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Humboldt council takes over senior center

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council agreed Monday to take over the senior citizens center. Last June senior citizens board members asked if the city would consider taking over operation of the center, located at 607 First Ave. S. There had been a “severe” decline in membership at the ...

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Morgan Border, center, poses for a photo with  Iowa State University student athletes who attended her Stay A-Breast breast cancer fundraiser in 2016.

The Border initiative

What began as a small 4-H project has turned into something much greater in the quest to help raise awareness of — and fight against — breast cancer. Stay A-Breast was created three years ago by St. Edmond student Morgan Border. The breaststroke for breast cancer fundraiser helps ...

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Barb Riley, left, administrator at Calhoun County Public Health, looks on as U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, reads a brochure for the Caring Hands Closet. The program provides free diapers to mothers in Calhoun County that qualify for that need.

Ernst learns about local connections

ROCKWELL CITY — One of Iowa’s United States senators visited a local health organization to learn about a program it offers to help young mothers with their children. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, stopped by Calhoun County Public Health, in Rockwell City, Tuesday afternoon and ...

SSMID board says yes to Main Street program

An effort to get Fort Dodge back into the Main Street Iowa program was endorsed Tuesday by a group that represents downtown property owners. The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board approved a resolution of support for the Main Street program application being filed by the city ...

Coleman petition needs review

A petition to combine sewer and water boards in the Coleman District has again been rejected by the Webster County Board of Supervisors. Assistant County Attorney Brad McIntyre said Tuesday morning the petition didn’t include all the needed information. Dennis Jones, who lives in the ...

Naylor gets 10 years for 2015 shooting

A man facing charges in connection with burglary and shooting cases from 2015 has been sentenced to prison after making pleas in the cases. Jovon Naylor, 26, of Fort Dodge, made Alford pleas Tuesday in Webster County District Court to second-degree burglary, criminal gang participation, and ...

Gully sentenced to 45 years on drug charges

A Fort Dodge man who was convicted of multiple drug and gun charges in March has been sentenced to spend, at most, 45 years in prison. A Webster County jury convicted Bryce Gully, 24, on March 2 of eight charges relating to a Sept. 28, 2016, early morning drug raid by the Fort Dodge/Webster ...

Road on 1872 plans in Kalo to be vacated

Land that’s marked in official documents as a road in Kalo actually isn’t a road, and there has never been a road there, according to the Webster County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors voted to vacate portions of School Street at their regular meeting Tuesday. The supervisors also ...

Humboldt council buys airport equipment, but awaits FAA ok

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved the purchase of snow removal equipment for the airport on Monday. However, there was some question as to whether the purchase would meet the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration. The council sought bids on two pieces of equipment, a ...

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Ozzy Pattison, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, left, shows Izaih Clark, 16, a sophomore at FDSH the settings on a welder at North Central Career Academy in Eagle Grove Monday morning.

A tour of their futures

EAGLE GROVE — Sophomores from Fort Dodge Senior High got a glimpse of what some of their futures may look like Monday morning at the North Central Career Academy in Eagle Grove. At the academy, high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn a substantial amount of college ...

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 Kristin Danley-Greiner

Farmers spoke out against the
proposed
elimination of the Leopold Center for
Sustainable Agriculture at a hearing Monday.

Iowa farmers, others characterize this budget cut as ‘devastating’

DES MOINES — It was standing room only in Room 103 at the State Capitol Monday, the rotunda outside jam-packed with people opposed to state legislators’ proposed budget cuts to the Leopold Center. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, based at Iowa State University, was ...

Survey work will begin on northwest side of FD

The plan to revitalize the northwest side of Fort Dodge didn’t win big money in last year’s America’s Best Communities competition, but it hasn’t been forgotten. City officials said the effort will proceed, although probably at a slower pace. Residents of the city’s Northwest River ...

Humboldt County hires animal control officer

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of an animal control officer on Monday. Board Chairman Rick Pedersen said the board received only one applicant for the position: Merri Hansen, who lives near Hardy. Sheriff Dean Kruger said Hansen has worked with ...

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Gail Balbraith, of Fort Dodge, a volunteer with Pride In Community Appearance, helps pick up litter during the 2016 FOD Walk in the east side business district.

Identified ‘foreign objects’

People will soon be walking shoulder to shoulder through downtown Fort Dodge to pick up trash. The 12th annual FOD walk, where businesses and individuals spend an hour cleaning up parts of Fort Dodge, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, rain or shine. FOD stands for foreign object debris. ...

Woman robbed at gunpoint

HARCOURT — A woman was stopped by two men and robbed at gunpoint before she could make a deposit for a local convenience store in Harcourt Sunday afternoon, according to Lt. Kevin Kruse, of the Webster County sheriff’s office. The woman reportedly works as a clerk at Sparky’s One Stop, ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Reynolds prepares to load a stretcher back into Medic 8 at the fire station. Reynolds recently celebrated two years with the Fort Dodge Fire Department.

FD firefighter finds ‘second family’

Jason Reynolds hadn’t even been with the Fort Dodge Fire Department for a year when he experienced the most memorable fire of his career. Reynolds, a firefighter and paramedic, had been with the department for just over nine months on Jan. 18, 2016, when the building serving as a ...

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Foster Grandma Vera Cerwick helps Aiden Armstrong and Haylee Scott, at right, with a geography exercise in Rita Engh's second grade class. Engh brings Cerwick into her class to help on a multitude of topics.

Putting a face on budget cuts

If a federal budget proposed by the Trump administration becomes a reality, it could mean an end to the local Foster Grandparents program. But the Grandparents aren’t the only ones who could be taking a hit. Multiple service agencies in the Fort Dodge area could see decreases in their ...

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Wendy Daniel-Wiseman, of Fort Dodge, poses in her Fort Dodge Middle School classroom recently. Daniel-Wiseman is planning a series of fundraising events to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the hope of becoming their Woman of the Year.

Leukemia survivor

Wendy Daniel-Wiseman, of Fort Dodge, is one of the nominees who’s been asked to compete in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man/Woman of the Year. To that end, she will be holding a series of fundraising events in the area to help fund research. Daniel-Wiseman has firsthand experience ...