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A stage in the street

Before Granger Smith with Cody Hicks and Salty View Acoustic Review can play the Downtown Country Jam at Central Avenue and Ninth Street in Fort Dodge tonight, there has to be something for them to play on. Setting up the stage, as well as the lights, the sound gear, the speakers, the ...

Waterlogged

The intersection of Avenue O and Avenue B is closed until further notice, the city of Fort Dodge Public Works Department announced on Friday. The intersection is located just west of the Des Moines River. City officials advised not to drive through water that is covering a roadway. Motorists ...

This tale has a happy ending

Boston Gordon slammed on the brakes of his car Wednesday at about noon when he spotted a dog he hoped was Murphy. Gordon, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, was just beginning his search for Murphy, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix that had been missing since Sunday. Murphy is owned by ...

Raising awareness of suicide among the elderly

WEBSTER CITY — Suicide is a not only a topic of concern for youths, but something that impacts senior citizens as well. Jodi Harms, from Van Diest Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions, discussed suicide and how it affects the elderly during a program offered at Kendall Young Library ...

Eagle Grove loses power Thursday

EAGLE GROVE — A large portion of Eagle Grove lost power Thursday afternoon after a construction company struck a line, according to Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy Co. Almost 2,000 customers lost power just before 2 p.m., Greenwood reported. He said a wire was ...

Barn quilt documentary to premiere in Sac City

SAC CITY — A barn quilt documentary created by an award-winning producer will have its Iowa premiere Monday in Sac City. “Pieced Together” is a documentary about the popularity of barn quilts in America and how they came to be. The screening will be at 7 p.m. Monday at First ...

Body recovered from car in Moorland Pond

MOORLAND - Rescuers have recovered a body from inside of a car that was submerged in Moorland Pond Friday. Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County medical examiner, said the body belonged to a woman, but did not provide any more information as to her identity, pending notification of family. Webster ...

Building camaraderie

LEHIGH — Correctional facility staff members from across Iowa descended on Brushy Creek State Recreation Area Wednesday to take part in an annual competition that not only tests their skills, but also improves relationships between institutions. The annual Correctional Emergency Response ...

Toner’s return

Mike Toner’s decorated 40-year career as a journalist was full of accomplishments and thrills, but almost falling out of a helicopter wasn’t among them. It is true that Toner flew in a helicopter to photograph Mount St. Helens in Washington, but he said the part about him nearly ...

FDCSD employee accused of mishandling of funds

A Fort Dodge Community School District employee has resigned after an internal review found that person mishandled funds, according information obtained from the FDCSD. The person worked at Fort Dodge Senior High. They were not identified Wednesday. About $18,000 in undeposited funds ...

Sahai is designated a Hospital Hero

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City physician was named one of 10 Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Heroes at a ceremony held at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City Wednesday. Dr. Subhash Sahai, M.D., was recognized by VDMC Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge at the ceremony that was ...

Firefighters honored for lifesaving efforts

WEBSTER CITY — Within minutes of being alerted to a person in distress on the Boone River on a late August afternoon, Webster Ciy Fire Department captains Brandon Hayes and Jeromy Estlund were in a boat heading to a woman clinging to a branch in the water. Soon, Hayes pulled her into the ...

Council OKs option to buy agreement with developer

WEBSTER CITY — A real estate deal that could lead to the construction of 16 duplexes on the site where Hamilton Hospital once stood in Webster City was approved by the City Council Monday. The council voted 4-1 to approve an option to purchase for WC Partners LLC, of Kansas City, ...

City Council approves support of region housing trust fund

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City government, with the support of three local banks, is chipping in to support a new regional entity that will help some homeowners fix up their properties. The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to commit $6,497.40 in matching funds to the Heart of Iowa ...

Time to fix the clock tower

Webster County will use a 3-D scanner as part of a study to repair the courthouse’s iconic clock tower. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the plan with Shuck-Briston Inc. engineers, of Des Moines, for $72,280. This will include a 3-D scan, use of a crane to obtain ...

Mental health workers say they are working to keep people out of jail

It’s been about one year since statewide changes caused a shift in how the local mental health region is run. Administrator Alison Hauser and nine employees shared some of the successes with the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and they explained their specialized roles ...

FDCSD employee resigns after mishandling of funds

A Fort Dodge Community School District employee has resigned after an internal review found that person mishandled funds, according information obtained from the FDCSD. The person worked at Fort Dodge Senior High. About $18,000 of undeposited funds belonging to various FDSH accounts was ...

376 to 376 — It’s official: As more votes come in, MNW bond remains a tie

A rare tie vote in the Manson Northwest Webster bond issue has remained a tie, even after more votes were counted Tuesday. The unofficial count last week was 375 votes to 375 votes. The official count rose to 376 to 376 after two provisional ballots were allowed to be counted, said ...

Man struck by vehicle in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — A man was taken to the hospital in Humboldt after he ran into the path of an oncoming vehicle Tuesday. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Joseph Murphy, of Humboldt. According to the state patrol’s accident report, Murphy was walking east on the south sidewalk along ...