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NAWBO Iowa to hold event celebrating women business owners in Webster City this Thursday,October 29.
Posted: Oct 28 2015 by ppowers

 The National Association of Women Business Owners Iowa Chapter (NAWBO) will be holding an event Thursday,October 29th at The Bridge at Des Moines and Division Street in Webster City to celebrate rural Iowa women in business as part of Iowa Women Business Owner's month that is wrapping up this week. The event will run from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.The evening will feature three speakers. Jayne Armstrong is the director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Iowa District Office will share information on the SBA is doing to assist women business owners as well as the state of women business ownership in Iowa. Dr. Christi Hegstad will talk about the success of her business,MAP Professional Development,Incorporated,nearly 13 years ago.She is the recipient of the 2014 Iowa Woman Business Owner of the Year. Jennifer Bicknese is a former Administrative Law Judge for the State of Iowa. She will talk about her business experiences in Iowa Falls as the owner of a gift and home decor store, a floral store, a Christian book store and formal wear for men. For more information, please go to www.nawboiowa.org. NAWBO is the premier national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries. The association works to strengthen the wealth creating capacity of its members and promote economic development,create innovative and effective changes in the business culture, build strategic alliances,coalitions and affiliations and transform public policy and influence opinion makers.


Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Oct 26 2015 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital conference room. The board agenda includes approving the audit for the 20114-15 fiscal year, the appointment of a compliance officer, approve medical staff appointments and reappointments, make a change in medical staff status and capital requests for the month. There will also be a report from chief executive officer Lori Rathbun on current activities at the hospital. The board will also meet in a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday's meeting.

CROP Walk draws another great following.
Posted: Oct 19 2015 by ppowers

 Thirty three people took part in Sunday afternoon's CROP Walk in Webster City. A group of local churches participated in the annual event to raise funds for Church World Service with 25 percent of the funds coming back to benefit Upper Des Moines Opportunity and its food pantry. Participants walked a two mile route around the Brewer Creek Park area. The walkers also brought with them peanut butter to Upper Des Moines Opportunity, soap for mission work and cash donations. Co-organizer of the walk Deb Christopherson said there was no final figure available as to how much was raised from Sunday's walk. It is hoped a number will be released in the next few days.

VeroBlue Farms announces go ahead to purchase the former Kenco warehouse on Des Moines Street.
Posted: Oct 16 2015 by ppowers

 The former Kenco warehouse on Des Moines Street has been purchased by officials with VeroBlue Farms, Incorporated. The 275,000 square foot building will be used for the expansion of the first land based aquaculture operation in Webster City.It was nearly a year ago that Vero Blue Farms announced their plans to bring the aquaculture business to the community.VeroBlue Farms chief executive officer Les Wulf said that his firm and Iowa's First have been growing the Barramundi species of fish in the Opposing Flow Aquaculture tank system over the past three years. Vero Blue Farms strain of Barramundi fish are obtained from an Australian company, Mainstream Aquaculture. With the expansion in Webster City, VeroBlue Farms has secured the exclusive rights to Mainstream's  strain of Barramundi in North America.The VeroBlue firm holds the global distribution rights to the patented aquaculture tank systems.

No open burning in Wright County until further notice.
Posted: Oct 12 2015 by ppowers

 A proclamation was signed Monday by state fire marshal Jeffrey Quigle for the banning of open burning in Wright County.The proclamation was ordered due to the dry conditions of the past few weeks. Wright County Emergency Management Director Jim Lester is asking all residents to refrain from open burning until further notice.

