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Joel Babb

Babb accused of violating parole

A Fort Dodge man convicted of sexually abusing a patient at a nursing home where he was working has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole. Joel Babb, 64, is accused of committing multiple parole violations over the course of August 2017. Among the violations include an ...

Christopher Simpson

Simpson avoids retrial

A man who had his sexual abuse convictions overturned on a post-conviction relief ruling has avoided a re-trial by pleading guilty to the charges he was facing. Christopher Simpson, 48, formerly of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of ...

Two new members join Humboldt school board

DAKOTA CITY — Two new members took the oath of office at Wednesday’s meeting of the Humboldt Community School Board. Both members were elected earlier this month. Bob Myott is new to Humboldt. “I’m not originally from Humboldt,’’ he said. ‘‘My wife is. We moved back here ...

Fire reported at Days Inn

Investigators were working Saturday afternoon to determine what caused a fire Saturday morning at the Days Inn, 3040 Fifth Ave. S. No one was hurt. The flames were confined to a two-room suite on the second floor. The fire was reported at 10:05.

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, at left, administers the oath of office to Fort Dodge attorney Joe McCarville Thursday afternoon during his investiture as a District Associate Judge.

‘Today is a good day’

Friends, family and colleagues of Joe McCarville filled a Webster County courtroom Thursday afternoon to watch as the longtime attorney was sworn in as the newest district associate court judge in the 2nd Judicial District. McCarville’s investiture ceremony was held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the ...

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With the smoldering remains of a vintage Corvette in the foreground Humboldt firefighter Matt Ubben sprays water on a garage fire late Thursday afternoon in Dakota City. Several collectable vehicles stored in the garage were destroyed.

Classic car owner hurt in Dakota City fire

DAKOTA CITY — A man was treated for burns and an estimated $100,000 worth of classic cars were lost after a garage caught fire in Dakota City Thursday night, according to Jim Gronbach, Humboldt volunteer fire chief. The fire was reported at 5:23 p.m. Don Ukena, of Dakota City, was ...

Developer may bring new rental housing to Coalville

A developer may be building six new housing units in Coalville, the Webster County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. Michael Pearson has proposed three single-family units and three bi-attached single family units to be built on 240th Street in Coalville, Supervisor Mark Campbell said. ...

Public schools to dismiss early Friday

All Fort Dodge public schools will dismiss early today at 1:10 p.m. due to heat and humidity, school communications director Jennifer Lane has announced. This is for public schools only, not parochial schools.

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Karen Lawler, of Clare, carries a bag of pulled weeds and garbage Thursday morning while helping out during the Downtown Fall Clean-u Day.

A clean sweep in Fort Dodge

Not everything that was found Thursday as a group of volunteers picked up litter, cleared debris and pulled weeds in downtown Fort Dodge during the Main Street Fort Dodge Fall Cleanup Day was junk. Mary Kay Daniel, of Fort Dodge, and several of her group of volunteers found something ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shellabration presents Downtown Country Jam SATURDAY at Ninth Street and Central Avenue. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. There will be performances by LOCASH, Farm Rock and Jessica McClintock. Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Hy-Vee, Northwest Bank, Great ...

With another court order, Coleman District conflict may be resolved

A conflict over management of sewer lines in the unincorporated Coleman District may have finally been put to rest, after a second lawsuit brought by resident Dennis Jones was settled Wednesday. The court has ordered Coleman District Sanitary Sewer Board Trustee Larry Pingel to provide ...

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Matt Doyle, owner of the historic Snell Building, stands on its rooftop Wednesday evening during a historic architecture walk hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge.The building was built in 1914 using glazed brick, which was the most expensive brick available at the time at $65 per 1,000, according to Doyle.

Main Street

Downtowns are a place where people generally like to feel enclosed, according to Tim Reinders, design specialist for Main Street Iowa. Reinders was on hand for an architecture walk Wednesday night that included a tour of the historic Snell Building and a stroll down Central Avenue. Fort ...

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Webster County Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Walter, left, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender, center, and Webster County Sheriff's Deputy Brett Knippel look over the wreckage after a two-vehicle accident in Webster County Wednesday afternoon.

Semi, van collide near Gowrie

GOWRIE — Two people were taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center after being injured in a two-vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 175 Wednesday afternoon. The accident, which was reported around 2 p.m., happened at the intersection of Highway 175 and Baxter ...

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Aaron McCartan explains one of the keys to a successful stunt planeÑit's very lightÑas he lifts his plane with one hand. McCartan will compete in this top of the line Panzl S-330 at the U.S. National Aerobatics Championships this weekends. Only 11 of this 2,000 pound, 330 horsepower plane have been made.

Aerobatic pilots take to sky over Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS — The skies have been loud over Pocahontas this week. Aaron McCartan, of Algona, and his team of aerobatic pilots have been putting in a full four days of training before they fly off to the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, today. McCartan’s ...

Humboldt council OKs agreement

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Dan Scholl to sign an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation dealing with improvements to the municipal airport. The agreement is the acceptance of a grant from the DOT to pay for 80 percent of the improvements to ...

Humboldt supervisors restrict ATV access to wetland

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources restrict vehicle access to a state-owned wetland east of Livermore, it was announced Monday. Last week, DNR representatives brought concerns to the supervisors about ATV damage to ...

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Humboldt firefighter Matt Ubben sprays water on a garage fire Thursday evening in Dakota City.

Man treated for burns after garage catches fire in Dakota City

DAKOTA CITY - One man was treated for burns and an estimated $100,000 worth of classic cars were lost after a garage caught fire in Dakota City Thursday night, according to Jim Gronbach, Humboldt volunteer fire chief. The fire was reported at 5:23 p.m. The Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department ...