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Former State Senator Rich Olive dies of cancer.
Posted: Jun 21 2016 by ppowers


A former area state lawmaker has died. Rich Olive of Story City died Monday after a year long battle against cancer. Olive was a member of the Iowa Senate from January, 2007 to January,2011. While in the Iowa Legislature, Senator Olive served on several committees including agriculture, commerce, economic growth, local government and served as the chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. He was also a long time Story City businessman. A memorial service for Rich Olive is set for Monday,June 27 at 10:30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Jun 21 2016 by ppowers

 A public hearing will be one of the agenda items for the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees at their meeting set for Tuesday evening. The hearing is to issue revenue bonds or notes for hospital projects related to the pass through loan agreements with the city for the Rural Economic Development Loan Grant. The board will take action on approving a resolution authorizing the revenue notes for hospital projects  and documents. Capital requests for June will be reviewed and approved by board members. Van Diest Medical Center CEO Lori Rathbun will present her monthly report on hospital activities to the board. There will also be a closed session at the conclusion of the regular board meeting.

Wright County Supervisors approve law enforcement arrangements for Dows.
Posted: Jun 20 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors met with Dows mayor Larry Klatt at their meeting Monday morning regarding law enforcement for the community. The board approved a new agreement that will take affect August 1. The agreement includes five hour of patrol time over a one week period, Wright County would take 911 calls for criminal activity in the Dows community and providing extral law enforcement staff during the annual Corn Days celebration in early August. The total amount of the contract was for $26,350 a year.

A bid from Ag Advantage Farm Service for providing fuel for the 2017 fiscal year was approved by the Wright County Supervisors. This would be for 80 thousand gallons of premium diesel, 50 thousand gallons of winter blend diesel and 35 thousand gallons of Gasohol.

The board approved the request of Donna Bailey for a Bible Reading marathon on the courthouse grounds between June 30 to mid July. 

Dave Nelson of rural Belmond was appointed to service on the Wright County Board of Adjustment. Laura Thomas of Eagle Grove was reappointed to a five year term on the Wright County Conservation board. 

In other matters, the Wright County Board of Supervisors  decided to delay the improvement work for Drainage District 93 located a mile east of Galt. The landowners felt that now was not the time for the improvements due to the current state of the farm economy.

Gowrie man killed in Friday accident in Fort Dodge.
Posted: Jun 20 2016 by ppowers

 A 27 year old Gowrie motorist was killed early Friday morning as the result of a one vehicle accident in Fort Dodge. The Iowa State Patrol reported a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Adam J. Elsberry of Gowrie was traveling westbound on Kenyon Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the center line. The Elsberry truck then struck a curb,entered a grassy area and rolled through a tree line. The vehicle came to rest on the railroad tracks on the south side of the t...ree line. A Union Pacific train was passing through at approximately 7:30 a.m. An engineer operating the train spotted the truck and was able to stop the train before hitting the truck. The engineer called 911 and reported it to law enforcement. Elsberry was pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster County Medical Examiner's office. The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol .Also assisting at the scene were the Fort Dodge Fire and Police Departments, Webster County Sheriff's Office, Unity Point EMS and Union Pacific Railroad.

Search for Dayton man resumes Monday morning.
Posted: Jun 20 2016 by ppowers

 The search for a 23 year old Dayton man is resuming today after it was suspended due to darkness Sunday night. The Webster County Law Enforcement Center in Fort Dodge received a 911 call shortly before six Sunday morning of a male in the Des Moines River in Lehigh. The information placed him just south of the Main Street bridge. It was reported that the male was in the river swimming and began to struggle when witnesses lost site of the male. The name of the man is not being released at this time at the request of the family. A search of the area was done on foot, in air, and by boat with sonar for ten miles downriver. Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator said both the river and flow rate is high.The Story County Dive Team was unable to enter the water.The safety threshold for the dive team is three knots and during the time of the search the river was flowing more than four knots. Independent K-9 teams were used by both by shore and boat. Several agencies responded in the search Sunday for man. The search will resume at 9 this morning. Responders and agencies are asked to report to the Lehigh Fire Department to be assigned a search area.

