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Helping hands

Dozens of friends with tools and equipment were at Dave Kayser’s Fort Dodge home on Saturday, putting siding on the garage and cleaning the property. Only he wasn’t there. The Fort Dodge man who helped many through his work with Alcoholics Anonymous, passed away on March 20. He was ...

Iowa DNR penalizes Fort Dodge salvage yard

A Fort Dodge salvage yard is in hot water with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources after 10 years of violations were recorded by the agency. Frank’s Auto & Truck Salvage LLC, 3304 Gypsum Hollow Road, received an administrative consent order in March from the DNR due to several ...

Dairy life lives on without the cows

LEDYARD — Herman and Augusta Richter bought their farm in 1912 or 1914. It’s where their grandson Russ Richter and their granddaughter Deanna Richter live today. A sign designating the Richter farm as a Century Farm is located on their driveway. Herman and Augusta Richter were ...

Sealed with a kiss

Duncombe Elementary School Principal Ryan Flaherty had a tough assignment on Friday. It didn’t involve any written exams or PowerPoint presentations, though. Flaherty’s assignment involved a 75-pound pig. After the school exceeded its Miles of Pennies fundraising goal recently, ...

Judge: Brown not competent to stand trial

EAGLE GROVE — A Fort Dodge man accused of killing a co-worker at an Eagle Grove pork processing plant is not competent to stand trial at this time, a Wright County District Court judge ruled on Friday. Lukouxs Alan Brown, 26, of Fort Dodge, was arrested on Feb. 16 after Wayne Smith, 50, ...

CJ Bio America expansion wins state support

Tax breaks to support an expansion of the CJ Bio America plant in Webster County were approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Friday morning. The authority’s board voted to award the company incentives through the state’s High Quality Jobs Program. Specifically, it gave the ...

FOD Walk returns to Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge residents of all ages are invited to come together and celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up the downtown area. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is hosting its annual FOD Walk on April 22. “FOD” stands for “foreign objects and debris.” This will be the 15th ...

Right at home

SAC CITY — Jessica Pierce will have the opportunity to help businesses thrive in the same city she has called home for most of her life. Pierce, a 2015 East Sac High School graduate, is the new executive director of the Sac City Chamber Main Street program. She began her duties March 3. ...

Waiting on the pig

Paved sidewalks and a stone octagon plaza sit at the southwest corner of the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center property. That space is reserved for something special. In the coming weeks, a 2,000 pound pig will be placed there. No, not an actual live pig — a sculpture of Floyd of ...

Kossuth County hog confinement fined by DNR

BURT — A Kossuth County hog confinement operation is facing thousands of dollars of penalties from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources over late materials management plan update and compliance fee submissions. According to an administrative consent order from the DNR, North Iowa Custom ...

Go and Do: April 16, 2021

Around the area LEHIGH — Lehigh Methodist Church Spring Supper is 5 to 7 p.m. SATURDAY at the Lehigh Methodist Church. The menu is scalloped potatoes and ham, salad, fresh baked roll and pie. Tickets are $8 per person with children age 4 and under free. The meal will be served dine in, ...

Grand contributions to the community

The founders of the organization responsible for beautifying Fort Dodge parks, streets and schools have been named the grand marshals of the 2021 Frontier Days Parade. Jan and Phyllis Wilson, the couple who founded Pride In Community Appearance, were surprised with the announcement on ...

Breaking new ground

A groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning for the new location of KC Nielsen Ltd., an authorized John Deere dealership. Webster City and Hamilton County officials, along with members of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce gathered at the construction site just south of Webster City ...

DNR investigating manure spill in Kossuth County

WEST BEND — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure spill and fish kill that happened Wednesday in rural Kossuth County. The DNR responded to the manure spill in Lotts Creek, about two miles northeast of West Bend, on Wednesday afternoon. According to a press ...

Halfway house resident reported escaped due to technical glitch

A man who was reported as an escapee of the Fort Dodge Residential Facility in March was reported absent due to a technical glitch, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. On March 26, Matthew Ray Patten, 39, was reported as an escapee when he apparently failed to report to work and ...

‘A dream come true’

The Iowa Central Community College Board of Directors has approved a three-year rolling contract for its next college president, Jesse Ulrich. Ulrich, who is currently the superintendent for the Fort Dodge Community School District, will start at Iowa Central on July 1. He will be paid ...

Vaccine clinic scrapped

A coronavirus vaccine clinic scheduled for today in Fort Dodge was abruptly canceled because of reports of blood clots that may be connected to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that was to be administered. Kari Prescott, director of the Webster County Health Department, said the clinic was ...