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Belmond School Tax Goes Up and Spending Goes Down

Belmond School Tax Goes Up and Spending Goes Down

Belmond-Klemme School District residents may need a math class to figure this one out, but the school budget will be lower and taxes will be higher. Sounds like that nightmare Algebra course is coming back to haunt you, right? In truth, the explanation will not be algebraic in nature, but simply a matter of economics. The

Forest City Public Works Adds Dump Truck and Snow Plow

It’s not a new model, it’s not even less than 5 years old, but the city got a great deal on a 2004 dump truck combination snow plow from the city of West Des Moines.Forest City spent $60,000 on the the vehicle which replaces a 1997 model in the aging fleet. Street Superintendent Barney Ruiter

Britt City Council Hears Compost Options

Many major metropolitan areas have already got similar programs in place and now it appears the City of Britt will join the ranks of composting. The Department of Natural Resources informed the city last year that they could no lone=ger burn leaves and grass because it released certain harmful gasses into the atmosphere. This left


City is Fined Over Incomplete Plant

With recent issues happening with small towns and their sewer systems, now comes word in Humboldt that the city is being fined $10,000 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The reason is that the city has not finished constructing its water treatment plant. City officials say that the facility is 90% complete. The Department

Rake Seeing Growth With Grand Opening

The town of Rake got a little bigger on Saturday, April 12th with the grand opening of the Rake Bar and Grill. Owner Jessica Hidalgo cut the ribbon with her mother Diane Berryman and Mayor Louise Hagedorn. The restaurant completed its first full week of business last week and according to patrons, is doing well. The bar

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Winnebago County Conservation Board Bans Out-of-County Firewood

The Winnebago County Conservation Board met to approve the Florence Recreation Area Trap Range Public Shoot schedule. The board designed the schedule in previous meetings and looked to make any corrections or additions to the schedule for this year. The board will then took up discussion with ITC Midwest representatives on the proposed power transmission

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Ihrig Formally Charged on Felony Counts

A June trial has been scheduled for a Rudd woman accused of abandoning residents during an early morning shift at a Mason City assisted living center. Debra Ihrig has pleaded not guilty to six counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, nine counts of wanton neglect of a dependent adult and theft. Ihrig

Lake Mills Pre-school Registration Begins

A state funded voluntary preschool program for four year olds will be moving on site at the Lake Mills Community School beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The program follows the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and is designed to get children ready for school when they reach Kindergarten. Two sessions will be taught by

Britt Chamber brings back Race Day

The Britt Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Race Day on Main.  Area race cars will be showcased down Main Street in Britt Friday, May 2nd from 2:30 to 4:30pm.  Best of Class judging will begin at 3:15pm.  Three man tire changing contest will follow around 3:45.  The Britt Area Chamber of Commerce will

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in Iowa.  Alcohol use among youth can cause health and social problems, and can even lead to death.  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that use of alcohol and other drugs is second only to depression and other mood disorders as the most