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Jewell City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 21 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Jewell City Council will be Monday evening at 7:00 at the city hall. The council will hear from a representative from the Trash Man to discuss weekly recycling in the community. There will be discussion on updating the park board ordinance,approve a motion to remove Karen Culpepper a signer on all of the city of Jewell's bank accounts, and look at a request for a new street light to be installed.There will be a look at yard repairs needed due to a water leak,discuss approved the use of the city electric sign,review a lot rebate and tax abatement requests for 406 South Street and an update on the Jewell water plan plus other matters.

Northeast Hamilton sees slight increase in enrollment.
Posted: Oct 21 2016 by ppowers

 At its meeting Thursday night, the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board received the certified enrollment for the 2016-17 school year. Assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger said the enrollment stands at 195 students. Last year's enrollment was at 193 students. The board accepted the resignation of part time school nurese Julie Olson. Kruger said her position will be advertised. In another personnel issue, the board approved the contract recommendation of Julie Payne for serving as ELL and special education instructor once a week. 

Last week's Trojan Spirit Night was well attended with a great turnout enjoying a meal and activities. A special thanks goes out to all the volunteers that participated in the kitchen, the classrooms and gymnasium. The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Commission will meet in January to look at issues including school finances, building needs, bullying and harassment matters and more. A date will be set at a future board meeting.

Kruger announced that a new elevator will  be installed next week at the school. Plans were announced for an all school trip to the Iowa Wild hockey game in Des Moines on Thursday,November 10 at 10:30 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The next Northeast Hamilton school board meeting will be on Thursday,November 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Oct 20 2016 by ppowers

 The next Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. The board will take action on the ag department aquaculture and animal lab proposal, approve the textbook inventory, approve fund raising requests and special education contract. The certified enrollment for the Webster City school district will be announced at the board meeting. There will be a a review of a board policy on wellneess plus other matters.

Fort Dodge man facing charges after Tuesday incident.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man is facing charges after his arrest Tuesday afternooon. Fort Dodge Police were asked to perform a welfare check for a female at 1517 First Avenue North, Apartment 3. Officials had been directed to the residence in reference to an incident that had occured in Humboldt County earlier in the day. When officers arrived at the residence,they discovered a female appearing as though she had been assaulted. The victim,38 year old Shelby Kirchgatter of Fort Dodge was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Officers on the scene apprehended 50 year old Craig Collins of Fort Dodge. Collins was charged with Domestic Assault in the Third Degree or Subsequent Offense and Willful Injury, both Class D Felonies. The incident originated in Humboldt County earlier in the day on Tuesday. As a result, Collins may face additional charges outside of Webster County. With this being a multi-jurisdictional case, the Fort Dodge Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working to continue this investigation.

Hamilton County Conservation Board award contract to Mason City architectural firm for B.W. Conference Center pending approval.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board Wednesday morning awarded a contract to a Mason City architectural firm for designing the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center. Skott and Anderson submitted the bid of $78,000 for the work with Schlotfeldt Engineering of Webster City to assist in the engineering aspect of the project. Another firm,Peters and Associates of Omaha had a similar bid presented to the board. The decision with Skott and Anderson is pending approval by Hamilton County Attorney Pat Chambers. Ground breaking on the center is slated for next spring. Contributions to continue to come in to the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center project.As of today,approximately $470,000 in pledges,donations and grants have been received. The total cost of the center is estimated at $1.2 million. The work will also involve improvements to the well system through Xenia Rural Water. Contributions to the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center are welcome in any amount by sending your checks to Briggs Woods Golf Course,2501 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City,Iowa 50595. If you have any questions please call the course office at 515-832-9572. You can also make your donation online at www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org

Pack the Paddy Wagon set for Sunday at Hy-Vee.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association will have a Pack the Paddy Wagon Food Drive on Sunday,October 23 from 12 noon until 6:00 at the Webster City Hy Vee parking lot. The association is partnering with Hy-Vee and taking donated food and non-perishable items to fill the vintage Paddy Wagon owned by Hamilton County sheriff Denny Hagenson. Sunday's event is to help make sure the residents of Hamilton County will have a meal for the upcoming holiday season.The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association will be donating all items to local churches and Webster City food pantries for the holiday season.The members of the association are made up of Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies, Webster City and Ellsworth Jewell Stanhope Police Department officers,Juvenile Court, Parole and Probation officers, Iowa State Patrol Troopers, Hamilton County Jailers and Dispatchers. If you have any questions, please call Deputies Ryan Rupiper or Rod Hicok at 515-832-9500.

Eagle Grove city council approves separation agreement for Boyd.
Posted: Oct 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Eagle Grove City Council Monday evening voted to approve on a separation agreement for city administrator Mike Boyd. The agreement stated that Boyd's resignation would take effect October 29 but the city can move the date up if needed. The document further stated that Boyd has been offered at least 21 days to consider the agreement with the city. Boyd has been Eagle Grove city administrator for the past six years at an annual salary of $70,000. As of Tuesday, Boyd has not signed the document. If he does sign the document, he will be paid his regular salary for 32 weeks from the date the resignation becomes effective. There has been no comment from Boyd on the matter. The city of Eagle Grove will begin the work on finding an interim city administrator and on finding a permanent replacement.

Ragtime in Randall returns this Saturday.
Posted: Oct 18 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Ragtime in Randall returns this Saturday to Elim Lutheran Church for a concert of old time piano favorites. This year's performers will be Brian Keenan of Minneapolis and Rod and Tricia Benson of Nevada. Performances will be from 2:00 until 4:00 and again from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. A lunch will be served in the church dining hall from 4:00 until 5:30. A free will offering will be taken. Ragtime in Randall has been a fall favorite for many years. The public is invited to attend. 

Hamilton County Board of Health will meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Oct 18 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Health will meet Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the public health conference room at 820 James Street. The board will take action on an immunization grant, home and value based purchasing, board policies, and the issue of bed bugs. Director Shelby Kroona will present her report to the board on current activities in the public health department.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Oct 18 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The agenda includes the approval of the School Improvement Advisory Committee list for the 2016-17 school year, review the certified enrollment figure, and review the informal meeting held October 10 at Webster City between the Webster City, Northeast Hamilton and Stratford school boards.There will also be a discussion on school facilities, approve a contract recommendation and updates by superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger.

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