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Members of St. John's catholic church gather outside after a farewell mass at the church Sunday.

Saying goodbye: Final mass held at Gilmore City catholic church

Local News

GILMORE CITY — St. John’s Evangelist Parish is the only church Betty Stearns has ever known. Stearns, of Gilmore City, started attending mass at the Gilmore City catholic church in 1952. “It’s the only one I know,” Stearns said. “My whole family was baptized in this ...

Expanding communication skills


All students should have the ability to express their feelings, wants, and needs. However, some students aren’t able to speak clearly enough for everyone to understand them, while others may not be able to speak at all. Students with significant disabilities have multiple complex learning ...

From our files — June 26, 2017

From Our Files

June 26, 2007 NEWS: The Fort Dodge City Council endorsed the Envistion 2030 plan. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Marshalltown 13-3 and 7-0 in softball. June 26, 1992 NEWS: Nancy Wyatt was elected to the Barnum City Council in a special election. SPORTS: Carroll Kuemper beat St. Edmond 7-0 ...

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Brian Ring works on upgrading a bike which had been abandoned in a shed, so it can be given to a new owner and rider.

He turns ‘ugly duckling’ bicycles into ‘beautiful swans’

Local News

CLARION — Brian Ring makes sure his bikes are well cared for before he takes a ride. Lots of people do that, but Ring takes his hobby one step farther. He ‘adopts’ all kinds of bicycles, those which work and those in pieces, and makes them into ‘like-new’ bikes. His new ...

Manson man dead following 4-vehicle crash Friday

Local News

MANSON — Eugene Zinnel, of Manson, has died after suffering injuries in a four-vehicle chain reaction crash, a member of his family confirmed Sunday. Zinnel passed away Sunday afternoon, according to his daughter Lori Kraft. Online records indicate he was 78. Three people were injured ...

Woman, 3 children recovering after car-train collision

Local News

A woman and three children are recovering after a car versus train collision southeast of Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon. Traci Guthrie, of Fort Dodge, was driving southbound in an SUV when she collided with a train at a grade crossing, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State ...

Head-on collision leaves pair of off-road riders seriously injured

Local News

The two men who were injured Saturday afternoon when they collided head on while riding an ATV and a dirt bike have been transported to an Iowa City hospital, according to Josh Van Waes, Webster County sheriff’s deputy. Dennis Brown, 34, of Gilmore City, and Sonny Dreesman, 27, of Fort ...

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Kirk Kaufman sits in his recording studio at Juniors Motel, one mile outside of Otho, recently. Kaufman is a member of the band HAWKS. The band is playing at Shellabration July 8.

Down at Junior’s Motel

Local News

OTHO — There’s a place to go, a mile west of Otho, tucked away on a gravel road, it’s called Junior’s Motel. But it’s not a bed and breakfast. Owned by Kirk Kaufman, Junior’s Motel is a professional recording studio concealed by green ivy and situated behind a house and next to ...

FD council to discuss open burning

News Brief

Fort Dodge City Council members will discuss open burning and once again try to determine the future ownership of a rundown house now in the local government’s possession when they meet Monday. The council will meet for a workshop on open burning at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 ...

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The Starbucks at Hy-Vee is busy on a recent morning. Hy-Vee manager Tim Flaherty said the kiosk has 12 to 15 employees who work throughout the week.

Starbucks at Hy-Vee is booming

Local Business

All across America taking time out for a coffee drink has been revolutionized by Starbucks. In Fort Dodge, partaking of that company’s plethora of coffee concoctions and sampling enticing foods carefully crafted to accompany the beverage selected can now be part of a shopping excursion to ...

James Mueller joins UnityPoint Clinic

Business Briefs

UnityPoint Clinic has welcomed James Mueller, M.D. to its team orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Mueller received his Medical Degree at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Hand Surgery ...

From our files: June 25, 2017

From Our Files

June 26, 2007 NEWS: Brad Baker, a second-grade student at St. Edmond Elementary School, was featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Chad McCarty, of Tiffin, won the Fort Dodge Amateur with a nine-under 204. June 26, 1992 NEWS: Five New Jersey bicyclists, who were riding across the ...

News of Record: June 25, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Theft, first-degree — Terrance Foy, 30, 414 S. 16th St., preliminary hearing scheduled for June 30. Probation violation — Terrance Foy, 30, 414 S. 16th St., preliminary hearing scheduled for June 30; Dylan Frost, 24, 130 N. Eighth St., ...

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Fort Dodge Police officer Matt Meyer and Webster County Deputy Derek Christie talk with members of the Canadian National Railroad crew that was operating an eastbound train Saturday afternoon when it collided with a southbound SUV at the Racine Avenue grade crossing. According to Webster County Sheriff's deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and her three children were injured in the accident. One of the injured, a child, was taken from the scene by UnityPoint LifeFlight air ambulance. Crews from both Vincent and Fort Dodge Fire Departments, Fort Dodge Police, Webster County Sheriff's department, Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the accident which was reported at 3:24 p.m. The investigation into the accident has been turned over to the Iowa State Patrol. Train crews had to split the train at the grade crossing to allow rescue workers access. The train crew was not injured. Names and condition of the injured were not available at press time.

Woman, 3 kids hurt in car-train crash

Local News

A woman and her three children were injured when an SUV collided with a train at a grade crossing southeast of Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon. The names of the injured were not disclosed. According to Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and ...

Extension offers ‘Women Marketing Grain’

News Brief

Women Marketing Grain, a four-week course designed to help farm women learn market strategies and stay on track for long term market success, is being offered by Webster County Extension. Classes begin July 10 and continue through July 31. Online registration is available at ...

Ted Hugghins named ILTA president

Business Briefs

Ted Hugghins, co-owner and manager of Abstract Associates of Webster County, Wright County and Calhoun County, was elected president of the Iowa Land Title Association at its annual meeting in May. He previously served as north central Iowa regional vice president, and as a member of the ...

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Pride In Community Appearance volunteers Kay Brand, at left, along with Nancy Spire, both of Fort Dodge, work on removing weeds from a flower bed near the splash pad in Oleson Park during a recent work day.


Hometown Pride

Members of PICA have found it is a way to become active and gain lifetime friendships with a group of people doing good. PICA, which stands for Pride in Community Appearance, began in 2002, a creation of Jan and Phyllis Wilson, of Fort Dodge. It is one of only two groups in Iowa doing this ...