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Gunderson Funeral Home funeral director Janet Hubbell serves a group of Fort Dodge Middle School students hot cocoa Thursday morning during the annual Careers on Wheels event on the Iowa Central Community College East Campus.

Driving to work

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As a few snow flurries fell from the sky Thursday morning, a group of Fort Dodge Middle School students huddled in front of the blade of an Iowa Department of Transportation plow truck at the annual Careers on Wheels Day held on the Iowa Central Community College East Campus. Craig Davis, ...

From our files: April 28, 2017

From Our Files

April 28, 2007 NEWS: Fort Dodge native Ann Underbrink Hill left her job as a corporate attorney to work for World Vision, an international relief organization. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Iowa Lakes 2-1 and 8-2 in softball. April 28, 1992 NEWS: William Otto was hired as the executive ...

News of Record: April 28, 2017

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Police Log FORT DODGE Wednesday 8:13 a.m. — A theft was reported in the 1900 block of First Avenue South. 9:48 a.m. — A theft was reported in the 700 block of South 22nd Street. 10:44 a.m. — A shoplifter was reported in the 3000 block of First Avenue South. 11:46 a.m. — A ...

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Wearing hazardous material suits, Fort Dodge Firefighter Derek DeWitt works to repair a simulated ammonia leak as fellow Fort Dodge Firefighter Andy Midtling steadies the ladder.

Breaking in the equipment

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Fort Dodge firefighters who serve on a local hazardous materials team became the first in the state to test out new statewide equipment available to all Hazmat responders. The equipment, which is owned by the State Fire Marshal’s training bureau, provides a variety of tools for varied ...

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Business Office Manager Jessica Hudson crows Edna Quillen, who was named prom queen at the Fort Dodge Health and Rehab prom Thursday afternoon. Robert Sullivan, right, was named prom king. Hudson said this will become an annual tradition at the center.

At the senior prom

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Fort Dodge Health and Rehab held their senior prom celebration Thursday afternoon, which they hope will become an annual tradition. Streamers, balloons and a DJ with bright colored lights completed the look, and about 40 residents came out for the afternoon to celebrate with the staff.

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Army Veteran Roger Edwards, left, of Emmetsburg, takes a selfie with his daughter, Kasey Edwards, at the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight banquet Wednesday evening.

Honor Flight veterans prepare for trip to D.C.

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The group of veterans traveling on the next Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight gathered at the Webster County Fairgrounds Wednesday evening to check in, receive their itinerary and enjoy a meal. The 14th Honor Flight will leave from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport early in the morning on May 6. ...

Members of Fort Museum, FDFAA get sneak peek

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The Fort Museum and Frontier Village will hold a members only sneak peek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in anticipation of the season beginning on May 1. Members of the Fort Dodge Historical Foundation get in free, while members of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association are admitted for $5. ...

From our files — April 27, 2017

From Our Files

April 27, 2007 NEWS: Justine LaBruzzo was named Miss Frontier Days. SPORTS: Southeast Webster-Grand’s Jennifer Jorgensen won the long jump championsip at the Drake Relays. April 27, 1992 NEWS: United Express took over Great Lakes Airline routes at the Fort Dodge Regional ...

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2012 Frontier Days Parade Marshalls Mike and Cindy Mulroney, at left and right, congratulate this year's parade marsharls, Tim and Kellie Guderian as they receive their hats Wednesday afternoon.

Tim and Kellie Guderian are the 2017 Frontier Days Parade marshals

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The Frontier Days Parade Committee has announced the parade marshals for the 2017 Frontier Days Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. June 3 along Central Avenue in downtown Fort Dodge. Tim and Kellie Guderian received their hats Wednesday afternoon in a brief ceremony. They got a little help from ...

Anchor Center bill fails in Iowa session

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A bill that would have exempted the Anchor Character Training Center in Webster County from the state’s educational standards failed to pass in the recently concluded session of the Iowa Legislature. The House of Representatives approved the bill two to three weeks before the Legislature ...

Sande wins contract to build Algona City Hall

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ALGONA — Sande Construction and Supply Co., of Humboldt, has been hired to build the new City Hall building in Algona. The firm submitted a low bid of $2,252,242 and was awarded the contract at Algona’s City Council meeting April 17. Six other bids were received for the project: • ...

New store planned for Fifth Avenue South

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A new convenience store is apparently being planned for the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 31st Street in Fort Dodge. Kwik Trip plans to redevelop property there, Associate City Planner Maggie Carlin told the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission Wednesday. No details of the proposal ...

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Calhoun County Paramedic Jarid Kuchenreuther uses a dummy to show how the LUCAS 2 machine is attached to a person's chest to provide chest compressions. The machine provides consistent compressions, eliminating the need for two paramedics to switch off doing manual CPR and hopefully saving lives.

Helping to save lives

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ROCKWELL CITY — A grant from gaming funds will lead to new lifesaving equipment throughout Calhoun County. Calhoun County Emergency Medical Service will purchase five LUCAS automated chest compression devices, with the help of $42,000 from the Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, ...

Spring Clean-up Days continue

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Spring Clean-up Days will be continue today and the first two Wednesdays of May according to the following schedule: Today — the area south of Second Avenue North and East of 15th Street. May 3 — the area north of Fourth Avenue North and West of 15th Street. May 10 — the area ...

From our files: April 26, 2017

From Our Files

April 26, 2007 NEWS: Students from the Fort Dodge Community School District had art on display at the Crossroads Mall. SPORTS: Jerrod and Jessica Frideres, of Fort Dodge, competed in the Iowa State 8-ball tournament in Davenport. April 26, 1992 NEWS: Cheryl Willey joined Schnurr & ...

News of Record: April 26, 2017

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Tuesday Parole violation — Natasha X. Grady, 41, 1420 11th Ave. S.W., sent to Parole Board. No insurance — Johnny R. Habhab Jr., 28, 902 Third Ave. N., $435. Fraudulent use of registration — Johnny R. Habhab Jr., 28, 902 Third Ave. N., ...

Webster Co. supervisors show support for Main Street Iowa

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The Webster County Board of Supervisors gave its approval Tuesday to an effort to get Fort Dodge back into the Main Street Iowa program. The city and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance have been partnering to explore joining this program for the last six to eight months, said Jill Nelson, ...

Coleman Sanitary District to hold new election

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The board of trustees overseeing the sewers in a small district just south of Fort Dodge held a public meeting Tuesday for what may be the first time in two years to address a number of issues that were brought to light in a recent lawsuit. The meeting was held at the Webster County ...