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Drew Lundgren, left, Cole Lundgren, and Ian Brunner give the Cub Scout oath during a pack meeting in Dayton this week. A new Boy Scout troop is being formed for boys in the Southeast Valley school district for when they graduate up from Cub Scouts.

‘Always be prepared’

BURNSIDE — A new Boy Scout troop being formed for the Southeast Valley School District will be Troop 1140, named after the badge number of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. Officer Martin grew up in Rockwell City. “He was an Eagle ...

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Hillary Tyler, center, is handcuffed by Fort Dodge Police Detective Larry Hedlund, right, after her plea and sentencing hearing in Webster County District Court. Tyler's attorney, Neven Mulholland, is at left.

Tyler plea deal averts another trial

A woman has pleaded guilty to three charges in connection to the case of a dead baby found in a Fort Dodge hotel room five and a half years ago. Hillary Tyler, 36, formerly of Mulhall, Oklahoma, and now living in Wyoming, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment causing serious injury ...

Anchor Center exemption still being considered

An amended proposal to exempt the Anchor Character Training Center in Webster County from Iowa’s educational standards remains alive in the state Legislature. State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, a Fort Dodge Republican who is pushing for the exemption, said the revised bill is “very narrow and ...

Miller, Helen

Miller named to economic board

State Rep. Helen Miller has been appointed to the panel that awards incentives for business expansion and job creation all across Iowa. The Fort Dodge Democrat has been named to the Iowa Economic Development Board. The appointment was announced Tuesday by House Minority Leader Mark Smith, ...

‘Aggressive’ five-year road plan includes 65 Webster County projects

Webster County plans for 65 projects at a total cost of about $27 million in its Secondary Roads five-year construction program. The Board of Supervisors heard the county engineering department’s annual update of the plan on Tuesday. “This is an aggressive construction program,” ...

Webster City missing persons found safe

WEBSTER CITY - Two people who were reported missing from Webster City last week have both been found. The Webster City Police Department confirmed that Sue Hollingshead, 59, and Norman Ford, 55, were both found safe, but has not elaborated any further. The two cases were not related, ...

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The Theiss farm, near Williams Drive and 20th Avenue North,  will be the site of new housing. The Fort Dodge City Council approved a duplex plan Monday.

Mixed housing proposed for Theiss Farm

A plan to build single-family houses, condominiums and apartments in a Fort Dodge field known as the Theiss Farm has been submitted by a developer. On Monday, the City Council OK’d a memorandum of understanding with that developer, Fort Dodge Complex LLC, indicating its support for the ...

Two people reported missing

WEBSTER CITY — A man and a woman have been reported as missing from Webster City in what police are characterizing as two separate incidences. Webster City police identified them as Sue Hollingshead, 59, and Norman Ford, 55. According to police, the two cases are separate and unrelated ...

Humboldt County engineer’s contract extended

DAKOTA CITY — Paul Jacobson will continue to serve as Humboldt County’s engineer for the remainder of 2017. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors extended Jacobson’s contract for 6 months during its meeting Monday morning. The contract will go into effect July 1. Jacobson has ...

84-year-old dies in Sac City house fire, 1 hurt

SAC CITY — A man died and his wife was injured by a house fire in Sac City Monday morning. Dale Cook, 84, was found dead at the scene, according to Sac City Police Chief John Thomsen. The Sac City Fire Department was dispatched to 307 S. 13th St., in Sac City, after a report came in at ...

More Municipal Building renovations planned

The venerable Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be the site of renovations once again. The City Council on Monday hired Kolacia Construction Inc., of Fort Dodge, to complete a project that includes relocating the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, at a cost of $570,000. Terry ...

Major water meter replacement project set for Fort Dodge

The days of meter readers trudging from home to home across Fort Dodge to collect the data needed for the monthly water bills are now numbered. That’s because the City Council on Monday approved a roughly $2.6 million project to replace nearly every water meter in the city. The new meters ...

Interconnected

The Fort Dodge Community School District will soon be interconnected in a way that will allow important messages to be broadcast on devices located at every school. The messages will be delivered through an Internet Protocol Television system, according to Jeremy Pearson, supervisor of ...

Humboldt Supervisors award resurfacing contract

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract for four resurfacing projects at its meeting Monday morning. The projects were awarded to one contractor. Two bids were received. Heartland Asphalt, of Mason City, submitted a low bid of $1,055,000 and was ...

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Matthew Navarro, a kindergarten student at Butler Elementary School, watches as Meg Beshey works on a painting for the class. Beshey, a local artist, incorporated suggestions from the students, as well as her own observations of the classroom, into her work.

‘The Selee Anumal Sesin’

The students in Joni Olson’s kindergarten class had the opportunity to express their creativity by helping a local artist create a painting just for them. The artist, Meg Beshey, spent her entire day at Butler Elementary School using suggestions from the students to create a painting the ...

Council orders homeowners to pay up for snow removal

Some homeowners who failed to remove snow from a city-owned trail in front of their properties on Wraywood Drive are going to have to pay up, the Fort Dodge City Council decided Monday. A few council members said policy changes need to be made so that homeowners don’t have to clear the ...

Hillary Tyler gets 20 year maximum sentence

Hillary Tyler has been sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison following a plea and sentencing hearing in Webster County District Court Tuesday. Tyler, 36, formerly of Mulhall, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to child endangerment causing serious injury and first-degree criminal mischief, both ...

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Phillip West, of Carlisle, reaches out and snatches one of the tubes with a live rat inside during Barn Hunt trials at the Webster County Fairgrounds Sunday morning. West picked up the tube after his dog, Wingnut, identified it. West and Wingnut were competing in the senior level.

Rat race

Dogs of varying breeds climbed on top of hay bales, ran through tunnels, and sniffed out live rats during Barn Hunt trials Sunday morning. Barn Hunt is a growing sport centered around dogs’ ability to hunt and the handler’s ability to communicate with their animal. The trials were ...

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Gretta Baumann, of Clarion, knits an afghan at The Meadows senior living center recently. The afghan is one of many items, along with the children’s hats pictured above, that will be given away by the Knit Wits, a group Baumann started in 2007.

One of the Knit Wits

CLARION — “Knit, one. Purl, two!” could be the cadence for Gretta Bauman and another half-dozen of her friends who knit or crochet items as part of Knit Wits. The group meets the third Tuesday afternoon of each month, as it has since February 2007. Knit Wits is under the umbrella of ...