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Disaster proclamation issued in Kossuth County

ALGONA — The mayor of Algona has issued a disaster proclamation after strong storms moved through Kossuth County Tuesday, knocking down power lines and tearing the roof off a hog confinement, according to a press release from Kossuth County emergency management. A line of storms moved ...

Naig sees benefits for farmers in Mexico deal

A recently announced trade agreement between the United States and Mexico appears to be a good deal for Iowa farmers, according to state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. While many details of the pact announced by President Donald Ttrump have yet to be outlined, Naig said the agreement ...

Manson man accused of stalking woman

MANSON — A Manson man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stalking a woman. Luke Groat, 26, is charged with one count of stalking and one count of violation of a no-contact order. Manson Police Chief Gerry Frick said Groat was arrested on Sunday after he was reported to have shown ...

Facing Autism fun run is Saturday

Facing Autism will hold its first 5k run/walk Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center. More than just a fundraiser, there will also be a free Family Fair to provide families with more information about autism and services in the area, as well as free activities ...

Arson suspect turns himself in

Terrell Adams has turned himself in to the Fort Dodge Police Department after a first-degree arson warrant was issued for his arrest. Adams is expected to have his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court this morning. The arson charge comes after a fire that was reported at the ...

Home for the homeless

Homeless women and children in the greater Fort Dodge area will soon have another place they can go to for shelter and assistance. That place is Lotus Community Project, a shelter that will be located in the former St. John’s Lutheran Church along 170th Street in rural Webster ...

Man shot by brother while squirrel hunting at Brushy Creek

LEHIGH — A Webster City man was shot by his brother on Saturday while squirrel hunting at the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area. Sao Bunpan, 55, was shot in the upper body by Khor Bunpan, 50. Both men are from Webster City, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday. DNR ...

General assistance spending down after fund is switched to health department

Managing the county’s general assistance fund through Webster County Health Department has been a positive change for the county, according to health department Director Kari Prescott. Prescott updated the county Board of Supervisors on general assistance, public health, and substance ...

Funnel cloud spotted in Kossuth County

ALGONA — A funnel cloud touched down near Algona Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to buildings and crops as well as bringing heavy rains. While David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator, could not confirm that a tornado struck the county, he did say a trained weather ...

Parking structure fire was arson

Multiple cars were damaged or destroyed by a fire that was intentionally set in the parking garage of Iowa Central Community College early Tuesday morning The cars were on the ground level of the garage. According to the Fort Dodge Fire Department, no injuries were reported. ...

Police name suspect in Iowa Central arson case

Fort Dodge Police have identified a suspect in the arson investigation at Iowa Central Community College. Police say they are seeking Terrell Adams, 22, who has been charged with arson first degree, a Class “B” Felony. Adams has an active warrant for his arrest and is described as a black ...

Working on Labor Day

Not everyone took Monday off. Teachers in the Fort Dodge Community School District were busy preparing for the week in their classrooms, while law enforcement had its hands full on the streets. Emily Winninger, a kindergarten teacher at Duncombe Elementary School, was focused on creating ...

Ask Sonny Perdue

AMES — Get a roomful of farmers together and it’s not uncommon to hear some differences of opinion on key issues. But when a group of Iowa farmers and agribusiness professionals met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at Landus Cooperative’s headquarters last ...

Sportscaster Dale Hansen will speak in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — A nationally-known sportscaster will be in Webster City next week. Dale Hansen, an award-winning Dallas, Texas, sportscaster will speak at Webster City Middle School on Sept. 12 for the Hamilton County Democrats annual soup supper. He’s coming because he is the ...

Bon-Ton hints at comeback with online teases

Younkers, and its parent firm Bon-Ton Stores Inc., are broadly hinting that the chain that shuttered its retail dynasty across the Midwest in August, will rise again. The “hints” are being published in the form of teasing messages appearing on the web homepages of each of the bankrupt ...

Storm damage reported in Kossuth County

Storm damage, including a roof being ripped off a hog confinement, was reported by officials in Kossuth County Tuesday afternoon. While David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator, could not confirm or deny that a tornado struck the county, he did say a trained weather ...

Fire intentionally set at ICCC parking garage

About 12 cars were damaged from a fire that was intentionally set in the parking garage of Iowa Central Community College early Tuesday morning, according to a press release from the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Firefighters were called to the college, 1 Triton Circle, at 4:30 a.m. Upon ...

New life for an old alley

MANSON — The sound of clattering pins has been missing for years now from Eagle Lanes in Manson. Four years after the doors closed on the bowling alley on Manson’s Main Street, a new owner with a lot of help and a lot of work has brought bowling back. Eagle Lanes, which got its name ...

‘Every student is one caring adult away from being a success story’

Mentors can help students improve their self-confidence and attitude about school, according to Corey Moody, Fort Dodge Community School District mentoring coordinator. “Every student is one caring adult away from being a success story,” Moody said. “I think that is so true, because ...

What goes on beyond the bin?

Standing on a raised platform, Jason Slinker looks into the conveyer belt carrying plastics to be sorted at the regional recycling center. He pulls out one item that pretty obviously doesn’t belong here — a used syringe. “We all wear cut-resistant gloves,” Slinker said. On any ...