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Greyson Chance, 8, of Fort Dodge, lets one fly during a mini bags game against his brother Paxton Chance, 5, Tuesday night at Oleson Park.

Oleson Park Celebration

When Caden Waychoff, 12, of Fort Dodge, heard there was going to be a bike ride at Oleson Park Tuesday night, he had to check it out for himself. An adult bike ride and bike maintenance station were two activities offered during the Prairie Rivers Trail expansion and the Oleson Park Master ...

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Levi Gibbs III listens as Magistrate William Thatcher speaks to him during Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. Gibbs, who appeared in court via a closed-circuit TV monitor, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shane Wessels, of Fort Dodge, earlier this month.

Gibbs held on $1 million bond

Levi Gibbs III, the man accused of shooting and killing another man in Fort Dodge earlier this month, has been ordered held on $1 million cash-only bond. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. He is accused of shooting ...

County still hopes for master matrix change

Webster County Supervisor Keith Dencklau has an idea to deal with the approval process for animal confinement sites. “Let’s let the state legislators do the reviews on the master matrix instead of us,” Dencklau said Tuesday. “Instead of the county supervisors having to do these ...

Seven seek Main Street Fort Dodge position

With Fort Dodge back in the Main Street Iowa program, an executive director is needed to run the initiative locally. Seven people have applied for the post, the city’s Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Board learned Tuesday. That board has expanded its responsibilities to ...

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Daniel Anthony, an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, wears a clown nose as he sets up a game at the Insiders' Relay for Life.

FDCF inmates conduct Relay inside

The inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility gave back Tuesday by participating in the prison’s annual Insiders’ Relay for Life. The ninth annual relay was held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the prison’s yard. Inmates raised money for cancer research by walking ...

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This map shows where the Downtown Country Jam will be set up on Saturday in Fort Dodge.

Downtown Country Jam is Saturday

“We’re on to something big with this country thing.” That’s what Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed said about the inaugural Downtown Country Jam, which will be held Saturday evening in Fort Dodge. LOCASH will be the headliner at the event in downtown Fort Dodge between the ...

Main Street approach outlined in FD

Main Street Iowa uses a four-point approach to help downtowns throughout Iowa thrive, a group of state officials explained Tuesday in Fort Dodge, which is one of the newest Main Street communities. The Main Street approach, they said, focuses on design, organization, promotion and economic ...

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Luke Lewandowski, of Fort Dodge, takes notes during a presentation on the U.S. Constitution at Iowa Central Community College Monday afternoon. David Drissel, a professor at the college, hosted the presentation.

Constitution Day

Recent controversies such as protests and counterprotests that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer sparked David Drissel, a professor at Iowa Central Community College, to focus on freedom of speech during a presentation to students Monday afternoon. “I feel the ...

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Gibbs arrested in Des Moines

Tips apparently led authorities to a man wanted in Fort Dodge on a first-degree murder warrant. Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said the department received information from “many individuals” on the whereabouts of Levi Gibbs III. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Monday ...

Theiss farm zoning changes advance

Zoning changes that would allow the construction of duplexes and apartments on the Theiss farm property in Fort Dodge were advanced by the City Council Monday. Councilman Jeff Halter cast the sole dissenting vote on both zoning changes, saying that they were contrary to a new comprehensive ...

Prairie Rivers Trail Expansion, Oleson Park Celebration is tonight

An event to celebrate the progress of the the Prairie Rivers Trail expansion and the Oleson Park Master Plan is being held at Oleson Park tonight. The celebration is open to the public. Ryan Maehl, assistant recreation director of Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, said it’s an ...

Storage, shredding facility planned in Fort Dodge

A new storage facility and document shredding business will be built on the site of the old Sertoma field in Fort Dodge. The City Council on Monday cleared the way for that development by selling the east half of the property at 29th Street and Eighth Avenue South to Aust Inc., of West Des ...

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Gibbs held on $1 million bond

Levi Gibbs III, who is accused of killing a man in Fort Dodge earlier this month, has been ordered held on $1 million cash bond. Gibbs, 27, of Fort Dodge, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. He is accused of shooting and killing Shane Wessels, ...

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Jim Hruska of Fort Dodge takes some time at Arlington National Cemetery to remember the fallen.

A hero’s welcome

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight took to the skies for the 15th time on Saturday, giving 145 veterans the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., and the memorials from the wars they fought. During the daylong trip to the nation’s capital, veterans were taken to the ...

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Manson Police Chief Gerald Frick makes a call on his radio in his patrol vehicle.

New police chief at the helm in Manson

MANSON — Gerald Frick has taken over leadership of the Manson Police Department as its chief of police, but this isn’t his first time serving as a law enforcement officer. In fact, Frick said he’s been working in law enforcement for 25 years, graduating from the law enforcement ...

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FD man escapes injury

First responders look over a single-vehicle crash on Iowa Highway 7, about a half-mile west of U.S. Highway 169, Sunday night. Gregory Estlund, of Fort Dodge, was reportedly driving a pickup truck east when he lost control and entered the north ditch, according to Justin Wood, Webster County ...

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 Members of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during their trip Saturday.

Brothers drafted together, fly together on Honor Flight

Jim Wolf, of Gowrie, and his brother Paul Wolf, of Farnhamville, not only attended the Honor Flight together, but they were drafted together. “We left for service on the same day,” said Paul Wolf. “Jim had his draft notice, and I knew I was going the next month, so I went up and asked ...

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Gibbs arrested in Des Moines

Levi Gibbs III, who was being sought by Fort Dodge police on a first-degree murder warrant, was arrested in Des Moines early Monday morning. Gibbs is accused of shooting and killing Shane Wessels, of Fort Dodge, on Sept. 3. Gibbs is in the Polk County Jail awaiting extradition back to Fort Dodge.

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Craig Conway, a Vietnam veteran from Webster City, right, visits with his wife, Wanda Conway, prior to the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Saturday morning.

Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight departs

John Olmstead, of Fort Dodge, sat in his wheelchair with the U.S. Flag held high in his hands early Saturday morning as veterans made their way through the departure hangar at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Almost 150 veterans were preparing to take the 15th Brushy Creek Area Honor ...