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Fort Dodge man facing charges after a high speed chase Wednesday night.
Posted: Sep 17 2015 by ppowers

Fort Dodge Police Wednesday night arrested a 32 year old motorist after a chase through the community. A Fort Dodge Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle with a known suspended driver. The driver,Jermiah Preston started to accelerate in an attempt to lose the officer prior to the activation of his emergency lights. The pursuit started in the 1200 block of South 22nd Street when Preston refused to stop. The pursuit ended when Preston parked his car in the 2300 block of Twelfth Avenue South and fled on foot. Preston was caught at 1202 South 24th Street. He was charged with Driving While Under Suspension,Eluding Law Enforcement and Interference with Official Acts. Preston was taken to the Webster County Jail where he remains as of Thursday morning.

Stratford City Council look at a number of issues.
Posted: Sep 17 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting earlier this week, the Stratford City Council reviewed the season at the outdoor swimming pool. It was noted that slightly less passes were sold this year but pass owners attended more frequently. Total expenses exceeded total pool revenue by $9,412. The revenue plus the pool liability insurance of $1,500 was drawn from property tax levies.Pool Local Option Sales and Service Tax (LOSST) expenses included the pool LED  security lights and countertops. Upcoming LOSST expenses will be the costs for painting the pool basin and bathhouse floors renovation. The Stratford city council authorized the creation of a policy for a lifeguard certification cost reimbursement schedule for lifeguards upon completion of seasonal work at the Stratford Municipal Pool. 

A request from the Stratford Fire Department to cordon off streets, using ATV's and golf carts to assist with the Cruise to the Woods event on Sunday,October 4 with intersections to be kept open for emergency purposes. Stratford Trick or Treat Night will be Saturday,October 31 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A bid from Iowa Falls Roofing for repairing the city hall roof for $2,893 and $961 for new gutter installation was approved. In other matters, the Stratford City Council approved new ordinances for disorderly conduct and provisions for amusement devices. The first reading on ordinances for water and sewer rates were approved with the second reading set for next month's council session.The council voted to approve the placement of the Hamilton County Freedom Rock project at 828 Shakespeare. The property is owned by the city of Stratford. A memorandum of understanding between the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and the City of Stratford for participation in the Income Offset Program. A quote from Powers Tree Service for $1200 to drop two spruce trees and chip tree brush at 1201 Tennyson Avenue was approved on a vote of 3 to 1.

Johnston re-elected South Hamilton School Board President for 2015-16.
Posted: Sep 16 2015 by ppowers

 Will Johnston was renamed president of the South Hamilton Community School Board for the 2015-16 school year at Monday's board session. Joely Swenson was named as board vice president. Swenson and Amber Van De Pol were administered the oath of office to serve the next four years.The South Hamilton school board plans to advertise for the appointment of a new board director to the second district seat. It is hoped a new board member will be appointed for next month's board meeting.

The South Hamilton school board honored Bianca Webber with the HAWK Achievement Award and Mike Grove with the HAWK Friend of Education Award. Rick Engel was reappointed as attorney for the school district for 2015-16. A request for a Modified Allowable Growth and Supplemental Aid to offset a portion of its special education deficit for the 2015 fiscal year. An early retirement incentive for 2015-16 was approved. Emily Long was appointed as a volunteer coach for the South Hamilton Cross Country program. 

In other matters the South Hamilton school board approved the request from Dede Henderson for unpaid leave as per the South Hamilton Master Contract and Family Medical Leave Act. The South Hamilton school board will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room.

Upper Des Moines Opportunity celebrates 50 years with a party Thursday.
Posted: Sep 16 2015 by ppowers

 Upper Des Moines Opportunity will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a celebration at inTandem Workspace at 501 Bank Street in Webster City this Thursday,September 17 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served to visitors. Since its inception in 1965, Upper Des Moines Opportunity has dedicated to building stronger communities by addressing the effects of poverty on individuals and families.UDMO maintains its office at 711 Seneca Street in Webster City.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Sep 15 2015 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will meet Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. Agenda items will include administering the oath of office to the three board members Eric Patterson, Thea Wibholm and Sara Zorn for a four year term followed by the election of a board president and vice president. The board will look at proposals for a new pickup truck, plans for a school auction, review the school policy manual,set the work sessions for the 2015-16 school year, and an informal board meeting set for next month with the Stratford and Webster City school boards. The Northeast Hamilton school board will discuss plans for the Iowa Association of School Board convention, consider the EMC Insurance Rebate and a resolution on the sale of portable housing. There will also be updates by superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger.

Fort Dodge man facing charges of Second Degree Sexual Abuse.
Posted: Sep 14 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge Sunday evening responded to a request for assistance made by the Howard County Sheriff's Department. Officers learned that a Howard County Deputy had just taken a report from a juvenile female who was stating that she had been sexually abused by her step-father while on visitation in Fort Dodge over the weekend. The name of the female is being withheld due to her age. Fort Dodge Police Officers worked along side their Criminal Investigations Division and in tandem with the Department of Human Services to quickly begin an investigation into the incident. At 3:00 a.m. Monday morning, Fort Dodge Police were led to perform a search warrant at the residence of 108 Avene M West in Fort Dodge. As the result of evidence gathered and a thorough investigation, 38 year old Lucas Lankford of Fort Dodge was taken into custody and booked into the Webster County jail on two charges of Second Degree Sexual Abuse, both of which are Class B felonies.

Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Sep 14 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will be held Thursday afternoon at 5:00p.m. at the Public Health conference room at 820 James Street. The agenda will feature an update on the influenza vaccine clinics set for this fall, a review of cost reports, systems analysis for Power Up Youth, personnel matters,a discussion on Community Rhythms and a report by director Shelby Kroona plus other matters that may come before the board.

Minnesota man identified in hit and run incident near Iowa Falls.
Posted: Sep 14 2015 by ppowers

The identity of the man found in a ditch near Iowa Falls on Sunday has been released.The name of the victim is 23 year old Timothy Nussbaum of Hutchinson,Minnesota. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department said that Nussbaum was struck by a motor vehicle on U.S. Highway 65 north of Iowa Falls. Nussbaum’s body was found early Sunday afternoon.Hardin County Sheriff Dave McDaniel said the investigation is continuing. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.


Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Sep 14 2015 by ppowers

 The September meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the hospital conference room. The board will make appointments and reappointments to the medical staff, receive the annual report of the hospital and consider capital requests. There will be a report from Van Diest Medical Center CEO Lori Rathbun on current activities at the hospital plus other matters.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Sep 14 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board will be Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs story room of the library. The board will look at fundraising plans and a trustee election. There will be a review of the 2014 audit, plans for the annual appeal and policy updates. Director Angie Martin Schwarze will present her report to the board at Tuesday's meeting.

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