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Elsberry wins special city council election in Williams
Posted: Aug 03 2016 by ppowers

 A very close finish in Williams on Tuesday as voters cast ballots in a special city council election. Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa reported 111 went to the Williams Public Library to vote. In unofficial returns, Elmer Elsberry was the winner with 55 votes and Ryan Lantz with 54. There were two write in votes. Elsberry will be sworn in at next Monday's Williams city council meeting. He will fulfill the term of Shanna Turner who resigned earlier this year. Elsberry's term continues through December 31, 2019.

Deadline is this Friday,August 5 for UDMO Back to School Program.
Posted: Aug 02 2016 by ppowers

 This Friday is the deadline for eligible families to register for the Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) Back to School Program. The program provides backpacks and school supplies to low income children in Hamilton County who are in Preschool through 12th grade. Application forms are available at the U.D.M.O Outreach office at 711 Seneca Street in Webster City. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 until 4:00 p.m. The Back to School event will be held Thursday,August 11 from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m. at The Bridge at 905 Des Moines Street. Preregistered families may pick up their children's backpack and supplies at the event. There will also be various providers from the community present with information on additional resources and programs available for families. Pizza and drinks will be served to families who are attending.  Donations of new school supplies or monetary donations can be delivered or mailed to the UDMO office at 711 Seneca Street in Webster CIty. If you have any further questions,please call the UDMO office at 515-832-6451.

Fort Dodge Police investigate Friday incident with juveniles.
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster County Law Enforcement Center in Fort Dodge on Friday afternoon received a call from an employee  at the DHS offices at 330 First Avenue North about a known juvenile male who was shooting at the windows of the building with a B B gun. Officers on the scene learned that three juveniles were outside of the building and the known juvenile had a B B gun and shot out several windows in the building and also shot out the window of a vehicle in the parking lot. Fort Dodge Police officers  checked the area and found the B B gun and juveniles at a residence. One juvenile was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Assault While Participating in a Felony,both Class D Felonies.With the assistance of the Webster County Attorney Office and Webster County Juvenile Court personnel, the juvenile was arrested and transported to a juvenile detention facility.

July weather in review.
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 Weather records for the month of July in Webster City showed it was a month of above normal temperatures and precipitation. The National Weather Service reporting station at Radio Hill showed the average high for last month at 81 degrees and the average low at 61 degrees. The normal high is at 74 degrees. The warmest temperature in Webster City for the month was 92 degrees set July 21 and the lowest temperature was 51 degrees set on July 1 and 3. As for precipitation, we ended up with 5.55 inches of rainfall in Webster City. Normal rainfall for July is 4.17 inches.

The National Weather Service outlook for August in Iowa is predicting above normal precipitation but near normal to normal temperatures. Last August in Webster City,the average high was 78 degrees and the average low at 57 degrees. There was 9.76 inches of rainfall measured last August. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Rasmussen charged with sexual exploitation and failure to comply with sex offender registry.
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has charged 29-year-old Steven Rasmussen with three counts of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registry Requirements and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. All four charges are Class C felonies.
During an investigation of Rasmussen’s sex offender registry information, the Sheriff’s Office determined that he knowingly provided false information during his quarterly registration appearances as required by Iowa law and had been present upon the... real property of a public school without written permission from a school administrator.
The investigation also found that Rasmussen had been communicating online via social media with an underage female in another state and had engaged in a prohibited sexual act with the minor. Through the work of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and Wright County investigators, the underage victim was identified in California.
“The occurrence of online crime is ever increasing and the assistance provided by the ICAC Task Force and their partners in California helped to aid in the identification of a 13-year-old victim,” said Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer. “These crimes do happen here in Wright County and we will continue to do our part in making these investigations a priority.”
Rasmussen was taken into custody Friday afternoon and is being held in the Wright County Jail on $20,000 cash only bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Iowa ICAC Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Webster County Cyber Crime Unit, California ICAC Task Force, Lodi, California Police Department and the Wright County Attorney’s Office.

Werner charged with sexual abuse in Hamilton and Hardin counties.
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 A Blairsburg man who was charged with sex crimes against children in Hamilton and Hardin counties was sentenced on Friday. 66 year old Willie Clay Werner was charged in 2014 by Eldora Police with one count of felony second degree sexual abuse and one count of indecent contact with a child. Both of the crimes were alleged to have occurred on July 19,2014. Werner was arrested on September 12,2014. He later posted bond and was released from jail as he awaited a court appearance.... In June,2015, the Hardin County charges were dismissed and consolidated into a case that came out of Hamilton County in 2014. The case involved five counts of second degree sexual abuse, one count of third degree sexual abuse and one count of indecent contact with a child. Last May, the charge of third degree sexual abuse connected to an alleged crime in 2011 in Hamilton County was dismissed by jury acquittal. However ,according to court records, Werner still faced five counts of second degree sexual abuse and one count of indecent contact with a child in Hamilton County. This was in connection to crimes in July,2014. Werner was found guilty Friday by a Hamilton County jury on all five charges of second degree sexual abuse and the charge of indecent contact with a child. Werner was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the crimes committed. He was being held in the Hamilton County Jail as of Friday,awaiting transport to prison.

