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Head-on crash on P59 leaves one dead

One person was killed and two others were injured in a fiery crash south of Fort Dodge Saturday evening on Webster County Road P59, according to emergency personnel. The collision sent a sport utility vehicle into a ditch on the east side of the road, where it burst into flames. A column ...

Ready to serve

Before she can begin debating bills and voting on them, state Rep.-elect Ann Meyer needed to learn the ins and outs of working in the state Capitol. So Meyer, a Republican from Fort Dodge, joined all the other newly elected lawmakers in Des Moines for the Legislature’s version of freshmen ...

FD council to consider KDG apartment complex plan

A controversial apartment proposal, suggested raises for the elected officials and more budget discussions await the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will meet in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. First on the agenda is a budget workshop to begin at 5 p.m. The proposed ...

The day care ‘crusade’

Parents in the Fort Dodge community in need of child care services now have another option available to them. Community Christian School, 2406 9 1/2 Ave S., recently announced the opening of its new day care center — Little Crusaders Daycare. The day care opened Jan. 7. It serves ...

Rowan man sentenced to 10 years

ROWAN — A Rowan man who admitted to the promotion, dissemination, and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to prison, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. Timothy Roberts, 49, entered a guilty plea on Nov. 9, 2018, to five counts of sexual exploitation of ...

Serious crash reported near Fort Dodge

First responders are on the scene of a serious vehicular accident that was reported on Webster County Road P59 between Quail Avenue and U.S. Highway 20. Otho Fire and Rescue, Fort Dodge Fire Department and Rescue and the Iowa State Patrol have been called to assist. Two vehicles were ...

Chase ends in fatal FD rollover

A three-county chase ended early Thursday morning in Fort Dodge when a van stolen in Des Moines rolled and the driver was thrown to his death. Philip A. Wooden, 24, of Kansas City, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene just south of Iowa Highway 7 on U.S. Highway 169. Wooden led ...

The Fireball experience

Thursday night was a premier night in Fort Dodge. A special showing of the Amazon show Fireball Run Big Country was screened at Iowa Central Community College in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building auditorium. That episode, and five others from the season, features scenes shot in ...

Josephson paint booth ignites

A fire ignited inside a paint booth at the Josephson Manufacturing Co. plant in Fort Dodge late Wednesday night. A sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading outside the booth. No one was injured. Police and firefighters were called to the plant at 216 Central Ave. at about 11 p.m. ...

How to make snowmen without snow (HINT: Marshmallows)

So how do you make a tall snowman without any snow? You improvise, adapt and overcome and, instead, build it out of marshmallows. At least that’s what the prekindergarten students in Linda Fortune’s class at Riverside Early Learning Center did during a Science, Technology, ...

Feenstra comes out swinging at King

U.S. Rep. Steve King, who just two months ago won his ninth term in his toughest race to date, already has a Republican challenger in the 2020 primary election. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced Wednesday that he will run against King, a Republican from Kiron. “Today, Iowa’s ...

Webster City men accused in Auburn burglary

AUBURN — Two Webster City men are facing felony charges after they allegedly broke into a home in Auburn last month. Aric G. Dunn, 25, and Brett C. Nessa, 28, are each charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony; first-degree theft, a class C felony; and two counts of ...

Raises for sheriff, county attorney sought for equity

Boosts in pay for the Webster County attorney and sheriff — of about 12.5 percent and 6.6 percent — were recommended by the county Compensation Board Wednesday evening, in order to keep up with salaries in similarly-sized counties throughout Iowa. Although one board member recommended a ...

Late night fire reported at Josephson Manufacturing

A fire ignited inside a paint booth at the Josephson Manufacturing Co. plant in Fort Dodge late Wednesday night. A sprinkler system confined the flames to the booth. No one was injured. Police and firefighters were called to the plant at 216 Central Ave. at about 11 p.m. because the fire ...

One dead after multi-county pursuit

One person is dead after leading officers from multiple agencies on a pursuit through several counties. The unidentified man wrecked a white van on U.S. Highway 169, just south of Iowa Highway 7. Lt. Mark Miller, of the Iowa State Patrol, said the pursuit began in Story City. The pursuit went ...

A lot more than books

Yes, the library at the Fort Dodge Senior High School still has books. In fact, it has more books than it did before the recent remodeling that was completed in November thanks to a partnership with the Fort Dodge Public Library. There’s also a whole new way to learn about those books. ...

Flaherty announced as next Duncombe principal

The Fort Dodge Community School District announced on Monday the next principal for Duncombe Elementary School. Ryan Flaherty, the current Fort Dodge Middle School principal, will become the principal at Duncombe beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the district announced in a press ...