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Angel Gervacio, a fourth-grader from Cooper Elementary School, gets some help from volunteer Hannah Gebers in the 10-meter basketball dribble event. Gervacio turned heads all morning with the bright color-changing lights on his wheels.

A place to fit in

Tanner Hammersland, 14, was ready to shoot for a blue ribbon Thursday morning. Hammersland was one of 121 competitors at the annual Special Olympics’ North Central Area Basketball Skills contest at Butler Elementary’s gym Thursday. Contestants came from 20 teams from multiple ...

Crash stats spark 175/169 four-way stop plan

HARCOURT — A four-way stop is going to be installed at the intersection of Iowa Highway 175 and U.S. Highway 169 near Harcourt, according to Gary Kretlow, traffic technician for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Kretlow along with Allison Smyth, a staff engineer for the Iowa ...

Clarion man pleads guilty to receiving child porn

CLARION — A Clarion man pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography Thursday in federal court in Cedar Rapids, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. Jonathan Sebert, 24, was convicted of one count of receipt of child ...

FDCF will reduce staff to meet budget, spokesperson says

Staff at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility will be reduced as a means of adjusting the current fiscal year budget, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. Lettie Prell, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections, confirmed in a voicemail Wednesday that reductions ...

California man caught in tree charged again in Webster County

A week after a California man led police on a chase through Fort Dodge, he is now facing a felony charge for possessing a gun. William Halstead, 29, of Sacramento, California, is charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, a class D felony. Halstead was previously charged with eluding ...

Kruse to leave SCC, L-M districts

ROCKWELL CITY — The superintendent who leads three Iowa school districts will be leaving two of those districts at the end of the school year. Jeff Kruse has been with the South Central Calhoun School District since 2011, and since 2014 he’s had a sharing agreement with the ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighter Devon Schuster, right, puts on his turnout gear as Firefighter Randy Schilling, left, explains how the gear works. The firefighters were at Duncombe Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to teach kindergarten students about their jobs.

Community helpers

Kindergarteners at Duncombe Elementary School got a firsthand look at the Fort Dodge Fire Department when two firefighters visited the school Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters Devon Schuster and Randy Schilling stopped by Duncombe to teach the students about their jobs and how they battle ...

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Michael Wagner, 10, a fifth grade student at Fort Dodge Middle School, responds to a question about a Quidditch Quaffle ball during the after school Quidditch club at the middle school Tuesday. It was the first meeting of the new club.

Ways to be involved

There’s no shortage of clubs at the Fort Dodge Middle School to spark the imagination of students. Between cheerleading, the Quick Fixin’ Young Chefs Club, music and even Quidditch, there’s bound to be something that entices students to get involved. Students can choose between ...

Dayton papers vie for position again

After last year’s controversy, the Webster County Board of Supervisors is considering carefully its choice of three newspapers of record for the county. Rival papers from the same town, the Dayton Review and the Dayton Leader, again both applied to officially publish the meeting minutes ...

Health dept. to manage funds for county poor

Certain Webster County funds for poor people will now be managed through a new department. The Webster County Health Department will now handle the county’s general assistance funds, taking over a role currently filled by the Webster County Community Services Department. Supervisor Mark ...

William Halstead

Chase suspect facing drug charges

A California man accused of leading officers on a chase last week has been arrested again on drug charges. William Halstead, 29, of Sacramento, California, was arrested Monday night on charges of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of prescription drug, possession of drug ...

Plautz explains tax increment financing

The Webster County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation Tuesday on one of the main tools counties have for development — tax increment financing. The workshop came after the regular meeting, at which the supervisors approved Dale Iles as a new road foreman. Because TIF is such an ...

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Travis Filloon, Fort Dodge Community School District director of buildings and grounds, explains the importance of climate control for wrestling practice rooms Monday afternoon inside the current Fort Dodge Senior High wrestling room. As part of the $27 million bond issue that was passed about a year ago, the old wrestling room will be replaced.

A piece of the puzzle

Dodger wrestlers will have a new room in which to grapple at Fort Dodge Senior High next season. The wrestling room at the school that is used for team practices will be relocated and remodeled, according to Travis Filloon, director of buildings and grounds. At a special meeting ...

Hutton, Blessing, Crossroads Mall trial set for November

The company seeking to build a new shopping center where the former Sears store now stands at Crossroads Mall will get a trial in November on whether its plans can move forward. Hutton Growth LLC, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Blessing Enterprises LLC, of Missouri, in November 2016 asked ...

Coleman District case still set for trial March 1

Some documents have been released, but a dispute over open records and the board overseeing sanitary sewers in the Coleman District is still heading to court. It also appears an election has not yet been held to replace the board member whose term expired in January in the latest of a ...

Supervisors consider drainage issue

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors discussed drainage concerns from landowners in the Ottosen vicinity with members of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors through a conference call at Monday’s meeting. In November, landowners met with the Humboldt supervisors about ...

Sewer contract awarded by Humboldt council

HUMBOLDT — A contract for a storm sewer project was awarded by the Humboldt City Council Monday. The 2017 Lewis Street storm sewer replacement project is a small project with an engineer’s estimated cost at $265,402, said David Doxtad, civil engineer with the I&S Group of Storm ...

Serving the State

When President Jimmy Carter traveled to Vienna to sign a major agreement with the Soviet Union on limiting nuclear weapons, securing the hotel ran into an unexpected snag. Although security personnel were there six weeks in advance, the hotel threatened to cancel the official’s ...

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Vincent Mayor Lyn Adson walks around the back of the former Vincent School on a rainy day in June 2016. The building has since been demolished; the site will be used for housing.

Small Webster County towns keep pushing forward

WEBSTER COUNTY — Little towns throughout Webster County are looking to the future with new goals for 2017. In Vincent, what was once a school and, later, an antique gallery was torn down in 2016. In place of the building, ...