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Protecting those who serve

After a Fort Dodge police officer was exposed to a substance during a traffic stop Sunday that may have contained fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, rescue workers and emergency room staff treated him with Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of opioids. Narcan is carried onboard ...

Fort Dodge woman recovering from burns

A Fort Dodge woman is recovering after her face, shoulder, and hands were allegedly set on fire with a blow torch held by another woman she was arguing with Wednesday night, according to a relative of the victim. Shelly Harrison, of Fort Dodge, and the woman who allegedly assaulted her lived ...

GoFundMe set up for family involved in Wyoming crash

A GoFundMe page has been set up for a Fort Dodge man whose family was involved in a fatal crash in Wyoming on March 2. Michael Hiracheta’s wife, mother-in-law, and three children were traveling in a van on Interstate 80 in Sweetwater County when the van slid on the icy road and a ...

Court in class

A group of St. Edmond High School students had a chance to learn about the highest laws of the land Thursday from the top judge in Iowa when state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady joined them in class. The students, enrolled in an Iowa Central Community College Introduction to ...

Officers justified in shooting of Wall Lake man

The Iowa State Patrol trooper and Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy who fired their weapons at a Wall Lake man on Dec. 31, 2018, were justified, according to a review of the fatal shooting by the Webster County attorney’s office that was released Thursday. Matthew Hurley, 45, was ...

FD man arrested after pursuit

A Fort Dodge man was arrested Wednesday night after leading police on about a one mile pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing and getting stuck in a snowbank, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. No injuries were reported. The pursuit began when an officer attempted to ...

Algona names new school superintendent

ALGONA — Having a student-first mentality is one priority for Joe Carter, who will become the next superintendent of the Algona Community School District. “To put kids first in every decision we make and expect excellence for all the people who work with our kids as well as the kids, ...

Woman suffers burns after contact with flammable mixture

A woman suffered burns to her hands and face Wednesday night after Fort Dodge police responded to a remove subject call, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. Police were called to 135 Fifth Ave. N. at about 9:10 p.m. According to Gruenberg, ...

FD woman cleared in Utah incident

Authorities in Utah have dropped a criminal charge filed against a Fort Dodge woman in connection with a January incident. Maddie Dickerson, 27, had been charged with possession of a stolen firearm. That charge was dismissed because there was no probable cause for her arrest, according ...

Pocahontas man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

POCAHONTAS — A registered sex offender was arrested in Pocahontas on Wednesday after an investigation uncovered that he sexually exploited a minor while living in Goldfield, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. Nicholas Paul Dayton, 21, of Pocahontas, is charged with ...

Feed the pheasants

MANSON — Pro Co-op in Manson is offering free corn to anyone who wants to use it to feed pheasants. A red grain wagon at the co-op’s Manson location is full of free whole corn. Anyone who’s interested and willing to distribute some corn for the pheasants is invited to stop by and fill ...

Fire ignites in shed; No injuries in Hamilton County blaze

WOOLSTOCK — A machine shed at a rural Hamilton County property was damaged by fire Thursday. No one was injured, and the structure is still standing. “It was more or less in the ceiling and walls,” said Woolstock Fire Chief Cory Anderson. The fire at 1921 Stagecoach Road was ...

FD man convicted of meth and gun charges

SIOUX CITY — A Fort Dodge man pleaded guilty to methamphetamine and gun charges Wednesday in federal court, according to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa. Tate Steburg, 47, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute meth and illegally possessing a firearm. ...

Officers justified in shooting of Wall Lake man

The Iowa State Patrol trooper and Calhoun County sheriff's deputy who fired their weapons at a Wall Lake man on Dec. 31, 2018, were justified, according to a review of the shooting by the Webster County attorney's office that was released Thursday. Matthew Hurley, 45, was shot and killed ...

Regal volunteer

When Morgan Border, 17, of Fort Dodge, was recently crowned Miss Hawkeye State Jr. Miss in the America’s U.S. Miss scholarship program, the title became an opportunity for her to contribute even more to her community and state. Border has already done a great deal. She founded the Stay ...

Parking partnership considered

Anyone owing a parking ticket fine in Fort Dodge may find they aren’t able to get their vehicle registration renewed in Webster County until it’s paid, under a new agreement. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved their side of an agreement Tuesday in which anyone with an ...

Mental health: No change yet

There’s no change yet on whether mental health employees will be hired by individual counties, or by the large multi-county region which oversees mental health treatment. The board for County Social Services, the 22-county region which includes Webster County, heard a presentation on the ...

2 Fort Dodge residents face charges in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Two people from Fort Dodge were arrested in St. George, Utah, earlier this year on several gun and drug charges. Marquez Clayton, 25, was charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a Category II restricted person, possession of marijuana and possession ...

One hurt when vehicle rolls

Justin Wood, Webster County sheriff’s deputy, at left, walks back to his patrol vehicle Tuesday afternoon after assisting with a single-vehicle rollover crash near 140th Street and Yankee Avenue on the far east side of Webster County. According to Trooper Spencer Baltes, of the Iowa State ...