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Getting animated at Feelhaver

First-graders created their own animations Tuesday morning at Feelhaver Elementary School. And to do that, they had to learn about stop motion in Sara Stepan’s Technology Tuesday program. Stop motion is a technique where separate still photos are put together to show motion. “A ...

Webster County approves $39M budget

Webster County’s property tax rate is down about 6 cents per $1,000 in taxable valuation for the coming fiscal year, after the Board of Supervisors approved the 2019-2020 budget at its meeting Tuesday. The total budget calls for spending about $39.1 million, a decrease from the current ...

Webster County announces road closures

A number of county roads in Webster County have been closed due to weather and flooding, the Webster County Engineer’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon. Closure are: • County Road P29 north of Clare, from 110th Street to 130th Street, due to flooding. • County Road P59 (Nelson ...

Kolacia wins Greehey contract with $8.5M bid

It’s a green light for the Greehey center. A contractor has now been chosen for Iowa Central Community College’s planned Greehey Family Student Success Center, the largest new project made possible by a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue approved in February 2018. The ...

FD woman charged with vehicular homicide for 2018 crash

A Fort Dodge woman is facing a vehicular homicide charge after investigators say she crashed her vehicle head-on into another, killing the driver, last summer. Aisha I. Ismail, 24, is charged with one count of homicide by vehicle, a Class B felony. The charge comes as a result of the ...

Council OKs $116M budget

A roughly $116 million budget for 2019-2020 was approved unanimously by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The budget calls for spending $116,280,901. It’s for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2020. ‘‘We are levying the same rate we did for the last three ...

Council passes fireworks setback

Tents full of fireworks for sale would have to be at least 100 feet from any building under a measure advanced by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The tents would also be barred from the area around Crossroads Mall and the Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce. Last month, the ...

Iowa Central budget set

A budget of about $74 million has been approved for Iowa Central Community College for the 2019-2020 year. The budget is required to be set even though the amount of state funding the college will receive hasn’t been set yet. The college’s Board of Directors on Monday approved the ...

ATV rider charged in FD

Lucious Jackson, 25, of Fort Dodge, ran a stop sign at the intersection of First Avenue North and North 13th Street. At one point, Jackson drove the ATV into a puddle, which disengaged the vehicle, according to Stanley. Jackson then ran on foot and hid behind some garbage bags along Second ...

Parking fine agreement approved by FD council

People who don’t pay their Fort Dodge parking tickets will not be able to get their vehicle registrations renewed under a system that won final approval Monday. Under the new system, city officials will send the Webster County treasurer’s office a list of overdue fines. When people come ...

Iowa Central board sets tuition rates, room and board

Tuition rates for students taking less than 12 or more than 18 hours have been set for Iowa Central Community College. Students taking between 12 and 18 hours will be able to pay a flat-rate tuition, in a move the board said could trim $1,000 from the cost of earning an associate degree. ...

FDCSD board approves wages for employees

The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved agreements with three of its employee bargaining groups Monday night. The district reached agreements with the Fort Dodge Education Association (teachers), the Maintenance Employees Bargaining Unit, and the Secretarial/Clerical Education ...

Fort Dodge officials consider big borrowing

Fort Dodge leaders are preparing to borrow about $11.8 million to pay for everything from major street projects to new emergency vehicles. About $6.7 million of that debt will be paid off over 10 years with revenue from that portion of the city’s property tax levy that’s earmarked for ...

Iowa Central contracts approved

Contracts for college faculty and support staff were approved at Iowa Central Community College’s Monday night meeting, with discussions still ongoing for the classified staff. The college reached agreement with the Iowa Central Community College Education Association, which represents the ...

Fifth Avenue South, water main contracts awarded

The final section of the Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce project will be completed this year. The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday hired Castor Construction to improve the stretch between 31st and 32nd streets at a cost of $1,084,500.65. That Fort Dodge company was the only bidder ...

Accident closes Highway 7

Update: Full story here UPDATE: One person was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday morning on Iowa Highway 7 between a Manson Northwest Webster school bus and a van. There were no students on the bus at the time, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The driver of the van was killed. The ...

Man killed in Highway 7 crash named

Update: Full story here A Fort Dodge man was killed Tuesday morning when the van he was driving collided head-on with a school bus on Iowa Highway 7 west of Fort Dodge. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as 58-year-old Anthony Gibbins. The bus driver, David Weinhold, 65, of Manson, ...

Sprucing up Lighthouse Corner

TWIN LAKES — A new landscaped entrance will welcome travelers to Twin Lakes, as the site known as Lighthouse Corner undergoes a major revitalization. Demolition is now complete at the site where a restaurant stood for years, and a group is at work to create a low maintenance, attractive ...

Women of influence — April Murray

What is important to you? How we treat each other is very important. Like a ripple in the water, one word or action can have an impact that reaches from one individual and spreads out to many others. I believe we should try our best to understand one another and speak from our heart and ...