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$5 million pavement project planned for Iowa Highway 17

EAGLE GROVE — A four-mile stretch of road which connects Goldfield to Eagle Grove will be resurfaced in the summer of 2018, according to David Little, assistant District 2 engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Pavement on Iowa Highway 17 from 12th Street Northwest in Eagle ...

Fatal crash driver still in D.M. hospital

HUMBOLDT — The woman who was involved in a fatal crash in Humboldt County Sunday night remains hospitalized at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, according to Amy Varcoe, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Trisha Luthro, 40, of Badger, was reportedly driving in the wrong lane of ...

Humboldt Co. bans ATVs from wetlands

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors backed up a ban on ATVs in a state-owned wetland east of Livermore with a resolution at Monday’s meeting. A couple weeks ago, Iowa Department of Natural Resources representatives met with the board about off road vehicles causing ...

Deals with developers approved

Deals that lay the groundwork for hundreds of new homes in the form of houses, duplexes and apartments on the former Theiss farm property were approved by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday. Some of the elected officials defended the inclusion of multifamily housing, which has attracted ...

Knigge silent as attorney pleads not guilty in her behalf

The Webster County woman accused of killing her best friend has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Mackenzie L. Knigge, 26, of Clare, made the plea during an arraignment hearing held in Webster County District Court early Monday afternoon. Knigge is being held in the Webster ...

Boy, 12, killed in Humboldt County crash

HUMBOLDT — A 12-year-old boy has died after the car in which he was riding was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. The crash occurred at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday night, east of Humboldt on Iowa Highway 3. Kevin Ahlstrom, 39, of Humboldt, was ...

Bodady gets two years in jail

A man convicted of holding his ex-girlfriend in her vehicle against her will and eluding pursuing law enforcement officers was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence Monday. Reino Bodady, 34, of Fort Dodge, was sentenced to two years in the Webster County Jail on charges of false ...

Water loan deal OK’d by council

The Fort Dodge city government is borrowing about $3.4 million for water system improvements, but it won’t have to pay that much back under a deal with the state approved by the City Council Monday. “This is a great deal for the city,” Councilman Kim Alstott said. “It saves the city ...

Hill, Ubben promoted in Fort Dodge Fire Department

Two Fort Dodge firefighters were promoted by the City Council Monday evening. Jeff Hill was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Tom Ubben was promoted from firefighter to lieutenant. Hill will fill the captain’s vacancy created when Steve Hergenreter was promoted to fire chief in ...

Change order addresses flooring in new FDSH wrestling room

A final change order for the new wrestling room/multipurpose room at Fort Dodge Senior High was made official at the Fort Dodge Community School District board meeting Monday night. The change order was for additional work that has been completed on the wrestling room floor, according to ...

FDCSD board welcomes new board member

The Fort Dodge Community School District board said goodbye to a long-serving member of the board and welcomed another at its meeting Monday night. Stu Cochrane, board president, presented an honorary school bell to retiring board member Brian Forsythe. Forsythe served on the board for 11 ...

Two killed in motorcycle wreck Sunday

LEHIGH — Two people are dead following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash southeast of Lehigh Sunday afternoon, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State Patrol. Tony Martz, 58, of Boone, was the driver of the motorcycle. Tamara Wilson-Martz, 58, of Boone, was the passenger. ...

Fascination with underground leads to mining career

Matt Benzie was more interested in studying underneath the earth’s surface than studying aircraft designed to transport people above it. “I thought mining would be a more enjoyable occupation,” Benzie said. As a result, he chose to major in mining engineering at Pennsylvania State ...

Behemoth on the road

Those who come to downtown Fort Dodge Wednesday afternoon to welcome the participants in the Fireball Run Adventurally race shouldn’t have any trouble picking out the vehicle the Fort Dodge team is in. It’s huge. Matt Johnson, general manager of Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, and Matt Bemrich, ...

RR repairs begin today on Hwy. 7

Repairs on a railroad crossing over Iowa Highway 7 begin today, temporarily closing that section of the road. Highway 7 near the agricultural/industrial park known as Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation will be closed for about one week while the Union Pacific Railroad makes repairs, ...

Knigge pleads not guilty

Mackenzie Knigge has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Knigge, 26, of Fort Dodge, is accused of killing Jessica Gomez, 26, of Clare, in August. A trial scheduling conference will be held to determine when her trial will be set.

12-year-old boy killed in Humboldt County crash

HUMBOLDT - A 12-year-old boy has died after the car he was riding in was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. The crash occurred at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday night, east of Humboldt on Iowa Highway 3. Kevin Ahlstrom, 39, of Humboldt, was driving a ...

‘The only thing I had to change was everything’

Bill Douglas, of Fort Dodge, is a survivor. At the age of 49, he’s three decades past the life expectancy of the people in he grew up with in the Detroit area. “It was a high crime area,” he said. “Life expectancy was 16 to 24 in my neighborhood. I lost plenty of friends and a ...