Local News

Complaint alleges October Romantix theft was inside job

What was initially reported as a robbery at an adult store in town is now a theft investigation after prosecutors allege the incident was planned by an employee. Two people are facing charges with the Oct. 7 incident at Romantix, 15 N. Fifth St. Amanda M. Hughes, 31, of Fort Dodge, has been ...

Knigge trial set for May

The first-degree murder trial of Mackenzie Knigge has been set for May 14, 2018. Knigge, of Clare, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her friend, Jessica Gomez, back in August. Knigge has pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is being held in the Webster ...

A new look at FDSH

Each of the remodeled spaces at Fort Dodge Senior High, including the Freshman Academy, auxiliary gym, wrestling room, and locker room spaces are complete. Administration with the Fort Dodge Community School District hosted guided tours of the new facilities Monday night. The projects ...

Hutton files to dismiss its participation in mall lawsuit

An attorney for a Tennessee developer that was seeking to create a shopping center adjacent to the Crossroads Mall filed Monday for a dismissal of the firm’s participation in a lawsuit set to be heard today in Webster County District Court. The stipulation of dismissal was filed on behalf ...

Council OKs wellness, cultural authority

A new authority that would own the planned cultural and recreation center in downtown Fort Dodge is nearing reality. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the articles of incorporation for the Webster County Wellness and Cultural Authority. “All of us agree that this is a great ...

FD council moves on tighter local fireworks regulations

Tighter restrictions on the use of fireworks in Fort Dodge received the initial approval of the City Council Monday. The new rules would greatly reduce the period in which fireworks can be legally used. They were drafted after city officials were deluged with complaints about fireworks last ...

Kosovo emergency leads to art exchange

After the 1999 conflict in Kosovo, Samir Zajmi’s nonprofit organization had some pretty simple goals — help the people get the food, water and shelter they needed. “Immediately after ’99, we found a million of people were pushed out of Kosovo,” Zajmi said. “Our first work was ...

City ponders requirements for CO detectors, pools

Carbon monoxide detectors would be required in rental properties throughout Fort Dodge under a proposed code update before the City Council. That same code update would essentially eliminate new swimming pools in front yards. And it would empower city inspectors to consult with public health ...

Fifth Avenue South SSMID moves forward

A plan to create a new taxing district along Fifth Avenue South in Fort Dodge is advancing. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of a measure creating the Commercial Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District. Creation of the district was requested by ...

Council OKs trail snow removal

A system defining what trails will be cleared of snow and when that work will be done was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on a 6-1 vote Monday. The system divides the local trail system into three categories: main connectors, high traffic recreational and winter recreation. The main ...

Humboldt man shot by officer ID’d

HUMBOLDT — The mother of the young man who was shot and killed by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Saturday afternoon in Dakota City believes better mental health services could have prevented her son’s death. “We sought evaluations and appointments locally, and some ...

Algona coach suspended

ALGONA - A state board has suspended the teaching license of an Algona teacher and coach who was accused of being intoxicated at school, the Associated Press reports. Chad Ahlers' teaching and coaching licenses have been suspended for two years. He is ordered to complete a 15-hour ethics ...

Quilts of Valor

Richard Almond, of Fort Dodge, was drafted in the summer of 1969. Almond served in Vietnam. He was a crew chief and door gunner on a Huey gunship helicopter. The places he was stationed are a virtual hotspot map of the combat in that war-torn Southeast Asian nation. Like many other ...

New authority planned to build cultural, recreation center

A cultural and recreation center planned for downtown Fort Dodge would be owned by an authority to be created by the city and Webster County under a plan to be considered by the City Council and the Board of Supervisors this week. Both governing bodies are expected to act on the ...

Paschen pushes health care, immigration issues

A comment by U.S. Rep. Steve King prompted John Paschen to run for Congress. During a visit to Fort Dodge, Paschen recalled hearing King, a Republican from Kiron, say that he believed money for food stamps should be redirected to pay for building a wall along the southern border of the ...

Blanden hopes community will help buy local artist’s work

Eric Anderson, director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, has Fort Dodge artist Richard Hanson’s watercolor painting “The Vicar of Mraywood” in his office. Painted in a hyper photo-realistic style, the work is currently owned by Del Miller, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “He’s the ...

Honor and gratitude

After the last note of “Taps” chimed off into the distance and the last sharp crack of the rifle salute had spent itself — echoing off into the neighborhood around St. Edmond Catholic School Friday morning — Master Sgt. Ariel Echevarria, with the Iowa Air National Guard 133rd Test ...

Fatal shooting in Dakota City

DAKOTA CITY — One person is dead in an officer-involved shooting in Dakota City Saturday afternoon, Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has confirmed. The case remains under investigation.

Manson Northwest students show support for Honor Flight

BARNUM — Students at Manson Northwest Webster Community School District took their support for area veterans to the next level Friday afternoon during a Veterans Day program held in the elementary school gym, that more than 300 people attended. Sixth graders Emily Schroeder, 11, and ...