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Lotus open house is Sunday

A year since plans were announced, the Lotus Community Project’s homeless shelter for women is ready for its grand opening. The former rural church located south of Vincent will welcome visitors for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at 2980 170th Street, Vincent. “Isn’t this ...

Wright County closes on 80 acres of land near Prestage

WRIGHT COUNTY — A section of property located just south of the Prestage Foods of Iowa pork plant, is one step closer to being developed. Wright County closed on 80 acres of land near the intersection of Iowa Highway 17 and 320th Street Tuesday morning, Cindy Litwiller, Wright County ...

Webster County will help guide restoration as dams are removed

Webster County Conservation will be working with Fort Dodge as the city removes dams to keep the river banks in good shape. The county supervisors approved an agreement between the city and county at its regular meeting Tuesday. “We’ll be making sure that the city follows the ...

THAT’S A NO: FD Council rejects KDG development plan

A plan to build what a developer touted as high end apartments on the east side of Fort Dodge was rejected by City Council members who were confronted Monday evening with a meeting room full of about 100 residents opposed to the project. The first reading of a rezoning needed for the ...

Storm Lake man allegedly held gun to woman’s head

LAURENS — A Storm Lake man is in police custody after he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun in Laurens over the weekend. Trevor H. Namanny, 28, is charged in Laurens with third-degree burglary and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. The incident happened on Saturday. The ...

Pay raises for FD elected officials win first approval

Elected officials in Fort Dodge would receive a raise under a plan that won the initial approval of the City Council on Monday. However, Mayor Matt Bemrich requested that the raise for the mayor be postponed until 2022 and threatened to veto the proposal if that wasn’t done. “I don’t ...

Airport budget includes revenues for 2019-2020

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport has a proposed budget that’s more than $600,000, but city taxpayers won’t be footing the entire bill. Rhonda Chambers, the airport’s director of aviation, told the City Council Monday that the facility will generate $360,836 in revenue to support ...

Serving Algona

ALGONA — Jacob Tjaden recently returned to his home county to work for a city that, while he’s not originally from, he’s very familiar with. Tjaden, who is originally from Titonka, has been the community development director for Algona since mid-August. The position is actually a ...

State Patrol: Ice caused fatal wreck

Icy road conditions led to a fiery fatal accident on a county road just outside of Fort Dodge Saturday evening. Shelia Ross, 54, of Fort Dodge, was killed in the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol. Two others, Laurie Mullen, 56, and Paul Ross, 63, also of Fort Dodge, were ...

Leaving the world a better place

What is important to you? I have the noble dream of leaving the world a better place: by honoring those that have stepped up when there was a need, thanking those that have extended a hand and helping those that may need assistance. I want my grandchildren to have opportunities that ...

Open for business

ALGONA — The recent completion of the rebuilt Algona City Hall has been a positive for both city staff as well as the residents of the town. Algona City Hall reopened in October, nearly two years after the original building was demolished, and two decades after discussions first began ...

Good-bye Sonshine

Armona Redenius, the director of the Sonshine Singers, has been reflecting upon a specific Bible verse a lot recently. That verse is from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes and it states: “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” That ...

Woman who died in Saturday crash identified

Icy road conditions led to a fiery fatal accident on a county road just outside of Fort Dodge Saturday evening. Shelia Ross, 54, of Fort Dodge, was killed in the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol. Two others, Laurie Mullen, 56, and Paul Ross, 63, also of Fort Dodge, were ...

Head-on crash on P59 leaves one dead

One person was killed and two others were injured in a fiery crash south of Fort Dodge Saturday evening on Webster County Road P59, according to emergency personnel. The collision sent a sport utility vehicle into a ditch on the east side of the road, where it burst into flames. A column ...

Ready to serve

Before she can begin debating bills and voting on them, state Rep.-elect Ann Meyer needed to learn the ins and outs of working in the state Capitol. So Meyer, a Republican from Fort Dodge, joined all the other newly elected lawmakers in Des Moines for the Legislature’s version of freshmen ...

FD council to consider KDG apartment complex plan

A controversial apartment proposal, suggested raises for the elected officials and more budget discussions await the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will meet in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. First on the agenda is a budget workshop to begin at 5 p.m. The proposed ...

The day care ‘crusade’

Parents in the Fort Dodge community in need of child care services now have another option available to them. Community Christian School, 2406 9 1/2 Ave S., recently announced the opening of its new day care center — Little Crusaders Daycare. The day care opened Jan. 7. It serves ...

Rowan man sentenced to 10 years

ROWAN — A Rowan man who admitted to the promotion, dissemination, and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to prison, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. Timothy Roberts, 49, entered a guilty plea on Nov. 9, 2018, to five counts of sexual exploitation of ...