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South Hamilton School Board sets September 8 for school bond election
Posted: Jul 15 2015 by ppowers

 Voters in the South Hamilton Community School District will go to the polls September 8 to decide not only the candidates for  school board but to decide on approving a school bond issue. At their meeting Monday evening, the South Hamilton Community School Board approved a resolution for a special election on the issuance of $9,900,000 worth of General Obligation Bonds for improvements to the school buildings. School officials held a series of meetings in June informing residents about the election and the need for improvements and renovations to the Robert Jensen Auditorium, the middle school high school rotunda and library area, the science class rooms and other areas around the school. Further information meetings are tentatively scheduled for sometime in August. In a related matter,the South Hamilton school board decided to adhere to the district's legal counsel's recommendation by not approving a binding contract with Angelo Architectural Associates. The board will continue using the current written and verbal understandings up to and until the September 8th school bond referendum is held. Any contract would then be based upon the the questions' passage and or the work to be completed if the vote is not successful.The status of this conclusion may need to be reviewed and altered if the circumstances change between now and the September 8th election due to projected timelines, time sensitive tasks or other issues.

The South Hamilton school board approved the 2015-16 Middle/High School Staff Handbook. Janet Greufe and Ken Howard were approved as additional authorized signatories for the school district.Sue Headley was re-appointed as board secretary and treasurer. A depository resolution with First American Bank at a limit of $6,000,000 and with First State Bank at a limit of $500,000.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend four men after early Saturday morning incident.
Posted: Jul 14 2015 by ppowers

 Four Fort Dodge men are facing charges after Fort Dodge Police officers responded to a report of a large fight in the 400 block of North 19th Street shortly before 3 last Saturday morning,July 11.Officers arrived on the scene and were able to take control of the situation without further incident. During the investigation of this incident, officers were dispatched to 2010 Second Avenue North for a report of a male subject who had been stabbed. Officers arrived on the scene an...d located 22 year old Colin Underwood of Fort Dodge who had sustained a single stab wound to his torso area. EMS personnel arrived on the scene and transported Underwood to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Officers determined that the two incidents were connected as the male victim had sustained the injury during the fight. A male suspect has been identified in the incident however the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. The four who were arrested in connection with the fight and subsequent criminal mischief of a street sign are 21 year old Mitchell Walker, 22 year old Connor Sturtz,, 24 year old Trey Messerly and 20 year old Cody Stromberg all of Fort Dodge. All four are charged with Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief and Public Intoxication.

F.D. woman charged with making a false report to police.
Posted: Jul 14 2015 by ppowers




 Fort Dodge Police Tuesday arrested 18 year old Isabella Maurer of Fort Dodge. On June 16,2015, Maurer reported to police that she was sexually assaulted at 134 Avenue E in Fort Dodge.Maurer reported that she was sexually assaulted by a juvenile male whose name is not being released. Maurer alleged that the assault had occurred on June 11. After a month long investigation, Detective Keaton Lunn with the Fort Dodge Police Department determined that Maurer filed a false report. Maurer is in the Webster County Jail on a charge of providing a False Report to Law Enforcement which is a Serious Misdemeanor.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigate two accidents on Friday.
Posted: Jul 14 2015 by ppowers

 Details of two accidents on Friday in Hamilton County were released Tuesday by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department...

The first one occured at 8:18 Friday morning at 190th Street and Highway 17 north of Highview.Reportedly a southbound 2015 GMC Terrain driven by Ashley Peterson of Eagle Grove was approaching the intersection when a 2007 Freightliner Trailer operated by Kurt Miller of Webster City and owned by North Central Turf failed to yield from a stop sign heading into the intersection. Peterson made an evasive maneuver in order to avoid a collision. The Peterson vehicle entered the southwest ditch,breaking off a stop sign and landed in a cornfield owned by Jeff Anderson of rural Webster City. There were no injuries reported in the accident. There was no damage to the trailer operated by Miller but the Peterson vehicle received $10,000 in estimate damages. The accident was investigated by Deputy Alex Pruismann.

