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Fort Dodge’s annual spring cleanup days cost $107,000

The annual citywide collection of large refuse items conducted over four days last spring cost the local government about $107,000, the Fort Dodge City Council learned Monday. City Manager David Fierke and Public Works Director Brett Daniel briefed the council on the spring cleanup and other ...

Region V Hazmat responds to acid spill

WEBSTERCITY — Webster City Firefighters and the Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to the spill of an unknown acidic substance near the corner of Second and Beach streets Monday afternoon. Webster City Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield said when firefighters arrived on ...

Council OKs early steps to aid mall development

Measures that will enable the Fort Dodge government to provide up to $5.6 million to support the redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall site were approved by the City Council Monday night. While he supported those resolutions, Councilman Terry Moehnke urged his fellow councilmembers to ...

Streetscape plan proposed by Main Street

Main Street Fort Dodge wants to find ways to make the roads and sidewalks of the downtown area more attractive. Kris Patrick, the executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge, told the City Council Monday that the organization wants to hire an architect to complete a streetscape master ...

Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex Dedication — Celebrating 50 years

The Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Department hosted a special event on Sunday afternoon to celebrate 50 years since the dedication of the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. Several dozen community members attended the event, held on the Boulevard of Champions at the park. The ...

Body found near Little Dam identified

The Fort Dodge Police Department has released the identity of the body found near the Little Dam on the Des Moines River on Saturday afternoon. FDPD identified the individual as Michael Whitaker, 36, of Boone. Whitaker was found in an area about 100 yards from the Little Dam around noon on ...

Faith on the move

Amber Graves let her faith guide her to a foreign country — a test that turned into a life-changing adventure. Graves, who lives in Dayton, led a group of 10 students with fellow chaperone Christine VanderWal — a volunteer at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton — to ...

NCYL honors area high school seniors

Dozens of area young adults were honored Sunday night during the 27th Annual Youth Salute Recognition Ceremony for the North Central Iowa Area Council of the National Council on Youth Leadership. In the Bioscience Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College, the students, representing ...

School safety event open to community

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is partnering with Safe Havens International to offer a free workshop designed to offer educators, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, community members, students and families insights and approaches that have been used to successfully avert ...

Back on the road

Fort Dodge residents may once again see a long and luxurious white car cruising the streets with Dalmatians as passengers. No, the driver isn’t Cruella de Vil from the popular Disney movie “101 Dalmatians.” Janice Link, of Fort Dodge, is the one behind the wheel. The Dalmatians ...

Seeking volunteers

The BRIDGES mentorship program through Fort Dodge Community School District is looking for community members to volunteer to mentor students. BRIDGES was established by Corey Moody in 1994 to promote the “total well-being” of the district’s students. The program serves students ...

‘Force companies to expand into rural communities’

U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna believes the federal government ought to incentivize technology companies to locate in rural communities like Fort Dodge. “One of the things I think we need is a requirement for federal software contracts to have some percent of their workforce be rural,” the ...

FD council candidate says he’ll stay out of broadband issue

A Fort Dodge City Council candidate who works for a communications company is pledging to avoid doing anything to influence decisions regarding a potential municipal broadband utility. Justin Myers, who works for Mediacom Communications, is running against former Councilman Andy Fritz in Ward ...

Body found near Little Dam

A body was found near the Little Dam Saturday, but preliminary information suggests there was no foul play, according to Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County Medical Examiner. Cole was called to the area about 100 yards from the Little Dam at about noon. Cole said an adult male was found near ...

Breakfast for champions

From the bird’s eye view over Dunkin’ Donuts, Lt. Dennis Quinn of the Fort Dodge Police Department saw an annual phenomenon in town Friday morning: flecks of orange arriving in droves to line up in an orderly queue around the building’s drive-thru. On this day each year, it’s the ...

Martin is new FDCS Foundation director

Jodi Martin has been named the new director of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation, the organization announced on Friday. Martin is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in student ...

Body found near Little Dam

A body was found near the Little Dam Saturday, but preliminary information suggests there was no foul play, according to Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County Medical Examiner. Cole was called to the area about 100 yards from the Little Dam at about noon. Cole said an adult male was found near ...

Andi Dyer honored by Iowa Hospital Association

WEBSTER CITY — A Van Diest Medical Center paramedic was presented with a Hospital Hero Award from the Iowa Hospital Association Thursday afternoon as Andi Dyer, who has worked at the hospital for 17 years, was named one of the 10 Hospital Heroes from across the state who will be honored at ...