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The modern side of  Gjakova is seen in this photo taken from the city’s old section in which buildings are up to 500 years old. Three Fort Dodge representatives stayed in the city’s old section
during a recent visit.

Getting to know Gjakova

Buildings that have stood for 500 years, majestic scenery and teenagers clever enough to build an electric car with a manual transmission were all encountered by three Fort Dodge representatives who recently traveled to their community’s sister city of Gjakova in the European country of ...

More connections between Fort Dodge, Kosovo planned

What’s next for the Fort Dodge-Gjakova relationship? A group of Fort Dodge youths and a school guidance counselor will travel to Camp TOKA in Kosovo next month. Jeannie Boro, Avi Guergo, Jordyn Kloss, MaKayla Pingel and Fort Dodge Senior High counselor Jolene Hays will visit Kosovo Aug. ...

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Elderbridge Agency on Aging marketing assistant Jennifer Brown, at left, along with Elderbridge Alliance program coordinator Amber Hobson, right, look over a brochure explaining the new programs being offered by the Elderbridge Alliance.

More ways to help

The Elderbridge Alliance, formed in 2016 as a supportive organization of the Elderbridge Agency on Aging, has several of its new programs up and running ready to serve the needs of their clients. Jennifer Brown, marketing assistant for Elderbridge Agency, said the program grew from a need ...

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Jamarcus Gully, 10, of Fort Dodge, gets to check out the view from behind a face piece as stops to check out the Fort Dodge Fire Department's gear at the 11th annual Night Out and Back to School Bash held at the Crossroads Mall.

National Night Out is Aug. 1 in Fort Dodge

A number of changes to this year’s National Night Out will provide opportunities for the public to interact with the public safety agencies that help protect Fort Dodge and Webster County. National Night Out will be held Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Snell-Crawford Park. In the past, the ...


Man escapes uninjured after plane crash in Humboldt County

HUMBOLDT - A Hardy man escaped without injuries after crashing a single engine aircraft in a cornfield in Humboldt County Saturday afternoon, according to Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger. Jerome Kohlhaas, 65, crashed the plane in an area near 2041 102nd St., northeast of Bode, Kruger ...

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Brandon Erickson grazes sheep at the Badger lagoon, saving the need for the city to mow it regularly. About 21 sheep are out there at a time, while a second flock is back at Erickson’s home.

Nature’s way

A small town’s wastewater treatment lagoon may not seem like an inviting place, but at some lagoons, animals are doing an important job to help the humans in the town. For instance in Badger, weeds and grasses around the water are trimmed thanks to sheep, instead of mowers. And at ...

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Brushy Creek Honor Flight Director Ron Newsum talks with Mary Goche Ludwig, of Wesley, who presented the flight with a check for $4,200. Her family sponsored a fundraiser at “Patriotic Night” at the Bancroft Bandits collegiate baseball game, which grew on Facebook far beyond what she expected.

Outpouring of support for the Honor Flight

BANCROFT — When Mary Goche Ludwig’s family started a fundraiser during “Patriotic Night” at a Bancroft baseball game, she didn’t know how much would be raised for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. “I guess I didn’t know what to expect,” Ludwig said. “I never dreamed it ...

Apology received

The school superintendent and head softball coach from Mount Pleasant have issued written apologies after the words ‘‘Dirty Dodge’’ were spotted on their team vehicle during this week’s Iowa High School Girls State Softball Tournament. The phrase on ‘‘On to state, ...

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Pat Blake, owner of Blake’s Auto Repair, is pictured with his wife, Michelle, at their home on Thursday afternoon. Blake was in an accident at his downtown Webster City shop on June 10 and is recovering from injuries.

On the road to recovery

WEBSTER CITY — What seemed like a routine work day in his repair shop quickly turned to chaos for Pat Blake. “It happened so fast, I’m not sure exactly what happened,” he said. “All I heard was a click noise.” The Webster City auto shop owner is recovering from an accident ...

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Orville Ehwegen shows a carved number "99" that was given to him for his 99th birthday last year. Ehwegen, of Sac City, will turn 100 years old on Aug. 21.

Nearing a century

SAC CITY — Orville Ehwegen used horses to cultivate the corn on his family farm when he was young. Two years ago, Ehwegen retired from his job selling and repairing appliances out of his garage in Sac City. He was 98 years old then. On Aug. 21, he will turn 100. He’s doing very well ...

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Abbie Burger, a Southeast Valley drivers ed student gets some instruction by Webster County Farm Bureau board member John Fredrickson during a farm equipment awareness presentation given to the students.

Driving lessons

GOWRIE — Southeast Valley High School students enrolled in driver’s education had the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse at what farm equipment operators can — or more likely can’t — see when they are traveling down roadways. The Webster County Farm Bureau, along with ...

FD United Way benefits from Smile

Ordinary purchases on Amazon can help support the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way. The local United Way has been part of the giant online retailer’s “Smile” program for about a year now, said Program Coordinator Amy Bruno. “Any nonprofit can sign up for it,” Bruno ...

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Sarah Peyton, of Los Angeles, polishes the glass in one of the cabinets in the interactive art piece "Cabinet of Obsolescence" by L.A. based artists Benjamin Ball and Gasteon Nogues as she works on installing the piece at the Fort Dodge Middle School. Students will be able to place various objects they consider obsolete in the various glass cabinets.

Art in the hall

When students and staff return to the Fort Dodge Middle School this fall they’ll find a new art installation in their building. Not only will that happen, but in order for them to get into the auditorium they’ll have to walk under part of it. It’s big and sleek, and it bridges the ...

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Teammates Emma Valainis, at left, Sophie VanSeveren and Nicole Timmons, right, share a laugh as they work to get their Wii game set up and running Wednesday afternoon in their dorm room at Iowa Central Community College where they staying during the Iowa High School Girls State Softball Tournament. The players, from Assumption, play for the Assumption Knights. Ally Courtney and Hannah Johnson enjoy a snack on the couch.

Bunking down at Iowa Central

When the Iowa High School Girls State Softball Tournament comes to Fort Dodge every summer, Iowa Central Community College plays host to visiting teams, offering food, housing and training facilities for student athletes. The city of Fort Dodge, Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, ...

Denis Gailey

Appeals court rejects Gailey bid

A former Webster County man serving life in prison on multiple charges has been denied an appeal by the Iowa Court of Appeals. Denis Gailey, 51, formerly of Moorland, was convicted of two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of second-degree arson and one count of first-degree ...

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Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is seeking the Republican nomination for Iowa governor.

Tax reform, insurance help part of Corbett’s ‘new game plan’ for Iowa

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is pushing “a new game plan” for Iowa that includes major tax changes and help for about 72,000 Iowans facing the loss of their health insurance as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor. “I think it’s time for new people to step up with new ...