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MNW school board hires interim to hold place for Daggett

MANSON — The Manson Northwest Webster Community School District board approved the hire of an interim superintendent at its meeting Monday night. Jeff Herzberg, of Manson, was hired to serve as superintendent for 30 days or until Justin Daggett receives his license from the Iowa Board ...

Into the night

For a little while on the afternoon of Aug. 21, a swath stretching all the way from the west to the east coast of the United States is going dark when a total solar eclipse makes its way cross country. To get ready for it, and to help people get the most of the day, the Rev. Austin Hill and ...

Arts R Alive, again, in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — The seventh annual Arts R Alive in Webster City sculpture event festivities began Wednesday night at West Twin Park with music and, well, art. Eight sculptures by artists from across the country were on display in the city part. The activities continue tonight, again at ...

Two vehicles collide at P73 and US 20

Vincent Fire and Rescue volunteers, Iowa State Patrol troopers and people involved in an accident walk away from a Ford Escape in the westbound ditch along U.S. Highway 20 Wednesday afternoon. No one was seriously hurt or went to the hospital, according to ISP Trooper Denny Schnathorst. He ...

MidAmerican is moving to Decker Industrial Park

A new MidAmerican Energy Co. facility will be one of the first buildings moving into the Decker Industrial Park on the east side of town. Construction is imminent on the new customer office and service center at 4000 First Ave. N., said Adam Jacobi, public relations representative for the ...

At National Night Out, kids find the fun with first responders

It’s probably safe to say the attempted rescue of a dove was not how National Night Out organizers expected to start the evening. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night as a dove, which was released as part of a magic act, escaped to a tree in Snell-Crawford Park. Fort Dodge ...

King pins hopes on Branstad, China to stop N.K.

U.S. Rep. Steve King hopes that U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad can help persuade Chinese officials to take a more active approach in bringing about change in North Korea. “The threat by North Korea is real and significant,” King, R-Kiron, said Tuesday at his office in Fort Dodge. ...

Emergency preparedness

In case of a health or infectious disease-related emergency, there’s now an emergency preparedness coordinator for a whole region, including Webster County. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Tyler Woodard as the new Region 7 Emergency Preparedness coordinator Tuesday. ...

Charges say Yesway worker stole lottery tickets

The former assistant manager of a convenience store in Fort Dodge is facing felony charges after he allegedly stole lottery tickets and redeemed them. Christopher A. Bryefogle, 31, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two counts of first-degree theft and one count of theft of lottery ...

FD earns Main Street Iowa designation

Fort Dodge has been designated as a Main Street Iowa community, Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, announced Wednesday. Main Street Iowa is a program led by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Its goal is to improve the downtown area of the cities that are ...

New housing on the horizon

Two former school buildings in Fort Dodge will become home to more than 100 apartments within the next three years. Foutch Brothers LLC, of Kansas City, Missouri, have plans to restore the Fair Oaks and Phillips school buildings. The firm took ownership of the two schools in 2013 after ...

Silo art targeted by petition favoring Johnson

A petition was started online in support of a local artist who was passed over by the Fort Dodge Public Art Committee in favor of an international artist for the Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural Project. Guido van Helten, of Brisbane, Australia, was chosen by the Public Art Committee for the ...

Green light for new Kwik Star

Preparing the way for a planned Kwik Star store, the Fort Dodge City Council approved vacating a public utility easement to remove a no-longer-needed sanitary sewer at a special meeting Monday. The 10-foot-wide easement is on the south side of the 3100 block of Fifth Avenue South, where ...

FD man faces charges for car burglaries

Two men are facing charges in connection with vehicle burglaries reported early Sunday morning. The Fort Dodge Police Department identified the suspects as Brandon Ross, 18, of Fort Dodge, and Jeffrey Austin, 20. Austin’s hometown was not provided by the Police Department. According ...

High throttle in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — Lynn Anderson, of Fort Dodge, was busy crafting his next piece of art — a John Deere tractor, on the last day of the Humboldt County Fair Sunday morning. Anderson is a chainsaw artist. He has been cutting and carving a variety of figures for about 15 years, he said. “I ...

Hagen brings many hats to the table

WEBSTER CITY — Dylan Hagen has worn many different hats in his life. And all of those hats have been under the public safety umbrella. “I was a dispatcher for Webster County for three-and-a-half years,” Hagen said. “I’ve been an EMT (emergency medical technician) for five ...

The better to serve

After about a year of work, a $1.6 million expansion project is complete at the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. The clinic at 126 N 10th St. has doubled its number of dental labs and nearly doubled the number of medical exam rooms, to better serve an increasing need. “We had about ...

Former assessor Thanupakorn’s lawsuit goes to trial January 2019

The lawsuit of the former Webster County assessor, who was fired in January 2016, is now set for a January 2019 jury trial date in U.S. District Court. Jeanette Thanupakorn is suing the Webster County Conference Board, which oversees the assessor’s office, and the Board of Supervisors, ...

FD city election process begins

Fort Dodge voters will pick a mayor and six City Council members in a process that begins this month and ends with the Nov. 7 general election. The positions now held by Mayor Matt Bemrich; Councilman Andy Fritz, at-large; Councilman Jeffrey Halter, at-large; Councilman Terry Moehnke, Ward 1; ...

A near clean sweep

SAC CITY — It was almost a clean sweep at the Sac County Fair dairy show Friday afternoon. East Sac County FFA member Korey Obmann, 15, of Breda, won four of the five contests at the dairy show, taking first in the categories of intermediate calf, winter yearling, senior yearling and ...