Local News

Tree ‘destruction’ prompts complaint

Jeff Bluml claims that Webster County crews destroyed a number of trees on his property, located along the fenceline on a county road. “I lost 30 trees that were probably 60 years old,” Bluml told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Bluml’s complaint to the board prompted an ...

Supervisors: In new year, hopes for changes to master matrix

As a new year begins, Webster County supervisors may again look to the state Legislature for changes to the master matrix, which determines where animal confinements can be built. Since at least 2016, the supervisors have been asking lawmakers for help — though so far with little success. ...

Demolition is back on track

The end is nearing for the two dams that span the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge. The City Council, which was thwarted last month when it planned to award contracts for the demolition of the Hydroelectric Dam and what’s commonly called the little dam, on Monday finally hired a company to ...

Flaherty announced as Duncombe principal

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced a new principal for Duncombe Elementary School. Ryan Flaherty, the current Fort Dodge Middle School principal, will become the principal at Duncombe beginning with the 2019 school year. Pat Reding, the current Duncombe principal, is ...

Altman charged with sexual abuse, robbery

A Fort Dodge man is facing two felony charges after he allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted a woman last week. James L. Altman, 55, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree robbery. According to criminal complaints filed against Altman, ...

Vehicle burglaries lead to arrest of suspect

A suspect has been arrested after multiple early morning burglaries were reported in Fort Dodge, but investigators say more arrests are possible. The Webster County Telecommunications Center began receiving phone calls on the evening of Jan. 2 into the morning of Jan. 3 reporting that their ...

FDPD to have status quo budget at $3.2M

The proposed 2019-2020 budget for the Fort Dodge Police Department maintains staffing and services at the current levels. The budget, reviewed Monday by the City Council, includes money for pay increases and it anticipates buying two new patrol vehicles. The proposed police budget is ...

Fatal accidents increase around area in 2018

The amount of fatal traffic accidents in the local Iowa State Patrol district increased by 10 in 2018. In all, there were 23 fatal accidents that were investigated by the Iowa State Patrol last year, according to Lt. Mark Miller, District 7 commander. Those 23 accidents led to the deaths of ...

Honor Flight founder: It’s always been a ‘team effort’

What is important to you? My family. As an only child, I have so much more awareness of my wife’s family and what cousins I have left. Secondly, my health and well being. Having a good, healthy body and a positive attitude is primary. One’s health is so tentative. Take care and enjoy. ...

The sound of music

For Karen Fannin, director of bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, getting to direct one of the bands at the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band Festival at Iowa Central Community College was a homecoming of sorts. She was a participant herself, from seventh grade through ...

So much for ice fishing

The scene at Moorland Pond Saturday afternoon isn’t what one would normally expect to find during the first week of January: Trees and brown vegetation along the west end are reflected in large puddles of water. A single pop-up ice house sits in the middle of the lake. There’s a ...

FD council to again consider dam removal

The Fort Dodge City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The council will again attempt to award contracts for the removal of the two dams on the Des Moines River. The elected officials had hoped to award those contracts last month, but ...

And the walls came tumbling down

Earl Warren, of Fort Dodge, was shopping at the Key on Central Friday afternoon when he heard loud banging noises from across the street. When he looked outside, he was among the first to notice a section of the building at 1031 Central Ave. leaning out. The noise — falling ...

Iowa attorney general is investigating Universal AdCom

A Texas company that has recently been trying to sell ads to Fort Dodge businesses is under investigation by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. A complaint about Universal AdCom was received in May 2018 and remains the subject of an active investigation, according to Lynn Hicks, a spokesman ...

‘It was wild’

Most people probably haven’t seen Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich rescue someone from a mine shaft. And most people probably haven’t seen Matt Johnson, general manager of Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, race a souped-up miniature lawn mower around a dirt track. But when the 11th season ...

Biltwell blaze displaces residents

A woman was hospitalized after fire gutted her sixth-floor apartment in a downtown Fort Dodge building Thursday morning. Five other people were treated at the scene of the fire in the Biltwell Apartments, 106 N. 10th St., but were not taken to a hospital. The blaze destroyed an apartment ...

Firm with complaint-filled past targets local businesses

A Texas company that has been the subject of numerous complaints about its practices has apparently contacted some Fort Dodge businesses, seeking to sell them advertising. That company is Universal AdCom, based in Arlington, Texas. Universal AdCom has tried to sell advertising in what was ...

Bids now being sought for skylight replacement

Webster County is now taking bids for replacement work on the skylight at its bank building. This comes at a time when plans are still being made on how to best fix the iconic 107-year-old clock tower on Webster County’s courthouse. The skylight replacement, for the 723 First Ave. S. ...