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Scott Walker to visit Webster City this Monday.
Posted: Aug 13 2015 by ppowers


Webster City will welcome another Republican presidential hopeful on Monday afternoon. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be at the Maid Rite at 4:45 p.m. for a Meet and Greet with the public.Walker will talk about the issues and take questions and comments from the audience.. The public is invited to come meet Scott Walker this Monday at the Maid Rite on Closz Drive.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend two after robbery at Walmart
Posted: Aug 11 2015 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police responded late Tuesday morning to a theft at Walmart, 3036 First Avenue South. While responding to the call dispatchers advised officers that the suspects were a male and female. The male had displayed a knife when he was approached by store personnel. Officer Chris Weiland was the first officer on the scene and observed the male and female coming out from behind the Target store. Officer Weiland was able to stop the female however the male ran on foot into a nearby cornfield. Officers converged on the area in an attempt to contain the suspect in the field until other officers arrived. The male suspect was able to get out of the field and led officers on a foot pursuit where he was promptly apprehended in the area of the 500 block of South 29th Street. The suspects were identified as 34 year old Justin Patton from Melbourne,Iowa and 32 year old Bobbi Jo Spears from Hamilton,Iowa. Patton was charged in this incident with the following:Robbery in the Second Degree as a Habitual Offender, Patton was also wanted on the following outstanding arrest warrants:Parole Violation from Webster County and Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree from Marshall County with a bond set at $5000. Bobbi Jo Spears was charged with Theft in the Fifth Degree.Fort Dodge Police was assisted in the incident by the Iowa State Patrol, Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center and Life Flight.

Loves to open travel center in Ellsworth.
Posted: Aug 11 2015 by ppowers



The Ellsworth City Council learned Monday evening from officials of the Oklahoma City based Loves Travel Centers on plans to construct a 10 to 12 thousand square foot truck and travel stop off Interstate 35. The center is expected to employ 35 to 40 people. Construction of the new Loves Travel Center is tenatively scheduled to begin in the spring of next year with completion scheduled for late fall-early winter 2016. The center will house a Hardees restaurant, truck and tire service,showers for truck drivers, gas pumps, convenience store items and more. There are now 220 Loves Travel Centers in 40 states. Iowa locations include Des Moines, Davenport, Shelby, Sioux City and Newton. Loves officials said the proposed Ellsworth location will be a perfect fit for the company.

South Hamilton School Board faces brief agenda.
Posted: Aug 11 2015 by ppowers

 A brief agenda faced the South Hamilton school board at their Monday evening meeting. Superintendent Ken Howard said the second district does not have an announced or formally documented candidate seeking the director's position.South Hamilton board member Mike Grove decided not to seek another term for the second district seat. Howard also informed the board said the leasing agreements for the gymnasiums in Ellsworth and Randall are up for renewal and will be presented at the September board meeting. The South Hamilton Teacher Leadership Planning Committee has met several times over the last couple of months and has drafted a TLC (Teacher Leadership Committee) application. The plan will be refined in the coming weeks and readied for submittal well before the October 16th deadline.

In other matters, the South Hamilton board approved the coaches' handbook for the 2015-16 school year. A request to expand bleacher seating by 76 was approved. In personnel issues, the South Hamilton board approved the resignation of Amber Gilmore as elementary special education para-educator. The board voted to approve the hiring of Mark Walton as an elementary special education para-educator, Marlene Austin as one on one special education para-educator and Brian Wicks from part time to full time bus driver. 

Radcliffe cleaning up from a late night of storms.
Posted: Aug 10 2015 by ppowers


Residents of the Hardin County community of Radcliffe spent much of Monday cleaning up after high winds pounded the community late Sunday night. Approximately 100 homes were damaged due to trees crashing into residences. Electricity was off for much of the day due to the storm. The roof and a part of Our Saviors Lutheran Church was torn off due to the high winds. There has been no dollar estimate in the damage from the storm. No injuries were reported

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Aug 10 2015 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The agenda includes a resolution for a bridge posting, consider a master matrix final permit waiver and set the date for the completion hearing for the Goose Lake Branch drainage district. A contract with Accurate Controls for upgrading the video system to the county jail and courthouse security will also be considered plus other matters.

Authorities investigating Humboldt County plane crash
Posted: Aug 10 2015 by ppowers

 A helicopter crash in rural Humboldt County Sunday evening killed the pilot and injured a passenger. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department received the call of a small experimental gyro-copter that crashed in the front yard of a rural residence north of Dakota City. The initial investigation appears to suggest the gyro-copter suddenly lost altitude, hitting a tree and came to rest.Two men were extricated from the wreckage. The pilot of the plane, 58 year old Larry Erickson of Humboldt died of his injuries at a Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. A passenger,65 year old Mike Chapman of Humboldt was taken to the Humboldt hospital and was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital. The National Traffic Safety Bureau and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

South Hamilton School Board meets Monday.
Posted: Aug 07 2015 by ppowers

 The next South Hamilton Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. Items on the agenda will include the acceptance of the South Hamilton coaches' handbook, consider the request to expand bleacher seating as proposed and a look at personnel matters. The board will be updated by principals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill and from superintendent Ken Howard.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to meet Monday.
Posted: Aug 07 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Monday evening at 7:00 in the city council chambers. One of the agenda items is to consider the Minor Subdivision Plat of Farmhouse Gardens Addition in Hamilton County. There will be a discussion on possible sign ordinance revisions plus other matters.

Kendall Young Library to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Aug 07 2015 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the Kendall Young Library board will be Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the downstairs meeting room. The board will receive reports from the finance sub-committee, building and grounds sub-committee and on the Martha Knox estate. There will be an investment review presentation from Chris Cook of Gilbert and Cook plus plans for the board trustee election. Richard Carlson of Farmer's National Committee will present his report to the board on the status of the library farm. Kendall Young Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze will present her report to the board on current activities at the library.

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