Juan Gomez was named king and Vanessa Naranjo was named queen of Winter Sports Jan. 11 in the BKHS gymnasium. Attending them were crown bearers Aria Zirbel (daughter of Joel Pals and Shelby Zirbel) and Gavin Didio (son of Ryan and Dawn Didio). Other members of the court included (from left…

   Wright County Assessor Shari Plagge told the Belmond City Council Jan. 4 that a shortage of mid-level homes in the area is driving up prices.

   The value of Iowa farmland rose slightly in 2020, according to research at Iowa State University. The estimated statewide average of an acre is now $7,559, which is an increase of $127, or 1.7 percent since November 2019.

   Belmond-Klemme’s annual Winter Sports celebration will be held next week. Coronation will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in Luick Memorial Gymnasium. Only student’s families will be allowed to attend in person. The coronation will be live- streamed on Belmond-Klemme’s Facebook page.

   A new cold weather activity was set up in downtown Belmond just as the New Year started. A Winter Storywalk on Main Street was installed at 16 businesses.

   The Belmond City Council reviewed a water and sewer rate survey Monday night that suggests the city should raise water rates by 16% per year for each of the next five years, and should raise sewer rates 5% per year for two years.

   See this week's Belmond Independent for a pictorial review of 2020. Order an on-paper or online subscription today by calling 641-444-3333.

   The new Belmond Growth Alliance will be getting right to work when City Hall opens on Monday, Jan. 4. The BGA is a merger of economic development and chamber of commerce activities between the former Belmond Chamber of Commerce, former BIDCO, and the City of Belmond.

   The winners of the Belmond Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas lighting contest have been announced. The categories and winners included:

   On the same night that Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team had to be suspended for two weeks, the school board heard that attendance has not suffered due to Covid-19.

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   If you are a mail subscriber to the Independent, you have likely been missing recent issues of the paper or received them late. What we can tell you is: we have mailed them on time as always, but the U.S. Postal Service outside of Belmond is not doing its job.

  The Belmond-Klemme National Honor Society held a fundraiser for the Cheer Fund recently, and collected $650 for the local charity. Last week a check was presented to Pastor Katie Pals (center), Brandy Crawford and Krista Carlson (right) by Dora Bobadilla and Abby Bates (left). The other me…

   New Librarian Sonya Trager provided the city council a written report Dec. 7 about the activities at the Talbot Belmond Public Library during fiscal year 2019-20.