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Fort Dodge artist Meg Beshey puts some finishing touches on the wineyard themed piano she began painting Friday night at Soldier Creek Winery as part of a Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association public arts project. The piano will remain at the winery as part of their decor.

In tune, visually

It’s been a long time since the old upright piano that was brought to Soldier Creek Winery Friday morning by a crew of volunteers has had an in-tune note played on it — it sounds worse than the tinkly old saloon piano in a spaghetti western. And that’s ...

Bottorff is new Fort Dodge Fine Arts director

For the first time, the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association has an executive director. The organization, founded in 1985, has announced Shelly Bottorff will take the new position starting today. “I’m excited for it,” Bottorff said. “Creating a whole new job description, and what does ...

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Fort Dodge attorney Kurt Pittner poses in his office Friday with several plaques he was given in recognition of his years of service on the Trinity Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge board. Pittner is retiring from the position.

End of an era

After nearly three decades of serving as a board member in various capacities for UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center, Kurt Pittner has decided to retire. Pittner’s last day as a member of the hospital’s board of directors is today. An attorney in Fort Dodge, ...

Fort Dodge police investigating 50-year-old woman’s death

A death investigation is underway after police say a woman was found dead inside of a building early Thursday morning. The woman has been identified as Lorri Alexander, 50, of Fort Dodge. Officers, along with paramedics from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Fort ...

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While an actual pair of handcuffs might not end up in a celebrant’s New Year’s Eve drink, having too many drinks, and then driving, might get a pair on their wrists.

Tips for safe New Year

As people make plans to celebrate ringing in 2017, Fort Dodge’s police chief is reminding those who choose to celebrate to have a plan before going out. Police Chief Kevin Doty said making a plan helps keep everybody safe. “I think it’s perfectly fine for people to go out and ...

Board appoints Ryherd to replace Stenger

WEBSTER CITY — The school board in Webster City filled a vacancy created when one of its members was arrested and subsequently resigned. Dan Ryherd was appointed Thursday night to fill the unexpired term of Paul Stenger. Stenger resigned from the board after he was charged with ...

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Two Webster County sheriff's deputies are parked in a field where a man was found dead Monday morning.

Man found in field had been shot

MOORLAND — The man who was found dead in a Moorland-area field Monday morning had been shot, according to the state medical examiner’s office. He has been identified as Donald Preston, 51, of Fort Dodge. Preston’s death is a homicide, the office ruled. Webster County Sheriff Jim ...

Humboldt considers adding police chief

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt may add a police chief, a position that has been left vacant for about seven years, according to Mayor Dan Scholl. The topic was discussed at a meeting Dec. 19, Scholl reported. “I just wonder if it’s not time for a change because of all the additional demands on ...

Man dies in Titonka house fire

TITONKA — A man has died after a house fire in Titonka Tuesday night, according to a written statement from the Kossuth County sheriff’s office. Daniel William Planz, 59, of Titonka, reportedly died as a result of the fire, according to authorities. The house was reportedly occupied ...

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Webster County Supervisor Bob Singer, left, shakes hands with Bob Thode, who will replace him on the board next year, at his last meeting Tuesday.

Thanks for the service

Webster County supervisors gave their fond farewells to three retiring officials at the last Board of Supervisors meeting of the year. Supervisors Clark Fletcher and Bob Singer and Auditor Carol Messerly attended the meeting Tuesday morning. As county ...

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Man’s death ruled homicide

The death of a man found in a Moorland-area field has been ruled a homicide by gunshot. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has also identified the victim as Donald Preston, 51, of Fort Dodge. The investigation into Preston's death ...

Autopsy scheduled today for man found in field

MOORLAND — The autopsy for a man found dead in a Moorland-area field Monday is scheduled to be performed today at the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny. The unidentified man was found in the field near a curve on Webster County Road P51, just southwest of Fort Dodge. Sheriff Jim ...

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Man dies in Titonka house fire

TITONKA - One man has died after a house fire in Titonka Tuesday night, according to a written statement from the Kossuth County sheriff's office. Daniel William Planz, 59, of Titonka, reportedly died as a result of the fire, according to authorities.

Odebolt woman died in Christmas Eve crash

LAKE VIEW — Investigators have identified the people involved in a four-vehicle accident in Sac County on Christmas Eve. The accident led to the death of Sharon Rohlf, 65, of Odebolt. According to Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure, Rohlf was a passenger in a pickup truck heading eastbound on ...

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The gravel parking lot at the county-owned building housing Webster County Social Services, will get an upgrade this year to concrete. The lot at the former Wahkonsa school was slated to be upgraded with asphalt, but a favorable price means the county will choose the longer-lasting material.

County will install concrete parking lot at Human Services site

Webster County will install a concrete parking lot, instead of asphalt, after favorable bids were received for the project at 330 First Ave N. for the Webster County Department of Human Services building. By paying about $500 more for the lot up front, the county will save $20,000 over ...

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Two Webster County sheriff's deputies are parked in a field where a man was found dead Monday morning.

Man found dead Monday

MOORLAND — Webster County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a field Monday morning southwest of Fort Dodge. His identity and cause of death were still unknown as of Monday night. The report of an unresponsive man came in to the Webster County Law ...

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Dave Martens, a resident at the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, receives a Christmas greeting from Santa Claus Sunday afternoon. The Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma with help from the Young Professionals delivered plants as gifts to four nursing homes in Fort Dodge.

FD Noon Sertoma, Young Professionals visit nursing homes Sunday

Residents at four Fort Dodge nursing homes received a special surprise on Christmas Day. Members of Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma and Fort Dodge Young Professionals teamed up to deliver 370 succulent plants and Christmas cards to them as part of the Sertoma Santa efforts. The two ...

Man found dead in field

MOORLAND - Webster County deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a field Monday morning. The man was found after 9 a.m. near the intersection of 225th Street and Johnson Avenue. Deputy Josh Van Waes, of the Webster County Sheriff's Department, said it was too early to tell ...