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Grundy Sheriff's Office Arrest Two on Drug Charges Thursday

02/27/2015 - Two people were arrested last (Thu) night in Grundy County on drug related charges following a traffic stop along Highway 20, 4 miles northeast of Wellsburg.

21-year old Cody Severns of Nevada was charged with possession of marijuana and driving while suspended for non payment of fine and 23-year old Adam Hepworth of Ames was charged with possession of marijuana.

Both men posted bond and were released from custody today (Fri).

Belmond 4th of July Planning Session Monday

02/27/2015 - The Belmond 4th of July Committee will be holding its first planning session for this years annual event Monday (Mar 2) night.

Anyone interested in helping to plan the event is invited to attend the planning session Monday, 5:30 pm at Belmond City Hall.

LeAnn Waltzing has stepped down as coordinator for the 4th of July celebration after serving 10 years in that role. Jenna German has assumed the coordinator position.

The Belmond 4th of July celebration is set for July 3rd through the 5th.

145 Hampton Residents Sign Up For Nixle in First Week

02/27/2015 - In the first week of signup for Hampton's new community notification system, 145 devices were signed up according to Ron Dunt, Hampton City Manager. Dunt says city officials feel that is a pretty good number for the first week.

The City of Hampton is offering residents the opportunity to sign up for the Nixle Community Notification System in an effort to alert in real-time localized emergency situations including when the snow ordinance is put into effect and when it is lifted.

Sign up is free, easy and can be done two ways: text your zip code to 888777 from your mobile phone or by going on line to Residents can also request to receive the message in Spanish and customize their alert settings by creating a user profile at  Once registered, residents will receive confirmation.

Record Low Temperatures Set Across Iowa

02/27/2015 -  The lowest temperature reported in the state of Iowa today (Fri.) was at Stanley southeast of Oelwein at 30 degrees below zero. It dropped to 28 degrees below zero at Elkader and to -24 at both Clarion and Waterloo. The low at Waterloo broke the record of -14 set in 1897.

22 degrees below zero was the low today (Fri.) for Grundy Center, -20 for Rockford, Charles City, Webster City and Marshalltown, -19 in Iowa Falls and 18 degrees below zero in Mason City. The Mason City temperature broke the record of -12 set in 1899.

Allison dropped to 17 degrees below zero today (Fri.) while a record low was set for Hampton of -15 breaking the record of -11 set in 1934.

Trial Continued for Rockford Woman Charged With Child Endangerment

02/27/2015 - Trial for a Rockford woman charged with child endangerment has been continued in Floyd County District Court.

23-year old Stephanie Fatland of Rockford has been charged with 3 counts of child endangerment causing serious injury for alleged injuries reported to her 5-month old baby last July. Authorities say Fatland took her son to a hospital July 20th, 2014. Doctors found several retinal hemorrhages and a bulging soft spot on his skull.

Fatland's trial was scheduled to begin March 10th. It has been continued until May 5th.

Trial Date Set for Cedar Falls Man Charged in Grundy County With Sex Abuse

02/27/2015 - A May 5th trial date has been scheduled for a Cedar Falls man charged with sex abuse in Grundy County.

36-year old Paul Knudsen was charged with 3rd degree sex abuse following incidents in rural Grundy County. The charges include 3 counts of 3rd degree sex abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. According to court records, three of the charges date back to September 2009, the fourth charge is from November 2014.

Knudsen earlier this month posted a 150-thousand dollar bond and was released from custody.

Photo courtesy Grundy County Sheriff's Office.



Franklin County Dispatch Still Experiencing 911 Call Issues

02/26/2015 - Franklin County Emergency Management Director, Thomas Craighton has informed KLMJ News that the Franklin County 9-1-1 Service is still down.

Anyone that is having a problem getting through to dispatch in Franklin County on 9-1-1 is asked to call the 641-456-2731 number until the issue has been resolved.


Open Feeder Pig Class Returns to Franklin County Fair

02/27/2015 - The Open Feeder Pig Class will return to the Franklin County Fair this year after being cancelled last year due to the P-E-D virus epidemic.

The open feeder pig class is for any youth between the ages of 5 and 10. Pigs can be home raised or purchased, but must weigh between 80 and 120 pounds to show at the fair. Pigs must be entered at the fair office in Hampton by June 19th.

Pigs are available to buy from the A-G-W-SR FFA by contacting Advisor James Abbas at jabbas at
The feeder pig show will follow the Bucket Calf Show on July 18th.  The Franklin County Fair runs July 15th through the 19th in Hampton.

Windsor Theatre Fundraising Saturday for Harriman Park Playground Equipment Project

02/27/2015 - Tomorrow (Feb 28), a fundraiser matinee for the Harriman Park Playground for Youth project will be held at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton.

A portion of ticket sales for the one o'clock matinee showing of "SpongeBob Out of Water" will be donated to the project being spearheaded by the Hampton Kiwanis Club for the installation of new playground equipment at Harriman Park in Hampton.

Three dollars of each adult ticket and two dollars of each youth ticket sold will go towards the project.

Take Precautions NOW to Prevent Water Lines From Freezing

02/26/2015 - The City of Hampton is encouraging residents to take measures to prevent water lines from freezing.
Several days of sub-zero temperatures can push the frost line lower than normal, causing water lines to freeze.

Test the water temperature. If it is below 38 degrees, run a constant stream of water from one faucet the thickness of a pencil until the water temperature improves. This will results in a higher water bill, but may prevent the loss of water service and possible costly repairs. Keep in mind that when water pipes have frozen there are few remedies available.

The overnight temperature for tonight (Thu) is forecast at 20 below zero and 15 below for tomorrow (Fri) night.



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