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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.

Special meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be held Wednesday morning.
Posted: Oct 18 2016 by ppowers

 There will be a special meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board set for Wednesday morning, October 19 at 8:30 in the conservation headquarters of Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. The board will select the architect and engineering firm for the Briggs Woods Golf Course conference center.On Monday, the board looked at the requests from two firms Skott and Anderson of Mason City and Peters and Associates of Omaha for architectural work with Schlotfeldt Engineering of Webster City for engineering services. The plan is to break ground on the center by next spring.

Stratford school board to meet Wednesday evening.
Posted: Oct 18 2016 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Stratford Community School Board will be Wednesday at 5:30 at the school library in Stratford. The agenda will include a look at certified enrollment in the district, approve 28-E agreements, a look at student achievement, plans for parent meetings and family nights, professional growth and development, transportation issues and plans for the at risk program for 2017-18. There will also be a report by superintendent and principal Sarah Binder on current activities at Stratford elementary school plus a teacher and staff report.

Webster City schools to be dismissed two hours early on Tuesday,October 18.
Posted: Oct 14 2016 by ppowers

 All Webster City Community School students will be dismissed two hours early on Tuesday afternoon, October 18 because of parent teacher conferences at Pleasant View Elementary and Webster City Middle School. The staff of Sunset Heights Elementary and Webster City High School will be involved in professional development activities. Classes in the Webster City schools will resume on Wednesday,October 19.

Ladies Night Out set for October 20!
Posted: Oct 14 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Ladies Night Out is set for Thursday,October 20 sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. Hours will be from 12 noon until 9:00 at 21 businesses in the Webster City community. In addition to a day and evening of shopping, there will be prizes awarded at over $2000. Just for shopping, you can be entered to receive 1 of 3 gift certificate baskets from local merchants. One entry for every $20 you spend at participating locations. The fourth gift certificate basket will be awarded to one lucky winner for eating at a local restaurant. The Ladies Night Out has been held for several years. It has proven to a popular event ladies and their friends as the shop and dine the evening away.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Oct 14 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city hall council chambers. The council will have the first reading on two proposed ordinances. The first is for wells in the community while the second will focus on Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee. A motion on a request to purchase sampling equipment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant will be considered. Quotes for tree grinding services at the Webster City  Tree/Brush Drop Off site will be looked at. Other city council agenda items include considering a motion on a request for $500 from the Hamilton County Conservation Department for the Parks to People Project, a resolution to authorize the council to proceed with facilitating a Housing Development Project as initiated with the approval of the preliminary plats of Brewer Creek Estates Fifth and Sixth Additions and setting the time and date for future town hall meetings.There will be a public hearing at 5:45 on the receipt and approval of proposals for the disposal and development of certain city owned property in the West Second Street Urban Renewal Area at 1700 West Second Street. There will be a motion to enter into an option agreement for the sale of real estate with Iowa's First,Incorporated for Lot 1 of the Sahai Addition in Webster City plus other matters. Monday's council  meeting will be telecast live on Cable Channel 12 in Webster City with repeat telecasts set for 7 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Webster City Police investigating a report of quick change artist at First American Bank.
Posted: Oct 13 2016 by ppowers






On Tuesday October 11, 2016 the First American Bank contacted the Webster City Police department regarding a quick change artist. At approximately 16:00 hours,the individual walked into the bank with $2,500 in cash ($20 bills) and asked the clerk if she would exchange the money for larger bills. The clerk confirmed none of the bills were counterfeit and counted out $2,500 in $50 bills. When the clerk handed the man the money he shuffled it around, and quickly removes a portion of the bills and places them in his pocket. This was all done with a very slight hand and in a matter of seconds. The individual then asked the clerk if he could have $100 bills instead. The clerk exchanged the $50 bills for $100 bills and the man left the building through the south door. It is unknown if the individual left on foot or in a vehicle. After balancing the drawer it was determined the man left with an additional $1,050. The man was described as a Hispanic Male, approximately 5'9". He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants, and a black flat cap. The clerk does not remember any scars, tattoos, accents, or any other distinguishing features.


This individual was observed in Mason City and Waverly on October 8th conducting the same sort of scheme. Once at the Hy-Vee in Mason City and at Walmart in Waverly. If anyone recognizes the male contact local law enforcement at 515-832-9166;.

Stratford City Council appoints Chizek as new city attorney.
Posted: Oct 13 2016 by ppowers

 Zachary Chizek was appointed the new attorney for the city of Stratford at a meeting held Monday evening. Chizek began his duties this week. The agreement between the city council and Chizek is good through the 2018 fiscal year. Chizek is also the Webster City city attorney. The Stratford council was updated on the progress of the Commercial Street Improvement Project. The contractor needs to wait until spring before moving ahead on the project. A list of items that they will complete before freezing weather was presented to the council for their review. In another matter, the council voted to approve an estimate of between $5,000 to $6,000 from Kahl Construction to install a permanent valve at the Bellville lift station in an overflow pipe in the lagoon pit as required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Mitch Peterson was appointed as a member of the Stratford Fire and Rescue Department. An application was approved to the Hamilton County Tourism Physical Improvement Grant Program for the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Park project.  The council also voted to keep the Wellmark health insurance plan with a 6.82 percent increase plus retaining the current dental, vision and basic life plus short term disability plans and True North Companies as the insurance representative. 

Kendall Young Library board look at budget issues and planning for a possible new director.
Posted: Oct 12 2016 by ppowers

 A discussion of the 2017 budget was one of the highlights of Tuesday evening's meeting of the Kendall Young Library board of trustees. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said one ofthe big concerns remains the income and rental rates of the library farm located north of Webster City. The farm is one of the primary sources of funding the day to day operation of Kendall Young Library. With the state of the farm economy and the prices of commodities,the Kendall Young Library might have to face some belt tightening measures that could affect its programs for children through adults, and perhaps hours of operation. There was no final decision reached with more budget discussions to continue at the November board meeting.

