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David Odor, who lives just southeast of Duncombe, tells the Webster County Board of Supervisors he’s worried two new hog facilities in the area would jeopardize the water quality in Brushy Creek Recreation Area. Over 55 people came to the hearing. The supervisors will officially ask the DNR not to approve two confinements near Duncombe.

Seven confinements meet matrix criteria, and opposition

The Webster County Supervisors disapproved two out of three proposed hog confinements that would be built in the county at its regular meeting Tuesday. More than 55 people attended the meeting, with multiple voices speaking out against two confinements that would be built near Duncombe. ...

Hamilton County gives four confinement proposals a green light

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to recommend four construction permit applications for new swine finisher barns in northeast Hamilton County. The approval came following a public hearing that brought comments from both opponents and supporters ...

Iowa Central to seek $25.5M in bonds

Voters in nine area counties will be asked early next year to approve a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue to finance numerous building upgrades at Iowa Central Community College. The college’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to schedule a Feb. 6 referendum on the ...

Mall lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit seeking to develop the former Sears property at the Crossroads Mall has been dismissed. The motion, which had been filed on behalf of Hutton Growth LLC, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was approved Tuesday morning, the same day the case was set to be heard at trial in Webster County ...

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Framed by a poster featuring an old newspaper story about Prusia Hardware opening its doors, Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission member Eddy O’Farrell talks abou the history of the building, now called Heartland Senior Living, during a Centennial Building celebration Tuesday afternoon.

Three FD buildings a century old

The Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission paid tribute to three of Fort Dodge’s 100-year-old buildings Tuesday night inside one of them — Heartland Senior Living, formerly Prusia Hardware, 610 Central Ave. About 25 people attended the third annual Downtown Centennial Building ...

Housing, credit union building may get TIF support

New homes and the construction of a credit union office may get financial aid from the city of Fort Dodge via tax increment financing. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission took a preliminary step to making that possible on Tuesday by recommending that the sites of those projects be ...

County approves cultural and recreation authority

The plan to create a city-county authority to run the proposed cultural and recreation center in downtown Fort Dodge is moving forward, after approval from the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board approved unanimously approved the articles of incorporation for the Webster ...

Complaint alleges October Romantix theft was inside job

What was initially reported as a robbery at an adult store in town is now a theft investigation after prosecutors allege the incident was planned by an employee. Two people are facing charges with the Oct. 7 incident at Romantix, 15 N. Fifth St. Amanda M. Hughes, 31, of Fort Dodge, has been ...

Knigge trial set for May

The first-degree murder trial of Mackenzie Knigge has been set for May 14, 2018. Knigge, of Clare, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her friend, Jessica Gomez, back in August. Knigge has pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is being held in the Webster ...

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Don Miller, former Fort Dodge wrestling coach and athletic director, left, visits with John McBride, of Fort Dodge, Monday night in the learning commons, an area that is part of the new Freshman Academy at Fort Dodge Senior High.

A new look at FDSH

Each of the remodeled spaces at Fort Dodge Senior High, including the Freshman Academy, auxiliary gym, wrestling room, and locker room spaces are complete. Administration with the Fort Dodge Community School District hosted guided tours of the new facilities Monday night. The projects ...

Hutton files to dismiss its participation in mall lawsuit

An attorney for a Tennessee developer that was seeking to create a shopping center adjacent to the Crossroads Mall filed Monday for a dismissal of the firm’s participation in a lawsuit set to be heard today in Webster County District Court. The stipulation of dismissal was filed on behalf ...

Council OKs wellness, cultural authority

A new authority that would own the planned cultural and recreation center in downtown Fort Dodge is nearing reality. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the articles of incorporation for the Webster County Wellness and Cultural Authority. “All of us agree that this is a great ...

FD council moves on tighter local fireworks regulations

Tighter restrictions on the use of fireworks in Fort Dodge received the initial approval of the City Council Monday. The new rules would greatly reduce the period in which fireworks can be legally used. They were drafted after city officials were deluged with complaints about fireworks last ...

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Iowa Central President Dan Kinney talks with Samir Zajmi at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum Monday morning. Zajmi presented on the ways his organization has been bringing diverse people together through art and culture in Kosovo.

Kosovo emergency leads to art exchange

After the 1999 conflict in Kosovo, Samir Zajmi’s nonprofit organization had some pretty simple goals — help the people get the food, water and shelter they needed. “Immediately after ’99, we found a million of people were pushed out of Kosovo,” Zajmi said. “Our first work was ...

City ponders requirements for CO detectors, pools

Carbon monoxide detectors would be required in rental properties throughout Fort Dodge under a proposed code update before the City Council. That same code update would essentially eliminate new swimming pools in front yards. And it would empower city inspectors to consult with public health ...

Fifth Avenue South SSMID moves forward

A plan to create a new taxing district along Fifth Avenue South in Fort Dodge is advancing. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of a measure creating the Commercial Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District. Creation of the district was requested by ...

Council OKs trail snow removal

A system defining what trails will be cleared of snow and when that work will be done was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on a 6-1 vote Monday. The system divides the local trail system into three categories: main connectors, high traffic recreational and winter recreation. The main ...

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Humboldt police officers and Humboldt County sheriff's deputies are shown on scene of an officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon.

Humboldt man shot by officer ID’d

HUMBOLDT — The mother of the young man who was shot and killed by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Saturday afternoon in Dakota City believes better mental health services could have prevented her son’s death. “We sought evaluations and appointments locally, and some ...

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Algona coach suspended

ALGONA - A state board has suspended the teaching license of an Algona teacher and coach who was accused of being intoxicated at school, the Associated Press reports. Chad Ahlers' teaching and coaching licenses have been suspended for two years. He is ordered to complete a 15-hour ethics ...