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Bear bales for the holiday

BOXHOLM — There’s a bear in a field along the highway just south of Boxholm. No. Really. It’s a big bear. It’s smiling and playing a drum. Located in a field along U.S. Highway 169 and 130th Street, the round bale bear creation is the work of Mike Will and his girlfriend, ...

Grant sought by city to help launch Warden project won’t be funded

A $7.63 million federal grant Fort Dodge leaders hoped would be a key financial building block for a planned intermodal hub downtown was not awarded, forcing them to seek other ways to fund the project. The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the list of communities that will ...

Deer Creek residents want to warm up some veterans

Donald Sells, a resident of the Deer Creek Apartments in Fort Dodge, wanted to do something this year to help out military veterans. So he enlisted the help of several other residents who made a quilt and an afghan. One will be given to a veteran, the other raffled off to help veterans ...

Exit Realty Frontier, Real Deals team up for Christmas giveaway

Santa has been a busy old elf this year — but he can’t do it all alone. This weekend kids will be able to help him out themselves on Saturday thanks to Exit Realty Frontier and Real Deals Home Decor. The companies are putting on a Christmas giveaway and are collecting used toys and ...

AARP poll shows support for CARE Act

A poll recently commissioned by the AARP in Iowa has revealed near-unanimous support for a proposed law benefiting caregivers across the state. The poll, released Dec. 11, shows 96 percent of family caregivers support initiatives in the CARE Act, which stands for Caregiver Advise, Record and ...

$15K from Hamilton County will help ACE survive

WEBSTER CITY — All Cultures Equal received a second infusion of funding Tuesday morning as the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors agreed to approve the organization's $15,000 funding request. ACE received approval on a similar funding request from the City of Webster City. The City ...

56 hours of gaming

Dungeons and Dodgers game shop will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with a marathon gaming opportunity. The store at 1214 Central Ave. will be open from Friday noon nonstop to Sunday 6 p.m. “Fifty-six hours straight of gaming,” store owner Ethan Becker said. Saturday will ...

Shop with a Santa Cop

Some people shop with their spouses. Others shop with their children or their friends. But on Tuesday night, a number of children could be spotted shopping at Target in Fort Dodge with law enforcement officers. It was all a part of Santa Cops, an annual event that pairs law enforcement ...

Iowa Central to offer flat rate tuition

Iowa Central Community College is now the first such school in the state to offer full-time students a flat tuition rate. The new tuition package, approved unanimously Tuesday by the college’s Board of Directors, could trim more than $1,000 from the cost of earning an associate ...

Hamtastic

Lindsay Green, of Fort Dodge was among the many who stopped by the NEW Cooperative Inc., Fort Dodge headquarters Tuesday afternoon an picked up a free ham. The event, called “Hams for Hunger,” is in its second year. Green is deeply appreciative of being able to collect one of the ...

Schuur named communications director at Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

Lydia Schuur wants Fort Dodge to be a place her children want to call home when they grow older. That was part of her reasoning when she ran and won a seat on the City Council last year. It’s also the reason she applied for the communications director position at the Greater Fort Dodge ...

Silo mural nears completion

Artist Guido van Helten, in the bucket at the top of the boom at right, works on completing his mural on the old grain silos along Hawkeye Avenue Monday afternoon.

2 injured when SUV collides with school van

Two people suffered minor injuries when an SUV and a Humboldt school minivan collided at the intersection of North 15th Street and 10th Avenue North Tuesday morning, according to Fort Dodge police reports. The crash was reported at 7:41 a.m. According to police, Carol McKenna, 78, of ...

County Supervisors keep it short

Webster County Board of Supervisors finished their work quickly Tuesday morning, taking less than five minutes to cover a light agenda. The board approved hiring Meredith Mickelson as the First Five program coordinator for the county public health department. First five is a statewide ...

Dam demolition placed on hold

Plans for removing the two dams that span the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge were abruptly stopped — at least temporarily — late Monday afternoon a little more than an hour before the City Council was to award contracts for the project. A consulting engineer hired by the city received a ...

Kemna helps grow hope through giving

It’s the mission of the Tree of Hope to make the holidays brighter for children in need by providing them with multiple clothing items and a toy. The Tree of Hope is a Kemna for Kids Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Each child will receive a coat, gloves/hat, ...

Drees offered full-time slot with FDCSD

Bre Drees has been offered a full-time position as an athletic trainer for the Fort Dodge Community School District. Superintendent Jesse Ulrich announced the offer at the FDCSD board meeting Monday night. The personnel matter was not listed on the agenda. “We spoke with Bre Drees, ...

Homicide suspect pleads not guilty

WEBSTER CITY — A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has entered a plea of not guilty in Hamilton County District Court. Zackery Nelson Bassett, 32, of Webster City, entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in the death of Andrea Sokolowski. Bassett ...

Council sticks with concrete concession stand

Confusion over proposed building materials for a concession stand and an ensuing mayoral veto were resolved Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The end result is that Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, will build a concrete concession stand at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers ...