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Checking for cancer

Early detection of head and neck cancers is critical, according to Renee Piper, coordinator of the Iowa Central Community College dental hygiene program. “The biggest thing about head and neck cancer is the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis is,” Piper said. ...

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Woman robbed at gunpoint by 2 men in Harcourt

HARCOURT -A woman was stopped by two men and robbed at gunpoint before she could make a deposit for a local convenience store in Harcourt Sunday afternoon, according to Lt. Kevin Kruse, of the Webster County sheriff's office. The men fled out of town in a black SUV, which reportedly had no ...

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Jason Beckman, of Fort Dodge, and his daughter Shelbi Beckman, 14, wait patiently for the gates at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park campground to be opened Friday morning. They were first in line and had arrived at 6 a.m.

Happy campers

When Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove unlocked the gate to the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park Friday sharply at 8 a.m., he really did two things at once. He officially kicked off the 2017 camping season and he made the anxious campers in line for a spot ...

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Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, shares the results of a recent downtown assessment done for Humboldt during a public information meeting at the City Hall in Humboldt Friday afternoon.

Assets and liabilities

HUMBOLDT — When Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, was asked to conduct a downtown assessment for Humboldt, he asked a basic question before he began the project. “Do you want us to pat you on your back or be brutally honest?” he said Friday afternoon during a ...

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Mollo accused in check scheme

A Fort Dodge man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly used forged checks to make purchases and open bank accounts. Arthur Mollo III, 51, is charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony; two counts of second-degree theft, class D felonies; two counts of forgery, class D ...

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Fugitive allegedly fought with DNR officer

A man wanted on outstanding warrants out of Webster County allegedly fought with a conservation officer before he was arrested Thursday. David S. Dayton, 30, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Fort Dodge. Dayton was arrested after Conservation Officer Bill Spece, with the ...

Study highlights economic impact of pork industry

The pork industry has been a valuable economic contributor to the Fort Dodge region even before it was announced that Prestage Foods of Iowa would be building a multi-million dollar pork processing plant five miles south of Eagle Grove, according to Gregg Hora, president-elect for the Iowa Pork ...

FD panorama wins photo contest

The panoramic downtown mural submitted by the city of Fort Dodge in a national competition has won the contest, Rhonda Chambers, the chairwoman of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s Image Committee, reported. The artwork is displayed on the back wall in the City Council meeting room ...

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Fort Dodge Middle School fifth-grade science and social studies teacher Breah Ewing reacts as magician Larry Dunbar, of Fort Dodge, cuts her in half during his act. Assistant Alex Kocher, at left, lends a hand. The show was a fun event held at the school Thursday to draw attention to April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Make it disappear

Before he began his magic show at the Fort Dodge Middle School Thursday morning, magician Larry Dunbar, of Fort Dodge, had an important message to share with the students and staff. A message about an issue that even the best sleight of hand can’t make disappear: child abuse. He was ...

Life Flight collides with bird

STRATFORD — The crew of a Fort Dodge-based medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning after it collided with a bird while returning to town. The UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center Life Flight air ambulance landed in Hamilton County with ...

To the Balkans

An opportunity to study abroad through the Balkans in southeastern Europe is available to not only students at Iowa Central Community College, but the general public, according to David Drissel, professor of social sciences at Iowa Central. “It’s open to anybody,” Drissel said. “You ...

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Fort Dodge City Councilman Dave Flattery listens as Michael Wagler explains the Main Street Iowa program. Fort Dodge is considering entering the program, which provides technical assistance to help towns large and small revitalize themselves.

Main Street Iowa

Business leaders and the city of Fort Dodge are looking into joining the Main Street Iowa program again. Carissa Harvey, Fort Dodge senior city planner, and Jill Nelson, community development director for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, are now working on filling out an application ...

Panel approves funding cut for domestic violence, assault victims

If proposed cuts to grants that benefit victims of domestic and sexual assault are approved, it would affect a local domestic violence shelter’s ability to provide services. Brenda McBride, executive director of the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center, said those grant cuts would force ...

Man pleads guilty to federal meth charge

SIOUX CITY — A Fort Dodge man has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge in connection with a methamphetamine conspiracy. Andrew Smith, 32, of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty on April 7 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in federal court in Sioux City. Smith admitted ...

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Baade hired for FD Children’s Autism Center

Opportunity Village has hired Kristin Baade in a first step towards launching a Children’s Autism Center in Fort Dodge. Baade will facilitate family support services in Webster County and the surrounding areas. The planned autism center is to be modeled after the center in Clear Lake, ...

Two missing from W.C. found

WEBSTER CITY — Two people reported missing from Webster City in unrelated cases earlier this week have been found and are safe, according to Webster City Police. Sue Hollingshead, 59, was reported missing on April 9. She was last seen on April 4 in Webster City. Friends and family members ...

Holiday closings: What’s closed or open on Good Friday and Easter?

Post office - Open. Webster County Extension - Closed Friday. City sanitation - Normal sanitation routes. DART buses - Closing at noon on Friday. Financial • Citizens — Open. • CS Bank — Open. • Availa — Open. • First State Bank — Open. • People’s Credit Union — ...

Life Flight helicopter hits bird, lands near Stratford

STRATFORD - The UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center Life Flight helicopter made an emergency landing near Stratford early Thursday morning after it struck a bird. According to Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons, dispatchers at the Hamilton County Communications Center ...