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No injuries in late afternoon motor vehicle accident in downtown Webster City.
Posted: Apr 02 2015 by ppowers

 No one was injured in a four vehicle accident in downtown Webster City late Wednesday afternoon. Webster City Police reported a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Helen Mason of Webster City was backing out of a parking spot in the 600 block of Second Street when apparently she kept her foot on the accelerator causing her vehicle to collide into a parked 2013 Nissan LSV with the owner unknown. The Mason SUV then pushed the Nissan SUV onto the sidewalk colliding with another parked vehicle,a 2012 Chevrolet Cruse with the owner unknown. A short time later the Mason SUV collided with a westbound 2006 Toyota Avalon driven by Alice Hayes also of Webster City. Extensive damage was done to all four vehicles in the accident. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard cited Helen Mason with Failure to Maintain Control.

Round up time for the Webster City Police Department.
Posted: Apr 02 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police had to play the role of cowboy for a few hours Wednesday morning as they tried to roundup some mules. The incident happened at about 9:15 a.m. when a trailer operated by Charlie Draeger with the mules inside became loose causing the animals to escape in the 700 block of Ohio Street. Local police were joined by the Webster City Street Department in the search for the animals through the grounds of the former Hamilton County Public Hospital grounds, Graceland Cemetery and into Brewer Creek Park. The mules were found nearly two hours later at 1593 Wall Street. The animals were apparently unharmed after their brief escape.

Webster City Police investigating armed robbery at local convenience store.
Posted: Apr 02 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police are investigating an armed robbery at about 1:00 Thursday morning at the Kum and Go Store at 1102 Second Street. Police chief Shiloh Mork reported a subject entered the store, displayed a dark colored handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied with subject's demand and handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The subject then left the store on foot in an unknown direction. There were no injuries reported. The subject was described as a black male between five feet six inches and five feet ten inches, thin, wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and a white bandana over his face. He was further described as having a "southern" accent. The investigation into the robbery at the Kum and Go is continuing. Chief Mork says anyone with information is asked to contact the Webster City Police Department at 515-832-9166 or Hamilton County Crimestoppers at 515-832-8473. In addition tips can be sent by text message to  C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) and typing the keyword IA 40 before typing your message. People providing tips using the crime stoppers phone line and text messaging system will remain anonymous. Your help would be appreciated.

Below normal precipitation,above normal temperatures describe the weather in March in Webster City.
Posted: Apr 01 2015 by ppowers

 Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can best describe the weather in Webster City. Records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for March at 49 degrees and the average low at 22. The normal high temperature for March is 36 degrees. The warmest day for the month was 84 degrees on March 16. It was a new record high for the date breaking the old record of 82 degrees set March 16,2012. The lowest temperature was 8 degrees below zero set the morning of March 5. As for precipitation,we ended March with only three tenths of an inch and a trace of snow. Iowa state climatologist Harry Hillaker said it was the driest March since 1994. The National Weather Service outlook for April in Iowa indicates it will be a month of normal to above normal temperatures and normal to below  normal precipitation. Last April the average high was 58 degrees and the average low was 33 degrees. We measured 4.43 inches of rain and an inch and a half of snow in April,2014. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Slight drop in Hamilton County's Unemployment Rate for February.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

There has been a slight decrease in Hamilton County's unemployment rate. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported today the rate for February was at 5.3 percent down from the January rate of 5.6 percent. There were 6,850 people employed while 380 people in Hamilton County who were unemployed in February. Iowa's unemployment rate for February was at 4.1 percent down from the January rate of 4.2 percent. In surrounding counties, the unemployment rate for Boone County was 3.8 percent,Franklin at 4.6 percent, Hardin at 5.6, Story at 2.7 percent, Webster County at 5.2 percent and Wright County at 4.6 percent.

Home fire under investigation in Woolstock.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

 A house fire sent the Woolstock Fire Department into action early Monday evening. The call was received from the Wayne Westberg residence on Neville Street. Woolstock fire chief Chase Pruismann said the fire started in the garage and spread to the entire residence. The Eagle Grove fire department provided mutual aid at the scene. There were no injuries reported. The Westberg home is a total loss. Firemen remained on the scene for three and a half hours. Chief Pruismann said the fire cause is undetermind but possibly electrical in nature. There were no injuries reported.

Van Diest Medical Center to meet for a special session Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Mar 31 2015 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 in the hospital board room. This will be a closed session for the board.

Jordan Aquifer rule changes to be discussed at Fort Dodge meeting.
Posted: Mar 29 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting in Fort Dodge on proposed rule changes that would govern the use of the Cambrian Ordovician Aquifer commonly called the Jordan Aquifer in Iowa. A stakeholder group, tasked with evaluating and improving the current rules, recommended the proposed changes which include incorporating a three tier criteria to classify each Jordan well with a water allocation permit into one of the three tiers. Wells in the Tier 1 category shall follow standard water use reporting procedures with no additional requirements of site-specific water use reduction plans. Another proposed change would include the permit cycle for Jordan water allocation permits to five years. There would also be the addition of a protected water source in Webster County. The meeting in Fort Dodge will be held April 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room at 424 Central Avenue.

Iowa Falls teller charged with bank embezzlement.
Posted: Mar 27 2015 by ppowers

 A 43 year old Iowa Falls woman has been charged with embezzling more that $144,000 from a bank where she had worked.Federal court documents filed earlier this week say Teresa Kobriger stole the money while an employee for the Iowa Falls State Bank between December,2008 and December,2012. Documents say Kobriger took cash from teller drawers and the bank vault and fraudulently altered bank records to cover up the theft.Kobriger intends to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

Webster City Parks and Rec,Hamilton County Conservation look at issues.
Posted: Mar 27 2015 by ppowers

 Issues facing the Hamilton County Conservation Board and the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission were discussed at a joint meeting held Thursday afternoon. Both departments looked at working together on improvement to park areas and on promotion. Another issue discussed was on the Boone River Recreational Trail. Both the parks and recreation commission and the conservation department will look at the application of grant money to replace the identification signs along the trail that have been faded due to weather. There will also work that will need to be done in the future on cracks that have been noticed along the trail.It's likely that the fixing of the cracks will take place next year.

At a meeting earlier this week the Hamilton County Conservation Board met with John Laird on his environmental education programs and on the improvements to Briggs Woods Park during 2014. The Briggs Woods Golf Course opened for the season on March 17. Russ Appel said the numbers have been down since opening day due to the cold weather but it should pickup in the next few weeks with warmer weather.  The board also met with Jessica Johnson of the Prairie Rivers R C and D on marketing Hamilton County's parks and conservation areas. The department will look at using social media for their promotions beginning late this spring.

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