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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 ...

Humboldt council OK’s zoning changes

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved the final reading of a couple of ordinances amending the city’s code at Monday’s meeting. Ordinance 2018-09 reclassifies certain real estate from a Planned Unit Development Zoning District to an I-1 General Industrial Zoning District. ...

Humboldt supervisors consider courtroom, law library issues

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reviewed a list of courtroom items needing attention at Monday’s meeting. The list came from Magistrate Greg Stoebe. “The courtroom is in critical need of electrical service upgrades,” Stoebe said. “The receptacles which were ...

Budget Host, Eilers Steakhouse, Laser Wash headed to auction

The former property of Budget Host Inn and Eiler’s Steakhouse will be for sale next month after a bankruptcy case was completed. The sheriff’s sale auction of the property will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Webster County Law Enforcement Center, 702 First Ave. S., according to legal ...

Iowans with Red Cross respond to flood-ravaged eastern states

Iowans working with the American Red Cross are on the ground out east to help the people who are affected by Hurricane Florence. Nicole Breitbach, executive director of the American Red Cross in northeast Iowa, said there are 47 Iowans who have been deployed to help out in North ...

Rash of car break-ins have police asking owners to take more precautions

The Fort Dodge Police Department is asking the public to take extra precautions after a series of car break-ins were reported in the city. Over the past two weeks, people in the area north and east of Reynolds Park, as well as in Cooper Elementary School neighborhood, have reported that their ...

Honored: Veterans remember fallen brothers during trip to D.C.

The more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall aren’t just heroes in the abstract. To veterans of that long war, they are brothers, college buddies, and friends. For many veterans on the 17th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, that long black wall was their top ...

Fire near Butler set intentionally

Fort Dodge Firefighters respond to a fire in dumpsters within a cement structure outside Butler Elementary School around 6:40 p.m. The fire was intentionally set, said Fire Capt. Steve Teske. He said Fort Dodge Police have surveillance video of two juveniles who were messing around with it, ...

It takes an army

Getting 145 veterans checked in for their flight, onto an aircraft and in the sky for their flight to Washington, D.C., is something that requires a small army of volunteers helping out the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. A good part of that platoon was on hand Saturday morning at the Fort ...

Masters of the barbecue

When preparing steaks for the judges at a barbecue contest, one does not simply plop them on the grill and hope for the best. There’s an art to it. Robbie Stevens, of Fort Dodge, was taking great care to get his just right Saturday afternoon at the Rural Iowa BBQ Society Fort Dodge ...

Learning after school

Keysha Tate, 7, a second-grade student at Butler Elementary School, took a few minutes to settle down with her book Friday afternoon while attending the daily Dodger Academy after school program. There were after all, a couple of friends to talk to who were reading the same book and ...

Changing of the guard

It was a changing of the guard at the Webster County Crime Stoppers meeting Friday, as board members elected both a new president and a new vice president. David J. Bradley was elected president, while Howard Hartman was elected vice president. Bradley took over the reins as president from ...

Humboldt supervisors consider new courthouse locks

DAKOTA CITY — Replacing the locks on the courthouse doors was discussed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at Monday’s meeting. The board has been setting aside funds for a couple of years, but a bid on the project came in higher than anticipated last month. Electronic ...

Hamilton County partners with Availa Kares

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to join in first-in-the-nation program to provide college savings plans to all kindergartners who attend Hamilton County schools. The announcement was made Tuesday during the board’s regular session. The county ...

Red doors

Red doors on fire stations are an old tradition. It’s one that the Fort Dodge Fire Department can now uphold after three coats of fire engine red were applied to its truck bay doors Thursday afternoon. The paint job is the result of a fundraising project by the Greater Fort Dodge ...