Webster City School Board to welcome a new board member this Monday.
Posted: Sep 10 2015 by ppowers

 When the Webster City Community School Board meets this Monday evening, September 14,they will be welcoming a new board member.Paul Stenger will be sworn in to serve for the next four years as he replaces Dan Ryherd who is retiring from the school board. Beth Van Diest and Juli Jaycox will also be sworn in for another four year term. The oath of office will be administered to the three board members. There will be a discussion on an interfund loan, approve the list of teacher eligible for lane changes, consider a fund raising request and plans for an informal board meeting with the Stratford and Northeast Hamilton school boards will be set. In other matters, the Webster City school board will discuss plans for the Iowa Association of School Boards convention in November and for the open house next Wednesday for the North Central Career Academy in Eagle Grove. Meeting time is set for 6:00 p.m. Monday at the school administrative office at 820 Des Moines Street.

Iowa State Patrol investigated two motor vehicle accidents over the Labor Day weekend.
Posted: Sep 08 2015 by ppowers

The Iowa State Patrol investigated two motor vehicle accidents in Hamilton County over the Labor Day weekend...

On Sunday afternoon,a one car accident was reported at the southbound 140 mile marker of Interstate 35 south of Williams. Reportedly a southbound 1999 Honda CRV driven by Joshua Moeller of Story City was in the right lane of traffic when the car's right front tire blew out causing the car to enter the ditch. Moeller over corrected the car by tuurning to the left when it then started to roller over. The car came to rest on the left side of the southbound lane of Interstate 35 causing a delay in traffic for a period of time. Moeller and two of his passengers, Gregory Moeller and Rebecca Moeller all of Story City were transported to Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City by the Williams Ambulance for treatment of their injuries. The Moeller car was totaled as a result of the accident. Trooper Mark Anderson investigated the accident.

Late Monday afternoon the Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident north of Webster City on the White Fox Road and 203rd Street. Reportedly a northbound 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Jerrod Rapp of Fort Dodge was stopping to make a right hand turn onto 203rd Street. The Rapp pickup was struck in the rear side by a northbound 2001 Ford Escape SUV driven by Jennifer Griffin of Webster City. A passenger in the Griffin SUV, Gabe Griffin of Hampton was taken to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of injuries by hospital ambulance. The Griffin vehicle was totaled in the accident with damage to the Rapp vehicle estimated at $1000. Trooper Kamp charged Jennifer Griffin with Failure to Stop within the Assured Clear Distance, Failure to Secure a Child under 18 years of age and Failure to have Motor Vehicle Insurance.


Webster City Fire Department investigate mid morning fire on Monday.
Posted: Aug 24 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department was summoned to a fire at the Sharon Benson residence approximately four miles west of Webster City at 2465 Stagecoach Road shortly before 10:30 Monday morning. The home was owned by Kreg Kantak of Webster City. When firemen arrived the flames were coming through the interior and exterior walls of the residence. There was no one home at the time. The Duncombe Fire Department assisted the Webster City Fire Department members in providing water and manpower at the scene. Both departments remained on the scene for about 90 minutes.The cause of the fire was electrical in nature with the area of the fire's origin as undetermined.

Andrew Laird awarded Lions Club of Webster City $500 Scholarship for 2015-2016 school year!
Posted: Aug 20 2015 by nstark

Congratulations to Andrew Laird! The Lions Club of Webster City awarded their $500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year to Laird. This scholarship has been awarded by the Lions Club for over 32 years to a Webster City graduate who is a Junior or Senior in Post-Secondary Education. Andrew is the son of John and Susan Laird.

Reminder of driving by or near school buses...
Posted: Aug 20 2015 by nstark

Reminder of School Buses--- Rose White, at AAA-Iowa, says, "When the red stop lights and stop arm are activated, a driver MUST STOP and remain stopped until the bus driver retracts the stop arm and deactivates the red warning lights." Motorists who are right behind a stopping school bus shouldn't pull right up to the bumper. "Drivers should stop a reasonable distance from the bus to allow the children to safely cross the street," White says. "Always slow down when approaching or overtaking a bus and be prepared to stop." You must stop coming either direction of the bus unless you come from the opposite direction and there is a median between you. Fines for violating this rule is now at least $250 for a first violation and the convicted driver loses their license for a month. A second conviction will bring even heftier fines and a 90-day driver's license suspension.

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