A new special education teacher for elementary students was hired at the June 16 meeting of the Belmond-Klemme school board.       Lacy Krabbe, who was a teacher at CAL for nine years, will be serving in that position.

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   July 4 will be a three-day holiday in 2022. There will be lots of things to do in Belmond. The theme this year is “Independence Day the Belmond Way." Here is a rundown of all the activities over the three-day holiday.

   The two new bridges north of Belmond are now finished and U.S. Highway 69 was reopened June 30 about 6 p.m. This completes a 15 month construction project that originally was supposed to be finished in just 8 months.

   The City of Belmond is working through problems with recent changes in its automatic utility bill payment system. This includes a new fee of $1.75 per month for direct bank payments.

Two new stop signs will appear soon as a result of action at the June 6 Belmond City Council meeting.

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   A large, eight-inch water recirculating pipe at Belmond's Luick Swimming Pool collapsed over the winter and created a big mess in late May when the filter system was turned on.

   Belmond city officials will be spending the next few weeks looking for a new city manager, just nine months after beginning a previous search.

   Two blocks of Third Street NE were paved in one continuous motion on June 1. A giant paving machine leveled and formed curbs using 51 truckloads of concrete. Driveways and sidewalks will be poured June 8-10, with dirt work and sodding done starting June 13, weather permitting. The street …

   The fourth annual Reading and Running Club wrapped up May 26 with a 4K run along with Franklin Grove Heritage Trail. The run ended at Faris Field where the students were greeted by friends and family.

   Kites Over the Prairie will be held Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jenison-Meacham Art Center and Farm north of Belmond. Activities include a pancake breakfast and a lunch, a vendor fair, kite flying, free kites, inflatables and giant kites. Admission is free (charge for food).

   Older Belmond-Klemme students who have endured extreme challenges could qualify for a new Core Diploma program approved by the school board May 19.

   Wright County 4-H Youth Director Krystal Schnabel recently completed Astro Camp educator training in Ames and will be bringing the program to Clarion next week.