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Fort Dodge man arrested Thursday night after an incident.
Posted: Jul 15 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was arrested Thursday night after an incident at 1202 Fourth Avenue North. Officers arrived at about 9:44 p.m. where they identified the female victim as Charmaine Wilson. Officers learned that a male subject identified as 57 year old Orval Rasmussen of Fort Dodge had forced his way into the residence by kicking through a side entry door. Rasmussen was reportedly armed with a knife as he assaulted Wilson inside the residence. Wilson sustained a minor injury to her arm as a result of the incident. Rasmussen left prior to the arrival of the officers. He was located one block away and taken into custody without incident. Rasmussen was booked into the Webster County Jail  on charges of First Degree Burglary, Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief and Violation of a No Contact Order.

Preparations for Commercial Street renovation in Stratford is underway.
Posted: Jul 14 2016 by ppowers

 This week the Stratford City Council discussed the work on renovating Commercial Street. The council awarded the contract for the project to Godberson Smith Construction of Ida Grove. The total cost of project is estimated at $600,000. The project is expected to begin soon. Council members also approved the temporary construction easements and permanent acquisition plats for the work. The council also approved the Fort Dodge Asphalt proposals totaling $119,796 for the Stratford City Street Maintenance with $100,000 from the Road Use Tax Fund and $19,796 from the Local Option Sales Tax for Infrastructure Fund. The council also approved the Stratford Fire Department's purchase of a Saturn inflatable fire rescue boat, motor,trailer, and required boat,motor,trailer and components from Canyon Inflatables  for $1,558 for the boat plus $3,529 from Blackhawk Marine for the motor. There was also the approval for applying for an Alliant Energy Foundation Community Grant on behalf of the Hamilton County Freedom Rock project. 

Eagle Grove Community School Board updated on Prestage Foods project.
Posted: Jul 14 2016 by ppowers

 The Eagle Grove Community School Board Monday evening were updated on the planned Prestage Foods pork processing plant south of Eagle Grove. Bryce Davis of the Wright County Economic Development and Jere Null  with Prestage Foods presented the information on their plants and what impact it would bring to the school district. In the coming weeks, there will be public hearings concerning the proposed plant with one such hearing set for July 25 at the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion. 

Teresa Sadler was appointed as district secretary and treasurer for the 2016-17 school year while Rick Engel was named as the district attorney and chief negotiator for the coming school year.

In other matters, the Eagle Grove school board approved the 28-E agreement with Iowa Central Community College for Project Earlybird Concurrent Enrollment Courses and Placement Testing for 2016-17.  The board adopted the legislative priorities for the upcoming session. They included preserving the integrity of the statewide penny for school infrastructure projects, consider adequate and on time ELL funding, make adequate and timely determination of supplemental state aid and restore the full level of district's voted ISL authorized spending authority lost in the absence of state funding. 

Three juveniles charged with burglary, theft in Fort Dodge.
Posted: Jul 14 2016 by ppowers

 Three juveniles are facing charges after an incident Sunday morning in Fort Dodge. A call was received by the Webster County Law Enforcement Center in Fort Dodge from an employee at the Northfield Church of Christ at 2933 North 14th Street about three suspicious juvenile males near their building. Officers from the Fort Dodge Police Department responded to the area and located the three males on the nature trail in the 2700 block of North 15th Street. One of the juveniles fled the area as officers approached but was caught a short time later.  One of the juveniles stated that they were runaways from an area facility. Officers checked the church area and found that a window had been broken and entry had been made.  A subsequent search  of the juveniles located property which hade been stolen from the church,including laptops and a gaming system. All three juveniles were charged  with Third Degree Burglary and Second Degree Theft.  With the assistance of the Webster County Juvenile court personal,all three juveniles were transported to a juvenile detention facility.

Roland Story School Board looks at bond vote for February.
Posted: Jul 13 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting held Monday evening, the Roland Story Community School Board met with Nathan Compton and John Haila of Haila Architecture on a proposal for preliminary work that needs to be completed prior to a bond vote next February. A representative of the Baker Group presented their proposal  on the heating, ventilating and air conditioning portion of the proposed bond project. A decision was made to table these items until the August board meeting. This will allow the board to further discuss what direction they want to go with the five projects.

Bill Sjulin and Jocee Lowe of Town and Country Insurance presented the Employer's Mutual Company property and liability insurance policy for the 2016-17 school year. The board accepted the renewal as presented.

A quote  for $12,152 from Embark IT to purchase and install projectors in the middle school art room,elementary library and the high school curriculum room was approved. The purchase of fifty additional Chromebooks at the middle school from Embark IT was approved in the amount of $15,250.

The Roland Story board approved the submission of four priorities to the Iowa Association of School Boards for the 2017 legislative session. They include supporting a school foundation formula that provides adequate and timely funding which includes a mix of property taxes and state aid, opposing any new mandate that does not provide sufficient and sustainable funding for successful implementation, supports adequate financial support for the area education agencies to provide essential services in a cost effective manner to school districts and support preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure including the tax equity provisions.

