Local News

What’s in a name?

A renaming ceremony for the former Mini Park in Pleasant Valley will be held Tuesday. The park will be renamed H.C. Meriwether Park, after one of the first African-Americans in Fort Dodge to own a business. Sherry Washington, who submitted the request for the name change, will host the ...

A little bit about Harry Clifton Meriwether

Harry Clifton Meriwether moved to Iowa from Lee, Oklahoma, in the 1930s. He became one of the first African-Americans to open a business in Fort Dodge. He opened a restaurant called Harry’s Chicken Shack. He was not only a businessman, but he was a veteran of both World Wars as a member ...

It’s beginning to look like a Community Christmas

Operation Christmas, a 66-year-old volunteer program in Fort Dodge that provided toys, clothes and other gifts to those in need, announced in October of 2017 that it would be its last year. It was a tough decision by co-chairs Ruth Reed and Gwen Anderson. “It breaks my heart to do ...

Heroes remembered

ROCKWELL CITY — The community of Rockwell City has paid a high price in heroes lost. One firefighter and two police officers have died or been killed in the line of duty since 2013. On Saturday, hundreds of motorcycle riders, and a few bicycle riders, showed up to honor and remember ...

Keeping the bugs at bay

Among the weapons in the arsenal of tools available to the medical staff at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center as part of their Antimicrobial Stewardship program is a testing machine called a BioFire. It does in a bit more in an hour what used to require up to ...

Ride to remember

ROCKWELL CITY — An ride honoring three deceased first responders from Rockwell City will be held today. The Hometown Heroes Memorial Ride leaves Rockwell City at 11 a.m. and will travel around north central Iowa. Jarid Kuchenreuther, a committee member for the Hometown Heroes Memorial ...

FLOODED

Multiple cities in the area took on heavy rainfall Wednesday overnight into Thursday that caused severe flash flooding in some places. Humboldt County was among the areas appearing to be hit the hardest. “We got somewhere between 5 and 7 inches of rain around Pioneer and Gilmore City ...

Occupied truck lifted during storm in Iowa

ROCKFORD (AP) — A northern Iowa man was driving through a storm when his truck was lifted in the air and carried into a farm field. Parker Brumm left Rockford on Saturday before the storm became severe to visit a friend in Nora Springs. The 22-year-old said conditions worsened so he decided ...

Crops under water

Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist, said it’s too early to tell how the recent floods will affect crops in area. “It’s too early for us to know how long that water is going to sit there to know the impact on crops,” she said. “Crop survivability is ...

Former addict speaks on how CFR treatment helped her

WEBSTER CITY — Josi Pahl was only 12 when she started using drugs. At 17, she became addicted to methamphetamine. But thanks to Community and Family Resources, Pahl was able to get the help she needed to kick her addiction and is now using her experiences to educate others and help ...

FAA begins crash investigation

Federal Aviation Administration officials were on scene Wednesday morning to investigate a plane that went down in a field just north of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Tuesday afternoon. It could be several months before more information is released about the crash, officials from the ...

Arrest made in May 19 Casey’s robbery

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with robbing a Casey’s General Store in Fort Dodge last month. Christopher J. Gartin, 29, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery. He’s accused of robbing the Casey’s, located at 1133 S. 22nd St., around 11:06 p.m. on May ...

C-SSMID board discusses signs for Corridor of Commerce

Improved signs and a possible logo were discussed for the Corridor of Commerce at the quarterly meeting of the Corridor Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Wednesday. Board members met at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota Wednesday afternoon to discuss any potential future projects for the ...

No injuries reported in 3-car, sprayer accident

No injuries were reported after the driver of a farm sprayer left its booms out and struck three cars and a utility pole along 220th Street and Xavier Avenue, just outside of Duncombe Wednesday afternoon, according to Geof Miller, Webster County sheriff’s deputy. The sprayer was southbound. ...

Combining efforts

Claudia Hamilton, 4, of Fort Dodge, was determined to find some trash to pick up in downtown Fort Dodge Tuesday afternoon. She even thought she might find some in a bush along North Eighth Street. “I found strings,” Hamilton said. She was helping her grandfather, Wayne Salgren, ...

Pilot walks away from plane crash near Fort Dodge airport

Allen Bass, of Fort Dodge, was standing at the end of his driveway visiting with a neighbor Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a small blue plane in the skies to the east. It was flying as low as the treetops, he said. “This plane was coming in real low,” Bass recalled as he stood at ...