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The moment that shaped SCC Class of 2019

LAKE CITY — Austin Olberding told his fellow South Central Calhoun High School graduates that he and his classmates didn’t realize it at the time, but they were a part of history eight years ago. That’s because, when the class of 2019 was in fifth grade, the Southern Cal and Rockwell ...

Webster City sees 129 graduate

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City High School added another crop of students to its list of graduates, as 129 members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas in front of a packed house inside the WCHS gymnasium Sunday afternoon. Following the entrance of the graduates, WCHS Principal ...

FDSH’s production ‘Big Fish’ wins awards

The cast of the annual Fort Dodge Senior High musical, “Big Fish,” has been honored with numerous awards from the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards. The awards include: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role by Collin Ellsbury, ...

Sunday fire guts vacant Fort Dodge house

Flames ripped through a vacant Fort Dodge house Sunday morning, seriously damaging it and partially melting some siding on the home next door. The fire at 1216 First Ave. N. was reported at 8:55 a.m. ‘‘We could see the smoke as soon as we opened the garage doors at the fire ...

20 years gone

Twenty years ago, devastated Lutherans watched as investigators picked through the rubble of what six days earlier had been their beloved church. On Thursday, May 13, 1999, a brutal explosion triggered by internal pressure blew the doors off the 113-year-old brick landmark. The doors ...

Out into the world

With pomp, circumstance and 42 green robes, the St. Edmond High School Class of 2019 walked into the building as seniors Sunday afternoon and left as alumni. Their afternoon began with getting the unfamiliar caps to stay in place atop their heads and ended with the traditional tossing of ...

New development is possible at old Sears store

The former Sears store at Crossroads Mall that has sat empty since 2015 may yet be knocked down to make way for something new. A previous plan to demolish the building and construct a new shopping center there fell apart in 2017, just as a lawsuit over it was to come to trial. But recently, ...

‘These are troubling times’

More than a week ago, the Trump administration revealed its plans to release a trade relief package to help ease the damage done by the U.S. trade dispute with China. However, ag producers say it’s not enough. Kirk Leeds, chief executive officer of the Iowa Soybean Association, said the ...

Miller: It was nothing like ‘High School Musical’

GOWRIE — For 2019 Southeast Valley graduate Bailey Miller, her experiences in high school weren’t those depicted on the big screen. “After four years I can finally say, without a doubt, that high school was nothing like ‘High School Musical,’” she said during her speech given ...

FD house damaged in fire

A vacant house at 1216 First Ave. N. was extensively damaged in a Sunday morning fire. The fire was reported at 8:55 a.m. No one was injured. Its cause remains under investigation.

One dead, two hurt in crash

One person was killed and two were injured in a crash Sunday afternoon at Xavier Avenue and 170th Street, according to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender. The crash was still under investigation late Sunday afternoon, and the names of those involved were not released.

CFR

Michelle De La Riva, executive director of Community & Family Resources, said she isn’t too unhappy about leaving the organization’s old, crowded facilities behind. Moving into their new building? That she’s very happy about. She shared some of those thoughts Friday afternoon ...

Loud & clear

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at St. Paul Lutheran School showed off the public speaking skills they’d learned over the past six weeks Thursday by presenting speeches on topics about which they care. The Speak Up program was a collaborative effort between St. Paul and volunteers with ...

KICK OFF

GOWRIE — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged his support for ethanol while blasting President Donald Trump for backing petroleum at the POET Biorefining plant near Gowrie Friday morning. “The Trump administration is favoring the petroleum industry,” de Blasio said during his ...

FDPD, Faiferlick team up for women’s self-defense

Women interested in learning how to defend themselves will have the opportunity to learn self-defense skills and more this Saturday at the second annual Fight Like a Girl event. The class is a collaboration between the Fort Dodge Police Department and Faiferlick Martial Arts. Officer ...

Cooper kids present ‘history in wax’

Sawyer Parcel, 10, a third-grade student at Cooper Elementary School, came face-to-face with the historic character she was portraying during the annual Wax Museum presentation Friday. Or at the very least, a likeness of him on a shirt. She had picked painter Bob Ross. Fourth-grade ...