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Herzog sells Crossroads Mall

Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge has been purchased by a trio of New York real estate investment firms in a deal announced Friday. Namdar Realty Group, Mason Asset Management and CH Capital, all of Great Neck, New York, bought the mall from J. Herzog & Sons, of Denver, Colorado. The ...

Verschoor is new mall manager

Melissa Verschoor may be the new general manager of Crossroads Mall, but she isn’t new to the shopping center. “I’ve got a lot of ties to the mall, a lot of years in the mall,” she said Friday afternoon. She first worked there as a security guard. Then she worked for seven years in ...

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Moorland firefighters clear out hay and other debris while battling a garage fire in Barnum Friday afternoon.

Blaze destroys garage

BARNUM — A garage near Barnum was completely destroyed by fire Friday afternoon as firefighters battled the bitter cold to extinguish the blaze. The fire at 1227 210th St. was reported around 2 p.m. Volunteer firefighters from both Barnum and Moorland were dispatched to the ...

Man arrested in November burglary

A Fort Dodge man was arrested Friday — a month and a half after a burglary and shooting were reported to Fort Dodge police. The suspect has been identified as Brody W. Walker, 19, Fort Dodge police said Friday. He is charged with one count of first-degree burglary. According to the ...

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Firefighters called to smoldering fertilizer fire in Roelyn

Firefighters and plant personnel work on a way to extinguish a smoldering fertilizer fire Friday afternoon at the NEW Cooperative plant in Roelyn. The fire, which was in an elevator structure several stories above the ground, was apparently started by sparks from maintenance work. Crews from ...

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A jackknifed semi truck blocks both lanes of South Eighth Street near Kenyon Road Thursday afternoon. It was one of just a handful of accidents the Fort Dodge Police Department responded to Thursday afternoon following snow.

Slip slidin’ away

What was predicted as a major storm that would dump lots of snow ended up leaving only a few inches in Fort Dodge and the surrounding areas Thursday. Meteorologist Rod Donavon, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said there were a couple reasons why the storm ended up not ...

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This lot, at First Avenue South and 18th Street in Fort Dodge will be the site of a new Dollar General Store. The new store is expected to open this summer.

Dollar General announces moving plans

A new, larger Dollar General store will be built on First Avenue South in Fort Dodge this year, a company spokeswoman has announced. The new store at 1810 First Ave. S. will open this summer, according to Mary Kathryn Colbert, the public relations manager for Dollar General Corp. It will ...

Go & Do: Jan. 12, 2018

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — The Frontier Opera House presents “Baby It’s Cold Outside!” Sock Hop starring Richie Lee and The Fabulous 50s at 7 p.m. SATURDAY. Doors open at 6 p.m. This is an all ages show. Advance tickets are $15. Tickets the day of the show are $20. Call 573-4231 for ...

Crossroads Mall sold

Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge has been sold. Namdar Realty Group, Mason Asset Management and CH Capital, of Great Neck, New York, purchased the property from J. Herzog & Sons, of Denver, Colorado. The purchase price was not immediately disclosed. Melissa Verschoor, who was the mall's ...

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Steven Falck, senior policy advocate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, says that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy has some serious flaws, and is failing. Falck and others are advocating in Des Moines for a revision which would be more focused on priority areas, and include accountability and specific timelines.

Activist: Water strategy is inadequate

Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy is failing, and should be altered to make more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, according to the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Instead of the current strategy, water quality improvements should be focused to specific areas that are of highest ...

CJ to add another amino acid to production

An expanded CJ Bio America plant in Webster County will begin producing 20,000 metric tons of another amino acid beginning next year, company leaders announced Wednesday. The new initiative will lead to about 18 additional jobs being created in production and production support, according to ...

Teens arrested for burglary, gun possession

Two teenagers were arrested late last weekend for breaking into cars and having possession of guns. The teens, who have not been identified by the Fort Dodge Police Department, were arrested Sunday. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said officers were called around ...

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TOP: This is the yacht Jua Kali as the start of the 2017 Fastnet Race. After a classic starboard start with 65 yachts, Jua Kali was driven toward shore and up the Isle of Wight’s north shore.

Fort Dodge man sails in international race

It was a warm June morning as I was walking down the gangway to the pontoon in harbor in Portsmouth, England. I was thinking how above all else yachting — yacht racing — is a team sport. The single-handed sailors conquering the ocean get a lot of attention for their accomplishments and ...

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The Webster County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday in the Webster County Courthouse, shown here. The supervisors discussed hog confinement applications.

Two counties consider confinements

The question of where hog confinements can be built came up again as the Webster County Board of Supervisors placed on file plans for two new sites Tuesday morning. The board itself filed the manure management plans for the two sites with little fanfare, not noting anything wrong with ...

Closings and delays for Jan. 11

The following closings or delays have been announced for Thursday: • School closings Algona public and parochial schools Belmond-Klemme Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Eagle Grove Fort Dodge public and parochial Humboldt and St. Mary's Lu Verne Stratford Twin Rivers Webster ...

Humboldt County supervisors will appeal Thor decision

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to appeal the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ approval of a construction permit for a hog confinement operation near Thor. The DNR has approved a permit for the Texas Finisher Farm Site, Barn Owl Farms LLC near ...

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Michehl is newest Webster County deputy

Trevir Michehl, who had served as a sergeant in the Arnold Park Police Department, will give up that rank — and take a pay cut, according to Sheriff Jim Stubbs — to come work closer to home. Michehl has been hired as the newest full-time Webster County sheriff’s deputy. The Board of ...

Training for traffic

BADGER — The longer traffic is backed up after an accident, the higher the risk of another accident occurring, according to Lt. Mark Miller, of the Iowa State Patrol. “The longer there is road obstruction, there is a risk of another accident because of it,” Miller said. That’s one ...

Humboldt supervisors consider funding requests

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors received funding requests from the Humboldt County Housing Development Corp. and the Humboldt County Agricultural Society at Monday’s meeting. HCHDC is requesting $7,500 from the county in the 2018-2019 budget. That is the same ...