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Dan Dix, left, general manager of NEW Coop, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg tour the cooperative's Roelyn facility Thursday

Reynolds, Gregg tour NEW Co-op in Roelyn

ROELYN — Gov. Kim Reynolds and Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg took a tour of Roelyn’s NEW Co-op facility Thursday as part of a series of visits across the state. Accompanied by State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge, and State Sen. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, Reynolds and Gregg were ...

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16-year-old arrested for Algona social media threat

ALGONA — A 16-year-old from Algona has been arrested and charged with threat of terrorism after police say he made a threat of violence against the high school Tuesday evening. School was canceled Wednesday after the threat, which was believed to be directed against the Algona High School ...

Humboldt Glow Run will benefit mammography machine

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting its seventh annual Glow Run on Saturday. More than 200 people have signed up for the 5k run, which will start at 7:30 p.m, according to Mardi Ratzlaff, director of community development and executive director of the ...

Holiday closings

Financial • Citizens — Closed • Availa Bank — Closed • First American — Open • First State Bank – Open • People’s Credit Union — Closed • Great Western – Open • United Bank of Iowa – Closed • Wells Fargo — Open • Northwest — Open Post ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY in the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. FORT DODGE — Soldier Creek Winery, 1584 Paragon Ave., is holding Vineyard Vibrations from 6 to 8 p.m. TODAY. Free live music will be provided by Hawk ...

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UPDATE: Fort Dodge homecoming game postponed, parade canceled

UPDATE: Due to the rain and predicted weather conditions tonight's Fort Dodge Senior High varsity football game has been postponed to tomorrow, Saturday, at 4 p.m. The freshmen football game has been moved to Monday 6 p.m. The Fort Dodge Senior High homecoming parade has been canceled due to ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High sophomores Paul Castor, at left, along with Brayton Alexander, both 15, get their hairnets on Wednesday morning as they get ready to take a tour of C&S Products Co. Inc.’s Manufacturing Day effort to get students interested in manufacturing careers.

Making things

Karen Alstott, president and co-founder of C&S Products Co. Inc., had some good news for several groups of Iowa Central Community College and Fort Dodge Senior High students who toured the company’s Fort Dodge North Plant Wednesday morning during a Manufacturing Day educational ...

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Debbie Hardgrove, of Livermore, sits with her therapy dog, Sassy, inside Livermore City Hall Wednesday afternoon. Sassy went missing recently. She was found down a hole about a block away from Hardgrove’s home. A city worker and local dog groomer took care of the dog before returning her to her home.

‘There are big people in small towns’

LIVERMORE — Debbie Hardgrove wasn’t sure if she would ever see her therapy dog, Sassy, again after she went missing. Hardgrove suffers from emphysema. When she has trouble breathing, Sassy alerts Hardgrove’s husband, Jack Hardgrove. “She will jump on my chest and literally won’t ...

Threat triggers lockdown at CGD, EG schools

CLARION — A threatening social media post forced some area schools to enter a lockdown Wednesday afternoon, according to Robert Olson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows superintendent. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Eagle Grove Community schools went on a low-level lockdown shortly after 1 p.m. A ...

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Teen suspect arrested in Algona

A 16-year-old from Algona has been arrested and charged with Threat of Terrorism for allegedly making a threat of violence in a social media post Tuesday evening, Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said. Classes were canceled Wednesday after the threat that was believed to be directed ...

Algona schools close after threat Wednesday

ALGONA — After a threat against the Algona Community School District, classes were canceled Wednesday. Police learned of the threat Tuesday at about 10:15 p.m. and informed the district, said Superintendent Marty Fonley in a posting on the school’s website. Since the credibility of ...

Benson: Those who threaten schools could face range of charges

Anyone who makes a threat directed at a school could face a number of charges, according to Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson. “Definitely, it would take some work for us to determine the source of the message, especially if it’s done with social media,” Benson said. “But once ...

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“I have a pelican in my backyard. I don’t know if he’s hurt, or sick, or what,” said June Smith, who lives in the 2000 block of Eighth Avenue South. The pelican was there by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and stayed throughout Wednesday until he got some help out. 
“I heard a noise over by my eave trough, so I turned on the big light. He was just sitting in one spot,” Smith said.

Pelican trapped in FD yard rescued

A pelican is rarely on anyone’s list of backyard birds. But one of them somehow dropped by for a visit to a Fort Dodge backyard Tuesday night. “I have a pelican in my backyard. I don’t know if he’s hurt, or sick, or what,” said June Smith, who lives in the 2000 block of ...

FDSH alum named first FDCS Foundation director

Molly Nelson, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, has been named the first director of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation. “I am inspired and impressed by all of the great things happening in Fort Dodge and with the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation,” Nelson said in a ...

REAP assembly is tonight

LEHIGH — The 2017 Resource Enhancement and Protection assembly is being held tonight at the Prairie Resource Center in Lehigh. The meeting, held every two years, is an opportunity for locals to discuss projects where REAP money should be used, according to Tammie Krausman, REAP ...

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Ground was broken for the new Briggs Woods Conference Center project Wednesday morning. Turning over  the  soil were, from the left, Diane Sinclair, Hamilton County Conservation Board chairman; Hamilton County Supervisors Dan Campidilli and Doug Bailey; Chip Abbott, representing Webster City Custom Meats; Bob Van Diest, of Van Diest Supply Co.; Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, city manager of Wester City; and Hamilton County Supervisor David Young. The $2.6 million project is expected to be completed in late 2018.

Hamilton County breaks ground for new conference venue at Briggs Woods

WEBSTER CITY — The first shovelfuls of soil were turned in a ceremony Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of the $2.6 million Briggs Woods Conference Center construction project south of Webster City in Hamilton County. County and city officials, donors and community members ...

Unidentified teen injured in shooting

An investigation is underway after a teen showed up at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound early Wednesday morning. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said officers were dispatched to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center after hospital staff ...

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Meg Beshey, race organizer for the Rock N' Rail 1850 bike race, poses with her Race Boss hat recently.

Downtown, on two wheels

Meg Beshey believes the time is right for downtown Fort Dodge to host a competitive bicycle race. “We have really established a bike culture in our community and I thought this would be a neat extension of all the hard work that everyone has done,” she said. Beshey is the race ...

Algona Community School District cancels classes today

Classes at Algona Community School District are canceled today due to a threat against the schools. The following was posted late Tuesday on the school district's website: "Classes Cancelled October 4 "At 10:15pm Tuesday, October 3rd, school administration was informed by local law ...

Theiss farm housing advances

The creation of a neighborhood called Williams Bend on the former Theiss farm in Fort Dodge has advanced again. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission recommended on Tuesday that the final plat for part of the site be approved by the City Council. The final plat is essentially a diagram ...