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Humboldt supervisors consider private drainage plan

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors was updated Monday on a proposed private tile project in Drainage District 11 three miles north of Rutland. Some landowners have been opposed to the estimated $1.2 million district project and have been looking at their own private ...

Humboldt supervisors consider livestock petition

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors was asked to join other counties on Monday in signing a petition to the state asking for revisions in the master matrix for confinement operations. The board has been frustrated over actions by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources ...

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Christian Lundberg, 17, a member of the Gowrie Groundbreakers 4-H Club, holds up an old sign that he's replicating this year as his entry for the Webster County Fair. His parents, Matt and Brianne Lundberg, at right, were also both 4-H members in their youth. His youngest sibling, Riley Lundberg, 7, will be joining when he's old enough. Middle sibling Kadyn, 13, is also a member of the Gowrie Groundbreakers. The family can trace their involvement in 4-H six generations.

Generations of 4-H in Webster County

BURNSIDE — For the Lundberg family, involvement in 4-H is measured in generations. Six of them. Matt Lundberg, who was in 4-H from 1986 to 1996 as a member of the Fort Dodge Falcons 4-H Club, is proud that two of his sons, Christian Lundberg, 17, and Kadyn Lundberg, 13, are ...

Water, sewer bill increases move forward in Fort Dodge

A series of increases in the water and sanitary sewer rates were advanced by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday on a pair of 5-1 votes. Councilman Dean Hill voted against both increases. And before the council voted, former Webster County Supervisor Kim Motl urged the council members to ...

FDCSD approves Rabiner consortium agreement

The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved a consortium agreement with Rabiner Treatment Center at its meeting Monday night. The agreement is contingent upon the Manson Northwest Webster Community School District board becoming the fiscal agent, according to Doug Van Zyl, FDCSD ...

Steven B. Roe

Man caught in river charged with having child porn

The man arrested in the Des Moines River Saturday has been charged with possessing child pornography, as well as two drug charges and six counts of possessing a gun as a felon. Steven B. Roe, 54, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday. He attempted to flee ...

More than 6,400 attend Huey Lewis

More than 6,400 people packed the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex to see Huey Lewis and the News rock Shellabration in Fort Dodge Saturday night. Jim Reed, Shellabration president, said tickets were sold in 14 different states online and in Puerto Rico. The attendance numbers were ...

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Marshall Richardson, a UnityPoint paramedic, removes a Taser barb from Jordan DeGraw, 19, Monday night. DeGraw ran from Sgt. Tony Walter, of the Webster County Sheriff's Department, after serving him a warrant, Walter reported.

Tased, arrested

A man wanted on two arrest warrants from Hamilton County ran from Webster County sheriff’s deputies in downtown Fort Dodge Monday night, according to Sgt. Tony Walter, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. Walter served those warrants to Jordan DeGraw, 19, at the Fort Dodge ...

John A. Carlisle

High speed chase in two counties ends with stop sticks

A Humboldt man was eventually slowed by stop sticks after leading a Webster County sheriff’s deputy on a high speed pursuit early Monday morning, according to Chief Deputy Rod Strait. John A. Carlisle, 60, refused to stop for Derek Christie, a Webster County sheriff’s deputy, after ...

Contract awarded for Duncombe playground equipment

The Fort Dodge Community School District board awarded a contract at its meeting Monday night for the oversight of new playground equipment that is to be installed at the new Duncombe Elementary School. Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, submitted a low bid of $161,900 and was awarded the ...

City moves to finance projects

A handful of redevelopment projects will be supported with tax increment financing as a result of moves made Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. Those projects include: • Planning and design work associated with the renovation of the Warden Plaza and the construction of a cultural and ...

FD residents seek limits on fireworks

A handful of residents whose peace and quiet were disturbed by an ongoing barrage of legal fireworks asked the Fort Dodge City Council to put some limits on the pyrotechnics. Five people asked the council to reduce the time that fireworks can be legally used. “You don’t need a solid ...

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Scott Amos, of the Bluegrass Blondies, strums on his banjo during a performance at the 33rd annual Stratford Stride Bluegrass Festival Sunday afternoon.

Stratford Bluegrass

STRATFORD — Karen Rouw, of Oskaloosa, made it to Stratford with her husband, LeRoy Rouw, Sunday afternoon to watch their family play during the 33rd annual Stratford Stride Bluegrass Festival. “Our kids are the Bluegrass Blondies,” Karen Rouw said. Their daughter, Dawn Amos, ...

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A sign informing visitors how to sign up for emergency alerts was recently installed at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The number allows park visitors to receive alerts on their smartphones.

Webster County parks get new alert system

Visitors to Webster County parks can now receive emergency alerts on their mobile devices thanks to a new system adopted by the county. The program is part of the Iowa Alerts emergency notification system, which allows residents of Webster County to sign up for weather or emergency alerts ...

New deputy adjutant general named

An officer with experience commanding troops overseas has been named the new deputy adjutant general of the Iowa Army National Guard. Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell has been selected for the position by Gov. Kim Reynolds, according to an announcement from the Iowa National Guard. He will start ...

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Linda Cline, county program coordinator for Webster County Iowa State Extension and Outreach, gets ready to blow out the candles to wish the service a happy 100th birthday.

Celebrating a century

For the past 100 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has played a major role in Webster County when it comes to agriculture, home and community. And this week, during the Webster County Fair, the office will celebrate that milestone with a display as well as a short ...

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Steve Roe, center, is escorted to a Fort Dodge Fire Department ambulance after being removed from the Des Moines River. He had jumped into the river to evade police, who had a warrant for his arrest. He was taken to UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical  Center for an examination and was expected to be booked into the Webster County Jail Saturday evening.

FD police catch man in river

Two Fort Dodge police officers jumped into the Des Moines River late Saturday afternoon to grab a man who had fled from police to avoid being arrested for a probation violation. The man was taken by ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center to be checked out. He was ...

FD council to consider utility rates

Water and sewer rate increases in Fort Dodge will be considered by the City Council when it meets Monday. The council will also consider moving to establish a new joint authority with the Webster County Board of Supervisors that would finance a planned cultural and recreation center near the ...

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FDSH graduate Colton Austin, left, with fellow contestants Kayla Ast, Omar Saber and Nikiena Sunbury are shown at the start of Round 1 of “Cutthroat Kitchen,” in this photo by the Food Network. Austin’s episode airs Wednesday and Thursday, and will feature the students joining a clique to make a breakfast, creating a sack lunch, and trying to prep a snack while standing inside a locker.

Austin is tops in ‘Cutthroat’ cooking

A BLT kabob recipe, along with some legal sabotage of a competitor, propelled Colton Austin to victory in a recently televised cooking competition. Austin, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School and Iowa Central Community College, won $8,700 on the ‘‘Fast Times at Cutthroat ...