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Run for rare diseases is Saturday

The Gene Giraffe Project will host its second annual run for kids with rare diseases on Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The event will feature a walk and run along with a kids run, according to Doug Passow, president of Gene Giraffe Project. “Our project raises awareness, ...

Going, going, gone

Some of the last bits of the Hydroelectric Dam that spanned the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge for more than a century began disappearing this week. Earthmovers splashed into the water to gouge out a 5-foot-tall section of the dam that remained submerged after most of the dam was removed ...

My College Journey: Rashid Witty

Name: Rashad Witty Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida. Age: 22 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? Criminal justice Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? I chose Iowa Central at a time when I had just been injured in football and was not ...

History for the future

Members of the Leadership Fort Dodge 2019-20 Class got a look at some of Fort Dodge’s rich history and a preserved historic home Thursday during the first of their nine monthly sessions. The series of daylong learning sessions, sponsored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, will ...

Motocross and tiny houses

The Webster County Conservation open house at the Gypsum City OHV Park had a most unwelcome visitor Thursday afternoon that was most certainly not on the guest list — several waves of torrential rain. While the rain might have soaked the ground and caused the cancellation of the hay ride ...

SEV junior will spend birthday in chemotherapy

DAYTON — Lane Jones-Popp won’t have a chance to celebrate his 17th birthday today the way most kids his age would. Jones-Popp, a junior at Southeast Valley High School, starts chemotherapy treatments today at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. ...

Dodgers to unveil new mascot at homecoming game

The Fort Dodge Community School District will unveil a new Dodger mascot during tonight’s varsity football Homecoming game. Throughout the years, Fort Dodge Senior High has had a number of mascots. No one is quite sure exactly when the first Dodger mascot was created, said Erik Hoveland, ...

Clarion city administrator resigns

CLARION — Clarion City Administrator Jordan Cook has resigned from his position following two closed city council sessions to review his performance. A separation agreement signed Tuesday stipulated the city will pay Cook $29,240 in exchange for release of any future claims against the city ...

County receives grants for bridge replacements

The state of Iowa has been awarded over $33 million from a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will be used to improve 77 bridges across the state, including two in rural Webster County. A bridge on 120th Street and on Mining Boulevard will be completely replaced ...

Pocahontas County dedicated as Home Base Iowa community

POCAHONTAS — Home Base Iowa dedicated Pocahontas County as its 95th Home Base community at a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Pocahontas County Courthouse. The public-private partnership program connects veterans and transitioning service members with community resources and ...

Grief speaker coming to Fort Dodge

Award-winning speaker Alan Pedersen is coming to Fort Dodge to talk about facing the grief of losing a child. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. The event is hosted by the Fort Dodge chapter of Compassionate Friends, a ...

Veterans ready for next Honor Flight

Forty-six years after U.S. armed forces withdrew from Vietnam, many Vietnam War veterans are preparing for what is, to some, their first homecoming. But a few still needed some pushing to sign up for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight opportunity, which will embark on its 19th departure ...

Shooting victim identified

The Fort Dodge Police Department has identified the victim of Tuesday’s shooting as 17-year-old Daiqualis Poe after notifying family and friends of his death. The Fort Dodge Senior High student was shot Tuesday inside the home of 721 N. Eighth St., where 911 was called at approximately ...

Against the odds

While Chris Norton was being flown in a helicopter after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in football, he believed he was going to die. “I was worried about my breathing,” Norton said Wednesday night to a crowd gathered in the Student Resource Center on the main campus of Iowa ...

CFR to host family fun festival on Saturday

Community and Family Resources will be celebrating National Recovery Month during its seventh annual Recovery and Wellness Family Fun Festival on Saturday. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the CFR’s new campus at 211 Ave. M ...