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Maria Gomez, 6, of Fort Dodge, holds a candle Thursday evening as she watches balloons rise into the sky during a candlelight vigil for her mom, Jessica Gomez, 26, of Fort Dodge. Gomez went missing earlier this month, her body was found near Clare on Aug. 12.

Jessica Gomez

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Above all else, Jessica Gomez was a loving mother to her three children, according to those who knew her. “Her kids meant everything to her,” Shawn Halbur, Gomez’s older brother, said. “They meant everything to her. She loved them all. She just really wanted to be a ...

Meriwether dinner is canceled

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Due to an unforeseen event, the Meriwether dinner scheduled for Saturday is canceled until further notice. The plan is to reschedule the event in mid-September. Anyone holding tickets can use them at the rescheduled event.

From our files: Aug. 18, 2017

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Aug. 18, 2007 NEWS: Fort Dodge graduate Al Robinson drove his 1940 Ford convertible from South Carolina to attend his 50-year high school reunion. SPORTS: Fort Dodge placed seventh in the CIML boys invitational golf tournament. Aug. 18, 1992 NEWS: Singer Wayne Newton filed for ...

News of Record: Aug. 18, 2017

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Police Log FORT DODGE Wednesday A theft was reported in the 200 block of North 14th Street. A theft was reported in the 3000 block of Fifth Avenue South. A theft was reported in the 300 block of South 13th Street. Unauthorized use of a credit card was reported in the 3000 block of ...

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Fort Dodge Police officer Bryan Slama covers the hallway as a group of school staff leave a classroom at St. Paul Lutheran School during an active shooter drill.

Preparing for an active shooter

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Something was heard and smelled Thursday morning in the hallway at St. Paul Lutheran School — something that it’s hoped, is never heard or smelled there for real. The sound and odor were echoing booms from gunshots and the smell of freshly burned powder . They followed a shooter who ...

400 block of North 15 Street closed today

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The 400 block of North 15th Street will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. today so that city crews can remove a tree, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Sixth Avenue North to North 22nd Street, continuing on to Second Avenue North and ...

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Another woman reported missing

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Another woman has been reported missing in Webster County this week. Jennifer M. Nielsen-Buckley, 39, of Dayton, was reported missing on Tuesday. Nielsen-Buckley is a white woman with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She may be driving a ...

Shag the drag today and Saturday

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Cars will be cruising up and down Central Avenue once again this weekend in a Shag the Drag event. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday on Central Avenue in Fort Dodge, and is just a chance for cars to cruise up and down the street, organized by Jimmy Coleman. Coleman said ...

Reunion, Old Skool-style

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For blues fans, tonight will offer an opportunity to not only hear Fort Dodge native Millard Temple perform live as “Sonny Boy and Money,” but also help raise funds for the Athletics For Education and Success program. AFES Executive Director Charles Clayton is looking forward to hearing ...

In Wright County, green water gets DNR attention

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EAGLE GROVE — State environmental officials are investigating the discovery of green-colored water in a Wright County drainage ditch. The water was discovered Wednesday. Officials of the state Department of Natural Resources were on the scene Wednesday and Thursday. The green-colored ...

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Scott Krause, an Algona auto dealer, faces multiple felonies, including a charge of ongoing criminal conduct.

Krause accused of overcharging for vehicles

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ALGONA — An Algona car dealer is facing multiple felony charges accusing him of overcharging for vehicles sold at his dealership. Scott A. Krause, 56, of Algona, is charged with one count of ongoing criminal conduct, four counts of first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree ...

From our Files — Aug. 17, 2017

From Our Files

Aug. 17, 2007 NEWS: The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 861, brought a NASCAR simulator to Fort Dodge to raise funds for scholarships and events. SPORTS: The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-4. Aug. 17, 1992 NEWS: Soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Iowa Army National ...

News of Record — Aug. 17, 2017

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Police Log FORT DODGE Tuesday A burglary and theft were reported in the 1500 block of Knollcrest Drive. A theft was reported in the 1100 block of Avenue B. A theft was reported in the 900 block of Central Avenue. A forgery was reported in the 10 block of South Third Street. A ...

Network gives first responders emergency priority

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Iowa recently became one of the first states to join a nationwide network for first responders. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Iowa is joining the FirstNet cellular network July 18. According to Scott Forbes, Webster County emergency management coordinator, Iowa is one of just five states ...

Moorland firm wants to hire NCCF inmates

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A Webster County pallet recycling company that is considering hiring prison workers appealed to the Webster County Board of Supervisors this week. Supervisors heard Tuesday from Dan Clark, director of Iowa Prison Industries, who told the supervisors that Was Broken Pallet, of Moorland, is ...

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Royce Mora, 6, of Duncombe, pulls down his new shades at Crossroads Mall during the 15th annual Back to School Bash Tuesday night.

Ready for school

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At the Back to School Bash, Royce Mora, 6, of Duncombe, found himself a new pair of sunglasses and a stylish backpack to accompany him back to school. Mora will be entering kindergarten at Butler Elementary School in September. The 15th annual event put on by Upper Des Moines ...

News of Record: Aug. 16, 2017

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Arrivals TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER DODGEN — Lisa and Joel, Humboldt, a girl, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. ARCHIBALD — Jenna and Trevor, Fort Dodge, a girl, Monday Aug. 14, 2017. CHRISTENSEN — Kelsey and Tyler, Fort Dodge, a boy, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Police Log FORT ...

Jessica Gomez

Knigge, Williams await extradition from Indiana on murder charges

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The two people charged with killing a Fort Dodge woman are awaiting extradition from Indiana. Mackenzie L. Knigge, 26, of Clare, and Phillip A. Williams, 25, of Lafayette, Indiana, are each charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jessica Gomez, 26. It’s not clear how soon the two ...

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E.G. man faces federal child porn charges

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EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove man accused of sexual exploitation of a child and possessing child pornography has been charged in federal court. Jason Marvets, 30, has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child, enticement of a minor, extortion, destruction of evidence, and ...