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Jennifer Schild, a kindergarten teacher at Community Christian School in Fort Dodge, strums her guitar during a sing-along with her students recently. Schild started playing the guitar while attending the University of Northern Iowa in the late 1970s.

Still smiling

Local News

Finding out that two of your family members have cancer in the same year might send some people reeling. But for Jennifer Schild, a kindergarten teacher at Community Christian School for 36 years, her choice has been to remain positive through the adversity. Schild, of Badger, has ...

From our Files — Feb. 27, 2017

From Our Files

Feb. 27, 2007 NEWS: The Fort Dodge City Council discussed replaing the Oleson Park pool with a splash pad. SPORTS: Manson Northwest Webster beat North Polk 54-27 in girls basketball. Feb. 27, 1992 NEWS: Leonard Runn, 83, of Stratford, carved wooden miniature replicas of farm ...

More charges filed in Ames shooting

Local News

The four men who were arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting near Iowa State University’s campus in Ames Feb. 19 are facing additional charges, according to the Ames Police Department. Terrion Maxfield, 20, Desmon R. Siner, 19, Charles Smith, 20, and Traveion D. Henry, 21, each were ...

A day of Black History

Local News

A Black History Expo and the Pleasant Valley yesterday and today program have been rescheduled for March 11. The two programs were canceled Saturday due to inclement weather. Sherry Washington will be hosting the Pleasant Valley yesterday and today program at 11 a.m. at the Fort Dodge ...

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The proposed site for the Prestage pork processing plant, five miles south of Eagle Grove, is shown above. This location is on the northwest side of the intersection of Wright County Road C56 and Iowa Highway 17.

Prestage pork plant will affect much of North Central Iowa

Local News

WRIGHT COUNTY — A plan for Prestage Foods of Iowa to build its $250 million pork processing plant five miles south of Eagle Grove off Iowa Highway 17 has already caused a ripple effect across North Central Iowa in counties that could be impacted when the plant opens. Officials in ...

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Store Leader David Munoz knows his cigars, and can help customers of any level of smoking experience pick out a cigar to their taste pick one out of the walk-in Humidor at the Kwik Star Express, now open at Second Avenue North and 15th Street.

Kwik Star Express offers shopping options

Local Business

The newest gas station and convenience store in town has something unusual to offer—a walk-in humidor stocked with a wide variety of cigars. The Kwik Star Express at the corner of Second Avenue North and 15th Street celebrated its official grand opening this week, after a soft opening ...

Bethke promoted at Citizens CCU

Business Briefs

Ashley Bethke has been promoted to assistant branch manager of Citizens Community Credit Union at the Hy-Vee office in Fort Dodge. Bethke has been with Citizens for two years, previously serving as a member service representative. Her responsibilities will include assisting with branch ...

From our Files: Feb. 26, 2017

From Our Files

Feb. 26, 2007 NEWS: Jacob Winge, a seventh-grade student at St. Edmond Middle School, was featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Jimmy Johnson Jr. bowled an 827 series. Feb. 26, 1992 NEWS: Steven G. Kersten was sworn in as a Webster County magistrate to replace Kurt Wilke, who was ...

News of Record: Feb. 26, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Operating vehicle without owner’s consent — Daniella Fridolfson, 34, 704 14th Ave. N., preliminary hearing scheduled for March 3. Driving while denied or revoked — Daniella Fridolfson, 34, 704 14th Ave. N., preliminary hearing scheduled for ...

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Maureen Powers, owner of Buckroyd Studio in Fort Dodge, looks over an old 5-by-7 view camera in the back work rooms of the studio at 1222 Central Ave. Over the past 70 years, a large collection of props, cameras and other artifacts has steadily accumulated.

Closing the studio

Local News

Once upon a time, the small open space just behind the front showroom at Buckroyd Studio would have been used by owner Maureen Powers to sit down with clients and help them select their senior pictures or family portraits. Today, with the walls still decorated with hundreds of sample ...

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Mary Haverkamp poses in the winery of her Kossuth County farm, where vinifies 13 different types of wine using grapes from her vineyard and from neighboring grape growers.

Family-owned winery ‘good size for us’

Local Business

ALGONA — There’s more to a winery than grapes. “You have to be multifaceted,” said Mary Haverkamp, a Kossuth County vineyard and winery owner. “There’s the grapes in the vineyard and there’s making the wines, but there is also hosting events and getting your product out to ...

Fort Dodge Council may attempt to override salary veto

Local News

The Fort Dodge City Council may try to override a recent veto by Mayor Matt Bemrich when it meets on Monday. The council voted on Feb. 13 to raise the salary of the mayor from $15,000 to $17,000, effective in 2018. Bemrich immediately pledged to veto the measure and did so last week. Five ...

Vansickels named Couple of the Year

Community Showcase

Roger and Marilyn Vansickel received the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter IA-W Couple of the Year at a recent Chapter Gathering. The program provides an opportunity for local Chapters to recognize and honor a couple each year for their dedication, accomplishments and participation ...

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Rhonda Williams, of Fort Dodge, works on clearing her front steps Friday during her lunch hour to make her mail carrier's job a little easier in the 400 block of North 27th Street.

Winter returns

Local News

Dayton residents spent part of the early Friday morning hours without electricity as a winter storm hammered the area. Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said the problem was a substation on the south side of Dayton. Dunbar, who is also the assistant Dayton fire chief, said his department was ...

Eggs and Issues is canceled

News Brief

The Eggs and Issues legislative forum scheduled for this morning at Iowa Central Community College has been canceled, according to an announcement from the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The alliance is working to reschedule it.

From Our Files: Feb. 25, 2017

From Our Files

Feb. 25, 2007 NEWS: Freezing rain, snow and sleet covered much of north central Iowa, causing power outages and property damage. SPORTS: Iowa Central won a second consecutive NJCAA title for the first time in program history. Feb. 25, 1992 NEWS: Southeast Webster Community School ...

News of Record: Feb. 25, 2017

News of record

Police log Fort Dodge Thursday A burglary was reported in the 2700 block of Fifth Avenue South Harassment was reported in the 700 block of First Avenue South Disorderly conduct was reported in the 800 block of N. 25th St. A hit and run was reported in the 2900 block of First ...