Wright County Supervisors set for second hearing on Prestage Foods pork facility.
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 The second hearing on the proposed Prestage Foods,Incorporated pork processing plant south of Eagle Grove is set for 9:30 Monday morning as a part of the Wright County Board of Supervisors meeting.The meeting will be held in second floor courtroom beginning at 9:00 a.m. Last week 47 people spoke before the board on the planned pork facility. There were nine out of the 47 people who were opposed to the plans.The public is welcome to provide their input on this project. Wright County Economic Development Director Bryce Davis will present and review documents for a Private Development Agreement by and between Wright County and Prestage Food of Iowa plus letters of support received by the Auditor's office and placed on file. After the hearing, the board is expected to review and take action on a resolution to enter into a development agreement with Prestage Foods of Iowa,LLC and to provide economic development support.

Following a recess for lunch, the board will reconvene at 1:00 and meet with Tom Frantz of Clarion to discuss with the board of doing a dedication on the courthouse lawn of a tribute and light show for 9-11 on September 11,2016. The board will also review and sign renewal contracts for Wright County Parent Connections to extend the contract for Prevent Child Abuse funding for $26.015. Similar contracts for Wright County Parent Connections  for School Ready Preschool Funds, Family Support and Quality Improvement Funds. A fireworks permit application will be considered. 

Clarion man injured in Sunday evening motorcycle accident
Posted: Aug 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated a motorcyle accident early Sunday evening east of Lehigh that injured a Clarion man. Reportedly the motorcycle operated by 34 year old Anthony Murga was traveling east on 290th Street south of the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area when he lost control and landed his motorcycle into the north ditch. Murga was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital for further treatment after being first treated at Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. Assisting the Iowa State Patrol at the accident scene were members of both the Webster and Hamilton County Sheriff Departments, Lehigh Volunteer Fire Department and Vincent and Unity Point Ambulancd Departments.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet this Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city council chambers. A proclamation will be read and signed by Webster City mayor John Hawkins to honor and support law enforcement. A resolution establishing nuisance properties at 412 East Dubuque Street and ordering the abatement thereof within 30 days. The council will consider a request from Jim Fortune and Lynn Hough to purchase city owned property  on Commerce Drive in the Industrial Park. A request from the Webster City Street Department will be considered to seek bids on a new pickup truck chassis and utility box. In other matters, the Webster City city council will award a contract for the 2016 Crack Seal Project to Scodeller Construction of St. Joseph,Minnesota in the amount of $89,600,approve a change order in the contract amount of $3,520 to the East Second Street Improvement Project and consider a resolution placing the imposition of a Hotel and Motel Tax on the election ballot for the city of Webster City.There will be a closed session of the city council at the conclusion of the meeting. The meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 in Webster City with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Work begins on Jewellsworth Trail
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 It was one month ago that ground was broken on the new Jewellsworth recreational trail linking the southern Hamilton County communities of Jewell and Ellsworth. On Thursday morning,Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers updated the board members on the progress thus far. The work on a bridge for the trail's drainage ditch is scheduled to be completed by Friday. Paving work on the bridge will begin soon. The goal is to have the trail completed by sometime in October. The trail is an abandoned rail line linking Jewell and Ellsworth.

The conservation board met with Scott Grummer of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding the Little Wall Lake fisheries project. Grummer informed the board on what the trends he has seen at the lake. He suggested to director Lammers and the board on conducting a survey on fishing and boating opportunities for those who use Little Wall Lake. Grummer talked to the board about treatment of grass carp and aquatic vegetation in the lake.

In another matter, the conservation board reviewed quotes from Seamless Pro and Nisley Construction of Seymour on the roof replacement for the Little Wall Lake residence. The board would like to determine the future use of the residence before any decision is reached on approving a quote for the roof work.

Brock Cartwright and Wayne Schlotfeldt of Schlotfeldt Engineering presented information on the rendition and drawings for the new addition to the Briggs Woods Golf Course. The board did approve the plans for the addition Thursday morning. Schlotfeldt presented a contract to the conservation board to consider for the engineering and consulting work for the addition. A date of August 12 was set for a fund raising event at the Briggs Woods Golf Course addition.

There was a discussion on using Xenia Rural Water for the Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course. The water supply would be used for the golf course club house and eventually at the Briggs Woods campground and cabin facilities. There was no action taken with more discussion set for next month's meeting.

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