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Susan Olson, a member of the Webster County Genealogical Society, shows how delicate certain documents stored at the Fort Dodge Public Library can be. To help preserve them, the society would like to buy a special scanner.
Susan Olson, a member of the Webster County Genealogical Society, shows how delicate certain documents can be Wednesday morning at the Fort Dodge Public Library.

Genealogical Society seeks special scanner

When Wally Whitehill, of Fort Dodge, was looking for the obituary of a Civil War veteran who died in 1912, Susan M. Olson, president of the Webster County Genealogical Society, was there to help locate it for him. Whitehill was at the Fort Dodge Public Library Wednesday ...

Part of Fifth Avenue South to be closed Friday

The westbound lanes of Fifth Avenue South between 21st Street and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks will be closed Friday, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. Those lanes will be closed at 6 a.m. and will remain closed until work on the railroad tracks is complete. Traffic ...

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This illustration shows the proposed 32-foot tall clock tower to be placed in the center of the roundabout intersection at First Avenue South and 12th Street. It is expected to be installed this summer.

Coming this summer

The roundabout intersections in downtown Fort Dodge will be decorated with what city officials call gateway features this year. A series of three tall metal banners affixed to poles will be placed at First Avenue South and Sixth Street. A 32-foot-tall clock tower will be positioned at ...

Macke leaving Gowrie

GOWRIE — Macke Gowrie, 1111 Beek St., will be closing its doors on Saturday. The car dealership, owned by Gus Macke, began operating in Gowrie about two-and-a-half years ago, according to Luke Anstoeter, marketing manager. Macke Motors Inc. in Lake City, also owned by Gus Macke, will ...

Charles Stansfield

Webster City welcomes new fire chief

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City introduced its new fire chief, Charles Stansfield, at a City Council meeting Monday that was held despite the icy weather. “I’d just like to say thank you for the opportunity to come to Webster City,” Stansfield said. “I am definitely excited to be ...

Supervisors eliminate final two transport officer positions

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved eliminating the final two transport officer positions for the Webster County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday. The unanimous vote was held during the board’s regular meeting at the Webster County Courthouse. Sheriff Jim Stubbs explained that ...


13-year-old charged with attempted murder

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, a class B felony, in connection with a Nov. 28 shooting that took place a few blocks from Butler Elementary School, according to police reports. The boy's name is not being released at this time. On Nov. 28, ...

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Icicles hang from a picnic table outside the Webster County Social Services Building Monday morning.

Holiday on ice

Ice covered much of Iowa Monday as freezing rain and cool temperatures caused slick roads for those who decided to go out. The ice began creeping into the Fort Dodge area early Sunday night, according to Jim Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des ...

Taking on the challenge

When the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and Athletics for Education and Success host an MLK celebration on Saturday, Eddie Moore, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be telling attendees that it’s time to stop dreaming. Moore is scheduled to be a special guest speaker during the event at the ...

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Clear roadways shown near First Avenue South in Fort Dodge on Sunday may have sheets of ice on them today with a potentially dangerous ice storm in the forecast.

The calm before the ice storm

A wintery mix of ice and freezing rain forecasted to make its way through north central Iowa today may cause power outages in the area. With that in mind, MidAmerican Energy Co. has been preparing for the possible outages, according to Debora Blume, spokeswoman for MidAmerican ...

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Liam Conrad, 17, of Fort Dodge, is shown here with a sign showing his support for the Affordable Care Act during a rally by the Webster County Democrats at City Square Park in Fort Dodge Sunday afternoon.

Downtown rally shows support for ACA

J.J. Jacobs, of Fort Dodge, credits the Affordable Care Act for helping her receive the medical treatment she needed at the age of 24. Jacobs was diagnosed with a condition that rendered her disabled in 2012, she said. “I was told I could no longer work, but because part of the ...

UPDATE: Schools, library closed

Fort Dodge public and parochial schools are closed Monday due to the weather. Additionally, the Fort Dodge Public Library is also closed for the day.

Icy conditions change garbage collection days

Due to the icy conditions on Monday the following changes have been made to the garbage collection days: Garbage normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Thursday. Garbage normally collected on Thursday will be ...

FD council meeting canceled

The Fort Dodge City Council meeting that was scheduled for Monday night has been canceled due to bad weather, according to City Manager David Fierke. The meeting has not yet been rescheduled.

Air Choice One flights canceled

Due to the ice storm and runway conditions, Air Choice One has canceled all arrivals and departures for today. While flights are still scheduled for tomorrow, please check flight status before coming to the airport.


Closing and delays for Jan. 17

The following delays have been announced for Tuesday: Algona public and parochial: 2-hour delay Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: 90-minute delay, no morning preschool Eagle Grove schools: 2-hour delay East Sac County Schools: 2-hour delay Fort Dodge public and parochial schools: ...

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AAlex Tiernan, 11, reacts to the next difficult piece of music Saturday afternoon as she rehearses with the Sixth Grade Karl King Honor Band at St. Edmond Catholic School. Dan Cassady, left, the former director of bands at St. Edmond, sat in for a few minutes to prank his friend Kathy Yoakam, of Humboldt, who was directing the group.

Honoring the musician

It’s not a recipe that should really work. Take an orchestra full of sixth- and seventh-grade students, most of whom have never met each other before. Put them all together with a new conductor they’ve never worked with before. With music they’ve only recently been introduced to ...

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Dave Karisa, 16, of Fort Dodge, at left, along with his Robotics teammate Daniel Winkler, 16, are encoured to give a thumbs up by referee Dale Herzberg, of Des Moines, at the start of the First Tech Challenge Robotics League Championship at Fort Dodge Senior High.

Student-built robots go to the ring

To make robot No. 7332 do what it’s supposed to do, members of the Fort Dodge Senior High Robotics Team had to make a lot of parts, pieces, gears, circuits — and a smart phone — all work together to perform a simple task at the First Tech Challenge Robotics League Championship at the ...

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Carissa Harvey, senior planner  for the city of Fort Dodge, holds up the 3D rendering of a silo mural submitted by Josh Johnson, of Fort Dodge. Johnson is one of five finalists selected for the project which will decorate the grain silos near Hawkeye Avenue and Loomis Park.

Artistic endeavors

After going over 16 design proposals for a mural to be painted on a long abandoned grain elevator sitting along Hawkeye Avenue near Loomis Park, the City of Fort Dodge Public Art Committee — with help from the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance ...

Nolan Randall

Woman ejected from SUV in crash

A woman who was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle Friday morning was ejected after the vehicle rolled over on the east side of Fort Dodge. The driver of that vehicle, Nolan Randall, 20, of Livermore, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, according to the Fort Dodge Police ...