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Sexton to seek third term in Iowa House

ROCKWELL CITY — State Rep. Mike Sexton is seeking his third term in the Iowa House of Representatives. The Republican from Rockwell City is unopposed so far for his party’s nomination. No Democratic candidates have entered the race so far. In 2016, he won his second term ...

$97M Fort Dodge budget keeps property tax levy steady

A roughly $97 million budget that keeps the city’s property tax rate the same for the third fiscal year in a row will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday. The budget does include 2 percent increases in the water and sanitary sewer rates, effective Jan. 1, ...

Fort Dodge students are ready for Kosovo

Three Fort Dodge Senior High students and one St. Edmond Catholic School student are heading to Kosovo this summer. There they will learn about European traditions and interact with other teenagers in a camp setting. Students Tyreike Mericle, 17, a senior at FDSH; Olivia Mitchell, 17, a ...

Renewable fuels on the line

Farmers and agriculture leaders from Webster County met with the state’s new agriculture secretary Friday afternoon to discuss a Texas senator’s plan to alter the Renewable Fuels Standard, which they say would cripple the state’s ethanol industry. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike ...

Investigation ongoing into rap video

Fort Dodge police are in the middle of an investigation after being alerted to an online rap video showing juveniles with guns. Law enforcement was alerted to the video in December 2017, according to Ryan Baldridge, first assistant Webster County attorney. The video was uploaded to YouTube, ...

Reynolds will run

Iowa is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to funding K-12 education, according to Gov. Kim Reynolds. “As a mom, as a grandmother of nine, and the mom of a teacher, I know that there is really nothing more important than investing in our children,” Reynolds said Friday ...

Man accused of stealing car, crashing into Family Dollar, held on bond

The man who allegedly stole a car and crashed it into the side of the Fort Dodge Family Dollar store has been ordered held on bond. Reno R. Anderson, 26, of Fort Dodge, is charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, as well as ...

FDCSD bargaining units present initial proposals

The Fort Dodge Community School District bargaining units presented their initial proposals on Tuesday. The following groups presented these proposals regarding total package: • Maintenance Employees Bargaining Unit requested a 4 percent increase • Secretary / Clerical Employees ...

Roundup gives preschoolers a glimpse of what’s ahead

Steve Nessa, of Fort Dodge, offered two key words to describe kindergartners Thursday afternoon. “They are very honest and very energetic,” he said. Nessa is a paraeducator at Duncombe Elementary School. He was on hand for an open house kindergarten roundup at the ...

Foster charged in November ’17 robbery in FD

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with a robbery that took place in November 2017 during which the victim was shot. Benjamin L. Foster, 36, is charged with one count of first-degree robbery, a class B felony. The robbery happened Nov. 22, 2017, in the 600 block of South 22nd ...

Stolen car rams into FD Family Dollar

Officer Caitlin Keeland, left, and Lt. Dennis Quinn, both of the Fort Dodge Police Department, examine a car that crashed into the Fort Dodge Family Dollar store, 21 S. 15th St., Thursday afternoon. Quinn said the car had been stolen and the person driving it somehow crashed into the ...

Wacky Wednesday

At St. Edmond Elementary, on Wednesday it was. Young students took paper, and made all new hats. I do like this hat, one of them said. It’s an animal, just not a cat. In fact though a critter, it’s not from a litter, but hails from under the sea’s briny waves. It doesn’t have ...

Using 911: If you can’t call, text

Those who need immediate assistance of Webster County first responders now have a new way of getting ahold of emergency crews: They can text to 911. The service, which is being promoted as “911: Call if you can, text if you can’t,” has already been used by Webster County residents, ...

New district plans upkeep of Fifth Avenue South corridor

Leaders of a new group dedicated to keeping a stretch of the Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce looking good moved Wednesday to hire a company to handle some basic maintenance starting this spring. Members of the Corridor Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Board also ...

Town may change major intersection for Kwik Star

WEBSTER CITY — The City Council of Webster City on Monday reached a consensus on which engineering option it will be using for the Superior Street and Fairmeadow Drive intersection. It chose an option that must be revised in the future because the council could not reach a consensus about ...

Humboldt council approves $9.7M budget

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved the budget for 2018-2019 following a public hearing at Monday’s meeting. According to City Clerk Gloria Christensen, the property tax levy will be $17.58 per $1,000 valuation. That is down 19 cents from last year. Total revenues budgeted are ...

Friends of the Library

For a dedicated group of people, supporting the Fort Dodge Public Library doesn’t just involve visiting the building and checking out books. To them, it’s about volunteering and raising money for the library. The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library is an all-volunteer group who ...

Year one: $7,175,780

Iowa Central Community College’s $25.5 million general obligation bond, which will pay for a variety of building improvement projects, will be broken down into phases and sold with multiple bond sales, according to Angie Martin, the college’s vice president of business affairs. The Iowa ...

Hog site near Moorland passes matrix, but supervisors disapprove

Though voicing its disapproval, the Webster County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to certify that a new hog confinement site has scored enough points to pass the master matrix. The Vosika Site planned for east of Moorland is likely to be approved by the Iowa Department of ...