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Deputy Heesch retires after 29 years

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Sgt. Jayson Heesch is retiring from the Webster County Sheriff’s office. His last day will be Dec. 21, said Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs, who praised Heesch’s many years of service with the county. “Jayson and I started at about the same time,” Stubbs said. “I started in ...

From our Files — Dec. 19, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Dec. 19, 2008 NEWS: Local law enforcement officers participated in an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Reponse Training scenario. SPORTS: The St. Edmond eighth-grade girls basketball team beat Humboldt 40-23 (St. Edmond A squad) and 30-15 (St. Edmond B squad). 25 Years ago: ...

News of Record — Dec. 19, 2018

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Tuesday Fourth-degree criminal mischief — Sean M. Utley, 44, 2490 290th St., sent to District Court. Domestic assault — Sean M. Utley, 44, 2490 290th St., continued 180 days. Fifth-degree theft — Cody L. Wassenberg, 18, Badger, $320 and five days ...

County completes $2M land sale to Cargill

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Cargill will pay for land it is purchasing from the county over five years, including interest and additional payment for the county’s expenses in gaining the land. “The county will be made whole,” Supervisor Keith Dencklau said. Webster County over the past year has purchased ...

Peterman is new Webster City Chamber director

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WEBSTER CITY — Jennifer Peterman has been hired as the new director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her duties Tuesday. She and her husband, Dan, live on an acreage west of Webster City. Originally, from Gowrie, Peterman was previously employed with the Webster ...

Recycling center keeping afloat, selling locally

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While some recycling centers in Iowa struggle, the regional center serving Fort Dodge continues to sell paper locally, according to operations manager Jason Slinker. Slinker oversees recycling operations for about 42 towns through the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency south ...

Beleaguered Webster City Chamber given nearly $30K in tax grant

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WEBSTER CITY — Thousands of dollars of hotel/motel tax grants were awarded at Monday’s City Council meeting, including almost $30,000 to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. Council members approved the grants based on recommendations from Andy Sowle, chairman of the Hotel/Motel ...

Fire damages adjacent FD homes, burning hole in one

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Two houses received damage, one of them more severely, after a fire started inside one of them in Fort Dodge late Monday morning. No one was hurt and people in both houses got out safely, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. The fire started just before noon at 2050 ...

Clover Kids Superhero Day is Dec. 28

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding Clover Kids Superhero Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old U.S. Highway 169. Second- and third-graders are invited to dress up as their favorite superhero for a day of fun, including the star lab, ...

From our files: Dec. 18, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Dec. 18, 2008 NEWS: A pickup truck crashed through the front wall of Sun Market & Deli, but no one was injured. SPORTS: East Sac County beat Southeast Webster 73-60 in boys basketball. 25 Years ago: Dec. 18, 1993 NEWS: The Rev. Marvin Smith was the new pastor at ...

News of Record: Dec. 18, 2018

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Police Log FORT DODGE Friday A theft was reported in the 3500 block of Fifth Avenue South. A theft was reported in the 200 block of North 29th Street. Harassment was reported in the 2800 block of Fourth Avenue North. A counterfeit bill was reported in the 100 block of North 22nd ...

FD fireworks decision passes on split vote

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People who get caught illegally shooting off fireworks in Fort Dodge will help to pay for the large professional pyrotechnics show on Independence Day under a plan approved Monday by the City Council. The measure, OK’d on a 5-1 vote, would earmark a portion of the fines paid by fireworks ...

Webster City aids Hamilton County after shed fire

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WEBSTER CITY — The city of Webster City is loaning some equipment to the county after a costly early morning fire that engulfed a Hamilton County maintenance shed. Ken Wetlzer, the city’s public works director, reported during Monday’s City Council meeting, that the city would be ...

City faces budget unknown in backfill payments

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Fort Dodge officials crafting the 2019-2020 city budget don’t know how Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Legislature will address a major source of revenue for local governments. In 2013, when then-Gov. Terry Branstad and the lawmakers created a commercial property tax cut, they included money to ...

Bids rejected for razing former pastry shop

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WEBSTER CITY — The City Council on Monday rejected bids for the demolition of a former pastry shop located in the city’s downtown. According to City Clerk Karyl Bonjour, the bids exceeded the engineer’s opinion of probable cost. The shop, located at 605 Second Street, was acquired by ...