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Simonson directed helicopters in Vietnam

Roger Simonson and eight of his Army buddies decided in 1969 that they would volunteer to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. ‘‘Nine of us decided we’d go for airborne,’’ the Fort Dodge man said. Signing up for airborne training led to him becoming a paratrooper and ...

Learning from the Big Bad Wolf

Among the teachers at Butler Elementary School who were spending part of their day Wednesday teaching learning strategies to their students’ families, Tonia Burrell stood out in her fourth-grade classroom. She was, in the spirit of Fall Family Fun, dressed as none other than the Big Bad ...

Coyle will not remain at Marian Home, bishop says

Investigators with the Fort Dodge Police Department had a conversation with the Rev. Jerome Coyle within the past two weeks, Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg confirmed on Wednesday. However, Coyle, 85, is not currently under investigation by Fort Dodge police for any alleged crimes committed ...

Gas leak call leads to unrelated carbon monoxide discovery

What started as a call about a ruptured gas line ended with firefighters discovering a house in the area had an unrelated carbon monoxide leak. The initial call about the ruptured gas line came in around 3 p.m. Wednesday in the area of South 25th Street and 14th Avenue South. Fort Dodge ...

Church covered up priest’s abuse of 50 boys

A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger. The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but ...

Marine Corps helped Sexton turn his life around

ROCKWELL CITY — At the age of 18, George Sexton was faced with a decision that would impact the rest of his life. Either he could spend time behind bars or spend time serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Sexton, a native of Rockwell City, had moved out to Isleton, ...

Two football players charged in beating

Two Iowa Central Community College students have been charged with felonies after they allegedly assaulted a man in Fort Dodge. Jesse Driver Jr., 19, and Darryl Kelley, 20, both of Danville, Illinois, are each charged with one count of willful injury causing serious injury, a class C ...

NTSB blames lack of maintenance, broken rail for wreck

GRAETTINGER — A broken rail and inadequate track maintenance led to a fiery train wreck in Palo Alto County last year, according to federal accident investigators. In a report released Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that the Union Pacific Railroad did not ...

Changing regional situation is challenging

Changes continue to face the 22-county mental health treatment region of which Webster County is a part, as Hancock County has withdrawn its letter of intent to leave, and Kossuth County is in arbitration or mediation with the region. Webster County will likely stay in the region at least ...

Multiple FDCF inmates face assault charges

Multiple inmates from the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility have been charged in connection with assaults that have happened at the prison over the past year. Six inmates made their initial appearances in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning. Among them are three inmates facing ...

Teen injured in accident near Gowrie

GOWRIE — A teenage girl was injured Tuesday morning in a rollover accident near Gowrie. The Webster County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the accident at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Jim Stubbs said, and it happened in the 3200 block of Garfield Avenue. He identified the car’s ...

Again, here is some information regarding the election next week

The mid-term elections are next week, so where do you vote in Webster County? Here is a guide that can help. The Webster County auditor’s office will be open two Saturdays ahead of the election for the purpose of early voting and voter registration. The office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 ...

Christmas countdown

When Athletics For Education and Success took over the program formerly known as Operation Christmas this year, a few changes were made. They included a new name. It’s now the Community Christmas. Sarah Hatley, director of the Community Christmas program, said taking over the ...

Second man arrested in connection to Rhodes deaths

Another man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two brothers in Fort Dodge last week. Also, the Fort Dodge Police Department is looking for anyone who may have surveillance video taken around the time of the deaths of Marion Rhodes, 37, and El Dominic Rhodes, 34. They ...

Fort Dodge Earl May has closed

Earl May Nursery & Garden Center in Fort Dodge has apparently closed permanently. A piece of paper posted on the door of the business reads, “We are closed as of Oct. 28.” An employee at the store who did not identify herself confirmed last week plans for the store to shutter. ...