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Col. Richard Lennon, at left, is presented with a Quilt of Valor Saturday afternoon by Fort Dodge Area Quilt Quild member Linda Mersch during a ceremony at the Smeltzer House. Veterans Bill Degelau, center, Arlis Barkmeyer, Richard Almond and Jerry Sankey, right, were also presented with one of the hand crafted quilts.

Quilts of Valor

Richard Almond, of Fort Dodge, was drafted in the summer of 1969. Almond served in Vietnam. He was a crew chief and door gunner on a Huey gunship helicopter. The places he was stationed are a virtual hotspot map of the combat in that war-torn Southeast Asian nation. Like many other ...

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This rendering shows what the full project incorporating the Warden, on the left, may look like.

New authority planned to build cultural, recreation center

A cultural and recreation center planned for downtown Fort Dodge would be owned by an authority to be created by the city and Webster County under a plan to be considered by the City Council and the Board of Supervisors this week. Both governing bodies are expected to act on the ...

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Paschen pushes health care, immigration issues

A comment by U.S. Rep. Steve King prompted John Paschen to run for Congress. During a visit to Fort Dodge, Paschen recalled hearing King, a Republican from Kiron, say that he believed money for food stamps should be redirected to pay for building a wall along the southern border of the ...

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Eric Anderson, director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, holds the Richard Hanson painting "The Vicar of Mraywood." The Blanden is conducting a fund raising effort to purchase the painting for their permanent collection. Hanson is a Fort Dodge based artist.

Blanden hopes community will help buy local artist’s work

Eric Anderson, director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, has Fort Dodge artist Richard Hanson’s watercolor painting “The Vicar of Mraywood” in his office. Painted in a hyper photo-realistic style, the work is currently owned by Del Miller, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “He’s the ...

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Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1856 fire a salute Friday morning during Veterans Day ceremonies at St. Edmond Catholic School.

Honor and gratitude

After the last note of “Taps” chimed off into the distance and the last sharp crack of the rifle salute had spent itself — echoing off into the neighborhood around St. Edmond Catholic School Friday morning — Master Sgt. Ariel Echevarria, with the Iowa Air National Guard 133rd Test ...


Fatal shooting in Dakota City

DAKOTA CITY — One person is dead in an officer-involved shooting in Dakota City Saturday afternoon, Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has confirmed. The case remains under investigation.

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Cameron Wood, 8, a third grader at Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School, places his hand on his heart during the school's Veterans Day program Friday afternoon in the elementary gym.

Manson Northwest students show support for Honor Flight

BARNUM — Students at Manson Northwest Webster Community School District took their support for area veterans to the next level Friday afternoon during a Veterans Day program held in the elementary school gym, that more than 300 people attended. Sixth graders Emily Schroeder, 11, and ...

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Humboldt police officers and Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies keep the scene of an officer involved shooting secure later Saturday afternoon at 205 Fourth St. S. in Dakota City.

One dead in officer-involved shooting in Humboldt County

DAKOTA CITY — A suspect reported to be hiding under the deck of a home at 205 Fourth St. S. in Dakota City was shot and killed by an officer Saturday afternoon after he fired a weapon into the air and pointed it at officers responding to the call. Officers with the Humboldt County ...

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Volunteers Marti Doyle, left, and Joan Tibbitts decorate a Christmas tree at The Key on Central. The two women are among several volunteers who decorate the store for Christmas every year. The Christmas items are also for sale.

Decking the halls

The Key on Central is looking a little more festive than usual. The resale shop, located at 1030 Central Ave., is all decorated for the Christmas season, with Christmas trees, decorations and even Christmas-themed arrangements. The store, whose proceeds go to support the Domestic/Sexual ...

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 Fort Dodge firefighter Zach Rickman stretches a hoseline while firefighter Greg Nelson sets up a ventilation fan Friday afternoon at 322 N. Eighth St. The fire was confined to a back inside wall of the building, and no one was hurt.

Fire damages FD apartment; no injuries reported

A fire that started in an electrical outlet burned part of a wall in a Fort Dodge apartment early Friday afternoon. No one was injured and the flames were confined to a small area of a first floor apartment at 322 N. Eighth St. The fire was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Firefighter Eric ...

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Gary Hendricks, a U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force veteran from Humboldt, talks about his time in the service.

Serving Our Country — Gary Hendricks

HUMBOLDT — Gary Hendricks was 115 miles away from an atomic bomb test site in the south Pacific Ocean. And that was too close, he said. “I got sent some place I pray to God nobody has to see that,” Hendricks said. “I got sent to the south Pacific where we were refueling ships down in ...


Gold Star families

A monument to honor families who have lost a loved one in time of combat has been added to Veterans Memorial Park, northwest of Fort Dodge. Those families are called Gold Star families, according to Terry Moehnke, project chairman of the park. “You don’t just send one person off to ...

CJ Bio proposes $51M expansion

CJ Bio America may be bringing a $51 million expansion project to its Fort Dodge location to build a new manufacturing facility. This major expansion would be great news for the county and for the ag park where CJ is located, known as Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, said Dennis ...

Hidden gems

By ADRI SIETSTRA asietstra@freemanjournal.net WEBSTER CITY — Hamilton County is home to an abundance of natural resources. The Boone River and Briggs Woods Park and Campground, to name just two. Visitors can swim, fish, hike, camp and explore wildlife spots. So, in an effort to show ...

Ady talks workforce, growth at reception

Fort Dodge is not alone in trying to address its workforce issues, according to Janet Ady, president and CEO of Ady Advantage, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. “You may feel here in the greater Fort Dodge area that you are really up against the world here because there’s so many great ...

Jim Peterson, of Gowrie, poses with a photo of himself and Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf that was taken during Operation Desert Shield. Peterson served for 30 years in the United States Army, which included a number of years in the Army Reserve.

Peterson served 30 years

GOWRIE — Jim Peterson spent 30 years serving in multiple capacities in the United States Army. It all started in January 1971 when Peterson, of Gowrie, was drafted. “It was me and a few other guys from Fort Dodge,” Peterson said. After he was drafted, Peterson completed both his basic ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a garage sale from 1 to 5 p.m. TODAY and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY at 1018 First Ave. N. Proceeds go to the charities of the organization and to the building maintenance fund. FORT DODGE — ...

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Michelle Ely, a Fort Dodge Community School District bus driver, demonstrates how the roof hatch on a school bus works Wednesday morning during a school bus evacuation drill at Cooper Elementary.

Getting safely out

Fort Dodge Community School District bus driver Michelle Ely has been driving students to and from school for the past four years. During that time, her charges normally get on the bus, and off the bus, via the usual way — through the door she opens for them. But Wednesday morning, ...

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The Silver Showcase fundraiser, which will be Saturday at Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant, will raise money to benefit the YWCA in Fort Dodge, pictured.

Silver Showcase to benefit YWCA

A fundraiser this weekend will benefit a local substance abuse center that helps women kick their addictions and become productive members of society. The annual Silver Showcase fundraiser, benefitting the YWCA, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant, ...