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Webster City City Council will meet this Monday afternoon at 5:15 p.m.
Posted: Jul 02 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. Agenda matters will include the recommendations from the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board for funding certain projects. A request from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce to close the 600 block of Second to the First State Bank parking lot, Willson Avenue from alley to alley across Second Street on July 18 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for Crazy Day and Car Show.Another request ...to be considered will be from the Webster City Arts R Alive Committee to close Seneca Street from Bank to Dubuque Streets on Friday,July 31 and Saturday,August 1, 2015 for street painting which is a part of the Sculpture Event in West Twin Park.Other agenda items will include approving a request from the Hamilton County Fair Board for sponsorship during the 2015 Fair. A request to extend a contract with Hydro-Kleen of Des Moines for the Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising Services for an additional six month period through December 31, 2015. There will be a motion on a request to obtain bids for the inspection and repair of the masonry exterior at City Hall. Other issues before the Webster City City Council will include accepting and approving the Minor Subdivision Plat of Nelson's Third Addition to Hamilton County and set the date and time of Monday,July 20 at 5:30 for a public hearing on the proposed lease of city owned property adjacent to the White Fox Road. Monday's council meeting will be telecast on Webster City Cable Channel 12 at 5:15 with repeat telecasts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening.

Stratford School Board to meet July 15
Posted: Jul 02 2015 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board will meet July 15 at 5:30 at the school library in Stratford. The board will face a brief agenda. There will be the approval of a milk bid,appointing US Bank and First State Bank for up to 5 million dollars each, and approve a resolution to pay bills when the board is not in session.

Van Diest Medical Center preparing for the ground breaking of new family clinic.
Posted: Jul 02 2015 by ppowers


Van Diest Medical Center officials have announced plans to commemorate and break ground for the first construction phase of the new Van Diest Family Health Clinic.  Festivities will take place Wednesday, July 8, 2015 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the northwest corner of the hospital campus with a brief program, followed by groundbreaking and a family-style BBQ lunch.The public is invited to come and learn more about the new facility and the ways the hospital is working to help support a Healthier Hamilton County.  

Independence Day closings announced.
Posted: Jul 02 2015 by ppowers

 With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year,Friday will be observed as a partial holiday in the KQWC listening area:
The Webster City Municipal Building, Hamilton County Courthouse and all county offices will be closed for the day on Friday. The Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office will be closed for the day Friday along with the Farm Service Agency office on Superior Street. The Webster City Community School Administration Building will be closed both ...Friday and Monday,July 6 for the holiday weekend. The Hamilton County Landfill near Kamrar will be closed for the day on Saturday. Kendall Young Library will be open the regular hours on Friday from 10 until 6 but closed on Saturday. The library will resume regular hours on Monday. There will also be mail delivery from area post offices on Friday however there will be NO mail on Saturday. The Webster City Post Office customer service window will be closed Saturday for the holiday but the box lobby will be open as usual. The Webster City Municipal Swimming Pool WILL BE OPEN during the holiday weekend with open swimming from 1 until 7 p.m. and adult lap swimming from 11:30 until 1:00p.m.

Rescue call sends Webster City Fire Department into action Wednesday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 02 2015 by ppowers

 There were some anxious moments along the Boone River early Wednesday afternoon when a report was received of a canoe that tipped over. The Webster City Fire Department's water rescue crew were summoned to the scene near the water treatment plant on East Ohio Street. The two occupants of the canoe made it safely to shore however the canoe was stuck in an area of trees. Department members retrieved the canoe which was later taken to the boat ramp at Briggs Woods Park. The identities of the occupants were not available. 

Northeast Hamilton School Board approves new contracts.
Posted: Jul 01 2015 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board approved the hiring of new staff at their Tuesday evening meeting. Contracts were approved for three day care workers. They are Tiffany Carter, Sherri Olson and Kaylee Massman. Alison Frieslen was hired as a new elementary guidance counselor. Another new staff member beginning her work this August will be Elizabeth Schwake for the elementary music position. Megan Davis will be the Title 1 and Fifth and Sixth grade reading instructor. The Northeast Hamilton board approved a contract for assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger for one year. Kruger will receive a 6.38 percent increase in his salary effective as of today,July 1,2015.