The second accident happened at 4:23 Friday afternoon westof Jewell on Hamilton County Road D-56. Reportedly an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Amelia Seuferer of Jewell went off the paved roadway,overcorrected to the left,lost control and entered the north ditch landing in a bean field.Seuferer suffered an arm laceration as a result of the accident. She was taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames by the Jewell EMS Department. Investigating Deputy Dave Turpen estimated the damage to the Seuferer vehicle at $5000.

Van Diest Medical Center Board accepts second round bid packages for clinic project.
Posted: Jul 14 2015 by ppowers

 The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to accept the second round of bid packages for the new Family Health Clinic. Jensen Builders will be in charge of the masonry, general construction, glazin and metal panel work, and roofing. Drees Mechanical of Carroll will be responsible for the mechanical and fire sprinkler installation. Nikkel and Associates of Ames will be in charge of electrical and communications.Van Diest Medical Center CEO Lori Rathbun said the total construction costs for these packages is $4,816,339 which is 1.48% under budget for the project. Ground was broken on the new clinic last Wednesday. The goal is to have the clinic completed by late April of 2016.

Hamilton County Public Health Board to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 13 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Public Health Board will be held Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at their conference room at 820 James Street. Agenda items include a report on the Medicare audit and ratings, HFA Credentialing, personnel issues, and a report from the bioterrorism prepared coalition. The board will also be updated by director Shelby Kroona on current activites in the public health department.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jul 13 2015 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will receive reports from the county auditor, sheriff  ,clerk of court and the Region V Hazardous Materials Response Commission. There will be personnel action in the sheriff and social service departments. The board will make appointments to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Region V Response Commission and Region V Foundation. There will also be approval of a lease agreement with Central Iowa Recovery and the North Iowa Vocational Center. Contracts and agreements with the Iowa Department of Public Health and with the Youth and Shelter Service office. A public hearing for the Master Matrix with the Gourley Research Group L.L.C. is on the agenda. There will also be a public notice on an unpermitted confinement feeding operation in section 26 of Ellsworth Township. The engineer's report on Drainage District 94 will be presented.

August 25 trial date set for Larson and Nessa.
Posted: Jul 14 2015 by ppowers

 An August 25th trial date in Story County District Court has been set for two former Webster City wrestling coaches.50 year old Ted E. Larson and 52 year old Terry Nessa are charged with first degree burglary, willful injury causing serious injury and third degree criminal mischief. Both men earlier this year pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them.They were released on bond.On December 13,2014,both Larson and Nessa are accused of breaking into a rural residence near McCallsburg. They allegedly assaulted a resident of the home, Lyndal Olson who was treated for severe lacerations. There was also damage done to the property with windows broken in the barn and two vehicles being vandalized. Larson is a former head wrestling coach for Webster City High School and school transportation director with Nessa being a former volunteer assistant wrestling coach.

Goldfield woman arrested on charges in a June 27 incident in Eagle Grove.
Posted: Jul 10 2015 by ppowers

Eagle Grove Police Thursday arrested  34 year old Kelly Pamperin of Goldfield on a charge of First Degree of Robbery in connection with an incident on June 27 in Eagle Grove. Pamperin is in the Wright County jail on a bond of $25,000. On June 27 Eagle Grove Police  and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation began an investigation into the stabbing of a man in the 400 block of North Iowa. Later that day, Evan Calo was arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary. Calo was also charged with First Degree Robbery. He remains in the Wright County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Special meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board set for Monday.
Posted: Jul 10 2015 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be this Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.in the cafeteria conference room of the hospital. The board will give approval to the second round bid packages for the Van Diest Family Health Clinic project plus other matters. The regular board meeting for July has been moved up to Tuesday,July 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital conference room. There will be no August board meeting.

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