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Leaving a legacy: Helen Miller to retire from legislature after 16 years

After 16 years in the Iowa legislature, state Rep. Helen Miller can look around Fort Dodge and see the results of her work in the state Capitol. Just south of town, the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park continues to grow and attract riders. The Fort Dodge Democrat wrote a liability law ...

Improvements on the way at the FD Regional Airport

A major project at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport is taking shape, while new projects appear to be on the horizon after the airport was recently awarded a pair of grants from the Iowa Department of Transportation. About half of the pavement that makes up the air carrier ramp has been ...

‘We are an adidas school now’

Adidas apparel will be worn by a much larger number of student athletes at Iowa Central Community College this year. That’s because Iowa Central recently came to an agreement with The Graphic Edge, of Carroll, to provide the school with its athletic clothing. “All we have really ...

Clarion man dies after Wednesday crash

A man whose pickup crashed into the side of an oncoming Peterbilt Wednesday has died, the Iowa State Patrol reported. Robert R. Rauch, 24, of Clarion, passed away Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City, according to his obituary from Ewing Funeral Home. The state ...

Go and Do: Aug. 17, 2018

FORT DODGE — Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY in the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. FORT DODGE — Hillbilly Sale and Flea Market is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SUNDAY at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169 S. Gate ...

Accident causes traffic lights to go out

A collision early Thursday morning knocked out traffic lights along Kenyon Road. Fort Dodge Police Lt. Joe Bates said the accident happened around 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Kenyon Road and Avenue C. A 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Patricia Jacob, of Churdan, and a 2005 Ford ...

Smoke detector alerts Coalville homeowner to blaze

COALVILLE — A working smoke detector may have saved a home after fire broke out in a closet Wednesday morning, according to Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith. The homeowner had worked a night shift and was home sleeping when the alarm woke him up, Smith said. Thanks to his call, Otho and ...

No more births at Van Diest Medical

WEBSTER CITY — Van Diest Medical Center announced Wednesday that it will close its birth center this fall and the news has the man whose name the hospital bears deeply concerned. “I was shocked to see our local tax supported hospital has adopted a policy to no longer deliver babies after ...

Clarion man airlifted after collision with Peterbilt on old 20

A Clarion man was seriously hurt Wednesday morning in a collision just east of Fort Dodge between a pickup truck and a large Peterbilt truck. Robert Rouch, 24, was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center — North ...

Unplugged; FD sells electric vehicle that didn’t ‘cut the mustard’

A parking enforcement vehicle the Fort Dodge Police Department initially hoped would help it be more environmentally-friendly and save money has been sold back to the manufacturer less than a year after it was purchased. The Polaris GEM, an electric vehicle used by the department’s ...

Work on Arby’s to begin soon

Construction on the new Arby’s restaurant in Fort Dodge is anticipated to begin in the next few weeks, according to Abbey Ramsey, director of marketing for DRM Inc., an Arby’s franchisee. DRM announced its plans to locate in Fort Dodge in May. Arby’s, which features premium ...

Iowa Central will begin replacing parking garage stairs

Work will begin soon on replacing the parking ramp stairs and enclosures at Iowa Central Community College. The Iowa Central board of directors awarded a contract for the project at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The improvements are included in the $25.5 million general obligation ...

Elderly Manson man critical after rollover accident near downtown Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge city electrician responded with rescuers to a serious rollover accident late Tuesday morning that left a live power line draped across a pickup that landed on its side with a man trapped in it. The driver, Norman Thoel, 87, of Manson, was taken to the hospital in “critical ...

Rockwell City man dies in crash at rural intersection in Calhoun County

ROCKWELL CITY — One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash late Monday afternoon at a rural intersection in Calhoun County. The Iowa State Patrol reported that Marlin D. Bigelow, 63, of Rockwell City, was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he ...

Webster County buys old FAA tower near Harcourt

A 340-foot-tall tower near Harcourt was purchased by the Webster County Supervisors Tuesday to improve radio coverage for emergency response in the south half of the county. “This will be a great asset. It saves us a lot of money. A new tower site would be $300,000 plus the ground,” ...

Iowa Central directors agree to buy $720K Storm Lake property

With an eye towards the future in Storm Lake, the Iowa Central Community College Board of Directors approved an offer to purchase an acreage in Buena Vista County Tuesday night. Iowa Central Community College plans to acquire 11.64 acres of land at a cost of $720,000. The land, located ...

One hurt in collision east of Fort Dodge

One driver was seriously hurt after his pickup crashed into an oncoming semi truck east of Fort Dodge Wednesday morning, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The man was coming west, while the Peterbilt was driving east, said State Patrol Lt. Mark Miller, when the pickup crossed over the ...

Fire extinguished in Coalville

No one was hurt after a house caught fire late Wednesday morning in Coalville. Otho and Duncombe Fire Departments responded to the fire at around 9:15 a.m. The fire was out again before 10 a.m. Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith said the fire began in a closet, and the cause was still under ...