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Kodi Hettinger, left, an inmate at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, gets a hug from his grandma, Donna Fischer, at his graduation ceremony Thursday.

On to the future

It’s not just traditional students who are taking part in graduation season this spring. Inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility also took part in a commencement ceremony Thursday, as 86 of them graduated from a number of vocational programs offered through Iowa Central Community ...

Trial to determine fate of development plans next to mall

A trial slated for November will determine the fate of a proposed shopping center that Hutton Growth LLC, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Blessing Enterprises LLC, of Missouri, plan to build next to Crossroads Mall. The trial date has been set for Nov. 14. Hutton hoped to speed up the ...

Donations help Hazmat fight propane incidents

Thanks to donations, the regional Hazmat team is ready to confront propane emergencies. The Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team, part of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, received a large propane connector kit from Valero Renewables last summer. Funds from Calhoun County and the Iowa ...

Waechter again seeks House seat

Gary Waechter will again run for the state House of Representatives in the district that includes Fort Dodge. Waechter said Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination in House District 9 during the 2018 primary election. He ran for the seat in 2016 and was defeated by state Rep. ...

FD woman to head Iowa credit union agency

Katie Averill, of Fort Dodge, has been named superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment Friday. Averill is currently the senior vice president at Citizens Community Credit Union in Fort Dodge.

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Caitlin Croonquist, 11, a fifth-grader at St. Edmond High School, reacts while portraying Lucillle Ball, a famous American actress, during St. Edmond's second annual Wax Museum Wednesday afternoon. About 40 fifth-graders dressed as famous Americans for the event held at the school.

The past in wax

Attendees to the second annual Wax Museum at St. Edmond Catholic School were able to quite literally step into the past to learn about historical American figures Wednesday inside the elementary gymnasium. Fifth-graders, who posed as famous characters, stood behind their presentation ...

Dams on river to be removed within two years

A master plan to attract more people to the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge and Webster County is gaining momentum, according to Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of engineering, business affairs and community growth. “We are much closer to doing these projects than we were five or 10 ...

Humboldt supervisors pursue building repairs after storm

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided to seek an estimate to repair the storm damaged courthouse roof at Monday’s meeting. County Auditor Peggy Rice said an inspection of the roof following a March hailstorm revealed a small hole. One contractor recommended ...

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Lindsey Stephan, art teacher at Community Christian School, looks at a magazine masterpiece with pride during the first ever CCS art show Tuesday night. The project inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night was a collaborative effort among seventh and eighth grade students at the school. The piece is made entirely of used magazines.

A master in childs’ hands

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Community Christian School recently put their own twist on Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting ‘‘The Starry Night.’’ Except their version is made entirely from recycled magazines. About 12 students collaborated on the piece, according to ...

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Gerry Schnepf, right, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, presents Jan Wilson, co-founder of the Pride in Community Appearance group, with the Keep Iowa Beautiful Organization Award for Excellence, as Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich, far left, looks on.

PICA honored for keeping FD beautiful

A local group dedicated to keeping up Fort Dodge’s appearance was honored Tuesday with an award from a statewide organization. Pride in Community Appearance, known as PICA, received the Organization Award for Excellence from Keep Iowa Beautiful. Gerry Schnepf, executive director of ...

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The former Golden Corral restaurant at 20 N. 29th St. is being remodeled and expanded to house Active Health Chiropratic, Anytime Fitness and CrossFit Fort Dodge. The work is expected to be done by Oct. 1.

Chiropractor, fitness center coming to former eatery

A former restaurant on the east side of Fort Dodge will become the site of a chiropractic office and a fitness center. The former Golden Corral at 20 N. 29th St. will be renovated and expanded. When the work is done, it will be the home of Active Health Chiropractic, Anytime Fitness and ...

Devontae Mosley-Smith

Robbery suspect Mosley-Smith held on cash-only bond

The man accused of robbing two downtown Fort Dodge locations earlier this month has been ordered held on cash-only bond. Devontae Mosley-Smith, 24, of Fort Dodge, had his bond set at a combined $47,000 cash-only during his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday ...

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The Warden Plaza, which the city of Fort Dodge hopes to be developed, is pictured.

Warden planning continues

The vacant Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge could be filled with 120 new apartments by the end of 2019, City Council members learned Monday. The also vacant Wahkonsa Annex next to the Warden Plaza may be replaced with a new 113,000-square-foot recreation center featuring two gyms and ...

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Jamarco George, 6, a kindergartner at Butler Elementary School, right, lets the dirt slide off his shovel during the annual tree plant at the Fort Dodge Middle School Monday afternoon. Doug Van Zyl, FDCSD superintendent, watches at left.

Fort Dodge kindergarteners plant trees at Fort Dodge Middle School

Kindergartners who attend Fort Dodge Middle School five years from now will have a unique way of measuring time. They will be able to see the growth of a tree they helped plant Monday at the FDMS. Students from Duncombe, Feelhaver, Butler and Cooper elementary schools participated in the ...

Diana Petraline

Former party treasurer pleads guilty

A former treasurer for the Webster County Democratic Central Committee has admitted to taking money from the local organization. Diana Petraline, 70, formerly of Fort Dodge, received probation Monday afternoon after she pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree fraudulent practices, a ...

Devontae Mosley-Smith

FD man charged in Bloomers, library robberies

A Fort Dodge man is facing charges in connection with two downtown Fort Dodge robberies earlier this month. Devontae Mosley-Smith, 24, is charged with two counts of third-degree robbery and one count of ongoing criminal conduct. Mosley-Smith is accused of taking part in two robberies: ...