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Hamilton County Conservation Board to discuss Gordon's Marsh Tuesday.
Posted: Sep 18 2014 by ppowers

 A discussion on Gordon's Marsh will be one of the items for discussion when the Hamilton County Conservation Board meets Tuesday morning. There will be an update on the cabin energy audit and plans for the use of rural water at Briggs Woods Park. Concrete plans for the Briggs Woods Golf Course will be presented.The board will have a work session regarding a five year strategic plan for the park and recreation areas. Conservation director Brian Lammers will present his monthly report to the board. The meeting begins at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office south of Webster City.

Drug policy listening sessions coming to Hamilton County.
Posted: Sep 17 2014 by ppowers

 Two state drug policy leaders will be in Hamilton County in October for listening sessions with local citizens. Steve Lukan is the director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy with Peter Komendowski is the director of the Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa. "Asking the Community to Be Our Guide in Preventing Substance Abuse: Listening Sessions with State Leaders" is hosted by Power Up YOUth, the Hamilton County coalition whose purpose is to improve the lives of local youth. At the listening sessions,Lukan and Komendowski want to hear the voices of Hamilton County residents reflect on how substance abuse affects local communities, what is helping and what more can be done. The Webster City listening session will be held in the conference room at the Riverview Early Childhood Center at 6:00 p.m. on October 2. The Jewell listening session will be held Tuesday,October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jewell Fire and Rescue community room at 838 Main Street.Lukan of West Des Moines served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives for 10 years. In 2012, he became leader of the Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy. He grew up in New Virginia and helped his father manage a service station before serving in the U.S Navy and then attending Loras College in Dubque. Komendowski of Waterloo is a former business development and marketing executive. He is the president and executive director of the Parnership for a Drug Free Iowa and Face It Together. His work with the Partnership began as a consultant on a drug endangered children's advertising campaign and marketing project for the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center. 

Food and child care will be provided at both meetings. The meetings will be open to everyone.

Angel Tree tag program has been cancelled by UDMO.
Posted: Sep 17 2014 by ppowers

 Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. would like to announce that after much careful thought and consideration the Hamilton County UDMO Outreach office will no longer provide the Angel Tree tag program.  The decision was based on several reasons but the main reason was due to the time and staff constraints this program requires.  UDMO is making this announcement early in the season with hopes that another entity might pick up this opportunity for families in Hamilton County.  UDMO would like to thank those who participated in the Angel Tree program in previous years as a participant, someone who adopted an Angel Tree tag or those who gave a monetary donation towards this program.  This program made a big difference for those who participated and UDMO does hope to see it continue in the future!     

Attorneys look at evidence in Frederiksen trial.
Posted: Sep 17 2014 by ppowers

 An attorney for Casey Frederiksen argued Tuesday that his client's history of collecting child pornography should  not be presented in his upcoming trial because it will taint his image to jurors. Defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker said jurors in the trial of Frederiksen will conclude his client is a bad person and likely guilty in the 2005 death of five year old Evelyn Miller. Prosecutors argued jurors should know that Frederiksen who was charged in 2012 with first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse in the death of Miller, had a collection of child pornography in a computer hard drive at the time of her disappearance. Frederiksen was later convicted of possessing child pornography. Frederiksen was watching Evelyn Miller at the time of her disappearance. Her body was found in the Cedar River five days later. The trial for Frederiksen was to have started in Hamilton County last Monday. Attorneys at yesterday's hearing in Waverly said the trial could be held sometime next February.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Sep 17 2014 by ppowers

 The September meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 in the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will be updated on the work at the new school bus barn,elect a board president and vice president for the 2014-15 school year, and the introduction of a new staff member. There will also be a staff and student presentation to board members. An open enrollment request will be considered. In other matters, the Northeast Hamilton School Board will consider a fixed asset disposal, lane changes for the teaching staff and a District Developed Service Delivery Plan, consider a Modified Allowable Growth Request and consider a 28-E Agreement with Iowa Central Community College. The school board will accept resignations and contract recommendations. A work session will be held following the regular board meeting. The topic will be on Board/ Administration Relations and Protocols. This work session is open to the public and no action will  be taken.

