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Re-count by hand is part of new vote audit

Every Iowa county will conduct an audit of one of its precinct’s votes this year — by re-counting the votes by hand. The audit is a new measure aimed at election security, said Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner. “I have a team of three who are going to come in Friday,” Pliner ...

Domestic abuse offender charged

A Fort Dodge man accused of illegally possessing a gun has been ordered held on bond. Alex D. Harper, 40, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a domestic abuse offender, carrying weapons, fourth-degree theft and failure to possess or display a weapon permit. Harper was ordered ...

Elderbridge has tips for having an enjoyable Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday among seniors due thanks to its traditions and great food. However, Thanksgiving can be stressful for hosts, seniors and their caregivers. Here’s some advice from the Elderbridge Agency on Aging for having an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Prepare special meals ...

Medicare open enrollment period is underway

The Medicare open enrollment period is underway, and will conclude Dec. 7, according to an announcement from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The open enrollment period is the time for Medicare recipients to review their current coverage and decide if there are better ...

Willoughby’s work with radar during WWII was ‘hush-hush’

ROCKWELL CITY — Norma Willoughby recently sat down in her Rockwell City apartment, looking through old photos of her time in the armed services. But Willoughby’s service wasn’t in the American military; it was in the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. Willoughby, who is originally ...

Meyer beats Srinivas

Republican Ann Meyer narrowly defeated Democrat Megan Srinivas to win a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives Tuesday. Meyer, of Fort Dodge, will replace state Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, who is retiring after 16 years in the Legislature. She will represent House District 9. She ...

Conrad tops Leffler

Democratic challenger Niki Conrad won the seat for Webster County Supervisor District 4 Tuesday night with 1,274 votes to Supervisor Merrill Leffler’s 1,182 votes. Conrad said she believes her win came from “putting in the work.” “I was out there for seven months or so, and just ...

Sexton cruises to third term

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, easily swept aside a Democratic challenger Tuesday to win his third term in a dominating fashion. He bested Jake Thompson, also of Rockwell City, by a margin of 67 percent to 32.87 percent, according to unofficial election results posted late Tuesday ...

Incumbent senator wins again

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge, easily won a second term Tuesday. He defeated Democrat John O’Brien, also of Fort Dodge, by a margin of 61.93 percent to 37.99 percent, according to unofficial election returns posted late Tuesday by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. “I was ...

Angstrom narrowly wins Webster Co. treasurer

Brenda Angstrom will be the next Webster County treasurer. Angstrom, a Democrat, won 7,050 votes according to unofficial results Tuesday night, to Republican Kate Stucky’s 6,867 votes, or 51 to 49 percent. Final unofficial results weren’t available until nearly 11 p.m. “It was ...

Warwick elected Hamilton County treasurer

Republican Judy Warwick, Webster City, the assistant county treasurer for Hamilton County, defeated Democrat Colleen Hansen in the race for county treasurer Tuesday. According to the unofficial results, Warwick received a total of 4,040 votes while Hansen garnered 2,274 votes. Warwick, a ...

Lehigh rejects proposed change to funds use

LEHIGH — Voters rejected a measure which would have changed how certain tax money is spent in Lehigh Tuesday night. Local option sales tax will continue to only be used on roads. The measure, if it had passed, would have split the funds up 50 percent to streets and infrastructure, 10 ...

Bacon holds onto House District 48 seat

WEBSTER CITY — Incumbent Robert Bacon, a Republican from Slater, cruised to re-election for the Iowa House District 48 seat Tuesday night, defeating Democratic challenger Tim Winter, of Kelley. According to unofficial vote counts, Bacon received nearly 59 percent of the vote, compared to ...

Loney wins Humboldt supervisor seat

HUMBOLDT — Sandy Loney won a seat on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night. Loney, a Republican, collected 686 votes, unofficially. Her opponent, Todd George, received 278 votes. George, of Humboldt, was not affiliated with a party. Loney, of Humboldt, will serve District ...

Man arrested for possession of weapon as a convicted domestic abuse offender

A call to police Tuesday about alleged threats being made turned out to be not what it appeared — but one man was arrested for possessing weapons as a domestic abuse offender. “Shortly after 11 this morning, officers were called to the Starlite,” Fort Dodge police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg ...

A frenzy of fun

Lori Morsching, right, stops to photograph her daughter, Gabby Petersen, center, and her friend Karmane Holmes, 9, at left, as they attend the annual Iowa Central 3rd Grade Carnival at Fort Frenzy where, among other fun things, they got to meet Triton, the school’s mascot. Over 12,000 ...

Webster Co. supervisors OK 3 new trucks

Two new Mack dump trucks and a new Mack semi-truck will be rolling into the Webster County engineer’s shop for the Secondary Roads Department next year. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the purchases Tuesday, which will not be paid for or delivered until the next fiscal ...

Kluss will replace Watne in Wright Co.

Dean Kluss will become the newest Wright County supervisor in 2019. Kluss, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned 4,103, or 97.95 percent, of the votes, unofficially. He ran unopposed. Kluss replaces Stan Watne, who was a supervisor for more than 25 years. He will serve District 2, which includes Clarion ...