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Art is celebrated at third annual CCS show

The art show at Community Christian School on Thursday was a little more interactive than in previous years. Students who stopped by the third annual event were able to paint on a welcome sign that will be displayed at the start of next school year. They could also leave encouraging ...

Two escape serious injury in crash on Old 20

DUNCOMBE — A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle collision east of Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 4:23 p.m. Deputy Justin Wood, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, said a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Felicia Phillips, was eastbound on 200th ...

FD man gets federal prison for meth, gun charges

A Fort Dodge man who pleaded guilty to methamphetamine and firearms charges has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, according to prosecutors. Cody Groat, 25, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand in Sioux City, the U.S, Attorney’s Office for ...

FD teen, 13, charged in shooting incident

A teenage boy has been charged after a shooting investigation in Fort Dodge early Thursday morning. The 13-year-old boy is not being identified by investigators due to his age, Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said. The teen has been charged with going armed with intent, a class D ...

‘Lucky’ Larry Dawson will have his day in court

By JANE CURTIS and The Associated Press DES MOINES — “Lucky Larry” may have a shot to win millions more — this time from a jury. A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, of Webster City, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in ...

Go and Do: May 17, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Soldier Creek Winery, 1584 Paragon Ave., is holding Vineyard Vibrations from 6 to 8 p.m. TODAY. Free live music will be provided by Blue Ribbon Ramblers. Food will be available for purchase. FORT DODGE — First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St., is ...

Let there be light

The tools used to paint with light usually aren’t brushes. Instead, some sort of a light source is used in the dark and as the light moves, a camera captures an image. The results, which are sometimes quite colorful, depend on which tool is being used, how it’s moved during the ...

Aldi undertakes ambitious remodel

When the Aldi food store in Fort Dodge reopens in the coming weeks, customers will see a larger store and a wider selection of food items, according to Andrew Shaw, director of real estate for Aldi Inc. Faribault, Minnesota Division. “As a company, we are going through all of our stores ...

Close call

The driver and passenger in a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday when their vehicle was struck by a semitrailer at the intersection of Kenyon Road and U.S. Highway 169. Fort Dodge police Sgt. Zach Stanley said the 11:54 a.m. accident occurred when a semi ...

Clarion man gets probation for possessing stolen mail

CLARION — A Clarion man who admitted that he possessed stolen mail was sentenced to probation Monday. Timothy R. VanZweden, 50, formerly of Belmond, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen mail, according to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District ...

Two officers, in two departments, are now on the job

Nine months ago, Chris Taylor and Corey Wood began their journey as law enforcement officers by starting their training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. Today, both men are patrolling the streets and county roads on their own as fully-trained peace officers after recently ...

Scammers are posing as Webster City police officers

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City Police Department is alerting the public that scammers have been calling people in the community posing as members of the department. Police Chief Shiloh Mork said the scammers are calling and identifying themselves as an officer. The caller then tells the ...

Teen arrested in FD shooting incident

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with three offenses after police say he fired a gun, sending a bullet through a home in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood early Thursday morning. No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at 1:55 a.m. The youth, who was not named ...

Help from the heart

For a long time, Don Haupts, of Manson, wasn’t too fond of hospitals. “Twice I swore I’d never go back,” Haupts said Tuesday at the UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge annual volunteer recognition dinner. One of those times was after he served during World War II, he said. “I ...

Commission recommends additions to urban renewal areas

Two areas of Fort Dodge should be added to an urban renewal area so that tax increment financing money can be used there, the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission recommended Tuesday. One of those areas is on the south side of Third Avenue Northwest between Fifth and 10th streets ...

Kids to Parks Day will last the whole weekend in Fort Dodge and Webster County

A weekend-long scavenger hunt will not only provide children and families a chance to be together, but it’ll also help them connect with nature during the annual Kids to Parks Day. For the second year in a row, the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is working with Webster ...

Johll named Webster County engineer

Webster County officials didn’t have to look far to find the next county engineer. Assistant County Engineer Jamie Johll was approved as the next county engineer at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The supervisors unanimously agreed to a one-year contract for Johll, who starts ...

Commission: Get rid of unused part of South 29th Street

What looks like a long gravel driveway right next to some railroad tracks in southern Fort Dodge is actually a city street. Chances are it won’t be one much longer. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the local government give up ownership ...

Christie promoted to sergeant

A series of changes at the Webster County Sheriff’s Department were put into motion Tuesday as the promotion of Deputy Derek Christie to sergeant was approved by the Board of Supervisors. Christie will begin his new duties on Monday. He was hired by the Webster County Sheriff’s ...