Kendall Young Library Board plans to send fund raising letter to past contributors.
Posted: Sep 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Kendall Young Library Board Tuesday night reviewed the draft copies of fund raising letters to be mailed to past and present contributors to the library. The letters will be requesting the donor to consider making a monetary end of year gift to the library and its operations. Board members will review the copies and make their selection at next month's board session. The letters will be mailed sometime in late October. 

The life of Webster City author Mackinlay Kantor will be celebrated next month at Kendall Young Library with two special events. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said a program by Nancy Kayser on how Kantor became a prolific writer will be presented Thursday,October 9 in the downstairs meeting room. The movie, "Follow Me Boys" based on the book "God and My Country" by Kantor will be shown Monday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Kendall Young Library. The movie stars Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell. Both of these events are being held to remember Kantor who died on October 11,1977 in Sarasota, Florida.

In other matters the Kendall Young Library board approved participation in the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds. This will be presented to the members of the library investment committee for further discussion and to hire an attorney for possible action. A staff training day and appreciation lunch is set for sometime in November. The date will be set at next month's board meeting.

The dates for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale have been set. It will be held Thursday, October 30 to Saturday, November 1 in the downstairs meeting room. Donations of books and materials will be welcome with proceeds to help with the operation of the library and its programs.

With the start of another school year,Kendall Young Library has seen a good turnout for its afterschool programs with the Science Club on Tuesdays and Crafty Readers on Thursdays. The Teen Lounge returned for another on August 25 with an average attendance of 10 to 20 young people Monday through Wednesday afternoons. The Saturday morning movies are still well attended. This Saturday's movie is "Muppets Most Wanted" at 10:30. 25 adults attended the showing of Monuments Men last month with about the same attendance noted at Tuesday night's showing of  The Fault in Our Stars. 35 people attended last Thursday evening's program featuring local author Arvid Huisman as he talked about his book,"More Country Roads". Kendall Young Library was highlighted on a segment of WHO-TV's RV TV report last week featuring interviews with Nancy Kayser and board member Dick Anderson.

New trial date set for Corbin Graesch.
Posted: Sep 16 2014 by ppowers

 A new trial date has been set for Corbin Graesch. The 27 year old Webster City man is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of his father 61 year old Steven Graesh on June 6. The trial date has now been set for Tuesday,January 27,2015 in Hamilton County District Court. Steven Graesch died of blunt force trauma after an argument between the two men at their residence. Corbin Graesch remains behind bars in the Hamilton County Jail

New trial date to be set for Casey Frederiksen
Posted: Sep 16 2014 by ppowers

 A hearing is set for Tuesday for Casey Frederiksen. Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder in the death of five year old Evelyn Miller in June,2005. Miller disappeared from the apartment in Floyd where she lived. Her body was found five days later along the Cedar River. An autopsy showed Miller died from sharp force injuries to her head and neck. There was also evidence of sexual abuse discovered during the autopsy. Frederiksen was engaged to Miller's mother and lived with them at the time of the girl's disappearance. When charged were filed against Frederiksen in 2012, he was already serving time in federal prison on child pornography and methamphetamine convictions. The attorney for Frederiksen filed a motion asking that jurors not be made aware of Frederiksen's collection of child pornography. The hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday. The trial for Frederiksen was to have started Monday in Hamilton County District Court.  A new trial date will be set during Tuesday's hearing.

Red Carpet Affair set for Friday night at Webster Theater!
Posted: Sep 15 2014 by ppowers

 The excitement is building for the Red Carpet Affair this Friday night at the newly renovated Webster Theater. Tickets are still available for the opening night at $50. The ticket includes arrival to the theater in a limousine, walk the red carpet, have your picture taken, enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The showing of Guardians of the Galaxy will begin at 7:15. The movie will be shown to the public Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. You can purchase your advance tickets for the Red Carpet Affair at the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and at Seneca Street Saloon.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Sep 15 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday afternoon at 5:15 at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center meeting room. The meeting agenda will  feature a discussion on the inclusion of students with the commission. An update on the Nokomis Park Dog Park wil be held plus other matters that may come before the commission.

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