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Good-bye recess; Hello, Middle School

Compared to Feelhaver Elementary, the Fort Dodge Middle School is quite a big place. And fourth-grade students visiting Wednesday had a lot of questions for their older peers. “Will we have to change to a new locker?” they asked. “What happens if we are late to class? What if we ...

Paschen sounds off on Rep. King

Democratic congressional candidate John Paschen is criticizing some of U.S. Rep. Steve King’s stances on national issues. ‘‘When Steve King says that the Affordable Care Act is terrible and should be repealed, we need to remind people that the Affordable Care Act helped put over 20 ...

Prairie blaze

For a short bit of time Tuesday night, there was an orange glow in the west. It wasn’t the sunset. The evening cloud cover prevented that. It was, instead, the bright orange roaring flames of several acres of prairie vegetation going up in smoke at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park during ...

More new housing proposed

Two new homes overlooking Snell-Crawford Park in Fort Dodge may be built this year. The houses will be on Forest Avenue between 10th and 11th avenues north, according to information presented to the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission Tuesday. One of the houses will be on a ...

SEV students are denied entry to their prom

GOWRIE — The superintendent of Southeast Valley Schools has apologized after three high school seniors were turned away at the door at their prom Saturday night. For twin sisters Shanna Contreras and Mariah Contreras, and Maddy Ellis, big expectations and many preparations for the big ...

Supes put off ATV ordinance to consider safety

There's no final word yet on a proposed OHV ordinance for Webster County, as the Board of Supervisors takes more time to discuss safety on Webster County Road P59. While the board seemed to agree on the need to keep this measure moving forward, the supervisors chose not to approve the third ...

Drug takeback is Friday, Saturday

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department is once again teaming up with federal drug officials and local pharmacies to help get rid of unwanted prescriptions. The 15th Drug Take Back event will be held Friday and Saturday. Take Back events allow people with unused or expired prescription ...

Jeep takes out light pole

A Fort Dodge man was injured Tuesday afternoon when he drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee into a parked car and then into a light pole at the intersection of South 18th Street and Second Avenue South, according to Sgt. Zach Stanley, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. Brett Olson, 56, was driving ...

County approves Hike and Bike Webster County trails plan

A master plan for trails throughout the county was accepted by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Called Hike and Bike WC, the 182-page plan was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday night. It envisions a variety of trail extensions and connections that would be built ...

Webster County Courthouse: More courtroom upgrades coming

New audio-visual equipment will be installed in the large courtroom at the Webster County Courthouse. “This is a continuation of upgrades we are making to the upstairs courtroom,” said county Supervisor Nick Carlson. “The total for this project is $80,700.” Last week the board ...

MNW to buy former bank

MANSON — Staff at the central office for Manson Northwest Webster schools are planning a move — about 40 yards up the street. The MNW School Board on Monday approved the purchase of the building at 1030 Main St. from Dale Carlson. The building was once an office for Carlson ...

City Council: New vision for trails in Fort Dodge, Webster County advanced

A plan for new trails to be created in Fort Dodge and Webster County over the next 20 years was approved by the City Council Monday evening. Called Hike and Bike WC, the 182-page plan envisions a variety of trail extensions and connections that would be built in phases as money becomes ...

Fort Dodge Nature Trail trailhead property obtained

People will be able to reach the Fort Dodge Nature Trail from North 22nd Street via a new link to be created by the end of this year. The new trailhead will be in the 1900 block of North 22nd Street. It will consist of a small parking lot for two to three vehicles and path that will lead to ...

Council moves toward townhouse plan

A first procedural step that may lead to the construction of townhomes on the southern edge of downtown Fort Dodge was taken by the City Council Monday. However, Councilman Neven Conrad opposed the move, saying he didn’t think it would be a good idea to give up a city-owned parking lot ...

FDCSD board OKs asbestos abatement bid

The upcoming renovation of the Fort Dodge Senior High library took one step closer to getting started Monday after the school board approved a bid for asbestos abatement. The low bid, from REW Services Corp., of Des Moines, came in at $37,425. Travis Filloon, director of buildings and ...

FD council starts street painting, demolition jobs

Lines will be painted on streets, some rundown houses will be demolished and designs will be made for upgrades at the Fort Dodge firehouse as a result of contracts awarded by the City Council Monday. The council hired Iowa Plains Signing, of Waterloo, to paint lane stripes on the streets at a ...

Fort Dodge storm sewer fee increase advances

An increase in the monthly fees Fort Dodge property owners pay to maintain and improve storm sewers received the initial approval of the City Council Monday. The council voted 5-1 to approve the first reading of the measure. It must be approved two more times to become law. Under the ...

Moving forward

BRUSHY CREEK — As camping season opens in the coming weeks, Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is also marking a change in its organizational structure. The Brushy Creek Trails Advisory Board has been eliminated. This is a good move for the park, said Park Manager Amber O’Neill. ...

Cheer teams to hit the road

Cheer teams Ice and Eclipse dazzled their parents and friends showing what they have been working on this year at the United All Stars Showcase performance Sunday. Both teams will be traveling to Florida soon for top level competitions in the cheer world. Showcases for other teams at United ...

Back from the bottom

Ashley Vaala learned to cook meth when she was 15. “It was not uncommon to be sitting at the kitchen table using drugs instead of eating dinner during my teen years,” Vaala, of Fort Dodge, recalled. “It became a calm and normal thing for us to do.” She spent part of her childhood ...