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Dinner is ‘a way for citizens to experience Kosovo’

Dishes from the Balkan country of Kosovo with exotic sounding names like baklava, flija and broek will be on the menu for a special dinner Friday in Fort Dodge. Those who will sample the delicacies from that country will at the same time be raising money to help build bonds between Fort Dodge ...

Photo essay to launch FD, Gjakova art connection

A handful of amateur photographers in Fort Dodge and Gjakova will contribute images to a planned photo essay book. The photo essay project to be launched next month will be the first of several initiatives that will form an art exchange between the two sister cities. Eric Anderson, director ...

FD teens ready to continue youth exchange with Kosovo

Four area teenagers are preparing to travel to Kosovo this summer as part of a continuing youth exchange linking the sister cities of Fort Dodge and Gjakova. That exchange will also bring some teens from Kosovo to Fort Dodge. Cayden Brinton, Tyreike Mericle, and Olivia Mitchell from Fort ...

Cakes for a cause

In spite of a day of snow and forecasts calling for even more, the 23rd annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center Cake Auction was well attended on the Iowa Central Community College East Campus Saturday evening. Brenda McBride, executive director of D/SAOC, appreciated those who ...

Free screenings will check for cancer

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene Clinic are teaming up this Thursday for free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The free screenings will be held at Iowa Central, 1 Triton Circle, at the Dental Hygiene Clinic ...

Royalty

Prom Court member Dylan Bethke had a hard decision to make before the 2018 Fort Dodge Senior High Coronation’s grand entrance Friday afternoon. Be escorted by his parents, Dawn and Tom Bethke — or walk in carrying his trombone. “I wanted to,” he joked. Mom and dad won in the ...

Weather causes closings and cancellations

Due to the severe weather conditions this weekend, the Fort Dodge Senior High prom has been postponed until Sunday. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 80 N. 32nd. St. The after-prom party has been canceled. Dariette and Wendy's did not open today. The ...

Truck slams into tree in Fort Dodge

A man was critically injured early Friday morning after the pickup truck he was riding in hit a tree in Fort Dodge. The Fort Dodge Police Department is not identifying the man at this time, saying his name will not be released while his family focuses on his recovery. The accident was ...

Rain, hail pelt area Friday night

Heavy rain and nickel-sized hail pelted the Fort Dodge area Friday night, with southern Webster County getting the brunt of a thunderstorm that passed through. Rain and hail covered the streets in Gowrie, Scott Forbes, Webster County emergency management coordinator, reported. Dented ...

‘When we recycle, we save trees, and now we planted some too’

Students in Marsha Halbach’s fifth-and-sixth grade Community Christian School class had so much fun planting trees at Riverside Trees in Duncombe on Tuesday, one student volunteered to become one. Lily Seward, 12, a sixth-grader, was carefully wrapped up like a Christmas tree by her ...

IRA “BUTCH” SPENCER

ROCKWELL CITY — Ira Dean “Butch” Spencer 79, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home. Graveside services will be in September. Among the survivors are his sons, James Dean, Jeff and Jonathan Spencer. Palmer & Swank Funeral Home is serving the family.

Lake City 15-year-old who planned PrayerFest is back

LAKE CITY — A teenager from Lake City is planning an indoor music event where a portion of the proceeds will go to support an organization which helps victims of human trafficking. Dausin Olberding, 15, a freshman at Kuemper Catholic School in Carroll, is organizing 1 Night Music ...

Go for the Gold

Angel Garvacio, 10, a fifth-grade student at Fort Dodge Middle School, furiously pumped his arms Thursday morning as he raced his wheelchair down the track toward the finish line at Dodger Stadium. Garvacio, like almost all the other athletes at the Special Olympics 2018 North Central ...

Suspects sought after Gowrie Casey’s is robbed

GOWRIE — Two suspects are being sought by the Gowrie Police Department after robbing the Casey’s General Store in that town. The incident happened around 4 a.m. Thursday. The Gowrie Casey’s is located at 1131 Market St. Gowrie Police Chief Patrick Monaghan said two unidentified ...

Towey accused of stabbing man Saturday

A woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly stabbed a man early Saturday morning. Gloria A. Towey, 31, of Des Moines, is charged with one count of willful injury causing serious injury, a class C felony. The criminal complaint, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, ...

Iowa Central cheer team is tops at national competition

The Iowa Central Community College cheer team has achieved something no other college in Iowa has before. The team of 11 men and nine women took home first place in the National Cheerleaders Association college championship in Daytona, Florida, recently, according to Head Coach Amanda ...

Minor injury reported after car-semi crash

One man suffered minor injuries after driving his car, left, across the center line and striking the trailer of a semi-trailer truck Thursday evening, according to Trooper Brenda Rinard, of the Iowa State Patrol. The man was driving his car westbound on 200th Street just west of Taylor ...

36-year-old man in critical condition after early morning crash

A 36-year-old man is in critical condition after the truck he was riding in crashed into a tree early Friday morning, the Fort Dodge Police Department reported. The crash was reported at about 1:12 a.m. near the intersection of South 22nd Street and 9 1/2 Ave. S. Four people were in the ...

Building a better block

There’s an empty lot in the 1100 block of Central Avenue that’s been sitting unused for years. Once the site of a bar, the building was razed after a fire heavily damaged the structure. Wednesday night, the empty lot became something else entirely A group of volunteers — using ...