The school board also approved the gas and diesel bids from United Coop for 2015-16 and a bid for propane from Heartland Coop. There was an update on the recent Professional Learning Community Conference held last month in Minneapolis attended by Mike Kruger and instructors Kim Schimp and Janelle Oakland.The second reading on the Northeast Hamilton Wellness policy was approved with the final reading set for the July board session. A contract with the Iowa Association of School Board's Policy  Manual was also approved with the policy to be reviewed by the school board in January,2016.

Three Northeast Hamilton school board members will have their terms expire in September. The current seats belong to Eric Patterson in District 1, Mike Rapp in District 2 and at-large board member Roxanne Anderson. The candidate filing period begins Monday,July 6 with all nomination papers to  be returned by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday,July 30. All nomination papers are to be filed with the school board secretary in Blairsburg. The next Northeast Hamilton school board meeting is set for Thursday,July 23 at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.

90 plus Club Brunch coming July 14
Posted: Jul 01 2015 by ppowers

 The second annual 90 plus Club brunch for Webster City residents age 90 or older is coming Tuesday,July 14. The event is designed to honor the many contributions of the individuals to the community. The brunch and program will be held at The Bridge at Des Moines and Division Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is Monday,July 6 by calling Paula Brownell at 515-570-5266 or Connie Gilbert at 515-835-7995

Near normal precipitation and temperatures can best describe Webster City's weather for June.
Posted: Jun 30 2015 by ppowers

 Near normal precipitation along with normal temperatures can best describe the weather for Webster City for the month of June. Records at the Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for the month was 78 degrees and the average low at 57. The normal high for June is at 70 degrees. The warmest day for June was 94 degrees set on the afternoon of June 9. It was also the first time since September 10,2013 that a temperature at or above 90 degrees was recorded in Webster City.The lowest temperature was 51 degrees set twice on June 2 and 16. As far as rainfall,the month of June ended with 4.37 inches of precipitation in Webster City. The major weather event occured the morning of June 22 when severe weather pummeled the Webster City area with high winds causing tree damage and a few power outages. The storm caused damage in and around parts of Wright County on that same day with a roof blown off of a hog confinement operation near Clarion and power lines damaged along Highway 69. 

The National Weather Service outlook for July in Iowa predicts below normal temperatures and near to above normal precipitation. The average high in July,2014  in Webster City was 78 degrees and the average low was at 56 degrees. There was 2.88 inches of rainfall recorded last July.KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Iowa State Auditor issues report on the city of Moorland audit.
Posted: Jun 30 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman released a report on a special investigation of the Webster County community of Moorland finances for a five year period from January 1,2008 to October 31,2013. The special investigation was requested by city officials as a result of concerns regarding payments to former city clerk Rosemary Thompson. The Moorland City Council  appointed an acting City Clerk in October,2013 to fill in for Thompson as a result of health concerns. The report said that Thompson did not subsequently  perform the city clerk's duties. Thompson served as Moorland City Clerk for more than 30 years. Mosiman reported  the special investigation released late last week identified $51,941 of improper disbursements and $6,250 of estimated undeposited utility billings for a total loss of to the city of approximately $58,200. The improper disbursements included over $38,000 in improper payroll and $9,485 of improper reimbursements to Thompson. Other improper disbursements included over $1,500 in bank fees, over $1,500 in IRS penalties and interest and over $1,319 in late fees and penalties paid to IPERS. Thompson died in August,2014 thus no criminal charges will be filed. Mosiman also reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed or if other collections were undeposited during the period reviewed because adequate records were not available. The report includes recommendations to strengthen the city of Moorland's internal controls and overall operations such as improving segregation of duties,performing bank reconciliations, requiring adequate documentation to properly support disbursements and performing an independent review of bank statements and financial information presented to the Moorland city council.In addition the report includes a recommendation to ensure all disbursements are presented to the City Council for approval, as well as ensuring all City Council meeting minutes are properly signed by the Mayor and City Clerk.

Eagle Grove man arrested in early Saturday morning incident.
Posted: Jun 29 2015 by ppowers


A 33 year old Goldfield man was arrested by Eagle Grove Police early Saturday morning. Evan Douglas Calo is being held in the Wright County Jail in Clarion. At 4:22 a.m. on Saturday,June 27, Eagle Grove Police officers responded to a call in the 400 block of North Iowa Avenue for a man with lacerations to his leg. When officers arrived they learned that the man had been stabbed. The man was transported to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment. The name of the individual stabbed has not been released. Calo's bond has been set at $25,000. The news release from the Eagle Grove Police Department did not specify the charges filed against Calo. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Eagle Grove Police in the investigation.

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