Fort Dodge man facing charges after Saturday morning arrest.
Posted: Jun 20 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was arrested early Saturday morning after a chase through the city. At 1:47 a.m.,an officer noticed a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup that was squeeling its tires . The officer activated his emergency lights at Ninth Avenue South and South 14th Street. The driver refused to stop. The driver later identified as 20 year old Jesse Dylan Carlson then led police on a pursuit into the Pleasant Valley area of Fort Dodge. The pursuit ended when Carlson drove the pickup i...nto a vacant lot at 1513 11th Avenue Southwest and the pickup he was driving became hung up on some scrap iron. Carlson was arrested without further incident. Carlson was charged with Eluding Law Enforcement Officers, Reckless Driving, Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device, Speeding, No Driver's License, Striking an Unattended Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Careless Driving. He was in the Webster County Jail as of Saturday.

Two vehicle collision late Thursday afternoon in Webster City.
Posted: Jun 17 2016 by ppowers

 A two vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Superior and Ohio Streets was investigated by Webster City Police. Reportedly a southbound 2013 Chevrolet Cruze operateed by Cody Elliott of Webster City was waiting at the intersection to make a left turn onto Ohio when a semi was turning left off Superior Street onto Ohio.Elliott made the turn when he apparently did not see an approaching southbound 2016 Dodge Journey driven by Nicole Duffy also of Webster City. Both the Elliott and Duffy vehicles collided at the intersection. The two drivers were checked over by Van Diest Medical Center EMS staff for any possible injuries. The Webster City Fire Department were summoned to help clean up the fluid leaking from both vehicles which were totaled as a result. Investigating officer Joel Delaney charged Cody Elliott with Failure to Yield upon a Left Turn.

Clarion man facing child pornography charges.
Posted: Jun 17 2016 by ppowers


The Wright County Sheriff's Department on June 14 received information from the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of a case in Missouri with a potential victim and suspect in Clarion. Wright County investigators received information from the Rolla,Missouri Police Department and prepared a search warrant for the residence of Skyler Wyatt at 603 Second Street Southeast, Apartment 302 in Clarion. During the execution of the search warrant law enforcement officers seized several electronic devices. The investigation has shown that 25 year old Skyler Wyatt knowingly caused a minor to be photographed in a prohibited sexual act. The photograph was preserved on an electronic storage system and shared with another person. Wyatt was arrested on Thursday on a charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Class C Felony. He is being held in the Wright County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond. Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer said "Any time a crime especially of this nature, impacts a child,we take it seriously and use all the resources we have available to us to ensure the safety and well being of the children involved". The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. The Wright County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by the ICAC Task Force, Clarion Police Department, Webster Conty Cyber Crime Unit, Wright County Attorney's Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Hamilton County Conservation Board discuss cabin opening at Briggs Woods Park.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 The date of July 1 is the scheduled opening day for the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers informed the county conservation board Thursday afternoon that final there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up in the cabin. An open house for the Hickory Cabin attracted some 80 people on Tuesday evening as conservation staff gave tours of the building. 

The conservation board looked at capital equpment purchases for the 2017 fiscal year beginning in two weeks on July 1. There are plans to purchase a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck in the amount of $27,440 through state government bids with Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny. The new truck would replace a conservation patrol vehicle. Another item that is expected to be purchased is John Deere Pro Gator for $15,000. The board will take final action on the purchases next month.

Little Wall Lake residence roof quotes were tabled until a future meeting. There was also discussion on plans for the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards to be held in Fort Dodge and Webster City September 15 to 17. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Webster City City Council will be this Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city council chambers. The council will consider a request from the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce to close Des Moines Street between Second Street and the  alley south of Des Moines Street on June 23 from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m for the Music in the Park Open Mic event in the First American Bank Plaza. Another request to be considered comes from the Arts R Alive Committee to close Seneca Street from Bank to Dubuque Streets from Friday,July 29 to Friday,August 5 for street painting which is a part of the Sculpture Event at West Twin Park on August 3 and 4.  The council will make appointments to boards and commission in the city at Monday's meeting. Resolutions accepting and approving the Preliminary Plat of Brewer Creek Estates 5th and 6th Addition in Webster City will be considered. There will be a discussion of a possible election to renew Webster City's Hotel/Motel Tax. A public hearing will be at 5:45 for the five year agreement between the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Webster City for maintenance and repair of primary roads in municipalities.  In other matters, the city council will authorize the mayor and city clerk to enter into an agreement with EarthView Environmental,Incorporated of Clarksville for services in connection with the Riverside Park Stormwater Wetland,an Urban Water Quality Demonstration project and approve the employee pay plan for 2016-17. A request to purchase Toughbooks for the Webster City Police Department from Keltek,Incorporated in the amount of $27,379 will be discussed. The Webster City city council meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 with repeat telecasts at 7:00 on Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday evenings.

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