Local News

Police investigate report of shooting

Fort Dodge police are investigating a shooting in the area of Fourth Avenue South and 15th Street around 12:30 p.m. One man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries. Neighbors at the scene said they heard several shots. This story will be updated as ...

Ortiz-Hernandez is headed to job in California

WEBSTER CITY — City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez announced Wednesday that he is resigning his position with the city of Webster City to take a similar position in California. In his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council, Ortiz-Hernandez said the move would bring his family ...

Motorcyclist leads authorities on early morning high-speed chase

A suspect driving a motorcycle led police on a high-speed pursuit that started on U.S. Highway 20 and ended in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, according to Trooper Denny Schnathorst, of the Iowa State Patrol. At about 11:45 p.m., Schnathorst said he checked the speed of a motorcycle traveling on ...

Next time, knock

Marguerite Cassen woke up early Tuesday morning to one of the loudest noises she’s ever experienced in her 89 years. By woke up, she means awakened suddenly — at 1:23 a.m. “Did it ever wake me,” she said. She initially had no idea what the noise was. “I thought it was ...

County abruptly ends contract with CFR

Webster County has cancelled its agreement with Community and Family Resources, which takes in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals, but has not disclosed why. The county supervisors now plan to sit down and re-negotiate a new agreement for this ...

Fonley leaves Algona school system, apparently unexpectedly

ALGONA — The Algona Community School District is hoping to have an interim superintendent in place by the start of the school year after the apparently unexpected resignation of longtime Superintendent Marty Fonley. The ACSD board accepted Fonley’s resignation on July 6. He had served as ...

Webster County Supervisors discuss bargaining changes

Some significant changes in public sector bargaining law which passed in 2017 will have an effect on upcoming negotiations between county officials and their county workers’ unions. Webster County officials met for a discussion of the changes Tuesday morning. “We have a little bit ...

CFR to host open house Friday

Community and Family Resources will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday to celebrate 50 years of providing wellness and recovery services in Fort Dodge. The open house will be at the STARS Adolescent Facility, 430 N. Eighth St. “We have been very fortunate to help hundreds of ...

Humboldt supervisors hear transportation plan

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reviewed MIDAS Council of Governments’ Long Range Transportation Plan at Monday’s meeting. Shirley Helgevold, MIDAS local assistance manager, brought a draft of the plan to the board. The plan identifies all transportation ...

Humboldt City Council OKs school police officer plan

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved an agreement with the Humboldt Community School District for a school resource officer at Monday’s meeting. The council and school officials have been considering hiring a joint officer for security within the school system, but primarily for ...

FD woman accused in assault of man

A Fort Dodge woman is facing a felony burglary charge for allegedly taking part in an assault on a man she had an intermittent relationship with. Sabreen S. Al-Hameed, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony. It’s alleged that she assaulted a 54-year-old ...

Softball brings generations of families to Fort Dodge

Omar Bradley and his wife, Sue Bradley, of Wilton, spent time in the late 1980s and early 1990s watching their two daughters play state softball in Fort Dodge. On Monday they were back at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, this time with their two grandsons, Drake Jordan, 9, and ...

Sukup loses its founder, but not its strength

SHEFFIELD — Tariffs have become front-page news, and no one knows this better than the team at Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield. While the ag manufacturing company’s steel costs have soared 30 percent since November 2017, the company continues to grow. “We try to absorb these ...

Ludwig joins Iowa Central as director of development

A former Lake City hospital administrator has joined Iowa Central Community College in the development and alumni relations department. Mary Ludwig is the college’s new executive director of development and alumni relations. Ludwig, who most recently served as the director of development, ...

Making things happen

CLARION — When Cindy Litwiller was the executive director for the Iowa Falls Development Corporation, she played a critical role in helping the community develop a former hospital into multiple living spaces. “The county decided to approve a new hospital, and so the question was what ...

Something to crow about

So how do you get a rooster to crow on cue when a crow is called for on stage. Apparently, according to Webster County Fair Board member Wendy Mills, of Harcourt — who organized a new Rooster Crowing Contest for this year’s fair — you don’t. “It’s just the luck of the ...

‘Source of pride’

Home runs that get belted over the fences at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex during the State Softball Tournament won’t be the only action worth cheering about in Fort Dodge and Webster County. The tournament, which begins Monday, brings significant economic benefits to the Fort ...