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13-year-old boy charged with attempted murder

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A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, a class B felony, in connection with a Nov. 28 shooting that took place a few blocks from Butler Elementary School, according to Fort Dodge police reports. The teen was arrested Tuesday, police reported. His name is ...

From our Files — Jan. 19, 2017

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Jan. 19, 2007 NEWS: The Dodger Diner chili cook-off was held at Fort Dodge Community Schools Central Administration Building. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Pomeroy-Palmer 45-35 in girls basketball. Jan. 19, 1992 NEWS: Dr. Drew Sieben received the 1991 District Award of Merit from the Twin ...

News of Record — Jan. 19, 2017

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Arrivals TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER SCHARF — Tracy and Corey, Humboldt, a boy, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. HILTON — Jenna and Jake, Humboldt, a girl, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. RODRIGUEZ — Diane and Juan, Eagle Grove, a boy, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. PESINA — Salina, Fort Dodge, a ...

Fire started in dog house damages garage

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A detached two car garage at 317 Ave. E owned by Scott Davis was damaged Wednesday morning in a fire that kept firefighters on the scene for a couple of hours. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett said the fire — reported at 10:51 a.m. — started outside the garage in a dog ...

King named to three panels in U.S. House

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U.S. Rep. Steve King has been named to three committees in the House of Representatives and will be the chairman of a subcommittee. The Republican from Kiron will once again be a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He will also be the chairman of that panel’s Subcommittee on the ...

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Susan Olson, a member of the Webster County Genealogical Society, shows how delicate certain documents stored at the Fort Dodge Public Library can be. To help preserve them, the society would like to buy a special scanner.
Susan Olson, a member of the Webster County Genealogical Society, shows how delicate certain documents can be Wednesday morning at the Fort Dodge Public Library.

Genealogical Society seeks special scanner

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When Wally Whitehill, of Fort Dodge, was looking for the obituary of a Civil War veteran who died in 1912, Susan M. Olson, president of the Webster County Genealogical Society, was there to help locate it for him. Whitehill was at the Fort Dodge Public Library Wednesday ...

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This illustration shows the proposed 32-foot tall clock tower to be placed in the center of the roundabout intersection at First Avenue South and 12th Street. It is expected to be installed this summer.

Coming this summer

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The roundabout intersections in downtown Fort Dodge will be decorated with what city officials call gateway features this year. A series of three tall metal banners affixed to poles will be placed at First Avenue South and Sixth Street. A 32-foot-tall clock tower will be positioned at ...

News of Record: Jan. 18, 2017

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Arrivals IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER KREMER — Molly and Mike, Newton, a girl, Ivory Isolde, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Grandparents are Marty and Janet Eslick, Fort Dodge; Kim and Tim Dudley, Walker; and Jim and Kim Kremer, Aurora. Great-grandparents are Daryl and Audrey Eslick, Webster ...

From our files: Jan. 18, 2017

From Our Files

Jan. 18, 2007 NEWS: Envision 2030 public input sessions began. SPORTS: Iowa Central wrestlers beat Minnesota West 38-6. Jan. 18, 1992 NEWS: The Iowa State Troopers Association gave Holy Rosary School a check for $1,000. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Dodger boys basketball team beat Mason City ...

Macke leaving Gowrie

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GOWRIE — Macke Gowrie, 1111 Beek St., will be closing its doors on Saturday. The car dealership, owned by Gus Macke, began operating in Gowrie about two-and-a-half years ago, according to Luke Anstoeter, marketing manager. Macke Motors Inc. in Lake City, also owned by Gus Macke, will ...

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Webster City welcomes new fire chief

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WEBSTER CITY — Webster City introduced its new fire chief, Charles Stansfield, at a City Council meeting Monday that was held despite the icy weather. “I’d just like to say thank you for the opportunity to come to Webster City,” Stansfield said. “I am definitely excited to be ...

Supervisors eliminate final two transport officer positions

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The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved eliminating the final two transport officer positions for the Webster County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday. The unanimous vote was held during the board’s regular meeting at the Webster County Courthouse. Sheriff Jim Stubbs explained that ...

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13-year-old charged with attempted murder

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A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, a class B felony, in connection with a Nov. 28 shooting that took place a few blocks from Butler Elementary School, according to police reports. The boy's name is not being released at this time. On Nov. 28, ...

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Icicles hang from a picnic table outside the Webster County Social Services Building Monday morning.

Holiday on ice

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Ice covered much of Iowa Monday as freezing rain and cool temperatures caused slick roads for those who decided to go out. The ice began creeping into the Fort Dodge area early Sunday night, according to Jim Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des ...

From our files: Jan. 17, 2017

From Our Files

Jan. 17, 2007 NEWS: Frontier Days committee raised the price from $3 to $5 for admission buttons. SPORTS: Dodger girls beat Southeast Polk 51-38 in basketball. Jan. 17, 1992 NEWS: The Fort Dodge Civitan Club launched its junior club with a charter ceremony. SPORTS: The Fort Dodge ...

News of Record: Jan. 17, 2017

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Arrivals VAN DIEST MEDICAL CENTER GIBSON — Brittney and James, Webster City, a girl, Sophia Jane, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Grandparents are Tom and Sherri Olson, Williams; Patrice Haastrup, Chicago, Illinois; and James Gibson Sr., Chicago, Illinois. Great-grandparents are Jane Olson, ...

Taking on the challenge

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When the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and Athletics for Education and Success host an MLK celebration on Saturday, Eddie Moore, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be telling attendees that it’s time to stop dreaming. Moore is scheduled to be a special guest speaker during the event at the ...

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Clear roadways shown near First Avenue South in Fort Dodge on Sunday may have sheets of ice on them today with a potentially dangerous ice storm in the forecast.

The calm before the ice storm

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A wintery mix of ice and freezing rain forecasted to make its way through north central Iowa today may cause power outages in the area. With that in mind, MidAmerican Energy Co. has been preparing for the possible outages, according to Debora Blume, spokeswoman for MidAmerican ...

Calhoun County foundation seeks grant applications

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ROCKWELL CITY — The Calhoun County Community Foundation is seeking grant applications as it prepares to distribute $42,000 for betterment projects. The $42,000 was given to the foundation by the Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. The grants will be for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or ...

From our files: Jan. 16, 2016

From Our Files

Jan. 16, 2007 NEWS: The Fort Dodge City Council budget called for closing the Oleson Park pool. SPORTS: Community Christian beat Ames 38-13 in a girls middle school basketball game≥ Jan. 16, 1992 NEWS: David Madsen opened Oak Hill Furniture at 339 Loomis Ave. SPORTS: Iowa Central ...