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Future of Jewell Jubilee to be discussed Thursday evening.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 For many years the Jewell Lions club has sponsored the annual Jewell Jubilee celebration. The event each year is held the second weekend in June with a parade, barbecue, fireworks and meal. The future of this celebration is on the line due to a drop in financial donations and volunteer support. A meeting on the future of Jewell Jubilee will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 at the Montgomery Memorial Library meeting room. Residents of Jewell are invited to attend this meeting to look at the options.

Eagle Grove school board approves SBRC requests Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 The Eagle Grove Community School Board Monday evening approved the requests to the School Budget Review Committee for Modified Supplement Amounts for the 2014-15 for Increasing Enrollment of $14,913, for new Open Enrollment Out at $41,011 and LEP Instruction Beyond Five Years at $22,824. The requests will be sent to the state school budget review committee for final approval.

The board approved the agreement governing the use of Eagle Grove school's facilities by Iowa Central for the 2014-15 school year. The district's Affirmative Action plan was approved by the board.A resignation from Annette Weist as a teacher associate was accepted. Superintendent Jess Tolliver informed the board on the completion of the lighting projects and boiler inspections in each of the district buildings.


Randall City Council looks at joining Hamilton County S.E.E.D.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 At their Tuesday night meeting the Randall City Council looked at the possibility of joining Hamilton County Support for Enriching Economic Development (S.E.E.D). The city was a former member of the county economic development organization but left the group a few years ago. One of the reasons for rejoining is to get a grant for renovating the front of a building on the Main Street area owned by Darrel Henderson.The council had several questions and asked that he provide additional information before a commitment is made. A report will be made at the December meeting.

The Randall fire station has been completed. The community fire department and city grounds department have moved their equipment to the new facility. 

There was a brief discussion on barking dogs in the Randall community on a property on Third Street Circle. Randall residents K.C. and Steven Moore suggested that the city have any ordinance similar to Story City's ordinance on barking dogs. The city of Randall's code of ordinances contains an exact copy. The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow or permit such dogs to cause serious annoyance or disturbance to any person or persons by frequent and habitual howling and barking or by running after or chasing persons, bicyles, automobiles or other vehicles. There will be further discussion at next month's meeting.

Lockdown ends at Iowa Central Community College.
Posted: Nov 11 2014 by ppowers

 Classes are resuming today on the Fort Dodge campus of Iowa Central Community College after a lockdown was issued late Monday afternoon. Fort Dodge Police responded to an altercation on campus. Officers spoke with a female who stated that a group of males entered her dorm room while her and others were in the room. During the investigation,one of the individuals displayed a firearm to the individuals in the room. There were no injuries. The males left the room a short time later. Fort Dodge Police and Iowa Central officials placed the entire campus on lockdown for nearly three hours as the investigation continued. The all clear was given at 6:15 Monday evening after it was determined that everything was safe on campus. Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty said the incident appeared to be an isolated one with no danger to anyone. The police and Iowa Central officials will continue with their investigation.

Hilpipre sworn in as new Hamilton County Treasurer
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers


Joni Hilpipre was sworn in Monday afternoon as the new Hamilton County Treasurer. Hilpipre won Tuesday's election for the position. She will serve for the next four years. Hilpipre takes over the seat from Shari Vermett who has retired. Vermett has been a long time employee in the county treasurer's department.She became treasurer when Deb Leksell retired two years ago. There were no changes as far as office staff in the treasurer's office. Authorization on accounts were approved between the treasurer and First American Bank, First State Bank and WCF Financial Bank.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be held Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors room of the courthouse in Clarion. The board will meet with county engineer Adam Clemons for a proposed feasibility and design services project on a bridge located on Wright County Road R-65 in Belmond Township. Wright County Assessor Shari Plagge will present the Family Farm Credit Applications for approval. There will be a canvas for votes in the November 4 general election. Elderbridge Agency on Aging Director Beth Bahnson will present her annual report to the supervisors. In other matters, the Wright County Supervisors will look at plans for cleaning out the ditch in drainage district 62. The board will go into a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy at 11:00 a.m. A department head meeting is scheduled for 1:30 Monday afternoon.

Fort Dodge man injured in Sunday afternoon accident.
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when he was struck by an air borne motorcycle at an off road park. 30 year old Mitchell J. Frank went on to the track at Gypsum City OHV Park in Fort Dodge to get a younger rider who had ridden out on to the track and into the path of other vehicles. While on the track, a motorcycle being operated by a juvenile came over a jump and landed on Frank with the peg of the cycle hitting him in the head. Frank was air-lifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines where he is being treated for a head injury.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Monday evening
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees will be Monday evening at 6:00 in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The board will discuss plans on sending out a fund raising letter later this month to past contributors of the library. There will also be a discussion on the library's 2015 budget. Director Angie Martin Schwarze will present a report on current library activities. There will also be an an update on the Kendall Young Library farm operation by Richard Carlson of Farmers National Company.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the administration building at 825 Beach Street. The board will review and approve special education and Head Start contracts, receive a textbook inventory,approve the seniority listing, consider a modified allowable growth request and fundraising request. There will also be a presentation on the Rural School Advocates of Iowa. The Webster City Community School Board will meet in a work session after the meeting to discuss finances. 

Illegal immigrant from Hampton pleads guilty in federal court.
Posted: Nov 07 2014 by ppowers

 An illegal immigrant from Hampton pleaded guilty this week in U.S. Federal Court in Cedar Rapids to charges filed against him.44 year old Abe Hernandez Labra was charged with one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to vote and one count of harboring an illegal alien. In a plea agreement before the court, Hernandez-Labra admitted that he is a Mexican citizen who illegally entered the United States. He admitted that he purchased a birth certificate and Social Security number of an American citizen born in Puerto Rico and assumed that identity. Falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen,Hernandez-Labra used those documents to obtain Iowa driver's licenses which he in turn used to apply for and fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport in 2008 and to unlawfully register and vote in the 2012 federal election. He also admitted that during 2014 he harbored and encouraged an illegal alien to reside unlawfully in the U.S. by providing work and a residence  and by not reporting the alien to immigration authorities. Hernandez Labra is in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade. The date for the sentencing has yet to be set.The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Tvedt. Several agencies investigated the case including the Webster City Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

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