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At the Webster County Fair, a bit of everything, and a camel

This year’s Webster County Fair Queen Haley Ledford spent part of Saturday afternoon strolling the grounds of the fair meeting and greeting visitors. One of them, Gracie Kallansrud, 6, of Fort Dodge, understated her excitement at meeting a queen. “It was good,” she said. Her dad, ...

Work pays off at Calhoun County Expo

ROCKWELL CITY — One of the swine belonging to Thomas Stangl, 11, of Pomeroy, was living up to its name Friday morning in the show ring at the Calhoun County Expo. Stangl calls his pig Missile. “When we worked with him he just passed through and barged in,” he said. In the ring, ...

Bluegrass on the green grass

STRATFORD — A little bit of a gusty wind blowing through the grounds of the 34th annual Stratford Bluegrass Festival Friday afternoon gave vocalist and guitarist Kody Norris fodder for a well-received joke. “Wow,’ he said. “That blew the tune right off my guitar, and it’s still ...

Mud, inside and outside

It may have been raining at the Webster County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon, but inside the indoor arena, spectators stayed warm and dry while watching the Barnyard Olympics. The same couldn’t be said for those actually competing in the event. About 13 teams competed in two different ...

An elegy to America in black and white

Perhaps more than anything else, the pieces on first glance convey darkness. Madai Taylor has a history of working with earth as a medium, and these creations of earth on canvas tend to impress with their uniqueness. But the artwork currently on display at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum ...

Great-great-grandfather’s train takes kids for a ride

Parker Hansen, 10, of Fort Dodge, had a busy day at the Webster County Fair Thursday. At noon, he practiced his taekwondo form on the free stage at the Webster County Fairgrounds. Hansen is a blue belt in taekwondo. He attends class at Faiferlick Martial Arts in Fort Dodge. Later, he and ...

Volunteers help WC Chamber reopen

WEBSTER CITY — Despite announcing last week that its office would be closed indefinitely, the Webster City Chamber of Commerce has managed to open its doors thanks to volunteers. Lynn McKinney, president of the Chamber’s board of directors, said on Thursday that the office will be open ...

Angel Ride heads out Saturday

An annual road trip fundraiser across north central Iowa will be held this Saturday, with proceeds going towards supporting those battling cancer. The 12th annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas kicks off at Amigos, 280 N. First St. Alli Berger, a member of the planning committee, said the ...

Crash sends two to hospital

Deputy Mike Kenyon, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, walks towards a two-vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 7 and Fairbanks Avenue Thursday evening. According to Deputy Josh Van Waes, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Heather Lovain, 39, of Manson was traveling ...

Garage fire quickly put out

Fort Dodge Firefighters examine the interior of a garage that caught fire Thursday morning. Fire Capt. Jason Vandi said the department responded to a “working fire in the attached garage” of 111 10th St. N.W. around 9:30 a.m.,Thursday. Firefighters responded with an “aggressive interior ...

Wright is ready for the fair

EAGLE GROVE — Sarah Christopherson, 18, of Humboldt, was busy on Wednesday at the Wright County Fairgrounds preparing to show her sheep at the Wright County Fair. “This is my first year showing sheep,” she said. “Last year I showed goats.” Chad Kampen, also of Humboldt, was ...

Webster County Fair kicks off with crowning

The Webster County Fair welcomed its new royalty as events got rolling Wednesday night. Haley Ledford, 18, and Zach Popp, 16, were crowned queen and king of the fair after answering questions on stage and being judged on earlier interviews. King and queen candidates are nominated by ...

Vintage steel

Between 60 and 80 vintage tractors will be on display this week at the Webster County Fairgrounds for the 30th annual Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor and Engine Club tractor show. All tractors, engines, and parts dealers are welcome, according to Gary Tussing, a member of the Des ...

Humboldt man dies in Webster County collision

BADGER — A Humboldt man is dead and a Fort Dodge woman seriously injured following a three-vehicle accident about two and a half miles west of Badger Monday night. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as David Fliehe, of Humboldt. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Aisha Ismail, 24, ...

Webster County’s new website goes live

A new website will hopefully make it easier for citizens of Webster County to contact county departments, look up property data, pay property taxes, and renew registrations. The new site has been cooking for about a year now, and went live officially late Monday night. “Hopefully ...

City panel recommends giving up undeveloped alley

A piece of ground that looks like part of a Fort Dodge resident’s back yard is actually a city-owned alley that’s never been paved. But it may legally become part of that resident’s yard as a result of action Tuesday by the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission. The commission voted to ...

A sweet fundraiser today

Children from Grace Lutheran Church will be operating a lemonade stand today to help raise money for school supplies. The stand will be at the Dariette, 17 S. 12th St., from noon to 3 p.m. Abby Seltz, a member of Grace Lutheran Church, said each child gets $5 at the beginning of the ...

FDCSD approves ISL

The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved its continued participation in the Instructional Support Levy at its meeting Monday night. The board approved the levy for five years. According to information on the Iowa Department of Education website, school districts may ...