May 2 for reservations dates after July 1. Cabin rates for the new Hickory Cabin will be the same as the Legacy Cabin. Weekdays willb be $155 a night Sunday through THursday and $200 a night on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be a minimum of a two night stay. The offseason rates from November through April will be at $100 a night. The caveat to the new Hickory Cabin will be a business rate from September to May at $100 a day. Parties interested in setting up a meeting at the new cabin need call the Hamilton County Conservation Office.

A preconstruction meeting for the Jewellsworth Trail project is set for Tuesday,May 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewell City Hall. The actual starting date of construction will be announced after the May 24 meeting.

Wright County Supervisors approve quote for Drainage Ditch tree and brush spraying.
Posted: Apr 27 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors approved a quote from Larry Harrah for Drainage Ditch tree spraying and removal this year. The total cost for cleaning brush and trees from 17 drainage areas in Wright County this year will be $42,000. Work will begin next month and continue through the summer months. 

The board set next Monday,May 2 at 10:00 a.m. for private tile hearing within Drainage Ditch 131 located between Wright and Hamilton Counties. This hearing for the payment and work agreement of a 700 foot tile line between two property owners.

A proclamation was signed for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by the Wright County Supervisors. A group from the Sexual Assault Response Team attending the ceremony. The group explained their work with victims in Wright County and the services that they offer.

Fort Dodge man setenced for Possession of Methamphetamine.
Posted: Apr 27 2016 by ppowers

 A 21 year old Fort Dodge man was sentenced Tuesday in Webster County District Court on drug charges. Tennessee Alexander Ferry was sentenced on charges stemming from an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Webster County Drug Task Force. On February 11,2016, the Task Force executed a search warrant at Ferry's residence located in the Palace Park  Trailer Park,1338 Third Avenue N.W. in Fort Dodge. Methamphetamine, marijuana, and other evidence related to the unlawful use and delivery of narcotics were discovered at the residence. Based on the evidence seized during the search warrant, Ferry was arrested and subsequently pled guilty to Possession of Less Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver, a class "C" felony and Possession of Marijuana, Second Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. District Court Judge Thomas Bice sentenced Ferry to the maximum terms of 10 years in prison on the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and 2 years in prison on the charge of Possession of Marijuana, Second Offense. The prison sentences will be served concurrently to each other because they arose from the same incident, but will be served consecutively to Ferry's pending parole revocation. When imposing the sentence, Judge Bice emphasized the necessity of incarceration to ensure not only the safety of the community,but also give Ferry the best possible chance at rehabilitation. At the conclusion of the hearing, Ferry was remanded to the immediate custody of the Webster County Sheriff for transport to prison. The State of Iowa was represented by Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson. This case was investigated by the Webster County Drug Task Force, which is made up of members of the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Webster County Attorney's Office.

Friends of Kendall Young Library Book Sale set for Thursday through Saturday.
Posted: Apr 25 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Friends of Kendall Young Library Book Sale returns this week. The sale is a fund raiser for the work of the local library. There will be plenty of books, compact discs, DVDs and other materials for sale. Hours on Thursday,April 28 will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. for Friends members only. The hours on Friday,April 29 will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Saturday,April 30, the hours will be from 10 until 12 noon. Friends memberships cost $5.00 for one year and $50 for a lifetime membership. You may purchase your memberships during library operating hours or at the book sale any of the three days. 

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Apr 25 2016 by ppowers

 Two public hearings will be on Tuesday's aganda for the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. The first hearing is for amending the 2016 fiscal year budget. The second is for the Creek Farm Finisher Master Matrix for the livestock confinement facility located near Stanhope. The board will consider an agreement with the Main Street Iowa program, various permits to sell cigarettes,nicotine and vapor permits and a contract with Woolstock Mutual Telphone. Other contracts include one with River City Communications and the other with IP Pathways plus other matters that may come before the board.Meeting time is set for 9:00 in the county supervisors board room.

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