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Off to the academy

Chris Taylor and Corey Wood have a lot in common. Both have served in the United States Marine Corps. Both have previously worked in the Webster County Jail as correctional officers. Both were recently hired as law enforcement officers in Webster County. And today, both will begin ...

Everyone out safely in rural Moorland fire

Firefighters from Moorland, Callender and Barnum respond to a house fire at 2146 Hayes Ave. around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, north of Moorland. Everyone got out of the house safely, said Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Christie. The homeowner had some smoke inhalation, but was treated at the ...

The return of the threshing bee

HOMER — David Carlson, of Otho, was standing next to a piece of antique farm equipment Saturday afternoon at the West Central Region Cockshutt & Co-op Club Threshing Bee watching April Patten and Sean Collette, both of Ogden, pitching freshly harvested wheat into an old threshing ...

You’re taking my picture

A woman shopping at a local grocery store looks up from her shopping cart and notices a person pointing a cell phone camera in her direction, taking pictures or video. Although odd, she doesn’t say anything. Later on, that woman sees the same person at another store, again taking photos ...

‘My priorities changed 180 degrees’

In the summer of 1992, Jess Lewis found himself in a fight for his life when he was ambushed in downtown Fort Dodge. Lewis, of Fort Dodge, shared his story during a recent program on prioritizing what’s important after near-death experiences. The program was held at Lifetree Cafe, 18 ...

Making progress

For Fort Dodge drivers weary of barricades and road cones, there is a bit of welcome news: some of the high-profile road jobs in the city are winding down. A major project at First Avenue South and 29th streets will probably be done within a month, and the annual asphalt paving work ...

‘It essentially levels the playing field’

EAGLE GROVE — People who decide to locate their home or business in Eagle Grove are eligible for certain tax breaks through an improved city policy, according to Bryce Davis, city administrator. One area in particular, known as the Eagle Grove Revitalization District, offers developers a ...

Two assaulted during early-morning break-in

A woman and her grandson were assaulted during an early morning burglary in Fort Dodge Friday. Both suffered from minor injuries, according to Fort Dodge police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg. The incident in the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue North was reported at 2:42 a.m. Gruenberg said the ...

Kayla Jones Scholarship Ride is today

The annual Kayla Jones Memorial Scholarship Ride will be held today at Lefti’s Bar & Grill, 2001 Second Ave. N. The ride has been going on for the past nine years. It is held in the memory of Kayla Jones, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Dec. 26, 2007. She was 15 years ...

First-day jitters

St. Edmond Elementary School kindergarten teacher Rita Engh had something in common with her students Thursday morning as school started for the year. It was their first day of school. It was her first day teaching kindergarten at St. Edmond. While she brings many years of teaching ...

Continuance filed in Williams case

A motion has been filed requesting to push back the trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman in Clare last summer. Phillip A. Williams, 26, of Lafayette, Indiana, is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 26-year-old Jessica Gomez. Williams has ...

Bridge project to begin soon in Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — Construction will begin soon to add two new box culverts underneath a bridge on the south side of Eagle Grove. “It’s considered an RCB culvert replacement project,” Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator, said. “We are adding two 12-foot box culverts and replacing ...

Webster supervisors field questions on taxes

Members of the Webster County Board of Supervisors say they have been getting numerous questions about taxes. But before taxes come due, homeowners receive their assessments — and people need to pay attention to those, said Supervisor Merrill Leffler. “The first step is ...

Eagle Grove hires new police officer

EAGLE GROVE — A new full-time police officer is on duty in Eagle Grove. Vic Slape, a former officer in Shenandoah, was sworn in with the Eagle Grove Police Department during the City Council’s meeting on Monday. “We had an officer resign and that opened up a full-time position,” ...

Humboldt supervisors address Oakdale Park concerns

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors addressed concerns about Oakdale Park at Monday’s meeting. Oakdale Park is located two and a half miles south and one and a half miles east of Renwick. It offers camping with electricity, restrooms and shelters. The park is in Wright ...

Doggy dip at Rosedale

Bristol, riding on her human Matt Gordon, of Fort Dodge, seems a bit less than completely thrilled to be participating in the Doggy Dip Thursday afternoon at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center in Fort Dodge.

Two assaulted during early-morning break-in

A woman and her grandson were assaulted during an early morning burglary in Fort Dodge Friday. Both suffered from minor injuries, according to Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg. The incident in the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue North was reported at 2:42 a.m. The suspect is believed to be ...

Still on the roster

POCAHONTAS — Except for a few antiques in a set of display cabinets, every piece of equipment and gear in the Pocahontas fire station has been put into service during Roger Hunt’s time there. Hunt is all that’s left of what was in use when he joined. “It’s all gone,” he said. ...

Algona woman died in Humboldt County crash

HUMBOLDT — An Algona woman has been identified as the person who was killed in a semi-versus-car crash north of Humboldt Tuesday afternoon. Yessi Sanchez Collazo, 28, was the passenger in a 2016 Ford Mustang when the vehicle collided head-on with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 169 at the ...

Humboldt council gives $10,000 for Humota Theatre

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council has donated $10,000 toward keeping the Humota Theatre open as a deadline looms for saving the old movie house. Organizers have been successful in raising funds, but City Administrator Travis Goedken said during Monday’s council meeting that he does ...