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Steve Teske: Still serving

The Army didn’t give Fort Dodge Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske a whole lot of time between his Army basic and advanced infantry training and his training on how to jump out of functional aircraft. “We graduated on Friday and started Jump School on a Monday,” he said. Teske ...

Bacon, Winter seek House District 48 seat

State Rep. Rob Bacon, R-Slater, is being challenged by Democrat Tim Winter, of Kelley, in House District 48. That district includes southeastern Webster County, all of Hamilton County and parts of Boone and Story counties. Winter said he has degrees in agribusiness and agronomy from Iowa ...

Equipped to serve

The Fort Dodge Police Department has made its operations more efficient after adopting new software that officers say helps make their jobs easier. The software, created by Zuercher Technologies, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provides officers with immediate information when it comes to ...

King arraignment set for Nov. 19

The man accused of killing two brothers and shooting at another man in Fort Dodge will enter his pleas on Nov. 19. Tanner King, 28, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He’s accused of shooting and killing brothers Marion ...

Eagle Grove man sentenced

EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove man who admitted he conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced Friday to seven years in federal prison, according to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa. Gregory Stockdale, 52, entered a guilty plea on June 12 for ...

Alex Tiernan: ‘Leadership means paving a path on your own’

Alex Tiernan 8th Grade St. Edmond Catholic School Who do you look up to, and who are your heroes or role models? I am very lucky to have great parents and grandparents to look up to. There are many tremendous adults in our community that I have been able to work with, including teachers ...

Seehusen joined the Army — twice

COALVILLE — Darwin Seehusen had already been out of the United States Army for more than a decade when, in 2008, he decided he wanted to re-join. Seehusen, who originally joined the Army in 1986 and served until 1997, decided he was going back after the troop surge in the Middle East ...

Flying fish and fishing flies

MOORLAND — So how far can a rainbow trout fly if a rainbow trout should try to fly? The answer is the distance from the net Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Biologist Gary Siegwarth was holding the wiggly fish in to the surface of Moorland Pond, where they were destined to meet ...

Hubbell participates in workforce roundtable at Iowa Central

Fred Hubbell, the Democratic candidate for governor, was in Fort Dodge Thursday to take part in a roundtable discussion at Iowa Central Community College on the local workforce. Hubbell listened and asked questions as leaders from the city of Fort Dodge, as well as county leaders, college ...

Burning leaves, legally

It’s not an uncommon call for the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Someone is reporting a fire, smoke or a nuisance burning odor that turns out to be a resident burning a pile of leaves, brush or even garbage. During most of the year, doing that in Fort Dodge is illegal. On occasion, it’s ...

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, ...