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Matt Doyle, owner of the historic Snell Building, stands on its rooftop Wednesday evening during a historic architecture walk hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge.The building was built in 1914 using glazed brick, which was the most expensive brick available at the time at $65 per 1,000, according to Doyle.

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Downtowns are a place where people generally like to feel enclosed, according to Tim Reinders, design specialist for Main Street Iowa. Reinders was on hand for an architecture walk Wednesday night that included a tour of the historic Snell Building and a stroll down Central Avenue. Fort ...

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Webster County Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Walter, left, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender, center, and Webster County Sheriff's Deputy Brett Knippel look over the wreckage after a two-vehicle accident in Webster County Wednesday afternoon.

Semi, van collide near Gowrie

GOWRIE — Two people were taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center after being injured in a two-vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 175 Wednesday afternoon. The accident, which was reported around 2 p.m., happened at the intersection of Highway 175 and Baxter ...

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Aaron McCartan explains one of the keys to a successful stunt planeÑit's very lightÑas he lifts his plane with one hand. McCartan will compete in this top of the line Panzl S-330 at the U.S. National Aerobatics Championships this weekends. Only 11 of this 2,000 pound, 330 horsepower plane have been made.

Aerobatic pilots take to sky over Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS — The skies have been loud over Pocahontas this week. Aaron McCartan, of Algona, and his team of aerobatic pilots have been putting in a full four days of training before they fly off to the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, today. McCartan’s ...

Humboldt council OKs agreement

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Dan Scholl to sign an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation dealing with improvements to the municipal airport. The agreement is the acceptance of a grant from the DOT to pay for 80 percent of the improvements to ...

Humboldt supervisors restrict ATV access to wetland

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources restrict vehicle access to a state-owned wetland east of Livermore, it was announced Monday. Last week, DNR representatives brought concerns to the supervisors about ATV damage to ...

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Humboldt firefighter Matt Ubben sprays water on a garage fire Thursday evening in Dakota City.

Man treated for burns after garage catches fire in Dakota City

DAKOTA CITY - One man was treated for burns and an estimated $100,000 worth of classic cars were lost after a garage caught fire in Dakota City Thursday night, according to Jim Gronbach, Humboldt volunteer fire chief. The fire was reported at 5:23 p.m. The Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department ...

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Greyson Chance, 8, of Fort Dodge, lets one fly during a mini bags game against his brother Paxton Chance, 5, Tuesday night at Oleson Park.

Oleson Park Celebration

When Caden Waychoff, 12, of Fort Dodge, heard there was going to be a bike ride at Oleson Park Tuesday night, he had to check it out for himself. An adult bike ride and bike maintenance station were two activities offered during the Prairie Rivers Trail expansion and the Oleson Park Master ...

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Levi Gibbs III listens as Magistrate William Thatcher speaks to him during Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. Gibbs, who appeared in court via a closed-circuit TV monitor, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shane Wessels, of Fort Dodge, earlier this month.

Gibbs held on $1 million bond

Levi Gibbs III, the man accused of shooting and killing another man in Fort Dodge earlier this month, has been ordered held on $1 million cash-only bond. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. He is accused of shooting ...

County still hopes for master matrix change

Webster County Supervisor Keith Dencklau has an idea to deal with the approval process for animal confinement sites. “Let’s let the state legislators do the reviews on the master matrix instead of us,” Dencklau said Tuesday. “Instead of the county supervisors having to do these ...

Seven seek Main Street Fort Dodge position

With Fort Dodge back in the Main Street Iowa program, an executive director is needed to run the initiative locally. Seven people have applied for the post, the city’s Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Board learned Tuesday. That board has expanded its responsibilities to ...

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Daniel Anthony, an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, wears a clown nose as he sets up a game at the Insiders' Relay for Life.

FDCF inmates conduct Relay inside

The inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility gave back Tuesday by participating in the prison’s annual Insiders’ Relay for Life. The ninth annual relay was held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the prison’s yard. Inmates raised money for cancer research by walking ...

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This map shows where the Downtown Country Jam will be set up on Saturday in Fort Dodge.

Downtown Country Jam is Saturday

“We’re on to something big with this country thing.” That’s what Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed said about the inaugural Downtown Country Jam, which will be held Saturday evening in Fort Dodge. LOCASH will be the headliner at the event in downtown Fort Dodge between the ...

Main Street approach outlined in FD

Main Street Iowa uses a four-point approach to help downtowns throughout Iowa thrive, a group of state officials explained Tuesday in Fort Dodge, which is one of the newest Main Street communities. The Main Street approach, they said, focuses on design, organization, promotion and economic ...

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Luke Lewandowski, of Fort Dodge, takes notes during a presentation on the U.S. Constitution at Iowa Central Community College Monday afternoon. David Drissel, a professor at the college, hosted the presentation.

Constitution Day

Recent controversies such as protests and counterprotests that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer sparked David Drissel, a professor at Iowa Central Community College, to focus on freedom of speech during a presentation to students Monday afternoon. “I feel the ...

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Gibbs arrested in Des Moines

Tips apparently led authorities to a man wanted in Fort Dodge on a first-degree murder warrant. Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said the department received information from “many individuals” on the whereabouts of Levi Gibbs III. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Monday ...

Theiss farm zoning changes advance

Zoning changes that would allow the construction of duplexes and apartments on the Theiss farm property in Fort Dodge were advanced by the City Council Monday. Councilman Jeff Halter cast the sole dissenting vote on both zoning changes, saying that they were contrary to a new comprehensive ...

Prairie Rivers Trail Expansion, Oleson Park Celebration is tonight

An event to celebrate the progress of the the Prairie Rivers Trail expansion and the Oleson Park Master Plan is being held at Oleson Park tonight. The celebration is open to the public. Ryan Maehl, assistant recreation director of Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, said it’s an ...

Storage, shredding facility planned in Fort Dodge

A new storage facility and document shredding business will be built on the site of the old Sertoma field in Fort Dodge. The City Council on Monday cleared the way for that development by selling the east half of the property at 29th Street and Eighth Avenue South to Aust Inc., of West Des ...

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Gibbs held on $1 million bond

Levi Gibbs III, who is accused of killing a man in Fort Dodge earlier this month, has been ordered held on $1 million cash bond. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. He is accused of shooting and killing Shane Wessels, ...