Director Martin Schwarze also informed the board that there is a possibility that she will be leaving her position by next summer.Her husband Adam Martin Schwarze will graduate from Iowa State University next spring as he obtains a  PHD degree in statistics. With that, it will mean a move from Webster City and an eventual new job. Angie Martin Schwarze told the board that the search will begin in the coming months for a new library director.There will be more discussion on this topic in the coming months. Martin Schwarze has been Kendall Young Library director for the past five years.

Fifty people attended the program by Tom Schroder on his book on the life of his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor on October 6. During the month of September there were sixteen children's programs with 176 youngsters participating. 117 people attended the six adult programs. The teen lounge attracted 223 participants.

The dates for the fall book sale at Kendall Young Library will be October 27 through 29th. The first day of the sale will be open to the Friends of the Library members from 10 until 8. Hours for the public on October 28 will be from 10 until 6 and on October 29 from 10 until 12 noon.

The Kendall Young Library board will be mailing out its annual appeal to patrons and past contributors in November. The goal of the appeal is to help out with an increase in funding for the library and its many programs. A contract for snow removal will be discussed at the November meeting which is set for Monday,November 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Deer poachers caught on camera.
Posted: Oct 12 2016 by ppowers

 A nine month investigation into deer and turkey poaching in Webster County was closed on October 7,when 23 year old Kyle Alstott of Fort Dodge, the last of the 10 individuals facing charges from Iowa and Nebraska pleaded guilty. In November,2015, Iowa State Conservation Officer Matt Bruner came across a website run by Alstott with photos and videos of deer, deer hunts, fishing and other outdoor activities. Alstott and 23 year old Roman Thompson from Omaha, Nebraska are co-owners of ATM Outdoors, an outdoors/hunting filming company based in Fort Dodge. They produce photos, videos and deer stories for their website which is where Officer Bruner began his investigation. Bruner recognized Kyle Alstot and 44 year old Michael Alstott of Fort Dodge from photos on the website as individuals that he charged for hunting over bail in 2011.He began comparing the deer and stories on the website to licenses the different individuals featured had purchased in various states. The information didn't line up. Officers served multiple search warrants in late November 2015 and collected phones,computer and video equipment, deer and turkey mounts, meat and equipment used to harvest the game animals. What Bruner found was, evidence of people shooting deer without the correct licenses, hunting deer over bait, making multiple false claims by nonresident for hunting license/tag, unlawful possession of illegal whitetail deer, hunting with the aid of artificial light and more. The ten individuals were charged in December,2015 and plea deals began in January. 

Kyle Alstott pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer, hunting deer with aid of bait,hunting with the aid of artificial light, unlawful use of a two way radio transmitter while hunting,making false claim for a  hunting license/tag by non resident, failure to tag harvested deer, failure to report harvested deer, hunting deer without a valid deer tag, taking whitetail buck without a valid tag, unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer in 2014 and unlawful possession of illegally killed wild turkey in the 2014 season. Kyle Alstott was fined $1,902 and assessed $4,000 in liquidated damages.

Roman Thompson pleased guilty to hunting without a nonresident hunting license and habitat fee,hunting without a non resident antlered deer tag, unlawful use of another's deer tag, unlawful use of two way radio transmitter while hunting and unlawful possession of illegally killed whitetail buck deer in the 2014 season. Thompson was fined $1,769 and assessed $2,000 in liquidated damages plus 80 hours of community service.

Michael Alstott pleaded guilty to making a false report (fraud-fifth degree),hunting deer without a valid license or tag,unlawful use of two way radio transmitter while hunting, unlawful tagging of illegally killed buck deer, unlawful transportation of deer without a tag,taking doe deer without a valid license or tag and unlawful use of out of county deer tag. Michael Alstott was fined $1,557.

Randy Vaught, 53 of Algona pleaded guilty to hunting with aid of artificial light, shooting/discharging a rifle over the highway and failure to report harvested deer. Vaught was fined$369 and assessed $2000 in liquidate damages plus 80 of community service. 

20 year old Tanner Dawson of Fort Dodge pleaded guilty to unlawful taking and possession of whitetail doe deer and failure to report harvested deer. Dawson was fined $282 and assessed $1500 in liquidated damages.

22 year old Mariah Thompson of Omaha pleaded guilty to hunting deer without a valid non resident license or tag. Thompson was fined $667.

44 year old Matthew Alstott of Fort Dodge pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a non resident taking deer unlawfully and the unlawful use of deer tag by another. Matthew Alstott was fined $390.

45 year old Travis Miller of Monroe, pleaded to hunting with the aid of artificial light and unlawful transportation of illegally taken deer. Miller was fined $390.

31 year old Brendon Nicholas of Fort Dodge pleaded guilty to unlawful tagging of whitetail buck deer and failure to report harvested deer. Nicholas was fined $282.

36 year old Mike Kenyon of Clare pleaded guilty to failure to report harvested deer. Kenyon was fined $87.

Kyle Alstott, Roman Thompson, Michael Alstott, Randy Vaught and Tanner Dawson all face license suspension in Iowa and 44 other states that are part of the wildlife violator compact. Roman and Mariah Thompson are also facing charges in Nebraska. 

The Iowa DNR worked in conjunction with the Webster County Attorney's Office, Boone County Attorney's Office, Nebraska Game and Parks, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, Missouri Department of Conservatio, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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