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The Warden Plaza, which the city of Fort Dodge hopes to be developed, is pictured.

Warden planning continues

The vacant Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge could be filled with 120 new apartments by the end of 2019, City Council members learned Monday. The also vacant Wahkonsa Annex next to the Warden Plaza may be replaced with a new 113,000-square-foot recreation center featuring two gyms and ...

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Jamarco George, 6, a kindergartner at Butler Elementary School, right, lets the dirt slide off his shovel during the annual tree plant at the Fort Dodge Middle School Monday afternoon. Doug Van Zyl, FDCSD superintendent, watches at left.

Fort Dodge kindergarteners plant trees at Fort Dodge Middle School

Kindergartners who attend Fort Dodge Middle School five years from now will have a unique way of measuring time. They will be able to see the growth of a tree they helped plant Monday at the FDMS. Students from Duncombe, Feelhaver, Butler and Cooper elementary schools participated in the ...

Diana Petraline

Former party treasurer pleads guilty

A former treasurer for the Webster County Democratic Central Committee has admitted to taking money from the local organization. Diana Petraline, 70, formerly of Fort Dodge, received probation Monday afternoon after she pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree fraudulent practices, a ...

Devontae Mosley-Smith

FD man charged in Bloomers, library robberies

A Fort Dodge man is facing charges in connection with two downtown Fort Dodge robberies earlier this month. Devontae Mosley-Smith, 24, is charged with two counts of third-degree robbery and one count of ongoing criminal conduct. Mosley-Smith is accused of taking part in two robberies: ...

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The Fort Dodge City Council purchased this house at 1510 Fifth Ave. S. Monday evening. It will be demolished to clear the way for future development.

Road project, real estate purchases OK’d by council

A major road project and a pair of property purchases were approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council hired Jensen Builders Ltd. to perform concrete repairs on sections of Second Avenue South, South Eighth Street and Kenyon Road that once made up Iowa Highway 926. The ...

The City Council on Monday approved one new captain, one new lieutenant and two new sergeants.

Four promoted in Fort Dodge Police Department

The new leadership team of the Fort Dodge Police Department continued to take shape Monday with a series of promotions. The City Council on Monday approved one new captain, one new lieutenant and two new sergeants. Those moves follow the promotion of Roger Porter to police chief and Cory ...

FD council enacts fireworks limits

The Fort Dodge City Council moved Monday to put some limits on a potential fireworks frenzy now that a new state law has made the sale and use of pyrotechnics legal. The council voted unanimously to place some additional rules above and beyond the requirements of the state law on the use of ...

Sally Kraayenbrink

Sally Kraayenbrink named to District 2B Judicial Commission

Sally Kraayenbrink has been appointed to the District 2B Judicial Nomination Commission by Gov. Terry Branstad, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Branstad announced five appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions Monday. On the commission, Kraayenbrink, ...

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Nicholas Simpson jumps for joy Sunday afternoon after getting his diploma during the 62nd annual commencement at St. Edmond Catholic School. Ben Crimmins, chair of the St. Edmond School Board, is at right getting ready to hand out another diploma.

Raising the bar

The 40 seniors who became alumni of St. Edmond High School Sunday afternoon at the 62nd commencement are leaving behind some impressive numbers. School President Mary Gibb listed some of them as she spoke. “This class has accumulated over 2 million in scholarship offers, accepted over ...

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2017 graduate Keanna Taylor and her cousin and usher Karissa Hiesterman take a selfie while prepping for Southeast Valley High School graduation on Sunday afternoon in Gowrie.

SE Valley Class of 2017 leaves its mark

GOWRIE — “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be,” J.K. Rowling. That is the class motto for the 2017 graduating class of Southeast Valley High School. In between musical selections, which included “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent,” sung by the ...

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Austin Burgwin, 18, front, gets in a selfie during the Eagle Grove Community High School commencement Sunday afternoon.

Making another memory

EAGLE GROVE — Greyson Davis, Eagle Grove Community High School valedictorian, is grateful for all of the influential people who helped make his high school graduation day possible. Davis was one of 60 Eagle Grove graduates to walk the stage Sunday afternoon inside Robert Blue Middle ...

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 Drake Petersen gets some help with his necktie from his mother, Michelle Kraft, Sunday afternoon prior to the Humboldt High School graduation.

Humboldt graduates step into their futures

HUMBOLDT — The 111 members of the Humboldt High School Class of 2017 walked across a stage and into the next phase of their lives during Sunday’s commencement ceremony. The graduates, clad in blue caps and gowns, received their diplomas in a packed gymnasium. ‘‘We are of value and ...

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Pocahontas Area High School graduate Jasmary Granados holds her nephew, Fabio Martinez, 2, after Sunday's graduation ceremony.

The beginning of the future

POCAHONTAS — The seniors at Pocahontas Area High School took their first steps to the future Sunday as they took part in commencement at the high school’s gym. In all, there were 54 members of the Pocahontas Area High School class of 2017. Elle Ruffridge, one of two seniors selected to ...

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Recently graduated students at South Central Calhoun celebrate with a hat toss outside.

SCC graduates celebrate the memories

LAKE CITY — Even though it’s one of the biggest days in a high schooler’s career, the tears and emotions of graduation stem from the four years that came before, not the ceremony itself. That was how Kelsi Carlson chose to start off her speech, as one of four graduating seniors to ...

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Webster City High School Senior Josie Asklund addresses her classmates and a filled gymnasium Sunday afternoon during WCHS commencement exercises.

Webster City bids farewell to 138 graduates

Friends, family, and faculty filled the Webster City High School Gymnasium Sunday afternoon to celebrate new beginnings for the Class of 2017. The district presented 138 diplomas. Two diplomas were presented to the family members of two seniors who were unable to be at Sunday’s ...

Man arrested in Bloomers, FD Library robberies

A Fort Dodge man has been arrested in connection with two downtown robberies earlier this month. Devontae Mosley-Smith, 24, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and ongoing criminal conduct. Mosley-Smith is also charged with third-degree theft for allegedly ...

Petraline gets probation

A former treasurer for the Webster County Democratic Central Committee has admitted to taking money from the local organization. Diana Petraline, 70, formerly of Fort Dodge, received probation Monday afternoon after she pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree fraudulent practices, a class ...