The board named First American Bank, Reliance State Bank, Great Western Bank and GNB Ban as the official depository banks for a maximum of $8,000,000 each. Candi Holm was named as the school board secretary, business manager and treasurer for the 2016-17 school year with the oath of office administered to Holm.  Each of the Roland Story school board member will set goals to be discussed in October and these goals will be used as a part of the board self-evaluation. Bids for milk and bread from Anderson Erickson and Bimbo Bakeries were approved.

The resignation from middle school baseball and basketball coach Kathy Hovick was accepted by the Roland Story school board. 

South Hamilton School Board updated on summer building projects.
Posted: Jul 13 2016 by ppowers

 A look at the summer projects at the South Hamilton schools was discussed at Monday's school board meeting. Superintendent Ken Howard said the project is progressing at the middle school/high school is progressing as planned with most items on the time line as drafted. Howard said there have been a few discoveries unearthed as the contractors have opened the ceilings, floors and walls. The items found have already  been taken of at the field level and or will call for some change orders to be presented, reviewed and approved or rejected. The goal is to have the work completed prior to the start of school on August 23.

An open study hall proposal for juniors and seniors was discussed at the school board session. South Hamilton high school prinicpal Scott Dryer and guidance counselor Lindsay Gelder presented information on the proposal. No action was taken. The board requested more information to be presented at next month's board session.

In other matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the depository limits for the 2016-17 school year. First American Bank will have a limit of $16,000,000 and First State Bank at $500,000. The 2016-17 district handbooks and procedural documents as recommended with noted edits.The first reading of the revised South Hamilton School Good Conduct Policy was read with the second reading set for next month. A milk bid from Hiland Dairy of Grimes and bread bid from Pan-O-Gold of Ankery were approved. Fundraisers and overnight trips for the South Hamilton FFA were approved by the board. The board also met in closed session for the annual evaluation of the superintendent.

Hicok to run as an independent candidate for Hamilton County Sheriff.
Posted: Jul 13 2016 by ppowers

 The race for Hamilton County sheriff this November will be a contested one. It was announced Tuesday that Rod Hicok of Webster City will be running as an independent candidate for the office. Hicok will challenge Republican candidate Doug Timmons of Stratford for sheriff. Timmons won the primary election last month. The winner will succeed Denny Hagenson who will be retiring at the end of this year after many years of service to the people of Hamilton County. Hicok spent twenty nine years as a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol and for the past six years as a deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Hicok was formerly assigned with Post Seven with the Iowa State Patrol. 

Clarion Goldfield Dows School Board looks at summer projects.
Posted: Jul 12 2016 by ppowers

 Summer projects in the buildings and grounds of the Clarion Goldfield Dows school district were reviewed during Monday's board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Bob Olson said the painting is continuing in the high school gym with roof work progressing at the middle school building.There is also work on ADA access to the Industrial Tech and Vo Ag Shop areas at the high school.Damage done by recent storms have been addressed by the school maintenance and grounds staff.The work should be ready in time for the start of the new school year. 

The board discussed the current fund raiser policy and directed Superintendent Olson to work with the new high school prinicpal Erik Smith to develop an updated policy with guidelines to follow. The matter will be reviewed at the next board meeting. 

In personnel matters, the Clarion Goldfield Dows school board accepted the resignations of high school girls golf coach Danny Smith, high school girls track coach Logan Holmes pending a suitable replacement can be found. Individual contract revisions were approved for Carter Bridges and Angel Charlson.  Contracts were approved for middle school volleyball coach Jenny Askelsen for one year and to Laura TerHark for freshman volleyball for one year. An overnight trip for football camp for the high school team was approved. 

Two candidates vying for a seat on the Williams City Council in special August 2 election.
Posted: Jul 12 2016 by ppowers

 There will be two names appearing on the ballot in a special city council election in Williams on August 2. Elmer Elsberry and and Ryan Lantz will be the candidates vying for the seat due to the resignation of Shanna Turner. The winner in the election will be sworn in at the August 9 council meeting with the term expiring on December 31,2019. Further information on the polling location and the times the polls will be open will be announced in the coming weeks by the Hamilton County Auditor's office.

Wtight County Supervisors set August 8 for public hearing on urban renewal area for Prestage Foods plant.
Posted: Jul 12 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors set August 8 as the date for a public hearing on the designation of the Wright County Urban Renewal Area and on the Urban Renewal Area Plan and Project. The project involves the planned pork processing facility to be built by Prestage Foods,Incorporated to be located five miles south of Eagle Grove. 

The board also approved the 28-E agreement with the city of Dows for law enforcement services in the community beginning August 1,2016.

A group of residents from the Lake Cornelia area met with the supervisors on wild flowers in the ditch on the west side of Lake Cornelia. The supervisors recommended that the issues of wild flower and native grasses to be planted be presented to the Wright County Conservation Board at a future meeting. The area discussed was on O'Brien Avenue.

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