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The first day of school

Duncombe Elementary School fourth-grader Syndal Castaneda Rogers, 9, had a small problem Wednesday morning as she spent the first few minutes of class trying to put all her school supplies away. The drawer in her desk was too small to hold it all, no matter how carefully she worked to ...

New superintendent

Some firsts were celebrated Wednesday across the Fort Dodge Community School District. For starters, it was the first day back to school for thousands of students. It was also Jesse Ulrich’s first day of school as superintendent. He was hired by the district in March and began his ...

Livermore man accused of killing friend

LU VERNE — A Livermore man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after a man was found dead in his garage Monday evening. Jeffrey L. Winters, 60, is accused of shooting Randy Page, 54, of Lu Verne, multiple times in the man’s garage, located at 202 Hanna Ave. in Lu ...

Humboldt supervisors seek new way to lock up the courthouse

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is looking into changing the locks on the courthouse which have not been changed since it was built in 1938, The board received one quote of $169,986 from Electronic Specialists Inc., of Algona, for replacing the locks, County Auditor ...

Townhome plan for Second Avenue South unveiled

Twelve townhomes will be built near downtown Fort Dodge by the firm that’s converting the former Phillips Middle School into apartments. The first six townhomes to be built along Second Avenue South by Foutch Brothers LLC, of Kansas City, Missouri, should be finished in the fall of 2019, ...

New school year begins with new elementary boundaries

The Fort Dodge Community School District is beginning the school year with new boundaries for its elementary schools. The FDCSD board approved the boundaries in January. The boundaries directly impact where students are sent based on geographic location. The changes were made in part because ...

Man charged with felony drunk driving in accident that hurt passengers

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with a felony drunk driving charge after he allegedly crashed his vehicle and injured two of his passengers back in April. Kyle J. Lawler, 22, is charged with one count of operating while under the influence causing serious injury, a class D felony, according ...

Update: Missing Nemaha teen found

UPDATE: Missing 13-year old Lakota Altena has been located by the Ida County Sheriff’s Office north of Holstein, according to Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure. Original story: NEMAHA - A 13-year-old girl from Sac County went missing late Tuesday or early Wednesday, and officials are ...

Fort Dodge native, former ag secretary Cochran dies

When Dale Cochran stepped into the role of Iowa’s secretary of agriculture at the start of 1987, he expected new challenges. However, he did not anticipate dealing with a feisty pack of muskrats. Yet, there they were, attacking a lagoon near the Nishnabotna River in Carroll County, ...

Webster County prepares agreement with Cargill

Webster County is moving forward with plans to offset water treatment costs for Cargill Inc. at the county’s ag industrial park. The Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution to prepare an agreement to pay back Cargill for expenses it incurred in preparing for ...

Hail lands north and east of Fort Dodge

Hail of varying sizes hit areas surrounding Fort Dodge Tuesday and the city of Fort Dodge was again soaked with rain throughout the day. David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator, said baseball-sized hail fell in West Bend early Tuesday morning. “They got hit hard ...

Woman accused in extortion case

A Fort Dodge woman is accused of threatening another woman in an attempt to collect a debt. Chelsea K. Collins, 30, is also alleged to have held a man against his will while attempting to extort the woman, according to criminal complaints filed with the Webster County attorney’s ...

Death investigation underway in Lu Verne

LU VERNE — A death investigation is underway in Kossuth County after a man was found dead by his wife. Deputies with the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department were contacted at 5:30 p.m. Monday by a Lu Verne woman who said her husband was on the floor and unresponsive. When investigators ...

Man charged with Lu Verne murder

LU VERNE - A Livermore man has been charged with first-degree murder after a man was found dead Monday in Lu Verne. Jeffrey L. Winters, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Randy M. Page, 54, of Lu Verne. Winters is being held on $2 million cash-only bond in the ...

King salutes McCain

U.S. Rep. Steve King declared Monday that he has “reverence and respect” for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona. King, of Kiron, reflected on McCain after strolling through the tree-shaded pathways of Veterans Memorial Park Monday afternoon. The park overlooking Badger Lake north ...

Trial for man accused of murdering Jessica Gomez pushed back to 2019

The trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman in Clare last August has been moved to 2019. Phillip A. Williams, 26, of Lafayette, Indiana, is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 26-year-old Jessica Gomez. Chief Judge Kurt Wilke, of the 2nd ...

Whittemore girl, 17, died in crash south of Thor

THOR — A 17-year-old girl is dead and two others are injured after a two-vehicle collision south of Thor Sunday night, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. Olivia Bachman, of Whittemore, died at the scene, the Iowa State Patrol reported. The crash was reported at 4:50 p.m. ...

Second suspect in July assault turns self in

A man facing a felony burglary charge in connection with a July assault has turned himself in after learning he was wanted. Herman Wilson Jr., 52, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary. The charge comes from an incident on July 8 at 222 Ave. M ...