Insurance bill for families of fallen officers passes

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A version of a local lawmaker’s plan to provide health insurance to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty was approved during the closing hours of the 2018 legislative session. However, the revised version of the bill introduced by state Rep. Mike Sexton, ...

Man shot by dog

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No serious injuries resulted after a man was shot by his dog Wednesday morning. For more information read the full story here.

Gomez leaving Webster County attorney’s office

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Assistant County Attorney Dustin Gomez is resigning from the office. Webster County Attorney Darren Driscoll will begin looking to hire another attorney as soon as possible, Driscoll said Tuesday at the board of supervisors meeting. “I plan to put it on your agenda next week,” ...

State pays wages retroactive to almost one year

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Some taxpayers in Webster County received a big tax refund a few months ago. Now, three state employees will receive an extra “bonus” in the form of wage increases retroactive to almost a year ago. The Webster County Board of Supervisors placed on file retroactive wage increases for ...

North First Street Bridge is closed to traffic

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The North First Street Bridge is now closed to traffic and will remain closed until further notice, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. AML Riverside LLC can be reached from the north side while the bridge is closed. The bridge, built in 1925, is being replaced.

Stovetop fire damages Fort Dodge home

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A stove fire heavily damaged the kitchen area inside of a home located at 1010 S. 15th St. Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The occupants of the home had the fire almost extinguished when Fort Dodge firefighters arrived, according to Steve Hergenreter, Fort Dodge fire ...

Voting opens in primary that sees challenges in key races

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Webster County Supervisors Keith Dencklau and Merrill Leffler were among the first to vote in the upcoming primaries. Early voting opened Monday at 8 a.m. for the primary election, which will be on June 5. Voting is available at the Webster County auditor’s office, 701 Central Ave., ...

Rasmussen appointed to Region IV Hazmat Commission

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CLARION — Wright County Supervisor Rick Rasmussen was appointed to the Region IV Hazmat Commission during the Wright County Board of Supervisors regular meeting Monday. Rasmussen has served as the Wright County District 1 supervisor for five years. He is replacing Supervisor Stan Watne on ...

From our files: May 8, 2018

From Our Files

May 8, 2008 NEWS: George Eichhorn, of Stratford, announced he would run for U.S. Senate against Tom Harkin. SPORTS: Prairie Valley beat Jefferson-Scranton 215-220 in girls golf. May 8, 1993 NEWS: John Mors, of Fort Dodge, was selected to receive the 1993 Governor’s Volunteer Award ...

News of Record: May 8, 2018

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Probation violation — Raymond Flora, 29, no address given, sent to Associate District Court; Sam McDonald, 41, 1819 Seventh Ave. N., sent to District Court; Andrew Patterson, 37, no address given, sent to District Court. Driving under ...

Algona man dies in Sunday rollover crash

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BODE — An Algona man is dead after he lost control of the truck he was driving Sunday morning near Bode. Christopher McKenna, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency workers were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash around 7:20 a.m. on Humboldt County Road C20, or 130th ...

Poppe is in the top five on ‘American Idol’

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CLARKSVILLE — Maddie Poppe, a former Iowa Central Community College student, has made the top five on the popular television show “American Idol.” Poppe, 20, of Clarksville, sings and plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard. She attended Iowa Central in 2016 to study graphic ...

Three hurt in rollover near Callender

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CALLENDER — Three young people were taken to the hospital after the vehicle they were in went out of control and rolled on a gravel road northeast of Callender Sunday afternoon. Jezika Johnson, 16, of Gowrie, was driving west on 280th Street in a Chevy Blazer, according to the Iowa State ...

Raptors to be featured at Fireside Chat

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Raptors will be the subject of a Thursday evening gathering that’s to be the first of a series of Fireside Chats at Camp WaNoki south of Fort Dodge. The Fireside Chat will begin at 7 p.m., according to an announcement from the Webster County Conservation Board. Parking will be available in ...

2018 Rotary scholars

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The Rotary Academic Achievement Banquet is sponsored by the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club, which was organized May 9, 1917. The club is a member of Rotary International, an organization of nearly 1.2 million members worldwide. Fort Dodge Senior High • Aaron (Eli) Asay Parents: Brett ...

Still discovering

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When the staff and residents of Gateway to Discovery recently held an open house at their Hope Sweet Hope Studio, one of the things that visitors could find on the shelves was a whole new product the residents are making. Gateway to Discovery is a long-term residential treatment program for ...

May students, employee of the month honored


The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employees of the month for May. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, and one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Lydia Cowell is the elementary student of ...

From our files — May 7, 2018

From Our Files

May 7, 2008 NEWS: Amy Bruno was the new executive director of the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Mason City, 9-1, in boys tennis. May 7, 1993 NEWS: Gale W. McKinney was named chief financial officer and director of admissions for independent living at ...